Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for John Pickard
Donated by William H. Pickard

Series: M805 Roll: 652 Image: 341 File: R8224 (13 Pages)
New York
Kinyet or Kynyet (widow)
Albany  30,812
John Pickard Of Livingston Co. in the State of N. York
Who was a Private in the company commanded by Captain Winne  of the Regt commanded by Col. Cox  in the N. York  line for 1 year.
Inscribed on the roll of Albany at the rate of 40 dollars ----cents per annum to commence the 4th day of March, 1831.
Certificate of Pension issued the 25th day of Aug 1836 and sent to Isaac Endress, Dansville Village, Livingston Co. N.Y.
Arrears to the 4th of March ’36 200.00
Semi-ani allowance ending 1 Sept “ 20.00


Revolutionary Claim
Act of June 7, 1832 (cross out)
                28, 1832

Recorded by D. Brown Clerk,
Book   E 2          Vol   4       Page   54                                                                   

Original Claim
            Declaration in order to be placed on the Pension List under the act of the 18th of March, 1818 Cayuga County on this the 15th day of September 1828 Personally Appeared in open court viz the September term of Common Pleas and several sessions of the Peace John Pickard resident in said county aged seventy five years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the acts of Congress of the 18th of March 1818 and the 1st of May 1820 that the said John Pickard enlisted for the term of for and during the war about the first of August AD 1776 in the State of New York in the Company commanded by Captain John Winne in the regiment not recollected in the line of the State of New York in General Schuylers brigade that he continued to serve in the said corps until the company was disbanded having served in continuation more than one term when he was duly discharged in Montgomery County in the State of New York that he relinquishes every claim to a pension except the present that his name is not on the role of any other state except the State of New York and that the following are the reasons for not making earlier application for pension and that he did make an application for a pension April 6th, 1818 but owing to some irregularities in his application he is induced to believe that the said application was never acted upon at the War Office
John Pickard (his signature)

            And in pursuance of the Act of the 1st of May 1820 that I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March, 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift sale or in any manner dispose of my property or any part there of with the intent thereby to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the united states in the revolutionary war passed on the 18th day of March, 1818 and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities contracts  debts due to me nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereunto annexed and by me subscribed.
Schedule of Property
2 Cows                       20.00                          Amount Brought fwd           39.75
8 Sheep                       6.00                                1 old table                    3.00
5 Hogs                       10.00                                 1 old chest                   0.50
1 Ass                           0.75                        knives forks crockery
2 small dish kittles        2.00                         ware & other kitchen
4 old chairs                  1.00                         furniture …........…………......5.00

                                                                                                  dolls.  48.25
            And that since the18th day of March 1818 there has not been any material change in my property
John Pickard (his signature?)
            Wrote and declared on the 15th day of September, 1828 before L. Richardson first judge of Cayuga County Courts

            I Abraham Gridley clerk of Cayuga Common Pleas do hereby certify that it appears to the satisfaction of the Court that the said John Pickard did serve in the Revolutionary War in the state in the preceding declaration against the common enemy for the term of nine months under one engagement for the Continental Establishment. I also certify that the foregoing oath and schedule thereto annexed are truly copied from the records of the said court and I do further certify that it is the opinion of the said court that the total amount in value of the property exhibited in the aforesaid schedule is forty eight dollars and twenty five cents.
            In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said Court on this 15th day of September 1828

A Gridley  Clerk, Of Cayuga Common Pleas

In the matter of the claim of John Pickard for a pension under act of Congress passed June 7, 1832

            Livingston County : William Pickard being duly sworn doth dispose and say that he is the brother of the said John Pickard – that on the sixth day of July last he was sixty years of age – that repeatedly since the war he has seen the Ensign’s Commission by which the said John Pickard was empowered to take the office of Ensign in Nicholas Weisers company of Militia, in Col. Samuel Campbell’s regiment, said commission was signed by Gov. Clinton, and sealed with the seal of the State – saw it for the last time about six years ago – that he heard of said John Pickard acting as Ensign for several years during the Revolutionary war – that he resides in the town of Sparta county of Livingston and further saeth not. (Signed) William Pickard
            Sworn and Subscribed beforeme this 20th day of January 1833 S Shannon   Com of Deeds
            Livingston County:Samuel Hill of the town of Sparta of the County aforesaid being duly sworn says that he has seen and read the commission under which John Pickard acted as Ensign to a company of militia during the Revolutionary war – Nicholas Weiser, Capt. of same, Lieut Bratt of the same – Samuel Campbell mentioned in said commission as Col. and Samuel Clyde as Lieut. Col. and John Wittaker as Major of the regiment – the commission was signed by Gov. George Clinton and sealed with the seal of State – and further saeth not.
            I Samuel Shannon Com of Deeds for Sparta County of Livingston having examined the above deponent (do?) certify that he declared that that he has been blind for several months last ____ that he is unable to write his own name but has sworn to the above affidavit as true to the best of his knowledge and belief this 24th January, 1833 S Shannon    Com of Deeds
            I Samuel Shannon before whom foregoing affidavits were made do certify that I am acquainted with the deponents who have made the same – and believe them to be men of credibility – and their statements entitled to credit. S Shannon Sparta, July 11th 1833

