PENSION of David SMITH

Revolutionary War

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STATE OF NEW YORK

ONTARIO COUNTY,  ss:

On this nineteenth day of August 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,) DAVID SMITH, aged 58 years, resident in the town of Lyons 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: 

First in the Company commanded by Capt. Josiah SMITH in Col. TUPPER'S Regiment of the Massachusetts line, afterward transferred into the Company commanded by Capt. James BURTON in Col. Thomas MARSHALL'S Regiment of the same line – then transferred into the eighth Regiment commanded by Col. Michael JACKSON and Company commanded by Capt. SMITH, from which Company I was discharged in June 1783 at Snake Hill.

And that he made application for a Pension on the Seventeenth day of April 1818 and that he received a Pension Certificate No. 9234.  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 Cow, $12;  2 hogs, $8; 2 iron kettles, 2.50; 1 pot, .75                               23.25

1 old chest, .25; 3 chairs, .50, 1 small wheel, 1.50                                          2.25

1 great wheel, .75; 1 table, .75; 1 reel, .50; old barrel, .12                              2.12

1 half barrel, .38; 1 trammel, .75; 6 plates, .25                                             1.38

1 set cups & saucers, .18; 1 milk can, .12; 6 knives & forks, .75                       1.05

6 spoons, .13; 2 pails, .37; 1 axe, .50                                                            1.00

                                                                                                            $ 31. 05

 DAVID SMITH  

And I do further swear and declare that I am by occupation a shoemaker and that owing to age and infirmity, together with violent Rheumatism and asthma, together with a fracture on my skull occasioned by a wound received in the Battle at Stony Point, I am totally incapable of supporting myself.  My family consists of my wife, Lucretia, aged forty six years, a cripple with the Rheumatism, my daughter, Lucretia, aged fourteen years, my daughter, Polly, aged twelve years, my daughter Cynthia, aged eleven years, my daughter Sally, aged ten years, my daughter Betsey, aged nine years, my son George, aged eight years, my son David, aged seven years and my daughter Nancy, aged five years. 

DAVID SMITH 

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

WILLIAM  ROGERS

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 19th day of August of the term of August in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty:

Present:

MOSES ATWATER

MICAH BROOKS

WILLIAM ROGERS

STEPHEN  BATES    , all Judges

 

Ex Parte

In the matter of David SMITH a Pensioner residing in the town of Lyons in said County:

The said David 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 thirty one dollars and five cents, and they hereby order their Clerk to certify the same in due form. 

To the Hon. Of Court of Common Please of the County of Ontario, holden at the Court House in Canandaigua, in and for said county on the term of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. 

I, DAVID SMITH, being an actual resident of the town of Lyons in said county, having been placed on the Pension List of the United States, by virtue of the 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, do hereby pursuant to the act in addition to the act above mentioned, passed May 1, 1820, exhibit to said Court the following as a Schedule containing my whole estate and income ( my personal wearing apparel and bedding excepted) that is to say: 

2 Cows, $35; 2 Hogs, $6; part sett shoe maker tools; 1 case ; 1 trammel; 1 pot; 1 spider; 1 wooden wheel; 1 linen wheel; sundry small articles, total value of $52. 37.

I do further swear and declare that I am fifty eight years of age, that I served in the Revolutionary War in the Company of Captain SMITH in the Regiment of Col. JACKSON in the Massachusetts line as set forth in my original declaration being date the seventeenth day of April 1818, and that I received a pension certificate No. 9234 and further that I am by occupation a shoemaker and that by age and infirmity I am not able to perform manual labour more than one quarter of my time and that my family consists of my wife aged 48 years, six girls and two boys, the oldest of which is 14 years of age, a daughter, and that I owe fifty one dollars now due and liable to be called on for the same.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name this 22nd day of May, 1820.

DAVID SMITH 

The foregoing exhibits an inventory and statement of Facts sworn in open Court the 22nd day of May, 1820.

 I, DAVID SMITH, 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.

DAVID SMITH

Sworn this 22nd day of May 1820 before an open Court.

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 20th day of May of the term of May in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty:

Present:

NATHANIEL W. HOWELL

STEPHEN BATES

MICHAH BROOKS

MOSES ATWATER        all Judges.  

Ex Parte

In the matter of David SMITH a Pensioner residing in the town of Lyons in said County:

The said David 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 fifty two dollars and thirty seven cents, and they hereby order their Clerk to certify the same in due form.

 

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