Nicholas Bartlett

Private in the Massachusetts Militia

Revolutionary War

Pension Papers


{Transcription of the Revolutionary War Pension papers of Nicholas Bartlett made in Pompey, N.Y.}

State of New York,

County of Onondaga.  On this twenty fifth day of Sept. 1832 personally appeared in open court before Daniel Moseley, Vice Chancellor of the Seventh Circuit at a Court of Chancery held for the State of New York at Onondaga.

Nicholas Bartlett, a resident of Pompey in said county aged eighty four 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 named officers and served as herein stated.  In April 1775 immediately after the Lexington Battle, volunteered and marched to Cambridge and joined the American Troops there opposed to the British under General Putnam and Served five weeks, and having a family of his own, and the care of his father, he returned home when the Army was organized.  In _____ 1776, he was drafted for three months and served the whole period in the State of New York, joined the Company at Horseneck and was immediately ordered to East Chester, was stationed a few days fortifying to prevent the landing of the enemy then retreated to Valentines Hill, then to White Plains, was there when the battle was fought but lying in the breastworks was not attacked with small arms, but were cannonaded and expected an attack on their front of the lines, worked at breastworks at that time, then moved out of town into the wood.  When the British retreated he followed the British in a guard under Captain (Burt?) of Springfield, Massachusetts, and at night the applicant and one (Farr?) took a horse from the British out of a wheat field where they were turned out to eat in wheat which had then got up ancle high. 

At the expiration of three months he was discharged at the Sedge in White Plains by Colonel Howe in whose Regiment he served.  He (retreat?) from house under Captain Dwight of (Bolchestour?), Lieutenant Simon Smith of Amherst, that after a little skirmish with the enemy near East Chester he never saw any more of Captain Dwight, who was scared and went home.  Part of this time in the service had no other company officers but sergeants and this applicant assisted in the management of the company tho but a private.  In his service he frequently saw General Washington, General Lee and other officers and was in that part of the Army commanded by General Lincoln.  In May 1777 he volunteered, against Burgoyne, for three months and served that term in Captain Kellogg’s company of Hadley.  Does not recollect the Colonel, was under General Schuyler.  Marched first to (Moses?) Creek, was some time at Fort Edward, and as a scout to Halfway Brook, went on (exprep?) to near Fort (dunst?) on the retreat of the army.  Thinks there was about two thousand men at Moses Creek retreat took the ferry where the company was stationed a short time, then to Schuyler’s Farm, then to the (Panach?) near Benn’s Heights, which last march was performed on a very rainy day, and at this last place was discharged.  In the latter part of this service General Gates commanded and about this time this applicant was discharged, he understood that General Arnold was there.  This applicant further saith that in the above service he served seven months at least, that he was born at Groton, Massachusetts in 1747.  He has a record of his age made with his own hand, that during the Revolutionary War he resided at Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts and resided there at his several periods of entering into the service.  Since the Revolutionary War he has resided there, (at?) Dalton, Massachusetts, Cazenovia, (Gorlain?) & possibly other places and for the last six years has resided at Pompey, where he now resides, that once he was drafted & twice volunteered into service, was never a substitute, can state nothing very particular respecting the service, officers and troops but as above stated; his service was in the Massachusetts Militia.  Never had a written discharge, has no documentary

Evidence of his service, that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure, who can testify to his service.

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, that there is no clergyman residing in the neighborhood where this applicant now resides that Millard Robinson and Simson Watkins are persons to whom he is known in the present neighborhood and who can testify as to his character for veracity and as to this belief of his service as a soldier of the Revolution.                           Nicholas Bartlett

Subscribed and sworn this day

And year aforesaid

Daniel Moseley

Circuit Judge & Vice Chancellor

We Millard Robinson and Simson Watkins, residents of Pompey, county of Onondaga, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Nicholas Bartlett, who has made the above declaration, and that he is a man of good character for veracity and full credit may be given to his statement that we believe him to be eighty four years of age that he is reported and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier in the Revolutiona and that we concur in these opinions.

Sworn this 25th day of Sept.   Millard Robinson

1832.  Daniel Moseley Simson Watkins

Circuit Judge

And the said Court doth hereby declare its opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogatories required by the War department that the above named Nicholas Bartlet was a Revolutionary Soldier and served as he states, and further that Millard Robinson & Simson Watkins are residents of eh town of Pompey and each of whom have signed the preceding certificate and that they are credible persons and their statement is entitled to credit.

Daniel Moseley, Vice Chancellor

I Daniel T Moseley, Deputy Clerk of the Court of Chancery of the seventh circuit for the state of New York do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of the application of Nicholas Bartlet for a pension, in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office this 25
th day of September one thousand eight hundred and thirty two.

Danieal T. Moseley

Deputy Clerk

Vice Chancery