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VARSELL FULLER
New York Service - NUMBER: W. 15769
National Archives Microfilm Publications

New York 20717
VARSELL FULLER
of Warren Co., in the State of New York
who was a Sergeant in the Comp. Commanded
by Captain Smith of the Reg't. commanded
by Col. Waterman in the N.Y.
line for     18 mo. Sergent $213.33 [a small notation looks like: and Apr. 22.07) $90            5 mo. Priv.       $ 53.33
$16.66                                 _______
________                              $266.66
$106.66

Inscribed on the Roll of New York
at the rate of 106 Dollars 66 Cents per annunt
to commence on the 4th day of March, 181
Certificate of Pension issued the 28 day of Sep. 18 1833
and (illegible) (I. or J.) A. Paddock Glens Falls
        Arrears to the 4th of Sep. 1833   $266.66
Semi-ant allowance ending 4 Mar '34        53.33

__________
$319.99

Revolutionary Claim
Act June 7, 1832
Recorded by (Go. Cestiles) Clerk,
Book E Vol. 1 Page 100


11,142
Brief in the case of Varsel Fuller - Queensbury, Co, of Warren in the State of New York (Act 7th June, 1832)

1. Was the declaration made before a Court or a Judge? Court
2. If before a Judge, does it appear that the applicant is disabled by bodily infirmity.
3. How old is he?   77 years
4. State his service, as directed in the form annexed.

July in 1776      [for] 5 months [as a] Private [under] Capt. Collins
Augst 1777      [for] 3 months [as a] Sg.       [under] Capt. J. Smith, Col. Waterman
Spring 1779     [for] 6 months [as a]  ditto    ditto
April or May '81[for] 9 months [as a]  ditto    [under] Capt. H. Dunham, Capt. Funda, Col. J. McKinster
1777                 [for] Several times on alarms [under] Capt. P. Trisby, Col. Whiting

5. In what battles was he engaged?

6. Where did he reside when he entered the service? New Concord, Albany Co. New York
7. Is his statement supported by living witnesses, by documentary proof, by traditionary evidence, by incidental evidence, or by the rolls?
8. Are the papers defective as to form or authentication and if so, in what respect? *Part of the term [looks like]…Com. J His Coy
Certify that the forgoing statement and the answers agree with the evidence in the case above mentioned.
W. Fawcett Examining Clerk


I, Allen Andrews, a clergy man residing in Queensbury in the County of Warren hereby certify that I am well acquainted with Varsel FULLER who has in subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that I believe him to be Seventy Seven years of age that he is reputable? and believable in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that I concur with that opinion. Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
Thomas Archibald Clerk           Allen Andrews


(part cut off) sion on file in this Bureau   Varsel FULLER   W. 15769

July 1776            5 months    Pvt            Collins                  N.Y.
__ __1777            1 month      "               Philip Frisbie          Whiting
Aug 1777            3 months    Ordly Sgt. John Smith           Waterman
May 1779            6 months     "              John Smith            Humphrey
Apr or May 1781  9 months    "              Holthans Dunham John McKinstry

Battles engaged in, (blank except for one check mark)
Residence of soldier at enlistment:   New Concord Albany Co. N.Y.
Date of application for pension,   Sept. 18, 1832   His claim was allowed
Residence at date of application, Queensbury Warren Co. NY
Age at date of application, born Feb. 22, 1755 or Feb. 3, 1754, at Oblong Dutchess Co. NY. Died at Ft. Edward NY Aug. 27, 1834
Remarks:   Sol. Mar. at Stillwater 8 in? June 1776 Mary dau of Sith CROWELL. She was born Sept. 15, 1759 and was allowed pension on ap. es. Nov. 27, 1838 while in res. of Sodus Wayne Co. NY
They had the following children; two unnamed died in infancy, Mrs. Mary BRAYMAN b. Nov. 20, 1779. Cornelius b. Apr. 27, 1783. Samuel b. Dec. 19, 1787. Varsel b. Mar. 9, 1789. Irene b. Apr. 29, 1791. Samanthy HOPKINS b. Sept. 8, 1794. John b. Feb. 12, 1800


Alby 336
New York

Mary FULLER
widow of Varsell FULLER
who served in the Revolutionary
war, as a Priv. & Sergt
Increased from $168.97
(illegible)
Inscribed on the Roll at the rate of 106 Dollars 66
Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March, 1848.
Certificate of Pension issued the
16th day of Dec. '48
and sent to Hon. E. BLACKMAR (Hon. Of Reps?)
Recorded on Roll of Pensioners under February 2, 1848, Page 69 Vol. 4?


