Pension Application for Isaac Secor
W.17793 (Widow: Abigail Halsted, married October 10, 1793) Isaac died June 22, 1836
Private in Capt. John Gardner’s Rangers; also Capt. Johnson, Col. Clinton’s Regiment.
State of New York
Albany County SS.
On this 18th of July 1832, personally appeared before Joseph B. Moore a Judge of the county of Courts of the County of Albany Isaac Secor a resident of the town of Bern in the County of Albany and State of New York aged 77 years on the first day of December next, 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.
On the 7th June 1775 in the town of Clarkstown then County of Orange in the State of New York where he then resided. He entered the said service as a private in Captain Robert Johnson’s company in Colonel James Clinton’s regiment to go to Quebec. That he immediately marched from Clarkstown to Albany then to Ticonderoga, then to Crown Point & then to St. Johns near Canaday then to Montreal, and from Montreal north towards Quebec until he came to three rivers where he got frozen, and was obliged to return home. The he got home about the first of Jany 1776. About July 1766 he went as a substitute for John Secor to Long Island where he continued doing duty as a soldier in Amos Hutchin’s Company & Colo. Richmore’s regiment until after the Battle of Long Island and then retreated with the Army to Harlem near New York, where he was dismissed in September 1776.
He then returned home to Clarkstown. In February 1777 he again entered the said service in Capt. Slow’s company at King’s Ferry in the said County of Orange under the command of Major Case and was employed by order of his officers in conducting the Army across the River in boats, and carrying provisions and tinker up the river to Fort Montgomery and sometimes he was ordered to take charge of continental teams and carry baggage & military stores from one place to another and was sometimes ordered to take charge of a spy boat to go and examine the shipping of the British and at other times he was ordered by his officers on continental duty in the night time and at other times, he continued in the services aforesaid until the month of March 1779 when he was discharged and went home. That at this time he received a written discharge from an officer by the name of Hay which was after [???] up—That he was at the taking of Fort Montgomery in October 1777. In the month of October 1779 he enlisted in Captain John Gardner’s Company of Rangers raised by order of Governor George Clinton—in Clarkstown aforesaid and did duty in said company as a private until the month of April 1780 when he was discharged by Capt. Gardner, at Clarkstown aforesaid the place of their head quarters.
That he was engaged during this campaign in marching from one place to another along the lines, and into the State of New Jersey, in keeping guard and on expeditions against cowboys, Tories, &c. That he has no documentary evidence of his service nor does he know of any person he can procure to testify to his Service except Andrew Secor who has made an affidavit hereto annexed.
That he resides 18 miles from the City of Albany where the Court of Record are held for the county of Albany and that he is very poor and infirm and is wholly unable to attend the Court by reason of bodily infirmity.
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) Isaac Secor
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid before me. J.B. Moore Judge of Albany County Courts.
Letter written in reply to a request for information, dated November 24, 1939.
Reference is made to your letter in which you request the Revolutionary War record of Isaac Secor, born in 1755, and was residing in Berne, New York, in 1832.
The data which follow were obtained from papers found in pension and bounty land claims on file under W.17793, based upon service of Isaac Secor in the Revolutionary War.
Isaac Secor was born December 1, 1755, in Clarkstown, Orange County, New York. Names of his parents are not shown.
While residing in Clarkstown, New York, he enlisted June 17, 1775, served six months as private in Captain Robert Johnston’s company, Colonel James Clinton’s New York regiment, and was in the expedition to Canada; enlisted in July, 1776, served as private one month in Captain Amos Hutchings’ company, Colonel Ritzema’s New York regiment, was in the battle of Long Island and retreat to Harlem, this service was rendered as substitute for his brother, John; enlisted in February, 1777, served two years as private in Captain William Slow’s company, under Major Case, in the New York troops, was at the capture of Fort Montgomery, and was discharged by Colonel Hay; enlisted in October 1779, served six months as private in Captain John Gardner’s company of rangers.
He was allowed pension on his application executed July 18, 1832, at which time he was living in Berne, Albany County, New York.
He died June 22, 1836, in Savannah, Wayne County, New York.
The soldier married October 10, 1793, in the State of New Jersey, Abigail Halsted. Date and place of her birth and names of her parents are not shown.
The soldier’s widow, Abigail Secor, was allowed pension on her application executed November 14, 1845, at which time she was living in Savannah, New York, and stated that she was aged seventy-four years.
March 14, 1855, Abigail Secor, then a resident of Palmyra, Wayne County, New York, made application for the bounty land which was due on account of th eservice of her husband, Isaac Secor, in the Revolutionary War, she then stated she was aged eighty-eight years. She was granted one hundred sixty acres of bounty land on Warrant No. 527 under the act of March 3, 1855. At that time she was residing with her daughter Esther, or Ester Brown, wife of John S. Brown.
Other children referred to were their eldest daughter, Clarissa, born May 5 (year blurred), and a son, Silvester, who was aged thirty-five years in 1845 and living in Savannah, New York.
Soldier’s brother, John Secor, died about 1830.
In 1832, one Andrew Secor, aged seventy-three years was residing in Berne, New York and stated that he had known Isaac Secor since he was a small boy and served with him during the Revolution. In 1850, one Cornelius Secor aged seventy years was residing in Berne, New York and states she had known Isaac Secor since about 1794. Their relationship to soldier not stated. No further family data are shown.
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