Revolutionary War Pension
Ebenezer Dunham

Donated by Joanne Murray


Revolutionary War
Declaration for Pension
Ebenezer Dunham
Series: M805, Roll: 286, File #S22744

Dunham, Ebenezer
Service: New York



Ebenezer Dunham
Montgomery in the State of New York who was a private in the Company commanded by Capt. Rees of the Regt. Commanded by Col. Visscher on the New York Line for 7 months & 22 days. Inscribed on the roll of New York at the rate of 25 dollars 78 cents per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1831. Certificate of pension issued the 5 day of April 1836 and sent to Hon. M. J. [Borce ?]...

State of New York
County of Montgomery
On this 17th day of December A.D. 1835 personally appeared in open court before me the Honorable Abe Monell first judge, Samuel A. Gilbert, Jno. Hand, Harry I. Defendorff, David [Sprisher ?] judges of the court of common pleas for the said county of Montgomery now sitting; Ebenezer Dunham, a resident of Lake Pleasant in the county of Montgomery and state of New York, aged 76 years was born in the town of Sharon in the state of Connecticut in the year 1759; That in the month of March 1777 removed to the town of Mayfield, then Tryon County now Montgomery; 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 7th 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as [?] stated.
        That in the month of March 1777 he was enrolled in Capt. Saml. Rees' company in Col. Frederick Visschers Regiment of Infantry of the militia of the state of New York; That on about the first of April '77 was ordered out by a sergeant by the name [Cely ?] Woodworth belonging to said company to go on scouts in the northern and then frontier settlements of the county of Tryon now Montgomery; That he continued to serve in the said war of the Revolution a term of 52 days in the following manner viz: That the said Capt. Rees kept two men of his company constantly on scouts by rotation. That when tow returned two others should be sent out, and in this way the said Ebenezer Dunham served the said 52 days. That in 1778 in May or June [?] to Johnstown to guard the Fort under the command of Capt. Wemples in Col. Visscher's Regiment; That soon after arriving at the Fort in Johnstown was ordered out on a scout and returned again in a few days to guard the Fort; That he continued to guard the Fort in Johnstown and by going out frequently on scouting parties until in the month of November of the same year '78, making a term of 5 months service by guarding the Fort or garrison in Johnstown and going often on scouts.
        That at the close of the said 5 months service he returned back to the town of Mayfield. That on the 11th day of April 1779 Jacob Dunham, the father of the applicant (also a brother0 was murdered by a party of Indians, then on their return to Canada (having been to Fort Hunter) to [?] their families to Canada with them. That on the 15th of April '79 he returned to Johnstown to guard the Fort under Capt. Wemple, Col. Visscher's Regiment. That soon after arriving at the Fort was ordered out on a scout and continued in the militia service by keeping garrison in the village of Johnstown and going out on scout until the 1st of July '79 making a term of service of 25 months. That during the remainder of the year '79 and until the month of May in 1780 he continued to be enrolled in the said Capt. [?] Company and stood in readiness for service at any moment but was not actually engaged in the Militia Service between the 1st of July '79 and the 1st of May '80 any longer period than 10 days which was actually done by being on a scout through the frontier settlements of the said county of Tryon, now Montgomery. That during the period of time between the month of May 1780 and the month of July 1781, the following tours of militia service was rendered, but the particular dates of each service cannot be distinctly remembered. Under Capt. Vosburgh 10 days, Ensign Stone 20 days, Capt. Little 10 days, Capt. Little 4 days, Capt. Dubois 6 days, Capt. Roscorantz 9 days, Capt. Looket 4 days, Capt. Hamtranck 3, Capt. Booce 2 days, Capt. Roscorantz 4 days. During the period of the above mentioned services the applicant stood in readiness for service as a minute man and turned out at the command of any of the above mentioned officers although many of them were of the Continental army. The services were rendered by being out on scouts.
        That during the several terms of service as above stated the scouting parties alluded to frequently brought in prisoners of war and gave them up to the regular authority of the American army and frequently returned property to its original or proper owner which had been taken by the Indians and Tories acting under the authority of the British government.
        And further the claimant assigns the following reason for not having made application for a pension under the above mentioned act previous to this time viz: That a [harsh ?] for witness to prove his service was unavailable until in the month of September last when the annexed witnesses made known to him their knowledge of the services which now induces him to make the present application
        That during the whole period of the Revolutionary war, or rather from the month of March 1777 to July 1781 the several tours of service as above stated to bear him performed by the applicant amounted in all to eleven months and nineteen days. He hereby relinquishes 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. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
[Signed] Eben Dunham
Sworn in open court Dec. 17, 1835
[Signed] Geo. D. Ferguson, Clk.
We Jacob Shaw & Isaac Jackson residing in the county of Montgomery do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Ebenezer Dunham who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration; That we believe him to be 76 years of age; that he is [reputed ?] and believed in the neighbor...[this page ends here]

