Pension Application for Anthony Carter or Shirkee
W.4911 (Widow: Mary)
State of New York
Cayuga County SS.
Anthony Carter, alias Anthony Shirkee of the Town of Aurelius in County aforesaid, being duly sworn deposeth & saith that he was a Canadian refugee & enlisted as a private soldier in 1778 under Captain Anthony Poland in the Regiment, called the Congress regiment under General Moses Hazen for & during the war and remained in said Regiment till after the peace in 1783 & was honorably discharged at Snake Hill in Orange County in state aforesaid. That the last Captain under which this deponent served was Captain Anthony Seely.
And this deponent further saith that by reason of his reduced circumstances he is now in need of assistance from this country for support and that he has lost his discharge (Signed with his mark) Anthony Carter.
Anthony Carter says he has three brothers served during the war that he is part French that he was called a Cannadian Reffugee, that his name in French is Shirkee.
State of New York
Cayuga County SS
On this Sixth day of July 1820 personally appeared in open court, being a court of record for the said county, in the July term of Com. Please, Anthony Carter (alias) Shirkee aged 56 years, resident of the Town of Aurelius in said county, then first being duly sworn, according to law, doth, on his oath, declare that he served in the revolutionary war as follows.
That he was a private in the Company of Captain Polan in Col. Hazen’s that [he] enlisted March 1778 for three years, served until about a month before his time was out when he was returned for during war and that he was discharged at Snake Hill New York June 1785 and that my original claim was dated 8th April 1818. The number of my Pension Certificate is 8354 (discharged out Capt. Selly’s Company.
And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States, on the 18th day of March 1818; and that I have not, since that time, by fit, sale, or in any manner, disposed of my property, or any part thereof, with intent thereof, with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress, entitled “An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval services of the United States, in the revolutionary war”, passed on the 18th day of March 1818; and that I have not, nor has any person in trust for me, any property, or securities, contracts to debts, due to me; nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed, and by me subscribed.
And I do solemnly swear further that my trade is that of a farmer and that I am afflicted with a Rheumatic “Complaint so that I am not able to contribute much to the support of my family if any and that my family consists of my wife Mary aged [54?] very weakly one daughter named Matilda aged 6, who is very weakly and further that I was in the Battles of the taking [of] Burgoyne, Stony Point, Springfield, New Jersey, taking Com. Wallace, Several other Skirmishes. (Signed with his mark) Anthony Carter.
Sworn to, and declared, on the 6th day July 1820, before me. Charles Kellog, Judge of Cayuga Com. Pleas.
Letter written in reply to request for information, dated January 26, 1910.
In reply to your letter dated the 10th and received the 11th instant, you are advised that from the papers on file in pension claim, Wid. File No. 4,911, it appears that the family of Cartier, Charthie or Carter and Colonel Moses Hazen, resided at Saint Anthony, Canada, and at the outbreak of the Revolution the Cartiers became French-Canadian regufees, removed to Fishkill, New York, and four of the sons served in Colonel Moses Hazeen’s regiment, of whom the two brothers Anthony Carter and Joseph Charthie are the only names stated.
Anthony Carter was born February 24, 1765; enlisted as “Anthony Shirkee” in April 1776, and served as a Fifer until the execution of Major Andre—company and regiment not stated.
Enlisted in March 1778, and served as a Private in Captains Antoine Paulint’s and Anthony Selin’s companies of colonel Moses Hazen’s 2d Canadian or Congress’ Own Regiment until after Peace was declared, and was discharged at Snake Hill, Orange County, New York, having served seven years and four months. He was in the battles of White Plains, Springfield, Trenton, Brandywine, Germantown, taking of Burgoyne, Monmouth, Stony Point, and taking of Cornwallis.
He was allowed pension on his application executed April8, 1818, while fifty-four years of age and resident of Aurelius, Cayuga County, New York.
Soldier married at West Point, New York, April 16, 1782, Mary or Polly Willcox born October 14, 1767; he died October 1[8?] 1836, and she was allowed pension on her application executed January 3, 1822, while a resident of Ithaca, New York. In 1845 she resided in Lucas County, Ohio.
Anthony born October 19, 1784, married May22, 1805 Rachel Teter.
Poly born January 1, 1790 married June 18, 1818, Asa Wilcox.
Eunice born January 18, 1798.
Betsey born November 9, 18—
Matilda born August 13, 1818.
In 1846, Amelia Matilda Thorp and Lewis M. Thorp of Lucas County, Ohio, testified in the case.
Return to opening page of Morrison's Pensions