DEPOSITION OF SIMEON DUTCHER FOR REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION

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State of New York

County of Herkimer ss: on this twelfth day of February 1833 personally appeared in open Court before the judges of the County of Common Pleas of the County of Herkimer & State of New York the same being a Court of record having by law a Clerk and seal now sitting Simeon Dutcher a resident of the Town of West Brunswick in the said County of Herkimer and State of New York aged seventy one years and upwards 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 6, 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States under the following <?????ed> officers and served as herein stated.

He the said Simeon Dutcher saith that in the month of October 1776 he this deponent resided in the Town of Dover in the County of Dutchess in the State of New York. And he this deponent in the month of October 1776 was returning from mill with a span of horses and waggon in said Town of Dover in Dutchess and he with said team was pressed into the United States service by Gideon Osterhout an Ensign of the Militia Company in Dover aforesaid, and he also pressed at the same time fourteen other waggons with persons to drive the same, pursuant to orders he had received for such purpose to carry loading to Croton river north of White Plains about thirty-eight miles from Dover aforesaid. And he this deponent said the deponent was with his team in Company with the other teams above mentioned to Croton river under the Command of Ensign Gideon Osterhout aforesaid. And this deponent was employed at Croton river aforesaid in carrying hogsheads of rum from Croton river about two miles distant and the deponent carried two hogsheads of rum a day with the other teams above mentioned. And he the deponent & the other thirteen teams removed about two hundred hogsheads of rum.

And the deponent saith that the American Army said <> three thousand <> removed from Croton river two miles distant near when they could be furnished with wood during the winter to supply them in their winter quarters. And this deponent carried said rum where said army had put up in winter quarters. And this deponent then carried a large quantity of provisions, pork, flour, small arms in boxes, cannon ball & some tents from North Castle to the army aforesaid when they had put up in winter quarters.

The distance which this deponent carried said provisions and munitions was about five miles, and the other teams above mentioned were <impressed> with this deponent. And this deponent saith that he was employed as above stated thirty-six days with his team in the service as aforesaid and he was then discharged from the service by said Gideon Osterhout.

And this deponent saith that said Gideon Osterhout was acting under the order of the officers in the army aforesaid as he understood at the time <& believes> true.

This deponent received no discharge in writing. This deponent saw Gen. Lee with said army & also other officers but does not now remember their names.

This deponent was discharged sometime in November 1776.

This deponent returned home to Dover and in a few days after this deponent returned home orders came for preparing fourteen teams to go to Peekskill & this deponent volunteered to drive the teams of Philip Nees of Dover aforesaid, the uncle of this deponent, whose team was prepared and this deponent went with said team to Peekskill on the north river and from <there> to Tarrytown on said river and the deponent with the other teams was sent out in different directions through the County to carry pork, flour and other provisions to Tarrytown for the American Army said to the three Regiments which lay there at that time in winter quarters and this deponent was employed thirty six days from the time he was mustered with the other teams above mentioned to go on said business to the time he was discharged, and this deponent was discharged in Tarrytown aforesaid on the East side of the North river twenty eight miles from New York by water, but received no discharge in writing.

This deponent does not know what officer had the Command of the troops at Tarrytown aforesaid.

This deponent saith that he was discharged at Tarrytown aforesaid near the middle of January 1777 and got home the 15 January 1777.

And this deponent saith that in June about the first part 1777 an alarm came to Dover aforesaid and the Company in the militia to which the deponent belonged was called out with the whole Regiment and the deponent saith that he was marched with said Company under the command of Capt. Voluntain Wheeler in Col. Peter Vanderburgh's Regiment, which also marched at the <same time> under his Command and went to Fishkill on the north river and he this deponent saith that he was stationed with Capt. Wheeler's Company and Col. Vanderburgh's Regiment at Fishkill aforesaid and this deponent was employed in scouting & standing sentry and served as above stated at Fishkill one month and was then discharged about the first of July 1777 as this deponent believes at Fishkill but received no discharge in writing.

