Pension Application for James Sayre
Corporal. Captain John Hulbert, Col. James Clinton
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1838.
State of New York
County of Suffolk SS.
On this fifth day of February one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight personally appeared before me Hugh Halsey of Southampton in said County, First Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said County, James Sayre of said town of Southampton, County and State aforesaid, who being by me 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 at Southampton aforesaid on the 20th day of August 1753 and was eighty four years of age on the 20th day of August last as he has always been informed and believes, that he has seen a record of his age in his Father’ family Bible but is unable to state where that record now it.
That he enlisted in the service of the United States on the twenty eighth day of June 1775 in the town of Southampton & County of Suffolk, State of New York in the company commanded by Capt. John Hulbert, John Davis First Lieutenant, and William Havens Second Lieutenant belonging to the third Regiment of the New York forces under the command of Col. James Clinton. That he enlisted as a Corporal into said company. That he enlisted for the term of six months to commence on the first day of July and end on the 31st day of December then next. That a few days after his enlistment the company was mustered at the residence of Capt. Hulbert in said town of Southampton—and that he with said company marched to Montauk being the extreme east part of Long Island and were stationed there as a guard to protect & defend the cattle feeding upon the extreme plains or common [?] the depredations of the British then being in [Garoliness?] Bay—That two other companies were there a part of the time and from Southold in Suffolk County commanded by Capt. Griffins the other from Huntington in the said County commanded by Capt. Grimnel. That he continued at Montauk in the service until the latter part of August of that year—at which time General Wooster came to Montauk with orders for the three companies then stationed there to march to Ticonderoga in northern part of the State of New York. That he with said company left Montauk and embarked on the first of September on board a sloop at Sag Harbor and arrived at New York in a few days and then again embarked on board of the same sloop for Albany, where they arrived in a few days—staid there a few days and then marched through Half oon & Saratoga on the west side of the Hudson River to Lake George—where they embarked on board of boats and went to the head of the lake where they landed and marched to Ticonderoga a distance of about three miles—that he arrived there some time in the month of September and continued to the Fort at Ticonderoga until the first of November. In the month of October Fort Chambly on Lake Champlain was taken by General Montgomery, General Arnold and Ethan Allen, and one hundred and seventy five prisoners as it was said were taken being men, women, and children. The prisoners were sent down to Ticonderoga the last of October and put under the care of Capt Hulbert’s company that they left Ticonderoga with the Prisoners the first day of November and crossed Lake George and thence marched down to Albany—that on arrival at Albany, Capt. Hulbert with one part of the company started for [T?] with the officers and musicians—and that he with a part of the company under Lieutenant Havens guarded the prisoners—staid there a few days and then marched to Fort Constitution on the Hudson River – where Capt. Hulbert and the rest of the company joined them. That he staid at Fort Constitution with said company in the service until about the 27th of December—that on that day or two or three days before his term of service expired—He was sent to New York with a sloop taken to one Capt. Johnson—that Benjamin Sanford & George Ludlow were sent with him—that he arrived in New York on the first day of January 1776—and delivered the dispatches to Capt. Johnson that when he left Fort Constitution, Capt. Hulbert told him not to return but to go on home from New York as his term of service would expire on the 31st of December—That he staid in New York one day and embarked on board of a sloop for [S?] on Long Island where he landed and went through Bimerhead? to his home in the town of Southampton where he arrived about the 4th or 5th of January 1776 having served his full term of enlistment of six months.
That he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service except Abraham Sheril of the town of Easthampton in said county of Suffolk—who was with him as a private in said company. That he now lives in the said town of Southampton and has lived there ever since the Revolutionary War. That he is acquainted with Rev. Amzi Francis and Gurnew Conwithe residing in his neighborhood who can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief of his services as a soldier of the Revolution. That he had a written discharge from Capt. John Hulbert—but has since lost it and is now unable to say where it is—he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension foll of the agency of any state. (Signed) James Sayre
Sworn & subscribed before me this 5th day of February 1838. Hugh Hlsey first Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Suffolk County & State of New York.
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