On this 28th day of September 1832,
personally appeared in open Court before the County Court of Livingston
County aforesaid now sitting Elisha Powell a resident of the town of Livonia
in the County of Livingston State of New York aged 77 years, 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 7, 1832.
That he entered the service of the
United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.
That in the year 1775 on the 19th day
of June he enlisted into the service of the United States as a private
into the company commanded by Captain Elisha Benedict of Ballston, state
of New York, Lieutenant Alexander Brink, 2nd Lieutenant ____ (????), Regiment
commanded by Col. Van Schaick who commanded the 2nd Battalion of New York
forces in the expedition against Canada. Lived in Strafford in the county
of Orange and state of Vermont. Passed Muster at Albany and joined the
army under General Montgomery and marched from Albany to Skeenesborough
on Lake Champlain, took boats and went down the Lake to St. John, made
an attempt to take the fort at that place but was repulsed with a loss
of eleven men killed and retreated back to Isle aux Noix twelve miles south
of St. Johns. Soon after took Chambly and after about 7 weeks siege as
near as he can recollect took St. Johns, during said siege he with 300
or thereabout repulsed the enemy who attempted to cross the river St. Lawrence
to reinforce Major Preston who commanded the fort. The place where the
enemy attempted to cross the River as aforesaid and where the Americans
were stationed was directly opposite to Montreal. Soon after the surrender
of St. Johns marched to and took Montreal, and then went down the river
to Quebec and was there at the time Gen. Montgomery fell although he had
not got into the battle, being employed in assisting to bring forward a
twenty-four Pounder brass cannon and ammunition. After Gen. Montgomery
fell, the army went into their quarters on the West end of Abrahams Plains
until the spring 1776 when the army retreated back to Lake Champlain where
he was discharged so as to arrive home at Strafford aforesaid about the
10th of July following.
That in the year 1777 in the fore part
of January enlisted in the service aforesaid into a company commanded by
Captain Abner Seely, John Payne was 1st Lieutenant, can't recollect the
name of the 2nd Lieutenant, Regiment commanded by Col. Seth Warner. Enlisted
for three years or during the war if closed sooner. Was taken sick and
received a discharge about the last of April or first of May following,
having served about four months.
That in the first week in June 1777
again enlisted into a company commanded by Captain Elisha Burton, 1st Lieutenant
John Powell, 2nd Lieutenant or Ensign Nehemiah Lovell in a Regiment commanded
by Col. Samuel Herrick, and marched from Norwich in Vermont to Paulet,
and from thence by way of Skeenesborough to Lake George Landing, took a
number of prisoners beside a large quantity of ammunition and Provisions,
and destroyed all among the rest a large number Batteau and one sloop.
Went to ----(????) Island and there was repulsed with some loss and then
retreated by way of Skeenesborough through the woods to Paulet in Vermont,
and there stayed employed in ranging and scouting until after the capture
of General Burgoyne and was discharged about the last week of November
1777 and returned home to Strafford in Vermont where he resided when he
enlisted as aforesaid. Served as an Orderly Sergeant during the last above
That in the year 1777 in the first
week in December immediately after his return to Strafford as aforesaid,
he was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in company commanded by Capt. Samuel
Young, George Moore was 1st Lieutenant, Regiment commanded by Col. Timothy
Beedle. The Regiment was raised to join General LaFayette in his expedition
against or into Canada, was raised to serve 6 months and was disbanded
the last days of May or first of June 1778, was stationed at Haverhill
in the state of New Hampshire, were prepared with snow shoes and so forth
and ready for the march.
Sworn and subscribed the day and year
aforesaid. Was born in Old Lebanon in the state of Connecticut in the year
1755, born Feb. 1st. No record of his age. Lived after the Revolution in
Vermont, in Cayuga in the State of New York, and lives in Livonia in the
county of Livingston aforesaid.
In the first service above received
a written discharge signed by Lieutenant Cahoon, Captain absent; in the
second service received a written discharge signed Captain Abner Seely;
the third service received a written discharge and certificate signed by
Col. Timothy Beedle; all which were burned in his shop while he lived in
Cayuga as aforesaid together with all his other papers.
That he relinquishes every claim whatever
to a pension of annuity except the present and declares that his name is
not in the pension roll of any agency of any state.
and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
his X mark Powell
manuscript in National Archives, Pension
of Livingston SS