Pension Application #R2984 by Darcus (Turkje VanDerWerken)
Dockstader Widow of John Nicholas Dockstader
Copied from Microfiche 970824, Salt Lake City Family History Center, Salt Lake City, Utah - typed by P. Hacker
State of New York Montgomery County. I do certify that on the 10th day of August 1837 personally appeared before me David F. --one of the Judges of the Montgomery County Courts/being a Court of Record/Darcus Dockstader of the Town of Root in the County aforesaid the Widow of John Nicholas Dockstader and makes the following Declaration to entitle her to a pension under the Act of Congress of the 4th of July 1836. That her Husband the said John Nicholas Dockstader died in the year 1811, the day & month this deponent does not recollect, that he was at the time of his death in the sixty sixth year of his age as this deponent had always understood from him and believed to be true. That this deponent was married to her said Husband John Nicholas Dockstader in the year 1771 at the Stone Arabia Church in the town of Palatine where she & her said Husband then lived & that soon after the commencement of the Revolutionary war her said Husband was called into the Service of the United States as a private soldier - that she cannot state the precise time when he was so called into the Service, but this deponent well recollects that her said Husband was very frequently called out into Service and marched to different places, to wit, Johnstown, East Canada Creek, Little Falls & Oriskinny at which latter place a battle was fought in which this Deponent recollects her Husband was engaged, and this deponent further says that she has no doubt but that her said Husband was in the Service at the above places as much as 4 or 5 months and this deponent either recollects that she had heard her Husband state that he was firstly under the command ofCapt. John Davis & that said Capt Davis was killed at Oriskinny & that afterwards her said Husband was under the command of Capt. Abraham Vedder
And this deponent also will recollect that her said Husband was frequently called out from home to join the Militia in the pursuit of the Tories & Indians and that he frequently in such pursuits went great journeys from home and was gone many days and that he went to many places she named of which this Deponent had heard her said Husband speak of but this deponent cannot recollect the same now - and this Deponent had not any doubt and believes that her said Husband served in the Militia Service in pursuit of the Indians & Tories & on scouting parties for the term of about 2 years in all during said war and this deponent further says & recollects that her said Husband in the last years of the War very frequently was called out & that too, many times in the night to aid the Militia in preventing the Indians & Tories from committing their depradations on the Inhabitants of the county bordering on Stone Arabia aforesaid.
And this applicant also recollects that her said Husband was frequently called out from his bed in the night to go on an ex--, that he on one occasion went to Fort Stanwix on an ex--, and that he was gone some time, and that while going to Fort Stanwix he met a lot of Indians, and that on that occasion he was shot at by some of said Indians - And this deponent recollects that her said Husband informed her that he had a ball shot through his hat at the Battle of Johnstown just about the last part of the Battle when he joined the army, that she this Deponent recollects of having seen the hole made in the hat when her Husband came home which was some time after the Battle
That this deponent recollects that she has often heard the Soldiers who were in the army with her Husband speak of his being a brave Soldier and this deponent has no doubt that he was such - and this applicant had no doubt & verily believes that her said Husband served in the Revolutionary war, as a private Soldier or otherwise for the period of Two years, if not more, And this deponent recollects of having heard her said Husband frequently say after the war that he had served during the whole war and this applicant believes the same to be true, And this applicant had very frequently heard. Soldiers of the Revolution speak of the long & great service her Husband rendered the United States in the War of the Revolution, And she believes the same to be true - and she, this deponent - also recollects of being told by Revolutionary Soldiers that her Husband once took the command of the Militia at Cherry Valley and she believed the same to be true, that she, this applicant has remained a Widow - ever since the death other said Husband And is yet a Widow - and that no application has ever been made but this for a pension for the services of her said Husband and that neither her said Husband, nor this applicant have ever been on any pension list of the United States whatever and she further declares that she was 86 years old in May last and that her maiden name was Dorcus Vanden Warkin
And she farther declared that she had no documentary evidence of such services whatever. And that this applicant relies upon the affidavits accompanying this Declaration as evidence of the Services other said Husband in said Revolutionary War.