V 4176
Mary FULLER

widow of Varsell
N.Y.
date 4 July '36
Hm H. VAIL
H. (or N.) R.


State of New York
Wayne County   ss

On this 27th day of November 1838 before me William SISSON one of the Judges of County Courts in and for the county aforesaid personally appeared Mary FULLER a resident of Sodus in said County aged Seventy nine years [79] who first being duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions of (illegible) made by the act of Congress passed July fourth Eighteen hundred and thirty six. That this is the widow of Varsel FULLER who was a Sergeant in the service of the United States in the Revolutionary Army and pensioned under the act of June 7th 1832. She further declares that she was married to the said Varsel FULLER in the month of June Seventeen hundred and Seventy six the precise day of the month does not remember. That her husband the said Varsel FULLER died on the twenty seventh day of August Eighteen hundred and thirty four and that she has remained a widow ever since that period as will now fully appear by reference to the proof hereunto annexed.
Executed in presence of                her
Thomas HOPKINS                   Mary  X  FULLER
                                                    mark

Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written before me. I certify that the above named Mary FULLER cannot write her name from loss of eye sight and I further certify that from the proof adduced to me I am opinion from bodily infirmity this above named Declarent Mary FULLER will be unable to attend this next term of the Court of which I am a Judge, which is to be held on the fourth Tuesday of January next.
Wm. SISSON
First Judge of Wayne County Courts


State of New York
Wayne County    ss

On this 27th day of November 1838 Before the undersigned William SISSON one of the Judges of County Courts in and for the said County personally appeared Sally HAYWOOD of Sodus in said Wayne County aged Seventy three years who first being duly sworn according to law doth on her oath say that she formerly resided at a place called New Concord in Columbia County & State aforesaid and neighbor to Seth CROWELL who was father to Mary FULLER described in and who executed the annexed declaration that her fathers family as well as that of the said Mary about the time of the commencement of the Revolutionary War removed to the town of Saratoga in the County of Saratoga & State of New York a few miles distant from the place where Burgoyne surrendered his army and thus resided on farms that joined and their houses but a short distance apart and the two families were very intimate and this deponent well remembers that some time in the summer of Seventeen hundred and Seventy Six it being the year before the surrender of Burgoyne that an intimacy was carried on between said Mary and Varsel FULLER and it was said that they were to be married that this deponent well knew that they went away from the house of said Marys father on a certain day purportedly to get married and that they returned towards evening of the same day when it was understood that they were married and that they had a wedding sappir [sic] that this deponent was there and witnessed the above facts that he the said Varsel FULLER was then a soldier in the army and stationed as she understood it as near General Schuylers head quarters a few miles from his residence that the said Varsel FULLER was much in the service after the aforesaid marriage that she has known them during all most the whole time since till the death of said Varsel FULLER that said FULLER some year before his death removed to Fort Edward about eight miles distant from the residence of this deponent at which place he died as she is informed and believes was August 1834 that said Mary FULLER removed to the town of Sodus soon after the death of her soul husband and that this deponent removed to the same place and now resides about one and a half mile from her friend and was present when she recounted the annexed declaration.
(signature)
Sally HAYWOOD

Subscribed and sworn the day & year first above written before me. and I further attest I am satisfied that Sally HAYWOOD the above deponent is a credible witness and that her statement is entitled to full credit.
Wm. SISSON
First Judge of Wayne County Courts


State of New York
Wayne County    ss

On this 27th day of November 1838 before the undersigned a First Judge of County Courts in and for the county aforesaid, personally appeared Mary BRAYMAN of Sodus in said County of Wayne aged 59 years Who first being duly sworn according to law doth on her oath say that she is daughter of Varsel and Mary FULLER that her parents the said Varsel and Mary FULLER were married in the month of June Seventeen hundred and Seventy Six as she is informed and verily believes that her said parents have so instructed her from her earliest recollections and that she has never known the truth other of questioned that she is the oldest surviving child of her said parents that they have informed her that before the birth of this deponent they had two other children both of which died in early infancy that said parents have lived together as man and wife till the death of her father the said Varsel FULLER which took place at Fort Edward Washington County New York on the 27th day of August Eighteen hundred and Thirty four. And that she the said Mary FULLER has not again been married and still remains the widow of the said Varsel FULLER and this deponent further states that her father the said Varsel FULLER was a pensioner of the United States for services rendered by him in the war of the Revolution and her mother the said Mary FULLER resided with her father at Fort Edward aforesaid till the time of his death that since then she has removed to the town of Sodus aforesaid where she now resides and is the person described in and who executed the annexed declaration.
(Signature)
Mary BRAYMAN
Subscribed and sworn this 27th day
of November 1838 before me. And I further certify that I am satisfied that Mary Brayman the above deponent Is a credible witness and that her statement is entitled to full credit.
Wm SISSON
First Judge of Wayne County Courts


