Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for Samuel Pettit or Petit

Montgomery County SS.
            On this 20th day of April 1818 before me the subscriber one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the county of Montgomery and State of New York, Personally appears Samuel Pettit aged fifty six years and three months resident in the town of Johnstown in said County who being by me first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provisions made by the late Act of Congress entitled an Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the Land and Naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War—
            That the said Samuel Pettit enlisted at Claverack in the County of Columbia in the state aforesaid in the month of May one thousand seven hundred & seventy eight for nine months in the Regiment commanded by Colonal [sic] Van Schaick that afterwards in October or November he enlisted at Peekskill in the County of Dutchess in the State of New York during the war in the said hear one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight in the company commanded by Captain Samuel Sackett of the fourth New York Regiment that he continued to serve in the said corps until one thousand seven hundred and eighty one when he was transferred to the second New York regiment and continued to serve in said corps until June one thousand seven hundred and eighty three when he was discharged from service in the town of Newburgh in the state of New York as a private solder, that he has lost his discharge that he was in the Battle of York Town in Virginia at the taking of Cornwallis and that he is in reduced circumstances and stands in need of the assistance of his country for support and that he has no other evidence now in his [?] of his said service.  (Signed) Samuel Pettit.
            Sworn and declared before me the day and year aforesaid.  James Hildreth.
            I, James Hildreth Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County aforesaid do certify that it appears to my satisfaction that the said Samuel Pettit did served in the Revolutionary War as stated in the preceding declaration and I am likewise satisfied that he is in indigent circumstances.

            In another deposition he says: I am a farmer by occupation but in consequence of sickness cannot attend to it.  I have a wife and one child living with me for whom I provide that my [age] is fifty years of age and not tolerable healthy my child thirteen years of age and very weakly that I have no other means of support than above mentioned except occasionally attending mill and the pension I receive from the United States and Further saith now.  (Signed) Samuel Pettit.

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