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Pension Application for Henry Devoe

Declaration.  In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress, passed June 7, 1832
State of New York
County of Albany SS.
            On the nineteenth day of September 1832, personally appeared in open court, before the Justices Court of the City of Albany now sitting, Henry Devoe a resident of Bern in the county of Albany and state of New York aged Seventy-Eight 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 June7, 1832. That he entered the service of the United States, under the following named officers, and served as herein stated.  That in the spring of the year 1777 he was enrolled and did duty in a company of Infantry commanded by Captain White in Colonel Gansevoort’s Regiment of the New York line of State troops and continued to do duty there in for nine months which was after the surrender of Burgoyne and that he was discharged at Albany that he again enlisted in a company of Malitia as a private soldier in a company of Infantry commanded by Capt. Peter Tierce in Col. Willet’s Regiment and continued to do duty there for the period of nine months when it being in the year 1781 he was again honorably discharged that a short time after his said last discharge he enlisted for the period of two years in the same company and Regiment—and under the same officers and continued in service until the close of the war then he was honorably discharged at the City of Albany and that the whole time he was in the service exceeded two years.  And he further declares that the only persons now living to his knowledge who knew of & can testify to his aforesaid service are John Ouderkirk and Jellis A. Fonda whose affidavits are herewith transmitted that the said John Ouderkirk now resides in the City of Schenectady about fourteen miles from his place of residence that Jellis A. Fonda the other witness now resides at Chittenango about 130 miles there from.  That his affidavit and the affidavit of John Thornton were made at the time they bear date when this declarer applied for a pension under the law granting Pension to the revolutionary soldiers who has done services for nine months, on the Continental Establishment and was [???] that Colonel Willet’s regiment was a state regiment—and he further declares that the testimony of the aforesaid living witnesses could not be obtained in any other way than as herewith exhibited with the said putting him to great trouble & for more expenses than he is able to bear.  And he further declares that the received honorable discharges at the expiration each time of service above mentioned but the same have been destroyed and lost by time and accident. And that he has never been taught to write his name.
            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)  Henry DeVoe
            Sworn to and subscribed, the day and year aforesaid.  J.B. Wasson, Clk.

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