Morrison's Pensions


Pension for Peter Van Driessen

State of New York, County of Lewis

R10859
On this 20th day of September 1832, personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the court of Common Please., now sitting Peter Vandriessen a resident of the town of Martinsburgh in the county of Lewis and State of New York aged Sixty Nine years who being fist 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--and to the first interrogatory as prescribed by the War Department this deponent answered that he was born in the city of Schenectady in the State of New York on the 21st May 1763.

To the second interrogatory--That this deponent has a record of his age made (as he believes) by his father in a German Hymn Book which this deponent exhibited to this court.

To the third interrogatory--That when this deponent entered the service he resided in the town of Palatine County of Montgomery of the State of New York and that since the revolution he has resided within the boundaries of the Original town of Palatine aforesaid but now the town of Openheim until the year 1828, when the deponent removed to the town of Martinsburg (aforesaid) where he now resides.

To the fourth interrogatory--That this deponent was called into the service as a volunteer under Capt. Christian House and Lieutenant Timmerman or Zimmerman.

To the fifth interrogatory--This deponent mentions the names of Gen. Herkimer, Gen VanRensselaer, Col. Clock, Maj. Andrew Fink and Maj Schuyler as some of the officers whom he knows but cannot now recollect any particular Continental or Militia Regiment to which he was attached. That this deponent commenced his services at Fort House in Palatine aforesaid situated about nine miles above Fort Plain on the Mohawk River and on the opposite bank of said river from Fort Plain. That this deponents first duty was in finishing the Fort & raising Pickett & C. and that he was Seven Months on duty in and about said Fort. That his services commenced as he verily believes in the month of April 1777. That he volunteered for one years, that he served seven months as above, and that then by reason of the illness of his father he procured a substitute by the name of William Pepper who performed (this deponents) duty for the term of three months. That this deponent then returned to his post and served the remaining two months of his engagement.

And this deponent further says that he continued in the service as a volunteer from the time of this last engagement to the close of the war, except that he procured a substitute for the term of three months by the name of Dennis Hellenbolt. That in the summer of 1778 (he believes) he was detached with many others as a reinforcement under Lieut Timmerman or Zimmerman and marched to Fort Stanwix that while there the Fort was attacked by the Indians in which a private by the name of Nicholas Brown was wounded by a musket ball passing through his body after which said Brown drew a Pension.

That after remaining at Fort Stanwix about two weeks he returned to Fort House after which this deponent went on a tour of duty to the town of Springfield now in the county of Otsego and also on a tour of duty to Stone Arabia in the County of Montgomery and also many other like tours of duty which consisted of Scouting and Forage parties. Securing women and children and defending them---And this deponent further says that in the performance of these several duties he was several time at Fort Plain and in various sections of the Mohawk Valley and the surrounding country--The he was dismissed at said Fort House but did not receive a written discharge (which answers the Sixth Interrogatory as prescribed by the War Department) and that the whole period of his services as above will not vary much from five years-- and further that he gives the name of the Rev. Bartholomew Williams and William Kisner to whom he is known and who can testify to his character for veracity and their belief of his service as a soldier of the Revolution.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that is name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.

Sworn to and subscribed this day of year aforesaid

Carlos P Scovil Clerk

Wm Bartholomew Williams, a clergyman residing in the town of Martinsburgh County of Lewis and William Kisner in the same place hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Peter Vandriessen who has subscribed and sworn to the above declarations that we believe him Sixty Nine years of age, that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution and that we concur in that opinion.

Sworn and Subscribed the day of year aforesaid, Barthw Williams, William Kisner, Carlos P. Scovil, Clerk.

And the said court do hereby declare this opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogations prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he states.

And further this court certifies that it appears to them that Bartholomew Williams who signed the preceding certificate is a clergyman residing in Martinsburgh, Lewis County aforesaid and that William Kisner who has also signed the same is a resident of the same place, and is a credible person, and that this statement is entitled to credit.

I Carlos P. Scovil Clerk of the Court of Common Please do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application of Peter Vandriessen for a pension.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office this 20 day of September 1832.


State of New York, County of Lewis

On this third day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty nine, personally appeared before the subscriber a judge of the Court of Common Please aforesaid County of Lewis Anna Van Driessen a resident of the town of Martinsburgh, County of Lewis and State of New York aged seventy years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress, passed July 7, 1838, entitled an act granting half pay and pension of Certain Widows.

That she is the widow of Peter Van Driessen who was a pensioner of the United States under the act of June 7th 1832 at the rate of forty dollars per annum. She further declares that she was married to the said Peter Van Driessen on the twenty fourth day of October in the years on thousand seven hundred and ninety three. That her husband the aforesaid Peter Van Driessen died on the 13th day of July in the year 1844. That she was not married to him previous to his leaving the services but the marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred andinety four, viz. at the time stated.

Subscribed and sworn the day and year first above written before me,

Calium Lewis a judge of lews Court.

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