Subscribed & Sworn this day and year Darcus (her mark x)
Above Written - D. F. ---Judge of
Montgomery County Courts
State of New York
Montgomery County I do certify that I am personally acquainted with the within applicant Dorcus Dockstader that she is reputable & her declaration is entitled to full credit that she cannot attend court to make her declaration by reason of bodily infirmity - & that she made her mark because she can not write
D. F. --Judge of
Montgomery County Courts
State of New York
Montgomery County, Clerks Office
I George D. Ferguson, Clerk of the County of Montgomery aforesaid, do hereby certify that David F. -- before whom the foregoing declaration of Darcus Dockstader purports to have been sworn , was on this date of this --a Judge of the County Courts of Montgomery County aforesaid, and that his signature subscribed to said declaration and to the above certificate of character is his genuine signature.
In testimony whereof, I have hereto set
My hand & affixed the Seal of my office this
16th. Nov. 1837.
Geo: D. Ferguson
I, Jacob G. Snell Town Clerk for the Town of Palatine County
of Montgomery, and State of New York Do certify that upon an examination of
the church Record of the Reformed Dutch Church in Stone Arabia (kept by the
Revd Abraham Rosegrantz) I find the following marriage.
'October 11th, 1771 married by the Rev. A. Rosegrantz, John Nicholas Dockstader to Turkje VandenWarken'
Dated Palatine (Stone Arabia Churches) July 12th 1837
Sworn and subscribed
Before me this 11th day of July Jacob G. Snell T.Clerk
1837 John T. Getman, J.P.
State of New York
Montgomery County --- ? this may certify that I the subscriber John T. Getman a Justice of the Peace in and for the same county of widow have been personally acquainted with Jacob G. Snell Town Clerk of the town of Palatine - --sworn before me in the foregoing affidavit for the --often or twelve years.
And I do further certify that the same witness is a person of
truth and veracity and that his testimony is entitled to full credit given
under --this 11th day of July 1837.
John T. Getman, Justice
State of New York
I certify that John T. Getman before whom the foregoing affidavit purports to have been sworn, was on the date thereof a Justice of the Peace in for said county and that his name thereto subscribed & also subscribed to the above certificate of character is his genuine signature.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & the seal
of my office this 16 Nov.1837.
Geo. D. Ferguson, Clerk of Montgomery County
This is a transcription of a document included in the file as
In reply to your request of----- received -------for a statement of the military history of John Nicholas Dockstader, a soldier of the REVOLUTIONARY WAR, you will find below the desired information as contained in his widow's application for pension on file in this Bureau. R.F. 2984
Dates of Enlistment or Appointment
|Length of Service||OFFICERS UNDER WHOM||SERVICE||WAS RENDERED|
|1776||Served at various times during war||Priv.||John Davis, Robert Yates, Abraham Veeder||
Tryon Co. Militia
The above noted is the only Nicholas Dockstader found in the
Rev. War records of this Bureau.
Battles engaged in, Oriskany, Johnstown
Residence of soldier at enlistment, Johnstown, Montgomery Co. N. Y.
Date of application for pension, Aug 10, 1837
Residence at date of application, Root, Montgomery Co., N.Y.
Age at date of application. She was bom in May 1751.
Remarks: Soldier Mar. Oct 11, 1771, at Palatine, Montgomery Co. N.Y. where they both then lived, Turkje or Darcus Vandenwarkin; he died in 1811, aged 65 yrs. They had five children, no names stated. Her claim was rejected for the reason that soldier did not serve 6 mos, as required by the Act of July 4, 1836 under which she applied.
