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Averill, Ebenezer
Service Conn. Privateer
Number S.28,625

New York
Ebvenezer Averill of Cameron in the State of N York who was a private in the Company commanded by Captain Baldwin of the Regt. commanded by Col. Ely in the Connecticut line for
Inscribed on the Roll of New York at the rate of 26 Dollars 66 Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March, 1831.
Certificate of Pension issued the 16th day of Febry. 1832 and sent to Hon. L Cap for Hon. G. H. Wheeler.
Arrears to the 4th of Sept 1832 $39.99
Semi-anl. allowance ending 4th M. 33. $13.33
Total: $53.32
{Revolutionary Claim, Act June 7, 1832.}
Recorded by Geo. C. Stiles Clerk
Book B Vol. 2 Page 60

Letter to W. L. Hubbard Sr. 3 Au tor 30th Nov 1838.
Paid at the Treasury under the act of the 6 April 1838 from 4 Sept. 1837 to 4 March 1838. Agt notified 11 Decr 1838
In the matter of Ebenezer Averill
application for a pension
admd. 8 mo pri
Albany Dec 27, 1832 -
To the Hon. Lewis Cap
Secy of War

Mr. Ebenezer Averill formerly of Buffalo but now of Steuben county New York informs me that he is an applicant for a pension and requests me to State the following facts:
I have been acquainted with him 16 or 17 years and have often heard him allege that he was in the continental service during the revolutionary and particularly that he served on board one of the vessels of war. I well recollect also that whilst I was a member of Congress, say 8 or 9 years ago, he applied to me to assist him in obtaining a pension and then made such a statement or satisfied me of his having served on board a continental ship, but owing to his deficiency of the proof then required I dissuaded him from proceeding with his application. It is now some years since I have seen Mr. Averill but I distinctly recollect one circumstance which in addition to the reliance I might have in his word, served to convince me of his having been in the vessel he named, and that was his acquaintance with persons whom I knew to have belonged to said ships company.
I can verily hope this statement will be deemed important although I shall be happy to learn that Mr. Averill is likely to participate with others not more deserving in the bounty of the government.
Respectfully yr off servant
Albert H. Tracy

