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Pension Application for Archibald Campbell

W.1138 (Widow: Eliza)
            State of Connecticut & County of Litchfield SS.  Court of Probate for the district of Sharon.
            At a Court of Probate for the District of Sharon holden at Salisbury on the 20 day of August AD. 1832 Present.
            Samuel Church Esq, Judge.
            On this 20 day of August AD 1832 personally appeared in Open Court before the Court of Probate for the district of Sharon now sitting Archibald Campbell a resident of the Town of Salisbury in the County of Litchfield & State of Connecticut aged sixty nine 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.  I was born in the town of Voluntown in the county of Windham in the State of Connecticut in the year seventeen hundred and sixty three as I suppose tho I have no record of my age, when called into service of the United States in the war of the Revolution I lived in the Town of Mount Washington as it is now called in the South Western part of the County of Berkshire and Common Wealth of Massachusetts and since the close of the war of the Revolution I have lived in said Mount Washington part of the time tho the greater part of the time I have resided in said town of Salisbury where I now reside.  I entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.  I enlisted in the month of May (1) I think, but perhaps it was April in the year 1781 as I think, into a company of New York State troops as I suppose and commanded by Captain Jonathan Pearcy, (2) & Lieutenants Richardson & Trimper (3), the company was attached to a regiment commanded by Colonel Marinus Willett late of the City of New York, in the spring of the year 1781 as I think, I marched to Albany was stationed there a part of the summer of 1781, thence marched to Fort Hunter on the Mohawk River near the mouth of Schoharie Creek, thence to Fort Plain on the Mohawk near Canajoharie here we staid the first winter, next spring or summer we marched to Fort Herkimer and returned again to Fort Plain, and on the 11th day of February 1783 we started on a march from Fort Plain crossed the Oneida Lake and marched thro the wilderness to Oswego, we had some Indian guides along, the expedition was intended to take the Fort at Oswego, but by reason of some mistake of the Indian guides as I understood we failed in our enterprise & we returned again to Fort Plain.  This was a severe march in which the troops suffered much.  We again marched to Fort Herkimer and during the summer of 1783 we went to a place called Fort Stanwick, and was employed in clearing & making roads & bridges, and erecting blockhouses at Fort Stanwick, we returned late in the fall of 1783 we returned to Fort Plain, and afterwards, came down to Schenectady & were quartered in barracks there until the 7th day of January 1784 when I was discharged.  I received a written discharge by order of Governor Clinton signed P. B. Tearce Capt. Commadant, and certified by P. Moor Adj. which discharges is now in my possession. (4)  I enlisted for three years and was discharged after having served about two years and eight or nine months.  The news of Peace arrived before I was discharged & we had a day of rejoicing on that account.  I suppose the records & papers of my company are at the War office at Washington, as sometime after I was discharged by directions of the Pay Master I sent to Philadelphia for my arrears of pay and received it. There was a regiment with us called the Rhode Island Regiment, I can’t remember the names of the officers, our Majors name was Van Scouten, I think a Dutchman.
            I am known to Elisha Sterling, Esq., John M. Holley, Esq., John C. Coffing, and others in said town of Salisbury who can testify to my character for veracity and their belief of my services as a soldier of the Revolution, tho I cannot find any person now living by whom my said services can be proved, or have any written document by which to proved nor have I any written document by which to prove them other than the discharge aforesaid.  I was in no battle during my service.  And I hereby relinquish every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present & declare that my name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.  Sworn to & subscribed the day and year aforesaid.  (Signed) Archibald Campbell.
            Reply to a letter of inquiry dated February 25, 1938.
            The data which follow concerning Archibald Campbell were obtained from papers on file in pension claim, W.1138, based upon his service in the Revolutionary War.
            Archibald Campbell was born May 11, 1763 in Voluntown, Connecticut.  The names of his parents were not given.
            While residing in Mount Washington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, he enlisted in the spring of 1781, served as a private in Captain Jonathan Pearcy’s company, Colonel Marinus Willett’s New York regiment, and was discharged January 7, 1784.
            Archibald Campbell moved from Mount Washington, Massachusetts, four or five years after the close of the Revolution, to Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut.
            He was allowed pension on his application executed August 20, 1832, then a resident of Salisbury, Connecticut.
            Archibald Campbell married January 25, 1824, Eliza (Elizabeth) Jaqua; she was then of Sharon, Connecticut, and he was of Salisbury, Connecticut.
            He died in Salisbury, April 18, 1843.
            His widow, Eliza (Elizabeth) Campbell was allowed pension on her application executed May 14, 1853, then a resident of Salisbury, Connecticut.
            The widow, Eliza (Elizabeth) Campbell, was allowed one hundred acres of bounty land on her application executed April 23, 1855, at which time she was aged sixty-eight years and living in New Marlborough, Massachusetts.  The names of her parents were not stated, nor was it shown where she was born.
            There is no reference to children.
            One Frank Jacuq was in 1855 a resident of New Marlborough, Massachusetts; it was not stated that he was related to the widow.

End Notes—Archibald Campbell—W1138

  1. The following was extracted from Col. Marinus Willett’s Descriptive Book, No. 4, Doc. No. 11105, Special Collections and Manuscripts New York State Library, Albany, NY. “Enlisted 24 May 1782 from Class for 2 years from Berkshire County, Massachusetts Born in Rhode Island.  Age 18, 5 ft 3 in., complexion-sandy, Hair-Red, Eyes Dark , Occupation-Farmer.”
  2. He is on Captain John Pearcey’s (Pearse, Percy, Pearce, etc.) Company’s Pay Roll for 1783 as serving as a private for 12 months.  He had been paid £26.. 60.. and the balance due was £53.. 30.. .  Revolutionary War Rolls 1775-1783, Series M-246, Roll 78, Folder 173, National Archives, Washington D.C.
  3. Lieutenants Josiah Richardson and Lawrence Tremper.
  4. Extracted from the discharge paper.  “Peter B. Tearce Esqr.  The bearer Archibald Campbell Private in the New York State Battalion is hereby Discharged ___?___ to Orders Received from his Excellency Governor Clinton. Given at Schenectady Jany 7th 1784.  P.B. Tearce Capt. Commandg.  Registered in the Book of the Battalion.  P. Moor Adjt."

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