Revolutionary War Pension Application


Isaac Covenhoven

One of five brothers and their father who were at the Battle of Oriskany

The following is the declaration made by Isaac Covenhoven of Glen, Montgomery County, for purposes of obtaining his pension for service in the Revolutionary War:

"State of New York,
Montgomery County

     On this 19th day of September 1832 personally appeared before in the open court before the judges of the Montgomery county court the said court now sitting, Isaac Covenhoven, of the town of Glen in the county of Montgomery and said State of New York aged ___ years, who first being 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 herein stated:

In the month of May of June 1775 he served under Capt. Gardinier, about for three months, (he) served out the time and was discharged. During the above service he was at Forts Plain and Dayton performing guard duty at these places. 

In the year 1776, (he) thinks in the month of May he was out under Capt Peter Yates and Lieut Geret Putman at the treaty held by Gen Schuyler with the Indians at Fort Dayton, (he) was one of the guards of Gen Schuyler at this time.

        (He) Was out one month at the Fort at Johnstown and at Stollers (sp)? in October (and) One month again at Sir William Johnson's Hall near Johnstown and Sacandaga.  

In the year 1777 in May (________?) month (he was) at Fort Plain under Capt Gardinier, served out the time and was discharged in June.  

(He) Was out again again at Fort Plain, Fort Dayton to Fort Herkimer, and to Fort Schuyler. On the March to Fort Stanwix they were ambushed by the enemy at Oriskany where General  Herkimer was killed in the battle.  At this time he was under Col. Fisher and Major Newkirk.  After the battle he returned home at the latter part of August, having been on this tour two months.

In October (he) was out again one month at Fort Hunter and the mill near Caughnawaga guarding those places. (He) Served out the time and was verbally discharged.

In the year 1778 in the month of April (he) went to Schenectady, (and) was in the service at that place two months, (and) while there assisted in building the Fort or Block House at that place.  During this service (he) was under Capt Rose.

He returned home in July 1. (He) Was out again for two months commencing in August of this year at Johnstown and Sacandaga, (and) was under Col. Fisher and Major Newkirk. (The) Captain's name he does not recollect. While at Sacandaga (he) was employed in building the Fort at that place; while employed in the work (he) recollects the arrival of Col. Willit (H?e) , who gave the Fort the name of Fort Folley.

In the fall of this year in the company of his brother Abraham went to the state of New Jersey and in October joined Capt. Pyatt's Company of Light Infantry or Minute Men. (He) Mustered at Cranbury and marched up to Bennett's Island for the purpose of disarming the Tories at this latter place, to pick up a Cap.Stocton and deliver him up at head quarters. (He) Served under Capt Pyatt for six months during which time he was employed in doing guard duty at various places, (and) having served out the time was verbally discharged.

In May of 1779 he again returned to the Mohawk Country and in July was out one month at Fort Hunter, Fonda Mills, Nose Hill (so called) and at other places which he does not remember. (He) Was at home one month and out again for another month at Stollers and other places, and again was out at Johnstown, Sacandaga, and different places alternately month about for one month more.

In the year 1780 he was alternately month about for three or four months at Johnstown, Stollers, and at different Forts on the Mohawk River and, at other short periods of time and at different places.

In Feb 1881 he removed to the state of New Jersey and in the summer of that year he was drafted for three months to go to Tom's (sp?) River to guard the salt works at that place. (He) Remembers that while there a vessel was stranded on the coast and burnt. (He) Was out on this tour but two months when he returned home and was discharged, served a year and four months.


He was born on the 12th day of February, in the year 1759 at Windsor in the County of Middlesex and the state of New Jersey and in May 1774 removed to the Mohawk District, County of Tryon, now Town of Glen and county of Montgomery and state of New York. In the Year 1781 he removed to Cranbury in Middlesex county & state of New Jersey, from where, after residing there five or six years he returned to the town of Glen, County of Montgomery, and State of New York where he has since resided.

He may be mistaken as to the names of of the commanding officers at the particular periods mentioned but is not mistaken as to the account of the time spent in the service.

(He) has a record of his age in his Family Bible, taken from the family Bible of his father.

(He) has no documentary evidence of his service, (and) does not remember ever having received a written discharge.  (The next entire sentence says something about the ".... evidence of his service except the different...")

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.

                                                                                    (signed) Isaac Covenhoven


(signed)  Geo. D. Ferguson, Clerk.                        




In addition to Isaac's deposition above, the following deposition was made on his behalf, by Abraham Covenhoven, Isaac's twin brother:

"On this 17th day of September, AD1832 personally appeared before me, John Jacob McConkey, a justice of Montgomery County, Abraham Covenhoven of Glen, Montgomery County and State of New York, who being first duly sworn, deposeth and (sreths)(sp?):

That in the year 1774 he resided in the Mohawk District Tryon County, and State of New York, now Town of Glenn, County of Montgomery and state aforesaid, that he and he is the twin brother of Isaac Covenhoven the person whose declaration for a pension is hereto attached and that during the War of Revolution the common practice for the militia was to be out month about for half the time, that in the year 1775 the said Isaac Covenhoven, (was) out in the months of August and October at different posts on the Mohawk doing guard duty each month. That in the year 1776 the said Isaac was out in the months of May and June up the Mohawk River at Fort Dayton, and as the deponent understood at the time (was) with Gen. Schuyler at the treaty with the Indians. That in the the fall of this year the deponent went to the state of New Jersey and again returned to the Mohawk District in May, 1777. And this deponent further saith that in the month of May the said Isaac was out one month under Captain Gardinier, that in the months of July and August the said Isaac Covenhoven was out for two months up the Mohawk River.  That he was present at the Battle of Oriskany. And this deponent further saith that in the year 1778, said Isaac was out two months at Schenectady, was out again in company with this deponent for two months in August and September at Johnstown and Sacandago (and) was employed in building the Fort at that place.

Early in October of this said year 1778, this deponent in the company with said Isaac, went to New Jersey and about the middle of October joined Captain Pyatt's Company of light infantry or minuteman in which company this Deponent and the said Isaac again returned to the Mohawk District in the month of May, 1779, and that in the summer and fall of of this said year 1779, the said Isaac was out for three months, this deponent relieving the said Isaac, alternately, month about. That this duty was performed at different Forts and Stations on the Mohawk.

And this deponent further saith that the said Isaac Covenhoven in the year 1780 was out alternately month about for three or four months on guard duty at different places in the Mohawk District__ And this further saith that in the year 1882 this deponent and said Isaac removed to the state of New Jersey and further saith not.


J. McConkey,Justice.         


                                                Abraham ^ Covenhoven   



Source: Isaac Covenhoven, Rev War Pension Application file: S.12531


  1. Isaac Covenhoven, aka Isaac Conover, served a total of 2 years and 4 months in the Revolutionary War. He was married twice, first to Christianna Malott (Marlatt) who may have been a sister of his brother Abraham's wife Eleanor Marlatt, and to Ruth Frisbee. Isaac had at least 14 children, 8 with Ruth and 6 with Christianna. It is said, however, that he fathered 16 children.

  2. Isaac died September 20 at Logtown, Glen, Montgomery County and is buried in the Hall Burial Lot on Hall Road near Glen Center, Montgomery County, NY.

  3. The surname Covenhoven evolved to Conover, but the two names seemed to be used interchangeably for a number of years in the first half of the 19th century.


Contributed by researcher Charles W. Rose.

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