Fifer, Connecticut Line In the Army of the United States during the Revolutionary War.
Inscribed on the roll of New York at the rate of 8 dollars per month, to commence on the 25th of April 1818. Certificate of pension issued the 7th of Oct 1818 and sent to James Hildreth, Esq., Johnstown, NY
Wells, Montgomery, Discontinued
State of New York
In conformity with the decisions of the Act of Congress of the United States of America passed 18th March 1818 entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and Naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War, the following declaration in writing is made under oath by Amariah Crane - of the town of Wells - in said county of Montgomery in the state of New York before the Hon. James Hildreth Esquire one of the judges of the court of common pleas in and for the county of Montgomery in the said state in which the said Amariah Crane doth reside that is to say -
I Amariah Crane - aged fifty eight years on the 16th of October last of the town of Wells - in the county of Montgomery in the state of New York on this 25th day of April 1818 - Do solemnly, sincerely and truly swear and declare that I served against the common enemy in the Army in the war of the Revolution for three years - on the continental establishment and that I am a resident citizen of the United States to wit in the town, county and state aforesaid, and that by reason of my reduced circumstances in life I am in need of the assistance of my country for support. I do further swear and declare that I served in said Revolutionary War in the capasity [sic] of and being a Fifer - that I belonged to the Army to wit. I belonged to Captain Benjamin Throop & Ezra Belden & Perkins company; colonels Jedediah Huntington and Prentice - Regiment and Connecticut - Line. That I entered the said service on the 12th day of May 1777 and left it the 12th day of May 1780 - In the manner following to wit. I left it by reason of being honorably discharged from the service at Springfield. & say that I received one document concerning the same service and discharge which has been burnt in Mansfield in the state of Con. That I was in the Battles of Massachusetts, at Stony Point, at German Town and some skirmishing on the Schuylkill - and that there is no other evidence in my power to my knowledge concerning the matters deposed by one except Benjamin Craft - in witness of the truth of the declaration I have subscribed the same in the presence of the said judge and have solemnly deposed to the truth thereof on the day herein before for that purpose specified.
[Signed, Amariah Crain]
Sworn before me this 25th day of April 1818 [signed, James Hildreth
State of New York
On the 15th day of June in the year 1820 personally appeared in open court being a court of record for the county of Montgomery in said state Amariah Crane aged sixty years a resident in the town of Hope in the said county of Montgomery, who being first duly sworn doth on his oath declare that he served in the revolutionary was as follows. To wit - that he was in the army in the capacity of a fifer for the term of three years. That he enlisted in Captain Throop's company and Colonel Jedediah B. Huntington's Regiment and that he served in Captain Ebenezer Perkins's company and Colonel Starr's regiment of the Connecticut Line when discharged that he has made a declaration setting forth his service in the Revolutionary was which declaration was dated the twenty fifth day of April 1818 and that he has received a pension from the United States and that the number of his pension certificate is 3453 and I 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 so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of congress being entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the revolutionary war, prepared on the 18th day of March 1818. And that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities contracts or debts due to me. Nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed [?] by me subscribed and that I am by occupation a house carpenter and a [furrier ?] and am [infirm ?] [?] person but able to do some labour [sic] - Trifena [sic] my wife aged fifty nine years has been confined of a lingering illness for twenty years and is unlikely to get her health again. Elizabeth Bodines, aged eleven years, a girl taken to reside with me. Kate who is eighteen years of age, which two persons comprise my family and consequently can at present receive us assistance from them all which I certify to be just and true.
[Signed] Amariah Crane
Sworn to and declared on the 15th of June 1820 in Open Court. [Signed] Jno. Mc Carthy, Clerk
Schedule of the real and personal estates of Amariah Crane related to the foregoing or annexed declaration - and the debts owe and owing from the said Amariah Crane to his creditors as follows to wit - Real Estate - 50 acres land in the town of Hope, poor house thereon. 175.00 personal estate - one cow 15.00, one yearling 5.00, one plow worn 62 ½, two axes1.25, one old chain .75, one pair trace chairs .62 ½, one short chain .75, one iron bar 3.00, two pitch forks .50, seven augers (35 prs) 3.50, one hand saw 2.00, about twelve planes of different kinds 9.00, one [torisant ?] saw 2.00, carried up 228.25. [brot] up 228.25. One broad ax 2.50, one adze .75, two iron squares 3.00, one boxwood rule broken .25, four chizels [sic] 2.50, two [swale ?] chizels [sic] .25, two hammers 1.00, one scythe worn .50, one wood pail .37 ½, two chests 4.00, one table .75, one candle stand 1.00, six knives & forks 1.00, six spoons .36, six cups and saucers .25, four plates .24, two [pair ?] kettles damaged 2.00, two small kettles damaged 1.00, one dish kettle 1.50, one bake kettle 1.75, one tea kettle damaged .25, one skillet damaged .12, - $253.39 schedule forward. Schedule continued and [house] other small articles of little value or worth. Debts due and owing from the said Amariah Crane to any creditors - to wit - to Jacob [rist ?] [ariscism ?] $38.00, to Samuel E. Riddle $30.00, to Russell Wells 8.00, to Granville Sherwood 7.00, to Isaac Betts 4.00, to Reuben Slocum $3.00, to Matthew B. Lobdell $5.00, to John Fay 3.00, to Joseph Spier about 20.00, to William Lyman 23.00 - $141.00.
