Pension of Reuben Sammons

(Transcribed from handwritten records on the National Archives microfilm - WGS) 

District of New Jersey

Sussex County

            On this 16th day of August, at a Session began at Newton, on the third Tuesday of August, of the term of August,  in the year of our LORD, one thousand eight hundred and twenty, personally appeared in open Court before the Judges of the inferior Court of Common Pleas of the County of Sussex and State of New Jersey, the said Court of Common Pleas, being a Court of record in the said County, being a Court constituted and established by the Laws of the State of New Jersey, as a Court of record, having a Seal, with power to fine and imprison, and an unlimited jurisdiction in civil cases, and whose Judgments are only reversible by writ of error at common law, Reuben Sammons, or otherwise called Simmons, of the age of Sixty one years, or thereabouts, resident in the township of Frankford,, in the County of Sussex and State of New Jersey, who being first duly sworn according to Law, doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War, as follows Ė 1st.  He enlisted and served in the Company of Captain William Hellams [or Helms?] of the second New Jersey Regiment under the command of Col. Dehart about the first May in the year of our LORD, one thousand seven hundred and eighty, or eighty one, for during the Revolutionary War as aforesaid, he remained in the Company commanded by Captain William Hellams until after the taking of Cornwallis, then he was transferred into Capt. Bowmanís Company of New Jersey Infantry,, and remained in his Company, untill the Regiment aforesaid was broken, then he was transferred into Capt. Mitchellís company of New Jersey Light Infantry, and remained in said Company, until the close of the war, and was discharged at Snake Hills in the State of New York in June, in the year of our LORD, one thousand, seven hundred and eighty three.  That on the twenty fourth day of August, in the year of our LORD, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen, he applied for a Pension, at the rate of eight dollars per month, he being a private in the army, as aforesaid on the first day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen obtained a Certificate under the hand and Seal of J.C. Calhoun, Secretary of War of the United States, and numbered 15340.  And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident, citizen of the United States, on the eighteenth day of March AD  one thousand eight hundred and eighteen.  And that I have not since that time, by gift, sale, or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof, with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an Act of Congress entitled ďan Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the Land & Naval Service of the United States, in the Revolutionary War,Ē passed on the 18th day of March AD 1818.  And that I have not, nor has any person in trust for me any property, or securities, or contracts, or debts due to me, nor have I any income other than what is contained in the Schedule hereunto annexed, and by me subscribed.  And this deponent further saith that he hath no known trade or profession, but is a common Labourer, and that he is not able by that or any other ocupation to procure for himself a sufficient support.  That he has no family, neither wife nor children.  And that he is old and infirm and incapable of supporting himself without the assistance of the Government, except by public or private charity. 

                                                                                    his

Sworn to in open Court and declared                       Reuben  X  Simmons

the 16th day of August, AD 1820                            mark

            Gab. H. Ford                                                otherwise called

                                                                        Reuben Sammons

 

Schedule of Property

            Real Estate                                       Personal Property

               none                                                              none

Sworn & Subscribed in open Court                               his

the sixteenth day of August AD 1820                      Reuben  X  Simmons

Gab. H. Ford                                                            mark

                                                            otherwise called

                                                                        Reuben Sammons

 

I, Ephriam Green, [word unclear] Clerk of the Court of Common

            Pleas aforesaid do hereby Certify that

            the foregoing Oath and the Schedule

            thereto annexed, are truly copies from

            the records of the said Court

            In testimony whereof, I have hereunto

set my hand, and affixed the Seal of said Court,

on this thirtieth day of August, AD 1820

                                                                        E. Green Clerk of the

Court for the County of Sussex aforesaid   

State of New Jersey

Sussex County

On this twenty fourth day of August 1819 before me the Subscriber one of the Judges of the court of Common Pleas in and for the Said County Personally appeared Reuben Sammons otherwise called Simons aged about sixty years & resident in the Said County who being by me first sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provisions made by the Late Act of Congress entitled ďan act to provide for certain Persons engaged in the Land & Naval Service of the United States in the revolutionary war[ď] that he Reuben Sammons Inlisted in the said county of Sussex in the State of New Jersey in the company commanded by Captain William Helms in the [2nd?] New Jersey Regiment commanded by Col. Dehart on or about the first of May 1781 in the Revolutionary War.  That he served in the said company untill after the taking Cornwallis at York Town and his return to Morris Town New Jersey when he was transferred to Captain Bowmanís Company after which the [2nd?] Regiment was broken and he was transferred to Captain Mitchels company of Lite infantry & the New Jersey brigade.  That he continued in the Service of the United States untill about the first of June 1783 when he was discharged from service as Newburgh [word unclear] in the State of New York.  That he was at the taking of Cornwallis at York Town.  And that he is in reduced circumstances and stands in need of the assistance of his country for support and that he has no other evidence but what is herewith sent now in his [word unclear] of his said Service.

