Pension Application for John Anthony
Continental New York
Private in Captain Chitman’s Company in Col. Warner’s Regiment, Continental Line, 2 years. Col Warner was in a Continental Regiment for Connecticut but his service was in New York.
State of New York
County of Rensselaer SS.
John Van Antwerp of Rensselaer County a resident of the town of Schaghticoke, County aforesaid and State aforesaid, aged seventy three years being duly sworn according to law, deposeth and saith that he was acquainted with John Anthony now of the town of Sharon County of Schoharie and State of New York—during the war of the Revolution and lived at that time a neighbour to him within five miles, and recollects that he the said John Anthony listed for the year 1779 about April for a term of nine months and served his term out and about January in the year 1780 remembers he came home and then said he had listed during the war of the Revolution (and his father tried to get him clear of his enlistment but could not) was home a month or two then returned to the Army, and did not see him nor hear of his being home until the war was ended, and recollect that after fort Ann and George were taken by the enemy—the father of said John Anthony had search made to see if his son was not among the dead—After the war was ended and about the year 83 or 84, he came home to his Father’s in Rensselaer County and then said he had been taken prisoner had been in Canada to different places, and that he had been listed in the continental Line under Col. Warner—and it was generally believed at that time and since. (Signed) John VanAntwerp
Sworn to and Subscribed this third day of September 1832, before me Herman Knickerbacker, First Judge of Rensselaer County.
State of New York
County of Schoharie SS.
On this thirteenth day of Oct’r 1832—personally appeared in Open Court before William Beekman, William Mann & Henry Shafer now sitting—Being Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Schoharie—John Anthony, a resident of the town of Sharon in the County of Schoharie 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 7, 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated.
1st was born in Ulster County State of New York in the year 1762 being now about 70 years who age.
2nd has no record of his age except in his Father’s Bible.
3rd When the war of the Revolution commenced he lived in Rensselaer County State of New York had his home in the same County during the war, and after the war lived in different places up to the year [1829? Blotted] at which time he moved to the County town of Sharon, County of Schoharie and State aforesaid and has resided in the same town to the present date.
4th saith he went in the service of the Revolutionary War by listing 9 months in he thinks the New York State troops about the first of April 1779 and served under Capt. Levi Stockwell, Lieut Bogs (Remembers Coll McCray at this time) met at fort Edwards and thinks he staid there about a month, and was then marched to Skeensborough, there and near there continued in service drilling, keeping guard fixing [?] and other things for the American safety until his time expired he listed during the war at the above named place (Skeensburrough) he listed under Col. Seth Warner, feels positive that he commanded in the Continental Line was under Capt. John Chitman and Lieut Beach he thinks, and Remembers Capt. Zill, Capt. Moulton, Capt. David Bates, Ensign Grant—he [?] Jany 80 had a furlow went home to his Father’s in Rensselaer County, staid there until about March then returned to Fort Edward and then Joined the Army again. Staid there a short time on [drill?] then marched to Fort George and then remained until Major Carlton (British Officer) with his army composed of white men and Indians, took forts Ann and Ft. George, was in the Battle at Ft. George thinks it was late in the fall in the year 80—there were a number taken prisoners, and fell to his lot to be one of them, was placed under a party of Indians immediately (does not remember any of the officers for the enemy except Major Carlton) was not with the whites long enough to know, was kept by the Indians who at that time he thinks had nearly one half of the Prisoners—was taken to a place called St. John’s in Canada not far from Montreall [sic] not long there and was then taken to a place in Canada called Cagenewago was kept there until January or Feby in the year 81—was then placed under a British Capt. And taken to St. John’s and other places not far from there, was kept a prisoner until peace was confirmed between the two nations—the above is true according to the best of his knowledge (or memory) and saith he knows of no living witness who he might procure to testify personally to his service in said war—was in no battle excepting at Ft. George.
He hereby relinquishes every claim to a pension or annuity except the present and declares his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any state. (Signed with his mark) John Anthony
Subscribed and sworn in open court the day and year aforesaid. John Gebhard Jr. Clk.
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