Tanner, Nathan -- Sworn Declaration on his Military Service
Nathan outlined his military service in the Revolutionary War, said that he was born in Hopkinton, Rhode Island in 1755, that David Tanner was his father, and that he relocated from Rhode Island to New York, first to Dutchess County, then to the Town of Saratoga in Saratoga County, then to Petersburgh in Rensselaer County and finally to Locke in Cayuga County. Click here to download a pdf.
In order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
State of New York
Cayuga County – on this [smudge] day of September personally appeared in open Court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Cayuga now sitting [next phrase crossed out].
Nathan Tanner a resident of Locke in the County of Cayuga and the State of New York, aged Seventy Seven Years on the twenty seventh day of September, Eighteen hundred and Thirty two, 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 7th 1832 – That he entered the service of the United States under the following named Officers and served as herein stated – that he was draughted in the Militia of the State of New York of the Army of the Revolution on or before the Fifth Day of March Seventeen hundred and Seventy Seven, at, and in, the, then, Town of Saratoga, in the County of Saratoga & in the State of New York, for the term of three months under Captain Ephraim Lake, of said Town, Lieutenant Jabez Gage, and the Regiment was Commanded by Colonel McCrea – he went directly from Saratoga aforesaid to Lake George, in said State, he was Stationed all of the above time in Tents, near Fort George – he was honorably discharged at Lake George aforesaid, on the Fifth, as before, of June after having served honestly and faithfully, the full term of three Months for which he was draughted – he did then and there on the said day in June aforesaid, Volunteer as a Substitute for his Father, David Tanner, for the term
of three months in the Militia of the State of New York under the Same Captain & Lieutenant – from there, he went to Fort Edward, at which place he was transferred to a Company Commanded by Captain Ephraim Woodworth, Colonel McCrea commanded the regiment – he went from Fort Edward, while there, to Fort Miller – he went out in a Scouting party, commanded by Captain David Van Rensselaer, while there, between Fort Miller and Fort Edward and was in an Action at a place, then, called Snoat [Snoot?] Hill with Indians, British, & Torys, when he was wounded in the[?] Right Arm, by a Musket Ball – from there he went to Saratoga where he was honorably Discharged by Captain Woodworth aforesaid after the Fifth day of September Seventeen hundred and Seventy Seven, having served honestly and faithfully the full term of three Months, for which he went as said Substitute – That on or before the Fifteenth day of June Seventeen hundred and Seventy Eight, he was Draughted again for the term of three Months, in the said militia of the State of New York, under Captain Ephraim Lake & Lieutenant Jabez Gage aforesaid, thinks Colonel McCrea Commanded the regiment, he saw General Abraham Ten Brook [Broek]. while out he went from Saratoga aforesaid to Petersburgh in Rensselaer County New York, he was stationed there and not far from there, til the fifteenth day of September after, having served the full term of three months, for which he was Draughted – he went back to Saratoga aforesaid before he was discharged, he was discharged by Captain Lake aforesaid.
That, on, or before the Sixth of June Seventeen hundred and Seventy nine, he again was Draughted for the term of three months, at Saratoga aforesaid, under Captain Austin Odel, thinks Colonel [unclear] or [unclear] Commanded the Regiment, it was in the Militia of the State of New York, he went from Saratoga, to four miles below Fort Miller, on the North River in the State of New York – he was stationed there, and near there, til, he was honorably Discharged, by
Captain Odell aforesaid, after the Sixth of September Seventeen hundred and Seventy nine – having served the full term of three months honestly and faithfully, for which he was draughted. He was discharged at what is now called Eastown not far from the Town of Cambridge, in the State of New York. – He saw and knew Genl Philip Schuyler while he was at Fort Edward in one of the above years He went out three short tours of Militia Duty in the years Seventeen hundred & Eighty and &Eighty one under Captain Odel, but cannot recollect how long – he has no documentary Evidence , neither does he know of any person whose Testimony he can procure who can testify to his Service except it is, a Son of Captain Ephraim Woodworth, he thinks can state something about his service – he was born in Seventeen hundred and Fifty five, in Rhode Island, in the Town of Hopkinton, from Hopkinton, he moved to the [unclear] in Dutches [sic] County and State of New York, from there to the Town of Saratoga in said State, from there to Petersburgh in Rensselaer County, in said State, from there to the Town of Locke, in Cayuga County in said State where he now resides – he has a Record of his age now in Locke aforesaid – he, says, Shubul Simonds & David Honeywell of Locke can testify to his character for truth and Veracity and their belief of his services as a Soldier of the Revolution – he surely 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 – he says, he went a day with some other Soldiers of Captain Woodworth’s Company, in the Year Seventeen hundred and Seventy Seven from Fort Miller, & helped Bury Miss Jane McCrea, who was killed by the Indians at a place called Sandy Hill. He thinks she was called a Sister of Colonel McCrea.
Subscribed and sworn before me
this 7th day of September 1832
[signed] Nathan Tanner
Transcribed by David L. Martin, 20 Jan 2013