The officers under whom he served were Capt. Wheeler, Lieut. Luke Wolcott, Ensign Gideon Osterhout, Col. Vanderburgh, Maj. Scott.
This deponent saw Gen. Lee passing through Fishkill at the time this deponent was stationed there & other officers were in company with him but this deponent does not recollect their names.

And this deponent saith that in May 1778 he this deponent split his foot open by an axe in chopping wood by accident and he this deponent was crippled so he could not serve in the Revolutionary War until the year 1780 and this deponent saith that in April the <> 1780 he enlisted as a volunteer at Dover in Dutchess County aforesaid into Capt. Wheeler's Company in Col. Swift's Regiment in the state service for three months and he was marched in Capt. Wheeler's Company with said Col. Swift's Regiment to Peekskill on the East side of the north river nearly opposite Ft. Montgomery and this deponent was stationed there with Col. Swift's Regiment and this deponent was employed under the Command of Capt. Wheeler in cutting & throwing up intrenchments and was out over in scouting & engaged in a short skirmish, took seven prisoners, killed one & wounded one of the enemy who were called the Cowboys.

There were seventy of us who went out in this scouting.

This deponent served on sentry in his turn and this deponent saith that he served at Peekskill aforesaid under the Command of Capt. Wheeler three months & was then discharged at said station in the <> of July 1780 but received no discharge in writing.

This deponent saw Gen. Putnam who had the Command of the troops at Peekskill at this time.

The officers under whom this deponent served were Capt. Wheeler, Lieut. Wolcott, Col. Swift, Ensign Osterhout, Maj. Scott.

And this deponent saith that about the first of April 1781 he this deponent enlisted as a volunteer at Dover in Dutchess County aforesaid in Capt. Wheeler's Company in Col. Vanderburg's Regiment in the state service for six months and this deponent was marched with the Company under Command of Capt. Wheeler to Fishkill and lay their a weekand then crossed the north river and went to West Point and he this deponent was stationed with Col. Vanderburgh's Regiment at West Point & this deponent was employed to <plowing> rocks to make a road that would be convenient from the Fort to the <Bakehouse> and in cutting <faschines> putting them in the Fort & thowing dirt on them for a wall and this deponent stood sentry & was employed as aforesaid under the Command of Capt. Wheeler and served under him as above stated six months and this deponent served as a Sergeant in said Company under the Command of Wcapt. Wheeler six months & he was then discharged from said service at West Point about the first of October 1781 and he received no discharge in writing.

This deponent saw Gen. Putnam & several other regular officers but does not remember their names and this deponent saith that he served at the different times as herein before mentioned one year & twelve days in the War of the Revolution.

And this deponent saith that he has no documentary evidence proving his Revolutionary services & that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his to his service in the war of the Revolution.

He has no record of his age. He this deponent was living at Dover in the County of Dutchess aforesaid during the Revolutionary war and since the war of the Revolution he removed to Claverack in Columbia County & resided their about seven years and this deponent next resided in Greenbush in Rensselaer County & this deponent next resided at Half moon in Saratoga County and this deponent then removed to West Brunswick in Herkimer County in the State of New York and has resided in West Brunswick aforesaid & some of this time in Russia in Herkimer County aforesaid about fifteen years & this deponent now resides in West Brunswick in Herkimer County aforesaid.

And this deponent saith that John Smith and Abraham Ferguson are persons to whom he is known in his present neighborhood, and who can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief of this deponent's services as a soldier of the Revolutionary War, & that this deponent is reputed and believed to have been a Revolutionary soldier; and this deponent saith that there is no clergyman residing in his neighborhood nor does this deponent know of any who can testify to his reputation of being a Revolutionary soldier.

He, the said Simeon Dutcher, hereby relinquished every claim whatever 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.

Subscribed & sworn to this 12th day of February 1833 in open Court

[signatures]
Simeon Dutcher
Julius C. Nelson, Clerk
 

We, John Smith Junior residing in the Town of Russia in Herkimer County & State of New York, and Abraham Forgason residing in the town of West Brunswick in said County, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Simeon Dutcher who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration, that we believe him to be seventy one 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.

Subscribed and sworn to this 12th day of February 1833 in open Court

Abraham Forgason
John his X mark Smith

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