State of New York
Wayne County    ss

On this 27th day of November 1838 Before me William SISSON First Judge of County Courts in and for said County personally appeared John FULLER of Sodus in said County aged thirty six years who first being duly sworn according to law doth on his oath say that he is son of Varsel and Mary FULLER referred to and described in the annexed declaration of Mary FULLER for a pension that said Varsal FULLER was a pensioner of the United States for services rendered in the Army of the Revolution that he died at his residence at Fort Edward in Washington County New York on the twenty seventh day of August [written and then crossed out: seventeen hundred and ninety] Eighteen hundred and thirty four. That the pension certificate was in the possession of Mary FULLER at this death of her said husband and that this deponent accompanied her to the Court at Salem in Washington County aforesaid where she made out her claim to the residue of this pension due from the last drawing of her husband to the time of his death and this deponent verily believes that said certificate accompanied the papers made out by this court on which she drew said residue of pension that this deponent has heard the annexed declaration of Mary FULLER and the affidavits of Mary BRAYMAN and Sally HAYWOOD rec'ed (received?) and verily (illegible) the facts therein stated to be correct and true.
(signature)
John FULLER
Subscribed and sworn this 27th day of November 1838 before me. And I certify that the above deponent John FULLER is a credible witness.
Wm. SISSON
First Judge of Wayne County Courts
I further certify that the words "seventeen hundred and ninety" was erased before Executions.
Wm. Sisson
First Judge of Wayne County Courts


State of New York
County of Warren    ss

On this Eighteenth day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty Two personally appeared in open court before the Court of Common Pleas now sitting. Varsel FULLER a resident of the town of Queensbury in the County of Warren and State of New York aged Seventy seven years who being first duly sworn according to law doth make 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 verified officers and served as herein stated.

That in the year One thousand and seven Hundred and Seventy Six in the first part of July he enlisted at Saratoga in the State of New York into a Company commanded by Captain COLLINS does not recollect his given name and does not know to what Regiment he belonged. He went from Saratoga in the Company in which he enlisted to Lake George. Staid there a few days and then returned to Saratoga with apart of the said Company commanded by Lieutenant Hezekiah DUNHAM and was there in August? building barracks, Captain COLLINS with a part of the Company remained at Lake George, and he was not again attached to his Command during the rest of his term of service which was five months. That at the time he enlisted he resided in the fort of New Concord there in Albany County in the State of New York.

In the Month of August in the year One Thousand Seven hundred and Seventy seven, he entered the service in a Company commanded by Captain John SMITH at New Concord in the County of (Dutchess is crossed out) Albany in the State of New York. Staid on after he marched with the Company to Van VAN SCHAICK. Staid in the Sisson? River, near where the Mohawk River enters the Sisson? From thence he marched to Bemis Heights Saratoga County, was there during the engagements with Burgoyne - was stationed and manned the Cervis? Breastwork next to the River - He was not engaged during the action. After Burgoyne retreated the Brigade to which he was attached filed off to the west and came to the cove at Colonel Van Vechtens? In the near of the evening, to cut off their retreat where we came to the River we found no enemies - we then returned to the main body, the same route we came and got back in the night. The next day Burgoyne retreated, and we remained stationary until the day following, when we marched to Fish Creek and remained there while Burgoyne Surrendered. Then we marched to Albany, remained there a few days, and then went to Husley, a small village back of Sodus?(Sopus/Sossus/Sohus), and from there to New Windsor, where he received a discharge. Served at this time Three months resided at this time of enlistment in said town of New Concord. The Company belonged to in this Campaign belonged to Colonel WATERMANs Regiment of which C HELSTYNE? was major, he does not recollect his given name. George DAMRO? was Adjutant, and to the Brigade of which General GLOVER? which given name he does not recollect was commanding. During this service served as Orderly Sergeant and entered the Company as such, The Lieutenants of the Company were CLEVELAND and PERRY, he does not recollect either of their given names, both of these Lieutenants left the Company before the first engagements with Burgoyne and between the first and the Second engagements, the Captain left the army and returned home and (illegible…Shared? the command of the Company from that time until he was discharged at New Windsor. During this Campaign saw General GATES, Gen'l ARNOLDS, Gen'l GLOVER. He saw Gen'l SCHUYLER at Saratoga, the first time, when the British marched out to lay down their arms. Served this time three months. At the time he enlisted he lived in the town of New Concord aforesaid.

