Pension Application for Chapman Hawley
State of New York
Niagara County SS.
On this 15th day of February in the year eighteen hundred and thirty three personally appeared before me Robert Fleming Esquire first Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the said county of Niagara Chapman Hawley a resident of the town of Lewistown in the said county of Niagara aged twenty three years, who being first duly affirmed according to law doth make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of an act of Congress passed June the 7th 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein after stated.
He first entered the service as a volunteer sometime in the month of January in the year 1776, the day he cannot specify, in a company under the command of one Potter as Captain whose first name he has forgotten, Joseph Ruter as first Lieutenant and Paley Sunderland as Second Lieutenant, the names of the other officers of the company he does not now recollect—The Regiment to which the company was attached was a Regiment of Vermont Volunteers commanded by Colonel Seth Warner—That he entered the service at Rutland in the County of Bennington and State of Vermont, where he then resided. Immediately after he enlisted the company marched to Quebec to assist General Arnold. At Quebec he remained until the fifth or sixth day of May when General Burgoyne came up the St. Lawrence and entered Quebec. He then together with the whole of the American forces retreated up as far as the nou Sorel after remaining there a few days he together with what there were left returned home to, Rutland aforesaid, about the last of May; during this campaign he was engaged in no battle, and did not become acquainted with any officers of the Regular Army, that he did not receive any regular discharge, his Captain and First Lieutenant having died of disease at Quebec.
That he again entered the service as a volunteer in January 1777; the day he cannot specify as a volunteer in a company commanded by one Sawyer (whose first name he does not recollect) as Captain, one Barnabas Barnum as first Lieutenant; the names of the other officers he does not recollect—the company was attached to Colonel Seth Warner’s Regiment of Vermont Volunteers; at this time he resided in Rutland aforesaid –Immediately after this enlistment he together with the company was ordered to the town of Shelby in the said County of Bennington, where he remained until the first of April following; while he was there the company was attacked by a party of the enemy who were principally taken prisoners—In this skirmish the first Lieutenant Barnum was killed.
About the first of April aforesaid the company was dismissed when he returned home—During this season he did not become acquainted with any officers of the regular Army, there were no regular soldiers at any place where he was—He did not receive any discharge.
That he again entered the service as a volunteer in April 1778; the day he cannot specify in a company commanded by Ebenezer Allen as Captain—The other officers names he does not recollect—The company was also attached to Colonel Seth Warner’s Regiment of Vermont Volunteers—At this time he resided at Rutland aforesaid—Immediately after he went with the company to Pittsford in the county aforesaid, where he remained until October following when the company was disbanded and he returned home.
During this service he did not become acquainted with any officer of the regular Army neither was he in any engagement, nor did he receive any regular discharge.
That he again entered the service sometime in the month of April 1779, the day he cannot specify was a volunteer for four months in a company of New York State Militia commanded by Guy Young as Captain, the names of the other officers he does not recollect—The company was attached to a Regiment commanded by one Willett as Colonel whose first name he has forgotten—He volunteered at Phillipstown in the County of Rensselaer and State of New York w[h]ere he then resided—Immediately after the company was ordered up the Mohawk River to Fort Plank, where he went and remained until his term of service expired, when he was dismissed but received no discharge—During this service he did not become acquainted with any officers of the regular Army neither was he in any engagements—And further he the said Chapman Hawley says, that he has no documentary evidence of the services above specified.
And in answer to the direct questions put to him by the said Judge he says that he was born at New Milford in the County of Litchfield and State of Connecticut on the 5th day of December 1759. That he has no record his age—That he was living at Rutland in Vermont when he first entered into service, and when he afterwards entered he was living at the places above specified—That he cannot state the names of any of the regular officers who were with the troops at Quebec, when he was there except General Arnold, and that there were no regulars w[h]ere he was afterwards stationed—That he cannot specify the Continental and Militia Regiments with whom he served.
That immediately after the revolution he went to Morristown in the State of New Jersey where he resided about six years; when he removed to the Town of LeRoy, Genesee County and State of New York, there he remained for five or six years and then removed to the Town of Lewistown Niagara County, where he now resides—That he volunteered his services, and that he never received a discharge. That he is well known to Matthias Kline, and Wade Richardson, who can testify to his character for veracity and their belief of his services as a soldier of the revolution. (Signed) Chapman Hawley
Affirmed to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid before me. R. Fleming, First Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Niagara.
Letter dated September 20, 1837, replying to a request for information.
Reference is made to your letter in which you request the Revolutionary War Record of Chapman Hawley, born December 5, 1759, served from Vermont, and died in Michigan.
The data furnished herein were obtained from papers on file in Pension claim, S.29,209, based upon the military service of Chapman Hawley in the Revolutionary War.
Chapman Hawley was born December 5, 1759 in New Milford, Litchfield County, Connecticut. The names of his parents were not stated.
While a resident of Rutland, Bennington County, Vermont, he volunteered sometime in January 1776, served in Captain Potter’s Company, Colonel Seth Warner’s regiment, marched to Quebec to assist General Arnold, returned home about the last of May, 1776. He volunteered sometime in January 1777, served about three months in Captain Thomas Sawyer’s company, and was in a skirmish at Shelburne, Vermont. He volunteered in the month of April or May, 1778, served until October following in Captain Ebenezer Allen’s company. He moved to Phillipstown, Rensselaer County, New York, and enlisted sometime in April, 1779, served four months in Captain Guy Young’s company in Colonel Willett's New York regiment, and was stationed at Fort Plank “up the Mohawk River”.
Chapman Hawley moved, immediately after the Revolution, to Morristown, New Jersey, lived there about six years, then moved to LeRoy, Genesee County, New York, there five or six years, then moved to Lewistown, Niagara County, New York.
He was allowed pension on his application executed February 15, 1833, then living in Lewistown, New York.
He was residing in Union City, Branch County Michigan, in 1839, where he had lately moved from New York, “to be with and near his children”. Names of children not designated.
One Lewis Hawley made affidavit in 1839 in Branch County, Michigan; his relationship to the soldier Chapman Hawley, was not stated. The soldier died June 23, 1840, leaving a widow, her name not given.
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