In 1832, at the age of 70, Lewis Martin appeared in court claiming his right to a pension as compensation for his service in the Revolutionary War. He was granted the sum of .33 per year. The following is a transcript of his deposition for that claim. It was taken from a photostatic copy of the actual record, from the General Services Administration, National Archives and Records Service.
I obtained this copy from the Cornerstone Genealogical Society in Waynesburg, Greene Co., PA. in July, 2002 along with other documents concerning the Martin family of Greene County. They were donated to the Society by persons unknown to me and I wish to thank them for their time and effort. Ralph L. Polen, 08/22/02.
On this 10th day of September one thousand eight hundred and thirty two personally appeared in open court before the judge of the Court of Common Pleas now sitting Lewis Martin a resident of Center township in the County of Greene State of Penna. aged seventy years who being first duly sworn according to the law doth in his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7. 1832.
?)-1. Where and in what year were you born
-Answer: I was born in the state of New Jersey near Brunswick in the year 1762.
?)-2nd. Have you any record of your age and if so where is it?
-Answer: I have not except one which I made myself from some old writings left by my father.
-a. Where were you living when called into service where have you lived since the revolutionary
-b.war and where do you now live?
Answer - I lived on Castile run, Greene County (then Washington) Penna. & I have lived in said County ever since & now live in Center township, said Co.
?)-4th. How were you calld. into service - were you drafted - did you volunteer or were you a substitute & if a substitute for whom?
-Answer: This deponent first served spying and scouting after the Indians on Castile run in then Washington now Greene County Penna.
--this deponent thinks it was in the years 1776 = & 1777.
--He served during these two years during the summer season
-- this deponents father John Martin was drafted in the company commanded by Capt. Miller
--and this deponent agreed to go as a substitute for his father and marched to Sandusky in the company commanded by Captain Miller and in the regiment commanded by Col Crawford
--this deponent served out the campaign and was verbally discharged by Col. Williamson
Answered- Our regiment when we left home consisted of four hundred and eighty two men
Answered- We were attacked by a body of Mingo Indians at Sandusky and compelled to retreat after we crossed the Ohio river Col. Williamson told us we might go home, I do not recollect exactly the length of time that we were out but am confident not less than a month.
--This deponent was afterwards drafted in Capt. Woolverton's company for one month and served out this time at Ryersons Station, on the Brushy fork of ten mile (Creek) and at Crows block house on Wheeling (Creek) then Washington, now Greene County.
-- this deponent served as second Sergeant in this company
--Deponent is known to Joseph Pipes, Jacob Johns and Lewis Wright each of whom can prove part of depts. (deponents) service & his character for veracity etc.
--Deponent hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or anuity except the present one declaring that he is not on the pension rolls of the agency of any state.
Lewis X Martin
Sworn to and subscribed on this 10th day & year first aforesaid
Wm. L. Hayes
End of transcription.
-The document is signed and probably written by Wm. L Hays (a Greene County, PA. court clerk that was literate). Lewis Martin signed his name with an "x". Not unusual for that time.
--It should be noted here that Lewis Martin was 14 and 15 years old when he served in the Revolutionary War during the summer seasons of 1776 and 1777.
--Ralph Polen 02/09/2011
Military service Abt. 1780 Private and Sergeant in the Rev. War Served as an Indian Spy, PA
Lewis was buried in the month of June 1852 in the Cemetery on the farm of his son Daniel Martin in Center Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania, United States.
S/O John Martin and Rachel Tate
H/O Elizabeth Daines
F/O Hannah, James, Bonham, Jacob, John, Daniel, Rachel, Pheobe, Elizabeth, Mahala, Mary and William
Served during the Revolutionary War as a Spy and Indian Scout summer of 1776 and 1777, also volunteered as replacement for his father, John, who had been drafted into the Regiment of Colonel Crawford. In Sandusky and attacked by Mingo Indians, forced to retreat across the Ohio River. Next drafted to serve one month at Ryerson's Station blockhouse on Brushy Fork of Ten Mile Creek and at Crows blockhouse on Wheeling Creek, Washington Co., (now Greene Co.) PA. Was a scout at age 14 along Castile Run. Buried on son Daniels farm next door to the land he was given for Revolutionary War service.
Daniel Martin Farm Cemetery
1800 Septennial Census Morgan Township Greene County Pennsylvania, USA.
Elizabeth Martin (widow).
Death Registration of Lewis Martin.
Lewis Martin and Elizabeth Dains Marriage Certificate.
US Pensioners, 1818-1872, Elizabeth Martin, Widow of Lewis Martin.
Lewis Martin Rev War Pension Deposition.
Lewis Martin & Elizabeth Dains Marriage Certificate.
Revolutionary War Image.
WikiTree profile Martin-10048 created through the import of RALPHP~1.GED on Sep 10, 2012 by Ralph Polen. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Ralph and others.
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