Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for John Garrison

In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832
State of New York
County of Seneca SS.
            On this 28th day of May 1833 personally appeared in open court before the Hon. Daniel Mosely Circuit judge of the seventh circuit of the State of New York, the said court now sitting at Ovid John Garrison of the Town of Ovid in the County of Seneca and State of New York aged seventy seven 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 June 7th 1833.
            That he entered the service of the United States as a private in the Militia under the following named officers and served as herein Stated.
            Faintly? deponent says that in the year 1776 in the month of September deponent was living at Livingston Manor in the County of Albany at that time and was enrolled & served in the Militia in that place under Marks Platner commanded of the company, the company was called upon to go to Fishkill most of the company volunteered & marched out under Captain Peter Gosbeck, when we arrived at Fishkill joined Col. Peter Livingston Regiment we lay at this place three and an half months and then we got dismissed duty was to stand guard.
            Deponent says that in the first of April 1777 he was called out to go to the high lands below Fishkill, deponent and about  forty others went out and marched under Captain Platner when we arrived at the high lands was joined to Col. Livingston Regiment duty was to stand guard remained eleven weeks at the high lands and then were dismissed and then deponent returned home.
            Deponent says that on or about the first of October 1778 deponent was again called upon to go to a place called Still water a place above Albany on the North River deponent and about twenty of the Company deponent belonged to volunteered and went out under Captain Platner when we arrived there we joined & belonged to Col. Livingston Regiment the Col. went up with us our duty was to stand guard remained there four weeks, and then was discharged and deponent went home.
            Deponent says in the month of August 1779 deponent and fifteen others were ordered by Col. Livingston and by him stationed at Livingston Manor for nine weeks at the Col. house and duty was to stand guard.
            That in the month of October 1779 deponent and the residue of the company were called upon to go to Claverack we marched out under Capt. Platner in Col. Livingston Regiment remained there one week and then returned home.
            About two weeks after deponent returned home he was called upon and went to Kinderhook remained there three or four days and then was dismissed and returned home went out under Capt. Platner.
            Deponent says he knew Gen’l Brooks, Gen’l Washington, Col. Livingston of the Militia during the Revolutionary War, that he has no documentary evidence of his service and knows of no person who can testify to his services, except Jacob Koon and that only to a part of his services—whose deposition is hereunto annexed.
            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.
            To the interrogatories  propounded by the said court to the above named applicant for a pension on account of services rendered in the Militia of the State of New York during the Revolutionary War as prescribed by the war department.

  1. Says that he was born in Livingston Manor in the month of March 1756.
  2. Does not know of any record of his age.
  3. Was living in Livingston Manor in the State of New York when he rendered the services, and after the war for about fifteen years, then he moved into Rensellaer ville in Albany County and remained there until he moved into the town of Ovid in the County of Seneca and State of New York which was fourteen or fifteen years ago and where he now resides.
  4. Served as a private.
  5. Knew Gen’l Washington, Gen’l Brook & Col. Livingston while out in the service and has no documentary evidence of it.
  6. That he never received a written discharge.
  7. That he is known in his present neighborhood by Asgill Gibbs esqr, P.M. Ovid, Peter Cowley and Elijah Kinne who can testify to his character for truth and veracity. 

(Signed with his mark)  John Garrison
            Sworn to and subscribed in open court Enos Dhnforth?

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