Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for Samuel Ashman

W.25362 (Widow, Parthenia)
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7 th 1832.
State of New York
County of Clinton SS.

On this second day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two, personally appeared in open court before John Palmer first Judge John Walford, Miles Stevendon, James W. Wood judges the Court of Common Pleas of the County aforesaid, now sitting Samuel Ashman a resident of Champlain in the county of Clinton & State of New York aged Sixty eight years last February – 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 th 1832.—

That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated—that he was born in the town of Fort Edward in the County of Saratoga and State of New York in the year 1764 has no record of his age—that when he entered the service he lived in the town of StillWater in the State of New York—that since the Revolutionary War he lived in the town of Richmond in the County of Berkshire in the State of Massachusetts, about four years from whence he removed to Champlain aforesaid where he has since lived and now lives.

That he first entered the service a private in the Summer of 1781 and as a volunteer in the Militia of the State of New York & served at Fort Edward which at that time was commanded by Col. John McKinster, and again in the fall of the same year, he again volunteered in the same service and went to Saratoga, was placed under Levy officers, names of officers he cannot now remember, recollects seeing Phiny Moore there a Lieutenant but was not under his commanded—that he served in these two tours, as near as he can now recollect, Six Weeks.—

That in the month of April in the year 1782 he entered a [?] in a company commanded by Captain Job Wright in Col. Marinus Willett's Regiment of New York State troops in the town of Stillwater aforesaid for the term of two years, that he recollects the following named officers belonging to said Regiment Majors Bensouten and Vinck—Captains Tierce, Wright, Newel Joseph Haniscon and [?]—QuarterMaster Matthew Trotter, Lieutenant Finday—Mustered at Albany and [?] equipment and was first [?] as a [?] guard at Ballston which was commanded by Captain Wright and two subalterns Phiny Moore & Jess Hubbick—that in August following moved up the river Mohawk to the west passed through Schenectady, Stone Arabia, Canajoharry, Fort Plain to Fort Nellis where he remained with said troops until the following winter—that in the month of February 1783 he with said Regiment with a detachment of Rhode Island regular troops from Saratoga Garrison he [?[ at Fort Herkimer for an exploration through the wilderness in order to [?] & Lake Fort Oswego, occupied by British troops on the borders of Lake Ontario, but some [?] not generally known there was no attack and the object failed—that after the Regiment returned to Fort Herkimer they remained there and at Fort Plain until the following winter this deponent was at Fort Plain with a part of the Regiment which then General Washington with this [?] & General Green made a made a visit there and to the [?] on the Mohawk of inspection—from Fort Plain he with the Regiment was marched to Schenectady where they remained until the latter part of January 1784 when he was discharged and returned home -- that he has no documentary evidence -- that he received at Schenectady a written discharge from his said Service & which was an honourable one, but cannot now recollect by whom it was signed—that he has not got it nor can he now tell where it is—that sometime after the war he sent his said discharge to William Luck? Esquire in order for him to obtain the pay for said services, in the City of New York and as a [?] that he was in the [?] Lemuel Ashman who did the service and who was entitled to said pay but cannot recollect that he ever saw the discharge or saw it after that time—that he received for his pay State Notes & which he sold for [?] shilling the pound – that he has presented the testimony of [?] Haughton [can't read the rest of the paragraph]

That he states the names of the following persons to whom he is known in his present neighbourhood and who can testify as to his veracity & their belief of his services as a soldier of the revolution—viz—Silas Hubble and Jonathan [?] Silas Hubble. (Signed) Samuel Ashman

Sworn to, & Subscribed the day & year aforesaid. Geo. W. Beckwith, acting Clerk of Clinton County


From a letter in the file dated Mary 1, 1940 in reply to a request for information.

Reference is made to your letter in which you state that you are interested in soldiers with surname Ashmun, who served in the War of the Revolution.

The Revolutionary War records of this office have been searched and the record of one soldier, only, with that surname has been found, that of Samuel Ashman. This surname was reached under similar spellings.

The data which follow concerning Samuel Ashman were obtained from claim for pension W.25382 based on his service in the War of the Revolution.

Samuel Ashman was born in February 1764, at Fort Edward, Saratoga County, New York. The names of his parents were not given.

While residing in Stillwater, New York, Samuel Ashman volunteered in the summer of 1781, served six weeks as private in Colonel John McKinstry's New York regiment, stationed a part of the time in Fort Edward. He enlisted sometime in April, 1782, served in Captain Job Wright's company Colonel Marinus Willett's New York regiment, and was discharged sometime in January 1784,

Samuel Ashman lived after the Revolution, in Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, about four years, when he moved to Champlain, Clinton County, New York.

He was allowed pension on his application executed October 2, 1832, then a resident of Champlain, New York. He died in Champlain, August 29, 1846.

Samuel Ashman married February 17, 1790 in Richmond, Massachusetts, Parthenia Raymond. The date and place of her birth and names of her parents were not given.

The widow, Parthenia Ashman, was allowed pension on her application executed February 18, 1848, at which time she was aged seventy-seven years, and living in Champlain, New York.

There is no reference to children.

Eunice Goodrick sister of the widow, Parthenia Ashman, was living in Clinton County, New York, in 1847, and stated that she was present at the marriage of Samuel Ashman and Parthenia Raymond.

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