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Pension Application for Jacob Waggoner

W.22.528 (Widow: Salome, married July 6, 1783)
Continental, New York
State of New York
County of Montgomery SS.
            On this tenth 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, Jacob Waggoner a resident of the Town of Minden, in the County & State aforesaid, aged seventy 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 7, 1832.
            That he entered the service of the United States under the following officers & served as herein stated.
            That he was called into the service as a militia man in the month of June 1778, in a company then under the command of Capt. Jacob Dievendorff, Lieut. George Countryman and Ensign Nicholas Borst, in a Regiment under the command of Colo. Samuel Clyde & Major Abraham Crossman, was called to Fort Plank, then kept on duty & sent in scouting parties at different times until about the tenth of November following, when we were marched to defend Cherry Valley from an attack by Brant & Butler with the Indians & Tories—That when we had nearly reached the seen [scene] of destruction, we were informed the enemy were also set to destroy the Mohawk settlements.  When he & others were ordered back to Fort Plain—that he continued to do duty at different times until about the last of December following, when he was allowed to return home for the winter, that from the time he was called in June until discharged in December, as aforesaid, we were required to be in constant rediness [readiness], and that from the time he was first called into service till the time he was discharged as aforesaid, he can freely say that he done at least two months actual duty in the service of his country under the officers above mentioned.
            That about the first of January 1779, claimant again entered the service as a volunteer under one Godlip Snyder a Lieutenant  that soon thereafter the men so [exised?] by the said Lieut. Snyder were by him ordered to proceed to Schenectady, from thence we were all marched to Saratoga, near the residence of Gen. Philip Snyder [probably should be Schuyler] where we were put at work for the government working out materials for building boats—that after working at that place about six weeks we were then ordered to proceed north to Lake George, when we were again put to work for the government under Lieut. Snyder in getting out their [?] for rebuilding and repairing the distructions of Burgoyne’s Army—that we were here kept at service, about seven weeks when we were discharged & he arrived home about the middle of April following, this service was about three months & a half, was not done for the government upon civil contract by him, and that he endured great sufferings by fatigue, cold and & hunger—that on or about the first of June 1779 he was again called out by his officers first above named, & by them ordered to Fort Dayton in the County of Herkimer, where he was put on duty & on fatigue under command of Colo. Dayton & Major Christopher P. Yates—that he so remained in service until the middle of July following when he was discharged—that about the middle of July 1779 he again entered the service, as a substitute for his Brother George Waggoner, who was enlisted for nine months & was then taken sick, that he so entered the service at Fort Herkimer in the place of his brother under Capt. John Bigbread & Lieut. Matthias Wormuth, other officers not recollected—that he served in guarding the Fort & out in scouting parties, until the first of January following when he was discharged.
            That about the first of January 1780 he again entered the service by enlisting under Capt. John Denny & Lieut. Sandy Campbell—that about the middle of February following, the company marched from Canajoharie for FishKill on the Hudson River, marched to Schenectady where we encamped two or three days, then marched to Albany where we were mustered & remained three or four days, there marched to Fishkill Landing & were then commanded by Colo. Udney Hay & Major Bates, remained there & about there on duty & fatigue until on or about the 21st of January following when they were discharged & about three days thereafter he arrived at Canajoharie aforesaid, the place of his [enlistment?.]
