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Revolutionary War Pension Application
of
David Wesley Freemyer

submitted by Wanda Greathouse

!REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION FILE: NUMBER R20173, FROM NATIONAL ARCHIVES.
STATE OF OHIO
COUNTY OF WASHINGTON
ON THIS 13TH DAY OF AUGUST 1834, PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME THE
SUBSCIBER AND JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN & FOR THE COUNTY OF WASHINGTON AND STATE
AFORESAID, DAVID FREEMOYER, A RESIDENT OF THE SAID COUNTY AND STATE AFORESAID
AGED SEVENTY THREE YEARS THE 28TH DAY OF FEBRUARY LAST, 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.

( 1779, JUNE 1, BATTLE OF COBELSKILL, PG 275, HISTORY OF SCHOHARIE COUNTY AND
BORDER WARS OF NEW YORK, BY JEPTHA R. SIMMS.--COBELSKILL WAS BURNT, ALL HOMES
EXCEPT ONE OWNED BY GEORGE WARNER. ( HAD TO BE 16 TO JOIN THE SERVICE, DAVID
WAS BORN 28 FEB 1861, MAKING HIM 17 YEARS OLD).
THAT HE ENTERED THE SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES UNDER THE FOLLOWING NAMED
OFFICERS AND SERVED AS HEREIN STATED (TOWIT, THAT IN MAY 1778 AFFIANT (REFERS
TO DAVID) WAS A RESIDING IN ALBANY COUNTY, THEN A FRONTIER COUNTY OF THE STATE
OF NEW YORK ON A CREEK CALLED COBLESKILL, A BRANCH OF THE SCHOHARIE RIVER, WHEN
A PARTY OF INDIANS CONSISTING OF MOHAWK'S, SENECA'S AND ANANDILLA AND ANAQUANA
SETTLEMENTS OF INDIANS ON THE NORTH BRANCH OF THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER, HAVING
PENETRATED INTO THE SETTLEMENT, WHERE AFFIANT LIVED. CAPT. CHRISTOPHER BROWN
OF THE MILITIA WITH HIS WHOLE COMPANY WAS ORDERED OUT, OF WHICH AFFIANT WAS
ONE, (HE AFFIANT HAVING BEEN ENROLLED ON THIS OCCASION FOR THE FIRST TIME). A
COMPANY OF CONTINENTAL TROOPS, WAS ALSO DETAILED AND SENT FROM FORT CLINTON
WHICH WAS SITUATED ON SCHOHARIE RIVER ABOUT NINE MILES FROM THE SETTLEMENT IN
WHICH AFFIANT LIVED, TO GO AGAINST THE INDIANS, WHICH COMPANY WAS COMMANDED BY A
CAPT. PATRICK. CAPT. PATRICK'S COMPANY JOINED AFFIANTS COMPANY AT THE HOUSE OF
GEORGE WARNER WHO RESIDED ON COBLESKILL AFORESAID, 31ST DAY OF MAY OF SAID YEAR
1778. JUST BEFORE THE JUNCTION OF THE TWO COMPANIES, INDIANS HAD BEEN SEEN
RUNNING ACROSS THE FIELDS BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS, WHICH WAS DONE NO DOUBT FOR
THE PURPOSE OF DECOYING AFFIANTS COMPANY INTO THE WOODS, WHERE THE INDIANS
WOULD BE LYING IN AMBUSH FOR THEM, AS IT AFTERWARDS PROVED TO BE THE CASE, FOR
AS SOON CAPT. PATRICK'S COMPANY ARRIVED, THE OFFICERS SENT OUT THREE MEN AS
SCOUTS & WHEN BUT A VERY LITTLE WAY IN THE WOODS, THEY WERE FIRED ON BY ONE OF
THEM SHOT THROUGH THE BODY. NEVERTHELESS BEING SO NEAR TO THE HOUSE, HE GOT IN
AND AFTERWARD RECOVERED. AFFIANT STATES THAT AS SOON AS THEY HEARD THE GUNS
FIRED, THEY ALL RAN IN GREAT HASTE OUT IN PURSUIT OF THE ENEMY, BEING ENTIRELY
IGNORANT OF THEIR NUMBER AND MET THE SCOUTS IN THE EDGE OF THE WOODS RETURNING
AND A PARCEL OF THE ENEMY IN CLOSE PURSUIT, AFFIANT STATES THAT THEY
IMMEDIATELY ENCONTERED THE FIRE OF THE ENEMY WHO KEPT FIRING AND RETREATING FOR
AT LEAST A MILE, UNTIL THEY FELL BACK UPON THEIR MAIN BODY, WHO WAS COMMANDED
BY COLONEL BRANDT. AFFIANT STATES THAT THEY WERE IN SUCH HOT PURSUIT OF THE
INDIANS THAT THEY WERE PRECIPITATED UPON THE MAIN BODY OF THEM, BEFORE THEY
WERE AWARE OF IT, WHO WERE LYING IN AMBUSH BEHIND A SMALL KNOWL,OF SOME 200-300
YARDS IN LENGTH AND ABOUT 4 FEET IN HEIGHT, A SINGULAR FREAK OF NATURE THIS, IF
NATURAL; BUT BEING ON A LEVEL GRAVELLY SPOT OF GROUND AND OF SUCH EQUAL HEIGHT
AND WIDTH AND WITHALL, SO STRAIGHT FROM ONE END TO THE OTHER, THAT AFFIANT
THINKS IT WAS THE WORK OF SOME ANCIENT RACE OF PEOPLE LONG SINCE EXTINCT AND AT
PRESENT UNKNOWN TO THE WORLD (IF EVER) THROWN UP FOR DEFENCE IN SOME OF THEIR
WARS WITH HOSTILE FORCES. THIS KNOWL OR RIDGE WAS COVERED WITH TIMBER, BUT NOT
SO LARGE AS THE TIMBER ON THE GROUND SURROUNDING, OWING PROBABLY TO THE FACT,
THAT THE KNOWL WAS NOT SO RICH-THERE WAS NO DITCH ON EITHER SIDE, BUT ON THE
SIDE THE INDIANS LAY THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH NEAR THE KNOWL SEEMED TO AFFIANT,
WHEN VIEWING THE GROUND SINCE THE BATTLE, TO BE SOMEWHAT LOWER THAN THE
OPPOSITE SIDE-BEHIND THE KNOWL THE INDIANS HAD DRIVEN STAKES INTO THE GROUND,
FASTENED A STICK ACROSS THE TOP, ON WHICH THEY HAD PUT PIECES OF BLANKETS AND
STUCK A HAT OR CAP THEREON, IN ORDER TO DECEIVE AFFIANTS PARTY. AN EXCELLENT
DEVICE TOO, AS AFFIANT STATES, THAT MANY IN THEIR ZEAL TO DESTROY THE ENEMY,
AND NOT BEING ABLE TO DISTINGUISH WELL FOR THE SMOKE OCCASIONED BY THE FIRING,
WERE DECEIVED AND FIRED AT THE SUPPOSED BODIES OF THE INDIANS, WHILE THE REAL
INDIANS WERE LYING OR STOOPED BELOW THEIR IMMAGINARY MEN AND FIRING UPON
AFFIANTS PARTY, AS DOON AS CAPT. PATRICK (WHO WAS IN ADVANCE OF HIS MEN AND A
BRAVE OFFICER) DISCOVERED THE SITUATION OF THE ENEMY, HE DIRECTED HIS MEN WHO
HAD FIXED BAYONETS ON THEIR MUSKETS TO CHARGE UPON THE ENEMY, BUT BEFORE HIS
ORDER COULD BE EXECUTED, HE WAS SHOT DEAD AND ONE OF HIS LIEUTENANTS WAS
KILLED AT THE SAME INSTANT. THE DEATH OF CAPT. PATRICK AND HIS LIEUTENANT SO
DAMPED THE ARDOR OF THE AMERICANS AND THE ENEMY WAS FOUND TO BE SO MUCH
SUPERIOR IN NUMBERS BEING ABOUT 300 OR 350 WHILE THAT OF THE AMERICANS WAS ONLY
ABOUT 200. CAPT. BROWN, ORDERED A RETREAT AND THEY RETREATED WITH GREAT
PRECIPITATION TO FORT CLINTON BEFORE SPOKEN OF. THE ENEMY ONLY MADE PRISONER
THE ENSIGN BELONGING TO CAPTIAN PATRICK'S COMPANY, WHO THEY KEPT ABOUT TWO
YEARS BEFORE HE WAS EXCHANGED, WHEN HE RETURNED HOME AND REPORTED THAT THE
ENEMY IN THIS ENGAGEMENT WAS 350 STRONG AND HAD LOST 36 KILLED. AFFIANT STATES
THAT AFFIANTS PARTY LOST 21 MEN KILLED INCLUDING OFFICERS AND HAD 9 WOULDED.
