Pension Record of Winant VanDenbergh
Rensselaer Co. Pension Rolls of 1835
Book Number 6, Volume
Number 4, Page Number 85
Winant C. VanDenbergh
listed in the 1840 Victor, NY census as a
Private & sergeant
Description of service New York
When placed on the pension roll: January 18,
Commencement of pension March 4,
[buried in Victor Cemetery, Victor, NY]
I'll make an attempt to transcribe as best as I can read
Declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act
of Congress of June 7, 1832:
Form for State Troops State of
New York, County of Rensselaer
On this Sixth day of August personally appeared in
open Court before me, Herman Knickerbacker First Judge of Common
Pleas of said
Court. Wynant C. VanDenbergh a resident of Hoosick,
county of Rensselaer, and State of New York, aged seventy three years, who
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 7, 1832.
It them goes on to state his enlistment date and all the places
he served. These papers were sent to me via the NARA and are his papers
filed under S 32032. Herman VanVeghten
signed as witness.
The papers go on to reveal the following:
State of New York, Rensselaer County, Wynant C. VanDenbergh of
Hoosick, County of Rensselaer, State of New York, in order to obtain a
Pension under the act of Congress of June 7th, 1832, who being
first duly sworn upon his oath, makes this his additional affidavit any days
that by reason of old age and the consequent loss of memory as
he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of his service, but
to the best of his recollection he served not less than the
periods mentioned below and in the following grades, that he, this deponent,
entered the service of the United States, in the war of the
revolution about the middle of May 1777, as a private, Schaghticoke,
Co., NY, in a company of militia commanded by Jacob
Yates Captain, John Bradt, Lieutenant, and Richard Davies, Ensign, in a
regiment commanded by Col. Peter Yates and John Groesbeck, Major, and marched
to Fort Edward and assisted in removing the artillery of the army from Fort
Edward to Stillwater, and thence to Half Moon in Saratoga County, was gone at
least this time no less than two weeks, and then came home.
That the first part of October 1777, the deponent was again
called out by the last mentioned officers and marched to Stillwater, Saratoga
Co., New York, and joined the army under the command of General Gates, and was
in the first battle at the capture of Burgoyne. That immediately after the
surrender of Burgoyne, that this deponent was in service three weeks , that
this deponent was dismissed and went home.
That in the beginning of 1778 this deponent was again called
out, and in the month of June, and marched to Palmertown, Saratoga Co., under
Captain Jacob Yates, Richard Davenport Ensign and John Bradt
Lieutenant, Peter Yates Colonel, and John Groesbeck, Major, and was in active
service one month guarding the country from the enemy and was
then discharged and went home.
That in the Fall of this same year 1778, and in the
beginning of October this deponent was called out and marched under the
command of the last mentioned officers to a place called Saratoga, and was
there in actual service one month employed in guarding that place and guarding
That in the Fall of 1778 this deponent, thinks about the middle
of November he was again called out and marched to Fort Edward. John Van
Rensselaer, was the Lieutenant Colonel that commanded there,
and served as a Sergeant under Captain Yates. Was in actual service at this
less than one month, and this deponent believes five weeks was
then discharged and went home, was employed at this time in guarding Fort
That in the fore part of May in 1779 this deponent was again
called out by the same officers, Capt. Yates and Lieutenant Colonel Van
Rensselaer, and marched to Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain, was there a short
time and then marched to Crown Point, was in actual service at this time one
month and was as a Sergeant, was employed in scouting and guarding those
places hard to read two words that follow.
That in the following year 1780 he was again called out twice,
the first time in June, and marched to Fort Ann and Lake George under the
command of Capt. Yates. Was employed in scouting parties and guarding the
country. Served as a Sergeant and was in actual service two weeks.
The second time in this year that this deponent was called out
was in the fore part of the fall, and marched to Fort Edward and Whitehall
under the command of Capt. Yates. Served as a Sergeant and at this time was in
actual service two weeks, employed in watching the enemy and guarding the
That in 1781 this deponent was called out and served under
Capt. Yates and Major Groesbeck. In May marched to Palmertown to guard that
place and the adjoining country. Was in actual service at this time and served
as a Sergeant three weeks. Was then discharged and went home.
That in the following October this deponent entered the service
again and was called out by Capt Yates, John Van Antwerp Ensign and marched to
Palmertown, Saratoga County, and was employed in helping a garrison at that
place and in scouting the country. Was employed as a Sergeant and was in
actual service at this time two weeks and was then discharged and went home.
That in the following year 1782, and in the fore part of the
summer this deponent was again called out under Captain Yates and marched to
Otsego under the command of General Clinton in pursuit of the hostile Indians,
was in actual service at this time three weeks when he was discharged and went
That in the fall of this same year, this deponent was again
called by Capt. Yates and John Van Antwerp, Ensign, and the last of September
or the first of October marched to unreadable Saratoga County, New York.
Went out on a scouting party to watch the enemy and was in actual service at
this time as a Sergeant one week. Was then discharged and went home.
And this deponent further says that he was born
in 1760, Albany County, New York, lived there about ten years, then
moved to Schaghticoke, Rensselaer Co., New York, where he resided about twelve
years, when he moved to Cambridge, Washington Co., New York. Hoosick,
Rensselaer Co., New York where he still resides, has a record
of his age, never received a written discharge from the service, and this
deponent further says that during the several periods of service above
mentioned he was not employed in any civil pursuit.
Sworn before me on this 12th day of July 1833, H. Knickerbacker,
First Judge of Rensselaer County.
A letter written to Mrs. George S. Edmonds, of Albany,
September 7, 1933, by the Assistant to Administrator, states that the
Certificate Number 24602, Issued January 18, 1834 at a rate of $33.83 per
This letter further states he was living in Hoosick, Rensselaer Co. in August
1832, and was then reported to be living in Canandaigua in 1844.
[Note: name was spelled Wynant and surname was
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