Revolutionary War Pension
Joseph Gilles / Gillis

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Revolutionary War
Declaration for Pension
Joseph Gilles / Gillis
Series: M805, File #S21225

Gilles, Joseph
Service: Massachusetts



New York 28.684
Joseph Gilles
Montgomery County in the State of New York who was a private in the Company commanded by Captain Hazelton of the Regt. Commanded by Col. Fellows in the Massachusetts line for 11 mo. 10 days.
Inscribed on the Roll of New York at the rate of 37 Dollars 77 Cents per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1831.
Certificate of pension issued the 12th day of May 1836 and sent to Hon. McVean H. Reps
Arrears to the 4th of March 1834 $111.31; Semi-anl. Allowance ending Sept 4, '34 $18.88; [total] $132.19
{Revolutionary Claim, Act June 7, 1832}
Recorded by [Yam ?] H. Page, Clerk
Book E, Vol. 4, Page 126

War Department
Pension Office
May 29, 1883
Oct 28,

Sir:
        The evidence in support of your claim, under the act of June 7, 1832, has been examined, and the papers are herewith returned. The following is a statement of your case in a tabular form. On comparing these papers with the following rules, and the subjoined notes, you will readily perceive that objections exist, which must be removed before a pension can be allowed. The notes and the regulations will show what is necessary to be done. Those points to which your attention is more particularly directed, you will find marked in the margins with a brace, (thus: }). You will, when you return your papers to this department, send this printed letter with them; and you will, by complying with this request, greatly facilitate the investigation of your claim.

A Statement showing the service of Joseph Gilles, Montgomery County, N. York
Enlisted 1775
Duration of service: 10 months
Rank: Private
Enlisted 1776
Duration of service: 3 months
Rank: Private
Names and rank of the Company officers under whom he served: Capt. Hazleton Lt. Blake, 2 Lt. Stuart Blake, Cap. Wells
Names and rank of the General and Field officers: Col. Fellows, Lt. Col. Ager, Maj. [Tupper ?], Col. [Woodbridge?], Maj. Dickinson
Battles in which applicant was engaged: Not stated
Country through which he marched: To Roxbury near Boston or Dorchester & Albany to Ticonderoga
Place of abode when he entered the service, and age at the present period: 79 Years.
Worcester County, Massachusetts
Evidence by which the declaration is supported: Traditionary

Fellow's Regt in 75 [?] 8 Mo ~
I am, respectfully, Your obedient servant,
J. L. Edwards, Commissioner of Pensions

Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress of the 7th of June 1832.
State of New York
Montgomery County
        On the nineteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty two personally appeared in open court before the judges of the court of Common Pleas held at the Court House in the village of Johnstown in the County of Montgomery now setting Joseph Gillis, a resident of the town of Hope in the county of Montgomery & state of New York aged seventy seven years last August, who being first duly sworn according to the 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 & served as private after stated: That in the latter part of April in the year one thousand seven hundred & seventy four he resided in the town of Oakham County of Wocester & State of Massachusetts - That he then enlisted to serve ten months in the first Militia service under Capt. Simeon Hazleton, Lieutenant George Blake & 2nd Lieut. Stewart Blake under the command of Colonel John Fellows, Lieutenant Colonel Nahum Ager, Major Tupper, Adjutant Beman - That he went to the Town of Roxbury near Boston & from there to Dorchester where he remained until the expiration of his term of service when he returned home - That in December in the year one thousand seven hundred & seventy six he resided in the Town of Cold Rain County of ~ & State of Massachusetts when he again enlisted for the term of three months under the command of Captain John Wells in Colonel Woodbridge's Regiment & Major Dickerson - to go to Danbury in Connecticut - That at Northampton in the state of Massachusetts his orders were [coan ?] [tesman ?] did & he went to Albany - That the Regiment was there detached & he was ordered to Ticonderoga where he was dismissed on the 23d of March in the year seventeen hundred & seventy seven when he returned home - That he does not recollect any of the officers under whose command he served except those he has already mentioned - That he has no documentary evidence & that he knows of no person who can testify to his services - That he hereby relinquishes every claim to a pension or annuity except this present & that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state. That he thinks in the Town of [Londonderry ?] in the State of New Hampshire he was born in the year one thousand seven hundred and fifty three - That he has no record of his age - That when he first went into service he resided in Oakham in the County of Wocester in the State of Massachusetts - At the second enlistment he resided in the Town of Cold Rain & County of [Blank] in the State of Massachusetts - That since the war he has resided in Salem , Washington County & State of New York, Greenfield, Saratoga County & State of New York [?] in Edinburgh in the County of Saratoga [?] and that he now resides in the town of Hope in the County of Montgomery & State of New York - That the names of his officers were Colonel John Fellows, Lieutenant Colonel Nahum Ager or [E??] Major Tupper - Colonel Woodbury - Major Dickerson - That he assisted the first ten months in building a fort at Roxbury near Boston - and the last three months he was engaged in getting out [?] & building a breast work at Ticonderoga - That he never received a discharge from the service - that he is known in his neighborhood by Jacob Van Arnam, Jonas Harris, Joseph Spurs -
Joseph Gilles X his mark
Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid in open court
[Signed] Geo. D. Ferguson, Clerk

We Aaron Simmons, a clergyman residing in the Town of Northampton & County of Montgomery and Jacob Shew, residing in the Town of Northampton in the County of Montgomery hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Joseph Gillis who has subscribed & sworn to the above declaration. That we believe him to be 79 years of age & that he is reputed & believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier in the revolution & that we concur in that opinion.
[Signed] Aaron [Seamans ?] [and] Jacob Shew
Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid in open court
[Signed] Geo. D. Ferguson


Additional Information from other sources

Source: Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the War of the Revolution. 1896. Vol. 6, Page 448
Gilles, Joseph, Oakham. Private. Capt. Simeon Hazeltine's Co., Col. Fellow's Regt.; Muster Roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; Enlisted May 2, 1775; Service 3 mos. 7 days.

Source: Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the War of the Revolution. 1896. Vol. 6, Page 452
Gillis, Joseph, Oakham. Private. Capt. Simeon Hazeltine's (5th) Co., Col. John Fellow's (8th) Regt.; Company return dated Oct. 7, 1775
[Also on same page]
Gillis, Joseph. Private, Capt. John Well's Co., Col. Timothy Robinson's detachment of Hampshire Co. Militia; enlisted Dec. 23, 1776; enlistment to expire March 23, 1777; discharged April 1, 1777; service 100 days at Ticonderoga.


 

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