Oliver Bates

Private in the 2nd Massachusetts Regiment

Revolutionary War

Pension Application


Oliver Bates – Pension application for service in the Revolutionary War

New York Roll  #1357

Oliver Bates

1 July 1778 to April 1779  Private Massachusetts Line

Capt. Pritchard

In the Army of the United States during the Revolutionary War

Inscribed on the Roll of New York at the rate of $8 dollars per month to commence on the 25th of  April 1818.

Certificate of Pension issued the 30th of June 1818, and sent to Lyman Ellis, Esq.  Ellisburg, N. York.

Arrears to 4th of Sept. 1818 – 4 months 10/30    $34.66

Died Jun 5, 1828

{Revolutionary claims Act 18th March, 1818}

Col. Graton

Continued…    Jefferson Co.

Notification sent – May 7th 1821 ….  Watertown, New York

This deponent further saith that he Inlisted again in the year 1780 in Capt. William Taylor’s Company & Lieutenant Col. Bedlow’s Regiment in Massachusetts line, a Regiment previously commanded by Col. Bailey and served from the first July to the first day of January following, making his (_____?) discharge at West Point, State of New York. And that in both those campaigns he enlisted as a private for the purpose of filling up Regiment.

State of New York, Jefferson Co.

On this 25th day of April 1818, before me the subscriber, one of the judges of the Court of Common Please of the said court, personally appears Oliver Bates, aged 55 years, resident in the said district, who being by me first duly sworn, according to law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the provision made by the late act of Congress, entitled, “An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in he revolutionary war.  That he the said Oliver Bates, enlisted in July 1st, 1778 in the state of Massachusetts in the company commanded by Captain Prichard in Col. John Graton’s Regiment of the Continental troops, that he continued to serve in the said corps, or in the service of the United States until the 7th day of April 1779 when he was discharged from service at Croten River, State of New York and that he was in the battles of ________________________ and that he is in reduced circumstances, and stands in need of the assistance of his country for support; and that he has no other evidence now in his power of his said service.

Oliver Bates

Sworn to and declared before me, the day and year aforesaid. 

Lyman Ellis, one of the Judges of the county aforesaid.

I Lyman Ellis, Judge, &c. as aforesaid, do certify, that it appears to my satisfaction that the said Oliver Bates did serve in the revolutionary war, as stated n the preceding declaration, against the common enemy; and I now transmit the proceedings and testimony taken and had before me, to the Secretary for the Department of War pursuant to the directions of the aforementioned act of Congress.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and the seal of said county.   Lyman Ellis, one of the Judges of the County aforesaid.   Benj. (_____?____),  Clerk.

State of New York, Jefferson County}    On the fourth day of October 1820 personally appeared in open court, being a court of record by a law of said state for the said County, Oliver Bates aged fifty eight years resident in the town of Henderson in said county, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War, as follows, As a Private in Capt. Pritchard’s company of Infantry, in the Regiment commanded by Col. Grayton of the Massachusetts line, the date of his original declaration April 25th 1818—the number of his pension certificate 1357.  He also subscribed and swore as follows—And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818, and that I have not since that time, by gift, sale, or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby to diminish it, as to bring myself within the pre(_____?) of an act of Congress entitled an Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land & naval service of the United States, in the Revolutionary War, passed on the 18th day of March 1818 & that I have not (____?) any person in trust for me any property or securities contracts or debts due to me, nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed and by me subscribed –


1 cow, 1 calf, 2 sheep, 3 swine, 1 axe, 4 old chairs, 1 table, 1 iron pot broken, 1 five pnd kettle do, 2 iron basins, 1 tea kettle, 1 milk pan, 2 milk pans, 1 wash tub, 1 feather bed, one old saddle.  He further states that he is by occupation a farmer, is in poor state of health as is also his wife Rebecca aged 58 years and that he has two daughters living with him.

Oliver Bates

Sworn to and declared on the 4th day of October, 1820 before Geo. Andrew, Clerk

I George Andrew Clerk of the County do hereby certify that the foregoing oath and schedule thereto annexed are truly copied from the record of said court and I do further certify that it is the opinion of the said court that the total amount in value of property exhibited in the aforesaid schedule is forty two dollars and fifty six cents – in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said court on this 4th day of October 1820.   Geo Andrew, Clerk.

Oliver Bates    1357      Watertown, N. Y.

April 12, 1832

Oliver Bates – S.44598


Mrs. Wirt G. Faust

Box 536

Marion, Massachusetts

Dear Madam,

Reference is made to your letter relative to Oliver Bates, a soldier of the Revolutionary War.

This data furnished herein are obtained from the papers on file in the Revolutionary War claim for pension, S.44598, based upon the military service of Oliver Bates in that war.

Oliver Bates enlisted in the state of Massachusetts, July 1, 1778, served as a private in Captain Pritchard’s Company, Colonel John Greaton’s Massachusetts Regiment and was discharged April 7, 1779.  He enlisted July 1, 1780, served as a private in Captain William Taylor’s Company, in the Second Massachusetts Regiment, then commanded by Colonel Bedlam, and was discharged January, 1, 1781.

He was allowed pension on his application executed April 25, 1818, at which time he was aged fifty-five years and resided in Jefferson County, New York.

In 1820, he was residing in Henderson, Jefferson County, New York, and at that time referred to his wife, Rebecca, as aged fifty eight years but did not give her maiden name or the date of their marriage, and to two daughters, residing with him, but did not give their names or ages, and there are no further data as to his family.

He died June 8, 1828.

The above is the history of the only soldier named Oliver Bates found on the Revolutionary War records of this office.

Very truly yours

A.D. Hiller

Assistant to Administrator

From another source on the internet (author unknown):

Oliver Bates


Aug. 7, 1763


Franklin County

Massachusetts, USA


Jun. 8, 1828


Jefferson County

New York, USA

Born 7 Aug. 1763 in Shelburn, Franklin co. Mass, the son of JOHN and MARTHA FOSTER BATES. He was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, enlisting July 1, 1778 in Capt. Prichard's Co, Col. John Creaton's Massachusetts Regiment and was discharged April 7, 1779. He enlisted July 1, 1780 served as a private in Capt. William Taylor's Company, in the Second Massachusetts Regiment commanded by Col. Badlam and was discharged Jan. 1, 1781. He was allowed his pension which was executed April 23, 1818 and at that time was 55 and living in Henderson, Jefferson County New York. ( File #S-44598)