THAT THE ENEMY LAID WASTE THE WHOLE SETTLEMENT ON COBLESKILL, BY BURNING
HOUSES, BARNS, STABLES AND SHOOTING SUCH HORSES, AS THEY COULD NOT CONVENIENTLY
CATCH TO TAKE AWAY WITH THEM. THAT HE REMAINED VOLUNTARILY IN THE SEFVICE OF
THE UNITED STATES UNTIL IN SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER (HE THINKS) OF SAID YEAR, WHEN
HE WAS SENT FROM FORT CLINTON IN A COMPANY OF RANGERS, ABOUT 32 IN NUMBER AND
PLACED UNDER COMMAND OF A CAPTIAN JOHN DITZ, AND ATTACHED TO A REGIMENT
COMMANDED BY COL. BUTLER, SENT ON AN EXPEDITION AGAINST THE TOWNS OF THE
ANANDILLA AND ANAQUAQUA INDIANS. THAT THE INDIANS HAD LEFT THEIR TOWNS WHEN
COL. BUTLER ARRIVED, LEAVING ONLY 2 VERY OLD SQUAWS, WHO AFFIANTS PARTY LEFT IN
A HUT TOGETHER WITH SOME PROVISION TO SUSTAIN THEM, UNTIL THEY MIGHT BE TAKEN
AWAY, OR PROVIDED FOR, BY THE TRIBE TO WHICH THEY BELONGED. COL. BUTLER, BURNT
ALL THEIR BUILDINGS, SAVE THE ONE JUST SPOKEN OF AND DESTROYED THEIR ORCHARD
AND A LARGE QUANTITY OF CORN, AFTER WHICH THEY RETURNED TO FORT CLINTON AGAIN,
WHERE AFFIANT REMAINED IN THE SERVICE STATIONED IN FORT CLINTON UNTIL THE
LATTER END OF JUNE 1779, UNDER CAPT. BROWN AFORESAID LIEUT. BORST AND ENSIGN
NICHOLAS WARNER. THAT THE FORT WAS COMMANDED BY COL. PETER VROOMAN. AFFIANTWAS EMPLOYED IN GUARDING THE FORT AFOREDAID, WHICH CONTAINED AS WELL WOMEN AND
CHILDREN, WHO HAD TAKEN REFUGE THERE FROM THE SAVAGE FEROCITY OF THE ENEMY, AS
SOLDIERS FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE FORT AND THE INHABITANTS GENERALLY. AFFIANT
BEING AT THAT TIME AMAZINGLY FLEET AND A GOOD MARKSMAN, AS WELL AS WOODSMAN FOR
ONE OF HIS YEARS,WAS FREQUENTLY WHILE IN THE SERVICE SENT OUT AS A SPY OR SCOUT
TO RANGE THE COUNTRY ROUND ABOUT, WHICH HE PERFORMED FAITHFULLY, SOMETIMES
SKIRMISHING WITH SMALL PARTIES OF INDIANS, THE RELATION OF WHICH WOULD SWELL
THIS NARRATIVE TO TOO GREAT A LENGTH TO ADMIT OF INSERTION. THAT AFFIANT WAS
DISCHARGED ABOUT THE LAST OF JUNE 1779, AFTER HAVING SERVED ABOUT ONE YEAR AND
ABOUT ONE MONTH, BUT WHETHER HE RECEIVED A DISCHARGE OR NOT HE DOES NOT NOW
RECOLLECT. AFFIANT IN THIS THIRTEEN MONTHS SERVICE, KNEW, IN ADDITIAN TO THE
OFFICERS ALREADY NAMED, COL. SEELEY, CAPT. HAGAR, AND LIEUTENANTS JOHN LAWYER,
JOHN BAKER AND DITTS OR DITZ, THE 5 LAST NAMED, WERE MILITIA OFFICERS, AS
AFFIANT BELIEVES. THE NAMES OR NUMBER OF ANY CONTINENTAL OR MILITIA REGIMENT
WITH WHICH HE SERVED HE DOES NOT NOW RECOLLECT, BUT BELIEVES THE REGIMENT
COMMANDED BY COL. BUTLER WAS CALLED THE 4TH PENNSYLVANIA REGIMENT.

(HISTORY OF SCHOHARIE CO. AND BORDER WARS OF NY BY JEPTHA R. SIMMS. PAGES 303
TO 307 TELL ABOUT THIS BATTLE.)

THAT AN EXPEDITION BEING MEDITATED AGAINST THE SIX NATIONS OF INDIANS,
AFFIANT VOLUNTEERED FOR THE CAMPAIGN IMMEDIATELY AFTER HIS DISCHARGE IN THE
LATTER PART OF JUNE 1779 AFORESAID, AND WAS SENT UNDER A CAPT. OR MAJOR PARR OF
THE CONTINENTAL TROOPS, WHO COMMANDED A COMPANY OF RANGERS, AND WAS MARCHED
FROM FORT CLINTON AFORESAID AND JOINED COL. BUTLER'S REGIMENT AT WHAT WAS THEN
CALLED THE MIDDLE FORT ON THE SCOHARIE RIVER, AND MARCHED BY WAY OF COBLESKILL
CREEK, THENCE THROUGH CHERRY VALLEY TO OTSEGO LAKE, AT WHICH PLACE THEY WERE
JOINED BY GENERAL CLINTON, WITH A LARGE BODY OF THE AMERICAN ARMY, FINDING THE
WATER TOO LOW TO FLOAT THEIR BOATS DOWN TO TIOGA POINT. GENERAL CLINTON
ORDERED A DAM ERECTED ACROSS THE MOUTH OF THE LAKE, WHICH CAUSED THE WATER SOON
TO RAISE TO THE HEIGHT OF THE DAM, AND HAVING EVERYTHING IN READINESS THEY
OPENED A PASSAGE THROUGH THE DAM FOR THE WATER TO FLOW, WHICH RAISED THE RIVER
SO AS TO ENABLE THEM TO EMBARK AND FLOAT DOWN TO TIOGA POINT, AT WHICH PLACE IN
A FEW DAYS THEY WERE JOINED BY GENERAL SULLIVAN THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE
EXPEDITION. THE TWO DIVISIONS THEN UNITED AND MARCHED UP WHAT WAS CALLED THE
CAYUGA OR WESTERN BRANCH OF THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER, WHICH LED THEM IMMEDIATELY
INTO THE INDIAN COUNTRY. THAT AFTER HAVING ROUTED A FEW SMALL BODIES OF THE
ENEMY, WHILE ON THEIR MARCH, THEY FOUND THE MAIN BODY OF THE ENEMY COLLECTED
NEAR NEW TOWN WELL FORTIFIED, COMPOSED OF INDIANS AND TORIES, WHO THEY DEFEATED
AND ROUTED AFTER A SOMEWHAT OBSTINATE RESISTANCE ON THE PART OF THE ENEMY, WHO
ESCAPED ACROSS THE CAYOGA RIVER, AND MADE FOR THE LAKE OF THAT NAME. THAT
GENERAL SULLIVAN, WITH HIS ARMY PURSUED THE ENEMY TO THE CAYUGA LAKE, WHERE
GENERAL SULLIVAN DETACHED A LIEUTENANT BOYD WITH THIS AFFIANT AND SOME 18 OR 20
MEN INCLUDING TWO FRIENDLY INDIANS, WHO WENT AS PILOTS, AND SENT THEM IN THE
NIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER AT ITS OUTLET FROM THE LAKE TO ASCERTAIN, IF THE ENEMY
WERE NOT LYING IN AMBUSH IN A LARGE CEDAR SWAMP ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE FOR THE
PURPOSE OF ATTACKING GENERAL SULLIVAN'S ARMY AS THEY CROSSED THE RIVER. THEIR
ORDERS WERE TO CROSS OVER, (WHICH THEY DID, ON RAFTS MADE OF CEDAR POLES, TIED
TOGETHER WITH LEATHERWOOD BARK) AND EXAMINE THE BANKS ALONG, IF THE ENEMY WERE
NOT DISCOVERED, THEY WERE THEN TO PENETRATE THE SWAMP AND GO THROUGH, WHICH WAS
NOT MORE THAN FROM ONE QUARTER TO A HALF MILE WIDE, AND TO GO TO A CERTAIN HIGH
KNOB, WHICH WAS A QUARTER OF A MILE OR MORE BEYOND THE SWAMP, UPON WHICH KNOWL
THE DETACHMENT WAS TO LIE CONCEALED ON THE THE NEXT DAY, AND WATCH THE
MOVEMENTS OF THE ENEMY, IN CASE ANY WERE THERE, AND THE SUCCEDING NIGHT THEY
WERE TO RETURN TO GENERAL SULLIVANS CAMP. AFFIANT STATES, THAT THEY CROSSED AS
AFORESAID, IN THE NIGHT, EXAMINED THE BANKS, MADE NO DISCOVERIES OF THE
ENEMY-PASSED THROUGH THE SWAMP ALSO WITHOUT MAKING ANY, AND PASSED ON TO THE
HIGH KNOB BEFORE SPOKEN OF, WHERE THEY REMAINED UNTIL THE NEXT MORNING, ALL THE
NEXT DAY, AND THE NEXT NIGHT, (AS LIEUTENANT BOYD REFUSED TO RETURN THE SECOND
NIGHT AS HE WAS ORDERED TO DO) UNTIL THE SECOND MORNING AFTER THEY HAD CROSSED
THE RIVER, WHEN THE UNFORTUNATE BOYD DETERMINED TO RETURN TO SULLIVAN,

(SEE PAGES 310-314, HISTORY OF SCHOHARIE CO AND BORDER WARS OF NY, BY SIMMS)

