Pension Application for Nicholas G. Veeder
State of New York
County of Schenectady SS.
On this thirteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two personally appeared in open court, before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said county, now sitting Nicholas G. Veeder a resident of the town of Glenville in said County & State aged seventy-two years who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
He was born in the township of Schenectady in the then County of Albany in the State (then Colony) of New York on the twenty-fifth day of December 1761. He has no record of his age. The record of his baptism in the Register of Baptisms of the Rev. Prot.Dutch Church Schenectady. When he was called into the service of the United States in the Army of the revolution, he was living in said township—and since the revolutionary was he has lived in the now town of Glenville in the County of Schenectady & he now lives in the town of Glenville aforesaid.
He entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.
At the close of the year 1777, he was enrolled as a private in Captain Jesse Van Slyck’s Company of Militia in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Abraham Wemple. His other company and field officers whom he recollects were Francis Veeder Lieutenant—Ten Eyck Ensign, Daniel McMichael Sergeant, Abraham Swits Major.
While a member of said company during said war he served faithfully whenever called on. But it is impossible for him to specify the particular periods of his services, and not was all the services in which he engaged. Some of which consisted of short tours of a few days each. He will however specify those he now recollects, and they are as follows, viz—
In July 1778, he was warned out under command of Ensign Yates aforesaid with a party of men on a boat to Ballston, Greenfield, Paisiley & Galway. On this occasion he took four prisoners and delivered them to General Gordon at Ballston.
In November 1779 he was warned out under Command of Captain Jellis Fonda to Fort Paris at Stone Arabia—remained there for one month performing garrison duty, then returned to Schenectady and remained there on guard under command of Major Myndert Wemple captain of the guard.
In August 17880, he was ordered out to Canajoharie and there served under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, and marched with a detachment against a part of the enemy under Brandt who destroyed Canajoharie—He was while out in this tour at Fort Plank for some time under command of General Van Rensselaer & Captain Oothout. He was engaged in the expedition about one month—Then returned to Schenectady and mounted guard there under John Sanders captain of the guard.
He was warned time not recollected, to Beaverdam against a party of Tories who rendezvoused at that place. Of these he took them & their baggage. On his return from this expedition in which he was engaged about one week he returned to Schenectady & mounted guard there under command of Jesse DeGraff Captain of the guard.
He was warned as a scout with a party of Oneida Indians & white men to Clifton Park after Joseph Bettis a celebrated spy was out in this tour about three days & then returned to Schenectady where he again mounted guard under Robert Smith Captain of the guard.
He was out as a scout about two days or more to the Scotch settlement on the north side of the Mohawk River to search for tories.
When Gordon was taken prisoner at Ballston he was on duty there three or four days.
When Major Ross & Walter Butler in 1787 attacked Johnstown he marched thither under Captain Van Slyck aforesaid, and guarded on his return some prisoners to Schenectady & then again mounted guard under James H. Peck Captain of the guard—He was in camp at Schoharie three days—on his return he served as a scout 2 or 3 days – at the Eslplaats three days preventing certain tories from crossing the Mohawk River. With a part of men he escorted General Ten Broeck with a part of his regiment round Saratoga Lake on a reconnoitering tour then returned to Schenectady & mounted guard there under Albert Mabee Captain of the guard. He was to Helderbergh twice in pursuit of tories, and according to the best of his recollection and belief declares that the period he served during said war in the garrison and field exceeds twenty four months, or two years, of which more than nine months was spent out of Schenectady. He was in no battles or skirmishes during said war except at the Beaverdam & in the battle at Johnstown in 1781.
The following are the names of some of the regular officers whom he knew, or who were with the troops where he served, and such continental and militia regiments or companies with which he served, or as he can recollect, viz: General Gansvoort, General Schuyler, Colonels VanSchaick, Van Dyck, Cortland, Jellis A. Fonda Adjutant & many others.
He never received any written discharge from the service.
He has no documentary evidence, and knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service except those whose depositions are hereunto annexed.
The following are the names of persons to whom he is known in his present neighborhood, and who can testify as to his character for veracity, and their belief of his services as a soldier of the revolution, to wit- James Murphy & John Sanders.
He 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) Nicholas G. Veeder
Subscribed and sworn to the day and yea first aforesaid. John L. Vrooman, Clerk
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