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Pension Application for Abraham D. Quackenboss

W.16688 Widow, Caty Quackenboss received pension of $104.18 per annum.  Abraham died 20th May 1812.

State of New York
County of Montgomery SS.
            On this 30th day of November 1836 personally appeared before the Honorable John Hand a Judge of the Montgomery County Courts, Caty Quackenboss a resident of Glen.  State and County aforesaid, aged 74 years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress, passed July 4th 1836.  That she is the widow of Abraham D. Quackenboss who was a Lieutenant in the Army of the Revolutionary War and served therein as more particularly specified below.  That according to traditionary evidence, or as she has heard the history of the war related the said Lieut. Abraham E. Quackenboss must have engaged in the militia service in the year 1775 and in 1776 and also in 1777 some considerable length of time in each of the said years, but cannot distinctly recollect how much service was performed in each year—thinks it might have been 3 or 4 months in each of the said year—that in the year 1778 the said Lt. Abraham D. Quackenboss served a tour of about 3 months—that in 1779 in June or July Col. Frederick Fisher who commanded the Regiment to which the said Lt. Quackenboss belonged who also marched up the Mohawk river to Herkimer and returned after being out almost 2 months.  That during the periods of the Revolutionary war Jacob Gardinier was Captain was captain of the company to which the said Lt. Quackenboss belonged, and that also in the year 1779 he was again out a tour of one month probably more at Fort Hunter—that in the year 1780 he again entered the militia service in the summer season and performed at different places and at different times making in all about three months along the Mohawk river.
            She further declares that she was married to the said Abraham D. Quackenboss on the 1st day of March 1781 by the Rev’d Thomas Romeyn: that her husband, the aforesaid Abraham D. Quackenboss died by being burned to death in his own home on the 10th of May 1812 and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.—That after their marriage he served a term of three months at Fort Hunter and other places along the Mohawk – was also engaged in what is commonly called the Hall battle near the village of Johnstown the same year 1781.  That in the year 1782 performed 3 months of militia service in the valley of the Mohawk  on the south side of the river, part of the time engaged in building a block house or place of defence called Fort Yellow.  She further declares that their marriage took place at the time the said Lt. Abrm. D. Quackenboss was actually performing militia service and that his marriage took place prior to the close of the last term of his services expired.  Sworn to and subscribed on the day and yea above written before me.  (Signed with her mark) Caty Quackenboss.
            John Hand, a Judge of the Montgomery County Courts.

 

State of New York
County of Montgomery SS.
            John J. Quackenbush of the town of Glen in the state and county aforesaid being duly sworn testifies that he is 73 years of age past and that he was personally acquainted with Lieut. Abraham D. Quackenboss [it is spelled two different ways] from his infancy until his death, and he knew him to have served as a Lieut. In the militia during the Revolutionary war in Capt. Gardiniers Com.  Col. Fisher’s Regiment and that in the year 1775 knew the said Lieutenant Quackenboss was called out in the service several times and served to the amount of three months doing duty at the several points of defense on the Mohawk River and again in 1776 he well recollects that the said Lieut. was called out in the same kind of defense and served four months and also in the year 1777 the said Lieut. was out in the same kind of service and that he well recollects the company under Capt. Gardinier, Lieut. Quackenboss went to Oriskany from a circumstance that this deponent having been sent on to take some provisions to them of his brothers who had tone on and forgotten to take his supply with them.  The said Lieut. Quackenboss during this year was put a great share of the time and must have served at last four months.  In the 1778 the said Lieutenant was again put and served as this deponent fully thinks & believes three months or more.  In the year 1779 this deponent was enrolled and served in the capacity of a corporal and was out several times[?]  The said Lieutenant Quackenboss he served three or four months and again in the 1780 this deponent knows that the said Lieut served again at different and short periods as much as three months.  In the year 1781 this deponent being a non-commissioned officer under the said Lieut. was out under him and done duty 2 or 3 months more [record ends here]

State of New York
County of Montgomery
            Lewis Pruym of the town of Gen County and State aforesaid being sworn to testifies that he is 75 years of age past.  That he was acquainted with Abraham D. Quackenboss from his childhood.  That he knew him during the whole period of the Revolutionary war to have been an ardent and active officer of the militia and that he concurs with the testimony of John J. Quackenboss that the services so stated of have been rendered by the said Lieutenant Abraham D. Quackenboss were fully and faithfully performed according to the best of his knowledge and belief.  And further this saith not.  (Signed) Lewis Pruym
            Sworn to & Subscribed the 30th day of November 1836 before me John Hand.

State of New York
County of Montgomery SS.
            John McGraw of the town of Florida State & County aforesaid being duly sworn says that he was acquainted with Abraham D. Quackenboss who was a Lieutenant in the army of the Revolution in a company commanded by Capt. Jacob Gardinier in Col. Frederick Fischers Regiment.  That the said Lieut. Abraham D. Quackenboss was often out in Militia Service during the early part of the war along the Mohawk River doing duty as a militia man under Capt. Gardinier, and that in the year 1778 and the year 1779 the said Lieut. Abraham D. Quackenboss was out in Militia service along the Mohawk river and served in each of the said years a term of three months in each of the said years, by performing the service at different times and at several places.  That in the year 1780 he was again out in militia service in the summer season and performed at different times making in all 3 months service that year.  That in the year 1781 and the year 1782 he performed tours in each of the said years along the Mohawk river, at the different Forts along the same and at other places through the then County of Tryon now Montgomery a full term of 3 months in the said year 1781, and also 3 months in the said year 1782—that the said services were performed at different periods of time amounting in all to the time above stated.  And farther this deponent says that he is 84 years of age; and that the said Lieut. Quackenboss was an officer of respectability always acting according to the rules and regulations of war.  And further this deponent saith not.  (Signed with his mark)  John MGraw.
            Sworn to and Subscribed before me this 30th day of November 1836—John Hand, a Judge of the Montgomery County Courts.

