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Pension Information for Peter Vosburgh

S.28930
Original Claim.  Declaration in order to be placed on the Pension List under the act of the 18th March 1818.
State of New York
Chenango County SS.
            On this thirteenth day of February 1, 1828 personally appeared in open court, being a court of record for the County of Chenango, it being the County Court of said County of Chenango, which keeps a seal and has the power of fine and imprisonment, Peter Vosburgh, resident in said County aged Seventy three years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the Act of Congress of the 18th March 1818, and the 1st May 1820.  That he the said Peter Vosburgh enlisted for the term of nine months in the month of March in the year 1780, in the State of New York in the company Commanded by Captain Walker, in the Regiment commanded by Lieut. Colonel Wisenfels, in the line of the State of New York, on the Continental Establishment.  That he continued to serve in the said corps until the same time in the month of December that he enlisted in the month of March 1780, when he was discharged from the service in Albany in the State of New York.  That he relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension except the present, that his name is not on the roll of any state except New York and that the following are the reasons for not making earlier application for a pension.  That he made application for pension for serving in Col. Van Schaick’s Regiment in which he served nine months, and has since been informed that Regiment did not belong to the Continental Establishment, and in pursuance of the Act of the 1st May 1820, I do solemnly swear, that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not, since that time by gift, sale, or in any manner, disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled, “Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War, passed on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not, nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities contracts or debts, due to me, nor have I any income other than what is contained in the Schedule hereto anne4xed and by me subscribed.
            One axe 50 cts, one hoe 13cts, one scythe 25 cts.  $0.88
            [?] & drumming 25 cts, one hog 2.00  $.25—2.25
            Two sheep at $1. Each, one old scythe 13 cts  2.13
            Seventeen fowls $2. 12 p four geese $2.00  4.12  Total $7.37
            My family consists of myself and wife, Catharine who is sixty four years old and is afflicted with the asthma and is unable to labour.  Our daughter, Maria, twenty one years of age, she is an Idiot.  My occupation a weaver but I am not able to work but a very little.  There has been no material alteration in my property since the 18th of March 1818.  I have not had any Real Estate and but a very little personal estate since that time.  (Signed) Peter Vosburgh

Reply to a letter asking for information, dated February 26, 1940
            Reference is made to your letter in which you request information in regard to a Peter Vosburgh of Columbia County, New York, other than the one furnished you from pension claim--W.19578.
            Another search of the Revolutionary War records of this office has been made and only one other claim for a pension found based upon service of a Peter Vosburgh.  His record follows, as found in that claim—S.28930.
            Peter Vosburgh was born in the year 1756 in Red Hook New York, the names of his parents were not given at the time of the Revolutionary War, he resided in Nobletown (later Hinsdale), New York.
            He enlisted in March or April 1776, served as private in Captain David VanNess’ (1) company (in which company Peter Vosburgh, his cousin, was a lieutenant), Colonel Van Schaick’s New York regiment, went to Fort George, Ticonderoga, and Crown Point and was discharged about December, having served nine months.  He enlisted next in Nobletown, in September 1777, served as private under Colonel Robert Van Rensselaer (2) in the New York troops in the vicinity of Saratoga and was discharged after the surrender of General Burgoyne, having served one month.  He enlisted in the spring of 1780, served as private in Captains Isaac Bogart’s (3) and McCracken’s companies, afterwards, served in Captain John Walker’s(4)  company, Colonel Weisenfels’ New York regiment and was discharged after service of nine months.  He enlisted in 1781, in Nobletown, and served as private in Captain Joseph’s Harrison’s (5) company, Colonel Willett’s New York regiment, stationed in the vicinity of Schoharie, length of said service nine months.
            Peter Vosburgh continued to live in Nobletown, New York for about fifteen years after the Revolutionary War, moved from there to Kinderhook where he resided two years, moved thence to Johnstown, later to Herkimer, where he resided six years, then moved to German, Chenango County, New York.
            He was allowed pension on account of his service in the Revolutionary War on his application executed August 24, 1832, at which time he resided in German, New York.  He had lived there about twenty years.  Peter Vosburgh died October 4, 1841 in Cincinnatus, Chenango County, New York; his wife did not survive him.         
            In 1828, this soldier’s wife, Catharine, was aged about sixty-four years; her maiden name and the date and place of their marriage were not given.  In September 1833, she stated that she had been married to Peter Vosburgh forty-seven years.
            In September 1833, Peter Vosburgh, Jr., the son of this soldier and his wife, Catharine, was aged thirty-nine years; he resided then in German, New York.  In 1828, the soldier’s daughter, Maria, aged twenty-one years, lived at home.
            In 1853, the names of the surviving children of this solider were given as follows—Peter Vosburgh, Jr., the son of this soldier and his wife, Catharine, was aged thirty-nine years; he resided then in German, New York.  In 1828, the soldier’s daughter, Maria, aged twenty-one years, lived at home.
            In 1853, the names of the surviving children of this soldier were given as follows—Peter Vosburgh, of German, New York; George Vosburgh; Leah Winegar; and Abraham Vosburgh.

End Notes.

  1. Peter Isaac Vosburgh enlisted as sergeant on March 14, 1776, in Captain David Van Ness’ Company in Colonel Goose Van Schaick’s Second New York Continental Regiment of 1776.
  2. Robert Van Rensselaer was Colonel of the Eighth Regiment of Albany County Militia.
  3. Peter enlisted in May of 1780 in Captain Isaac Bogart’s Company in Colonel John Harper’s Regiment of New York State Levies.
  4. As the Continental Army was again suffering from a manpower shortage recruiting officers from the Continental Regiments were allowed to recruit from the levie regiments to help fill their regiments.  Peter enlisted in Captain Benjamin Walker’s Company in the Fourth New York Continental Regiment and finished out his levie term in this regiment.
  5. Captain Joseph Harrison’s Company was in Colonel Marinus Willett’s Regiment of New York State Levies in 1781.

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