Vermont Roll to New York
Durkee's Reg't, Private, Connecticut Line
Inscribed on the Roll of Vermont at the rate of Eight dollars per month, to commence on the 26th of March 1818.
Certificate of pension issued the 3rd of June 1818 and sent to Hon. Stephen Pitkin, Montpelier, VT. Notification sent Oct. 28, 1820 to Geo Rich, Montpelier, VT. Transf to New York 12 Jan 1826.
I Joseph Currier of Berlin in Washington County in the state of Vermont aged fifty eight years a citizen of the United States now and ever have resided within the same do depose and declare that I am poor and in need of assistance from my country for support.
And I further declare that at Cambridge in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts about the first of October 1775 I enlisted as a private for one year into Capt. John Robertson's Company in Col. John Durkee's Regiment in the Connecticut line & then emediatly [sic] with said corps marched to N. York. We were stationed on Staten Island some time & then joined our Regiment at Powler's Nook & we were driven off by the British to Fort Lee. We then retreated to Trenton but we had to stay until December after our year was out. That is December 1776 when I was discharged. - by being disposed by genl. Orders we had no written discharges.
In the month of February 1777 I enlisted into Capt. Carr's Company in Col. James Wesson's Regiment in Genl. [Lorened's ?] Brigade in the Massachusetts Line as a private during the war & we marched to Albany then up the Mohawk that summer & early in the fall of that year we joined Genl. Gate's army. I was in the two battles against Burgoyne then we marched to the [southern ?] and joined Genl. Washington's main army at Vally [sic] Forge & afterward I was in the battle of Monmouth & then rationed at Hartford. I was drafted into the Infantry at West Point & marched to James Town & we attacked the British at York Town. After the surrender of Cornwallace [sic] we were at West Point again & in June 1783 at Newburgh I was discharged by Genl. Washington with a badge of Merrit. I very well remember last. I have lost my discharge. I let Reubin Carpenter have it who I suppose [?] the [?] off. I served in the above mentioned companies against the common enemy -
Montpelier March the 26th A.D. 1818
Joseph Currier; X his mark
State of Vermont
On this 28th day of June 1820 personally appeared in open court being a court of record to wit the Honorable Supreme court for the said state. Holding a session within and for the county of Washington [aforesaid].
Joseph Currier, aged sixty one years, a resident in Montpelier in said county who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows:
From October 1775 to the last of December 1776 in Capt. John [Robinson's] Company and Col. John Durkee Regt. Of the Connecticut Line. From March 1777 to the end of the war in June 1783 in Capt. Abbott and Laster's Company in James Wesson's and M. Jackson's Regiments of the Massachusetts Line and was honorably discharged at [Snake Will ?] near West Point - That the date of my original declaration was on the 26th day of March 1818 and my printed certificate issued thereon is numbered 818 at dated June 8, 1818 - -
And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift, sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby to so diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an Act of Congress.....
[His property is listed]
One cow, one yearling heifer, one calf, one pewter platter and old pewter plates, one case old knives and forks, one set cups & saucers. I am by occupation a farmer and am totally able considering my age to labor some - That I have a wife of the age of fifty seven years - my daughter Betsey of the age of twenty five years lives with me and has for years been in a bad state of health and is dependent on one for support. My son Daniel of the age of seventeen & daughter [Cloey ?] of the age of sixteen live with me and earn their support - That I am owing about the sum of fifty dollars.
[Signed] Joseph Currier
Additional information from various sources
Source: Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War, Boston: Wright & Potter Printing, 1986 - 1908; Vol. 4, Pg. 241
Currier, Joseph, Haverhill. Return from the men engaged for Continental service from Capt. Timothy Johnson's (3d Haverhill) Co., dated Haverhill, Feb. 13, 1778; residence, Haverhill; engaged for town of Haverhill; joined Capt. Carr's Co., Col. Wiggleworth's Regt., term, during war; also, descriptive list of enlisted men made up from Jan. 1, 1780 to Dec. 31, 1780; Age 20 years; stature, 5 ft 8 in; complexion, light; hair, dark; occupation husbandsman; birthplace, Haverhill; residence, Haverhill; enlisted Feb. 25, 1777, by Ensign Chase at Haverhill, joined Capt. Samuel Carr's Co., Col. Michael Jackson's (8th) Regt.; enlistment, during war; also Private, Capt. Samuel Carr's Co., Col. James Wesson's (9th) Regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780 to Dec. 31, 1780; Also, list of men entitled to 200 acres of land or $20, agreeable to resolve of General Court of March 5, 1801; Reported 2d Regt.
Source: New York Pensioners, 1835
Pvt.; Montgomery Co.; Annual allowance $96.00; Sums received $1530.57
Service: Connecticut Line
Placed on roll: 3 June 1818
Commencement of pension: 26 Mar 1818
Remarks: Transferred from Vermont