In the spring of the year One thousand seven hundred and Seventy nine, he thinks in the month of May but is not certain, He enlisted into a Company of Rangers commanded by Captain Jim SMITH as Orderly Sergeant. Served at the time of enlisting this time, at New Concord in this (then written above) County of Albany in the said State of New York. He served with the Company between Albany and Livingston Manor, was at Kinderhook, New Concord, Clavernaek?, Nobletown?, Spencertown?, and all along the River in the pursuit of Tories and Redcoats. The Headquarters during this time was at Kinderhook. Were commanded in the Regiment by Colonel UMPHREY or HUMPHREY, whose given name he does not recollect, their living at Kinderhook, Major HURDE? was out with us some part of this time, He served this time 6 months. In the year One thousand seven hundred and Eighty One, [1781] either the last of April or first of May, He entered the service as an Orderly Sargeant in a Company commanded by Captain Holthans DUNHAM and Lieutenant Benoni GRANT, which was Stationed at Saratoga during the summer, the Captain and Lieutenant were arrested for holding intercourse with the enemy and sent to New York. The Company was then commanded by captain FUNDA, and Lieutenant FORD whose given names he does not recollect - during this time, Gen'l STARKS had command of his troops, He staid there but a short time after his arrival and the Colonel John McKINSTER commanded. He remained at Saratoga until his term of service expired, and was then discharged. He served this time nine months. At the time he was stationed at Saratoga there were three companys stationed there, Captain Dunhams, Captain GREYs Company of nine months Men and Captain Job? WRIGHTs Company of three year men, at the time he enlisted this time, he resided at the town of Saratoga in the County of Saratoga and State of New York.

In the year One thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy seven, before he enlisted in to the three months service He served in alarms several times. He then lived in New Concord in the (the word 'then' inserted above) county of (Dutchess is crossed out) Albany State of New York. One time was mustered with the whole Regiment, and came to Fort Edward, and there was detached as a guard to guard the teams sent after boards northeast from Fort Edward to a Lawnite?. The rest of the Regiment went to Lake George or near there. How long he was out this time I do not recollect but came from home to Fort Edward about eighty miles, and remained there a few days, and then he was dismissed and returned home. Twice in alarms he came up to Fort Edward both times, and one of the times he went to Lake George and staid there two days, and then returned home; The two first times he came up in a company commanded by Philip FRISBIE. This Regiment was commanded by Colonel WHITING.

He does not now recollect the names of every other officers than those he has named. That he has no documentary evidence but thinks he can procure a person who can testify to a part of his services before mentioned.

In answer to the Interrogatives required to be (illegible) by the court (illegible) to the directions of the war department he nowsays.

He was born in a place called Oblong in Dutchess County in the State of New York in the year 1755 and is seven seven years old the 22nd day of last February.

Has no record of his age, there was one in a bible belonging to his father does not know what became of it the last he saw of it was about 50 years ago.

When first called into service lived at a place called New Concord in the County of Albany in the State of New York and lived there until about the last time he entered the service which was from the Town of Saratoga in the County of Saratoga and State of New York. Lived since the Revolutionary War in the Town of Saratoga in the Town of Fort Mullen? in the County of Washington in the State of New York, and in the Town of Queensbury in the County of Warren in the same State. Lived in the said town of Queensbury, where he has lived the greater part of ten years.

The first time he was called into service he volunteered, the second time he was drafted, the third time he volunteered, the fourth time he was drafted, and when called out on account of alarms he was a volunteer.

He can not state the names of any regular officers nor can he recollect any other Continental or Militia Regiments than those before stated or any other Circumstances of his services than before related.

He never had a discharge but was always dismissed verbally from the service at the end of each term.

That two known Clergymen residing in the town of Queensbury in said County Hiram Barber Esquire, one of the officers of the County Courts of the County of Warren and Bartholomew Griffen, Esq. A Justice of the Peace in said town of Queensbury in said County Court have known him and have resided in his neighbourhood for many years who can testify as to his character for veracity[sic] and their belief of his services as a Soldier of the Revolution 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 an (whole line illegible)
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid Before me
Thomas Archibald Clerk      (signature)      Varsel FULLER

