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Pension Application for Peter Mower

State of New York
Oneida County
On this 5 day of September 1832 personally appeared in open court, the court of Common Pleas of said co, now sitting, Peter Mower, a resident of said county and state, aged sixty seven 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 7, 1832.
            That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated. 
            The he was born at Claverack, Col[umbia] Co., NY July 1765.  Has no record of age except in bible.  Enlisted at Charlestown, Mont. Co. NY when he entered service.  Since war has lived at Danube NY now at Annsville, Oneida County.  That he enlisted in Capt. Garret Putnam’s Company, Col. Marinus Willett’s Regt in forepart of April 1781 for nine mos and served therein until between Christmas & New Years of Dec. 1781, when he was discharg’d at Fort Plain on the Mohawk River and rece.(1) a written discharge signed by Capt. Putnam which has been lost. 
            That in April 1782 he enlisted again in Capt. French’s (2) Com., Col, Willett’s Regt for nine mos and served therein until Jan'y of 1783, 9 months and immediately enlisted for three years in Capt Peter Tierce’s (3) Com.  Lieutenant John Thorn, Col. Willett’s Regt and continued to service until the 3rd of 4th day of January 1784 when he was discharged from service at Schenectady.  His service was performed along the Mohawk River and in the region about.  Refers to annexed aff’s & c.
            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 Mower  
            Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid.  Joseph B. Read Dep. Clk

Declaration to obtain Pension  Oct 2d Feby [18] 48
State of New York SS.
Oneida County
            On this 18th day of August 1851 personally appeared before the subscriber a Justice of the Peace of  the town of Annsville in said County, Ellena alias Magdalena Mower, a resident of the town & County aforesaid, aged 75 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in to obtain the benefit of the provision of the Act of Congress of 7 July 1838 & 2d February 1848, granting provisions to certain widows,--That she is the widow of Peter Mower, who was a private in the army of revolution & was a pensioner under Act of June 1832 at the rate of 80 dolls per annum.  She farther declares that she was married to said Peter Mower on the 19th day of March 1795, That her husband the aforesaid Peter Mower, died on the 4th day of August 1751, that she was not married to him previous to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the year 1800, lat the time above stated, she is still is widow.  She has no record of sd marriage but was married by Rev’d Chas A. Pick, March 1795 (4).
(Signed with her mark)  Ellena Mower, alias Magdalena
            In presence of Rhoda A. Churchill.
            Sworn to & subscribed before me, on the day & year above written.  She made her mark as she cannot write.  Asa W. Hyde, Justice of the Peace.

End Notes for Peter Mower

  1. According to Captain Garret Putman’s Payroll he was owed £21..13..9 which was paid to William Wilson after the war.  REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROLLS 1775-1783, Series M-246, Roll 78, National Archives, Washington D.C.
  2. There are no muster rolls or pay rolls for this company.  When Captain French retired on 7 November 1782, Lieutenant Jellis A. Fonda was promoted to Captain to replace French.  ADJUTANT PLINEY MOORE’S ORDERLY BOOK, 1782-1783, Document Number 8174, New York State Library.
  3. A Return of Recruits—enlisted October 5, 1782 by Lieut [John]Thornton for 2 years.  Captain Peter B. Tearce’s Company of Light Infantry for 1783—served 7 months and 5 days.  He was paid £26..60 and was owed £21..10.  He obtained Lodowick Schiever to serve his remaining enlistment time.
  4. There is an affidavit in the pension file by James H. Lighthall dated 3 of Sept. 1851 that verifies the marriage of peter & Magdalena Vetterlie [Vatterly, featherly, etc.] as 19 of March 1795 by Rev. Charles A. Pick.

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