Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for Lambert Clement

State of New York
Montgomery County SS
            On this 11th day of September one thousand eight hundred and thirty-three personally appeared in open court before the Hon. Abraham Morrell, first judge and Samuel A. Gilbert, Henry I, Dievendorff, John Hand and David Spraker Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said county now sitting Lambert Clement a resident of the Town of Stratford in said County of Montgomery and State of New York, aged seventy-five years and three months who being first duly sworn 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.
            That in the summer of 1775 he, this applicant, then a resident of the Town of Johnstown at the age of eighteen was enrolled in the Militia Company of Capt. John Fisher (1) in Colonel Frederick Fisher’s Regiment and during the summer of this year was several times called out a few days at a time at one time went by orders of Col. Fisher and helped to build a fort or block house at Mayfield (2) which took two weeks to the best of his recollection.  All the service he did in this year was not less than two months. 
            In the year 1776 this applicant served as a Corporal (3) in Captain Fisher’s Company and Col. Fisher’s Regiment.
            That in the month of June in this year, this applicant marched to the Fort at Herkimer and from there to Fort Schuyler, (4) now Utica and Fort Stanwix was at the last named fort when the news came that independence was declared that he was in this year at least three months.
            That the applicant still in Capt. Fishers Company in Col. Fishers Regiment in May was ordered to Fort Plain, was there stationed one month then marched to Fort Herkimer and did duty in the garrison and going on scouting parties untill the last of July when orders came from General Herkimer for the militia to march to the defence of Fort Stanwix.  That on the first of August this applicant marched with the company of Captain Fisher as far as Oriskany and was in the battle at that place on the 6th August 1777. 
            That after the battle the remnant of Capt. Fisher’s Company returned to Fort Herkimer and this applicant was then drafted and put under the command in Captain Yeoman’s in Col. Fisher’s Regiment and marched to Fort Stanwix and placed under the command of Colonel Gansevoort. (5) That he served under Col. Gansevoort one month.  Was then verbally discharged when he returned to Johnstown where he remained until the spring of 1778 when on the 1st of April in that year he enlisted into the bateau or naval service in the Company of John Lefler in which service he continued until the 1st day of January, a period of nine months when he was verbally discharged at Albany when he returned to Johnstown and was again enrolled in the Company of Capt. Fisher (6) but did not do much duty during the winter.
            In the spring of this year Capt. Fisher was killed by the Indians at Caughnawaga and his brother Col. Fisher was scalped and left for dead but recovered after the death of Capt. Fisher the command of the company devolved on Captain Wemple, (7) in whose company this applicant continued until the close of the war, in the campaign of 1779 he was several times called out on sudden alarms but not absent for more than about ten days at any one time during the campaign of 1780.  This applicant volunteered into the Company of Capt. Yeoman’s (8) for three months was stationed at Fort Plain doing duty in the garrison, during the tour was at the Battle at Stone Arabia (9) was discharged, returned home the first of November and after which he was not actively engaged during the war except at the Battle at Johnstown (10)when and where he volunteered with the Company of Capt. Wemple and fought under Col. Willett.  This was in the month of October 1781.  Was from home at this time only ten days.
            He hereby relinquishes any 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. 
To the questions directed to be propounded he answers:
            First, that he [was] born on the 4th day of June 1757. 
            Second, that he has a record of his age in his Bible now at his house in the Town of Stratford. (11)
            Third, that he was living in the Town of Johnstown when he entered the service that he lived in the said town since the Revolutionary War until the spring of 1808 when he removed to the Town of Stratford where he now resides. 
            Fourth, that he entered the service in the first instance by being ordered by Col. Fisher at other times by draft, as a volunteer and being ordered by superior officers as herein stated.
            Fifth, Col. Gansevoort, Col. Willett (12) and General Van Rensselaer were with the troops, as also the Militia Regiment of Col. Fisher, Col. Harper, Col. Klock and Col. Waggoner were occasionally stationed at the forts along the Mohawk.  The general circumstances of whose service was the service of this applicant was defending the frontiers, the forts, and stations therein.
            Sixth, that he never received any other except a verbal discharge.
            Seventh, that I am acquainted with Ebenezer Bliss, William Crossman and others who I believe will testify as to my character for veracity and their belief as my service in the revolution.
(Signed with his mark) Lambert Clement
            Subscribed and sworn the day and year aforesaid in open court.
(Signed) Geo. D. Ferguson, Clerk

