Pension Application for Amasa Martin
State of Connecticut
County of Windham SS
On this 27th day of July 1832 personally appeared in open court before the Court of Probate for the District of Windham, the county of Windham and State of Connecticut, now sitting Amasa Martin, a resident of Hampton, in the county of Windham and state of Connecticut, aged sixty seven years, and 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 7, 1832—That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers & served as herein stated.
1st Campaign he enlisted into Capt. Joseph Durkee’s Company & Col. Levi Welles Regiment of State troops in the summer of 1777 for eight months and served the said term, at New London & Lyme & Stratford in Connecticut, and was discharged about the 1st March 1780.
2d Campaign. He was drafted for three months in the summer of 1781 in Capt. Vaughn’s Company in Col Canfield’s Regiment and served the said term at West Point.
3d Campaign. He enlisted in the month of April 1782 into the waggon service of the United States. That he enlisted for “During the Pleasure of Congress” & was employed in & served in Capt. Jonathan Little’s Company & was employed in said service about eight months in carting forage, baggage & wood for the Continental Army—and was discharge at King’s Ferry in December 1782. That he lived in the town of Windham when he entered the service & now resides in the town of Hampton (which has been sett off from the said town of Windham) ever since the town of Windham has been incorporated—That he has no documentary evidence of is service & his discharge if he had one is lost.
Her 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.
Sworn to, and subscribed, the day and year aforesaid. Amasa Martin.
I Amasa Martin of Hampton in the County of Windham and District of Connecticut now a Resident Citizen of the United States do depose, declare and say that I enlisted into the Continental Army as a Waggoner in a Company commanded by Capt. Jonathan Little in the month of April in the year 1782 to serve during the pleasure of Congress—that I immediately joined the continental army and continued with it will the war expired and the army was disbanded which was about seven months and one half after my enlistment—that I joined the army at Merristown, and marched thence to Kings ferry—and was occupied in teaming service for the army during the period aforesaid. I was regularly discharged but by length of time [blot] the same. I am fifty three years of age, of an infirm state of health occasions by [?] life in the army, without property and from my reduced circumstances have need of the assistance of my Country for my support. Dated at Windham the 14th day of April 1818. (Signed) Amasa Martin.
Declaration. In order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the act of Congress, passed July 7th 1838, and the acts Supplementary thereto, and also for the benefits of the provisions made by the Joint Resolution of Congress approved July 1st 1848 and for the benefits of the act of June 7, 1832.
State of New York
Rensselaer County SS.
On this thirtieth day of January—in the year One thousand eight hundred and fifty, personally appeared in open court before the County Court of the said County of Rensselaer n;wo sitting and in session, at the City of Troy in said County, Sarah Martin, a resident of the townof Grafton in said County of Rensselaer and State of New York, aged Eighty years and upwards, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provisions made by the Acts of Congress passed on the 7th day of July, 1838, the Act of March 3, 1843, act of June 17th 1844 the act of February 2d, 1848, and also for the benefits of the Joint Resolution of Congress, approved July 1st 1848, and for the benefits of the act of June 7th 1832. That she this Declarant is now the widow of Amasa Martin who died a Revolutionary Pensioner of the United States in the aforesaid town of Grafton County of Rensselaer and State of New York on the Eighteenth day of February in the year Eighteen hundred and forty nine.
That as Declarant was always informed by her said husband and other, her husband the said Amasa Martin lived during the forepart of the said War of the Revolution in the town of Ashford in the State of Connecticut from to hence he entered the service of the United States and served for a period of nine months in or about the year 1780, in the Company of Captain Allen and in the Regiment of Colonel Wells, at New London and vicinity in the State of Connecticut. That while living in said Ashford her husband the said Amasa Martin lived with his Uncle then living in said Ashford. That the father of her said husband whose name was Ebeneser Martin than lived at Green River Hollow in the County of Columbia and State of New York, and that soon after he said husband said Amasa Martin was discharged from the said nine months service under Captain Allen and Colonel Wells in said State of Connecticut he went home to his said father Ebeneser Martin who was a Presbyterian Clergyman and then lived at Green River Hollow in the County of Columbia and State of New York as aforesaid. That soon after her husband the said Amasa Martin came home to his father in said Green River Hollow, he enlisted into the Company of Captain Marshall and in the Regiment of Colonel Willet for nine months, and served the said nine months out under the said Captain Marshall up along the Mohawk River against the Indians and Tories in said State of New York. That this latter nine months service was rendered as aforesaid by the said Amasa Martin in the same year that Cornwallis was taken which as Declarant believes was in 1781. That one of the officers of said Colonel Willets Regiment was named Abe Kinster and another one was named Throop. That Hezekiah Ferguson was a fellow soldier in said company of Captain Marshall with her said husband and while they were out in said service the said Ferguson stole a pair of Indians Mockasins from her husband the said Amasa Martin that Benjamin Babcock, Jesse Hakes, Robert Stewarts, and Amos Kinne were messmates, and fellow soldiers with him in said company of Captain Marshall. That Peter Loop and Jacob Esseltyne were officers in said Captain Marshall’s Company. That her husband the said Amasa Martin drew a pension of $26.66 for the said nine months service that he rendered in the State of Connecticut under the said Captain Allen and Colonel Wells. That some time previous to his death her said husband applied for an increase to his said pension, and for the amount and sum due to him for the nine months service which he had rendered in the Company of the said Captain Marshall and Regiment of Colonel Willet in the State of New York as aforesaid, but that he died as aforesaid before the increase was allowed to him and did not therefore receive the same. That he only drew the said sum of $26.66 which was allowed him for the service he had rendered in the State of Connecticut as aforesaid.
And Declarant further saith that she was duly married to her husband the aforesaid Amasa Martin on the twenty fifth day of March in the year Seventeen hundred and Eighty Seven at the residence of her father Nathaniel Dunham in Pittstown in the said county of Rensselaer and State of New York by the Revd. Mr. Sheels a Baptist Clergyman who then lived and preached at the Baptist Church in said Pittstown. That the following named persons were present at her said marriage, to wit, Charles, David, & WilsonDunham, Martin Martin, Ashley Clark, and Sarah Smith, Huldah Reynolds, & Lacy Hewit.
That previous to her said marriage Declarant resided with her said father in said Pittstown and bore the maiden name of Sarah Dunham. That Declarants family record is lost and destroyed and that declarant has no record of her said marriage and knows of no such record that can now be obtained as evidence of her said marriage. (Signed) Sarah Martin
Subscribed and Sworn to before me in open Court being the County Court of the County of Rensselaer.[?] Farnwell,Rensselaer County Judge.
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