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Pension Application for David Schofield

State of New Jersey
Bergen County SS.
            On this first day of November 1832, personally appeared in open Court before the Judges of the Inferior court of Common Please in and for the County of Bergen held on fourth Tuesday in October 1832 and now sitting, David Schofield a resident of the Township of Pompton in the county of Bergen and state of New Kersey aged between seventy two & seventy four 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.
            That he was born on the 20 Feb and the year he can not accurately tell on account of losing his father’s family record that he believes himself to be about between the age of seventy two and seventy four In Feb’y last past, that he was born in the county of Orange in the state of New York that he then entered in the services of his country at the age of sixteen and served under Capt. Minthorn chiefly, and that he served sometimes one month at a time and then one month & half, and sometimes two month at a time and being always ready & willing to go at the call of any alarm. That he was frequently after returning home warned out again and served a second service as before.  That the Indians when continually almost annoying and troubling them on the Minisink & Delaware And Fishkill and the adjoining places and when very troublesome on that [beat?] and that he was called out to defend the rights of his county at D[?] and many times from the Commencement he entered the service of the Revolution war until the close thereof and he further deposeth & saith that he does not remember positively how long the war had been before he entered the service, but believes it to had been about between two & three years, and that he served his monthly and two monthly & towers (tours) at the call of his officers as necessity did require, sometimes after the service our tower (monthly or two monthly) as the tower of service might have been and being a day or so home, he at the call of his officers on alarm had to go again as before perhaps being only an intermission of a few days, and among other [?] and places he performed services was that he went at one time to Sussex to guard five hundred British prisoners to Sussex east and among other places he was called to go to New Jersey, Bergen County and a place called Paramus and there some services as a Militia Soldier and this deponent believes that to the best of his knowledge he can say he believes he has served nearly three years in defense of his Country at the Revolution was calculating the different times he has served and putting them altogether he believes it would amount to nearly three years service as a Militia soldier and not being able to make a near Calculation and perfect computation of the term the above statement as he nearest he can make of the time he has served as a militia soldier of the Revolutionary War, and under the above said services this deponent further saith that he suffered at different times extreme hunger (at one time went three days without taking any food) and at different times suffered with hunger and also hardships & cold and almost nakedness and privation and before he this deponent saith he has underwent and saith that he served his country faithfully & truly as a militia soldier of the Revolutionary war, and further said that has no documentary evidence of his services done as a soldier of the revolution war except the following affidavits.
            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 of the Unites States.  (Signed with his mark) David Schofield.
            Sworn to and subscribed in open court the day and year first aforesaid.  Abr. Westervelt. Clerk

Letter Dated June 13, 1924 written in response to an inquiry for information.
            I have to advise you that from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, Survivor File 1101, it appears that David Schofield was born February 20, year not known in Orange County, New York.
            He lived in Warwick township, Orange County, New York, When he enlisted at the age of sixteen and served as a private in the New York Militia during the Revolution, under Captains Minthorn,Andrew Willer, McCamly, Shepard and Bertholf and Colonels Wisner and Hathorn, at various times, whenever called out, for tours of one or two months, dates of service not stated.
            He was allowed pension on his application executed November 1, 1832, while living in West Milford, Pompton Township, Bergen County, New Jersey, aged between seventy-two and seventy-four years.  He died December 6, 1838, place not stated. There is no data on file as to his family.
            It is proper to add that he was erroneously reported on the New Jersey list of Pensioners, printed in 1835 on page 47, as of the New Jersey Militia.

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