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Pension Application for Amos Andrews

Chautauqua County
Private, Captain Warren’s Company, Colonel Bailey’s Regiment in the Mass. Line 1777 to 1778.  Col. Wynkoop in the NYS Line.
To the Hon. the Senate & House of Representatives of the United States.
            The petition of Amos Andrews of the County of Chautauqua and State of New York respectfully represents and do set forth—
            That your petitioner being in extreme old age, and having to depend entirely for his support and maintenance on his own manual labor, having experienced through the course of a long life, innumerable hardships and sufferings, feels himself compelled to approach your Hon. Boyd and to solicit that relief which his declining years and bodily infirmities required.  This final appeal is made to the magnanimity of the Representatives of a great and powerful nation in the hope that your honourable body may view this application in favourable light and grant the prayer of your petitioner—Your petitioner would further state that his present application for relief to your Hon. Body is founded upon the documents and affidavits hereunto annexed.  Dated, Chautauqua County, New York, November 15th 1828.  (Signed with his mark)  Amos Andrews

State of New York
Chautaugua County SS.
            Amos Andrews being sworn says that at the commencement of the Revolutionary War, on about that time, he volunteered with one Capt. Dennison and went from a place called Little Hoosick in the State of New York to Green Bush in the same state to seize and secure a number of Tories whichwas effected—some of them were killed and the rest secured.  This deponent afterwards belonged to the New York State Line in the Regiment commanded by Col. Wynkoop and marched to Ticonderoga and was gone six months—During this period this deponent had a fever called the spotted fiver from the effects of which he barely survived.
            In the spring of the year 1777—this deponent enlisted during the war, at Lanesborough in the State of Massachusetts, in Captain Isaac Warren’s Company in Col. John Bailey’s Regiment and was regularly discharged in January following, in consequence of ill health by the said Col. Bailey, which discharge, this deponent has unfortunately lost.  This deponent further states that there was no other person in said Warren’s. Company the name of Amos Andrus or Amos Andrews but this deponent -- and further that this deponent served throughout the whole campaign in the Capture of Burgoyne, was present at his surrender at Saratoga—received his discharge at Valley Forge—that this deponent will be seventy years old the 10th day of January next, that this deponent has no other means of procuring a subsistence but by his own labour and is afflicted with Rheumatism—That this deponent at the time of his said enlistment received a promise of 100 acres of land and his pay, but has never received either. That after his discharge, this deponent performed a short tour under Capt. Schmerhorn up the Mohawk River in said State of New York in the pursuit of the British, Col. Butler, the Tories and Indians who were committing murders and other depredations in that quarter and further this deponent saith not.  (Signed with his mark)  Amos Andrews
            Taken &b subscribed before me this 15th day of November AD 1828.  Artman Hedwick a Judge of Chautauqua Country Courts.

The committee on Pensions Report.  In the case of Amos Andrews that he swears he served six months in the campaign of 1776 in the Regiment commanded by Col. Wynkoop in the New York Line:--That in the spring of 1777 he enlisted for the war in Capt. Isaac Warren’s Company belonging to Col. John Bailey[‘s] regiment, that he served until Jany following when he was discharged by Col. bailey on account of ill health.  Has lost his discharge.
            It is also proved by two witnesses, that he was in the service of the U. States, in the campaign of 1777 and was present at the surrender of Burgoyne, and that he did belong to Capt. Isaac Warren’s  regiment—No other proof of poverty than his own oath.
            Altho there is no proof that this petitioner served the period of nine months under one lieutenant yet from a consideration of all the circumstances connected with this they consider him entitled to relief—and therefor recommend that he be allowed a pension of eight dollars per months.

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