State of New York
I, John T. Leonardson of the Town of Root in the County & state aforesaid being duly sworn says that he was seventy four years old on the 18th day of June last, and that he this Deponent was a Revolutionary Soldier in the War of the Revolution. That he served in Said War for the period of 3 years. That he this deponent was personally acquainted with John Nicholas Dockstader, that he this Deponent went into the Revolutionary Service in the year 1779 on the 18th day of June, that he this Deponent & the said Dockstader were soldiers of the same Company under the command of Captain Abraham Veeder for the first part of the said Term of 3 years & for the remaining part of the said time under the command of Lieut. Nicholas Dockstader and this deponent further says that he has no doubt from his knowledge, recollection & belief, but that the said Dockstader was in the Revolutionary Service for the period of 3 years. And this deponent also says that the said Dockstader was in the Battle of Johnstown. That he this deponent was in that Battle & that he saw said Dockstader in the Ranks. And this Deponent also says that he was acquainted with the wife of the said Nicholas during the Revolutionary war & that she & the said Nicholas lived together during said War as man & wife & during that time had five children, and this deponent also says that said Nicholas & his wife Darcus lived together after the war until the day said Nicholas died. And that since that time said Darcus has lived a Widow & further this deponent says that he & the said Dockstader with their Company went to Fort Stanwix to carry provisions during said war & further saith not.
John T. Leonardson
Subscribed & Sworn this 8th day of July 1837
(Signature was cut off when Xeroxing the microfilm)
State of New York
I, Adam Miller of the Town of Glen in the county & state aforesaid being duly sworn says that he was eighty four years old, on the 10th day of June last, and that he this Deponent was a Revolutionary soldier in the War of the Revolution. That he served in said War for the term of 3 years, that he this Deponent was personally acquainted with John Nicholas Dockstader. That in the first part of the War this Deponent saw the said John Nicholas Dockstader in the Millitia under the Command of Capt. John Davis, that this Deponent at that time lived in the Town of Johnstown in said County & that the said Dockstader at that time also lived in said Town of Johnstown. That this Deponent & the said Dockstader at that time lived near together. That this deponent in the first part of the war & when said Dockstader was in the militia as aforesaid, enlisted in the Service for the period of nine months and during that time he was under the command of Captn. John Clute, that part of the time he was stationed at Albany & the rest of the said period of nine months, this deponent & the company to which he belonged lay at Fort Edwards & Fort Miller. That this deponent at the expiration of said nine months went home. And when he arrived home, he saw the said Dockstader still in the Millitia Service under the Command of the said Captn Davis. That, this Deponent left fort Miller to go Home in the fall of the 2nd year of the War., that he this deponent then remained home during the Winter succeeding said fall until the month of ---of the next year. And that during said winter this Deponent frequently saw the said Dockstader in the Millitia Service, in Scouting parties, that this Deponent in said month of March again enlisted & went to Albany & then being taken sick, he returned home that he this deponent remained home until Harvest time succeeding said month of March & that during that time he this Deponent saw the said Dockstader frequently in the Millitia Service, that this Deponent afterwards during the said period for harvesting in the year 1777, went to the Battle ofOriskinny & that there this Deponent & the said Dockstader were soldiers together in the same Company under the command of the said Capt. John Davis., that said Capt. Davis was killed in the said Battle, that this deponent after the Battle of Oriskinny returned home & there remained until the month of March 1778, that this Deponent during the Spring of said last mentioned year frequently saw the said Dockstader in the service as a private soldier. That this Deponent in the month of March of said year again enlisted in the service & went to Pennsylvania where this deponent was under the Command of Genl Washington & that this Deponent from Pennsylvania went with the Army into