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Pension Application for Abraham VanSteenbergh

W.9530 (Widow: Catharine)
Ulster common Pleas of September term 1833.
            Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed 7th June 1832.
State of New York
Ulster County SS.
            On the tenth day of September, one thousand eight hundred and thirty three, personally appeared in Open Court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Ulster, now sitting Abraham VanSteenbergh a Resident of the Town of Kingston, in the County of Ulster and State of New York aged 70 years 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.—
            In Answer to the several interrogatories, he deposes and says.
            1st. That he was born in the town of Kingston in the County of Ulster and State of New York in the year 1763.
            2d. That the record of his age is contained in the book of Baptismal Records of the Reform Dutch Church in the said town of Kingston in said County of Ulster.
            3d. That at the time he was called into service he lived in the town of Kingston and since the Revolutionary [War] has lived and now lives in the same town and County.
            4. That he volunteered and was a substitute for Philip Hendricks for one month. 
            And the said Abraham VanSteenbergh declares that he served in the capacity of a private soldier during the Revolutionary War in the Militia of the State of New York as a Substitute for one Philip Hendricks, in the company of infantry commanded by Captain Tobias VanBuren in Colonel Albert Pawlings Regiment of frontier Guards, stationed in a picket fort around the home of one Jacob Longyear in the town of Shandaken, Ulster County for the term of “One” month in the year 1778, and was at the end of said term of one month verbally discharged by the Captain aforesaid at said fort, that he has no documentary evidence of this service, that he remembers of no regular officers, or Continental Regiments and no other militia regiments except the Regiment of Colonel Pawling and for proof of his service would respectfully refer to the affidavit of Philip Hendricks annexed—
            2d [sic, numbering starts over] And the said Abraham VanSteenburgh for the days in the year 1779 he served as a private soldier in a detachment of Militia stationed at the house of one Tobias Wynkoop in the town of Saugerties, Ulster County commanded by Lieutenant Hummel, now deceased, for the term of “One” month as a volunteer, and was there discharged at the end of said months service verbally by the said Lieutenant that he has no documentary evidence of this term of service and knows of no living witness to prove it.
            3d.  That in the year 1780, he volunteered in said service during said war for the term of “Three” months in the company of Levys commanded by Captain Moses Cantine that the company marched from Kingston the plan of ranks way down the Hudson River to Fishkill, then to West Point, Stoney Point to Dobbs Ferry, thence back up the river to the City of Albany, then up the Mohawk River to forts Plain and Herkimer, that Colonel Malcom commanded the Regiment and General VanRensellear commanded, that he served out the full term of “Three” months and at the end of said service was verbally discharged from said service by the Captain of said Corps, and that he served as a private in the service, that he has no documentary evidence thereof, but for proof would respectfully refer to the affidavit of Benjamin A. Krom hereunto annexed.
            4th  That in the year 1781 during said war he served as a private for the term of “Three” months in the company of Rangers (as a volunteer) commanded by Captain Moses Yeomans stationed on the western frontier of the town of Kingston at one Philip Houghtaling and at the end of the said term of three months was verbally discharged by Captain Yeomans that he has no documentary evidence of this service and for proof would respectfully refer to the affidavit of John Ed Shoonmaker hereto appended.
            5th And lastly that in the year 1782 he served as a private during said war in the frontier guards as a volunteer, in detachments commanded by Lieutenants Bocker and Van Leuvan stationed on the northwestern frontiers of the town of Saugerties at the house of Tobias Wynkoop for the term of “Two” months and at the end of said two months was then, there discharged by said Lieutenants, verbally that he has no documentary evidence of this service and knows of no living witness to prove it—except Philip Hendricks, whose affidavit is also annexed hereunto—
            He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State.  (Signed)  Abraham VanSteenbergh.
            Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.  A.D. Sokel, First Judge & Well Lake, Samuel Stilwell, and Henry Wynkoop, Judges.

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