Pension of John Sammons
of Greenbrier in the State of Virginia [See Note at End]
who was a private in the company commanded by Captain of the commanded by Col. Martin in the Virginia line for 17 months Should be $43.33
Your new [word unclear] N.J. & N.Y. Inscribed on the roll of Virginia at the rate of 56 Dollars 66 Cents per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1831
Certificate of Pension issued the 5 day of August and sent to Henry Erskine, Lewisburg, Va
Arrears to the 4th of March 33 113.32
Semi-anl. Allowance ending 4 Sept ?? 28.33
Act June 7, 1832
Recorded by N. Rice Clerk,
State of Virginia
Greenbrier County [See Note at End]
On this 24th day of September 1832 personally appeared before the Justice of the County of Greenbrier (it being a Court of Record) John Sammons a resident of the Said County of Greenbrier and State of Virginia aged 73 who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. That he enlisted in the army of the United States in 1776 or the year 1777 under Capt Thomas Wolverton and Sirved in the Regiment of this Line under the following named officers. That he enlisted for the term of four months in the year 1776 or 1777 he does not recall which but he knows that it was the year the battle took place on Long Island in Sussex County in the State of New Jersey under Capt Thomas Wolverton and northward to New York and was then attached to the Regiment commanded by Col. Martin, was then stationed on Long Island under General Green, and was reviewed by Geníl Green and remained on Long Island until he was discharged. During this four months service he was in no engagements with the enemy. That he was discharged at Brookland on Long Island. That if he received any discharge he has lost the same, that his time of Sirvice expired about the last of July. And about 1st September following in the county of Orange and State of New York he enlisted again into the Sirvice of the United States for the term of five or six months he does not recollect which under Capt. John Weigner, and was marched from the County of Orange to Kings Bridge near York Island and was then attached to the Regiment commanded by Col. Nicholas and under the command of General James Clinton. During this five or six months Sirvice he was engaged in active service, was in many scouting parties, in one of which his Capt. Weigner was arrested and broke for Cowardice and that he was at the [Battle] of York Island and the company to which he was attached at the battle of White Plains he was not in the battle owing to being sick. And after his term of Service was out he was discharged at Peeks Kill on the North River. That his discharge if he got one he has lost. That he returned to Sussex County New Jersey. And the year following he was drafted in the Militia Sirvice and placed under Capt. Cole and was marched to Elizabeth Town and was placed under Geníl Windes and was placed there to guard Said Town and Amboy and sirved one month at this time and then was relieved. And about two months after this he was called to sirve another month at same place and then returned to Sussex County after this months sirvice was expired some time he was called upon to sirve a third month and so on until he sirved four or five months at different times at Elizabeth Town and Amboy one month at a time. And that he recollects that one of his captains names was Stull and that another name was Elsill. And that during this sirvice a number of the British army was stationed on Stratton Island and some skirmishing took place with them. And that he was drafted and marched on to the Battle at Germantown. He was not in the Battle at Germantown owing to an injury he received in his foot but that Capt. Elsillís company to which he belonged was in the battle. And that he sirved one month or upwards this tower [tour] and returned to home Sussex County. And that he was called on frequently on scouting parties or as an Indian spy towards the head waters of Delaware river about four or five different towers. Sometimes he served in these towers eight, ten or twelve days at a time in all he believes he sirved about two months or upwards. In the year 1781 he either enlisted or was drafted for three months he does not now recollect which under Capt. David McCambly in Orange County New York and was station at the Fish Kills on the North river in the Regiment commanded by Col. Hathpor and then sirved out his three months and was discharged at Fish kills. If he received any discharge, he does not now recollect what has become of the discharge. That he has no documentary evidence and that he knows of no persons whose testimony he can with convenience procure except the evidence of Robert Buckhannon that he does herewith submit in corroboration with this declaration.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to
a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name
is not on the pension of any state.
Sworn and subscribed this
day and date aforesaid
Richard Sammons being sworn in open court
sayeth that he was born in the State of New Jersey in Sussex County
and was raised and lived in Orange County New York and has heard it
said by a number of persons that John Sammons had served in the
Revolutionary war and has heard Benj. Sammons his father who is the
brother of this Said John Sammons frequently state that John Sammons
did serve in the Revolutionary war
Sworn and subscribed this
day and year aforesaid
Mr. Richard Sammons & John Hempenstall do hereby [word unclear] that we are well acquainted with John Sammons who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that [word or so unclear] him to be [73?] years of age that he is reputed and believed in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a Soldier of the Revolution and we concur in that opinion.
