Pension Application for Solomon Armstrong
Sergeant in Capt. Childs’ Company, Col. Graham’s Regiment in the N. York Line for 14 mos.
Declaration: In order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
State of New York
County of Tioga SS.
On this first day of Jany AD 1833, personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in said County, Solomon Armstrong a resident of Candor in the County of Tioga aforesaid aged eighty two 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. That he was born as he has been informed and verily believes in Middle Paten, Westchester County, State of New York on the 12th day of Oct. 1750, that he knows of no record of his age, that he resided in the town of Amenia in the County of Dutchess NY when he was called into service and continued to reside there during the Revolutionary War except when on duty or Tour, that on or near the first day of May in the year 1775, he enlisted as orderly sergeant in a company of volunteer minute men commanded by Capt. Salmon Childs, that he has forgotten the names of the Lieuts. but believes the name of one was Thomas Stevens; that the company was never attached to any regiment that he ever knew, that it served with no Continental Regiment or company—that his military operations during this tour were confined to the said County of Dutchess; being employed to defend that vicinity from the depredations of the cowboys & in ferreting out the concealed and secret enemies of the country—That he assisted in the capture of one Huddleton, who was soon after executed at Poughkeepsie—that he commanded a party who captured eight tories in a cave in a mountain in the east part of the said county of Dutchess that by the terms of his enlistment he was bound to military service, though not all the time on duty.—That he equipped himself with the necessary arms & accoutrements and paraded with his company, twice a week when the company was not on duty unless prevented by sickness, that he was promised pay for his services but never received any, that he never had and written discharge; but the term of his engagement expired and he was dismissed in the said county of Dutchess on or about the 1st day of Sept of the same year, having served for a period of not less than four months for this tour--& that he knows of no person who can testify to his service for this term.—
2nd Tour – That he enlisted again as an orderly sergeant in the New York State troops and served in the company of Capt. Elisha Barlow, whose first Lieuts name was Ebenezer Carter, 2nd Lieut Serishon (Christian name forgotten) the Regt was commanded by Col. Morris Graham, Lieut Col. Rockwell Hopkins and Major Barker on or about the 20th day of May 1776 and served till on or about the 20th day of Jany 1777—making a term of not less than eight months; that he marched soon after his enlistment to the city of New York from thence retreated to Kingsbridge, assisted in building fort Independence—then encamped on the north side of Harlaem river, when from thence to and fought in the battle of White Plains in the months of October (according to his recollections) from thence went to Peekskill where he staid till he was discharged—That he knew no regular officers—that his Regt served with no Regt of the Continental Line that he remembers except at the battle of White Plains where it served with the Regt or brigade of Col. Or Gen. McDouglal and that he knows of but one person who can testify to his service at this period.
3rd Tour—That on or near the 15th day of July AD 1777 he was drafted and served as an orderly sergeant for a period of one month to work on board of and assist in building two ships at Poughkeepsie—his Capt’s name was Colby Chamberlin, Lieut’s John Boyd, [?] forgotten, his Col’s was Roswell Hopkins; Lieut. Col. forgotten—Major Breton Paine—that he has forgotten the names of the Overseers of the builders of the vessels and also the names of the vessels—that they were soon after sunk to prevent their falling into the hands of the enemy at the time they sailed up the Hudson River that fall, that he was dismissed there on or about the 15th day of August of the same year—that he knows of no person who can testify to his service for this period.—
4the Tour—That he volunteered for one month an orderly sergeant under a Lieut’s command, on or about the 10th day of July AD 1778 and served the said term of one month at Poughkeepsie NY to guard the goal at that place which then contained many state prisoners; that the Lieut. Was a stranger to him, and left him immediately after being stationed at Poughkeepsie in the command of the troops; that he has forgotten the Lieuts name and there was no other commissioned officer—that he knows of no one person who can testify to his service at this period; and that he was dismissed on or about the 10th day of Aug. in the same year—that he entered into all his military engagement at the town of Amenia aforesaid that he never had any written discharge at any time and that the above declaration together with the annexed depositions of Judge Herrick & Josiah Strong is the best evidence of which his case admits—To recapitulate I served not less than the periods mentioned below as an Orderly Sergeant
Under Capt. Salmon Childs I served Four Month.—4
Under Capt. Elisha Barlow I served Eight Months.—8
Under Capt. Colby Chamberlain I served one month.– 1
As commandant of a guard at Poughkeepsie I served one month.—1
Making one year & two months for which I claim a pension.
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) Solomon Armstrong
Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid in open court. Green M. Tuthill, Clk
Return to opening page of Morrison's Pensions