DECLARING THAT THERE WERE NO INDIANS THERE, AS THEY HAD HAD SCOUTS OUT ALL THE
DAY BEFORE, WHO HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO MAKE ANY DISCOVERIES OF THEM. TWO SCOUTS
HAD BEEN OUT, BUT THE ENEMY HAD NOT LEFT THE SWAMP, INTO WHICH THE SCOUTS DID
NOT PENETRATE, AND OF COURSE, THEY HAD MADE NO DISCOVERIES. AGAINST THIS RASH
PROPOSITION OF THE LIEUTENANT, AFFIANT DECLARES EVERY MAN (HE BELIEVES),
REMONSTRATED URGING UPON HIM THE DANGER OF RETURNING BY DAY IN CASE ANY OF THE
ENEMY SHOULD BE LYING IN WAIT BECAUSE IF THEY HAD LEFT A FORCE SUFFICIENT TO
ANNOY GENERAL SULLIVAN IN CROSSING THE RIVER, IT MUST BE A LARGE PARTY, AND OF
COURSE MUCH SUPERIOR TO THE LIEUTENATS DETATCHMENT, AND IN THAT EVENT BEING
BETWEEN THEM AND OUR CROSSING WE MUST CERTAINLY BE DESTROYED; BUT ALL IN VAIN,
THE ILL FATED LIEUTENANT, DECLARED THAT THERE WERE NO INDIANS THERE, AND HAVING
DETERMINED TO RETURN THAT MORNING, NO ENTREATY AVAILED TO SHAKE HIM FROM HIS
PURPOSE, SO ABOUT 8 OCLOCK THE LIEUTENANT STARTED WITH THE DETACHMENT TO THE
SWAMP, WHERE THEY COMMENCED MARCHING BUY SINGLE FILE, THIS AFFIANT AND ONE
TIMOTHY MURPHY IN FRONT, LIEUTENANT BOYD IN THE REAR, WHEN THEY HAD PASSED
GREATHER PART OF THE SWAMP ALONG A PATH LEADING THROUGH; THE ENEMY LYING IN
AMBUSH FOR AFFIANTS PARTY (HAVING DISCOVERED THEIR TRAIL NO DOUBT THE DAY
BEFORE AND EXPECTING THEIR RETURN) COMMENCED FIRING UPON THEIR REAR AND
INSTANTANEOUSLY THEREAFTER FIRED ALL ALONG THE TWO LINES THEY HAD FORMED ON
EACH SIDE OF THE PATH EXTENDING BEYOND AFFIANT AND MURPHY, AT THE SAME TIME
CLOSING THE EXTREMES OF THE TWO LINES, WHEREBY THE WHOLE DETACHMENT WERE
ENTIRELY SURROUNDED AND HEMMED IN BY THE ENEMY. AFFIANT AND MURPHY UPON THE
FIRST FIRE OF THE ENEMY IN FRONT, DROPPED AND LAY FLAT ON THE GROUND, TO AVOID
THE EFFECTS OF THEIR FIRE, AND SO CONTINUED TO LAY UNTIL THE FIRING HAD NEARLY
CEASE, WHEN THEY SPRANG TO THEIR FEET AND FORTUNATELY FOR AFFIANT AND MURPHY
THE MORNING WAS FOGGY, AND AMIDST THE FOG AND SMOKE OCCASIONED BY THE FIRING OF
THE ENEMY IN FRONT, AFFAINT AND MURPHY WERE ENABLED TO ESCAPE THROUGH THE LINE
OF THE ENEMY UNHURT, RUNNING AGAINST AND KNOCKING OVER SEVERAL INDIANS, AS THEY
BROKE THROUGH THEIR LINES. AFFIANT AND MURPHY KEPT TOGETHER AND HOLDING A
CONSULTATION AS THEY RAN AGREED TO RUN AROUND THE CAYUGA LAKE, ALTHOUGH A
DISTANCE OF ABOUT NINETY TWO MILES, TO REACH GENERAL SULLIVAN AGAIN, AS MURPHY
DECLARED (WHICH AFFIANT KNEW WELL TO BE TRUE) THAT IT WAS OUT OF THE QUESTION
TO ATTEMPT AN ESCAPE BY RECROSSING THE RIVER AGIAIN, AS THE ENEMY WOULD
CERTAINLY BE UPON THEM BEFORE THEY COULD LEAVE THE SHORE. AFFIANT AND MURPHY
RAN ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE MILES, WHEN THEY WERE OVERTAKEN BY FIVE LARGE DOGS, THE
INDIANS HAD SET AFTER THEM. THREE OF THESE DOGS WERE VERY SEVERE AND WOULD
TAKE HOLD IN AN INSTANT, THE OTHER TWO WOULD NOT BITE, BUT WOULD FOLLOW AND BAY
THEM. TWO OF THESE DOGS RAN UP TO MURPHY AND SEIZED AND LACERATED HIM MUCH,
BEFORE HE COULD KILL THEM, WHICH HE SUCCEEDED IN DOING WITH HIS TOMAHOCK.
WHILE MURPHY WAS ENGAGED WITH THE TWO DOGS, AFFIANT WAS ENGAGED WITH THE 3RD
DOG, WHO HAD SEIZED AFFIANT JUST AT THE TIME THE OTHERS HAD SEIZED MURPHY, BUT
AFFIANT WAS NOT SO WELL PREPARED BY FAR, FOR THE FIGHT AS HIS COMPANION WAS,
ALTHOUGH AFFIANT HAD BUT ONE TO CONTEND WITH, WHILE HIS COMPANION HAD TWO; FOR
AFFIANT HAD LOST HIS TOMAHOCK AT THE TIME HE FELL DOWN TO AVOID THE FIRE OF
THE INDIANS IN THE SQAMP AND HE AND MURPHY THOUGHT IT MOST PRUDENT AND HAD
AGREED, WHEN THEY DISCOVERED THE DOGS COMING AFTER THEM, NOT TO SHOOT THE DOGS
FOR FEAR SOME OF THE INDIANS, WHO THEY WERE CERTAIN WERE NEAR THEM, MIGHT COME
UPON THEM WHILE THEIR GUNS WERE EMPTY AND EXCEPTING HIS RIFLE AFFIANT HAD NO
WEAPON TO DEFEND HIMSELF WITH, OTHER THAN A VERY THIN CASE KNIFE GROUND SHARP
AT THE POINT, AFFIANT HAVING SOMETIME BEFORE LOST HIS BUTCHER KNIFE. THE DOG
FIRST SEIZED AFFIANT BY THE FLESHY PART OF THE THIGH, IN FRONT, AND NEAR HIS
CROTCH. AFFIANT STRUCK AT HIM WITH HIS KNIFE AND OCCASIONALLY WITH HIS FIST
BUT DID NOT HURT THE DOG MATERIALLY, HE EVENTUALLY SUCCEDED IN DISENGAGING THE
DOGS HOLD OF HIS THIGH, HOWEVER, NOT UNTIL HE HAD TORN IT CONSIDERABLY. THE
DOG NEXT SEIZED AFFIANT BY THE SIDE OF THE LEG AND SUNK ONE OF HIS TUSHES DEEP
INTO HIS LEG JUST BY THE SIDE OF THE BONE; AFTER LOOSING THE DOGS HOLD OF THE
LEG, HE SEIZED AFFIANT BY THE THROAT AND HELD ON, UNTIL FROM THE LOSS OF WIND
OCCASIONED BY AFFIANTS CHOAKING HIM SEVERELY, HE WAS COMPELLED TO LET GO, WHEN
HE DROPPED TO THE GROUND ON HIS FORE FEET AND STOOD CLOSE BY AFFIANT AN
INSTANT, GASPING FOR BREATH, IN THIS SITUATION, AFFIANT MADE AN UNDERHANDED
THRUST AT THE DOGS FLANK, WHICH STRUCK LOW AND PENETRATED INTO THE INTESTINES,
WHEN AFFIANT MAKING A CONSIDERABLE EFFORT (CONSIDERING HIS EXHAUSTED STATE) AND
RIPPED THE DOG OPEN ACROSS TO THE BACK BONE AND LET OUT HIS ENTRAILS
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS, THE DOG MADE ANOTHER SPRING AT AFFIANTS NECK, BUT FROM
EXHAUSTION AND THE WOUND JUST GIVEN HIM, ONLY SPRANG HIGH ENOUGH TO REACH
AFFIANTS BREAST, UPON WHICH HE INFLICTED A WOUND OF SOME THREE OR FOUR INCHES
IN LENGTH, WHEN HE FELL DOWN AND DIED. JUST AT THIS INSTANT MURPHY HAVING
FINISHED THE TWO THAT HAD ATTACKED HIM, CAME TO AFFIANTS ASSISTANCE, GLAD WOULD
AFFIANT HAVE BEEN, AFTER HE WAS IN CONTACT WITH THE DOG, TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO
SHOOT HIM, THE CONSEQUENCE OF THE ENEMY COMING UPON HIM AND HE WITH AN EMPTY
GUN, HE WOULD WILLINGLY HAVE RESIGNED; BUT THEN IT WAS TOO LATE, HE COULD NOT
DISENGAGE HIMSELF FROM THE DOG, AND HIS KNIFE WAS TOO WEAK IN THE BLADE, THAT
HE WAS AFRAID TO MAKE A HEAVY PLUNGE, FOR FEAR IT WOULD BREAK, AND SORELY
INDEED DID HE REPENT NOT SHOOTING THE DOG WHILE IT HAD BEEN IN HIS POWER.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE FIGHT, MURPHY DISCOVERED STANDING AT A
SMALL DISTANCE AND PINTED OUT TO AFFIANT, CAPTIAN YOKE, A FRIENDLY INDIAN OF