Sworn and subscribed the Richard Sammons
day and year aforesaid John Hempenstall
Question 1st Where and in what year were you born
Answer 1 I was born in the County of Orange and State of New York I believe in the
year 1758 or 1759
Question 2nd Have you any record of your age and if so where is it
Answer 2 I have none, and only know my age from recollection and from
information from the family
Question 3rd Where were you living when called into service where have you lived
since the revolution & where do you now live
Answer 3 I was living in Sussex County New Jersey and Orange County New York
when I was called into sirvice. I lived for some time after the Revolution
in Orange County New York and then moved to Greenbrier County
where I have lived for the past Forty years and where I now live.
Qs. 4th How were you called into sirvice, were you drafted, did you volunteer, or
were you a substitute, and if a substitute for whom
Ans 4 In the first two towers [tours] of duty I enlisted afterwards I was drafted
except the last three months I sirved in that I do not recollect whether I
was enlisted or drafted
Qs 5 State the names of some of your regular officers who was with the troops
where you sirved such circumstances and military regulations and the
general circumstances of your sirvice
Ans 5 I have been under Generals Washington, Green, Putnam and Clinton of the
regulars and Hathorn and Winde of the militia and Col.s Marten, Howard, Nicholas and others. I have stated all the particulars of my sirvice in the foregoing declaration.
Qs 6 Did you received a discharge from the sirvice and if so by whom was it
given and what has become of it
Ans6 If ever I did receive a discharge I do not recollect and if I did I have lost them
And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department that the above named applicant was a revolutionary Soldier and sirved as he states and the Court further certifies that it appears to them that Richard Sammons and John Hempenstall who have also signed the same as residents in the said County of Greenbrier and are credible persons and that their statements are entitled to credit, and that Robert Buckhorn whose affidavit was taken before Thomas Kirkpatrick, Justice of the Peace for Greenbrier County is a respectable man and entitled to credit.
I John Mathews Clerk of the Court of Greenbrier County do
hereby testify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings
in the matter of the application of John Sammons
[need further clarification] this 27th day
September 1832 & in the 57th year of the Commonwealth
The further declaration of John Sammons in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed 7th June 1832
State of Virginia
on this 9th day of July 1833 personally appeared before me Henry Erskine a Justice of the Peace in and for said county John Sammons aged 74 years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following further declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions of the Act of Congress passed 7th June 1833 [sic].
There appearing to be some objection to his declaration on the 24th September 1832 and explanation to be made which he feels well satisfied to do. In the first objection stated that on or about 1st Sept 1777 he entered into the service for five or six months he does not recollect which to satisfy which he will plan this service at five months this much time he is sure he entered the service for and served as stated in his declaration of 24th September 1832.
2nd Objection in year 1778 he served two months and was called upon to serve a third and so on untill he served four or five months at different times at Elizabeth Town and Amboy. He now states that he is sure of having served five months that is embracing first second and third months as intended to be allowed then two months are to be embraced in the five months which he is sure he served in this year as set forth in his declaration of 24th Sept 1832.
3rd Objection is as to the service in scouting parties in which it is stated he served two months and upwards. He states that he is well satisfied of having served in this service more than two months but as it has been a long time and he cannot bring his mind to a proper [word unclear] of the particular time he is willing to place it at two months but well knows its is under the proper time he served. He states he is [word unclear] as to the other service set forth in his declaration of 24 Sept 1832 it is unnecessary to state anything as further explanation of them as there appears to be no objection to them. But he states when he made his declaration of 24th Sept. 1832 he entirely forgot one month and a very important month of his service which was a months service he thinks in the year 1779 in month of June he was detached to serve one month and put under Capt. Richard Etsell and was marched from Sussex County New Jersey to a place called Pyrammus [probably Paramus] near Hackingsack [Hackansack] River New Jersey. During this months service the company had had severe service to encounter in guarding the settlement against the enemy and Tories which were numerous in that settlement and had several severe skirmishes with the enemy in which three men were killed.
It appears that he in signing his name wrote the name Summons. He states the reason it was written in that way he is not accustomed to write his name and committed the mistake himself that his name is as stated in his declaration Sammons.
Sworn and Subscribed the day John Sammons
and year aforesaid before me
Henry Erskine JP
This day Thomas Creigh and James Frazer came before me the subscriber a Justice of the Peace in Greenbrier County Va and made oath that they are well acquainted with John Sammons of said county and that he is a reputable man and that they would place every confidence in his statements.
Sworn and subscribed before James Frazer
me this 9th day of July 1833 Thomas Creigh
Henry Erskine JP
I Henry Erskine a Magistrate in and for the county of Greenbrier do certify that I am well acquainted with Thomas Creigh and James Frazer who have sworn to the credibility of John Sammons that they are men of highly respectable character as any in this section of Virginia and their statements entitled to as much credit. Given under my hand this 9th day of July 1833. And I further certify that I am well acquainted with John Sammons and would place every confidence in his statements.
Henry Erskine JP
NOTE: These documents preceded the time of the Civil War. Greenbrier County is part of present day West Virginia which split away from Virginia as a consequence of the Civil War.