Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for Joseph Cramer

State of New York
Otsego County SS.
            Be it remembered that on the third day of April 1818 the above named Joseph Cramer came before me James S. Campbell, one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Otsego & State of New York--made oath that the facts stated in the foregoing petition & declaration are true & The said pursuant to the directions of the Act of Congress called “An Act to Provide for Certain Persons Engaged in The Land and Naval Service of The United States Engaged in The Revolutionary War” do certify to the secretary at war that it has appeared to my satisfaction the said Cramer served in the Revolutionary War against the common enemy for the term mentioned in the said petition & declaration herewith annexed & in pursuance of the directions of said act.  I do hereby certify to the Hon. The Secretary at War that the testimony of Joseph Cramer detailed in his affidavit hereunto annexed was taken before me and that I am satisfied that the application of said Cramer is fair & honorable in all respects & that he by reason of his reduced circumstances is in need of assistance from his country for support.
(signed) James Campbell
            To the Hon. John C. Calhoun, Secretary of the War Department of the United States. 
The Petition & declaration of Joseph Cramer of the Town of Danube in the State of New York, a resident citizen of the United States, aged sixty four years & upwards on oath setteth forth & declares that he enlisted in the month of April or March 1778 in Captain Lefers (1) Company in Colonel [Christopher] Yates Regiment of New York Levies & was attached to Col. Gansevort (2) line & served the same for nine months & received an honourably discharge (being the term for which he enlisted) and he further says that he immediately again enlisted in Captain Ehle’s (3) company in but he cannot tell to what regiment he belonged as he was immediately sent into the quarter master’s department & served as a bateaux man.  He enlisted for nine months &served out his time and was honourably discharged.  He was with the army and went to Stony Point & continued to serve in the said quarter masters department on the Hudson at different enlistments of nine months each--for two years That he was enlisted & considered as a soldier on the continental establishment after which in March 1781 he enlisted for nine months in Capt. Lefers (4) Company in Col. Willett’s Regiment of the New York Line & served for the term of nine months & was honourably discharged. 
            And he further says that he served in the Revolutionary War often in the New York Levies or as a Continental Soldier in quarter master’s department or Col. Willett’s Regiment for the term of nearly seven years.  
            That he had never received any pension from government that he is now extremely poor & no kind of property & by reason of his very reduced circumstances is absolutely in need of assistance from his country for support.
(his mark) Joseph Cramer
            Sworn and subscribed the 3d day of April before me James S. Campbell one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Otsego in & for the State of New York.
State of New York
Herkimer County SS.
            On this 4th day of October 1820 personally appeared in open court to wit the Court of Common Pleas for said county said court being by the laws of the State of New York constituted a court of record, Joseph Cramer aged 65 years past residence in the Town of Danube in the county of Herkimer who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows.
            I enlisted at Fort Plain then in the County of Tryon in the year of the first beginning of the war in Capt. John Lefers company of infantry under command of Colonel Hale, no. of the regiment, I don’t recollect in the New York Line where I served four years when I received an honorable discharge at Fishkill in the State of New York by Col. Hale the commander of my Regiment and that the date of my original declaration is on the 3d day of April 1818 and the number of my pension certificate is 3174  And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United Sates on the 18th day of March 1818 & that I have not since that time by gift, sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent hereby 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 Service of The United States Engaged 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 or debts due to me nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereunto annexed and by me subscribed.
            Real estate, I have none.  I own one cow and four sheep, three knives & three forks, four white places, 2[?] pewter spoons 2 small iron kettles, 1 old bed & bedding and Bedstead, 1 old pork barrel empty, (shovel, tongs & andirons I have not got).  I have 4 cups and saucers and 4 little pigs.
            I have to provide for family of my wife about 60 years of age & very infirm & two boys one aged 17 & the other aged 18 years and they are going to leave me next month & they work out for themselves my occupation as a common laborer & that I am very infirm & cannot labor at all & if I do not draw my pension.  I must be supported by the Town or private charity.
(Signed with his mark) Joseph Cramer
            Subscribed & sworn to October 4th 1820 before me David. [Hobb?]

End Notes

  1. Captain John Leffler.  Joseph (Jost) enlisted on the 24th of April 1778 in bateau service.
  2. Peter Gansevoort, Colonel of the Third New York Continental Regiment.  The Third New York Regiment was stationed at Fort Schuyler (Fort Stanwix) in 1777, 1778 and until about May of 1779.  Joseph’s service would be transporting supplies on the Mohawk River to Fort Schuyler.
  3. Joseph served under Captain Petrus H. Ehle in 1779.  Captain Ehle’s Company assisted in the Onondaga Expedition in April of 1779 and General James Clinton’s Expedition which in August joined General John Sullivan’s at Tioga.  Joseph apparently was detached from the company as he claims to have served on the Hudson River.  The bateau men were part of the Quartermaster’s Department.
  4. I have not found a payroll or muster roll for Leffler’s Company in 1781.  But Joseph’s name appears on a payroll of  Captain Adam Leipe’s Company in Colonel Samuel Campbell’s Regiment of Tryon County Militia (First Regiment) as serving 28 days between July 1780 and July 1782.

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