State of New York County of Steuben} ss. On this Sixteenth day of October A.D. 1832 personally appeared in open Court before the Court of Common Pleas of said County now sitting Ebenezer Averill a resident of the Town of Cameron in said County of Steuben and State of New York aged seventy one years and upwards 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 in the month of May 1777 he enlisted at Norwich in the State of Connecticut where he then resided in a Company of the State Troops of the said State of Connecticut commanded by a Capt. Baldwin whose christian name he does not recollect, that one (?) whose Christian name he thinks was Solomon was a Lieutenant in Said Company and that Daniel Leffingwell was the second Lieut in said Company. That said Company was attached to a regiment commanded by a Col. John Ely with a Lieut. Col. Arnold and Major Elias Buel. That he enlisted for the term of eight months and joined said Regiment at New London in said State of Connecticut where they remained from May until about the middle of September and was employed during that time in constructing the fort at that place called Fort Trumbull. That a part of said regiment was engaged during the same time in constructing a fort on the shore opposite New London called Fort Griswold. That he was engaged on the New London side of the river. That from New London aforesaid he marched with said Regiment to Tower Hill in Rhode Island about sixty miles from New London, and from thence to Providence a distance of about thirty four miles and remained there a day or two and marched from thence on the east side of the river to a place called Little Crompton and remained there about two weeks with the army intended for the attack on Rhode Island under the command of Leut. Spencer. That after Burgoyne surrendered the said Regiment marched back to Providence where the whole of the said Regiment but one or two Companies received a furlough for eight days to enable them to return home and received orders to assemble at the expiration of the said eight days at New London. That at the expiration of the said eight days he returned to New London and joined said Regiment and soon after received orders to march to White Plains in the State of New York. That they arrived at White Plains about the last of November where he remained until the latter part of the month of January 1778. That they were engaged while at that place in guarding the Country and its inhabitants from the tories and small parties of British troops who infested it and annoyed the inhabitants. That he remained in the said service something near a month over his time for the reason that a Regiment commanded by a Col. Meigs, which had been ordered to White Plains to relieve Col. Ely's regiment had not arrived and they were obliged to wait until it did arrive. That in the latter part of January 1778 he was discharged at White Plains aforesaid. That he did not receive a written discharge and immediately thereafter returned home to Norwich aforesaid.
     That he remained at Norwich aforesaid until some time in the Summer of 1778 where orders were received at that place to raise a Company of Artillery. That said orders were received from Gov. Trumbull with directions that if the men would equip themselves, the state would furnish two field pieces for the Company and that the members thereof should be exempt from being drafted. That he enlisted in said Company and equipped himself pursuant to the said directions. That said Company lay at Norwich aforesaid from the summer of 1778 until the summer of 1779 guarding that place and waiting orders from the governor of Connecticut to enter into active service. That the said company was raised for service on the frontiers but did not receive any orders for such service and the applicant became tired of his inactive life in the summer of 1779 left said Company with the consent of the Captain thereof and repaired to Boston for the purpose of entering the sea service and according to the best of his recollection he entered aboard of a privateer frigate called Columbia carrying thirty two guns. That Thomas Newell was Captain of said vessel, a man by the name of Tetcomb was first Lieutenant, Moulton was second Lieutenant. That the applicant was Master of Marines on board of said vessel. That he sailed from Boston as he thinks in the said month of August or the first of September on an eighteen month cruise of the gulf of St. Lawrence. That the said vessel continued coasting in the said gulf and off Halifax until early in the winter without any success and then sailed for the West Indies. That in the month of January 1780 they fell in with a Spanish vessel a distress with which they divided their bread and water and then sailed for the Island of Hispaniola for a fresh supply. That they went into the harbor of Cape Francis and while the ship was being supplied with provisions the applicant was seized with the yellow fever at that place. That while he was confined with that disease he was left in the care of a Capt. Turner, and the ship to which he belonged left the port and left him on the Island. That after his recovery he returned home with Capt. Turner in the ship Blays Castle where he arrived in spring of the year 1780 at Boston. That when he reached Boston he was without money and Capt. Turner furnished him with funds to enable him to return to his residence at Norwich aforesaid.
     That he remained at home a short time he thinks a month or two when he went to New London and went aboard of a privateer brig called the Marquis La Fayette commanded by a Capt. Peter Richards, Lieutenant Scofield and sailed from New London and sailed round to Rhode Island and from thence put to sea on a six months cruise. On the third day after sailing they fell in with and captured a British brig loaded with salt, wine and cheshire cheese, that the applicant and four others were put aboard of the said brig to take her into port. That while they were sailing for port the said Brig was recaptured by a British privateer bound from Hallifax to New York. That after their arrival at New York the applicant was confined on board the prison ship Jersey together with about eleven hundred others and was confined there about three months, and until he was exchanged. That while he was so confirmed on board the said prison ship he was sick about two or three months. That he was discharged some time in the month of August as he thinks from the prison ship. That after his said discharge he returned home to Norwich where he remained about two months when the said Brig Marquis La Fayette came into port and he received his share of the prize money.
     That in the latter part of Sept or first of October 1780 he again sailed from New London on board the privateer schooner Young Cromwell carrying sixteen guns and commanded by Capt. Hilliard for a three months cruise that said vessel sailed first to the banks of Newfoundland where they cruised for some time without success and from thence sailed to New York and cruised off that place in hopes to intercept some vessels engaged between Hallifax and New York. That while they were on that station they fell in with a fleet of thirty nine sail of British vessels convoyed by a fifty gun ship which gave chase to them and in order to escape they were compelled to throw overboard all their guns but two by which means they succeded in escaping and returned to New London, from which place the applicant returned home to Norwich aforesaid.
     That he remained at home until the month of February 1781 where he again sailed from New London on board the Randolph a privateer carrying sixteen guns commanded by a Capt. Peck and a Lieutenant Scofield on a six months cruise. That they went first to the West Indies where they remained some time without any sucess and then bore away for New York off which place they cruised some time, that while they were on that station, they fell in the night time with the British fleet and before they discovered it they were in the middle of the fleet. That they worked their way out undiscovered & escaped. That they sailed near New York until they fell in with and captured a British ship manned with fifty five men and loaded with clothing for the British army bound for New York. That they took said vessel to New London. That the applicant returned to Norwich where he had been but a few days when Arnold took and burnt New London and also burnt their prize and the applicant lost his prize money. That on hearing that Arnold was a New London the artillery company at Norwich to which the applicant had previously belonged immediately marched to New London. That he marched with them. That they arrived at New London too late to effect anything and remained there about a week assisting the inhabitants and then returned to Norwich aforesaid where the applicant remained until the spring of 1782 when he repaired to New London and went aboard of the privateer Marshall carrying sixteen guns commanded by a Captain Post for a three months cruise. That __ Scofield was a Lieutenant on board said ship. That they sailed first to the Gulf Stream and after cruising on that station for some time they sailed for New York where they finished the three months and returned to New London without taking any prizes.
     That he has not been able after dilligent search to procure any evidence of services before enumerated and that he can not learn that anyone who was engaged with him is now living.
     That he was born in the town of Preston in the County of New London and State of Connecticut on the 14th day of March 1761.
     That he has no record of his age and knows the same only from his recollection of the information given to him by his friends and relatives.
     That after the close of the war he continued to reside at Norwich aforesaid about two years and from there removed to mansfield, Wyndham County, Connecticut where he resided about five years. From their he removed to Harpersfield then Montgomery now Delaware County New York where he resided about eighteen years. From thence removed to Painted Post Steuben County New York where he resided about four years, then removed to Buffalo, Erie County New York where he lived about nineteen years and then removed to Cameron Steuben County where he has ever since lived and still lives.
     That in his present neighborhood he is known to Joseph Loghry, Esq. Stephen Willard Esq. Amasa Downs, Andrew J. Irwin, Revd. David Smith, Elias Mason Esq. William Clark & others who can testify as to his character for veracity 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.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid} Ebenezer (his X mark) Averill
M. S. Rumsey Dep. Clk.
Steuben County

