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Pension Application for Thomas Tallman

A Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
State of New York
Genesee County SS.
            On this sixteenth day of October one thousand eight hundred & thirty two personally appeared, in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the said County of Genesee now sitting Thomas Tallman resident of the town of LeRoy in said County aged seventy five years who being 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 7th of June 1832 that he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers & served as herein stated, that in the month of June or July 1780 he this deponent enlisted at Schodack in the County of Ransalaer State of New York into a company commanded by Captain Jacob Lansing (1) & marched to Albany in said State & joined a Regiment commanded by Col. Graham & marched to West Point & remained at West Point three weeks at the time that General Arnold (2) dismounted the Canon from the fort at West Point from thence marched to Haverstraw & remained there about  ten days & marched to Fishkill & was then shipped back to Albany & remained at Albany about three days & marched to Schoharie, Middle Fort & remained there until the fort was attacked by Sir John Johnson (3) with 700 British & 1500 Indians & Tories under his command we defended the fort & drove off Johnson with his troops with the loss of only one man on our side [line is in between lines and is not legible] in which pursued after Johnson to Stone Roby after said – Engagement I was discharged after serving three months & five days & returned home—also in the following summer in June or July 1781 in Greenbush in said County of Ransalaer he this deponent enlisted for the term of nine months into a company commanded by Capt. Marshall (4) & marched to Fort Plain at Canajoharie & joined a regiment commanded by Col. Willett & remained at said fort until we were ordered to Tallace (5) & there attacked a party of 365 Indians & Tories defeated them and drove them off & after disposing of the dead & wounded we returned to Fort Plain & there buried Capt. McCain (6) an officer of the Continental army we then took the Tories who had been in the last mentioned engagement & after repeated pursuits of the Indians we had an other Engagement at Tripes Hill with the British Indians & Tories—commanded by Major Ross (7) in which we routed Ross & his troops & pursued them to West Canada (8) Creek & returned to Fort Plain & from thence marched to Fort Hunter & from thence to Balstown & on the way we had a skirmish with a party of Indians & Tories & routed them & proceeded to Balstown & remained at Balstown until the term of nine months expired & then I was discharged and this deponent further says that he was called into the said Service as a volunteer (9) at different times in consequence of alarm from the Indians and was at one time engaged seven days at other times a shorter periods—making in all at least one month and this  deponent further says that he has no documentary evidence & that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his services and he hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity except the present & declares that his name is not on the pension roll  of the agency of any state or territory.
            Question 1.  Where and in what year were you born?  I was born in the City of Norwich Country of Norfolk England in the year 1756 Nov. 6th.
            Question 2d. Have you and reckord [sic] of your age and if so where is it.  Answer 2d.  I have no reckord [sic] of my age.
            Question 3d.  Where were you living when called into service where have you lived since the Revolutionary War & where do you now live.  Answer 3d.  I was living at Stephentown County of Rensalaer.  I have lived since the Revolutionary War in Florida, Wocester, Duanesburrow, LeRoy & Canada & now reside in LeRoy Genesee County.
            Question 4th.  How were you called into service were you drafted, did you volunteer or were you a substitute and if a substitute for whom.  Answer 4th.  I enlisted & turned out as a volunteer was not drafted & was not a substitute.
            Question 5th.  State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops where you served such Continental and Militia regiments as you can recollect and the General Circumstances of your service.
            Answer 5th. The militia officers under whom I served were Capt. Tanner (10), Darrow Ensign, many the names of the regular officers who were with the troops when I served were Capt. Magee, Jacob Lansing, Markam Miller, Marshall Duell Gross, Major Troop, Col. Wilsie, Col. Willett & adjutant Funday, Lieutenant James aforesaid, Cannon Miller, General VanRensalaer—the general circumstances of my service are aforesaid stated.
            Question 6th.  Did you ever receive a discharge from the service and if so by whom was it given and what has become of it.  Answer 6th.  I rec’d a Discharge signed by Col. Willett & one signed by Major Wolsey both of which I have lost.
            Question 7th. State the names of person to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify to as to your character for veracity and their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution.  Answer 7th.  Simon Pierson & Col. Wm. Olmsted.
            And this deponent further stays that he was in the United States service in all the term of one year one month & five days.  1 Y 1 mo 5 days.  (Signed) Thomas Tallman
            Subscribed and sworn to in open court this sixteenth day of October 1832.  Timothy Fitch, Clerk

End Notes—Thomas Tallman S11522

    1. Captain Lansing’s Company was in Colonel Morris Graham’s Regiment of New York State Levies in 1780.  Thomas is listed as enlisting on August 1, 1780 for 3 months as a drummer.  FROM: Revolutionary War Rolls 1775-1783, M-246, Roll 72, Folder 75, National Archives, Washington DC.
    2. Major General Benedict Arnold.  Arnold’s acts of treason were in September 1780.
    3. Sir John Johnson burned the Schoharie Valley on October 17, 1780.
    4. Thomas was a drummer in Captain Elihu Marshall’s Company in Colonel Marinus Willett's Regiment of New York State Levies in 1781.
    5. Often called Terlow, Turlow, Thorlough, Turlough, etc.  The settlement of New Dorlach is now present day Sharon Springs, Schoharie County.  The Battle of New Dorlach was fought on July 10, 1781.
    6. Captain Robert McKean was in Colonel Willett's Regiment.
    7. Major John Ross burned Warren’s Bush (Present day Town of Florida, Montgomery County) on October 24, 1781.  A small skirmish took place near Tribes Hill on October 25 and in the afternoon a Battle was fought at Johnstown.
    8. A skirmish was fought at West Canada Creek on October 30, 1781.  In this skirmish the second in command of the British forces Captain Walter Butler was killed.
    9. Thomas served as a drummer in Captain Ichabod Turner’s Company in Colonel Kilian VanRensselaer’s Regiment of Albany County Militia, Fourth Regiment.
    10. Possibly he is wrong and it should be Turner.  Some of other officers that can be identified are Lawrence Gross a captain in Willett's Regiment, Josiah Throop in Willet’s possibly it is Major Melanchton Woolsey of Colonel Graham’s (1780), Jellis A Fonda served as Adjutant in Graham’s and Willett's Regiments, Lieutenant James Cannon of Marshall’s Company in Willett's Regiment, Captain James Magee who had served in the Fourth of Albany, captain and paymaster in Graham’s in 1780, and Brigadier General Rober VanRensselaer.
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