Revolutionary War Pension
Charles Turner

Donated by Joanne Murray

Revolutionary War
Declaration for Pension
Charles Turner
Series: M805, Roll: 816, File #S42543

Turner, Charles
Service: [Blank]

New York; Charles Turner of Wells Co., in the state of New York who was a private in the company commanded by Captain [Killorn ?] of the Regiment commanded by Colonel Putnam in the Massachusetts line for the term of two years from 1781 to 1783.
Inscribed on the Roll of New York at the rate of eight Dollars per month to commence on the 22 day of April 1818.
Certificate of pension issued the 16 of July 1819 and sent to [?] Johnstown, NY.
Restored to the Roll on 11 day of September 1828 and notification sent to Abr. Morrell Esq. At Johnstown, N.Y. Pension commencing on the 3 day of September 1828. Amount due on the 4th of March 1829 - $48.51
{Revolutionary claim Acts March 18, 1818; May 1, 1820}

State of New York
On the thirteenth 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, Charles Turner aged fifty seven years a resident in the town of Wells in the said county and state, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath declare that he served in the revolutionary war as follows to wit: That he served in the army in the capacity of a private soldier for the term of two years, that he served in Captain Joseph Killains Company in Colonel Rufus Putnams Regiment in the Massachusetts line and that he has made a declaration setting forth his services in the revolutionary army, which declaration was dated the 22nd day of April in the year 1818; and that he has received a pension from the United States and that the number of his pension certificate is 12339 and I solemnly affirm that I was a resident citizen of the United States of America on the 18th day of March 1818 - and that I have not since that time by gift, sale or otherwise in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled "an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the revolutionary war" passed on the 18th day of March 1818; and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities contract or debts due to me nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule annexed hereto and by me subscribed; and that I am by occupation a farmer as well as usual for men his age and as able to pursue his occupation. As most men of his age - Anna my eldest daughter living with me aged nineteen years in an infirm condition at present; Charles aged seventeen years able to labour [sic] as usual for a person of his age; Mercy aged fourteen years, Daniel aged twelve years, Warren aged nine years, Benjamin aged seven years, Lidia aged five years, which seven children comprise my family residing with me and for whom I receive any assistance.
[Signed] Charles Turner
Sworn to and declared at Johnstown in the county of Montgomery aforesaid the thirteenth day of June 1820 in open court.
[Signed] Jno McCarthy, Clerk
        Schedule of the real and personal estate of Charles Turner related to the foregoing or annexed declaration - and of the debts due and owing from the said Charles Turner to his creditors as follows to wit:
One farm of one hundred acres of land lying in the town of Wells in the county aforesaid with log buildings thereon. One horse, two cows, two yearling heifers, seven swine, about one year old, four young pigs, two calves, one wagon, one plough, one harrow, one chain, four hoes, two shovels, two scythes, two axes, one small angle, one five pail iron kettle, two dish kettles, one tea kettle, one iron basin, one frying pan, six chairs, one table, one weaving loom, one large spinning wheel & one small spinning wheel, with several other small articles of trivial worth - and am now owing debts that are now due and becoming due within eight months the amount as I can ascertain is about three hundred and forty dollars - I do hereby that the above is a correct statement of all my real and personal property except necessary clothing and bedding & provisions sufficient to last his family till the month of September next, dated at Johnstown the thirteenth day of June 1820.
[Signed] Charles Turner
...[Affirmation by clerk]

State of New York
Saratoga County
        On this twenty second day of April 1818 before me the subscriber, one of the judges of the court of common pleas in and for the county of Saratoga and state of New York, personally appears Charles Turner aged fifty five years, resident in the town of Wells in the county of Montgomery in the said state who being by me first duly affirmed according to law doth on his affirmation make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the late act of congress, entitled "an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War." That the said Charles Turner enlisted in the town of Rehoboth in the state of Massachusetts as a private in the company commanded by Captain Joseph Killorn in a Regiment commanded by Col. Rufus Betram, being the fifth of the Massachusetts line; That he continued to serve in the said corps or in the service of the United States until the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty three when he was discharged from the service in the Garrison at West Point and State of New York. That he is in reduced circumstances and stands in need of assistance of his country for support; and that he has no other evidence now or in his power of his said services. Further saith that he reenlisted in the fall of seventeen hundred eighty one for the term of three years and served until the close of the war and went with the Americans into the city of New York after the British had left that place and then returned back to West Point and received his discharge which he has since lost.
[Signed] Charles Turner...

[Deed dated 7 Nov 1827]
This indenture made this twenty seventh day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven between Charles Turner of the Town of Wells, County of Montgomery and State of New York of the first part and John Morrison of the said county and state aforesaid of the second part...[The deed is difficult to read, but describes a parcel of land of 50 acres in Wells]
[Signed] Charles Turner [And] Irene Turner X her mark
Witnesses: John M. Craig and Washington Craig

September 8, 1936
[To] Rose Turnor
339 City Hall
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dear Madam:
        Reference is made to your letter in which you request information in regard to Charles Turner, soldier of the Revolutionary War, pension number S.42543
        The data which follow were obtained from papers on file in pension claim S.42543, based upon the service of Charles Turner in the Revolutionary War.
        Charles Turner was born in the month of June 1764, place not stated, nor are the names of his parents given.
        Charles Turner enlisted at Rehoboth, Massachusetts, in the Fall of 1781, served as a private in Captain Killam's Company, Colonel Rufus Putnam's 5th Massachusetts Regiment, and was discharged sometime in December 1783 at West Point, New York.
        He was allowed pension on his application executed April 22, 1818, at which time he was living in Wells, Montgomery County, New York.
        He referred to his children in 1820 as follows; Anna, nineteen years of age; Charles, seventeen years of age; Mercy, fourteen years of age; Daniel, Twelve years of age; Warren, nine years of age; Benjamin, seven years of age; and Lidia, five years of age.
        Irene Turner, wife of soldier, Charles Turner, was aged about sixty-three years in 1827; they were both living in Wells, New York, as was, also, the son, Charles Turner, Jr.
        The maiden name of the soldier's wife, Irene, is not given, nor are there any details as to their marriage.
        Reference was made in 1827 to one Thomas R. Turner, but no relationship to the family was shown.
        In order to obtain the date of last payment of pension, name and address or person paid, and possibly the date of death of the pensioner, Charles Turner, you should apply to the comptroller general, General Accounting Office, Records Division, Washington, D.C. and give the following -
Charles Turner
Certificate 12339
Issued July 16, 1818
Rate $8.00 per month
To commence April 22, 1818
Act of March 18, 1818 and May 1, 1820
New York Agency
        Very Truly Yours
        A.D. Hiller
        Executive Assistant
        To the Administrator


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