State of New York
Livingston County
I testify that Samuel Shannon before whom the preceding affidavit is purported to have been sworn was at the date of the said affidavit and also at the date of the subsequent certificate of credibility a legally authorized commissioner of deeds of said county, and that I am well acquainted with his hand writing and ___ believe his name subscribed to the ____ of the said affidavit and to the said certificate of credibility as his own proper hand writing and signature
            Witness my hand and seal of office at Geneseo July 22, 1833 Chauncey R. Bond Clerk of Livingston County (absent) by S. G. Haven depty clerk

            In the matter of the application of John Pickard for a pension under  Act of Congress – June 1832
State of New York
Livingston County
            On this 28th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three personally appeared in open Court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in & for the Court aforesaid now sitting John Pickard, a resident of the Town of Sparta, County & State aforesaid aged seventy six 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 the said John Pickard was born in the Town of Springfield, Albany (now Otsego) County on the seventh day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty six – he has no record of his birth but derives his knowledge from his memory of what was told him in his youth – enlisted in the New York  militia in the summer before Genl. Herkimer fought the Battle of Eriska [Oriskany] – served in the company called the New York Rangers – was at and fought at the Battle of Eriska - was a volunteer and a private - remained in this service about eighteen months-
            After leaving the service as a private, continued perhaps nine months as to military duty unengaged-
            This deponent then (but what was the date of the month or year he forgets except that it was in the summer season) received from Governor George Clinton the commission of Ensign in Captain Nicholas Weisers Company of New York militia – Henry Bratt , Lieut – Samuel Campbell Col of the Regiment – the station at which the deponent was placed was the garrison at Stone Arabia, Town of Palatine, Montgomery County – the employment was the defending of the frontiers – scouting against the Indians  - and going out to battle when called upon – was at two battles at this time – the battle of Johnstown in which Major Ross commanded the British & Col Willett of the regular army commanded the American troops – and in the battle at Stone Arabia in which Sir John Johnston commanded the British and Col Brown the Americans by orders from Gen’l Van Rensellaer – was not more than three yards distant from Col Brown when he was shot and helped carry him in – Acted under this commission about five years he thinks – About the close of the war received from Gov Clinton the commission of Lieutenant, but the war being over this was returned - Saw and accompanied Gen’l Clinton a part of the way at the time he went to meet Gen’l Sullivan on an expedition against the western Indians – After the peace saw and with Captain Bratt guarded Gen’l Washington to the frontiers that he might make an estimate on the injury done by the British –
            The Ensign’s Commission above mentioned is now lost – it was carried away and lost by his grandchildren about five years ago –
This deponent in corroboration of his own testimony offers the affidavits of Samuel Hill & William Pickard
            He offers the certificate of James Brien and Alexander McArthur (for the reason that there is no ____ that resides in the vicinity) in proof of his character for veracity and the belief of his being a Revolutionary Soldier –
            And this deponent further declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the Agency of any state and he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity other than the present --(Signed) John Pickard

            Sworn and subscribed the day & year aforesaid before me in open court S.G.Haven   Dep clerk

            We James Brien of Sparta and Alexander McArthur residing in the Town of Mount Morris County of Livingston and state aforesaid and now residing in the Town of Mt. Morris and Sparta County of Livingston and same State here by certify that we are well acquainted with John Pickard who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration – that we believe him to be seventy six years of age – that he resided with us in the town of Springfield county of Otsego state aforesaid  ten years and that he is reputed believed in that neighborhood & in the neighborhood where he now lives - to have been a soldier in the revolution and that we concur in that opinion--(Signed) Alexander McArthur, James Brian
            Sworn and subscribed before me  The day and year aforesaid in open court S.G. Haven  Dep. clerk                                                     

