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Two Documents relating to Ezra Benedict

These two files have been copied from microfilm at the National Archives main library in Washington, D.C. The file number is listed at the end of each document for anyone who wants original copies made. Submitted by Patricia Merow, October 31, 1996.


Note: See at bottom of this page, correction of 'Jalier' name that appears throughout this text.


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.

Copied from file S12144 Revolutionary Service records at the National Archives, 
Washington DC


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 
any state.

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.
Jalier Bostwick

Copied from file S12144 Revolutionary Service records at the
National Archives, Washington DC
*The first judge of Delaware County was Jabez Bostwick. You have Jalier. - Debi Bostwick

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