 
State of New York
County of Warren

On this Eighteenth day of September One thousand eight hundred and thirty two, personally appeared in open Court in the Court of Common Pleas now sitting at the Court Here in the town of Caldwell?/Calawell in and for the County of Warren Hiram BARBER One of the Judges of the said Court and after being duly sworn doth depose and say that he resides in the town of Queensbury in the said county and has resided there about ten years. That he is well acquainted with Varsel FULLER who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that he believes him to be Seventy seven years of age that he is reputed and believed in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a Soldier of the Revolution and that he concurs in that opinion and the said Varsal FULLER is also reputed and believed in the neighbourhood to be in the neighbourhood where he resides (and that said Hiraim Barber also believes him the said Varsal FULLER) sustains a fair and unblemished character for veracity that he never heard his character questioned nor did he ever hear it doubted of his having been a Soldier of the Revolution. Subscribed & Sworn this Eighteenth day of September A.D. 1832 Thomas ARCHIBALD Clerk      (signature)     Hiram BARBER

 
State of New York
Wayne County   ss

On the Eighteenth day of September One thousand and Eight hundred and thirty two personally appeared in open Court Before the Court of Common Pleas now sitting at the Court (illegible) in the town of Calawell?/Caldwell in and for the County of Warren Bartholomew Griffen of the town of Queensbury in said County in which town and of which County he is a Justice of the Peace and after being duly sworn doth depose and say that he is well acquainted with Varsal FULLER and has been for about Six or eight years past who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that he believes him to be about seventy _______ years of age and that he believes is reputed and believed in the Neighbourhood where he resides to have been a Soldier of the Revolution and concurs in that opinion and the said Varsal FULLER is also reputed and believed in the neighbourhood where he resides and he the said Bartholomew GRIFFIN Believes that the said Varsal FULLER sustains a fair and unblemished character for veracity, that he never heard his character questioned nor did he ever hear it doubted of his having been a Soldier of the Revolution and that he believes him to have been a Soldier of the Revolution.
Subscribed and sworn this 18th day of
September 1832
Thomas ARCHIBALD  Clerk    (signature) B. GRIFFEN

 
State of New York
Warren County   ss

On this day of September One thousand Eight hundred and thirty two personally appeared in Open Court in the Court of Common Pleas now sitting at the State House in the town of Caldwell in and for the County of Warren and after being duly sworn doth depose and say that he resides in the town of Queensbury in said County and is well acquainted with Varsal FULLER who has declared and sworn to the above declaration and has been for about (blank) years (illegible) that he believes him to be about (blank) years of age. And that he is reputed and believed in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a Soldier of the Revolution and that he concurs in that opinion and the said Varsal FULLER is also reputed and believed in the neighbourhood where he resides and he the said (blank) believes that the said Varsal FULLER sustains a fair and unblemished character for veracity that he never heard it questioned nor die he ever hear it doubted of his having been a Soldier of the Revolution and that he believes him to have been a Soldier of the Revolution.
Subscribed & Sworn this (blank) day of 1832.

And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after ? the interrogations prescribed by the War Department that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier and served the State (inserted: that Allen ANDREWS who has signed the preceding certificate is a clergyman resident in the town of Queensbury) And the Court further certified that it appears to them that Hiram BARBER, Esquire who has signed the preceding certificate is one of the Judges of the County Courts of the said County of Warren residing in the town of Queensbury and that Bartholomew GRIFFEN, Esquire who has also signed (inserted: one of the ) preceding certificates is one of the Justices of the Peace of the said county and is a resident of the town of Queensbury and are credible persons and that (inserted: their) statements are entitled to credit and that ( long blank space) who has also signed one of the preceding certificates is a resident of the said town of Queensbury and that his statement is entitled to credit, he being a credible person.

I Thomas ARCHIBALD  Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of the application of Varsal FULLER for a pension.

In Testimony Where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal of my office this Eighteenth day of September in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and thirty two.

Thomas ARCHIBALD  Clerk


State of New York
Warren County   ss

Josiah FULLER being duly sworn doth depose and say that he is Sixty Seven years of age, and that Varsal FULLER is a brother of this Deponent, that he witnessed the said Varsel FULLER during the Revolutionary War and has known him ever since. And further saith that he knows the said Varsel FULLER served in the New York State Troops in the Continental Army as follows twice, then has served in a Regiment of New York State Troops commanded by Colonel Maussius? Willet? as a Sargeant nine months that Colonel McKINSTER had the command of the Troops. Whereas he served, this Deponent thinks his service was in the year 1781. And that the said Varsel FULLER served six months as a Sargeant under Capt John SMITH in a Company of Rangers thinks the company was under the Command of Col. Humphrey in the Troops (illegible) called into service and commissioned by Continental Authority he believes the last service was in 1779 and believes the said Varsel FULLER was a ? Soldiers in the New York State Troops and served as aforesaid in the American Army in the Revolutionary War and further saith not that - that Josiah FULLER served in the Militia at several other times? the ? as above mentioned have ? certif ? ?
Subscribed & Sworn this 18 day of March 1832 before
Wm (Mr.?) Eli C. PIERSON                          his
Justice of the Peace                    Josiah  X  FULLER

