Benjamin Chamberlain - 
Revolutionary War Pension
Application

Contributed by Pamela Moore Leitt


Pension Records- 44734
Chamberlain, Benjamin
Received from National Archives

02/90

Benjamin Chamberlain of Lexington in the state of New York who was a Private in the regiment commanded by Colonel Grayton of the Mafsachufsetts [sicl line, for the term of three years

Inscribed on the Roll of New York at the rate of 8 Dollars per month, to commence on the 12th of December 1818

Certificate of Pension issued the 11 of June 1819 and Sent to Munson Buel, Esq. Lexington New York

Arrears to 4th of Mar 1819                          22.19                     
Semi-anl. alíce ending 4 Sep 1819             48.00
2 mo 2413'                                                     70.19

{Revolutionary claim, Act 18th March, 1818)

State of New York Greene County 

This line is illegible due to fold and fading of original document   year of one thousand eight hundred and eighteen before me, the subscriber one judges of the Court of Common pleas on and for the County of Greene in the State of New York, personally appeared Benjamin Chamberlain resident of the Town of Lexington in the County of Greene and the State aforementioned aged sixty years old who being by me first duly sworn according to the law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the Sole Act of Congress_______ an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States. In the Revolutionary War that the said Benjamin Chamberlain enlisted on or about the twenty-second day of March in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven at Spencertown in the State of New York in the Company commanded by Captain Watson. In the Regiment commanded by Colonel Grayton in the Brigade commanded by General Nixon Mafsechusetts [sic] Line that he continued to serve in said corps until on or about the twenty second day of March in the year one thousand and seven hundred and eighty when be was honorably discharged at Peekskill in the State of New York and that he is in reduced circumstances and rally [sic] stands in need of the appreciation of his Country for support and has no other evidence now in his power or his said service had ___ as proceedings sworn and declared before me on the day and year aforementioned.

Munson Bud (Buel)                       

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 State of New York

Green County} I Munson Buel one of the judges of the Court of Common pleas in and for the County of Green [sic] and State of New York do certify that it appears to my satisfaction that the said Benjamin Chamberlain did serve in the Revolutionary War as stated in the preceding dissertation against the Common enemy and I do further Certify that from the oath of credible witnesses sworn before I am satisfied that the said Benjamin Chamberlain aforesaid , a very poor and a needy person with a large family to support and that he really stands in need of the appreciation of this Country for support and I do now transmit the evidence and testimony sworn and heard before me to the Secretary of the Department of War forward to the directors of the aforesaid act of Congress March 22, l8l9. 

Munson Buel

{State of New York Green County} on the 27th day of January in the year 1819 personally appeared in Open Court being a court of Record called the Common Pleas Court for the County of Green [sic] and the State of New York Benjamin Chamberlain resident of the town of Lexington in said County aged sixty-five years old who being duly sworn according to law both on his oath makes the following declaration in order to obtain the provisions made by the acts of the 18th of March 1818 the first of May 1819 and the first of March 1823 and that he the said Benjamin Chamberlain enlisted on or about the 22nd day of March in the year 17777 at Spencertown in the State of New York in the Company commanded by Captain Watson. In the Regiment commanded by Colonel Grayton, in the Brigade commanded by Samuel Nixon, Mafsachusetts [sic] Line under the Continental Congress that he continued to serve in the said Corps until about the 22nd day of March in the year 1780 when he was discharged from the said service at Peekskill in the State of New York and I do solomly [sic] swear that I was _______ a citizen of the United States on the 18th of March in the year 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift, sale or any other manner whatever disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby to diminish it as to bring my self within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and navel service of the United States in the Revolutionary War __________the 18th day of March in the year 1818 and that I have not now had any person in ____for me any property or ________            contracts or debts due nor have I any income other than what is contained in the _________      annexed and by ____ that the original declaration of the said Benjamin Chamberlain for the act of Congress __________            and act to provide for certain persons engaged in the Land and naval services of the United States in the Revolutionary War was ______  date the twelfth day of December in the year 1818 to the best of his knowledge and belief and  ______ on the pension List Roll of the New York agency by Certificate number H.804. I do further swear that I have never made an application or Schedule since _________   a pension otherwise than the one Last sent in of September 1823 and returned since for other testimony and has never been stricken from the role by any former testimony or application which he knows.

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 Inventory of Property

I have no deed or Lease of any real property in my own right or that of my wife in any value whatever.

Inventory of Personal Property

I have one old saddle and bridle worth two dollars, one three year old heifer worth eight dollars, three pigs worth two dollars, one old    _______worthless. Total all $12.00. Two old chests worth fifty Cents, one old iron spider worth eighteen cents, one earthen teapot, two earthen bowls, two tin milk pans, six tea cups and saucers worth all - $.68. one pair of ______ hertyards, one old wooden clock worn out, one old broken slay[sic] five old chairs three old barrels, six old knives and forks, two old tables all worth $2.30.

Two old _____     of an old chair, two _____ two old spinning wheels, one old dragg, two old pitch forks all worth four dollars _____ bushels of rye, six hundred of hay worth four dollars cash. 

This is all the personal property I am possessed of in life of any home whatever to the best of my knowledge I have no debts due of any amount that I remember. 

A true and exact amount of all the real and personal property which I owned on the Eighteenth of March 1818 or anytime since that time which I have _________ or and the same have I disposes of or to who desposed to with an amount when I applied and for whatever. For further explanation which are as follows _____ in the year 18191 purchased a Lot of Land of Joe Ford of Lexington bein8 the same land which I lately sold to John I. Vandenbourgh and previously mortgaged to Zaddock Pratt, Junior containing about thirty-three acres of land copies of the same deed to Vandenburgh and Pratt for which I owed the said _____  _____a considerable amount due him immediately and some of this I sold some of my personal property to pay Junior and others while I was greatly indebted to being greatly indebted. Some years after I mortgaged my place to Colonel Zaddock Pratt, Jr. for the purpose of procuring money to pay my debts and did also sell almost all my stock and personal property such as I have named in my inventory hoping to pay my debts - but all to no purpose Colonel Pratt called on me for the money owed on the mortgage and I having a CI_____   rather to sell that   

I sold Lewis H. Chamberlain in the year 1819 a small piece of land containing Sixteen Rodds[sic] of Land for to sell a _____for the consideration of two dollars the copy of the deed.

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