            That he was again called into the service on or about the last of May 1781 as militia man in the company commanded by the said Jacob Diefendorff his captain & other officers above named, that he was called to Fort Plank was there kept on duty & sent in scouting parties under the command of the said officers & of Colo. Marinus Willet & Major Coopman the most part of the time was some times allowed to return home but was required to be in constant readiness, that about the middle of September following the company in which he belonged with some troops then at Fort Plain were marched under command of Colo. Willett across the Mohawk River in pursuit of the Indians & Tories, that we marched to the north of said river in the wilderness night & day for several days that soon after we returned, and about the 24th day of October following we were again called upon to march from Fort Plank against the enemy then at Johnstown—that we were joined, to several companies commanded by said Colo. Willett and then marched under command of Colo. Willett & Major Coopman to Johnstown where we engaged with the enemy under the command of Colo. Walter Butler & Major Ross, fought the Johnstown battle, defeated & drove the enemy, that we pursued them up the Mohawk River to the West Canada Creek when the enemy were overtaken, a partial battle fought, when Colo. Butler with several of his men were killed after which we were marched back, the company in which claimant was to Fort Plank—That he was there again kept on duty & out in parties the greater part of the time, until about the last of December following when we were again allowed to return home for the winter—And that from the time he was first called into service in this year until the time he was discharged as aforesaid he freely says & verily believes that he done at least five months actual duty in the service of his country as above mentioned.—
            That about the first of June 1832, he was again called into the service by Jacob Diefendorff, his said captain & other officers—that he was again called to Fort Plank & was there kept on duty & out in scouting parties at different times, was by times allowed to return home with orders to be in constant readiness, until some time in November following, where he with about fifteen men were ordered out of the Fort, put under the command of Lieut. Jacob Snyder & were marched up the Mohawk river to guard the government boats up to Fort Stanwix, about fifty miles, with provisions & property for the government, that this duty was performed & they returned back to the fort in about six days, when they were allowed to return home, and that from the time he was first called into service in this year until he was discharged as aforesaid, he freely says & verily believes that he done at least two months actual duty in the service of his country as above mentioned.
            That he has no documentary evidence of his service, in the revolution, and that he knows of no person, whose testimony he can procure, who can testify to all of his service.
            That he was born in Lancaster in the State of Pennsylvania on the 21st day of February 1762, as he has been informed & believes—
            That he has no other record of his age than one made & kept by himself, taken from one kept by his Father which is destroyed, that the record made by himself is now at his resident, and that therein his age is set down as above stated, which is as always has been his understanding correct.
            That he was living in the Town of Minden, County & State aforesaid when called into service, then the town of Canajoharie & county of Tryon; where he has continued to live since the revolutionary war & now lives.
            That he was called into service at the different times and in the manner above stated.—
            That he cannot state the names of regular officers with troops where he served, Continental or other regiment or the general circumstances of his service, other than as the same is above stated.
            That he has no discharge & that he never received any in writing.
            That Cornelius Van Camp & Jacob H. Diefendorf are the names of person 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 with his mark)  Jacob Waggoner
            Sworn to and Subscribed the day & year aforesaid.  Geo. D. Ferguson, Clerk.
            Letter of reply in the pension application folder.
            The data furnished herein are obtained from the paper on file in the Revolutionary War claim for pension W. 22528, based upon the military service4s of Jacob Waggoner in that war.
            Jacob Waggoner was born February 21, 1762, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
            While residing at Canajoharie, New York, he enlisted in 1778, and served at various times at the forts and on scouting parties against the Indians on the frontiers, until November 1782, about eighteen months in all, as a private under Lieutenants Godlip Snyder and Jacob Snyder, Captains Jacob Diefendorff, John Big bread, and John Denny, Colonels Samuel Clyde, Dayton, Marinus Willett and Udney Hay having been placed under the last named officer while on duty at Fishkill.  During one tour, he served as a substitute for his brother, George Waggoner when the latter was taken sick.  Jacob Waggoner was in the battles of Johnstown and West Canada Creek, where the Tory, Colonel Butler was killed.
            Pension was allowed on his application executed September 19, 1832, at which time he was a resident of Minden, Montgomery County, New York.
            He died May 5, 1833, at Minden, New York.
            The soldier married July 6, 1783, in a block house, near the stone church in Palatine, Montgomery County, New York, Salome Cronnern.  She was born April 14, 1763.
            Soldier’s widow, Salome, was allowed pension on her application executed April 22, 1840, residing in Danube, Herkimer County, New York.
            They had the following children:
            Christina born February 23, 1784.
            Elizabeth born December 25, 1786.
            Maria born October 22, 1788.
            Jacob born April 8, 1791.
            Anna born July 27, 1793.
            Abraham born May 6, 1792.
            Felix born February 25, 1802.
            John born May 22, 1804.
            Nenzi Hall born October 25, 1805.
            Son, Abraham I. Waggoner was living in Danube, Herkimer County, New York, in 1840, and then stated that he married in the fall of 1819, but did not give the name of his wife.
            Mrs. Elizabeth Shaul, a sister of the widow, Salome Waggoner, was born December 25, 1762, and in 1840, was living in Herkimer County, New York.

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