THE STOCKBRIDGE TRIBE, WHO HAD WENT OUT AS ONE OF THE PILOTS ON THIS EXCURSION. SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH DISCOVERING CAPT. YOKE, AFFIANT AND MURPHY DISCOVERED
ABOUT 40 NAKED INDIANS, WITHIN 50 YARDS OF THEM, ALL WITH TOMAHOCKS IN THEIR
HANDS, AFFIANT THINKS, NOT A RIFLE AMONGST THEM, HAVING LEFT THEM TO MAKE THE
BETTER SPEED, NO DOUBT, EXPECTING TO FIND AFFIANT AND THOSE THEY PURSUED, WITH
NO GUNS, OR EMPTY IF ANY, WHEN THEY WOULD BE ABLE, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THEIR
DOGS TO DEPRIVE US OF, OR TAKE OUR SCALPS. HERE HAD AFFIANT AND MURPHY NOT
BEEN WOUNDED AND FRESH AS WHEN THE RACE COMMENCED, THE INDIANS WOULD HAVE PAID
DEARLY FOR THEIR TEMERITY, IN LEAVING THEIR GUNS BEHIND, BUT SITUATED AS
AFFIANT AND MURPHY WERE, WOUNDED MUCH BY THE DOGS THEY HAD KILLED, ALREADY MUCH
FATIGUED, BY RUNNING AND THEIR FIGHT WITH THE DOGS, AND HAVING A GREAT WAY TO
TRAVEL BEFORE THEY COULD REACH CAMP, AND WITHAL TWO DOGS AND ABOUT 40 INDIANS
CLOSE AT THEIR HEELS, PRUDENCE FORBID ANY OTHER COURSE FOR THEM TO PURSUE, BUT,
TO SEEK SAFETY IN FLIGHT AND REACH THE ARMY THEY HAD LEFT WITH ALL POSSIBLE
SPEED. AFFIANT AND MURPHY THEREFORE INSTANTLY ON DISCOVERING THE INDIAN SO
CLOSE, PUT OFF AT TOP OF THEIR SPEED AND RAN ON, FOLLOWED BY THE DOGS AND
INDIANS, ABOUT 15 MILES, AS AFFIANT SUPPOSES, FROM WHERE THEY HAD HAD THE
ENCOUNTER WITH THE DOGS, WHEN AFFIANT AND MURPHY BELIEVING THE INDIANS TO BE
SOME DISTANCE BEHIND, HAD LEISURE AND SHOT THE REMAINING TWO DOGS. TO THIS
PLACE AFFIANT THINKS THE ENEMY PURSUED HIM AND HIS COMPANION AND GAVE UP
FURTHER PURSUIT. AFFIANT AND MURPHY WENT ON UNTIL IN THE NIGHT SOMETIME, WHEN
BEING MUCH FATIGUED, THEY SLEPT OUT OF THE PATH TO ONE SIDE TO REST, AND TO
OBSERVE IF ANY OF THE ENEMY PASSED. AFTER SITTING AND RESTING SOMETIME, THEY
DISCOVERED CAPT. YOKE PASSING ALONG, WHO THEY HAD NOT SEEN BEFORE, SINCE THE
TIME THEY STARTED WHEN THE INDIANS WERE SO CLOSE UPON THEM. THEY KNOWING IT TO
BE YOKE, HAILED HIM AND FROM THAT TIME WENT ON IN COMPANY ALL THREE TOGETHER TO
WHERE THEY HAD LEFT GENERAL SULLIVAN ENCAMPED, WHICH THEY REACHED THE NEXT
MORNING ABOUT 8 OCLOCK. WHEN THEY ARRIVED GENERAL SULLIVAN HAD WITH HIS WHOLE
ARMY CROSSED THE RIVER. WHEREUPON AFFIANT, MURPHY AND THEIR INDIAN ALLY
CONSTRUCTED A LOG RAFT IMMEDIATELY, CROSSED THE RIVER AND OVER TOOK THE ARMY,
JUST AS THEY WERE ENGAGED IN COLLECTING FOR BURIAL THE BODIES OF THE SCOUTS
KILLED THE PREVIOUS MORNING AND PUTTING TOGETHER THE BODY OF LIEUTENANT BOYD,
WHICH THE ENEMY HAD SEVERED IN FIVE PIECES. THE HEAD CUT OFF, THE BODY THEN
SPLIT IN TWAIN AND THEN EACH HALF CUT INTO AGAIN. HERE AFFIANT AND MURPHY HAD
THEIR WOUNDS DRESSED, FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER THEIR INFLICTION, EXCEPT THE
WOUND ON THE SIDE OF AFFIANTS LEG, WHICH GAVE AFFIANT SO MUCH PAIN IN
TRAVELLING THE DAY BEFORE THAT HE WAS COMPELLED TO DO SOMETHING IF POSSIABLE TO
RELIEVE IT. WHICH HE DONE BY KILLING A STRIPED SQUIRREL AND PUTTING THE BRAINS
OF THE SQUIRREL ON THE WOUND AND FASTENING THEM ON WITH THE SKIN THEREOF.
AFFIANTS WOUNDS WERE SO BAD AND DISABLED HIM SO MUCH THAT HE WAS PLACED ON A
PACK HORSE AND RODE FOR 6 DAYS. IN DUE TIME GENERAL SULLIVAN REACHED THE
INDIAN SETTLEMENTS ON THE GENISEE RIVER, BUT FINDING NO ENEMY TO CONTEND WITH,
HE DESTROYED ALL THEIR BUILDINGS, ORCHARDS, GARDENS AND THEIR IMMENSE CROPS OF
CORN. AFTER WHICH GENERAL SULLIVAN RETURNED BY THE SAME ROUTE AGAIN TO THE
SUSQUEHANNA RIVER, THENCE DOWN THE SAME TO HARRISBURG, PA., THENCE TO EASTON
PA. WHERE AFFIANT AND SUCH OF THE RANGERS AS WERE YET LIVING WERE DISCHARGED
AND ORDERED TO RETURN TO FORT CLINTON AGAIN. WHERE THEY ARRIVED ABOUT THE LAST
OF OCTOBER 1779, MAKING IN ALL WHICH HE SERVED THIS TOUR FOUR MONTHS. AFFIANT
DID NOT RECEIVE ANY WRITTEN DISCHARGE FOR THIS TOUR, THAT HE REMEMBERS OF. A
LETTER WAS SENT BY THEM TO COL. VROOMAN WHO WAS IN COMMAND AT FORT CLINTON,
STATING THE PARTICULARS OF THE EXPEDITION, AND THAT THE RANGERS (OF WHICH
AFFIANT WAS ONE) HAD ACQUITTED THEMSELVES WELL. IN THIS CAMPAIGN AFFIANT KNEW
GENEALS GULLIVAN, CLINTON AND MAXWELL, COL. BUTLER, MAJOR PARR, LIEUTENANT BOYD
AND MANY OTHER OFFICERS WHOSE NAMES HE HAS NOW FORGOTTEN.

(SEE PAGES 404-429 HISTORY OF SCHOHARIE CO AND BORDER WARS OF NY.)

THAT ABOUT THE FIRST OF MAY 1780, AFFIANT STILL RESIDING IN ALBANY COUNTY,
NEW YORK, ENLISTED UNDER CAPT. CANNON OR KENNON FOR THE TERM OF ONE YEAR AND
WAS ATTACHED TO A REGIMENT COMMANDED BY THE SAID COL. PETER VROOMAN AND
STATIONED AT THE MIDDLE FORT ON THE SCHOHARIE RIVER, THAT AFFIANT WAS APPOINTED
AND SERVED AS ORDERLY SERGEANT OF THE COMPANY TO WHICH HE WAS ATTACHED DURING
THE WHOLE TERM OF HIS ENLISTMENT. THAT HE SERVED DURING THE SEASON OF 1780 AND
UNTIL THE EXPIRATION OF HIS TOUR IN MAY 1781, MOSTLY AS A RANGER, GENERALLY
HAVING COMMAND OF SCOUTING PARTIES. SENT OUT TO SCOUR THE COUNTRY, FOR THE
PROTECTION OF THE FORT AND SAFETY OF THE SETTLEMENT. THAT SOMETIME IN THE FALL
OF THE YEAR 1780 A LARGE BODY OF BRITISH, INDIANS AND TORRIES, FROM NIAGARA,
UNDER COMMAND OF SIR JOHN JOHNSON, PENETRATED THE COUNTRY, MEDITATING AN
ATTACK ON THE MIDDLE FORT, IT BEING THE STRONGEST AND OF MOST CONSEQUENCE TO
THE ENEMY TO POSSESS. THE ENEMY MARCHED BY THE UPPER FORT, WITHOUT MOLESTING
IT, WHICH THEY COULD EASILY HAVE TAKEN, AS THAT FORT WAS WEAK, BEING ONLY A
PICKET FORT, WITH TWO SMALL PIECES OF ARTILLERY. AS SOON AS THE ENEMY PASSED
THE FORT, THE GARRISON PERCEIVING IT TO BE THE OBJECT OF THE ENEMY TO TAKE
EITHER THE MIDDLE OR LOWER FORT BY SURPRISE, THEY FIRED OFF ONE OF THEIR PIECES
OF ARTILLERY TO ALAARM THE MIDDLE FORT, WHICH WAS ONLY ABOUT FOUR MILES OFF.
THIS GUN THEY HEARD VERY PLAINLY AT THE MIDDLE FORT, AND IMMEDIATELY COL.
VROOMAN SENT OUT A DETACHMENT OF ABOUT 100 RIFLEMEN OF WHOM AFFIANT WAS ONE,
UNDER COMMAND OF CAPT. WOOLSEY OF THE CONTINENTAL OR STATE TROOPS, BUT WHO JUST
HAPPENED, THERE BY ACCIDENT (AS AFFIANT BELIEVES) HE NOT BELONGING TO THE FORT.
