Revolutionary War Pension Papers
and his widow
Sarah Hegeman Hill
Florida, Montgomery County, NY
Contributed by Lisa Slaski
We're not related to Mr. Hills in any way but have prepared his pension papers to add to our Montgomery County military resources. The handwriting was difficult to read, particularly the pages from the family Bible, so this transcription isn't error-free. Refer to the original pension papers if you have any questions. To save time, these papers have been simply formatted for on-line viewing.
As Mr. Hill resided in the Town of Florida for a long time, took four brides within the course of 51 years, and had children who married, there may be quite a few lineal or collateral descendants out there. If you have corrected or further information about anyone listed, please forward it to the site coordinators to add to this page.
Inscribed on the Roll at the rate
Certificate of Pension, issued
Recorded on Roll of Pensioners under act
Nicholas Hill, of Florida, in the County of Montgomery, in the State of New York, has applied to the Secretary of the Treasury for the benefits of the act, entitled "An Act for the relief of certain surviving officers and soldiers of the Revolution," approved the 15th of May, 1828. He states that he enlisted in the Continental line of the army of the Revolution, for and during the war, and continued until its termination, at which period he was a Sergeant in Captain B. Hicks's company, in the First regiment of the New York line; and does not recollect that he received a certificate for the reward of eighty dollars, provided by the resolve of the 15th of May, 1778; and further, that he was not on the 15th day of May, 1828, on the pension list of the United States, and that he has received as a pensioner since the 3d of March, 1826, nothing(?)
The Third Auditor is requested to report how far the several statements are corroborated by the records in his office.
____ of the Secretary,
It appears by the records in this office, that a certificate for the reward of eighty dollars has been issued to Nicholas Hill in the New York line.
If further appears that a Nicholas HIll is not now on the pension list of any agency, and has not been so since the 3d March 1826
For the purpose of obtaining the benefit of "An act for the relief of certain Surviving officers and soldiers of the army of the Revolution" approved on the 15th day of May 1828, I Nicholas Hill of Florida in the County of Montgomery in the State of New York do hereby declare that I enlisted in the Continental service of the army of the Revolution for and during _______ service until its termination at which period I was a sergeant in Captain Benjamin Hicks' company in the first regiment of the New York line. And I also declare that if I have received a certificate for the reward of Eighty dollars to which I was entitled under a resolve of Congress passed the 15th of May 1778 the fact has escaped my recollection. And I further declare that I was not on the ___ the day of March 1828 on the pension list of the United States.
[Note: the family Bible pages were faded, had strike-outs, flaws on the film, etc.]
State of New York
That she has continued to be a widow ever since the death of her said Husband. That they have, for many years past been known as Husband and Wife and were so recognized in Society & lived together as such.
Deponent further saith that the paper attached hereto ___ has been taken out of a Family Bible, lately belonging to said Nicholas Hill, and now in possession of the said Sarah. that Deponent is well acquainted with the handwriting of the said Nicholas Hill, and that the said Family Record is in the proper handwriting of the said Nicholas Hill.
Sworn to & subscribed the 22d day
State of New York
She further declares that she was married to the said Nicholas Hill on the twenty seventh day of January in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty four; that her said husband died in on the fourteenth day of June in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty six; that she was not married to him prior to the second of January eighteen hundred, but at the time above stated. She further declares that she is now a widow, and has remained unmarried since the death of the said Nicholas Hill.
She further declares that her name previous to her marriaged with the said Nicholas Hill was Sarah Hegeman; that they were married at the Town of Malta, in the County of Saratoga, State of New York, and the marriage ceremony was performed by the Rev. Henry Stead, a Methodist Minister, who is now deceased. [Next long sentence difficult to decipher] She ___ ___ and "oath" ___ & the ___ "affirmant" and "affirmation" ___ before being signed.
Affirmed and subscribed in
State of New York Justice Court of the City of Albany
That Deponent knew them as Husband & Wife for many years, that they co-habited together as such, and were so recognized in the neighborhood where they resided. That said Nicholas died, as Deponent is informed and believes, on the 14th day of June last past, at his residence in Florida, State of New York, leaving said Sarah his widow. Deponent further saith that she has ever since assumed(?) & remains a widow. That her name before her marriage was Sarah Hegeman & she then resided in Malta, Saratoga County, NY.
Sworn to & subscribed this 18th day} James Mix
Witness the seal of the said Justice Court &
FORM OF A DECLARATION
To be made by a person who has never before had a Land Warrant or made a declaration therefor.
State of New York } S.S.
On this Eleventh day of July A.D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty five, personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace - within and for the County and State aforesaid, Nicholas Hill - aged Eighty nine - years, a resident of Florida, Montgomery County in the State of New York, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Nicholas Hill, who was a Drummer - in the Company, commanded by Captain Aaron Austin - in the First New York regiment of Infantry -, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Cornelius Van Dke in the War with Great Britainn, Known as the Revolutionary War - that he enlisted at Albany N.Y. on or about the fifteenth day of December - A.D. Seventeen hundred & seventy six for the term of during the War and continued in actual service in said War for the term of five years and was honorably discharged at Newburgh N.Y. on the eighth - day of June - A.D. Seventeen hundred and eighty three.
He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land, one hundred & sixty acres, to which he may be entitled, under the act approved March 3d, 1855. He also declares that he has not received a Warrant for Bounty Land under this, nor any other act of Congress, nor made any other application therefor.
(Signature of Claimant.) Nichs Hill
FORM OF A DECLARATION
To be made by the widow of a deceased person who has not had a land warrant.
State of New York } S.S.
On this twenty fifth day of August A.D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty six, personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace within and for the County and State aforesaid, Mrs. Sarah Hill aged fifty five years, a resident of Florida, Montgomery County in the State of New York, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of Nicholas Hill, deceased, who was a Drummer in the company, commanded by Captain Aaron Austin, in the First New York regiment of Infantry, commanded by Lieut. Col. Cornelius Van Dyke, in the War with Great Britain, Known as the Revolutionary War. that her said husband enlisted at Albany N.Y. on or about the fifteenth day of December A.D. 1777 for the term of _____ and was honorably discharged at Newburgh N.Y. on the 8th day of June A.D. 1783.
She further states that she was married to the said Nicholas Hill in Malta, Saratoga Co. N.Y. on the 27th day of January, A.D. 1834, by one Rev. Henry Stead, a Methodist Clergyman and that her name before her said marriage was Sarah Hegeman - that her said husband died at Florida, Montgomery Co. N.Y., on the 14th day of June, A.D. 1856; and that she is now a widow.
She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land, to which she may be entitled, under the act approved March 3d, 1855.
(Claimant's Signature) Sarah Hill