Pension Application for Peter Miller
This pension is very light and difficult to read.
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the “Act of Congress” passed June 7th, 1832.
State of New York
Dutchess County SS
On this twenty-eighth day of September 1832, personally appeared in open court, before the Court of Common Pleas in said County now sitting, Peter Miller, a resident of the town of Poughkeepsie in said County of Dutchess and State aforesaid, aged sixty nine 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 1832.
That he was born in Poughkeepsie aforesaid in 1863 as appears by his family record now in his possession. That he entered the service of the United States at the Barracks in Fishkill in the County & State aforesaid as a volunteer in the Spring of 1779 under Captain Robert Connelly for eight months. That he cannot state to what (if any) regiment Captain Connelly’s company belonged, but remembers, associated with him in service Majr _____Heyes. That during his eight months service at the barracks he acted as a collier and received in addition to his soldiers pay an extra half ration every day. That at the expiration of the eight months for which he had enlisted he was verbally discharged.
That he again entered the service of the United States at the Barracks in Fishkill aforesaid under Captain Robert Connelly in the Spring of 1780 for eight months. He was engaged as before as a collier & received as before an entire half ration. That he remained in service five months when he received permission from his Captain to return home to visit his Father who was then sick. That he received no discharge& does not remember the names of any officers who were associated with him in said five months service other than that of Major _____ Heyes,
That after the termination of his last mentioned service & until the close of the war he was one of a company of militia men under the command of Capt. Abraham Foit, Lieutenant Peter Lawson & Ensign Simeon Lawson. That during the summer of (as he believes) 1781 & 1782, he was frequently ordered on guard at Wappinger’s Creek in Dutchess County aforesaid for the purpose of guarding the passage at the bridge over said creek. That he was ordered out n& on service at said bridge at 5 or 6 different occasions for a few nights each time.
That also during said Summers at the Village of Poughkeepsie in the County of Dutchess aforesaid he was on 5 or 6 different occasions for a few nights each time on service as one of a guard to prevent the Tories from releasing prisoners who were confined in the Gaol of said County & That Abraham Swartout was Captain of the guard. That he cannot name any other officers who were associated with him in service during said summers of 1781 & 1782. That he now lives in the Town of Poughkeepsie aforesaid, where he has resided ever since the revolution. That he has no discharge and can produce no documentary evidence of his service. That he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure, who can testify to his service other than Henry Retyson whose affidavit is hereunto annexed
That he refers to the Reverend Cornelius C. Cuyler, John J. Myers & James B. Feraer all of Poughkeepsie aforesaid as persons who can testify to his character for truth & veracity & to his reputation as having been a soldier of the revolution.
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) Peter Miller
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid [rest is cut off.]