State of Ohio
Summit County SS
            On this twenty-sixth day of February, in the year 1848, personally appeared before the subscriber a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Summit in the State of Ohio, Mary Clement, a resident of Coventry in said county aged eighty years, she not being able in consequence of bodily infirmity to appear in open court.  Who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision of the Act of Congress passed March 3, 1843 and June 7, 1844. 
            That she is the widow of Lambert Clement late of Coventry aforesaid, deceased, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and as such a pensioner of the United States at the rate of $60.88 per annum.
            That she was married to the said Lambert Clement at Schenectady in the State of New York February 28, 1787.  That her husband the aforesaid Lambert Clement died at Coventry aforesaid March 31, 1842.  That she was not married to the said Lambert prior to his leaving the service, but that the marriage took place on previous to the first day of January 1794.  Viz at the time above stated.
            For proof of his services she refers to his papers on file in the Pension Office at Washington.
            For proof of the marriage to the accompanying papers.
(Signed with her mark)  Mary Clement
            Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written before me. (Signed) John Hoy Associate Judge.
            I, Lucius S. Peck (signed) Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Summit in the Sate of Ohio, do hereby certify that John Hoy, Esquire, is a judge of the said court, duly commissioned and qualified and that I am well acquainted with the hand.
August 18, 1931
Miss Ethel R. Clement
P.O. Box 21
Bath, New York
Dear Madam:
            You are advised that it appears from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, W. 6695, that Lambert Clement was born June 4, 1757 at Johnstown New York.
            While living there he enlisted and served at various times from sometime in 1775 until sometime in 1781, amounting to about twenty-three months and ten days in all, as private and corporal with the New York troops under Captains John Fisher and Yeomans and John Wemple, in the bateau service under Captain John Lefler, and under Colonels Frederick Fisher, Gansevort and Marinus Willett.  He was in the battles of Oriskany, Stone Arabia, and Johnstown.
            He was allowed pension on his application executed September 11, 1833, at which time he was living in Stratford, Montgomery County, New York, having moved there in 1808 from Johnstown, New York.
            He died March 31, 1842 at Coventry Ohio.
            The soldier married February 28, 1787, Mary Vedder of Rosendale, New York and he was then living in Caughnawaga.
            She was allowed pension on her application executed February 26, 1848, while a resident of Coventry, Ohio aged eighty years.
            Their son, his name not given; was living in Summit County, Ohio in 1840.
            Very truly yours,
            A.D. Hiller
            Assistant to Administrator

End Notes For Lambert Clement W.6695

  1. His name does not appear on Captain John Fisher's [Visscher's] Company Muster Roll. Fisher's Company beat would have been in and around the Tribes Hill area. The Town of Johnstown was mostly in the company beat of Captain John Davis. Davis was killed in the Battle of Oriskany on the 6th August 1777. First Lieutenant Abraham Veeder was then promoted to Captain. Lambert's name does appear in this company's muster roll.
  2. The Blockhouse at Sacondaga was not built until April of 1779 when ordered to be built by General James Clinton. Earthen redoubts were built in 1776 and were used by the local militia and Continental troops when stationed in the area.
  3. Lambert is listed as Sergeant in Captain Veeder's Company but that would be 1778 or later.
  4. There was a Fort Schuyler there in what is now in Utica, Oneida County but it was in ruins before the War of Independence. When Fort Stanwix was renamed Fort Schuyler in honor of Generla Philip Schuyler the one in Utica was usually referred to as Old lFort Schuyler.
  5. Peter Gansevoort, Colonel of the Thired New York Continental Regiment. He would have been part of General Benedict Arnold's relief column which did reach Fort Schuyler on the 22 August 1777.
  6. Lambert is wrong about the year. Capt. Fisher was killed on the 22nd of May 1780.
  7. Lambert's name does appear on Captain John Wemple's Company muster roll as a private. This would suggest that Lambert had moved closer to Tribes Hill where Wemple's Company beat would be.

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