State of New York
County of Montgomery
Rebecca Woodworth of Mayfield state and county aforesaid being duly sworn, says that she is sister of Ebenezer Dunham (aged 80 years); That during the period of the Revolutionary war she was acquainted with the said Ebenezer Dunham. That in the month of March 1777 the said Ebenezer Dunham was enrolled in a company of Militia commanded by Capt. Rees and that about the 1st of April '77 the said Ebenezer Dunham was ordered out for military service and did serve as a private of Infantry of the Militia during the said year of '77at different times a full term of 52 days. That in the month of May or June 1778 the said Ebenezer Dunham removed to Johnstown to guard the Fort under the command of Capt. Wemple; that he continued to guard the Fort and to go out on scouts during the said year a full term of 5 months which terminated about the 5th of November. That at the end of the said 5 months service the said Ebenezer Dunham removed to the said town of Mayfield and continued to reside there until about the middle of April 1779 when he again removed to Johnstown to guard the Fort under the command of Capt. Wemple. The said Ebenezer Dunham there continued to guard the Fort and to go on scouts a full term of 2 months which term of service closed on the 1st of July '79. That from that time until the 1st of May 1780 the said Ebenezer Dunham continued to be enrolled in Capt. Wemple's company and served as a scout a tour of 10 days. The time of this service cannot be distinctly recollected. That during the period of time between the month of May 1780 and the month of July '81 the said Ebenezer Dunham was out on scouts in the Militia service the following tours viz: Under Capt. Vosburgh 10 days, Ensign Stone 10 days, Capt. Little 10 days, Capt. Little 4 days, Col. Dubois 6 days, Capt. Rosecrantz 9 days, Capt. Sacket 4 days, Capt. Hamtramck 3 days, Capt. [Bova ?] 2 days, Capt. Rosecrantz 4 days. And further this deponent saith not.
Rebecca Woodworth X her mark
Sworn & subscribed the 15th day of December 1835 before me
Wm. McConnell, Justice of the Peace

Department of the Interior; Bureau of Pensions. Washington, D. C., 9 - 6, 1922
        In reply to your request of [blank] received [blank] for a statement of the military history of Ebenezer Dunham, a soldier in the REVOLUTIONARY WAR, you will find below the desired information as contained in his application of pension on file in this bureau. S22744
Date of enlistment: Mar 1777
Length of service: Served at various times to July 1781; in all 11 mos. 19 days
Rank: Private and Scout
Officers under whom service was rendered:
Captains Sam'l Rees, Wemple, Vosburgh, Little, Rosencrantz, Sacket, Hamtranck, Boon Colonels Fred'k Fisher, Du Boise
State: NY
Battles engaged in: none stated
Residence of soldier at enlistment: Mayfield, Tryon (later Montgomery) co. NY
Date of application for pension: Dec. 17, 1835 - al
Residence at date of application: Lake Pleasant, Montgomery Co., NY
Age at date of application: b. 1759 in Sharon, Conn
Remarks: It is not stated whether he was married on Apl. 11, 1779 soldiers father Jacob Dunham & a bro (name not stated) were murdered by a party if Indians.
Respectfully, Commissioner

Additional information

For more information about Ebenezer Dunham and the Indian attack on his father and brother, see the submission by James Morrison on the Fulton County GenWeb site.


 

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