mark


State of New York
County of Warren   ss

Personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace of the Town of Queensbury in the County of Warren and State of New York Varsel FULLER who being duly sworn declareth and saith that by reason of old age and consequent loss of Memory he cannot swear positively as to the precise events of his service but according to the best of his recollection he served not less than the previous mentioned Below and in the following grades. For Five Months I served as a Private the five time mentioned in my declaration commencing in the fore part of July 1776. For Three Months I served as a Sergeant the second time mentioned in my declaration commencing in the month of August 1777. For Six Months I served as Sergeant commencing in the month of May 1779. For Nine Months I served as Sergeant commencing the last of April or first of May 1781. For One Month I served as Private being called out in Alarms at different times this was previous to three months service first mentioned being in late 1777.
Subscribed and sworn to                                    his
Before me this Sixteenth day of March      Varsel X FULLER
by making his Mark.                                          mark
Henry SPENSER
one of the Justices of the
Peace of said Warren County


State of New York
Saratoga County

Josiah FULLER being duly sworn doth depose and say that he is Sixty Seven years of age and that Varsel FULLER is a Brother of the Deponent that he knew the said Varsel FULLER during the Revolutionary war and has known him ever? since , and further saith that he knew the said Varsal FULLER served in the New York State Troops, in the Continental Army as follows ?; that he served in a Regiment of New York State Troops commanded by Colonel Mansius WILLET?, as a Sargeant nine months, that Colonel McKINSTER had command of the Troops where he served, thus deponent thinks this service was in the year 1781 and that the said Varsal FULLER served six months as a Sergeant under Captain John SMITH, in a Company of Rangers, thinks the Company was under the command of Col. HUMPHREY its the Troops regularly called into service, and commanded by HUMPHREY he believes the last service was in 1779. And knows that the said Varsal FULLER was a regularly enlisted Soldier in the New York State Troops and Served as aforesaid in the American Army in the Revolutionary War and further saith not. Also, that the said Varsel FULLER served in the New Militia at several other times, then as above mentioned how long he cannot say.
Subscribed to and sworn before me                      his
this 27th day of May 1833                               Josiah X FULLER
Francis K. Winney Justice                                        mark

I also certify that Josiah FULLER the
above deponent who has subscribed and
sworn to this affidavit before me is to me
well known and that he is a credible
person and that his statements are entitled
to credit.
Francis K. WINNEY


State of New York
County of Warren

Personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace of the town of Queensbury in the county of Warren and State of New York. Varsel FULLER who being duly sworn deposed and saith that by reason of old age and the consequent lapse of memory he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of his service, but according to the best of his recollection he served not less than the previous mentioned below and in the following grades. For Five Months he served as a private commencing in the forepart of July 1776 in the Militia of State Troops of the State of New York. For Three Months Served as a Sergeant in the Militia or State Troops of the said State commencing in the month of August 1777. For six months served as a Sergeant in the Militia or State Troops of said State commencing in the month of May 1779: for nine months served as a Sergeant in the Militia or State Troops of said State, commencing the last of April or the first of may 1781. For one month served as a Private in the Militia or State Troops of said State, being called out in alarms at different times thus was previous to the Three months served Militia above ascribed in 1777. And for such service declares a pension. Served in the whole time Two years. Six months served as a Private to wit the first five months mentioned above, and the one month on alarms. And Eighteen months served as a Sergeant all of which services were rendered and performed in the Militia or State Troops of the State of New York, (hard to read) called out regularly, and commanded by competent authority. Have no other proof or evidence of services than that of Josiah FULLER
Where affidavit is to these papers annexed
Sworn to and subscribed before me
this tenth day of June 1833            (signature)       Varsel FULLER
Henry SPENCER
Justice of the Peace


State of New York
County of Wayne

Personally appeared before the Subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for said County Mary BRAMAN [BRAYMAN] of Sodus in said County aged Sixty four Years in Nov. last, after being duly sworn according to law, deposeth and saith that widow Mary FULLER who made application for a pension as the widow of Varsel FULLER, late a pensioner of the United States is this deponents mother, and that the said Varsel FULLER the late pensioner, was this deponents father; that the attached family record is the old original family record of this deponents said father and mother and their childrens ages; that it is the old record that was kept by them; ['twenty, thirty or' are crossed out] forty years since and it is as this deponent has always had reason to believe a true record; that this deponent, has from a child, understood from her said parents and believed that they had, two children older than this deponent, both of whom died immediately after birth, or were still born, and not named and do not therefore appear in the old family record; this deponent has always understood and believed that her said parents were married before the commencement of the Revolutionary War; that her said father died on the 27th day of August 1834 Eighteen hundred and thirty four; and that his widow aforesaid has not since married, but remains a widow.
Subscribed and sworn before me
this 5th day of February 1844            (signature)             Mary BRAYMAN

