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(Section of Revolutionary War Pension Application of Valentine Davis. See full transcription below.)

State of New York
Montgomery County ss:

On the nineteenth [day] of September in the year eighteen hundred thirty-two, in open court before the judges of the court of Common pleas, of the county of Montgomery, in the state of New York, now sitting, personally appeared, Valentine Davis, a resident of the town of Glen, in the county and state aforesaid, aged sixty eight years the 26th day of February last, who, being 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 7th June 1832—and in answer to the interrogations put by the court says—that he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated—

That he entered the service aforesaid, to the best of his recollection, in the month of March in the year seventeen hundred and seventy nine or eight in Marbletown, Ulster County in the State of New York—in the company of militia, called levies, commanded by Capt. Levi DeWitt in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Albert Pawling, Major Thomas DeWitt—that he left the service under said officers (____?) in the month of December, in same year, having served nine months which completed his term of enlistment. That his lieutenants in his company were William Nottingham & John Dubois—That he laid during said term in Fort Lackawag, in said county & commanded by said Captain DeWitt—There were some other troops called “Three months men” in the garrison or fort at same time—There was no action took place during said term in which he, the narrator, was engaged.

That in the year following, towit in the year 1780 or 1781 (which your deponent cannot certainly recollect) this deponent and narrator, entered the service in the same company commanded by Captain Piercy (whose Christian name he cannot recollect) & Lieutenant John Hardenburgh in (____?) regiment commanded by Col. A. Paulding, for nine months, and served during said nine months, in three different stations—the one at the military stores at Esquire John Hardenburgh’s which were burnt the same (____?) in August, about the 21st day, by the enemy – and at Dupuy’s Fort and at Van Noe’s Fort in Wawarsing in same county of Ulster—at this time said military stores were burned this deponent was with about twelve other soldiers & a number of inhabitants with their families, under the command of Lieutenant Hardenburgh, at a stone house stocaded, about two miles from the military stores—said stone house was attacked by about 350 of the enemy but was successfully defended—though the neighboring houses & barns were burned and the cattle killed or driven away. The next day having received a strong reinforcement we pursued the enemy who were tories and Indians.

In the succeeding year this deponent entered the service again, in the month of March, in the same town and county in a company of militia levies, commanded by Captain Gilbert Livingston—Lieutenant Cornelius Dubois & Lieut ----- Finch in a regiment commanded by Colonel Frederick Weisenfelt, for nine months & served in the same county along the frontiers, for said term of nine months. During this term two boys in the neighborhood were taken off by the Indians & we had a long but unsuccessful pursuit of them & had several small skirmishes with the Indians & scouting parties sent, as the enemy, Indians & tories, were very troublesome & committed much violence & injuries. This was the last campaign in which this deponent served, as peace was proclaimed soon after.

In that this deponent served three successive campaigns or term of nine months each in all twenty-seven months, this deponent never had a written discharge, but merely a verbal discharge each term by the commanding officer.

And this deponent says that Jacobus Smith now of the county of Jefferson, State of New York, has knowledge of the services of this deponent as herein before set forth said Smith having been in service at the same time or a part of said time & resided in the same place with this deponent.

That this deponent was born on the twenty-sixth day of February in the year 1764 at Marbletown in the county of Ulster, State of New York—I have no record of my age but a copy in my bible taken from the family record a record of the ages kept in my father’s Bible by him, which copy is in my (____?). This deponent think it probable that the record of his age is also to be found in the church books of Marbletown aforesaid.

This deponent also says that the reverend Abraham Van Horne of Johnstown, County of Montgomery, aforesaid, is a person in his neighborhood who can testify as to his character for voracity (?) & his belief of my services as a soldier of the revolution.

That this deponent says that he removed from the county of Ulster to the county of Montgomery, where he now resides, about thirty years since, & has resided in that county ever since. And the said Valentine Davis hereby relinquishes his every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, & declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.

Valentine (his) VD (mark) Davis

Subscribed by the said Valentine Davis
after (_____?) has read to him in open
court this 19th day of September 1832.
Geo: D. Ferguson, Clerk



We Abraham Van Horne a clergyman residing in the town of Johnstown in the county of Montgomery in the state of New York and Isaiah Depuy residing the town of Glen in the county & state aforesaid , hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Valentine Davis who has subscribed and sworn to the foregoing Declaration; that we believe him to be sixty-eight years of age; that he is reputed & believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution and that we concur in that opinion.

