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Pension Application for Christian Warmuth

W.18279 (Widow: Mary)
State of New York
County of Herkimer SS.
            On this fourth day of February one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine personally appeared before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the county of Herkimer in Open Court the same being a court of record, Mary Warmuth a resident of the town of Columbia in the County of Herkimer and State of New York aged seventy eight years the first of this month who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 4, 1836.  That she is the widow of Christian Warmuth who was a soldier in the service of the United States in the Revolutionary War.  That she this deponent resided in the family of her father near what is called the nose on the Mohawk River about five miles from the River from the time of her infancy until her marriage with the said Christian Warmuth—That she was well acquainted with the said Christian in her childhood, he also residing in the family of his father about two miles from her father’s family until their marriage.—That about three years before their marriage she heard him say and also heard it generally spoken of in the neighbourhood that he the said Christian was enlisted in the service of the United States and now thinks as near as she can recollect under Andrew Fink (1) does not know for certainty whither Fink was Captain or not but thinks he was, but knows and well recollects that the said Christian was absent on service three years, recollects well that she saw him once during this time.  When he came home and remained at home a short time and then went off again in the service.  On his return at the expiration of the three years he said he had been at Fort Stanwix at and under Col. Gansevoort (2), that at Fort Stanwix he was discharged and then he came home, that afterwards she this deponent heard the said Christian say that he was enlisted under Captain Getman (3) in a company of Rangers for nine months and she recollects that he was absent from home that length of time and understood that he was during this said term of nine months in the service and he afterwards told her that he had served in the Ranger Company as aforesaid nine months.  That she this deponent was also informed by him the said Christian that he was in the battle of Johnstown (4), and she states that shortly after the battle at Johnstown they were married (5), and after their marriage they the said Christian and this deponent went to live by themselves and kept house and after their marriage she was at Fort Keyser and her husband the said Christian was absent from home and in the service and at one time when to Stone Arabia, recollects also that after their marriage and when she was at the  Fort he went out on an excursion to Dilaborough [Tillabourough, now in present day Town of Ephratah, Fulton County] where the Enemy had murdered a family by the name of Reed, that he with a company went in pursuit of the Enemy she thinks that he was a non-commissioned officer but cannot recollect what officer recollects that he brought home a sword after their marriage which he said he had used in the service, recollects well that he said that after the Johnstown battle he was in pursuit of Butler and saw Butler fall when the Indian shot him (6)—That on that occasion the said Christian in the pursuit of Butler got a fall and hurt himself very badly and his commander supposed he was shot by the enemy—and this deponent well recollects that she after their marriage dressed his wound received on that occasion—that she always heard the said Christian after their marriage say that he was at Saratoga and at Stilwater in the battle (7).  That she heard him say that he was at the Battle at Monmouth (8) at which place he suffered much for want of water.—
            She well recollects that after their marriage and after they kept house and lived by themselves that her husband the said Christian was repeatedly absent from home—and that it was when he went out in the service that he told her to go to the fort and stay there, that he was gone on service in pursuit of the enemy when she went to the fort—and that when he returned to the Fort she was there and that he repeatedly was absent from the Fort and from home in the service a number of days at a time, sometimes a week and sometimes a few days at a time.  That afterwards they removed to the Mohawk River at the Nose and the war ended.
            And she further declares that she was married to the said Christian Warmuth a few days before Christmas in the year seventeen hundred and eighty one that they were married about one year before her oldest child was born and that she had her child who was then about six or seven months old with her at the declaration of peace which was in the summer.
            That her husband the said Christian Warmuth died on the tenth day of January one thousand eight hundred and thirty in the town of Columbia in the County of Herkimer aforesaid and that she has remained his widow ever since that period as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.
            And she further declares that the Rev’d Mr. Rosecrantz solemnized the marriage and well recollects that Peggy Warmuth stood up with her and that Henry Waffle stood up with her husband the said Christian Warmuth that her marriage took place at Stone Arabia.  (Signed with her mark)  Mary Warmuth
            Sworn & subscribed in open court the day and year first above written.  Given under my hand and seal of said county this 4th February 1839.  J. Dygert, Clerk.