            And the said Court do hereby declare this opinion after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he states. And the court further certifies that it appears to them that James Brien and Alexander McArthur are residents in the town of Sparta & Mt Morris County of Livingston - state aforesaid – are credible persons and their statement is entitled to credit –

State of New York
Livingston County:
            Personally appeared before me Isaac L. Endress one of the Judges of the County Courts of said county, Kynyet Pickard of the town of Sparta in said county, who being duly sworn doth depose and say that she is about eighty seven years of age according to the best of her knowledge – that she is the widow of John Pickard late of the Town of Sparta aforesaid deceased – that the said John Pickard was a pensioner of the United States – but this deponent cannot tell under what act of Congress he drew said pension – and the deponent saith that she was married to the said John Pickard as near as deponent recollects about the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy two – that the said deponent was nearly nineteen years old and the said John Pickard was about ten months younger – that they were married at Cherry Valley by the Rev. Mr. Dunlap before the War of the Revolution and had two children Margaret and John who were prisoners with this deponent in the course of the war – that this deponent well remembers her said husband John Pickard serving as a soldier in the War of the Revolution – that at the close of the war the deponent had three children, the youngest of whom Conrad was born during the war at Fort Keysor at Stone Arabia in Montgomery County – the said John Pickard her son is now dead but the said Margaret Pickard – now Margaret Hill -  is still living in the said Town of Sparta and the said Conrad Pickard is still living  in the town of in the County of Cayuga – That her said husband John Pickard died nearly four years ago – that this deponent is so infirm as to be entirely unable to appear before any Court of Record in the said County of Livingston – that this deponent has been unable to go out of the house for many months without help and is not now able to leave her room without help --(Signed with her mark) Kinyet Pickard

            Signed & sworn to her this 13th August 1840 before me Isaac L. Endress Judge Livingston County Courts Counselor at Law

Livingston County
            I certify that having personally examined the above applicant Kinyet Pickard, I find that she is utterly unable from disease and old age to appear at any Court of Record in said County, that through age and infirmity the said Kinyet Pickard is nearly deprived of hearing, sight, speech and the power of motion – And further that the residence of the said Kinyet is about fifteen miles or more from the village of Geneseo where the Court of Record of the said County hold their sessions - Witness my hand august 13, 1840
Isaac L. Endress Judge,  Livingston Cty Courts Counselor at Law

State of New York
Livingston County

             Surrogates office: I Benjamin F Augel, surrogate in and for said county do hereby certify that at a surrogates court session at my office in Geneseo in said county on the 17th day of July 1846 satisfactory witness was addressed before and in said court that John Pickard late of said county who was pensioned under a special act of Congress of the 28th day of June, 1836 at the rate of 40 dollars per annum died on the 22nd day of December, 1836 one thousand eight hundred and thirty six that he left him a widow surviving viz Kynyet Pickard who did not intermarry after his death but remained a widow until her death which took place on the fifth day of January (1841) eighteen hundred and forty one, that she left the following named children heirs surviving which are her only children heirs surviving viz Abraham Pickard Margaret Hill residents of Livingston County New York – Conrad Pickard of Cayuga County New York and that each are of the age of twenty-one years and upward.
            In testimony where of I have here ____ set my hand and impressed my seal of office this 17th day of July – 1846  Benj. F. Augel (his signature)

Surrogate of Liv County NY
State of New York

Livingston County
            Personally appeared before the subscribed, a Justice of the Peace in and for said county Margaret Hill and Abraham Pickard after being duly sworn according to ____ deposeth and saith that they are children of John Pickard who was pensioned under a special act of Congress of 28th June 1836 – and of the late Kynnet Pickard, his widow who made application for a pension as such under act of Congress of 4th July 1836, that their said father John Pickard the pensioner died on the 22nd day of December and left said Kynnet Pickard deponents mother the applicant for a pension his widow who also died on the 5th day of January 1841 that these deponents as heirs & claimants for the ____ of pension do hereby relinquish their claim for a pension under the act of 4th July 1836 and request that the claim ____ be allowed under the act of 7th July 1838. (Signed with her mark) Margret Hill. (Signed with his mark.) Abram Pickard
            Sworn and subscribed before me this 20th day of July 1846.   Samuel Scribner JP
            I certify that the above named applicants are the persons they represent themselves to be in ____ for giving affidavits and under Act ____ ____ ____ ____ Samuel Scribner, Justice         

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