Abraham Van Horne
Isaiah Depuy

Sworn and subscribed in open court this
day & year aforesaid
Geo: D. Ferguson, Clerk


And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after the interrogation of the matter, & after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the war department, that the above named applicant, Valentine Davis was a revolutionary soldier & served as he states, and the court further certifies that it appears that Abraham Van Horn who has signed the preceeding certificate is a clergyman, is a resident of the said town of Johnstown in this county, and Isaiah Depuy who has also signed the same is a resident in the town of Glen in this county, is a credible person, and that statement is entitled to credit.

I George D. Ferguson, clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of the county of Montgomery in the state of New York do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of application of Valentine Davis for a pension. In testimony thereof I have herewith set my hand & the seal of said court this nineteenth day of September in the year 1832.

Geo: D. Ferguson



State of New York
Montgomery County ss:

Andreis Davis of Olive Ulster County being duly sworn says that he was well acquainted with Valentine Davis that the said Valentine enlisted in a Company commanded by Captain Pierson in a Regiment commanded by Col. Albert Pawling of State Troops. That he was enlisted at Marble Town Ulster County about the month of April 1781 for the term of nine months and faithfully served his term and was discharged at Wawarsink & that this deponent served in said Regiment at the same time.


Andreis Davis

Sworn to this 29th day of August 1832

Before Aaron Haring First Judge of
Montgomery County Courts
1832 Dec. 20th certify that the
said Andreis Davis is a credible witness
Aaron Haring Judge above mentioned


State of New York
Montgomery County ss: I George D. Ferguson, clerk of the county of Montgomery do hereby certify that Aaron Haring, before whom the above affidavit of Andreis Davis, and also before whom this annexed affidavit of Jacobus Smith of the date of 13 July 1832 purport to have been sworn, was on the days of the dates of the said affidavits First Judge of Montgomery County Courts, and that I am well acquainted with the handwriting of the said Judge, I hereby believe that the name of the said judge subscribed to the said affidavits is his own proper handwriting.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official Seal this 25th day of September 1832.

Geo: D. Ferguson


State of New York
Montgomery County ss: I George D. Ferguson, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Montgomery do hereby certify that Aaron Haring Esquire whose name is subscribed to the written certificate of good character of Andreis Davis, was on the date of said certificate First Judge of Montgomery County Courts, and that I am well acquainted with this hand writing of the said Judge hereby believe that the name of the said judge subscribed to the said certificate is his proper hand writing.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set
my hand and seal of Office this 20th day of December 1832.
Geo: D. Ferguson



State of New York
Montgomery County ss:

On the thirteenth day of July in the year eighteen hundred and thirty-two before Aaron Harring Esquire, first Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the county of Montgomery, in the state of New York, personally appeared Jacobus Smith of the town of Pamela, county of Jefferson, state aforesaid, who being duly sworn, according to law, upon his oath says that he was born in the town of Marbletown, county of Ulster & state of New York, on the fifth day of January in the year 1762, as this deponent verily believes, that this deponent served one campaign in the year 1782, in Captain Henry Pawling’s company of militia in Colonel Weisenfelts Regiment in said county of Ulster in said state—That the deponent well and personally acquainted with Valentine Davis then of said laid term & county of Ulster, & was brought up in the immediate neighborhood of said Davis and were playmates together in boyhood until the revolutionary war commenced. That he well knows that said Valentine Davis was in the service of the United States, in the militia levies in said county, for three successive campaigns or terms of nine months each; the first under Captain Levi DeWitt; the second under Captain Piercy (whose Christian name this deponent does not recollect) and the third term in campaign under Captain Gilbert Livingston, all in Colonel Albert Pawlings & Col. Weisenfelts Regiment. That this deponent frequently saw said Valentine while he was in service & also the short (_____?) between said terms of service, and that Davis was always reputed to be a good and faithful soldier, though at the time young—that this deponent resides about one hundred and twenty six miles from Johnstown the seat of Justice for the county of Montgomery.

Jacobus Smith

Sworn to before me
Aaron Haring aforesaid
1832 Decr 20th I certify the said
Jacobus Smith to be a credible
witness. Aaron Haring the
Judge aforesaid mentioned

State of New York
Montgomery County ss: I, George D. Ferguson, clerk of Montgomery County Courts, do hereby certify that Aaron Haring whose name is subscribed to the above certificate of good character of Jacobus Smith was on the date thereof First Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County aforesaid, and that I am well acquainted with his hand writing & verily believe that his name subscribed thereto is genuine.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal of Office this 20th December 1832.