John Fluertes? Justice of the Peace
I certify that the above named Mary BROWN? Is a respectable person.
             John Fleurtes JP


State of New York
County of Warren

Personally appeared before the Subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for said County Cornelius FULLER of Sodus in said County aged Sixty years in April last after being duly sworn according to law, deposeth and saith that widow Mary FULLER who applied for a pension as the widow of Varsel FULLER, late a pensioner of the United States is this deponents mother, and that the said Varsel FULLER the late pensioner, was this deponents father; that the attached family record, is the old original family record of the age of this deponents said father and mother and the age of their children, that it is the old record kept by this deponents said father and mother during the life time of his said father; that it is the old record that has been in use twenty; thirty or more years; are the true/ record of this deponents age, and the true age of his brothers and sisters, that this deponent has from a boy understood from his said parents and believed, that they had two children, either still born, or died immediately after birth older than any other named in the attached family record; that this deponents said father died on the 27th August 1834 and that his widow, the said Mary FULLER has not remarried but remains his widow.
Subscribed and sworn before me
this 5th day of February 1844                                 my
John FLEURTES  Justice of the Peace      Cornelius  X  FULLER
                                                                             mark

I certify that the within named Cornelius FULLER who subscribed to the within deposition is a respectable person.
John F. CURTIS  JP


NOTE: The following three affadavits were found by Joyce Hackett, in the Military papers of Varsell Fuller, from the National Archives. They were not included in his pension file.

County of Wayne
State of New York   }ss

Personaly appears before this subscriber a justice of the peace in and for Said County Thomas Rennals of the town of Lyons in Said County age [or aged] ninty one years. after being duly Sworn according to law deposith and saith that for the last Forty five years he has been personaly acquainted with VARSEL FULLER late a soldier in the war of the Revolution and a Pensioner of the United States: And with his present widow MARY FULLER and this(?) Family: That this(?) said MARY FULLER who is applying for a pension as the widow of the said Varsel FULLER, is the identical person and widow of the said VARSEL FULLER, the late pensioner of the United States: That this is the identical person that was his wife of said VARSEL FULLER at the first acquaintance of this deponent. This deponent is confident that his aquaintance with said family of VARSEL FULLER commenced before the year Eighteen hundred - That at the time of his first acquaintance with said family he will recollect that their oldest child named was MARY - That she was at that time a full grown woman. Thinks she must have been nineteen or twenty years old. That she has since married a man by the name of BRAMAN. That their next child named was CORNELIUS who was two or three years younger than MARY. That the present applicant widow MARY FULLER has from the first acquaintance of this deponent been considered and believed to be the wife of the above named VARSEL FULLER, and the above named MARY and CORNELIUS has been and still are considered children of the above named VARSEL FULLER and the person appicant widow MARY FULLER.
This deponent further asaith(?) and saith that his acquaintance with said Family commenced in the town of Argyle, Washington County, State of New York; That the understood(?) by this said VARSEL FULLER, (inserted above what looks like 'Mrs.') they(?) had formerly lived in the town of Stilwater, Saratoga Co., where he was married. That the said VARSEL FULLER died sometime in the year 1834 that his widow had not since remarried but remains a widow.
[Signed with his mark ( X )] Thomas X Rennels [possibly spelled Reynolds?]

Subscribed and Sworn before me this 24th day of July 1844 John Fleurtes, Justice of the Peace. I certify that this above named Thomas Rennels is a highly reputible person and worthy of credit. John Fleurtis(?), Justice of the Peace.


