Pension Application for Martinus Schryver or Martines Scryver
W.19004 (Widow: Margaret) Married Dutch Church of Kingston, December 15th, 1778. Martines died at the town of Esopus on the 28th day of September 1838. Margaret said she came by canal boat and steam boat to Onondaga where she resides with her daughter Sophia Tarpenny wife of James Tarpenny in the town of Cicero. Sophia was the eighth child of her parents.
Martinus was in Captain Hardenburgh’s company, Col. Pawling’s Regiment.
State of New York
Delaware County SS.
Personally appeared before me the undersigned a Justice of the Peace of the town of Roxbury in the County of Delaware Martinus Schryver who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that by reason of old age and the consequent loss of memory he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of his service, but according to the best of his recollection he served not less than the periods mentioned below, and in the following grades; in the year 1776 I served as a private for five months as particularly set forth in my said declaration hereunto appended.
In the year 1777 I served as a private for the full term of ten months as also particularly stated in said declaration.
In the year 1778, I served for the full term of nine months as a private in the frontier guards on the Northwestern frontiers of Ulster County commanded by Colonel Albert Pawling, that Lieutenants Simon Lefever, Peter Post, John VanDeusen, and others command[ed] at the different frontier post[s], that I received no written discharge from this service, that there were no regular officers there and no continental Regiments, and no other militia Regiments that I recollect except Colonel Pawlings and that I have no documentary evidence thereof and know of no living witness to prove this service.
I served in the year 1779 as a private in the company of Captain Evert Bogardus, in Colonel Hathorn’s Regiment at Fishkill in Dutchess County for the term of Three months in the fall of said year and was there verbally discharged by said Captain, that I do not remember any regular officers or Regiments being there then, but that there were detachments from Colonels Graham’s & Hopkin’s Regiments also stationed there at that time, that I know of no living witness to prove this service, and have no documentary evidence in my possession thereof.
In the year 1780, I served as a private in the company commanded by Lieutenant Yeomans in the Ranger’s Stationed at Major Houghtaling’s on the west side of the Esopus Creek for the term of three months, that this service was ran going along the frontiers from fort to fort to protect the Village of Kingston against the depredations of Tories and Indians, that I was verbally discharged from this service at the end of said term of three months by the said Lieutenant that there were no regular officers or Regiments and no Malitia [militia] regiments in this service. That I know of no living witness to prove it and have no documentary evidence thereof. And that in the year 1781 I served for the term of one months and more as a private drafted in a detachment commanded by Lieutenant Tarpening stationed at Woods tock in Ulster County and was discharged at end of said term of one month verbally, and have no documentary evidence of this service and know of no living witness to attest thereto.
And lastly I declare that I served during the Revolutionary War as above more particularly set forth as a private for two years and seven months and for such service I claim a pension (Signed with his mark) Martinus Schryver
Sworn & subscribed before me this 1st day of May 1833. Edward J. Burhans, Justice Peace
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed 7 June 1832.
State of New York
County of Delaware SS.
On the twenty sixth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two personally appeared before me, Otis Preston one of the Judges of the County Courts in and for the County of Delaware in the State of New York, proceeding according to the course of the common law and keeping a record of their proceedings having a clerk and seal of this court, Martines Schryver a resident of the town of Roxbury in the said County of Delaware aged eighty two years who being first duly sworn on his oath doth make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed 7 June 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.
That he entered in the United States service in the Revolutionary War in the company commanded by Captain Gerardus Hardenbergh in Colonel Levi Pauldings Regiment of New York levies, and served in said Corps in the capacity of private soldier for the term of Five months in the year 1776 at the City of New York, Kingsbridge, White Plains, and Peekskill & was in the Battle of White Plains, that the said service commenced in the summer and ended late in the fall or in the beginning of the winter of said year, that he did not receive any but a verbal discharge and that he has no documentary evidence and that he was discharged at Fort Constitution.
And the said Martines Schryver further declares that in the year 1777 he served for about ten months in the militia of the State of New York under the following named officers all of whom are now dead (viz) Colonel Johannis Snyder of the town of Kingston, Captain Philip Swart of Kingston Landing and Lieutenants Abraham G. Van Aken and Hendricus Terpenning and Ensign Theophilus Elsworth of the town of Esopus in Ulster County and State of New York. That early in the spring and in the fall he served on the western frontiers of Ulster County in the town of Saugerties, Woodstock, Shadaken, Marbletown and Kingston in the summer & fall at Fort Montgomery & at Stillwater in the County of Saratoga, was in the battle of Stillwater. That the above services were in the capacity of a private soldier, that he did not receive any written discharge and has no documentary evidence of this service, that he served as a volunteer and not as a substitute and that General Clinton commanded at Fort Montgomery and Generals Gates, Schuyler and Arnold at Stillwater.
And the said Martinus Schryver further declares that in the year 1778, he served as a private soldier on the western frontiers of the State of New York in the nine months service, three months of which time he served under Lieutenant Simeon Lefever of the town of Hurley now deceased stationed at Woodstock, Ulster County, and residue of said service was engaged ranging through the woods guarding the frontiers against the incursions of the Tories & Indians. And the said Martines Schryver further declares (viz)
That he has served during the Revolutionary War besides what is above stated in the years 1779, 1780, & 1781 under the above named officers on the Western frontiers of Ulster County as a volunteer, but for what length of time he does not now remember, but distinctly remembers having served in the militia every year from the year 1776 until the war was ended. That he has served for more than two years during said war, that he never received a written discharge from any of the said several terms of service. That he ha snot any documentary evidence of his services, that all the officers under whom he served are now dead. That he was born in the town of Rhinebeck in the County of Dutchess and State of New York in the year 1750. That he knows of no record of his age, that at the time he was called into the service he lived in the town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster and State of New York and lived there until the summer of the year 1832 and now lived in the town of Roxbury in the County of Delaware and state aforesaid. That he was drafted and volunteered, but was no substitute and that having so recently moved into the town of Roxbury he has little or no acquaintance with his neighbours, and therefore for proof of his character for veracity and the belief of his services as a soldier of the Revolution, begs leave to refer the annexed certificate of Benjamin VanKeuren a clergyman of the Town of Esopus in Ulster County and Peter R. Decker now or late a Justice of the Peace of said town.
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 with his mark) Martinas Scryver
Sworn to & Subscribed the day & year aforesaid before me. Otis Preston one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County.
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