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Daniel was born and named subsequent to the death of his older brother Daniel.
On the third of December, 1832, Daniel Pettibone, a resident of Vernon, Oneida County, New York, aged seventy-eight, having been duly sworn in at the Court of Common Pleas in the said county, made the following declaration in order to obtain the beneﬁts of the act of Congress passed June 7, 1832:
That he entered the service of the United States by enlistment as a volunteer in the Connecticut State troops the latter part of April or ﬁrst of May 1775.
That he entered the service as early as May 10 in Captain John Watson’s company, Colonel Hinman‘s regiment.
. . That he enlisted for seven months.
That the Company rendezvoused at Canaan & marched from there to Fort George at the head of Lake George in New York by way of Shefﬁeld Barrington Spencertown & Stockbridge to Greenbush on the Hudson River & from there to Halfmoon. The regiment rendezvoused at Lake George & was soon after marched to Ticonderoga which had then lately been taken from the British by Colonels Arnold & Allen.
That the remained there three or four weeks and Captain Watson’s and another Company of the Regiment were ordered to Crown Point which had also been taken from the British. That he remained at Crown Point several weeks and was employed in repairing and strengthening the works. Went with the Army which was commanded by Gen. Montgomery from there to attack St. Johns, encamped on Isle Aux Noix two or three weeks preparatory to the attack. Says he was at the taking of St. Johns & was one of ﬁfty-two picked men who ﬁrst entered the fort — that Col. Waterbury’s Connecticut regiment and Co. Beebe's Vermont Regiments were there. . . .
That he remained in the service at St. Johns to the early part of December. That many of the troops volunteered to go to Montreal. That he was dismissed having served out his term.
That in the year 1777 he lived at Norfolk in Connecticut and was enrolled in Captain Timothy Moses Company of Militia in Co. Burril’s Regiment. Asahel Case was Lieutenant & Samuel Coles ensign of the company. That in September of that year the whole Company remaining at home were ordered to Esopus on the Hudson River to watch the movements of the British vessels Rose and Phoenix which were moving up the Hudson River & did go as far as Livingston Manor.
That he went with the company to Esopus and from there to Livingston Manor. That most of the Regiment had gone to join the Northern Army under Gen. Montgomery & were gone until after the surrender of Burgoyne. After he reached Livingston Manor Gen. Putnam arrived & took command. He remained there until they heard of the Burgoyne’s surrender when the ships went down the River and the troops were dismissed. He was in the service at least one month this time but in no action. Says he knows of no person by whom he can prove his services in 1775 except Heman Smith of Vernon aforesaid & knows no one who can prove anything about the month’s tour in 1777.
. . .That he resided in Norfolk each time of his entering the service, in Litchﬁeld County, Connecticut, & resided there until the year 1816 when he removed to Vernon where he now resides. . .
Served as a private each time. Erastus N. Nichols and Asahel Gridley are persons residing in his immediate vicinity who can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief in his services as a soldier of the Revolution. That said Erastus N. Nichols is a clergyman. [Pension No. 3276, Daniel Pettibone, of Vemon, New York; issued the 31st day of December 1832. National Archives, Washington, D.C.]
A review of modern accounts of this historic period at the very start of the Revolution reveals that at the age of seventy-eight Daniel Pettibone’s memory of events of his youth was extremely accurate. All three witnesses named by Daniel Pettibone testiﬁed to his good character and veracity, and he was awarded a pension of $26.66 per annum, retroactive to the fourth day of March 1831 and thereafter paid semi-annually for the rest of his life. After Daniel’s death in 1844 his second wife, Eunice Pettibone, continued to receive the full amount of his pension for the rest of her life. She lived until at least 1856, when she was eighty-seven years old. 
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