State of New York
County of Steuben

}ss Personally appeared before the Subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for said County DANIEL SPIKE of Cohocton in said County aged fifty eight years last May; after being duly sworn according to law deposith and saith; That from a child he has been personally acquainted with Varsel FULLER late a soldier in the war of the Revolution and a pensioner of the United States; and with his present widow MARY FULLER and their family; That the said MARY FULLER who is applying for a pension as the widow of the said VARSEL FULLER - is the identical person and widow of the said VARSEL FULLER the late pensioner of the united States; That she is the identical person who was the wife of the said VARSEL FULLER at the first acquaintance of this deponent. At the time this deponent first knew the said family they lived in the town of Saratoga County of Saratoga N.Y. They afterwards moved several times, and finally to the town of Sodus, Wayne Co., N.Y. where the said MARY FULLER now resides; That the said parties had at the first acquaintance of this deponent, which was at his first and earliest recollection, two children older than this deponent - That this deponent was a child and playmate with the said children of the said parties, and well recollects thus - their oldest surviving child MARY was about five years older than this deponent - That she is now of the age of sixty three or thereabouts. This deponent further deposes and saith that the said parties had a son Cornelius who was a playmate of this deponent and was about three years older than this deponent and, that the said Cornelius is now of the age of sixty one. And this deponent further sayeth that the said parties had a son Samuel who was a few months younger than this deponent- That the said widow MARY FULLER is this deponents Aunt. That the said parties have always lived together as husband and wife to the knowledge of this deponent up to the death of the said VARSEL FULLER; That this deponent is acquainted with seven of their children that are reputed to be their legal offspring.
[Signed] DANIEL SPIKE
Sworn and Subscribed before me
this 18th day of July 1844
Fredercik Blood, Jr. } a Justice of the Peace

I hereby certify that the above named DANIEL SPIKE is a reputable person.
Frederick Blood, Jr. } a Justice of the Peace


State of New York
County of Steuben

}ss Personally appeared before the Subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for said County MERCY WELSH of Cohocton in said County aged sixty years. After being duly sworn according to law deposith and saith; That from a child she has been acquainted personally with Varsel FULLER late a soldier in the war of the Revolution and a pensioner of the United States, and with his present widow MARY FULLER and their family; That the said MARY FULLER who is applying for a pension as the widow of the said VARSEL FULLER - is the identical person and widow of the said VARSEL FULLER the late pensioner of the united States; That she is the identical person who was the wife of the said VARSEL FULLER at the first acquaintance of this deponent. That the said parties then lived in the town of Saratoga, Saratoga County New York. Thut the said parties had at the first acquaintance which was at the first and earliest recollection of this deponent two children older than this deponent. That this deponent was a child and playmate with the said children of the said parties, and well recollects thus - their oldest surviving child MARY was about three years older than this deponent - Further deposeth and saith that the said parties had a son Cornelius who was about one years older than this deponent; That the above named parties have five other children all younger than this deponent (viz) Samuel; Varsel; Irene; Samantha and John. That the said MARY FULLER is this deponents aunt; That the above named parties VARSEL FULLER and MARY FULLER have always lived together as husband and wife from the first recollection of this deponent.
[Signed with her mark ( X )] MERCY X WELSH

Sworn and Subscribed before me
this 18th day of July 1844
Fredercik Blood, Jr. } a Justice of the Peace

I hereby certify that the above named MERCY WELSH is a reputable person.
Frederick Blood, Jr. } a Justice of the Peace

 
State of New York
Steuben County ss}

I William HAMILTON Clerk of said County do Certify that Frederick BLOOD Jr. before whom the two preceeding affidavits perport(?) to have been sworn was at the date of the same one of the Justices of the Peace in and for the said County; and that I am acquainted with (page ends)


THE SARATOGA CAMPAIGN OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
September - October 1777

FOREWORD

Heritage Hunters is proud to have this national park as part of our rich historical tradition in Saratoga County. The park commemorates the two battles fought there during the Revolutionary War. Of these two battles of Saratoga, also known as the Battles of Bemis Heights or of Stillwater, the second was the first great victory of the Americans and was deemed by many historians to be the turning point of the Revolutionary War.

The British campaign was designed to split the colonies by taking control of the Hudson River. General John Burgoyne was to advance south from Canada, General Barry St. Leger east along the Mohawk River and Sir Henry Clinton (replacing Sir William Howe) north from New York City. Neither St. Leger nor Clinton was successful, leaving Burgoyne's forces alone in the campaign. Burgoyne easily took Fort Ticonderoga but suffered a stinging defeat in an attempted raid on Bennington.

Burgoyne continued south, crossing the Hudson River on September 13, 1777, halting near the Saratoga site of what is now the village of Schuylerville. The Americans, under the leadership of General Horatio Gates, assisted by Generals Benedict Arnold and Daniel Morgan, were entrenched at Bemis Heights. With American forces threatening his rear, Burgoyne attempted to break through on September 19th but the engagement was indecisive. He attempted a second breakthrough on October 7th, but was repulsed and forced to retreat eight miles back to old Saratoga. The British entrenched there, but surrounded by American forces and low on supplies, were forced to surrender on October 17th.

 

 
 

 
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