New Jersey, that this deponent was at the Battle of Monmouth, that after said Battle this Deponent with the army left New Jersey & proceeded into New York to a place called Fish Kill, That this Deponent was then discharged, having served nine months from the time of enlistment, that this Deponent then went home & when he arrived home he again saw the said Dockstader still in the Millitia Service, that this Deponent remained home during the winter of 1778, that in the Spring of 1779 this Deponent joined the Millitia & was a Soldier of the same company with said Dockstader under the Command of Captn Abraham Veeder, that this Deponent & said Dockstader frequently served together during the Summer of 1779 on scouting parties in pursuing the Tories, that this Deponent and the said Dockstader frequently served together in the Millitia Service during the years 1780 & 1781 on Scouting parties in pursuing the Indians - that this Deponent on the 25th day of October 1781 & one Hermanus Smith, were going towards Johnstown, Known as a place where a Battle was fought in the Revolution, that this Deponent & said Smith met our Army retreating, that this Deponent joined the Army & saw said Dockstader in the Ranks, that the Army proceeded to a place called Herkimer in the County of Herkimer & State of New York & then they again met the enemy & had a Battle and this Deponent says that said Dockstader was in said Battle, and this Deponent further says that afterwards during the Summer of 1782 he this Deponent & the said Dockstader served in the Millitia under Lieut Nicholas Dockstader & went out with different Scouting parties to diverse places & counties to wit to: Fort Plank, Ballston Springs, Stone Arabia & Sacondaga. That this Deponent in the Spring of 1783 saw said Dockstader in the Millitia under the Command of the said Captain Veeder, & this Deponent further says that in that Spring he again enlisted & went to West Point & that he staid there till peace was declared, that then he returned home & the millitia were discharged, that said Dockstader was then at home. And this Deponent has no doubt but that said Dockstader served in the Millitia during the year 1783 for the period of two months, and this Deponent further says that from his best recollection he had no doubt but that said Dockstader served during the year 1782 for the period of six months and this Deponent also says that he has no doubt from his knowledge & recollection, but that said Dockstader served during the year 1781 for the period of five months, and this Deponent also says that from his observation & calculation he is satisfied that during the year 1780 the said Dockstader, served for the period of five 5 months, and this Deponent also says that from his best calculation & knowledge he believes that during the year 1779, the said Dockstader served for the period of Two months & a half, This Deponent further says that from his best calculation & belief, the said Dockstader served during the year 1778 for the period of Three months. This Deponent further says that from his recollection & belief, the said Dockstader served during the year 1777 for the period of seven months. And this Deponent also says that during the year 1776 he has no doubt from his knowledge & recollection but that said Dockstader was in the Service for the period of Two months, and this deponent also says that said Dockstader was a good active faithful Soldier. This Deponent also says the he was acquainted with the wife of the said Dockstader during the Revolutionary War., That she & the said Dockstader lived together in the said War as man & wife & during that time had five children, and this Deponent also says that said Dockstader & his wife Darcus lived together after the War as man & wife till the day of the Death of said Dockstader which was about 25 years ago, and that the said Darcus his wife has remained a widow since the day of the death of said Dockstader & further saith not
Subscribed & Sworn this 8th day of
July 1837 before me Adam (his mark -x) Miller
J. B. Alton Justice Peace
Feb 16, 1838
The papers in the case of Mrs Darcus Dockstader widow of John Nicholas Dockstader deed, have been examined and filed with suspended cases. It is alleged that her husband served as a militia man of New York, but the --- have not specified each term of actual service and the regulations require, the officer's names under whom her husband served in each tour should be given, as well, as their duration, the period, and the place or places where the service was performed