We David Smith a clergyman residing in the town of  Bath adjacent to Cameron and Jospeh Loghrey of Cameron, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Ebenezer Averill which as subscribed and sorn to the above declaration that we believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution and also to have been engaged as a sailor during the revolution and that we concur in that opinion.
Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid} David Smith     Joseph Loghry
M. S. Rumsey Dep. Clk.
Steuben County

And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogationes prescribed by the War Department that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he states. And the court further certifies that it appears to them that David Smith who has signed the preceeding certificate is a clergyman resident in the Town of Bath near the town of Cameron and is a credible person and that their statement is entitled to credit.

     I Martin S. Rumsey deputy clerk of the County of Common Pleas of the said County of Steuben do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of the application of Ebenezer Averill for a pension.
     In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office this sixteenth day of October one thousand eight hundred and thirty two.
M. S. Rumsey Dep. Clk.
Steuben County
O.W. & N. Div.
L. W. B.
I. 28625.

May 19th, 1896.

     Replying to your request for information concerning the military record of Ebenezer Averill, a soldier of the Revolutionary war, you are advised that he made an application for pension on October 16th, 1832, at which time he was residing at Cameron, N.Y., (age not stated) and his pension was allowed for eight months' actual service as a private in the Conn. troops, Revolutionary war; a part of the time he served under Capt. Baldwin and Col. John Ely. He enlisted at Norwich, Conn.
Very respectfully,

General W. W. Averell,
Asst. Insp. General., N.H.D.V.S.
Bath, New York.
File No. 28,625
Ebenezer Averill
Priv. Rev. War
Act: 7th June 32"
Index:- Vol. 2, Page 15
[Arrangement of 1870.]

May 19 '96 (?)
(?) to
Gen W. W. Averill
Bath NY
Hon. G. H. Wheeler
Hon. G. H. Wheeler
D Sir,
     We send you herewith papers on the application of Ebenezer Averill for a pension, you will see there is attached to them a letter to Secy Cass, for which reason Mr. Averill is anxious they should be presented to him. You will oblige us by handing them to him.
     Whares the prospects of obtaining decisions on the papers we previously forwarded? We understand that under particular circumstances applications are decided upon out of their regular order, Daniel Bartholomew, Capt. John Merill and Isaac Train whose papers we sent to you among the first are very feeble old men &  very indigent. If they ever enjoy any benefits from the means they hope to derive from their applications for pensions, they must do so soon, or old age and poverty will place them beyond the reach of their Country's assistance. You will do them a favor by exerting your influence with the department to procure a decision in these cases immediately. Please write to as on the subject.
We are yours,
Woods & Rumsey
Bath 25 Jany 1833
New York, Jan. 28, 1833.
Hon. Sir,
Permit me to address a few lines to you concerning the application of Abraham Boyce for a pension. In which, for your better information, I would state, that in 1818 he had a set of papers made out and sent to the War Office; which papers did not, it apears, answer the requirements of the then existing law, and were returned to him.
In 1825 or '26 he again made application with the same having understood that a new law had been enacted, and being much reduced in his circumstances:- to this an answer was returned, that "he was not entitled to a pension by law, but that his papers were put on file." In 1828 or '29 being in very low circumstances, and having that some of his old fellow soldiers were still alive, he was advised to have a new set of papers made out; which was accordingly done and forwarded to the War Office. They also were returned as not answering the law. Subsequently a petition to Congress, to be placed on the pension roll was drawn up, which, together with the papers, were placed in the hands of Mr. C. P. White, to be presented: whether he did so or not, Mr. A. B. does not know. Mr. White did not return the papers, having left them at Washington: but in what office he did not say.
     On leaving New York for the present session, (it being now the third session since they were left in Washington) Mr. White promised to have them examined. I have written twice to him on the subject, but have received no answer. Mr. A. B. thinking that Mr. White has neglected him wished to know if his last set of papers are in your office; and if they are, he wants them examined, as he feels quite confident, that the Act of the last Congress must embrace his claim. If, on examination anything should be wanting to fulfil the law, or if it should be necessary that his papers should come back to New York, in order to complete what may be wanting, you will please return them , with the necessary information, as soon as possible: for Mr. Boyce is now very much necessitated.
Yours, very respectfully,
Isaac D. Boyce,
66 Charlton Street, New York
Please direct to Hon. Lewis Cass
Sec. at War.
Treasury Department,
Second Comptroller's Office,
December 6th, 1838.

