The Pension Application of Jonathan Emmons for Revolutionary War Service.
September 25, 1832
At a Court of Chancery held for the state of New York at the village of Onondaga in the county of Onondaga on the twenty fifth day of September in the year of one thousand eight hundred and thirty two.
Present: Daniel Moseley, Vice Chancellor of the Seventh Circuit.
Personally appeared Jonathan Emmons, a resident of the town of LaFayette in the county of Onondaga, aged seventy 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 act of Congress passed June 7, 1832. That he was born in the town of East Haddam in the county of Middlesex in the state of Connecticut on the thirty first day of December in the year one thousand seven hundred and sixty one, that he enlisted at the town of Hartland in the state of Connecticut, (in which town he then resided) as a common soldier in the year 1777 about the first of June, into a company of militia in the state troops commanded by Captain Thomas Bushnell, Aaron Bush, ensign, for four months, and served in said company under said officers, the said term of four months as a soldier, that he marched from the place of enlistment to New Haven, through Hartford and whilst at New Haven was stationed to guard the Sound - and was discharged at that place at the expiration of the four months, but did not receive a written discharge - that towards the last of October 1777 he entered the service and served as a volunteer in the militia for about one month, in a company commanded by Captain Giddons - that he was at the town of Hartland aforesaid when he volunteered that whilst in this months service, he assisted to guard the troops of General Burgoyne, through the state of Connecticut, that he started with them from the town of Suffield in the state of Connecticut and passed through Simsbury, New Hartford, Harvington, New Milford - to the line of New York and was then dismissed without receiving any written discharge - while on this duty he saw General Burgoyne every day - That in the year 1777 in Hartford aforesaid, he was drafted in the militia in the state troops as a private soldier in the company commanded by Captain Uriel Holmes, Lieutenant Meacham, for the term of six months, which term he served, that in said term, he was marched to Horseneck, passing through towns of New Hartford, Harvington, Litchfield, New Milford and that he remained stationed at Horse Neck and Stamford in Stamford as a guard until the expiration of the six months and was the dismissed at Stamford with out receiving any written discharge - That during his stay at Horse Neck and Stamford he was acquainted with Colonel Mead, who was the Colonel of the regiment to which he was attached.
That in the fore front of May in the year 1779 at Hartland aforesaid he enlisted as a private soldier in the militia of state troops, in the company commanded by Captain Mills in Colonel Hutchins regiment for the term of seven months he marched from Hartlan, through New Hartford, Harvington, Litchfield, New Milford and to Horse Neck and Stamford, where he was stationed as a guard, for his said term of service and was then discharged at Horseneck - that in the year 1780 at Hartland aforesaid, about the first of April he enlisted as a private soldier in the regular army for nine months- he marched from Hartland to West Point through the towns of Barkhamstead, New Hartford, Harvington, New Milford. He remained at West Point thence as four weeks when he was attached to a regiment of soldiers commanded by Colonel Swift, in Captain Elijah Chapman's company, that sometime in the month of May following his enlistment he marched with the regiment to Fort Lee in New Jersey where he was stationed until the fore front of December following when he marched with the regiment to the Highlands opposite to West Point for winter quarters, here he assisted in erecting barracks, he continued there until about the first day of January in the year of 1785 when he regiment a written discharged signed by Colonel Swift - that in the month of February in the year 1787 his house at Stephentown in the County of Renssalier, State of New York was consumed by fire, and his discharged was then burned up - that about the first of April in the year 1781 he went from Hartland aforesaid to East Haddam in the State of Connecticut and there enlisted on board a Privateer commanded by Captain David Brooks, Captain of the Brigg Sampson and served under him in said Brigg for the term of nine months that he sailed in said Brigg from East Haddam, to New London from there to the Atlantic - that while he was in said Brigg, they took several lumber vessels coming from Huntington to New York - they also took one sloop of war in the sound and was dismissed at Sea brook about the 11th of January 1782 without any written discharge.
That after he was discharged from the regiment commanded by Colonel Swift in the year 1781, he returned to Hartland aforesaid where he resided until the month of February in the year 1783 when he removed to Stephentown aforesaid, where he resided until the year of 1803. He then removed to the town of Cicero in the County of Onondaga, State of New York since which time he has lived alternately at Cicero and LaFayette in said County of Onondaga at which latter place he now resides - He has been informed by his father, and believes there is a record of his age in the town of East Haddam in State of Connecticut, the place where he was born. During the war of the revolution and while he was in actual service he frequently saw General Washington - he knew and was disciplined by the Baron Steuben at West Point a number of times - he knew General Poores who died when he was stationed at Fort Lee - Saw the Marquis La Fayette at West Point he thinks. He is acquainted with Col. Johnson Hall - P. M. and Chauncy Williams, Charles Jackson, Esquire, Mr. John Spencer P.M., Samuel S. Baldwin, Counselor at Law, Hiram Gilbert, Esquire, and Joseph G. Sherman, Esquire all of said LaFayette and the Reverend Alexander B. Corning of La Fayette who can testify as to his character for ----- and to his behalf of his services as a soldier of the revolution - that he knows of no person - whose testimony he can procure, who can testify to his services.
Document signed by David Moseley, Circuit Judge, Vice Chancellor and Jonathan Emmons There is also a statement sworn to by David Moseley, Alexander B. Corning and Charles Jackson
His pension application was approved on March 4th, 1834, and Jonathan received his pension until his death on December 9, 1835.
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