Town of Schuyler

Herkimer County, NY

The Revolutionary War pension application of Jacob Clemens/Clements was graciously contributed by Carol Clemens. Jacob is representing Herkimer County Revolutionary War soldiers for our 2003 Memorial Day Salute!

"Hi! I was looking at the site tonight and found your military records. I am attaching a document that you may post on the web site if you think it would be of interest to others. Jacob Clemens (also spelled Clements) fought in the Revolutionary War and was from Herkimer County. I have transcribed the record that I have. It is difficult to read some of it, but I did the best I could! My husband is a descendent of Jacob Clemens.

Jacob II left Germany with his family when he was 6 years old (1766). He fought with his father (Jacob I) in the Battle of Oriskany in 1777 against British forces under St. Ledger. Their names are on the Battle Monument in Oriskany. He served in the 4th Regiment (Bellinger's) of the Tryon County Militia, German Flatts, Western District at Oriskany. Jacob is listed by the DAR as Jacob Clements who served as a private from New York. He did receive a pension of $80 per year. He enlisted March 12, 1777 and was discharged on March 12, 1780. Jacob fought at the Battle of Oriskany and went with the troops that followed Butler in his retreat through the northern part of Herkimer Co. when Butler was killed at "Butler's Ford" in the town of Ohio, Herkimer Co., NY."

Carol Clemens
Fishers, IN

Revolutionary War Records
Jacob Clemens (Clements)

Taken from National Archives Revolutionary War Pension Records
Record Number 9187
Transcribed by Carol Clemens

NOTE: Some sections are very difficult to read. I have done the best that I can to transcribe this record accurately.

State of New York
Herkimer County

        On this twelfth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, personally appeared in open court before the judges of the court of common pleas of said county now sitting Jacob Clements a resident of the town of Schuyler in said county of Herkimer of State of New York aged seventy two years who first being duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the Act of Congress (...?...) June 7th, 1832. That he entered the service of the United (States) under the following officers and served as herein stated.

        That in the month of January in the year 1778 he went from Frankfort then in the county of Tryon now Herkimer in the state of New York to the city of Schenectady and entered the service of the United States as a substitute in the place of George Bower, who was previously enlisted in the said service for the term of three years-that of said term of enlistment of three years of said George Bowers about 10 months had at that time expired by the personal service for that period of the said Bower-that he the said Jacob Clements entered the said service as aforesaid for the residence of said term of three years being for the term of two years and two months-that he joined the regiment of Colonel Goose Van Schaick who commanded the first regiment of the first New York troops that their Lieutenant Colonel was Cornelius Van Dyck-that he entered the company at that time commanded by Captain Andrew Finck, Lieutenant Van Valkenburgh and Ensign Jacob Klock-that from Schenectady Cpt. Finck's company and another company attached to said regiment commanded by Capt. Wendell were marched to Saratoga where they remained stationed until the spring following, when they were ordered to Albany and from Albany were sent to Pennsylvania where they were stationed with their regiment until the British troops who then occupied the city of Philadelphia retired from that city-that after the British army left Philadelphia the said regiment to which he belonged was ordered to New Jersey in pursuit of the enemy to Trenton and from Trenton from station to station to Monmouth -that he was not in the Battle at Monmouth although he was then with the army-that from Monmouth he was again marched in pursuit of the British Army to Sandy Hook where the British Army embarked-that he remained with the regiment to which he belonged afterwards and served the full term of the two years and two months and was finally discharged at Fort Stanwix in the state of New York -that at the determination of the said term of service a written discharge for three years service signed by his Lieutenant Colonel Cornelius Van Dyck was delivered to him-that he preserved his said discharge until in the fall of 1831 when he delivered the said discharge to John B. Dysert to obtain a pension for him that said discharge was subsequently sent by said Dygert to the Honorable Michael Hoffman representative in Congress from the said county of Herkimer-that he had now lately called on said Hoffman to obtain said discharge when said Hoffman informed him that the said discharge as he said Hoffman believed was at the War Department at Washington that he has not been able to obtain the same and the said discharge is now entirely out of his (...?...) that he knows of no person by whom he can prove said service-he believes one Robert (...?...) his sergeant is alive at (..?..), New York. That he was born at Saarbrucken in Germany in the year 1760 on the 14th day of January, moved into the United States with his father's family about ten years before Revolutionary War. He served with the state troops. Served with ( ...?...) Revolutionary War. That he has no record of his age. That he resided at Fairfield in the county of Herkimer state of New York when he entered the service. That during the Revolutionary War he had resided in Palatine and now resides in Schuyler in the county aforesaid that he entered the service as a substitute for George Bower.

        That he served under Colonel Goose Van Schaick Lieutenant Colonel Cornelius Van Dyck and Captain Andrew Finck in the first regiment in the New York State troops. That he did receive a written discharge for three years service signed by his Lieutenant Colonel Cornelius VanDyck-that in the summer or fall of the year 1831 he handed said discharge to John B. Dygert of Frankfort to ascertain whether he was entitled to a pension under the former here said law who as he is informed handed the same discharge to Michael Hoffman of Herkimer who has informed him that it was at the war office at Washington but that he does not now know where the said discharge is or what has become of it. That he is known to Michael Hoffman and John Mahon of Herkimer who although not in his immediate neighborhood can testify to his character for veracity and their belief of his services as a soldier of the Revolution. And 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 any agency of any state.

Sworn to and submitted the day and year aforesaid. Sworn to in open court (...?..), clerk

                                His mark


                                Jacob Clements

And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after (..?..) the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he states and the said court further certify that they are personally acquainted with the said applicant that he is a person of credibility and that his statement entitled to full credit. And the same court further certifies that they are acquainted with John B. Dygert and Michael Hoffman whose affidavits are hereto also annexed and that the statement of said John B. Dygert and Michael Hoffman are also entitled to full credit.

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