State of Connecticut
County of Fairfield. Probate Court District of (?) August 31, 1933. Personally
appeared before said Court Enoch St. John Esq and Jarod Ayers both of New Cannaan in
said County and (?) and well known to me and being duly sworn on open court dipose
and say that we are well acquainted with Ezra Benedict, late of Walton, Delaware
County, State of New York and that he died on the Eleventh day of September 1832 at
about 6: o'clock (?) and that he left no widow and that he left seven legal heirs,
Jemimah Hoyt, wife of Thaddeus Hoyt, Mary Benedict, Dinah Ayres, wife of Jared
Ayres, Anna St. John, wife of Cook St. John, Rebecca Benedict, Cynthia Fancher, wife
of Rufus Fancher and Ezra Benedict.
(Judge's name illegible)?Benjamin Isaac?
I am requested to mention that it would be more convenient for the heirs of Ezra
Benedict to be placed in the New York agency for paying pensions they principally
reside in the state of New York.
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State of New York}
County of Delaware} On this 11th day of July 1832 Personally appeared before me
Jalier Bostwick, First Judge of Delaware County courts, Ezra Benedict , a resident
of the town of Walton in the county of Delaware and state aforesaid aged eighty six
years who being 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 7th
1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named
officers (sic) as herein stated. That he enlisted as a private in a company of
state troops for eight months in a company commanded by Captain Samuel Keeler and
was (sic) to a Regiment Commanded by Colonel Bradley. He enlisted in April 1776,
the day of the month does not recollect, Marched from the State of Connecticut to
the State of New Jersey, was stationed at Bergen Point for some time and until after
Fort Wellington was taken . Marched from there to the State of Pennsylvania,
crossed the Delaware River above Trenton. Was discharged after the (sic) was
taken. In the State of Pennsylvania a few miles above Trenton the last of December
1776 or first of January 1777, was in the service between eight and nine months. He
again entered the service as a Lieutenant in June 1777 under a Lieutenant
commission from Governor Trumbulland Marched from Norwalk to Horseneck(?) and was at
Horseneck(?) and Stamford during that campaign was in a company commanded by Captain
Reuben Lehasille(?) in Regiment commanded by Colonel Eno. John Davenport was Major.
General Putnam commanded the (sic) troops, was discharged at Stamford last day of
Dec 1777 or first of January 1778, was in the service between six and seven months.
He again entered the service in the third campaign under a Lieutenant Commission
from Governor Trumbull dated 17th day of May 1780. He was in the (sic) soldiers
until the last of July or first of August following
and marched from Norwalk last of July or first of August in a company of foot
commanded by Captain Olmstead in Regiment commanded by Colonel Beebe.
Marched from Norwalk to Horseneck (?) and was stationed at Horseneck(?) and
Stamford during that campaign. Was discharged in December 1780 or January 1781 in
(sic) as to the time of his engagement was for eight months. That he has no
documentary evidence of his first service in 1776 and that he knows of no person
whose testimony he can produce who can certify to his service of 1776 (sic)
He hereby relinquishes every (sic) whatever to a pension or a annuity except
the (sic), and declares that his name is not on the Jemion(?) roll of the agency of
Sworn to and subscribed the date and year aforesaid Ezra Benedict
Jalier Bostwith First Judge
of Delaware county courts.
We Augustus L Chapine a clergy man residing in the town of Walton in the county of
Delaware and State of New York and Robert North of the same place here by certify
that we are well acquainted with Ezra Benedict who has (sic) and sworn to the above
declaration: that we believe him to be eighty six years of age: that he is refuted
and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the
revolution, and that we concur in that opinion
Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid Ezra Benedict
Jalier Bostwick First Judge Augustus L Chapine
of Delaware County courts Robert North
And I Jalier Bostwick First Judge of Delaware County courts do hereby declare it my
opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogatories
prescribed by the (sic)
that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he states.
And I do further certify that it appears to me that Augustus L Chapine who has
signed the preceding certificate is a clergyman resident in the town of Walton as
aforesaid and that Robert North who has also signed the (sic) is a resident in the
town of Walton County of Delaware as Aforesaid and is a creditable person and that
their statement is entitled to credit. And I do further Certify that the said Ezra
Benedict from bodily infirmity is wholly unable to attend court.
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National Archives, Washington DC