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 Pension Application for William Smith, Private

State of New York
Montgomery County
            On this 20th day of September 1832, personally appeared in open court before Aaron Haring, Abraham Morell, Henry I. Dievendorf, John Hand and Samuel A Gilbat, Judges of the Court of Common Pleas now sitting William Smith a resident of Ephratah in the County of Montgomery and State of New York aged sixty nine years and four months who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.  That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated, viz.
            That in the month of May in the year 1779 he was enrolled in the company of Capt. Nicholas (1) Richter in Col. Jacob Klock’s Regiment of Militia in the Town of Palatine County and state aforesaid where he then resided.
            That he entered the service immediately after being enrolled by order of Captain Richter and marched with the company to repel the invasions of the Indians and Tories who were at that time continually invading the then new settlements in this county.
            That he served in this company as a private from the time above mentioned until the first day of April 1780, when he enlisted into a company of Rangers Commanded by Captain John Casseleman attached to Col. Klock’s Regiment.
            That he served in this company until the first day of January 1781.  That the service performed in this company was principally in guarding the Fort at Stone Arabia (Whither the inhabitants through necessity had been obliged to flee for refuge and ranging the country by small parties called scouting parties that while in this company the applicant was at the Battle at Johnstown (2) and followed the enemy on their retreat towards the East Canada Creek but was taken lame before they (the enemy) were overtaken and went to Fort Herkimer and marched to Fort Stanwix as a guard for boats going to that post.  (3)
            That in the summer of 1781 he enlisted into the company of Capt. Skinner for three months but was attached to the company of Captain Lawrence Gross in Col. Marinus Willet’s Regiment and served until his tour had nearly expired when he returned to Captain Skinner’s company and served out his time which was in the month of November.         
            That he then served one month in Capt Welp [Whelp] Company as a substitute for one Miller, this was also in Willett’s Regiment.  That on the first day of April 1782 he enlisted into Capt. French’s Company (4) Col Willett’s Regiment for nine months was stationed at Fort House and Fort Herkimer doing garrison duty at the forts and ranging the county in scouting parties until his term of service expired which was on the 1st day of January 1783 when he received a discharge at Fort Herkimer.  He knows of no more or other testimony than the affidavits hereunto annexed.  He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the roll of any agency of any state.
            To the questions directed to be propounded he answered:
He was born at Canajoharie on the 19th day of May 1763.  He has a record of his age made by his father it now [is] in his possession.  He lived in Palatine when he entered the service.  After the Revolutionary War he has always lived in Ephratah taken from Palatine where he now resides.  He entered the service in the first instance by being ordered by his Captain and at the other times under enlistment and as a substitute as stated above.  He served with General Van Rensselaer, (5) Col. Klock, Col. Willet, Major Finck and the Regiments on the stations on the Mohawk River and in Tryon county.  William Smith (his mark)
Sworn and subscribed to this 20th day of September.  Geo. D. Ferguson, Clerk.

State of New York
Montgomery County
Lodowick Kring of Ephratah in said county being duly sworn doth depose and say that he has been well acquainted with William Smith of Ephratah since the commencement of the Revolutionary War that is well knowing to his service in that war in the Militia Company of Captain Nicholas Richter, Col. Klock’s Regiment in 1779 and of his service in Capt Casselman’s Company, Col. Klock’s Regiment in 1780 that of the end of that year he removed to Fort Plain and as this deponent understood enlisted into the company of Capt. Lawrence Gross in Col. Willett’s Regiment and further this deponent says not.  Lodowick Kring (Signed)
Subscribed & sworn June 25th 1832 before Henry M Livingston J. Peace.

State of New York
Montgomery County
Peter Getman and George Youker being duly sworn do depose and say that they were each well acquainted with William Smith of Ephratah and have known him since the year 1779 at which time he was in the service of the United States in the Militia Company of Capt. Nicholas Richtor, Col. Klock’s Regiment and afterwards they knew and served with him in the company of Capt. French, Col. Willetts, Regt. nine months in the year 1782.  That they these deponents and the said William Smith were discharged from said company in the 1st day of Jan 1783 and returned home in company.  Peter Getman (signed) George Youker (his mark)
            Subscribed and sworn June 24th 1832 before Henry M. Livingston J. Peace

End Notes

  1. Captain Nicholas Richter [Rechtor] of the Sixth Company in Colonel Jacob Klock’s Regiment of Tryon County Militia [Second Regiment]
  2. Smith has the wrong year for this battle.  It was fought on the 25 of October 1781.
  3. Captain Thomas Skinner’s Company in Colonel Marinus Willett’s Regiment of New York State Levies.  Smith is not listed in Captain Lawrence Gross’ Company or Captain Anthony Whelp’s Company.  He most likely just served with those companies at different times.
  4. Captain Abner French.  There are no known muster rolls or payrolls for this company.
  5. General Robert Van Rensselaer and Brigade Major Andrew Fink [Finck]

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