Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for Peter H. Loucks

State of New York
Montgomery County SS
            On this seventh day of September one thousand eight hundred & thirty two personally appeared before Henry I. Dievendorff one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Montgomery Peter. H. Loucks a resident of the Town of Ephratah in the County of Montgomery & State of new York, aged eighty seven years and fourteen days 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 1832.
            That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.  That he was enrolled as a private in a company of Militia commanded by Captain Rynier Van Evera.  I was attached to the Regiment commanded by Colonel Samuel Clyde.  The year that I entered the service under the aforesaid Captain was in the year 1777.  The day and month it is impossible for me to state having forgotten.  I served from that year to the year 1779 in the Spring.  All the while in actual service of the United States.  On the 3rd day of March 1779 I was employed & detached as a carpenter to build boats on the North River at Stillwater for the use of the army & about the first of April in that year he received a furlough for ten days to come home to Canajoharie.  That on his return at or near Amsterdam on the 10th day of April was ambushed by a party of Indians & taken prisoner & conveyed to Montreal & that he continued a prisoner until the 22nd day of January 1782 and was released by order of the Governor at Quebeck & gave a pass to return to his home in the United States which he has lost.  This deponent further says that he entered the service as a volunteer & continued in the said Service as a volunteer & continued in the said service untill he was taken prisoner.  That he marched from the Mohawk river to Cherry Valley and arrived soon after the battle was ended collecting & burning the dead & procuring sustenance for the wounded & then returned back to the Mohawk continuing guarding the frontiers from Fort Hunter to Fort Stanwix on the interior of Tryon County to the lines of Canada until detached as a foresaid.  At present he recollects the names of no regular officers under whom he served.  That he was under the immediate command of Colonel Samuel Clyde and General Nicholas Herkimer Brigade of Militia, both of whom he was well acquainted.  The last named officer was slain at the Battle of Oriskany. 
            And that he has no documentary evidence of his service, and that he knows of no person at present that can testify to his service.  Born at Albany on the 25th day of August 1745.  Old Style & that he has a record of his age & ??? now in his possession that it also stands recorded in the church book at Albany.  And that he never received a discharge except the one from the Governor of Canada releasing him as a prisoner as stated in his declaration and as this deponent before stated is lost.  And that he is acquainted with Reverend Peter W. Domier & Jacob Snell both of whom reside in the Town of Palatine & Thomas R. Benedict Town of Ephratah & who I believe will testify to my character for veracity & that they believe that I rendered the services before mentioned.  And that an account of bodily infirmity I cannot attend court and that 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) Peter H. Loucks
            Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid before me Henry I. Dievendorff a judge of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said county.

State of New York
Montgomery County SS
            Personally appeared before me the undersigned a Justice of the peace in and for the said county of Montgomery Peter H. Loucks a resident of Ephratah who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that by reason of old age and the consequent loss of memory he cannot swear positively as to the precise length, of his service but according to the best of his recollection he served not less than the periods mentioned below and in the following grades.  For two years and six months I served as a private in Capt Van Evera’s company during the years 1776, 1777, 78 until the 3rd day of March 1779 when I was detached as a carpenter for the term of two months and seven days I served as a artificer and for two years nine months and twelve days I served in captivity in the enemy country, and for such service I claim a pension.  In the interrogatory noted as not answered, he answer under oath. 2nd That he has a record of his age recorded by his father in his bible now in his possession.  3rd That when he entered the service of the United States he was living in the town of Canajoharie in the then County of Tryon now Montgomery and State of New York.  That since the Revolutionary War he has lived twelve hears in the City of Albany and the remainder in the town of Ephratah.  That I am known and acquainted with the Reverend Peter W. Domcier, Jacob Snell & Thomas R. Benedict who have testified as to their belief as to my services.  I am also known to Jeremiah Smith, Philip Kristore, General Aaron C. Whittock and other who I believe will testify as to my character for veracity.
            Subscribed and sworn to this 24th day of May 1833 before me.  Henry M. Livingston Justice Peace.

State of New York
Montgomery County SS
            Personally appeared before me, Aaron C. Whittock, Jeremiah Smith and Jacob Duesler, who being severally duly sworn depose and say that they (each for himself) are personally and well acquainted with Peter H. Loucks and that he is a man of truth and veracity and of good moral character, that he is reputed to have been a soldier of the Revolution and to have been a prisoner during that period and we concur in that belief.
(Signed) Aaron C. Whittock
(Signed with his mark) Jacob Duesler
            I hereby certify that I am well acquainted with Aaron C. Whittock,, Jeremiah Smith & Jacob Duesler and that they ??? of veracity and that their statement is entitled to credit.  Henry M. Livingston
State of New York, Montgomery County, Clerks office, SS. I, George D. Ferguson, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County do hereby certify that Henry K. Divendorff before whom the foregoing annexed application or declaration of Peter H. Loucks purports to have been sworn, & has before whom the foregoing amended certificate of Peter W. Domcier, Jacob Snell & Thomas R. Benedict purports to have been sworn on the date thereof a Judge of the said court and I further certify that Henry M. Livingston, before whom the foregoing affidavits of Peter H. Loucks, Aaron C. Whittock, Jeremiah Smith & Jacob Duesler purports to have been sworn was a Justice of the Peace of the said county on the date thereof.  And that I am well acquainted with the hand writing of the said Judge & Justice & verily believe that the signature of the said Judge to send application or declaration &b said [word certificate crossed out] & the signature of such Justice to send affidavits are in each case genuine.
            In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal of the office this 24th May 1833.  (the words “on the date these of  ????  Peter H. Loucks also ???)  Geo. D. Ferguson.

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