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Pension Application for Frederic Weller

State of New York
County of Montgomery SS.
            On this nineteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said County now sitting Frederick Weller a resident of the town of Minden in said County aged about 75 years, 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 7th 1832.
            He was born in the township of Wallkill in the County of Orange in said State on the Fifth day of December 1757.  The only record of his age is in his family Bible.
            When called into service he lived in a part of the township of Schenectady, now included within the bounds of the town of Princetown in the County of Schenectady and said State.  He lived there after the revolutionary war about five years & then removed to the County of Montgomery in said State and now lives in said County of Montgomery in the town of Minden aforesaid.
            He entered the service of the United States in the fall of the year 1775 under the following named officers and served as herein stated.  He was then enrolled in the Company commanded by Captain Abraham Oothout in the Regiment of Militia in the (then) County of Albany whereof Abraham Wemple was Colonel.  His other company and field officers were John Roseboom & Nicholas Barheydt Lieutenants—Cornelius J. Van Santwood Ensign & Abraham Swits and Myndert Wemple Majors.  He received the appointment of Sergeant in said Company & served as such until the termination of the revolutionary war.
            In the same fall after his enrollment, he was drafted to join the forces under Col. Arnold & General Montgomery in their expedition to Canada.  He accordingly marched to Fort Edward & from thence to Skeenesborough, when news arrived of the death of Genl Montgomery & the failure of his expedition upon which after having remained some time at said fort, the detachment of militia with which he served was ordered home.  In this excursion he was from home about eight weeks.  In the ensuing spring he was ordered out with a detachment of 400 militia who garrisoned at fort Edward—on receiving information that the enemy had erected fortifications at Jessup’s patent, he marched there with a small party and reconnoitering returned to Fort Edward & from thence he marched to Saratoga.  In this expedition he was absent from home about six weeks. . .  In the spring of the year 1777, he was again ordered out to Fort Edward and performed garrison duty there for some time, how long he cannot recollect but thinks it was about two months.  Remained at home part of the summer and when General Burgoyne invested Ticonderoga he was again called out to Fort Edward where he remained at this time about ten weeks, was in the retreat of General Schuyler & a few days before the decisive battle at Bemis Heights he was taken sick with the measles and returned home. During the subsequent years of the war he marched to and performed military duty at the following posts and passes, viz, at Fort Paris in Stone Arabia on three occasions, Fort Miller, Fort Ann, Caughnawaga, Johnstown, Fort Hunter, Sacondaga, Cobleskill, middle and lower forts of Schoharie several times, both previous and subsequent to the period when the celebrated Murphy of Morgan’s rifle corps shot at the British flag which was sent to summon the fort to surrender at which last mentioned place he served about one year in all—He was with the forces that were in service at BallsTown to repel the enemy, when that place was burnt by them in the fall of the year 1780, at time he served about two weeks.—He has on very many occasions kept guard at Schenectady, and been out with scouting parties.  It is utterly impossible for him to specify the different periods of this service but think it is all of six months.
            He rendered his services whenever they were needed and served faithfully during the whole war.  If he should be required to say how long he was actually under arms in the garrison and field, he can honestly say for more than two years.
            The following are the names of some of the regular officers whom he knew or who were with the troops where he served, and such companies or regiments as he can recollect—viz—Generals Gates, Schuyler, Arnold, General Ten Broock & his brigade, Colonel VanSchaick, Gansevoort,Willett, Dubois & Wynkoop and their Regiments.
            He has no documentary evidence and knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service except the Ensign of his company Cornelius L. Van Santvoord.
            He never received any written discharge from the service.
            The following are the names of persons to whom he is known in his present neighbourhood and who can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief of his services as a soldier of the revolution  Abraham Elqood & Francis Dunckle.
            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) Frederic Weller
            Subscribed & sworn to the day & year aforesaid.  Geo. D. Ferguson, Clerk

Letter responding to a request for information, dated August 2, 1929.
            I advise you from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, S.14816, it appears that Frederic Weller was born December 5, 1757, in Wallkill Township, Orange County, New York.
            While a resident of Schenectady Township, which was later included within the bounds of Princetown, Schenectady County, New York, he enlisted in the fall of 1775 and served at various times until sometime in 1782, amounting to more than two years in all, as a private and orderly sergeant in Captains Abraham Oothout’s and Jesse Van Slyck’s Companies in Colonel Abraham Wemple’s New York Regiment.
            He was allowed pension on his application executed September 19, 1832, while a resident of Minden, Montgomery County, New York.
            His wife was referred to in 1842 but her name was not given.  In that year he was living in New London, Oneida County, New York.
            This is the only soldier by the name of Frederic Weller that is found on the Revolutionary War records of this bureau.

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