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Pension Application for John Schrader

Declaration in order to filed [sic] on the pension list under the act of 18th of March 1818.  State of Pennsylvania
Bradford County SS.
            On the 10th day of February 1818 personally appeared in open Court of Common Pleas being a court of Record for the said County of Bradford John Schrader resident in the said county aged seventy five year[s] who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provisions made by the act of Congress of the 18th of March 1818 and 1th [sic] of May 1820, that he the said John Schrader entered the service of the United States by engaging and entering into a Corps or squadron of a troop of horse commanded by Count (or General) Pulaski in the capacity [sic] of Quarter Master of the said squadron, some time about the first of March in the year 1778 in the State of New York, on the Continental Establishment in which Corps and Capasity he continued to serve until the 9th of October 1779 when by the Death of Pulaski and distruction [destruction] of this Corps at the battle of Savanna it became so far annihilated that he quited [quit] the service of the United States as Quarter Master of that Corps, but resigning & being discharged therefrom that is the Corps being never again organized followed for some time after the various fortunes of the army that escaped as a Sutler—and that he relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension except the present, that his name is not on the roll of any state to his knowledge, and that the following are the reasons for not making the present application earlier for a pension soon after the passing of said act of Congress 1818 for the benefit of soldiers of the revolution he made an application for its provision but by a teller from the War office it appears that it was never received there.  He was afterwards instructed to make application to Congress which he did by forwarding a petition setting forth his claim which was never presented to Congress but to the war office which produced the teller alluded to accompanied with a form and the difficulty finding any of those who knew his services has hitherto prevented and earlier application in the present form, and in pursuance of the act of the 7th of May 1820 I do solemnly swear that I was a resident sitizen [citizen] of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 & that I have not since that time by gift, sale, or any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provision of an act of Congress entitled “An act of 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, or debt, due to me, no have I any income other than what is contain[ed] in the schedule hereunto annexed and by me subscribed (viz) That since the 18th March 1818 no alterations have taken place in my property. 
            One cow. . .$10.00
            An axe, a drawn knife & Coopers ad[?] & other cooper implements worth perhaps 10 or 12 #  . . .$12.00
            2 tea kettles 1 iron & 1 copper. . .3.00
            ½ knives & forks 75, 6 iron spoons 50. . .1.25
            ½ do [?]sware bowls . . 1.25
            ½ do. . do. . plates & 1 platter . . .   .50
            1 washtub, 1 churn, 2 kulers? (wooden). . .3.00
            2 wooden buckets. . . .  .50
            3 old plain common chairs. . .  1.50
            1 old Cherry table. . . 3.00
            1 fire shovel & pair of tongs . . . 2.00
            2 spinning wheels, 1 for wool, 1 for Flax. . . . 3.00
            1 bead [bed] . . . . .  .62 cts.
            Myself am or was seventy five years old last October (1825), have for many years worked at the Coopers trad[e] but am no longer able to work at it.
            My wife Catharine Schrader is about sixty four years old able to do but little towards her support.  No alteration has taken place in my property since the year 1818.  (Signed) John Schrader.
            Sworn and subscribed declared on the 9th day of February 1826 in open court.  George Scott Prothascotasy, Court of Common Pleas.

Letter dated July 21, 1931, replying to a request for information.
            You are advised that it appears from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, S.41134, that John Schrader enlisted in New York State about the first of March, 1778, and served as quartermaster in General Pulaski’s Troop of Horse until October 9, 1779.  He was in the battle of Egg Harbor and was wounded in the battle of Savannah October 9, 1779.
            John Schrader was born in October, 1750.
            He was allowed pension on his application executed February 10, 1826, at which time he was living in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
            In 1826 he stated that his wife, Catharine, was about sixty-four years of age.
            John Schrader died July 5, 1831, leaving children, John, Samuel and Harmon.  Reference was made to Frederick the brother of said Harmon Schrader.
            In 1860, Myron Shrader and John T. Shrader of North Ridgeville, Lorain County, Ohio, stated that they were heirs-at-law of John Schrader, the soldier.

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