Josiah Bearce

Private in the Massachusetts Militia

Revolutionary War

Pension Application


Pension application for Josiah Bearce for service in the Revolutionary War


New York

Josiah Barce

Monroe, in the State of New York

Who was a private in the Camp commanded

By Captain Bostwick of the Regt. Commanded

By Col. Sullivan in the ________

For C. M. Cuths(?)       Conn.

Subscribed on the roll of New York

At the rate of 20 dollars, _____ cents per annum

To commence on the 4th day of March, 1831

Certificate of pension, issued the 23 day of Oct.

__________  W. J. Moody

Penfield (N.Y.)

Arrears to the 4th Sept, 1831                                  $50

Semiannual allowance ending 4th  March ’34       $10

Revolutionary, Claim

____ June 7, 1832

Recorded by          Go. Osterly,  Clerk

Book E, Vol. 4,  Page (?)

Paid out the Treasury under

that of April 6th, 1834 from 4th

March to the 4th Sept.1841,

_________ May 17th, 1842.

State of New York

County of Monroe

On the 16th day of October, 1835 personally appeared before the court of Oyer and (Jasanier?) of the county and state aforesaid, Josiah Barce aged 77 years after being duly sworn according to law doth (under?) oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the pension made by the act of Congress passed  June 7, 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers as herein stated, to wit, that he was born in New Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, on the 17th day of August, 1755.  When this deponent was about 14 years of age, he moved to New Milford, Litchfield County, Conn., where he resided during the Revolutionary War.  That in the month of May, 1776 this deponent enlisted for 6 months into the company of provincials, as they were then called, commanded by Capt. Reuben Bostwick of New Milford, aforesaid.  The Regt to which this company belonged was commanded by Col. Soloman(?).  Soon after this deponent enlisted the Regiment marched through New York to Long Island.  Washington commanded the American forces.  Saw Genl Putnam there.  Regiment remained on Long Island a month or more.  Saw the British when they came down to Brooklyn Dock.  The American forces evacuated Long Island in the night crossed the (______?) in floatation boats to New York and then retreated to Harlem Heights.  There was a good deal of fighting on Long Island that this deponent’s Regiment was not actually engaged with (_______).  This deponent recollects that this was a battle fought at Flat Bush. This deponents Regt was stationed there the night (______) the battle but were removed before it took place.  This deponent remained at Harlem till within a month of the expiration of the aforesaid term of six months.

(________________________________________________________________________________) six months of enlistment, after which his brother came to Norwalk -- took this deponent home -- has no formal discharge from the Capt.  (_____ ) home year, this deponent (______________) deponent 12 pounds for his service and the deponent gave him, the said Capt. a (____) for the same.  And this deponent further states that in the years 1777 in harvest time he served one month under the following circumstances as near as he can recollect them.  News came that the enemies vessels were threatening to burn the sea port towns, that they were coming upper (Peatskill bay?).  The militia was called out.  This (response?) belonged to Benjamin Stone’s company – all belonged at (Arwhulford?) aforesaid.  Thinks that either Col. or General Fellow commanded after he got there.  The enemy left the bay before the arrival of the company.  After the enemy left (Peatskill Bay?) they went to (Harveststraw Bay) stole cattle, hogs, sheep, etc.  At that time after the militia were out for a month he was discharged – went home.  This deponent further states that he was called out at different times on sudden emergencies resembling the one previously mentioned and served once as a volunteer when Danbury was burnt.  But the manner and occasion of such service was such that it is impossible to specify the length of time he served as each time, or the (particulars?) of each (_______) turned out often (___________________________) that all the time above mentioned he (____) has served over two months, making the whole of his service (______) to over 9 months in the whole.   Deponent further declares that in (____________________) till he then removed to the town of Penfield, Monroe County, where he now resides.

And the said Josiah Barce in answer to the interrogatories required to be put by the court doth say in answer to the first that he was born at the time and place aforesaid.  2nd That he believes he has a record of his age on the town book of the town of New Fairfield, Conn.  3rd That at the time he entered the service of the United States and during the whole revolutionary war he resided at New Milford as above stated.  4th that he (_____) but (described?) as above stated, that he never served as a substitute but (__________) duty a number of times.  In the 5th that he has told the names of officers & his (_________) as far as he recollects.  In the 6th, that he never received a written discharge.  7th, That he is acquainted with Octavius Mason of Penfield aforesaid, a Methodist clergyman, who attended this court and also with Ebenezer Cook of said town, and further that this deponent has no documentary evidence, nor does he know of any person whose testimony he can procure who personally knows of his service as a revolutionary soldier.

Josiah Bearce

Monroe County,  Personally appeared before the undersigned, Josiah Barce who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that the service mentioned in the annexed declaration, he performed as a private and this deposition further saith that for the time during which the said services were performed, he was not employed in any civil pursuit and there from (___) of time and in infirmity of age he can not state his services more particularly than he has done in the annexed declaration. 

Sworn and subscribed this 11th day of June A.D. 1833      Josiah Berce

Before me.    Jaruch plow (???)


State of New York

Monroe County

Personally appeared  (___________) the subscriber, a justice of the peace in and for said county, Caroline Roe of  said county aged forty one years and (________) who being first duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith that she is a child of Freelove Barce, the applicant for a pension, as widow of Josiah Barce, late a pensioner of the United States, who was this deponents father.  That she has often heard her parents state, that they were married in the town of New Milford, Connecticut by the Rev. Mr. Taylor, a Presbyterian Clergyman.  That this deponent is the twelfth child of dec’d, Josiah and Freelove Barce, all own children of her said parents, and are brothers and sisters of this deponent that her Mother’s name before marriage was Freelove Canfield, that her said father, Josiah Barce, late the husband of of said widow Freelove Barce, this applicant (____) the pensioner died on the thirtieth day of May (1845) eighteen hundred and forty five and left (____) Freelove Barce his widow that she has not intermarried but still remains a widow.   

Sworn and Subscribed … Caroline Row

This 1st day, June, 1846.

Leman W. Turrell

Justice of the Peace

March 27, 1781, Josiah Bearse married Freelove Canfield

The above is a true copy of the Church Record in New Milford, Connecticut as kept by Nathaniel Taylor, Pasto of the first Cong’l  Church in New Milford, Litchfield County, State of Connecticut.

New Milford

June 24, 1849(?)       Geo. W. Whittelsey

                                  Clerk of the Church