State of New York
 Montgomery County SS.
            John Henry Waffle of the town of Canajoharie in the County of Montgomery aforesaid being duly sworn says that he was Eighty two years old on the 1st day of January last that he was personally acquainted with Christian Warmuth of the Town of Palatine in the county aforesaid during the Revolutionary War and for a long time before the said Revolution and ever since the said Christian was a small boy—that this deponent knows the fact that the said Christian Warmuth was enlisted during the said Revolutionary war at one time for three years & that he the said Christian to the knowledge of deponent served the said three years under Major Fink but this deponent does not now recollect who the captain was that he served under but thinks it was under said Fink part of the time before said Fink was appointed Major—and that said three years service was performed at the commencement of the said war—that this deponent has seen the said Christian in the service during that period & that this deponent was with said Christian in the Johnstown battle.—That this deponent also knows of his own knowledge that the said Christian Warmuth was during said Revolutionary War & after the said three years service enlisted in the nine months service as a Ranger under Captain Christian Getman & that the said Christian served the said nine months—and that this deponent has often seen said Christian on duty during said nine months—
            That this deponent knows that said Christian was married to Mary Eacker daughter of John Eacker of Palatine aforesaid & the marriage took place immediately after the Johnstown Battle & before the close of the Revolutionary war—and that this deponent and the said Christian were together in the said Revolutionary Service after the said Christian & the said Mary were married as Malitia [Militia] men under Capt. Bigbread at the Stone Arabia fort and also at a place called Dilaborough for a term of at least three months under the Captain aforesaid--& that Col. Willett had the command at the battle of Johnstown—that this deponent knows that the said Christian died in Herkimer County about nine years since & that his widow Mary is still living as deponent has been informed & believes & that deponent knew said Mary the wife of said Christian personally before her marriage to the said Christian & has known her ever since--& that said Christian & Mary were marred by the Rev’d Mr. Rosekrantz—
            And further this deponent saith not—(Signed with his mark)  John Henry Waffle
            Sworn this 1st day of February 1839 before me. D.F. Sacia, Judge of Montgomery County Court.

End Notes—Christian Warmuth (Warmuth, Wormuth, Wormwood)

    1. Christian enlisted as a private on May 6, 1777 as a private for 3 years in Captain Andrew Finck’s Company in the First New York Continental Regiment under Colonel Goose VanSChaick.  He was discharged on May 6, 1780.  FROM: Revolutionary War Rolls 1775-1783, Series M-246, Roll 65, Folder 8, National Archives, Washington, DC.
    2. The First New York Regiment one of the regiments under Brigadier General Benedict Arnold in August of 1777 marched to Fort Schuyler (Fort Stanwix) to relieve the besieged garrison.  The fort was under the command of Colonel Peter Gansevoort of the Third New York Continental Regiment.  The siege was raised and General Arnold left the First New York at Fort Schuyler to reinforce the Third New York because Arnold had the Massachusetts detachments, who had been at the fort during the siege, returned to their respective regiments.  Arnold then marched his brigade of troops back to Saratoga.
    3. Actually Christian served this tour before his enlistment in the First New York.  Christian enlisted as private on August 9, 1776 in Captain Christian Getman’s Company of Tryon County Rangers.  The  company was discharged on March 27, 1777.  FROM: Revolutionary War Rolls 1775-1783, Series M-246, Roll 74, folder 103, National Archives, Washington, DC.
    4. Christian after being discharged from the First New York returned home and enrolled as a private in Captain John Breadbake’s Company in Colonel Jacob Klock’s Regiment of Tryon County Militia, Second Regiment.  He was under Captain Breadbake on October 25, 1781 at the Battle of Johnstown.
    5. They were married on the 23 December 1781 in the German Flatts Dutch Reformed Church.  Page 195.
    6. The skirmish at West Canada Creek was on October 30, 1781.
    7. A few prisoner of the First and Third New York Regiments claim to have been in the two battles of Saratoga fought on September 18 and October 7, 1777.  The First and Third New York Regiments were at Fort Schuyler in September.  The muster rolls do not show that any of the men from either regiment were detached and went with Arnold’s relief column back to Saratoga.
    8. The First New York was at the Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey fought on June 28, 1778.  The temperature was in the 90s and hundreds of men from both armies dropped from the heat.
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