Amanuensis Monday – Revolutionary War Service Deposition

Amanuensis Monday is a blogging prompt from Geneabloggers that I thought I would try out today simply because it works well with a project I’ve had on a “side burner” for a while.  Here is the explanation from Geneabloggers:

An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them.

What I have been working on that fits into this category has to do with my 4th Great Grandfather, Adam Link, whom I have written about a few times before.  Adam served in the Revolutionary War, and as part of my research, I obtained his full pension file from the National Archives several years ago.  The file has been an incredible wealth of information as you can imagine.  What I have transcribed below is the initial deposition that Adam Link gave to obtain his Revolutionary War pension as allowed by an act of Congress in 1832.  The deposition comes off as somewhat rambling and has more run-on sentences than I care to admit, but what I have put below is a word for word, and punctuation for punctuation transcription of the original text.


Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
State of Ohio
Richland County
                On this 25 day of Sept in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty three, personally appeared before Wells Kellogg Esquire a Justice of the Peace Adam Link a resident of the Township of Milton, in the County of Richland and State of Ohio, aged Seventy two years who being first duly sworn according to law doth in his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832.  That he entered the service of the Revolutionary War in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven on the first of month of June of said year, and served under Captain Williamson in the Militia of the State of Pennsylvania for a period of six months, and said Williamson his Captain was, during said term, promoted to be a Colonel in said Militia, and, then this applicant was commanded by one Captain Biggs, and said tour of service were sent to keep garrison at a place called “Dement’s Fork”, and this applicant cannot now recollect the number of the regiment to which the company he served in belonged, that Williamson was the Colonel of the regiment, and this deponent further says that he is not able to now recollect the name of the Colonel who commanded the regiment before the promotion of the said Capt. Williamson – That he entered and served from the first of June 1777 and served until the first of December 1777.   That he served as above in the capacity of a private soldier for said period, when he was verbally dismissed from the service but never received any written evidence of his service from said officers, that he was drafted out to serve in the County of Washington in said State.  And this applicant further states that he again served as a private soldier in the Revolutionary Army another tour of six months in the Militia of the State of Pennsylvania that he drafted out to serve said period in Washington County in said State.  That he entered the service under one Captain Mason and was placed under the command of Colonel Williamson, that he entered in the Spring of the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight in the month of April.  That he served from the 1st of April until the first of October in the said year 1778 – that the number of the regiment he does not recollect – that the troops were sent to a place called Shepherd’s Fort, where they were stationed to keep charge of the garrison at said place during the time said tour of six months under the said officers above named, when he received a verbal dismissal from the service, but received no written discharge from his officers – that he entered the service in the County of Washington in the State of Pennsylvania  – and this applicant further states that he again entered the service for a third period of six months in the County of Washington in the state of Pennsylvania, that he served in the Militia of said State for a period of six months as a drafted militiaman under one Captain Noble and the Lieutenant’s name was “Ogle” and the Colonel’s name was “shepherd” – that he entered the service in the County of Washington and marched from said County into the State of Virginia to a place called “Wheeling Garrison” where they served this tour of duty at said place under said officers. That he entered the service this last time on the 15th of June in the year 1779, and served until the 20th of December thereafter, making this last tour of Revolutionary service of six months under said officers above named when he was verbally dismissed from the service by his officers, but never received any written discharge from his services – and that I was not during my eighteen months service engaged at any time in civil pursuits – that this applicant has no written evidence of his discharge or service in the Revolutionary War.  That he is now old, weak and infirm, and in is not, in consequence of impaired memory, able at this time to recollect all the particulars of his service, but the above is as particular as he is able at this time to recollect – And this applicant says he is not now, able to prove his services or any part or fraction of them by any contemporary survivor of the Revolutionary War, other than by the annexed deposition herewith exhibited.  That the soldiers who served with this applicant are now dead or reside in parts not known at this time to the applicant and cannot be had or procured to prove the services of this applicant – The names of the officers who served with me were Captain Mason, Captain Noble and Captain Biggs – Lieutenants “Ogle”, Colonel Williamson and Colonel Shepherd.
                                                                                (Signed) Adam Link
Sworn and subscribed before me
This 25th of Sept A.D. 1833
                                Wells Kellogg J . Peace

 

I welcome any and all corrections if you notice something that I have missed or done incorrectly on my transcription.

Adam Link (Pvt, Pennsylvania
Militia, Revolutionary War),
pension no S.1771,
National Archives, Washingon, D.C.

  

Adam Link (Pvt, Pennsylvania
Militia, Revolutionary War),
pension no S.1771,
National Archives, Washingon, D.C.
Adam Link (Pvt, Pennsylvania
Militia, Revolutionary War),
pension no S.1771,
National Archives, Washingon, D.C.

  

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