Revolutionary War

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On this nineteenth day of November 1820, personally appeared in open Court (being a Court of Common Please in and for said county and constituted a Court of Record by proceeding according to the course of the Common Law, with a jurisdiction unlimited in point of amount, and keeping a record of its proceedings and recognized as such Court by the laws and judicial decisions of said State,) AUSTIN SMITH, aged 67 years, resident in the town of Penfield in said county, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath declare, that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows:

 That he enlisted in 1777 the first of January in Capt. Isaiah LACY’S Company, in Col. Philip B BRADLEY’S Regiment, Connecticut Line, for the term of three years and served out his time; he received his discharge in December 1779 at Morristown, New Jersey. 

And that he made application for a Pension on the Eighteenth day of April 1818 and that he received a Pension Certificate No. 17833.  And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the eighteenth day of March, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, and that I have not since that time, by gift, sale, or in any manner disposed of my property, or any part thereof, with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress, entitled, “An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War,” passed on the 18th day of March, 1818, and that I have not, nor has any person in trust for me, any property or securities, contracts or depts. Due to me, nor have I any income other that what is contained in the Schedule hereto annexed, and by me subscribed, viz:

1 porridge pot, .75; 1 tea kettle, $2; 1 spider, .75                                          3.50

1 pair irons, $1; 1 broken kettle, .50; shovel & ??, 1.25                                   2.75

6 teaspoons, $2.50; 6 tea cups & saucers, .31                                                2.81

2 pewter platters, .87; 5 plates, .31; 1 table, $1                                             2.78

6 knives & forks, .37; 6 table spoons .25                                                          .62

2 small plates, .25; 2 old chests, $1.75                                                           2.00

1 chair, .75; 2 pails, .50; 1 churn, .75; 1 tub, .18                                               2.18

1 pr. Scales, $1.25; 1pr steelyards, .75; 1 axe, .50                                           2.50

2 small bin kettles, .50; six chairs, 1.08                                                           1.58

1 hoe, .60; 1 old spade, .62; 1 griddle, .25                                                         1.47

 1 little wheel, $1.00; 1 clock reel . .50                                                             1.50

1 little kettle & 1 pig, .75                                                                                  .75      



 And I do further swear and declare that I am by occupation a farmer and that owing to old age and rheumatism, I am unable to labor much.   My family consists of my wife, aged forty four years, who is not able to labor much on account of a pain in her breast, my son Gachias, aged twenty years, a cripple, my son, Ard Reynolds, aged 14 years, my daughter, Rebecca, aged 10 years, of a weakly constitution and Nancy, aged seven years.


Sworn to and declared this 19th day of August, 1820 in open court before me,


A Judge of Ontario (common pleas)


At a Court of Common Pleas, held at the Court House in Canandaigua in and for the County of Ontario, before the Judges of said Court, on the 11th day of November of the term of November in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty:




STEPHEN  BATES ,   all Judges


Ex Parte:

In the matter of Austin SMITH a Pensioner residing in the town of Penfield in said County:

The said Austin SMITH as a person placed on the Pension List of the United States, having exhibited a Schedule subscribed by him, containing his whole estate and income, (his necessary clothing and bedding excepted), in pursuance of an act of Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An act in addition to an act”, entitled “An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the Land and Naval Service of the United States in the Revolutionary War”, passed on the eighteenth day of March, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, paged May 1, 1820; and having taken, subscribed and produced to this Court, the oath or affirmation by the said act required, and the said Court having heard evidence of the nature and value of property mentioned in the said schedule, and duly considered the premises are of the opinion that the property contained in the said schedule is of the value of twenty three dollars and eighty five cents, and they hereby order their Clerk to certify the same in due form.


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