THIS DETACHMENT WERE TO GO, WITH ALL POSSIBLE SPEED TO THE UPPER FORT, TO
ASCERTAIN THE CAUSE OF THE ALARM, AND THEN ACT AS CIRCUMSTANCES MIGHT REQUIRE.
AS THEY WERE PROCEEDING ALONG IN HASTE BY A ROUTE NOT USUALLY TRAVELLED,
AFFIANT VOLUNTARILY TOOK THE PLACE OF ONE JACOB FRANKS WHO WAS PLACED AS A
FLANK, GUARD ON THE LEFT OF THE COMPANY. FRANKS WAS A INTIMATE AND PARTICULAR
FRIEND OF AFFIANTS AND AFFIANT KNOWING HIM TO BE UNWELL TOOK HIS PLACE ON THE
LEFT AS AFORESAID. WHILE THEY WERE PASSING THROUGH A LARGE PASTURE, IN WHICH
THE CATTLE AND HORSES BELONGING TO THE FORT WERE USUALLY PASUTRED (THIS PASTURE
WAS VERY LARGE AND CONSIDERABLY GROWNUP WITH WILLOWS AND OTHER BUSHES, GROWING
ABOUT IN BUNCHES). AFFIANT PROCEEDING EXPEDITIOUSLY AND CAUTIOUSLY ALONG,
DISCOVERED IN FRONT OF HIM 5 OR 6 INDIANS RUNNING VERY CLOSELY TOGETHER IN THE
SAME DIRECTION AFFIANT WAS MOVING. AFFIANT TOOK DELIBERATE AIM AND FIRED AT
THE BUNCH, FOR THEY WERE RUNNING AS BEFORE STATED IN VERY CLOSE ORDER AND
AFFIANT NOTICED IMMEDIATELY AFTER, THAT HIS SHOT PRODUCED CONSIDERABLE
CONFUSION AMONG THE SQUAD, AFFIANT DOES NOT THEREFORE DOUBT, THAT HE KILLED ONE
OF THEM, AS IT WAS THE ONLY GUN FIRED AT THE ENEMY THERE, AND AN INDIAN, WAS
FOUND A FEW DAYS AFTERWARD LYING DEAD WITH A RIFLE AND KNAPSACK AT A SPRING
NEAR WHERE AFFIANT FIRED. AS SOON AS AFFIANT FIRED (AS WAS HIS DUTY) HE RAN IN
AND JOINED HIS COMPANY, BY THE TIME THE ENEMY MADE THEIR APPEARANCE IN SIGHT
AND SO NUMEROUS WERE THEY, THAT CAPT. WOOLSEY ORDERED A RETREAT TO THE FORT,
WHICH WAS EFFECTED WITHOUT ANY LOSS, ALTHOUGH THE ENEMY CLOSELY PURSUED FIRING
MANY SHOTS AT THEM, BUT FORTUNATELY NONE TOOK EFFECT. THE ENEMY THEN INVESTED
THE FORT AND THREW THREE BOMBS AT IT, ONE OF THEM ONLY FALLING INTO IT, WHICH
HOWEVER DONE NO PARTICULAR INJURY. SIR JOHN JOHNSON THEN SENT TWO MEN WITH A
FLAG OF TRUCE, IT WAS SUPPOSED TO SUMMON THE FORT TO SURRENDER, AND CONTRARY TO
THE ORDER OF COL. VROOMAN (WHOSE VALOR THE MEN IN THE FORT PLACED BUT LITTLE
RELIANCE UPON) THE MAN BEARING THE FLAG WAS SHOT WHEN ABOUT 140 YARDS OF THE
FORT BY TIMOTHY MURPHY THE SAME PERSON, WITH WHOM AFFIANT HAD SUFFERED SO MUCH,
IN THE UNFORTUNATE EXPEDITION UNDER LIEUTENANT BOYD. THE OTHER PERSON RAN
BACK, WITHOUT ATTEMPTING TO PROCEED FURTHER WITH THE FLAG. THE ENEMY SUCEEDED
ONLY IN KILLING ONE MAN IN THE FORT, THIS WAS A SAMUEL RENNELS OR REYNOLDS, WHO
WENT ON TOP OF, ONE OF THE BUILDINGS IN THE FORT, AND THERE FOOLISHLY AND
INDECENTLY EXPOSED HIS HIND PARTS TO THE ENEMY IN CONTEMPT OF THEM, AND THERE
REMAINED CONTRARY TO THE DEMONITION OF THOSE IN THE FORT, UNTIL ONE OF THE
ENEMY UNDER COVER OF SOME SPROUTS, PUT UP FROM BUSHES AND SAPLINGS, THAT HAD
BEEN PREVIOUSLY CUT OFF, CREPT NEAR ENOUGH TO SHOOT AND FIRED AT HIM, THE BALL
JUST BREAKING THE SKIN ACROSS ABOVE ONE OF HIS EYEBROWS. THIS STUNNED REYNOLDS
AND HE FELL OFF THE HOUSE, ON THE PAVEMENT OR SOME STONE BELOW ON HIS HEAD ANDBROKE HIS NECK.
IT WAS AFTERWARDS SAID THAT SIR JOHN JOHNSON HAVING DISCOVERED REYNOLDS
CONTEMPT OF THEM, WITH A SPY GLASS, GAVE A GUINEA, HALF JOHANNES OR SOME GOLD
COIN TO AN EXPERT MARKSMAN TO SHOOT REYNOLDS, WHICH WAS ACCOMPLISHED IN THE
MANNER BEFORE RELATED. BUT FOR THE TRUTH OF THIS STORY AFFIANT CANNOT VOUCH.
COL. VROOMAN, THEN COMMENCED FIRING AT THE ENEMY, WHO WERE SOME 400 - 500 YARDS
OFF, WITH SOME SMALL BRASS CANNON, WHEN THE ENEMY MARCHED OFF, NOT HOWEVER
WITHOUT GETTING A GOOD WARMING BEFORE THEY LEFT THE NEIGHBORHOOD. SEEING THE
ROUTE THEY TOOK AND KNOWING THAT THE ENEMY HAD TO HEAD A LONG AND DEEP RAVINE
AFTER LEAVING THE FORT, THE ROAD PASSING VERY NEAR THE SAME PLACE BACK AGAIN
AFTER HEADING THE RAVINE. CAPTAIN WOOLSEY AFORESAID WITH ABOUT 100 RIFLE MEN
INCLUDING AFFIANT WAS DESPATCHED TO A CERTAIN PLACE, FROM WHICH THE ENEMY COULD
BE MUCH ANNOYED WITHOUT ENDANGERING CAPT. WOOLSEY'S MEN. THIS WAS AN ELEVATED
SPOT OF GROUND, ON WHICH HAD BEEN ERECTED A BLOCK HOUSE (BUT AT THIS TIME TIME
NOT IN USE) WHICH COMMANDED THE ROAD ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE DEEP RAVINE,
BY WHICH ROAD THE ENEMY MUST OFF NECESSITY PASS, AND WHERE IT WOULD BE
IMPOSSIAGLE FOR THEM TO CROSS THE RAVINE TO DRIVE CAPT.WOOLSEY FROM HIS
POSITION AND IMPRACTIABLE TO RETURN BY THE ROAD, BEING ONE AND A 1/4 MILES.
THIS PLACE CAPT. WOOLSEY AND HIS MEN REACHED IN TIME, FROM WHICH THEY FIRED
THREE ROUNDS AT THE ENEMY, WHEN THEY RETREATED TO THE FORT AGAIN, AS THE ENEMY
INSTANTLY STARTED A LARGE DETACHMENT, BACK BY THE WAY OF THE ROAD TO DISLODGE
THEM, WHICH DETACHMENT CAPT. WOOLSEY DID NOT THINK IT PRUDENT TO WAIT FOR.
THEY FOLLOWED CAPT. WOOLSEY TO THE FORT BUT ON FIRING A CANNON SHOT AT THEM
THEY AGAIN RETIRED. IN THIS ENGAGEMENT ACROSS THE RAVINE AFFIANT BELIEVES THEY
KILLED MANY OF THE ENEMY, AS ON VIEWING THE GROUND SOON AFTERWARDS HE SEEN MUCH
BLOOD IN AND ABOUT THE ROAD AND A VERY LARGE FRESH DUG GRAVE, NEAR BY, WHERE
THEY HAD BURIED THEIR DEAD, BUT WHAT NUMBER THEY KILLED AFFIANT DID NOT KNOW,
AS THEY DID NOT OPEN THE GRAVE. PREVIOUS TO THE ENEMYS ATTACK ON THE MIDDLE
FORT, THEY SET FIRE TO AND BURNED A MILL ON THE SCHOHARIE RIVER, WHICH RAN 6
PAIR OF STONE, OWNED BY JOHN BAKER. THIS MILL THE ENEMY HAD MADE FREQUENT
ATTEMPTS TO BURN BEFORE, BUT DID NOT SUCCEED WUNTIL THE PRESENT TIME. AFTER
THIS THE ENEMY PASSED DOWN THE SCOHOHARIE AND THEN UP THE MOHAWK RIVER, LAYING
WASTE AND DESTROYING EVERYTHING BEFORE THEM AND RETURNED TO NIAGARA AGAIN.
WHEN AFFIANT COMPLETED HIS ONE YEARS SERVICE, AS ORDERLY SERGEANT, HE WAS
REGULARLY DISCHARGED, BUT WHO SIGNED IT, AFFIANT DOES NOT RECOLLECT, BUT
REMEMBERS THAT ABOUT 1790 HE HAD SOME PIECES OF IT, THE SAME HAVING WORN OUT
WHERE FOLDED, BUT WHAT BECAME OF THEM HE DOES NOT NOW RECOLLECT. IN THE COURSE
OF THE THIS LAST YEARS SERVICE, AFFIANT KNEW IN ADDITION TO THE OFFICERS
ALREADY NAMED COL. SEELY, CAPTAINS HAGAR, JOHN SEELY AND DAVID BAKER AND LIEUT.