D. F. --.- Esq.
State of New York
Montgomery County I, John A. Gordinier of the Town of Root in the County & State aforesaid being duly sworn says that he was seventy six years old in October last, and this deponent says that during the Revolutionary war he this deponent was a soldier in a Company of Millitia in the then County of Tryon now Montgomery, Commanded by Capt. Abraham Veeder, that Volkert Veeder was their General & that Frederick Fisher was their Colonel. And that John N. Dockstader was also a private soldier in said Company during the said Revolutionary War, that this Deponent including said Company & including said Dockstader was called into the service in the year 1776 or for part of 1777 under the command of Robert Yates who was then a Captain & who was assigned for this particular service to a --called the Fish House or Sacondaga in the then County of Tryon, where they kept garrison & guarded the Inhabitants & kept a look out for the enemy & Indians & Tories and that they remained out on this tour for the space of two months and four days and that the said Dockstader performed the whole of said tour. That in the year 1777 Col. Fisher with about 2000 soldiers went & proceeded to a place called Johnstown also in said County of Tryon, that Deponent said Dockstader were also then in Service under said Veeder & in his Company & under said Col. Fisher, that they went to Johnstown as aforesaid then met Sir. John Johnson & his soldiers about 500 in number consisting of Tories & Indians, who surrendered to said Co. Fisher, that the Company to which Deponent said Dockstader belonged were engaged in this last service in going to & from Johnstown as aforesaid the time & period of one month, that the greater part of said time & period of one month was spent at Caughnawaga aforesaid, where the Company of said Capt. Veeder & a few other Companies remained for some time while Col. Fisher was ordering out Soldiers from distant parts & preparing to go to Johnstown. That is the same year 1777 this deponent was again with said Company called into the service under the command of said Capt. Veeder to a place called Fort Plank in the then said County of Tryon, that said Dockstader was also in this service where they remained two months & performed garrison duty in guarding the fort & protecting the inhabitants & keeping a look out for the British, Indians & Tories & that Major Frank was in command at this place & that one George Nellis was Colonel, and that said Dockstader served the whole of said time. And this deponent also says that he deponent & the said Dockstader with the Company to which they belonged were called out in the year 1778 to a place called Sand Flats in the said County of Tryon that the said Company was then divided & the division to which this deponent was assigned & belonged proceeded under the said Capt. Veeder to a place called Fort Stanwix also in said County, last mentioned, and that the division of the said Company to which the said Dockstader was assigned were ordered to proceed under the command of one Gyshert ??? Van Brakel a Lieutenant, to a place called Albany Bush in the then said County of Tryon, that this deponent --the said Company or division in which the said Dockstader was -- & proceeds towards the said place called Albany Bush. This deponent also says that the said divisions above mentioned did not come together & unite again until two months or more after their separation at also at Sand Flats, that they met and united at a place called Caughnawaga in the then said County of Tryon, that thru this deponent again saw the said Dockstader in the division commanded by the said Van Brakel and this deponent has no doubt but that the said Dockstader served under the command of the said Lieutenant Van Brakel during the said period of two months or more, that the said Dockstader & the Division to which he belonged went to said Albany Bush for the purpose of meeting the Indians & Tories, who were destroying the Inhabitants & burning & carrying away property in that neighborhood and further this deponent saith that not long after this last service & as Deponent now recollects in the year 1790, Deponent with his father and family moved into the County of Albany and while there this Deponent did not recollect of again seeing the said Dockstader during the war or the Company & Captain to which Deponent & the said Dockstader belonged under whom they generally --(as stated in this affidavit before Deponent moved at above -and further this deponent saith not.
Subscribed and sworn to
This 23rd day of May 1838 John Gardinier
D. F. -- Judge of Montgomery
State of New York
Montgomery County I certify that I am personally acquainted with the above named John A. Gordinier and that he is reputable & his affidavit is entitled to full credit - dated Canajoharie May 23, 1838
D. F. --Judge
Montgomery County Courts
State of New York
Clerks office I do hereby certify that David F. S--Esquire whose name is subscribed to the jurat of the above affidavit was on the day of the date of the same a judge of the Montgomery County courts and duly authorized by law to administer Oaths and that his signature subscribed to the same is genuine. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affix the Seal of the said County this 25 May 1838
A. J. Comrie, Clerk
The additional evidence in the case of Dorcus Dockstader enclosed in your letters of the 24th May last has been examined. It is alleged that the claimants husband was a private in Capt. Davis Company in 1776, and afterwards in Captain Abraham Veeders Company - His name does not appear on the --of Capt. Veeders Company at all. The tour in Capt. Davis company in 1777 to Oriskinny was 21 Aug- The --of John Gordinier speaks of a tour in Capt. Robert Yates Company in 1777 of two months and a tour of two months at Fort Plank under Capt. Veeder, But according to the --thru of another company was in --service fifteen days in any one tour.
This claim is rejected
Two different spellings for Dorcus/Darcus; Veeder/Vedder
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