Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for Abraham Johnson

Private, New York Line, 4 years, Regiment commanded by Colonel Dubois.
State of New York
Tompkins County SS.
            Abraham Johnson of the Village of Ithaca in said County of Tompkins on this twenty third day of January 1828 personally appeared in open court in the Court of Common Pleas, holden in and for said County in said state, constituted a Court of records by the laws of said State, with power to hear, try, and determine all actions, real, personal and [?] arising in said County; and also all transitory actions although the same have not arisen in said County and with other [?] aged seventy nine years on the sixteenth day of April 1828, who being duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the Act of Congress of the 18th of March 1818 and the first of May 1820, that he the said Abraham Johnson enlisted for the term of three years on the 22d day of July 1776 at Newburgh in the County of Orange in the State of New York in the Company commanded by Captain James Rosekrans in the Regiment commanded by Col. Lewis Dubois in the line of the State of New York, on the Continental establishment, that he continued to serve in the said Corps until about the first day of January 1780, when he was discharged from the service in Morristown in the State of New Jersey; that he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension except the present that his name has been placed on the pension lists, that he has lost his pension certificate for which reason he is unable to state the number of this service and that he never before exhibited a schedule of his property because he was occupying a small house and seventeen acres of land under a lease to continue during the time he this declarant and his wife (who is a second wife) continued to live together; on the products of which and forty three dollars and twenty cents per year being the interest on a Bond & Mortgage given to this declarant for six hundred and seventeen dollars and seventeen cents by John Johnson on which he was enabled with economy to support himself and wife.  That the wife of this declarant for reasons he is unable to state has since left him and gone to life with her children, whereby his interest in the said house and piece of ground was terminated.  That at the time of taking said bond and Mortgage from the said John Johnson which was on the fourth day of January 1819, and made payable to the fourth day of January 1820 with interest annually this declarant agreed that he would never call for any part of the consideration due on said Bond & Mortgage during his life except the interest which he was to receive annually—that this declarant has been under the necessity of hiring his Board and is now living with one of his grand children—That the interest on the said Bond and Mortgage is entirely inadequate for his support, and he therefore relies on the liberality and Bounty of his Country for aid.  And in pursuance of the Statute of the 1st May 1820 I do solemnly swear that I was a resident Citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift, sale, or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby 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 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 accts due to me nor have I any income other than that above mentioned and that contained in the schedule hereto annexed and by me subscribed.  That since the 18th of March 1818 there has been no material change in my property except as above stated.  That he is unable to accompany the Lease # above mentioned herewith, the said Lease having been lost or purloined from among his other papers, by some person to him unknown.  (Signed)  Abr’m Johnson
            Sworn before me January 23d 1828 in open court.  Miles Finck, Dep. Clk of Tompkins Common Pleas.
            The following is a just and true inventory and schedule of all the Estate both Real and personal of Abraham Johnson.
            Real Estate none.
            Personal estate, one clocke $15, one silver watch $10, one old chest one skillet $0.75, Note against Silvanus B. Norton for $6--, Note against Eli Whitney for $8 Bad.  He owes for Tombstones $13—
            A Bond and Mortgage given by John Johnson to this declarant on the 4th day of January 1819 for six hundred And seventeen dollars and seventeen cents & payable the fourth day of January 1820, the interest annually amounts to $43.20.  (Signed) Abr’m Johnson
            Sworn before me in open Court January 23d, 1828.  Miles Finck, Dep Clk of Tompkins Common Pleas.

Letter dated October 21, 1933 written in response to a request for information
            Reference is made to your request for the Revolutionary War record of Abraham Johnson. 
            The date furnished herein were obtained from the papers on file in pension claim, S.43729, based upon the Revolutionary War service of Abraham Johnson.
            He was born April 16, 1749, place not stated, nor are the names of his parents shown.
            Abraham Johnson enlisted at Newburgh, Orange County, New York, July 22, 1776 and served as orderly-sergeant in Captain James Rosekrans’ company, colonel Lewis Dubois’ New York regiment; he was in the battles of White Plains, Fort Montgomery and a “number of others”, and was discharged January 1, 1780 at Morristown, New Jersey.
            He was allowed pension on his application executed October 3, 1818, then residing in Danby, Tompkins County New York.
            On January 28, 1828, Abraham Johnson was living in Ithaca, New York, with one of his grandchildren, and his second wife was then living with her children, place not stazted, nor are there any names stated.
            The soldier, Abraham Johnson, died June 12, 1828.
            John Johnson in 1828 was a resident of Ithaca, New York and then Clerk of the County of Tompkins, and Arthur S. Johnson in 1828 stated that he was well acquainted with the soldier, Abraham Johnson; their relationship to each other or to the soldier not shown.

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