DITTS OR DITZ, BESIDES OTHERS AT PRESENT NOT RECOLLECTED.

(SEE PAGES 476-484 HISTORY OF SCHOHARIE CO AND BORDER WARS OF NY.)

THAT IN THE YEAR 1781, AFFIANT STILL RESIDING AT ALBANY COUNTY IN THE
STATE OF NEW YORK, IN THE MONTH OF MAY, VOLUNTEERED UNDER COL. VROOMAN FOR A
TERM OF EIGHT MONTHS AND SERVED AS ORDERLY SARGEANT IN A COMPANY COMMANDED BY
CAPT. CHRISTOPHER BROWN AND WAS STATIONED AT THE MIDDLE FORT ON THE SCHOHARIE
RIVER, THAT HE SERVED PRINCIPALLY AS A RANGER, HAVING GENERALLY WHEN OUT, (AS
IN THE LAST YEAR) COMMAND OF A PARCEL OF SCOUTS. THAT SOMETIME IN THE YEAR
1781 (AFFIANT THINKS IT WAS) THE TIME AFFIANT CANNOT NOW RECOLLECT, AFFIANT WAS
IN AN ENGAGEMNT UNDER COL. WILLET, WITH THE ENEMY UNDER COMMAND OF COL. BRANDT
WHO HAD TAKEN A NUMBER OF WHITES PRISONER, ON TRIPES HILL, A PLACE NOT FAR FROM
THE MOHAWK RIVER, AND COL. WILLET WITH ABOUT 400 MEN HAD BEEN SENT IN PURSUIT
OF BRANDT, WHO HE SURPRISED AND DEFEATED AT A PLACE, CALLED TURLOCK OR TURLACH,
ON A WATER EMPTYING INTO THE MOHAWK RIVER, KILLING MANY OF THE ENEMY, NUMBER
NOT NOW KNOWN, BUT BEFORE COL. WILLET SUCCEEDED IN RECAPTURING THE PRISONERS,
THE ENEMY HAD PUT THEM TO DEATH. IN THIS ENGAGEMENT AFFIANT RECEIVED A SLIGHT
WOUND ON THE LEFT SIDE, JUST ABOUVE THE HIP BY A RIFLE BALL. THAT SOMETIME IN
OCTOBER OF SAID YEAR 1781 THE COUNTRY WAS PENETRATED BY A LARGE BODY OF
BRITISH,INDIANS AND TORIES, COMMANDED (AFFIANT THINKS) BY A MAJOR ROSS; THAT
THEY COMMENCED HOSTILITIES ON THE MOHAWK RIVER, WHENCE AN EXPRESS WAS
IMMEDIATELY SENT FROM COL. WILLET, THE COMMANDER OF FORT PLAIN, ON THE MOHAWK
RIVER, TO COL. VROOMAN WHO HAD IN COMMAND THE THREE FORTS ON THE SCHOHARIE
RIVER FOR ASSISTANCE. THAT DETACHMENTS WERE AND RENDEZVOUSED AT THE MIDDLE
FORT AND WERE MARCHED (AFFIANT BEING ONE OF THE NUMBER) UNDER CAPT. JOHN TITTS,
DITTS OR DITZ TO FORT PLAIN; WHERE THEY JOINED COLONEL WILLET, WHO MARCHED ON
IN QUEST OF THE ENEMY AND COME IN CONTACT WITH THEM AT A PLACE KNOWN BY THE
NAME OF JOHNSTOWN. AFFIANT STATES THAT WHEN THEY DISCOVERED THE ENEMY, THEY
WERE ENGAGED IN KILLING AND DESTROYING CATTLE, THAT A SHARP SKIRMISH ENSUED,
WHICH CONTINUED A CONSIDERABLE TIME. COL. WILLET GAINED A PARTIAL VICTORY OVER
THE ENEMY AND NIGHT COMING ON THEY RETREATED AND MARCHED UP TO THE TOP OF A
VERY HIGH RIDGE AND ENCAMPED. THAT COL. WILLET ENCAMPED AT JOHNSTOWN AND EARY
ON THE FOLLOWING MORNING MARCHED IN PURSUIT OF THE ENEMY, WHEN AFTER PURSUING
THEM AFFIANT THINKS ABOUT 12 MILES THEY OVERTOOK THEM, WITH WHOM THEY HAD A
CONSIDERABLE SKIRMISH, IN WHICH SEVERAL OF THE ENEMY WERE KILLED AND WOUNDED,
SOME OF COL. WILLET'S MEN WERE ALSO WOUNDED, BUT NONE KILLED. THE ENEMY
RETREATED AND COL. WILLET ORDERED CAPT. TITTS OR DITTS, WITH HIS COMPANY OF
RIFLE MEN, TO WHICH AFFIANT WAS ATTACHED ON THIS EXCURSION, TOGETHER WITH 50 OR
60 FRIENDLY INDIANS, OF THE ONEIDA TRIBE, COMMANDED BY COL. LOVEY, AN INDIAN
OFFICER OF THE SAME TRIBE, TO PURSUE THE ENEMY AT LEAST TO CANADA CREEK, WITH
THE EXPECTATION OF BEING ABLE TO ANNOY THEM IN CROSSING SAID CREEK, WHICH THEY
DID AND OVERTOOK PART OF THE ENEMY WHILE THEY WERE MAKING THEIR WAY OVER THE
CREEK, THE CROSSING OF WHICH WAS ATTENDED WITH SOME DIFFICULTY, AS THE WATER
WAS AT THAT TIME RATHER DEEP TO FORD.
THAT AFFIANTS PARTY FIRED ON THE ENEMY SEVERAL TIMES AND KILLED A NUMBER
OF THEM, THE AMOUNT AFFIANT CANNOT NOW RECOLLECT, IF HE EVER KNEW, BUT AMONGST
THE SLAIN AFFIANT THINKS THERE WAS A MAJOR BUTLER, WHO HAD TAKEN AN ACTIVE
PART IN THE BRITISH SERVICE AGAINST THE FRONTIERS OF NEW YORK, AND WHO HAD
SIGNALIZED HIMSELF FOR HIS SAVAGE BARBARITY. THAT AFFIANT WAS THEN MARCHED
BACK TO FORT PLAIN AND THENCE TO THE MIDDLE FORT AGAIN. THAT AFTER HAVING BEEN
AT THE MIDDLE FORT AFFIANT THINKS BUT A FEW DAYS, A PARTY OF THE ENEMY NEAR 200
STRONG, WERE DISCOVERED NEAR THE UPPER FORT, WHO HAD KILLED SEVERAL FAMILIES,
THAT AFFIANT WITH ABOUT 30 RANGERS AND 10 TO 12 MILITIA WERE SENT FROM THE
MIDDLE FORT, TO THE UPPER FORT, AT WHICH PLACE AFFIANT WITH THE RANGERS
AFORESAID, WERE ATTACHED TO COL. WOOLSEY'S COMPANY OF RIFLEMEN, AND WITH A
COMPANY OF MILITIA COMMANDED BY CAPT. JACOB HAGER, MARCHED UNDER COMMAND OF
MAJOR WOOLSEY IN PURSUIT OF THE ENEMY AND OVERTOOK THEM AT A PLACE KNOWN AT THE
TIME ABY THE NAME OF HARPERFIELD, AT THE HEAD OF THE DELEWARE RIVER, WHERE THEY
HAD AN ENGAGEMENT WITH THE ENEMY OF WHOM THEY KILLED AND WOUNDED SEVERAL, THE
NUMBER NOT NOW RECOLLECTED, THAT OF AFFIANTS PARTY ONLY TWO WERE KILLED AND
SEVEN WOUNDED, AS WELL AS AFFIANT RECOLLECTS. THAT AFFIANT WAS MARCHED TO THE
MIDDLE FORT AGAIN, WHERE HE WAS DISCHARGED SOMETIME IN JANUARY 1782 AFTER
HAVEING SERVED HIS TERM OF EIGHT MONTHS AS ORDERLY SERGEANT THE TIME FOR WHICH
HE VOLUNTEERED. WHETHER AFFIANT RECEIVED ANY WRITTEN DISCHARGE FROM THE
SERVICE FOR THIS LAST TOUR HE DOES NOT NOW RECOLLECT.
THAT AFFIANT KNEW IN THE LAST CAMPAIGN, MAJORS WOOLSEY, VONALSTINE, AND
TYGART AND CAPTAINS WOOLSEY, CAPT. AND LIEUT. LOOP. COL. WILLET, COL. PETEREY
(OR PETEREE), MAJOR FADER, CAPTAIN PATEREE AND A LIEUTENANT OF THE SAME NAME
BESIDES OTHERS WHOSE NAMES AFFIANT HAS NOW FORGOTTEN.
THAT SOMETIME IN MAY 1782 AFFIANT STILL CONTINUING TO RESIDE IN ALBANY
COUNTY, NEW YORK, ENLISTED UNDER CAPT. STENBROUGH OR A CAPT. OF SOME SUCH NAME,
FOR A TERM OF NINE MONTHS. THAT AFFIANT WITH 27 OTHERS CONSTITUTING A PART OF
A RIFLE COMPANY WAS ATTACHED TO A PART OF A COMPANY OF STATE OR CONTINENTAL
TROOPS, COMMANDED BY CAPT. HARRISON, AND WAS AGAIN STATIONED AT THE MIDDLE FORT
ON THE SCHOHARIE RIVER UNDER COMMAND OF COL. PETER VROOMAN, AT WHICH FORT WERE
ALSO STATIONED 2 COMPANIES OF MILITIA COMMANDED BY CAPT. DAVID BAKER AND JOHN
CEILEY.
