Revolutionary War Pension Declaration


Abel Scribner

Northampton NY
Montgomery County, now Fulton County, NY

Contributed by John Hills, and transcribed by Robin Williams.

According to John: "Abel Scribner moved to Northampton/Fish House Montgomery Co., NY about 1800. He died there while living with his son-in-law Alexander St John. Abel is a son of that Abel Scribner Sr who shows in the 1790 census in Rensselaer County, NY.

The Scribners were early settlers of New York - Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Montgomery and Westchester Counties. This family is believed to connect to Benjamin and Hannah (Crampton) Scribner of Norwalk, Conn. Anyone with information on the Scribner family, especially anyone able to provide a link to Norwalk, Conn, is asked to contact either of us."

Robins says: "I tried to keep the spelling "as is." Where there are blank spaces, I could not make out the wording and did not want to guess.":

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STATE OF NEW YORK                    }
           COUNTY OF Montgomery     }        TO WIT:

In conformity with the provisions of the Act of the Congress of the United States of America, passed March 18th, 1818, entitled "An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the Land and Naval Services of the United States, in the REVOLUTIONARY WAR," the following DECLARATION, in writing, is made under Oath, by Abel Scribner aged Sixty Five years of the Town of Northampton in the County of Montgomery in the State of New York before the Honorable James Holdreth, Esquire, one of the Judges of Court of Common Pleas in the County of Montgomery in the said State, which Court is a Court of Record of the County and State, in which the said Abel Scribner doth reside, that is to say:


I Abel Scribner of the Town of Northampton in the County of Montgomery in the State of New York on the Twenty Third day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen - Do solemnly, sincerely and truly swear and declare, that I served against the common Enemy in the Army, in the War of the Revolution, for the Town of Northampton, or more

And that I am a resident Citizen of the United States, to wit, in the Town County and State aforesaid; and that by reason of my reduced circumstances in life, I am in need of assistance from my country for support.- I do further swear and declare, that I served in the said Revolutionary War, in the capacity of, and being a Soldier that I belonged to the Army, to wit, I belonged to Capt. Abraham Levins Company, Clnel Willets Regiment and New York line - That I entered the said service about 15th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty Two and left it the 25th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty Two in the manner following, to wit: I left it by reason of my term of Service had Expired and being Honorably discharged that I received a document concerning the same service and discharge, which is herewith transmitted

And there is no other evidence in my power to my knowledge, concerning the matters deposed by me than what is herewith annexed - And I further declare, that in pursuance of the requisitions of the aforesaid Act of Congress, I do hereby freely and absolutely, and to all intents and purposes, relinquish all claims to any Pension, under any of the Laws of the United States, except the Pension contemplated to be allowed me under the Act of Congress aforesaid mention, and under which this Declaration is made.

IN WITNESS of the truth of this Declaration, I have subscribed the same in presence of the said Judge, and have solemnly deposed to the truth thereof, on the day herein before, for that purpose specified.

Sworn before me, the Twenty }
Third day of April 1818.          }

James Holdreth (signature)
                  Abel Scribner (signature)

State of New York Montgomery County

           Personally appeared before me Alexander St. John one of the Justices of the Peace in and for the County aforesaid John Scribner of the Town of Hampton in the County of Washington to me known and also to be a man of truth and respectability and being duly sworn depseth and saith - That he well knew Abel Scribner of the Town of Cambridge in the then County of Albany that he the said Abel Scribner did enlist him self a soldier in the American Revolution under the Continental Establishment in a Company Commanded by Captain Abraham Levins that he entered in the month of March one Thousand Seven Hundred and Eight two for the term of nine months and actually served out his term of Enlistment and was discharged at Schenectady about the 25th of December 1782 - that this deponent entered and served with the said Abel Scribner at the same time and during the same term of nine months and in the same Company and that the said Abel Scribner was attached to Coln Willets Regiment and did duty in that Regiment although he belonged to the United States Troops and was Enlisted under the United States Establishment by Nature of a Law or Resolution of Congress calling for a Number of nine months service - and they were at that time Informed that the reason they were attached to Coln Willets Regiment was because there was at that time none of the New York Standing Troops or Continental Soldiers at the Northward

                  John X Scribner (his mark)

Subscribed and Sworn before
Me the 5th day of October
Alexander St. John Justice Peace (signature)

State of New York       }
Montgomery County    }
          Clerks Office    }         I do certify that Alexander St. John before who the above affidavit was taken was at the time of taking the same a Justice of the Peace in & for Montgomery County & duly authorized to act as such.  And that I am acquainted with his hand writing & do verily believe the signature to the above certificate of affidavit to be his own proper hand writing. In testimony whereof I have here-unto set my hand & affixed the Common Pleas Seal of said County this 9th day of October 1821 - In the s_______ of Peter H. Bostwick Clk.

                                                                 Samuel R. Dodge Dep. Clk.

State of New York Montgomery County

           On the twentieth day of July in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighteen before me Duncan M. Martin, Jr. one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Montgomery Personally came Joseph Brown of the town of Mayfield in Said County aged Fifty Eight years old and Felix Porter of Northampton in said Count aged Sixty years and they and each of them being by me duly Sworn and depose and say that they and Each of them have been acquainted with Abel Scribner the above applicant between forty and fifty years that they knew him to be in the Service of the United States in this American Revolution as a Soldier understood to be in Capt. Abraham Levans Company Colonel Willets Regiment and New York Line and that he served the term of Nine months or more that they say him several times out on Command and after _________ during his Continuance in the Service that they remember his Coming home and being discharged that they think as well as they can remember that he was discharged in the winter of 1782 That he did duty as a Soldier in the County of Saratoga - that he is now poor and in Indigent Circumstances and has need of assistance from his Country for a Support that he is aged and Infirm and unable to work that he has no property to share or very Little to Live upon that he has also an aged and Infirm wife to maintain and further then despond ants saith not.

           Joseph Brown (signature)

Subscribed and Sworn before me the
           Felix Porter (signature)
Day and year aforesaid
           Duncan M. Martin, Jun. (signature)

Montgomery County

           I Duncan M. Martin Junior one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Said County Certify that I am Satisfied that the afore said Affidavit is in _____ Circumstances _____ needs the aid of his Country both from Personal Burdon From the testimony of the above named witnesses who are credible persons reside at the places aforesaid given under My hand the Seal of Said Court July 20th 1818

           Duncan M Martin Jun. (signature)

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