Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for David Campbell

Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
            On this 9th day of September 1832 personally appeared in open court before the honorable Edward Herick President & the honorable John Williams & Jonathan Strong his associates Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of said County now sitting David Campbell a resident of Burlington township in the county of Bradford & State of Pennsylvania aged sixty seven 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 7th 1832, that he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated he enlisted as a private about the month of January 1782 in a volunteer regiment commanded by Col. Marinus Willett in a company commanded by Capt. Persall (or some name sounding like Persall) in Nobletown in the state of New York & was mustered in Albany & joined the regt at that place-remained in Albany with the regiment until the last of May or the first of June following the enlistment when we marched to Fort Plains on the Mohawk River & remained there the greatest part of the summer & then went to German Flats & remained through the winter & in the spring went to Fort Herkimer & remained there till the next winter & then went (he thinks) in January or February on an expedition with the regiment of Col. Willet & in company with Col. Holton’s regiment to Oswego but did not reach Oswego by reason of being led in a wrong course by an Indian pilot & went beyond it & was drove back by a superior force of British & Indians & returned to Fort Stanwix in March or April (as he believes) & built some stores & block houses for the use of the troops & remained there till December following when the regiment was discharged—he received a written discharge signed by Col. Willett, Capt. Persall & by Phiny Moore the adjutant which discharge was consumed in his house being burnt about twenty four years since—during the expedition to Oswego he froze one foot which has occasioned lameness to the present time—the regiment during the above three years was occasionally divided & stationed at different places—the same statement is to times & places is according to his best recollection—Col. Holton’s regiment was stationed in the Mohawk country from the time of the expedition to Oswego till we were discharged—he has no documentary evidence of his service—he enlisted for three years & served two years & seven months—was not in any engagement his native place is Blandford Massachusetts—his parent resided in the town of Nobletown (then) Albany County New York at the time of his enlistment & he resided with them till he enlisted—he lived at Nobeltown for several years after the war when he removed to Pennsylvania & has resided in (now) Bradford County of the last forty years he has no record of his age & no proof of his service except his mother whose deposition is hereto annexed there is no resident clergy in the township of his residence—He hereby relinquishes all claims whatever to any pension except the foregoing and declares his name is not on the pension list of the agency of any state in the union.  (Signed) David Campbell
            Sworn & Subscribed the day & year aforesaid Sept. 9th 1833.  J.P. Bull. Pwt.
Reply to a letter requesting information, dated May 16, 1836.
            The data furnished herein were obtained from papers on file in pension claim S.24101, based upon the service of David Campbell in the War of the Revolution.
            David Campbell was a native of Blandsford, Massachusetts, date of his birth not given.
            While residing, with his parents in Nobeltown, Albany County, New York, David Campbell enlisted January 1, 1782, served as a private in Captain Pearcey’s company, Colonel Marinus Willett’s New York regiment, on an expedition to Oswego one of his feet was frozen, which caused permanent lameness, he continued in service until sometime in December, 1783.
            Several years after the Revolution, he moved from Nobletown to the state of Pennsylvania.
            He was allowed pension on his application executed, September 9, 1833, at which time he was aged sixty-seven years and living in Burlington Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania; he then stated that he has resided in Bradford County for forty years.
            His mother, Jane Campbell, was eighty-nine years of age in 1833, and then residing in Burlington Township, Pennsylvania; the name of his father is not given.
            The soldier, David Campbell, died December 15, 1848.
            It is not stated that the soldier was ever married.

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