THAT AFFIANT WAS APPOINTED AND SERVED AS ORDERLY SERGEANT OF THE COMPANY
TO WHICH HE WAS ATTACHED DURING THIS NINE MONTHS TOUR. THAT AFFIANT SERVED
PRINCIPALLY AS A RANGER HAVING FREQUENTLY COMMAND (AS THERETOFORE) OF SCOUTING
PARTIES, WHICH INDUCED AFFIANT AND OTHERS TO BELIEVE THAT A BODY OF INDIANS
WERE ENCAMPED IN SOME PLACE NOT FAR DISTANT, THAT SOME OF THE SCOUTS FROM FORT
CLINTON, ASCERTAINED THAT THIS PARTY OF INDIANS WERE IN CAMP ON THE TOP OF A
RIDGE, NEAR COBLESKILL CREEK AND IMMEDIATELY INFORMED COL. VROOMAN OF THE FACT,
WHEREUPON COL. VROOMAN ORDERED AFFIANT TO SELECT A FEW OF THE BEST MEN IN THE
FORT AND GO BY NIGHT AND ADCERTAIN IF POSSIABLE THE STRENGTH OF THE ENEMY.
THAT IN OBEDIENCE TO THIS COMMAND AFFIANT CHOSE ABRAHAM BAKER, HENRY HAGAR,
WILLIAM MACKINDICE AND ADAM FOLK, MEN IN WHOSE BRAVERY AND SKILL IN INDIAN
WARFARE; AFFIANT THOUGHT HE COULD CONFIDE.
THAT AFFIANT WITH HIS PARTY SET OUT ON THIS EXPEDITION DIRECTLY AFTER
DARK, HAVING ABOUT 10 MILES TO TRAVEL, IN ORDER TO REACH THE CAMP OF THE ENEMY,
BEING DIRECTED BY COL. VROOMAN TO RETURN THE SAME NIGHT IF POSSIBLE. AFTER
HAVING TRAVELLED SOME 2 OR 3 MILES, AFFIANT AND HIS PARTY MISSED THEIR WAY BY
REASON OF THE DARKNESS OF THE NIGHT AND WERE OBLIGED TO LAY BY TILL THE NEXT
MORNING, WHEN THEY RESUMED THEIR MARCH AND REACHED THE PLACE AT WHICH THE ENEMY
WERE ENCAMPED ABOUT 9 O'CLOCK. AFFIANT AND HIS PARTY CAME WITHIN A FEW STEPS
OF THE CAMP OF THE INDIANS BEFORE THEY DISCOVERED ANY SIGN, IN CONSEQUENCE OF A
RISE OF GROUND. THAT BEFORE THEIR CAMP FIRES, THEIR WAS A GREAT PARCEL OF MEAT,
STUCK ROUND ABOUT ON SPEARS OR STICKS ROASTING, AND NOT AN INDIAN THERE. THEY
HAD GONE DOWN THE HILL SOME DISTANCE TO AN OLD WASTE FIELD TO GATHER (AS
AFFIANT SUPPOSES) RASP OR BLACK BERRIES. ON DISCOVERING THE ENEMYS CAMP
AFFIANTS CHOSEN FEW IMMEDIATELY DESERTED HIM AND FLED TO A MAN. AFFIANT
FEELING HIMSELF BOUND TO COMPLY WITH THE ORDERS RECEIVED FROM HIS COL., OR AT
ALL EVENTS NOT TO RETURN UNTIL HE HAD MADE SOME FURTHER EFFORT TO DISCOVER THE
STRENGTH OF THE ENEMY, WENT OFF SOME SMALL DISTANCE FROM THE ENCAMPMENT, AND
LAY CONCEALED IN SOME BUSH NEAR A PLACE, WHERE HE SUPPOSED THE INDIANS WOULD
PASS IN RETURNING TO THEIR CAMP, BY THE WAY OF AN OLD TRAIL. AFTER BEING THERE
A LITTLE WHILE, AFFIANT HEARD SOME NOISE IN THE LEAVES AND LOOKED BEHIND, OR
RATHER TO ONE SIDE AND DISCOVERED AN INDIAN ALONE, APPROACHING VERY NEAR
AFFIANT, AND MAKING TOWARDS THE CAMP, BUT COMING FROM A DIFFERENT QUARTER FROM
WHICH AFFIANT EXPECTED AND ENTIRELY TO ONE SIDE OF THE TRAIL, HE CAME VERY NEAR
BEFORE AFFIANT DISCOVERED HIM. AFFIANT BEING BUT POORLY CONCEALED AND KNOWING
FROM THE DIRECTION OF THE CAMP,FOR WHICH THE INDIAN WAS EVIDENTLY MAKING, THAT
HE WOULD CERTAINLY PASS WITHIN A FEW FEET OF AFFIANT AND THAT IT WOULD BE
IMPOSSIABLE FOR HIM TO REMAIN UNDISCOVERED TO THE INDIAN. AFFIANT THEREFORE
INSTANTLY DETERMINED TO SHOOT HIM, AS THE BEST AND PERHAPS ONLY MEANS OF
ESCAPE, ALTHOUGH THE DANGER AND GREAT HAZARD TO HIS LIFE ATTENDED HIM EITHER
WAY, AS THE MAIN BODY OF THE INDIANS, MUST IN ALL PROBABILITY BE VERY NEAR, AS
(BEFORE STATED) THEY HAD LEFT THEIR MEAT ROASTING BEFORE THEIR FIRES, TO WHICH
THEY WOULD OF COURSE SOON RETURN. AFFIANT ROSE FROM HIS SQUATTING POSITION TO
HIS FEET UNPERCEIVED BY THE INDIANS, AS THE INDIAN WAS COMING UP A LITTLE RISE
WITHIN 18 OR 20 FEET OF AFFIANT, ABOUT HALF THE LENGTH OF HIS BODY BEING
EXPOSED TO AFFIANT. AFFIANT SHOT HIM THROUGH THE BREAST, THE INDIAN FELL AND
WAS DEAD IN AN INSTANT. AFFIANT SEEING THAT THE INDIAN HAD A BEAUTIFUL ENGLISH
TUSEE, SUCH AS (FROM INFORMATION AFFIANT RECEIVED) THE ENGLISH WERE IN THE
HAVIT OF PRESENTING TO THE CHIEF WARRIORS AND CAPTAINS OF THEIR SAVAGE ALLIES,
TO STIMULATE THEM TO GREATER ACTION, IN THEIR MURDEROUS AND PREDATORY,
INCURSIONS, UPON THE WHITES, DETERMINED TO MAKE HIMSELF MASTER OF THAT. FROM
THE CIRCUMSTANCE OF HIS HAVING HIS GUN AND OF HIS HAVING SO MANY SILVER
ORNAMENTS, ABOUT HIM, AFFIANT IS CONFIDENT HE WAS AN INDIAN CHIEF AND PROBABLY
THE COMMANDER OF THE PARTY. ONE OF THE PRINCIPAL SILVER ORNAMENTS, AFFIANT
ALSO TOOK A FANCY TO, BEING A LARGE ONE THAT BOUND HIS HAIR GROWING IMMEDIATELY
ON THE CROWN OF HIS HEAD, BEING CILINDERCAL AND SO FASTENED THAT IT WAS NOT
EASILY DISENGAGED FROM THE HAIR, AFFIANT WITH HIS KNIFE SEVERED IT FROM THE
INDIANS HEAD HAIR AND ALL TOGETHER WITH A LITTLE OF THE SKIN, WHICH WAS
ACCIDENTAL AFFIANT BEING IN GREAT HASTE. AFFIANT PUT OFF AT FULL SPEED IN THE
DIRECTION TO THE FORT AND WHEN HE HAD RUN ABOUT 300 YARDS OR MORE, HE HEARD THE
INDIANS SETTING THEIR DOGS ON HIS TRAIL, THAT HE RAN ON UNTIL THE FIRST
CROSSING OF A SMALL STREAM ON HIS ROUTE, THAT EMPTIES INTO COBLESKILL, AFTER
CROSSING WHICH HE HEARD THE DOGS AT SOME DISTANACE BACK COMING ON HIS TRAIL.