Geo: D. Ferguson



State of New Yor
k Chemung County ss: Stephen DeWitt of Elmira in said county aged sixty seven years and upwards being duly sworn says that he formerly resided in the Town of Rochester in the County of Ulster in the state of New York and resided there during the revolutionary war and since the same being known as the town of Wawarsing until about 12 years ago when he removed to the County of Chemung: that he was acquainted with Valentine Davis & Sarah Hoffman his wife who were residents of the town of Marbletown adjoining the said Rochester in the said county of Ulster. That the congregations of Marbletown, Rochester & Wawarsing were in 1786 united in one and the Rev? M Van Benscoten then minister of the Reformed Dutch Church at Deerpark in the then county of Ulster (now Orange) occasionally preached to them, they at that time having no settled minister, the deponent then being about ten years of age. The deponent distinctly remembers hearing of their marriage at the time it occurred and he recollects the matter the better from the fact that the deponents mother was a half sister to M Hoffman, the father of Mr. Davis, and he frequently saw her & was intimate with her & her husband Valentine Davis in consequence of the family connection. That he knew the said Davis & wife after he arrived to man’s estate, that they were always considered as husband & wife and he never knew a person by the name of Valentine Davids from all the circumstances, this connection with the family, added to the fact that M Van Benscoten occasionally preached in the neighborhood he has no doubt that they were the individuals named in the record of the church at Deerpark as “Valentine Davids & Sarah Hofman.” He has seen the said Sarah Davis this day, and entertaining no doubt that she is the same person whom unmarried he knew as Sarah Hoffman, and married as the wife of Valentine Davis. He further states that for several years after the year 1786 the said three congregations of Wawarsing, Marbletown & Rochester remained united, and connected with the Reformed Dutch Church of which the families of all the parties herein referred to, were members or attendants there being at that time no other religious denomination in that section of country.

Stephen DeWitt

Sworn before me the 13th
June 1843 the said Stephen
DeWitt being in my opinion a
credible & (dis?) interested witness
B.B. Payne, J. Peace


State of New York
Chemung County
Clerk’s Office ss: I, Simon L. Rood of the said county do certify that B.B. Payne Esq. before whom the foregoing affidavit was made, was when the same bears date a Justice of the Peace of said County duly qualified, and that his signature above subscribed is genuine.

Witness my hand & Seal of Office the 13th June 1843
S.L. Rood, Clerk



State of New York
Tioga County ss: On the nineteenth day of April 1843 before Arthur Yates of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the said county of Tioga, personally appeared Sarah Davis a resident of Factoryville in the said county aged seventy-four years who being first duly sworn doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provision made by the act of Congress passed 7th July 1838 entitled an act granting half pay pensions to certain widows, and an act approved the twenty third day of August eighteen hundred & forty two amendatory thereof and a resolution approved the sixteenth day of August eighteen hundred & forty two entitled a resolution declarative of the Pension act of July seventh eighteen hundred and thirty eight.

That she is the widow of Valentine Davis who was a private in the Revolutionary army and was placed on the pension roll the State of New York by virtue of pension certificate no. 4472 bearing date Jan’y 22d 1833 and hereto annexed for such services: for the names of the officers under whom he served she refers to the papers accompanying his application on file in the War Department, as it is not in her power to state them.

She further declares that she was married to the said Valentine Davis on the twenty-third day of August in the year seventeen hundred eighty six by the Revd Mr. Van Benscoten minister of the Dutch Reformed Church of Deerpark then in the County of Ulster in the State of New York: that her maiden name was Sarah Hoffman and the copy of the marriage record of the Reformed Dutch Church of Deerpark hereto annexed is correct as to the time of her marriage, and that she is the same person therein named and that Valentine Davids named in said record was her husband Valentine Davis above named. That her husband the said Valentine Davis died on the thirteenth day of October eighteen hundred thirty nine. That she was not married to prior to his leaving the service, but the marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred & ninety four towit at the time above stated.

She further states that she still remains the widow of the said Valentine Davis: and that her said husband resided in Montgomery County NY when placed on the Pension Roll under the act of 7 June 1832.

