Elijah Towner
Revolutionary War Pension
Application

Contributed by Jackie Towner


Elijah Towner Rev War S11570
State of New York
County of Greene

 On this fourth day of June 1833 personally appeared before Munson Buel, a judge of the court of common pleas of the county aforesaid, Elijah Towner, a resident of Windham in the county of Greene and state of New York, aged seventy-four 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 provision made by the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated-
That in the month of April 1777 he was drafted at Goshen in the state of Connecticut and was marched to Danbury in said state and from there to Long Island Sound where he was discharged, served one week. This was at the time Gov. Lyon burnt Danbury, was not organized into companies and does not recollect the names of any of the officers except Capt. Timothy Stanley who this declarent was under, served as a private soldier and received no discharge.
That in the month of September 1777 he was drafted as a private soldier and put in to a company of militia and marched from Litchfield in the state of Connecticut by way of New Milford to Fishkill in the state of New York, that while there Fort Montgomery was taken, served one and a half month, of the company officers now well recollects Captain Timothy Stanley and Lieut. Gibbs, was not as he now recollects attached to any particular Regiment, was dismissed at Fishkill but did not receive a written discharge.
That in the month of May 1780 he entered the service of the United States at Goshen, county of Litchfield and state of Connecticut as a private in the Connecticut line for six or seven months which this declarent cannot now precisely state, believes it to be Bradleys or Swift's Regiment, that shortly after he enlisted he was sent to Litchfield where he joined a number of recruits and was sent from there to Nelson's Point on the North River near the highlands where he was mustered and after remaining there a short time was sent into New Jersey and was then placed in Swift's Regiment as he now thinks- that during that summer he was at  Lotoway Falls, Peromns, Harriston, Hackinsack and other places and late in the fall was returned to West Point and was discharged in the month of December at the Highlands, which discharge is now lost, was in Capt. Chapman's company whom he well recollects and also Lieut. Buel, of the Regimental officers well remembers Col. Swift whom he served under some part of the time also Major Cleft and Adjutant Wilcox.
 He hereby relinquishes every claim 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.
That at the time of entering the service at each of the above mentioned
periods he resided at the town of Goshen county of Litchfield and state of Connecticut, that he has no documentary evidence and knows of no person who can testify to his services now living - Interrogations propounded by the judge together with the answers of the declarent thereto.
1. In what year were you born-
At the town of Goshen aforesaid in the year 1758
2. Have you any record of your age, and if so where is it-
I have in my family bible
3. Where were you living when called into service and where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live-
Lived at Goshen, state of Connecticut have since lived at Lexington Greene County and now live in Windham Greene County
4. How were you called into service; were you drafted did you volunteer, or were you a substitute; and if a substitute for whom;
The first and second time I was drafted the third enlisted 
5. State the names of some of the regular officers, who were with the
troops, where you served; and Continental and Militia Regiments as you can recollect, and the general circumstances of your service-
Of the Continental Officers recollects Gen. Layfayette and while in the
Jerseys in 1780 remembers being selected by Gen. Steuben with others and put in to a Regiment of light infantry
6. Did you ever receive a discharge from the service and if so by whom was it given and what has become of it-
Never received but one written discharge that was from the Continental service in 1780, does not recollect by whom it was given, which discharge is now lost.
7. State the names of persons in your neighborhood to whom you are known, and who can testify as to your character for truth and verosity, and their belief of your service as a soldier of the Revolution-
Ruben Hosford, Ransom Johnson, Sydney Little and Henry Goslee

He hereby relinquishes every claim to a pension or annuity except the
present and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the
agency in any state.
(signed) Elijah Towner

Sworn and subscribed
The day and year aforesaid
Before me Munson Buel
Judge aforesaid


State of New York
Greene County

On the fourth day of June 1833 personally came before me Munson Buel one of the judges of the court of common pleas of said county, Elijah Towner of Windham county aforesaid, known to me as the person who has subscribed and sworn to the foregoing declaration who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following addition to his declaration. That on more mature reflection he believes that when he enlisted in 1780 he enlisted
for Bradley Regiment and was shortly after transferred in to a regiment of light infantry organized for the campaign but that by reason of old age and consequent loss of memory he is unable to state precisely the length of time he  served in 1780 but is positive it was either six or seven months and that for the reasons just stated he cannot positively state the name of the Colonel commanding the regiment into which he enlisted- But that he served not less than the period mentioned below

For 7 days as a private in the Danbury expedition
For 1 month and 15 days at and near Fishkill in the year 1777
For six months (thinks seven) in 1780 in the Continental Army and for such service I claim a pension.

(signed) Elijah Towner
Sworn and subscribed to
Before me this day and
Year aforesaid
Before me Munson Buel
Judge aforesaid


State of New York
Greene County

We Ransom Johnson and Henry Goslee residing in the town of Lexington county aforesaid, do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Elijah Towner, who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration; that we believe him to be seventy-four years of age; that he is reputed and believed, in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a soldier of the revolution, and that we concur in that opinion.                      

Ransom Johnson
Sworn and subscribed
Henry Goslee
The day and year aforesaid
Before me Munson Buel
Judge of the aforesaid


State of New York
Greene County

 Ransom Johnson of the town of Lexington county aforesaid being sworn in due form of hand, on his oath says that he has been well acquainted with Elijah Towner for twenty years past and that he has during said time often heard Elijah Towner above named relate his services during the Revolutionary War and further that his statements previous to the passage of the act of June 7, 1832 correspond those generally in the above declaration and that the said Elijah Towner is considered a man of truth and verosity.

Sworn and subscribed the
Ransom Johnson
Day and year aforesaid
Before me Munson Buel

And the said judge doth hereby declare his opinion, after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogations prescribed by the war department that the above named was a Revolutionary Soldier, and served as he states. And the said judge further certifies, that it appears to him that Ransom Johnson and Henry Goslee, who have signed the foregoing certificate are residents of the town of Lexington county aforesaid, are credable persons and that their statement is entitled to credit. And that Ransom Johnson who has signed the above deposition is a man of truth and verosity
and further that the said Elijah Towner is unable to attend court by reason of bodily infirmity.

Munson Buel
 Judge aforesaid


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