WHEN HE CAME TO THE 2ND CROSSING OF SAID STREAM, HE RAN UP SOME DISTANCE IN THE
STREAM TO PREVENT THEM FOLLOWNG HIM FURTHER. AFTER HE LEFT THE STREAM, HE RAN
UP A BOTTOM ABOUT TWO MILES, WHEN HE TOOK TO A RIDGE, AT THIS TIME HE HEARD THE
DOGS AGAIN, AND SUPPOSING THEM TO BE ON HIS TRAIL, (IT SOMEWHAT ALARMED HIM
RECOLLECTING WELL HIS FORMER SCRAPE WITH DOGS) BUT WHICH AFFIANT AFTERWARDS
LEARNED WAS THE TRAIL OF HIS DESERTING COMPANIONS, THE DOGS AT THE 2ND CROSSING
AFOREDAID, TAKING THEIRS AND AT THIS PLACE AFFIANT PASSING NEAR THERETO AND
HEARING THE DOGS WAS DECEIVED AND THE BETTER TO ENABLE AFFIANT TO ESCAPE THE
INDIANS AND DOGS. AFFIANT PULLED OFF HIS CLOTHES, EXCEPT PANTALOONS AND
MOCKASINS AND THREW THEM BEHIND A LOG AND THEN RAN ON UNTIL HE REACHED THE
FORT, WHERE HE ARRIVED SAFELY AND SOMETIME BEFORE HIS COMRADES ARRIVED, WHO
REPORTED AFFIANT DEAD, AS THEY WERE WITHIN HEARING OF AFFIANTS FIRE AT THE
INDIAN AFOREDAID AND SUPPOSED THAT IT WAS AFFIANT THAT WAS SHOT AT. IT WAS
PURPOSELY KEPT SECRET FROM THEM, THAT AFFIANT HAD REACHED THE FORT, FOR THE
PURPOSE OF SEEING WHAT TALE THEY WOULD TELL, AND ON BEING ASKED WHAT HAD BECOME
OF THEIR LEADER, REPLIED "THAT THE DAMNED FOOL WAS DEAD. THAT THEY HAD
DISCOVERED THE ENEMYS CAMP AND THAT FREEMOYER WOULD NOT LEAVE THERE WITH THEM
AND BEFORE THEY WERE OUT OF HEARING, THEY HEARD THE REPORT OF A RIFLE AND THEY
WERE CERTAIN HE WAS DEAD" AFTER THEY HAD FINISHED THEIR TALE AND AT THE
EXPENSE OF AFFIANT AS THEY SUPPOSED, AFFIANT LEFT HIS CONCEALMENT, MUCH TO
THEIR ASTONISHMENT AND CHAGRIN.
THE PLACE WHERE AFFIANT KILLED THE INDIAN WAS AFTERWARDS, ALWAYS CALLED
AND KNOWN, WHILE AFFIANT LVED IN THE COUNTRY, BY THE NAME OF FREEMOYERS BATTLE
GROUND. AFFIANT SERVED NINE MONTHS AS ORDERLY SERGEANT, THE TIME FOR WHICH HE
ENLISTED AND RECEIVED A DISCHARGE FROM COL. PETER VROOMAN, WHICH HE HAS LONG
SINCE LOST, HE NEGLECTING TO TAKE CARE OF IT AS WELL AS ALL OTHER DISCHARGES HE
RECEIVED IN THE SERVICE, AS HE CONSIDERED THEM OF NO VALUE TO HIM WHATEVER.
THAT HIS LAST TOUR, COMPLETED AFFIANTS SERVICE IN THE REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE
AND MADE IN ALL WHICH HE SERVED THE UNITED STATES:
VIZ 1ST. TOUR AS A PRIVATE ONE YEAR AND ONE MONTHS
2ND. TOUR AS A PRIVATE FOUR MONTHS
3RD. TOUR AS ORDERLY SERGEANT ONE YEAR
4TH. TOUR AS ORDERLY SERGEANT EITHT MONTHS
5TH. TOUR AS ORDERLY SERGEANT NINE MONTHS
AND IN ALL AS A PRIVATE ONE YEAR AND FIVE MONTHS, AND TWO YEARS AND FIVE MONTHS
AS ORDERLY SERGEANT.
THAT FROM THE GREAT LAPSE OF TIME AND CONSEQUENT LOSS OF MEMORY, AFFIANT
DOES NOT RECOLLECT THE NUMBER OR NAMES OF ANY CONTINENTAL OR MILITIA REGIMENTS
WITH WHICH HE SERVED. THINKS THE REGIMENT IN WHICH HE WAS PLACED UNDER COL.
WILLET WAS CALLED THE 9TH YORK REGIMENT, BUT OF THIS IS NOT CERTAIN.
AFFIANT STATES THAT HE WAS BORN IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, IN THE COUNTY OF
ALBANY THE 28TH DAY OF FEBRUARY 1761 AND HAS A RECORD OF HIS AGE, THAT AFTER
THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR HE RESIDED IN THE COUNTY OF ALBANY IN THE STATE OF NEW
YORK UNTIL THE YEAR 1810, WHEN AFFIANT REMOVED TO WASHINGTON COUNTY, STATE OF
OHIO, AND WHEN ON A DIVISION OF THE SAME HE FELL IN MONROE, NEAR THE COUNTY
LINE, AND THAT IN THE FALL OF 1833 HE MOVED OVER THE LINE INTO WASHINGTON
COUNTY AFORESAID WHERE HE NOW RESIDES. THAT HE HAS NO DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE BY
WHICH HE CAN PROVE HIS SERVICES AND KNOWS OF NO PERSON WHOSE TESTIMONY HE CAN
PROCURE (UNLESS AT AN EXPENSE THAT HE IS ILLY ABLE TO ENCOUNTER) WHO CAN
TESTIFY TO HIS SERVICE.
THAT HE IS ACQUAINTED WITH THE REVEREND CHARLES W. TALBOTT, BERNARD
HUBBARD, AARON PRICE, WILLIAM HALL, ANTHONY SHEETS, DAVID PRICE, SAMUEL T. DORFF
ESQUIRE AND OTHERS OF HIS NEIGHBORHOOD, WHO CAN TESTIFY AS TO HIS CHARATER FOR
VERACITY AND THEIR BELIEF OF HIS SERVICES IN THE REVOLUTION. HE HEREBY
RELINQUISHES EVERY CLAIM WHATEVER TO A PENSION OR ANNUITY BUT THE PRESENT AND
DECLARES THAT HIS NAME IS NOT ON THE PENSION ROLL OF ANY STATE. SWORN TO AND
SUBSCRIBED THE DAY AND YEAR AFORESAID.
DAVID FREEMOYER
WE CHARLES W. TALBOTT A CLERGYMAN RESIDING IN WASHINGTON COUNTY STATE OF
OHIO AND WILLIAM CLUTTER IN THE SAME COUNTY AND STATE AFORESAID DO HEREBY
CERTIFY THAT WE ARE WELL ACQUAINTED WITH DAVID FREYMOYER WHO HAS SUBSCRIBED AND
SWORN TO THE PRECEEDING DECLARATION THAT WE BELIEVE HIM TO BE YEARS OLD IN
LAST PAST, THAT HE IS RESPECTED AND BELIEVED IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE HE
RESIDES TO HAVE BEEN A SOLDIER OF THE REVOLUTION AND THAT WE CONCUR IN THAT
OPINION. SWORN TO AND SUBSCRIBED THE DAY AND YEAR AFORESAID.
CHARLES W. TALBOTT, CLERGYMAN
WILLIAM CLUTTER
AND I THE SAID JUSTICE DO HEREBY DECLARE MY OPINION AFTER THE
INVESTIGATION OF THE MATTER, AND AFTER PUTTING THE SEVERAL INTERROGATORIES
PRESCRIBED BY THE WAR DEPARTMENT; THAT THE ABOVE NAMED APPLICANT WAS A
REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIER AND SERVED AS HE STATES; AND I THE SAID JUSTICE FUTHER
CERTIFY THAT IT APPEARS TO ME THAT CHARLES W. TALBOTT, WHO HAS SIGNED THE
PRECEEDING CERTIFICATE, IS A CLERYMAN RESIDENT IN THE COUNTY OF WASHINGTON AND
STATE AFORESAID AND THAT WILLIAM CLUTTER WHO HAS ALSO SIGNED THE SAME IS A
RESIDENT IN THE SAID COUNTY AND STATE AFORESAID AND IS A CREDITABLE PERSON AND
THAT THEIR STATEMENT IS ENTITLED TO CREDIT; AND I THE SAID JUSTICE DO FUTHER
CERTIFY THAT AFTER HAVING PERSONALLY EXAMINED THE BODY OF THE ABOVE NAMED
APPLICANT THAT HE BARES SCARS CORRESPONDING WITH THOSE STATED IN HIS
DECLARATION TO HAVE BEEN RECEIVED IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, STRONGLY EVIDENCING
THE TRUTH OF THOSE STATEMENTS AND I THE SAID JUSTICE DO FUTHER CERTIFY THAT THE
ABOVE NAMED APPLICANT RESIDES SOME 32 OR 33 MILES FROM THE COURTHOUSE OF HIS
SAID COUNTY AND FROM OLD AGE AND BODILY INFERMITY HE THE SAID APPLICANT IS
UNABLE TO TRAVEL TO THE COURT HOUSE OF HIS COUNTY AFARESAID GIVEN UNDER MY HAND
AND SEAL IN AND FOR SAID COUNTY OF WASHINGOTN AND STATE OF OHIO THE DAY AND
YEAR FIRST ABOVE WRITTEN.
THOS. FERGUSON J. PEACE ( SEAL )
THE STATE OF OHIO
WASHINGTON COUNTY
I, GEORGE DUNLEVY, CLERK OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS WITHIN AND FOR
SAID COUNTY, DO HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE FOREGOING CONTAINS THE ORIGINAL
PROCEEDING BEFORE THOMAS FERGUSON, A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN AND FOR NEWPORT
TOWNSHIP IN SAID COUNTY, IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF DAVID FREEMOYER
FOR A PENSION, AND THAT THE FOREGOING SIGNATURE PURPORING TO BE THE SIGNATURE
OF SAID JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, IS GENUINE.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I HAVE HEREUNDER SET MY SEAL OF SAID COURT, AT
MARIETTA IN SAID COUNTY, THIS SIXTEENTH DAY OF AUGUST, ANYO DOMINI ONE
THOUSAND AND EIGHT HUNDRED AND THIRTY FOUR.

( SEAL ) GEO. DUNLEVY, CLERK


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