Monday, July 5, 2010

Revolutionary War Service

On 4 Dec 1836 Stephen Jones filed for his pension benefits based on the Act of Congress passed 7 Jun 1832. During the hearing he described his military service. The following is the transcription of the portion of the hearing describing his service:

"That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated.

That in June 1780, on an alarm of the near approach of the British troop, commanded by Gen. Knyphausen, in Essex county New Jersey, he entered the militia >as a private< under Capt. Thomas Williams, Maj. Samuel Hayes– does not recollect the names of any other officers –

That on the first day of the alarm was in several smart skirmishes – in the evening the Enemey retired to Elizabethtown – point; at which place they remained awhile – They then marched out to Springfield, burned Springfield meeting house, and were met by Col. Spencer who commanded the American Troops, a battle was fought, in which he was engaged, the enemy were co-fented and retired again to Elizabeth Town point ??. The Troops under Col. Spencer were Regular Troops.

He continued in the service until the British retired from New Jersey. He thinks the expedition was from two to four weeks – does not particularly recollect. He then was dismissed and went home, to Newark, Essex county, N. Jersey. On the last of June or first of July, 1780, he enlisted in the Service, as a private sol-dier, for six months, under Capt. Thomas Blanch, Lieutenant Anthony Brown, and Major John M. Gotchew [Goetschius]. The Sargeant Major’s name was Nathan Pennington.

He joined his company at Closter, New Jersey, then marched to Closter landing on the Hudson River. He was marched from the last named place to Hackensack – and was kept during the time of his enlistment, with his battalion, between the American and British Armies. Some time in the same fall he was engaged on Newark Marsh, in a skirmish with the Enemy. In the forepart of January, 1781, when his term of service expired, he was dismissed, and some time after was in-formed that he must appear at Hackensack, to receive his discharge and Certificate for his pay, which he did, signed by Lieutenant Anthony Brown- His certificate, he sold to a John Burnet, in New-ark. The discharge and certificate were con-tained in ??? instrument.

There is no other doc-umentory evidence, to which he can refer, received by himself to substantiate his claim. But he has obtained the depositions of Walter Dickenson and Benjamin V. Jones by whom he can prove his ser-vices.

He deems it proper to mention that while out on the alarm occasioned by the invasion of New Jersey by Knyphausen, he was made by a Lieutenant, and twenty four men to guard Gen. Washington while he reviewed the British camp from a high eminence some distance off."


Revolutionary War Pension File S15903; Heritage Quest Online

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