Pension Application for John Brookman
W.17,353 (Widow Anna Pension $53.33 March 4, 1848.)
State of New York
Montgomery County SS.
On the 18th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty two personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of said county now sitting John Brookman a resident of the Town of Minden in the County & State aforesaid aged sixty eight on the eighth day of September instant who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers & served as herein stated—
That about the first of August 1780 he was called to Fort Plank in a company commanded by Capt. Joseph House & Lieut. Jacob Snyder in Colo Clyde’s regiment. That he was there kept on duty & out in Scouting parties to Springfield to the Little lakes & to other places as circumstances required until about the last of November following when hostilities by the Indians & Tories ceased & he was allowed to return home and that he did during that time as he believes at least three months actual duty in the service of his country.
That about the middle of April 1781 he was again called into service by his said Capt. Was again stationed at Fort Plank & there kept on duty & out in scouting parties towards Springfield up to Fort Willet & to other places as circumstances required until about the twenty fourth of October following when they were marched to Fort Plain there joined the troops & militia under command of Colo. Wilet and then marched to Johnstown to engage the enemy under command of Colo Butler & Major Ross, that on the 25th of October aforesaid he was in the battle of Johnstown against the enemy aforesaid who were defeated and driven from the field that they pursued them up the Mohawk River then to the North to the West Canada Creek where the enemy were overtaken Butler & Several of his party killed that they then returned to Fort Plank where he was kept on duty as required until about the middle of November when he was again allowed to go home hostilities having again ceased for the winter and that he did as he believes five months actual duty in the service of his country during that season.
That about the first of April 1782 he was again called to Fort Plank by his said captain was sent scouting towards Cherry Valley & kept on duty at the Fort until about the middle of that month when he & one John Cramer were out a short distance from the Fort and were both taken prisoners by a party of Indians who sere crouched in the bushes & came upon them in such manner that escape was out of their power that he and the said Cramer were taken to Niagara then down towards Montreal to a place called prisoners Island there kept a while were taken to Montreal then to Quebec, then sent with other prisoners of war to Boston where they were exchanged about the first of December following and that about twenty days thereafter he arrived home.
That he has no documentary evidence of his service, and that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to all his service.
That he was born in the city of New York in the year 1764.
That he has no record of his age.
That he was living in the town, county & state aforesaid when called into service as aforesaid where he has continued to live since the Revolution and now lives.
That he was called into service at the times & in the manner above mentioned.—
That he cannot state the names of officers with Troops Continental or other regiments or the general circumstances of his service other than as the same is above stated.
That he never received a written discharge from the service.
That Jacob Waggoner & Peter Lambert, are the names of persons to whom he is known in his present neighborhood who can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief of his services as a soldier of the revolution, and that there is no clergyman residing in his vicinity.
Her hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state. (Signed) John Brookman
Sworn to & subscribed the day and year aforesaid. Geo. D.Ferguson, Clerk.
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