Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for Uriah or Ryer Deline

W.25531 (Widow: Mary.  Awarded $27.00 per annum.)
B.L.Wt. 32[rest cut off]
            Declaration: In order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
State of Vermont
Franklin County SS.
            On this 23rd day of December AD 1835, personally appeared before me the undersigned authority, Uriah DeLine, a resident of Stanbridge in the County of Mississippian and Province of Lower Canada (1) aged seventy one 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 provision made by 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.
            In the year 1781, he was a resident of Warrensbush, on the River Schoharie in the State of New York, and in the month of April or May (believes is was in April) he enlisted at Fort Hunter on the Mohawk River under Capt. Putnam, Lieut. Putnam and Garret Newkirk, [also spelled Nukerk] in the Reg. commanded by Col. Willet and Adjutant Funday [Jellis A. Fonda] for nine months and was station at Fort Hunter about two or three months (according to the best of his recollection), from thence to Fort Plain where the applicant thinks he stayed three or four months and from thence returned back to Fort Hunter, where he remained until he was discharged, he believes in the month of December or first of January.
            During the time he was stationed at Fort Hunter the troops had two engagements with the enemy.  The first was in the summer at a place called Thurlough.(2)  The enemy was attacked in the morning, by a small party of the Americans who were repulsed.  In this action Capt. McKain (3) was wounded and died soon after and according to the best of his recollection, four or five of the American soldiers were killed and a number wounded, and about forty or fifty of the enemy were killed.  In the fall of the year, the British Indians & Tories appeared at a place called Stone Arabia and were commanded by Major Ross (4) and Butler.  The next day the American troops crossed the River and proceeded to Johnstown where the enemy had collected and sere committing depredations upon the inhabitants.  The action commenced about the middle of the day and continued until dark.  In two or three days after the Americans again pursued the enemy and came up with them at Canada Creek.  The enemy defended the creek and the ford and Col. Butler was killed.  (5)  The Americans forded the creek and pursued after the enemy two or three days and took a number of prisoners. (6) Their provisions becoming short, they were obliged to give up the chase and return to the fort where he stayed until his time expired which he thinks was in the month of December January 1782.
            I was born in Warrensbush in the State of N. York in the year 1764, according to the best of my recollection.  I have no record of my age.  I was a resident of Warrensbush when I was called into service.
            I lived in Warrensbush after the Revolutionary War, about twenty years, removed from thence to Bushnell-basin on the Hudson River where I lived about seven or eight years, and moved from thence to Stanbridge, where I now live.
            I was called into service by enlisting as stated in my declaration.
            During the time I was in service I became acquainted with the following named officers, viz: Col. Willet, Adjt Funday, Capt. Shaw, Capt. McKain, Lt Putnam & Newkirk, Capt. Ellsworth, Lieut. Froman, Capt. Putnam under whom I served. 
            When I was discharged I think I received it from Capt. Putnam and I well recollect of receiving a written discharge, which I kept several years, but cannot tell what has become of it.
            I am personally acquainted with the following named persons residing in my neighborhood who can testify as to my character for veracity and their belief of my having been a soldier of the Revolution.  Viz: Ebener Phelps, Clark R. Vaughan Esqr., Soloman Walbridge, Capt. Geor. Sax, Capt. John Chander, William Stanton, David Smith & Martin rice.  I am not acquainted with any clergyman who can testify in my case.
            He hereby relinquishes every 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.  (Signed with his mark)  Uriah DeLine.
            Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

            Mary DeLine aged 77 years, resident of Stanbridge in Canada East, (7) applied for pension in 1855.  She states he enlisted at German Flats on or about the first day of April AD 1787 for nine months and was honorably discharged the first day of January AD 1782.  They were married in Highgeath? Vt. on the ___ day of October 1817 by John Barr a Justice of the Peace and her name before marriage was Mary Hollenbeck.  Her said husband died at Stanbridge, Canada East on the 12 day of April AD 1856 and that she is a widow.  She too applied for pension in Franklin County, Vermont. 

End Notes (AJ Berry)

  1. British colony on the lower St. Lawrence River and the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence (1791-1841). It covered the southern portion of the modern day province of Québec, Canada, as well as the Labrador region of the modern day province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  2. This battle was known by many names; Turlough, New Dorlach, or Sharon.  It occurred July 10, 1781.
  3. Capt. Robert McKean from Cherry Valley.  McKean at his request was brought to Fort Plain on a litter where he survived his wound but a day or two.
  4. Sir John Johnson and Joseph Brant commanded the enemy forces, not Ross and Butler.  The soldier is confused as to the dates also.  The Battle of Stone Arabia occurred October 19, 1780; Ross and Butler were at the Battle of Johnstown October 25, 1781.
  5. October 30, 1781, Walter Butler was killed at the West Canada Creek.  Walter N. Butler was a captain, his father John Butler was a colonel.
  6. The pursuit was kept up until evening when Col. Willett started his return march due to low provisions and worsening weather.  
  7. Canada East.  In 1840 the Act of Union was passed. It became effective the next year and joined Upper and Lower Canada under a central government. The two colonies were known as Canada West and Canada East, respectively.

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