State of New York
County of Montgomery SS.
            George Stine of the town of Glen, aged eighty five years, who being first duly sworn says that he was acquainted with Lt. Abraham D. Quackenboss at the period of the Revolutionary war and that the said Lt. Abraham D. Quackenboss was a good and faithful officer in the said war, and that he spent much of his time in the militia service, and that he was carefully examined the affidavit given by John McGraw in favor of the widow of the said Lt. Abm. D. Quackenboss now claiming a pension, and the services of the said Lt. Abm. D. Quackenboss and that the fact therein set according to the best of his recollection, his knowledge and belief are true and this deponent further says that in the year A.D. 1777 this deponent was engaged as a soldier in the Oriscany [Oriskany] battle—and that he See the said Lieutenant Abraham D. Quackenboss in said Oriscany Battle engaged as a soldier on the part of the United States—and in the year AD 1776 this deponent See said Lieutenant engaged with other soldiers in building a block house for a fortification near a place called the fishouse northeast of Johnstown Montgomery County NY, and further this deponent says not.  (Signed with his mark) George Stine
            Sworn to and Subscribed before me this 30th day of November 1836—John Hand, a Judge of the Montgomery County Courts.

State of New York
Montgomery County SS.
            I, Isaac Covenhoven of Glen in said county, being duly sworn before John Hand a Judge of the County Courts of said county testifies that he is seventy seven years of age—was a soldier of the Revolutionary war—That he was enrolled in Captain Jacob Gardiniers Company of militia that Abraham D. Quackenboss was their Lieutenant of said company—and that in the spring of the year 1775 this deponent was called out under the command of said Lieut. Abraham D. Quackenboss and marched to Fort Plain at or near the Mohawk river in said County and from thence to Fort Dayton at which two places they served the full term of one month and that again in July of the same year the said Lieut. Abraham D. Quackenboss was out again at Fort Hunter and other places with this deponent and other doing duty in said war—for one month, when they were discharged and returned, home, In September in the same year the said Lieutenant Abraham D. Quackenboss was out again in the service in said war—at Fort Herkimer German Flatts and Fort Plain where he served the full term of one month and returned home—for the year 1776 the said Lieutenant Abraham—together with this deponent and others—served ins aid war four months each beginning in April, and doing alternate Tours month about until December of the same year, performing said duty at Fort Herkimer—Dayton—Plain—Plank—at the Caughnawaga Mills & block house and other places on the Mohawk River and in the year 1777 the said Lieutenant Abraham was out again with this deponent in the service in said war at Stolters and Tribes Hill—and in the Oriskany Battle and Served the full term of three months—and at the time Cherry Valley was burnt and destroyed, in said war, the said Lieutenant Abraham – and this deponent was called on to do further service—and together with others pursued the enemy from Cherry Valley to the Unadilla River and returned home but deponent does not recollect the year when this took place.
            And in the fall or winter of 1777—this deponent and also his brother Abraham returned to the State of New Jersey and done service there—deponent & his brother Abraham are Twin Brothers—and frequently done duty in said war together and further this deponent says not.  (Signed) Isaac Covenhoven
            Sworn to and Subscribed before me this 30th day of November 1836—John Hand, a Judge of the Montgomery County Courts.

State of New York
Montgomery County SS.
            Abraham Covenhoven of the town of Charleston being duly sworn testifies that he is 77 years of age, was a soldier of the Revolutionary war, that he was enrolled in Capt. Jacob Gardiniers Company of Militia that Abraham D. Quackenboss was then Lieut. in said Company and that in the spring of 1776 this deponent was called out under the command of the said Lieut. Abraham D. Marched to Fort Plain at the mouth of the Otsequago Creek on the Mohawk River and from that to Fort Dayton at which two places they served the full term of one month.  And that again in July of the same year the said Lieut. Quackenboss was out again at Fort Hunter and other places together with this deponent doing duty for one month when they were discharged and returned home.  In September same year the said Lieut. Abraham D. was out again in the service at Fort Herkimer, German Flatts and Fort Plain where they served the full term of one month & returned home.  In the years 1776 the said Lieutenant Abraham D. Together with this deponent served four months each beginning in April  and doing alternative tours month about until December of the same year performing said duty at Forts Herkimer, Dayton, Plain, Plank at the Caughnawaga Mills & Block house and other places on the Mohawk River.  In the year 1777 the said Lieut. Abraham D. was again with this deponent at Stolters and Tribes Hill in the service of the County and served the full term of one month.  All of the above services was rendered the full amount of time stated.  The said Abraham D. Quackenboss always[s] acting in the office and capacity of a Lieutenant of Militia and with Ardor and fidelity.  And further this deponent saith not.  (Signed with his mark) Abraham Covenhoven
            Sworn to and Subscribed before me this 30th day of November 1836—John Hand, a Judge of the Montgomery County Courts.

Transcribers note: There were many more depositions but nothing new in them, hence they were not put on line. ajb

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