Under the act of the 6th of April, 1838, entitled "An act directing the transfer of money remaining unclaimed by certain Pensioners, and authorizing the payment of the same at the Treasury of the United States," Ebenezer Averill, a Pensioner on the Roll of the Albany, N.Y. Agency, at the rate of Twenty six Dollars and sixty-six Cents per annum, under the law of the 7th June, 1832, has been paid at this Department, from the 4th, of Sept. 1837 - to the 4th March, 1838.
Respectfully yours,
Albion K. Parris

To the Commissioner of Pensions,
Lowville 28 Feby 1835
Hon A. Mann Jun.
     Your envelope enclosing a communication from the pension office under date of 18 inst was duly Recd. and in reply have to say that the letter refered to does not cover the whole ground. The deposition of Jonathan Austin was it is true indefinate - for the reason as was alleged of the loss of memory on the part of the applicant, but whose satement has been subsequently in some material points strengthened by affidavits of his neighbours, and by the one I had the honor to enclose to you, it is distinct in certifying that M. A. served in the revolutionary war one year & the letter from the department refers only to M. A. deposition and upon subject of certificates is silent.
     If both certificates have been Recd by the department it is fairly presumed a different conclusion would be the result.
     I did some months since request a return of all the papers relating to this claim to me, but was answered that were on file as being Recd. from C. P. Scovill as the agen of the applicant and that when he requested this return they would be sent. Mr. Scovill (who is our County Clerk) tells me he has so requested them return to me, but not hearing anything after waiting so long I concluded to address you on the subject, as I have done.
     I have so much confidence in the justice of the application, that I choose not to yield the point without a further trial. Therefore respectfully solicit a return of all the papers, unless a further examination of the application and certificates should result favourbly for I am confident that the case can be made perfectly clean and satisfactory.
I am my dear sir
yours respectfully
Kent Jarvis

Hon A. Mann  Jr.

P.S. Pardon me for acknowledging in a post script the receipt of J. D. Adams oration, for which you have my thanks. K Jarvis.
GENERAL WILLIAM B. FRANKLIN, President, Hartford, Conneticut. Term expires 1896.
GENERAL WILLIAM J. SEWELL, 1st Vice-President, Camden, New Jersey. Term expires 1898.
GENERAL JOHN C. BLACK, 2nd Vice-President, 1141 The Rookery, Chicago, Illinois. Term expires 1896.
GENERAL MARTIN T. McMAHON, Secretary, Times Building, New York City. Term expires 1898.
COLONEL JOHN I. MITCHELL, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Term expires 1898.
GENERAL ALFRED I. PEARSON, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Term expires 1900.
GENERAL FRANCIS FESSENDEN, Portland, Maine. Term expires 1896.
COLONEL GEORGE W. STEELE, Marion, Indiana. Term expires 1896.
MAJOR A. W. BARRETT, Los Angeles, California. Term expires 1898.
GENERAL CHARLES M. ANDERSON, Greenville, Ohio. Term expires 1900.
COLONEL SIDNEY G. COOKE, Herington, Kansas. Term expires 1900.
May 14, 1896.

Hon. William Lochren,
Comr. of Pensions.

     I have the honor to request that I may be furnished with a copy of the pension record of Ebenezer Averill who served as a Corporal Captain Wm. Satterlies Company in a regiment of Continental forces, Commanded by Colonel Moses Hazem, Revolutionary War.
Wm. W. Averell
Brief in the case of Jonathan Austin, dec.
Lewis County and State of New York.
Act June 7, 1832.
Claim, ("original," or "for increase.")
Proof exhibited, (if original.)
Is it documentary, traditionary, or supported by rolls? If either, state the substance.
The commissioner has decided that the Jonathan Austin who was same as the Roll of Capt. Adam; Company of the Rhode Island Artillery, for April 2d 1776, was the same soldier who is returned on
(If for increase.)
Has additional evidence been filed since the admission of the claim? If so, what?
the Roll of the same Company for March 16, 1778, Dec the Rolls is my Room Bundle no. 17. - sub. number 1.
August 3d 1853,
See also list of Department R. Island
Name and residence of Agent
Examining Clerk.