Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for William Johnson

State of New York
Broome County SS.
            On the fourteenth day of September 1820, personally appeared in open court in the court of Common Pleas for the said County of Broome being a court of record, having jurisdiction unlimited in point of amount, keeping a record of their proceedings and having the power of fine and imprisonment, William Johnson of Chenango in said county of Broome, aged fifty four years and upwards, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath declare that he served in the revolutionary war as follows, that he was enlisted in 1781 for nine months by Capt. Johnson, and served that time in Capt. Pearsee’s company in Col. Wiessenfelt’s regiment in the New York Line—that he has received a pension certificate, that the date of his original declaration is the 11th day of April A.D. 1818—and the number of his pension certificate is 3642.
            The following is a schedule of the property of the said William Johnson—The undivided [?] of one hundred acres of land in said Chenango, purchased by this deponent and Abraham Johnson of Ammi Doubleday about a year since for three hundred dollars, and mortgaged to the said Doubleday for securing the payment of that sum with interest—the land when purchased was and still is unimproved and in a state of nature, and is not worth more than the amount of the purchase money and interest.
            Personal property – one cow- one table –five chairs, one old pair fire [?] one old kettle, one old chest- one nail hammer-one pair steel yards—six knives and forks-one clock reel-sixteen fowls.  (Signed)  William Johnson
            And the said William Johnson doth further on oath declare that from a complaint in his breast he is unable to labor more than half the time—His family consists of his wife aged fifty nine and upwards—she is [?] and for several years been afflicted with the rheumatism and has one stiff knee, occasioned by it—one son Jacob Johnson aged fifteen years and upwards of a weak constitution, sickly and unable to labor—at present entirely confined to his bed by illness, one daughter Sarah Johnson, aged thirteen years and upwards, lamed on leg, occasioned by an accident in a mill and I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th 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, on 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 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 hereto annexed and by me subscribed.  (Signed) William Johnson
            Sworn to and declared the 14 day of September 1820 before A. Doubleday, Clerk

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