                                                                  his

Sworn to & subscribed before me      John  X Sammons        

the day and year aforesaid                                mark                           

 

I John Gustin Judge as aforesaid do certify that it appears to my satisfaction that the Said Ruben Sammons did serve in the revolutionary war as stated in the preceding declaration against the common enemy and to my knowledge he is in Reduced Circumstances & needs the assistance of this country for support and I now transmit the proceedings and testimony taken [word unclear] before me to the Secretary of War pursuant to the depution of the aforesaid Act of Congress given under my hand & the Seal of the Said Court the 24th day of August 1819

                                                                                                John Gustin 

[[****Note:  The text clearly says John vice Reuben.  Since a later document shows that Reuben moved to Greenbrier County, Virginia it is probable that he is related to John Sammons who was also born in Sussex County and moved to Greenbrier County after the war.  It is possible to speculate that if indeed they were brothers John might have been in Sussex County at the time and accompanying Reuben and Judge Gustin accidentally filled in Johnís name, rather than Reubenís.  Again, strictly wild speculation.]]


[NB:  File contains the poor copy of an envelope with a postmark of Greenbrier Co. VA, addressed to the War Department in Washington.  The envelope appears to have the following notation probably inscribed by a clerk as a record of action:

            Reuben Sammonsí

            or Simmonsí application

for transfer to Virginia

Transferred 29 June 1821

 

The following is probably the enclosure of the letter:

To the Secretary of War or to the War Department

I have herewith enclosed to you my application for a transfer of my pension claim from New Jersey to Virginia.  You will do me a very particular favour if you will decree an account of my Transfer as soon as possible so I can dray my pension in Virginia against the 11th of September next as I cannot get necessaries here untill I get an act. Of my transfer as people do not like to trust me on account of my pension certificate being payable in Jersey.  Your attention will confer a very great favour on an old Revolutionary Soldier.  You will plase to direct the Transfer to my self or to Lewes Steward, Clerk of Greenbrier County.

                                                            I am Yr Very Hl. Servt.

                                                                     Reuben Sammons or Simmons

 

<>            APPLICATION FOR A TRANSFER

 

County of Greenbrier

On this fifteenth day of May 182 3 , before me, the subscriber, a Justice of the Peace for the said county of Greenbrier personally appeared Ruben       Samons or Simons who, on his oath, declares that he is the same person who formerly belonged to the company commanded by Captain Wm Hellams , in the regiment commanded by Colonel  Dehart in the service of the United States; that his name was placed on the pension roll of the state of New Jersey         from whence he has lately removed; that he now resides in the state (district, or territory) of Virginia where he intends to remain and wishes his pension to be there payable, in future.            

                                                     his Reuben X Samons or Simons  

Sworn and subscribed to, before              mark

me, the day and year aforesaid

 

James Withrow

 

Note:  The oath to be taken before a duly qualified magistrate, whose

official character and signature must be properly authenticated

 

State of Virginia

        Greenbrier County

        I Lewis Stuart, Clerk of the Court for Greenbrier County aforesaid do hereby certify that James Withrow Esquire before whom the foregoing instrument of writing appears to have been sworn to by Reuben Samons or Simons was at that time an acting Justice of the Peace, and is at this time, in and for the County aforesaid duly commissioned and qualified and that full faith and credit is and ought to be given to all his official acts as well as Courts of Justice

                In witness thereof I have herein set my hand and caused the seal of said court to be affixed on the 21st day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & twenty One and the Commonwealth

                the forty fifty

                                                        Lewis Stuart


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Luzerne County

        On this twentieth day of August AD 1819 personally came before me Jesse Fell one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said County of Luzerne in the eleventh Judicial district in the said Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Benjamin Bidlock of Kingston Township in the County aforesaid to me well known and of good & reputable character who being by me duly sworn according to law doth depose and say that he this deponent was a Sergeant in Capt. William Helms Company in the 2nd New Jersey Regmt.  Commanded by Col. Dehart in the New Jersey line in the service of the United States in the Revolutionary War.  That deponent was with a recruiting party about the first of May AD 1781 when they enlisted the Applicant Reuben Sammons (sometimes called Simmons) into the said company.  That this deponent was well acquainted with said Sammons and well recollects the said Reuben Sammons served as a private soldier in said Capt. Helms company from the time enlisted about the first of May 1781 untill about the first of June 1783.  And further saith not.

Sworn Subscribed & Declared                      Benjamin Bidlock

before me this 20th day of August

1819

                Jesse Fell