I certify that the aforesaid schedule is a correct statement of my property and of debts owing by me as accurately as can be [snake ?] out.
Dated at Johnstown the [no date] day of June 1820
[Signed] Amariah Crane
State of New York
County of Montgomery
On this 25th day of December 1838 personally appeared before me Samuel A. Gilbert one of the judges of Montgomery County Courts, Tryphena Crain, a resident of the town of Hope, state and county aforesaid, aged seventy six 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 provision made by the Act of Congress passed July 7th 1838 entitled "An Act granting half pay and pension to certain widows," That she is the widow of Amariah Crain who was a pensioner of the United States under the act of congress of 1818, or that of 1820.
She further declares that she was married to the said Amariah Crain by Esquire Simon at Windham in the state of Connecticut either in the month of June or July in the year seventeen hundred and eighty two and that her name prior to being thus married to the said Amariah Crain was Tryphena Coburn, daughter of Robert Coburn, and that her place of residence prior to being married to above stated was in the town of Windham aforesaid in the said state of Connecticut.
She further declares that her husband, the aforesaid Amariah Crain died at Hope in the said county of Montgomery and state of New York on the 17th day of August in the year eighteen hundred and thirty six; that she was not married to his leaving the service, but the marriage took place previous to the first of January, seventeen hundred and ninety four viz: at the time above stated; and that she has remained a widow ever since the death of her said husband as will now fully appear by references to the proof hereto annexed.
[Signed] Tryphena Crain
Sworn to and subscribed on this day and year above written before me Samuel A. Gilbert, a judge of said county.
I Leonard Anibal do hereby certify and declare upon solemn oath that I have been personally acquainted with Tryphena Crain who has subscribed her name and made oath to the above declaration, for about 28 years last past, and that she is a woman of irreproachable character, and that her statement is entitled to full credit, and that by reason of bodily infirmities she has been confined to the place of her own dwelling during the time of being thus acquainted with her; consequently she is ...[the next page, which continues this affidavit seems to be missing from the file].
[A type written letter]
July 31, 1933
[to] Mrs. W. B. Caldwell
Mat??ka, West Virginia
Reference is made to your letter in which you request the record of Amariah Crane, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, and pensioner of New York.
You are furnished herein the record of Amariah Crain or Crane, he signed Amariah Crain, as found in the papers on file in pension claim, W. 17688, based upon his service in the Revolutionary War.
[Hand written in between typed lines] Born Oct 16 - 1759
He enlisted May 13, 1777, in Mansfield, Connecticut, served as fifer in Captain Benjamin Throop's company, Colonel Jedediah Huntington's Connecticut regiment, and in Captain Ebenezer Perkins' company, Colonel Starr's Connecticut regiment, was in the battles of Germantown, Monmouth, Stony Point, and in skirmishes of the Schuylkill, and was discharged at the expiration of service of three years.
The soldier moved about the year 1810 from Connecticut to Montgomery County, New York.
He was allowed pension on his application executed April 25, 1818, at which time he resided in Wells, Montgomery County, New York. In 1820, he resided in Hope, in said Montgomery County; He died there August 17, 1836.
The soldier married in June or July, 1783, in Windham, Connecticut, Tryphena, the daughter of Robert Coburn, of Windham.
The soldier's widow, Tryphena Crain or Crane, she signed both ways, was allowed pension on her application executed December 23, 1838, at which time she was seventy-seven years of age, the date and place of birth not shown. She resided then in Hope, New York; in 1848, she resided of Northhampton, Fulton County, New York. She died November 23, 1849.
No names of children of Amariah Crain, or Crane, and his wife, Tryphena, are shown in this pension claim.
In 1839, one Sylvanus Coburn stated in Windham County, Connecticut, that he was present at the wedding of the soldier and his wife, Tryphena. No relationship to the family stated.
In order to obtain the name of the person to whom the last payment of pension due Tryphena Crane, or Crain, was paid, you should apply to the Comptroller General, General Accounting Office, Records Division, this city, citing the following:
Widow of Amariah Crane
[?] December 13, 1848
Rate of $88 per annum
Act of February 2, 1848
New York (Albany) Agency
Very truly yours,
A. D. [Hillier ?]
Assistant to Administrator
Crain / Crane, Amariah
Additional Information from various sources
Source: Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution, Pg. 149
Residence: Mansfield [Tolland Co., CT]
Enlistment: 12 May 1777
Term: 3 years
Remarks: Promoted Fifer 18 May 1777
Discharged: 12 May 1780
New York Pensioners 1835
Amariah Crane, Fifer, Montgomery Co., Annual Allowance $96.00, Sums Received $1476.66
Connecticut Line, Placed on rolls 7 Oct 1818, Commencement of pension 25 Apr 1818
Source: Clark, A. Howard. A National Register of the Society Sons of the American Revolution, New York, NY: Louis H. Cornish, 1902
2 applicants were descendants of Amariah Crane through his daughter, Azubah (Crane) Williams (wife of Samuel)