Sarah Davis

Sworn and subscribed before me
the day & year above written
the said declarant being to
me personally known
Arthur Yates Judge &c


I Arthur Yates the Judge above mentioned do certify that in consequence of the bodily infirmity of the above named Sarah Davis which in my opinion render if very inconvenient if not impracticable for her to attend the next sitting of the Court of Common Pleas of said county which is held at Owego a distance of nineteen miles from her place of residence, and dieming hers to be such a case as is provided for in the Instructions accompanying the Pension Act of July 7, 1838, I have attended at her place of residence and administered the oath to her which is appended to the foregoing declaration.

Arthur Yates Judge &c


State of New York
Tioga County Clerk’s Office ss: I David Wallis Clerk of the said County do certify that Arthur Yates Esq. before whom the foregoing declaration was made was when the same bears date a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of said county duly commissioned & that his signatures above subscribed are genuine. Witness my hand & Seal of Office the 20th April 1843.

D. Wallis Clk



Extract from the Marriage Record of the Reformed Dutch Church of Deerpark.

“Valentine Davids } Aug. 23. 1786”
Sarah Hofman }
which when written in full is Valentine Davids and Sarah Hofman were married August the twenty third in the year seventeen hundred and eighty six.

Orange County ss: Cornelius C. Elting came before me the undersigned a Justice of the peace of the said county and solemnly affirmed that the above is a true copy of the records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Deerpark .

Cornelius C. Elting
Pastor of the
Church of Deerpark

Affirmed the 1st day of
August 1840 before me
Cornelius Gray Justice


State of New York
Orange County ss: I Albert S. Benton Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in and of the county of Orange do certify that Cornelius Gray is a Justice of the peace as written and that the written signature purporting to be his is genuine. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of the said court this 7th day of August 1840.

A.S. Benton
Clerk



State of New York
Tioga County ss: On this 5th day of Septr 1843 personally appeared before me Sarah Davis a resident of Barton in said county aged seventy five years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the pension made by the act of Congress passed on the 3d March 1843 granting Pensions to widows of persons who served during the revolutionary war. That she is the widow of Valentine Davis who was a private in the revolutionary war & a pensioner on the Pension Roll of the New York agency. That she was herself a pensioner under the act of July 7 1838 at the rate of eighty dollars per annum by certificate no. 7507 dated Augt 18 1843 and has been paid up at the Pension agency at Albany. She further states that she is still a widow.

Sarah Davis

Sworn & subscribed
before me on the day
& year above written this
declarant being to me personally known
Thos Yates Justice of the Peace
in and for the county of Tioga N.Y.


State of New York
County of Tioga ss: I certify that Thomas Yates Esq. whose name is above subscribed was when the above afft bears date a Justice of the Peace of said county only qualified & that his signature above subscribed is genuine.

Witness my hand & seal of office this 5th Sep 1843
D. Wallis Clk



Declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the
Act of Congress of 2d February 1848 entitled “An
act making further provision for surviving widows
and soldiers of the Revolution.



State of New York
Tioga County ss: On this 20th day of May 1848 personally appeared before the subscriber a Justice of the Peace in & for said county Sarah Davis a resident of the town of Barton in said county aged eighty years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provision made by the act of Congress passed on the 2d February 1848 granting pensions to widows of persons who served during the Revolutionary War.

That she is the widow of Valentine Davis who was a soldier of the Revolution, and a pensioner of the United States on the New York Roll (then a resident of the County of Montgomery in said state) under a certificate numbered 4472, dated Jany 22d 1833: That the deponent was herself placed on the pension roll for five years at the rate of Eighty dollars per year & subsequently placed on the same under the act of 17 June 1844, and drew her last payment on the 4th March 1848. That the papers proving her husband’s services & her marriage are on file in the War Department, with her original application for a pension.

She further declares that she is still a widow.

Sarah Davis

Sworn to & subscribed on the day
& year above written before me
Jacob Newkirk Justice


State of New York
Tioga County ss: On this 20th day of May 1848 I hereby certify that Sarah Davis the affiant in the foregoing Declaration is personally known to me.

Jacob Newkirk Justice


State of New York
Tioga County
Clerk’s Office ss: I Moses Stevens Clerk of the said County of Tioga do hereby certify that Jacob Newkirk Esq before whom the foregoing declaration was made & whose name is subscribed to the above written certificate was when the same bear date a Justice of the peace in & for said County only commissioned from & authorized to act as such & that his several signatures above & within subscribed are genuine—witness my hand & Official Seal the 22d May 1848.

M: Stevens Clerk



Transcribed by:
Barbara Davis Schaffer
August 1, 2012


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