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Rev War Stmt of Service MartinMURPHY
Posted by: Nancie Brunk (ID *****0029) Date: February 01, 2004 at 17:50:04
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In a statement of service given by Martin Murphy in 1832, a number of names and places were scribbled out by the very aged handwriting oc the county court clerk. I transcribed it as follows and am wondering if there is anyone who can help me with some of the descriptions of places and names in the following document?
I spent some time on a map to locate a path to and from Bunker Hill, and to Point Judith, but local descriptions could be easily mis-read. Please help, if you can.
Martin Murphy married Mary Steadman, daughter of Thomas Steadman all of S.Kingston 1700's. Have genealogy, will share.

Pension File Statement:
Martin Murphy
To Madison County Judge and the Court of Common Pleas
8 October 1832

""Declaration order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7 1832

State of New York}
Madison County} SS
On this 8th day of October 1832 personally appeared in open court before the Judge and the Court of Common Pleas of the county of Madison now willing said court being a court of records. Martin Murphy a resident of Brookfield in said county of Madison & State of New York [aged] seventy seven years of age and upwards who being first duly sworn according to law doth as 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 hereinafter stated.

Firstly        That in April 1775 then being a resident of South Kingston state of Rhode Island he enlisted at Newport for nine months in the company of Captain Christopher Gerelin in Colonel Varnums1 Regiment in the Rhode Island State troops. That the company & declarant rendezvoused at a place called Little Rest Hill in said South Kingston and marched from there through North through North Kingston and other towns on the route to Providence and from there to Roxbury in Massachusetts & from there thro [Carthage] to a place called [Plo**** Hill] within gun shot of Bunker Hill when declarant spends out his time of nine months and was verbally discharged about the middle of January 1776. That he was in sight of Bunker Hill Battle at the time it took place but the two Rhode Island Regiments did not reach the field in time to take part in the battle but arrived just as the American troops were leaving the fields- declarant knew them as officers Generals Greene, Putnam, Lee & Washington & was detailed to serve as General Lees life guard & did so serve about five months.

Secondly        That in June 1776 he was drafted at South Kingston for one month in Captain Samuel Potters Company in Col Dyers Regiment to guard the shores of Rhode Island. That he served out the month at Taverton and then volunteered in the same line for two months longer and served it out in the same company & regiment-

Thirdly       That soon after his return here from that above [**** **** **** *****] & which declarant believes when again in September 1776 he went into the line [*******] under Captain Potter as a volunteer in duties & [*****] for a year from time to time taking the places as a substitute for different persons any when ever Tuft ? Castle of South Kingston Gileum Rush? of the same place & William Nemery? of the same place- that the duty was to guard the shores of Rhode Island and lay? sometimes at Point Judith & sometimes at the South Ferry [******* *******] at C T. [********] Gardiners farm – that during this time declarant [********] in taking & leaving the persons on board the British Frigete [or Fryite] Liner of 36 guns that run for the [**acht?]

Fourthly       That in August 1778 he again volunteered at South Kingston & rendezvoused at Little Rest Hill- Captain Potters Company of Rhode Island Militia to his [***** ******* *******] & served about 40 days- even in one of the [********* ****] with the enemy on that occasion

Fifthly              That in 1779 he served both under Tift & as a volunteer nearly the whole year in Potters Company guarding the coast of Rhode Island and the mainlands- Netherlands

Sixthly              That he served in the same manner through 1780 at the same places above & taken [****] at a place called “Backside”? under Captain Daniel Tift

Seventhly       That he served in the same manner through the yrs 1781 & 1782 under Capt. Tift& until the declaration of peece over malle ?.

That applicant was always honorably discharged but has no paper discharge or document to prove his serving –
That he occasionally served as a sergent in said corps.
Declarant removed from South Kingston in Rhode Island to Granville in Massachusetts [****** ****** ****** ******] & in 1805 removed to Brookfield Madison County New York where he here resides [in line/and lives] & still resides
Declarant as he has [lived/been] [confined] & [*********] was born January 11- 1755 at Newport Rhode Island – That he has a recall of his age in the family Bible stating the above time of his birth
That although he acted as sergant both under Captains Potter & Tift he never under any written or printed warrant & it was not the practice to do so
That he has above stated where he lived when called into service & the manner in which he was called into it together with the general circumstances of that service so far as he can now recall
That he hopes to be able to show by Samuel M. Coon and Daniel Coon of Brookfield affirm his proven character for veracity & then belief of his service as a soldier of the New Nation
That he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure to testify to his service except those whose affidavits are herewith forwarded.

He hereby relinquishes every claim what ever to a pension except the present & declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.

Martin Murphy       

Sworn to & Subscribed the day & year aforesaid
A. S. Sloan Clk

Mr Samuel M. Coon & Daniel Coon residing in the town of Brookfield & County of Madison do hereby Certify that we are well acquainted with Martin Murphy who has subscribed & sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be seventy seven years of age & upwards; that he is respected & believed in the [*******] when he [******] to have been a soldier in the Revolution and that we concur that opinion & that he is of good character as to truth & veracity
Samuel M. Coon
Daniel Coon
Sworn & Subscribed the day & year aforesaid
A. S. Sloan Clk

A*** the **** Court do hereby decline/disclose their opinion after the [ma**ti**tive] of the matter & after putting the Interrogatory prescribed by the War Department that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier & served as he states. And the Court further certifies that it affirms to this that Samuel m. Coon who has signed the preceding Certificate is a resident in the said town of Brookfield & that Daniel Coon who has also signed the same is also a resident of same town & that each of them is a credible person & that their statement is entitled to credit.
I Andrew I Sloan Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Madison do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application of Martin Murphy for a pension.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office this 9th day of October one thousand eight hundred & thirty two.
A. S. Sloan Clk""

1.       James Mitchell Varnum
2.       Christopher Gardner from the 1790 Census ???

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