Pension Application for Daniel Quackenbush
State of New York
County of Saratoga
On this 27 day of August 1833 personally appeared in open court before the Court of Common Pleas in & for the County of Saratoga—now sitting Daniel Quackenbush of the Town of Malta in the County of Saratoga, State of New York, aged seventy three 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 th 1832, that he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.
To the question, Where, and in what year were you born?
He answers, In the Town of Schaghticoke in the then County of Albany, (now Rensselaer) and State of New York 27 th August 1760 which is recorded in his Father's Family Bible now at Schaghticoke in the possession of my Brother Jacob Quackenbush.
To the question, Where were you living when called into service; where have you lived since the Revolutionary War, and where do you now live?
He answers, He lived in the Town of Schaghticoke in the County of Albany (now Rensselaer) where he continued to live until 1789 when he removed to the then Town of Saratoga now Malta in the ten County of Albany now Saratoga and State of New York where he has continued to live ever since and where he now lives.
To the question, How were you called into service? Were you drafted, did you volunteer, or were you a substitute and if a Substitute for whom?
He answers & says, that in May 1776 being them 16 years of age, then residing with his Father at Schaghticoke aforesaid, he was enrolled in Captain John Fort's? Company of Militia infantry in Colonel Peter Yates Regiment, when in May 1776, he was called out on Alarm under the said Capt. J. Fort – Peter Acker was Lieutenant & Roswell Ray was Ensign. He this deponent marched with the Regiment under the said officer Colonel Peter Yates Commanded,, & marched through Stillwater & Saratoga to Fort Edward, Colonel Lewis VanWoert was there with his regiment of Militia from the town of Cambridge in said County and also with his Regiment of Militia were there, he this deponent does not recollect any other Troops being at Fort Edward while he was there, he with his Regiment continued at Fort Edward not many days doing duty on guarding when we returned home to Schaghticoke aforesaid under the aforesaid officer where he continued but a few days when he was again called out under the aforesaid officers and performed a similar Tour about the same number of troops were at Fort Edward as in the 1 st tour we continued at Fort Edward for several days doing duty as in the aforesaid officers in guard & further he was frequently called out in manner aforesaid on duty under the aforesaid Officers: that from May 1776 to November of 15 th day same year he was in constant service as a private at least Fort months and fifteen days. When in November the same year at Stillwater he was verbally discharged by the said Captain J. Fort.
In May 1 st 1777, when he resided in Schaghticoke aforesaid he enlisted into Captain Jonathan Brown's Company of Infantry in Colonel Peter Yates Regiment of New York Militia and served for Six Months in manner following immediately after his said Enlistment he joined his company Tomhanue now PittsTown in the then County of Albany, now Rensselaer, Thomas Williams was Lieutenant and Greysbert Williams Ensign, we stationed at John Caprenter's & John Declines alternately in Tomhanue for several weeks, and did duty on guard and leaving the Military Exercise there was no Fort or Pickets at Tomhanue nor any other Troops but those of our company [part of line missing] marched the said company under the aforesaid officers through Schaghticoke to the Hudson River which we crossed in scows over to Stillwater from there through Saratoga to Fort Edward then returned to Saratoga Barracks where we continued a few days and did Garrison duty, when orders were received from General Schuyler to retreat to Stillwater from there we were ordered & we crossed the Hudson River over to Schaghticoke where we encamped in Open Field—we gathered bushes &b made huts or wigwams for shelter (there was no Barracks) the said Regiment under Col. Yates was the only troops stationed at the place aforesaid & was placed there to prevent the enemy from destroying Schaghticoke Town or advancing down the River where we continued doing duty on guard & at the place aforesaid until after the surrender of General Burgoyne's Army to General Gates, when our Regiment under Colonel Peter Yates aforesaid was ordered to cross over to Stillwater when he this deponent marched with the regiment under the aforesaid aforesaid [sic] officers from Stillwater & conveyed Prisoners to Albany and deliver them in the Barracks on the Hill while at Albany he saw General Arnold conveyed to the Barracks of his [?] when we returned to our old station at Schaghticoke where we were stationed doing duty as aforesaid until the full period of his enlistment was expired, having served six months in manner aforesaid and was discharged by the said Jonathan Brown at Schaghticoke aforesaid & returned home my discharge has been lost long since. There were no other troops at Schaghticoke except Colonel Peter Yates Regiment—But at Stillwater & Saratoga there were a great number of troops of Militia and Continental of which he recollects Colonel Dickerson's Regiment of Stillwater—Militia Captain [?] and Captain E. St. John of said Regiment he also recollects the following officers were there.. General Schuyler, Gen'l Gates, Colonel Venicker[?] Major Grosbeck, Captain John VanAntwerp. The 3 latter were Militia officers—he also saw General Arnold after he was wounded & saw him when the soldiers conveyed him on a Litter to the Hospital in Albany—at the time I was there guarding the Prisoners from Stillwater as stated herein, he further states that during during [sic] the aforesaid Period of Six months under Capt. Brown he this deponent served as orderly Sergeant that at the commencement of said service he received a Sergeants Warrant signed by Colonel Yates which said warrant has been long since lost.
In January 1778, he was again called into service by draft of every 4 th man of the Regiment in which he was enrolled as aforesaid. He was drafted & served as private under Captain Van Antwerp in Colonel Peter Yates Regiment aforesaid in manner following to wit: Marched from Schaghticoke where we were embodied through Schenectady,Schoharrie & Cobus Kill to Cherry Valley, where we were stationed & did duty on guard & until after the Oriska Battle and then were discharged by Captain John Van Antwerp aforesaid & he returned home. That from the time he left home on his tour until his return he was in constant service for at least three months and six days. At Cherry Valley there were a great number of troops of Militia & Continentals, but he does not recollect the name or names of any of their officers, he has no documentary evidence of any part of his services stated herein, nor does he know of any person now living who can testify to his services aforesaid or to any part of his said service.
5. To the question, State the names of some of the Regular officers who were with the troops where you served; such Continental and Militia Regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your service.
He answers and says, that he can answer no farther than he has already stated herein.
To the 6 th Interrogatory, did you ever receive a discharge from the service; and if so, by whom was it given & what has become of it?
He answers and says that in his service of 6 months. In 1777 he did receive a discharge given by Captain Jonathan Brown as stated herein he does not recollect that he ever received any other written discharge but was discharged verbally as stated herein, his said discharge has been long destroyed or lost as herein stated.
To the 7 th question. State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for veracity and their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution.
He names the Reverend Lebbues Armstrong, Elder Mathias Swain, George Wiggins, Dennis Marvin, William Marvin, John Quakenbush, Joseph Ogden, Gold Morehouse Supervisor of Malta, Dean Chase.
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) Daniel Quackenbush.
Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid in open court. A. Goodrich, Clerk