HILTON, RICHARD, New York, pension petition number R20513.  Application dated 30th day of December 1834.

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State of New York, County of Oswego SS

Peter Hilton being duly sworn according to law, deposes and says that he is a child of Richard Hilton deceased, to whom a pension was probably due, & who was an applicant for a pension from the State of New York that this deponent is directly interested as one of the claimants in said claim.  Signed, Peter Hilton

Sworn and subscribed before me this 28 day of May, 1852 and I do hereby certify that the said Peter Hilton is a respectable person, and that I have full faith in the truth of the above statement sworn to by him as being directly interested in said claim.  Signed, James Carpenter, Justice of the Peace.

Know all Men by these Presents, That I Peter Hilton, a child of Richard Hilton deceased, to whom a pension was probably due, & who was an applicant for a pension from the State of New York do hereby constitute and appoint Arad Joy, of Ovid, N. Y., my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name as one directly and personally interested, as also for and in behalf of all others interested in the claim or application for a pension as above mentioned.  Witness my hand and seal this 28 day of May, 1852. Sealed and delivered in the presence of James Carpenter.  Signed, Peter Hilton.

State of New York, County of Oswego

Be it known that on the 28 day of may, 1852 before the subscriber, a Justice of the Peace in and for said County and State, duly authorized by law to administer oaths and take acknowledgements, personally appeared Peter Hilton above named, and duly acknowledged the above Power of Attorney and affidavits to be his act and deed.  In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand the day and date above mentioned.  Signed, James Carpenter, Justice of the Peace.

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Brief in the Case of Richard Hilton, County of Oswego in the State of New York (Act 7th June, 1832)
1.         Was the declaration made before a Court or Judge?  Judge
2.         If before a Judge, does it appear that the applicant is disabled by bodily infirmity?  It does
3.         How old is he?  79 years
4.         State his service, as directed in the form annexed.


Duration of Service


Names of General and Field Officers under whom he served


from 1 1/2 to 2 years


Capt. P. Hilton, Capt. H. Dunham, Col. C. Van Vechten


2 1/2 years


5.         In what battles was he engaged?  Saratoga
6.         Where did he reside when he entered the service?  Saratoga Co.
7.         Is his statement supported by living witnesses, by documentary proof, by traditionary evidence, by incidental evidence, or by the rolls?  (??) & refers to papers heretofore forwarded
8.         Are the papers defective as to form or authentication?  and if so, in what respect?
I certify that the foregoing statement and the answers agree with the evidence in the case above mentioned.

Signed, W. Fawcett, Examining Clerk

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Orwell, Oswego Co., NY, Dec 28th 1851
Mr. Jay Hathaway.  Sir
Some time last winter you wrote a letter directed to Richard Hilton.  he died 9 years ago last August, 1842. his son took the letter from the office.  I married his youngest daughter & for the last 10 years of his life he lived with me.  17 years ago he applied for a pension. J. J. Petit was his attorney.  he failed in establishing his claim.  I will give you the old man's statement as he used to relate it 30 years ago.  At near the commencement of the revolution he enlisted as an artificer or workman whose duty it was to build boats, hospitals, bridges etc. for the Army. his father Peter Hilton being Capt. of said company, that he served in that capacity until the surrender of Burgoine.  when he was honorably discharged & drew his certificate for land which he subsequently sold.  that afterwards he received a Lieutenants commission & was frequently called out on scouting parties they being militiamen.  were frequently called upon to watch the movements of the enemy.  Dunham was Capt. of said company.  he was married in 1776.  If you now think there is a chance of getting a pension I would like to have you try.
Yours truly,      James Carpenter

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State of New York, County of Oswego, SS
On this 30th day of December AD 1834 personally appeared before me John Reynolds, Esquire, a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of said County of Oswego, Richard Hilton, a resident of the County and State aforesaid, of the age of eighty one years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth in his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832.

That on the breaking out of the Revolutionary War, I the said Richard Hilton resided in that part of the said State of New York now called the County of Saratoga (then called County of Albany).

That when General Montgomery & Ethan Allen went to Canada with the American Troops I engaged as an artificer and enlisted as such under my father Peter Hilton who was a captain of a company of Artificers in the American army and we were employed in building boats, barracks, hospitals, bridges etc. at Ticonderoga and on Lake George & Champlain, Fort Edward, Fort George etc. for the accommodation of the American troops.  that I was engaged as such artificer until the surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga when I received an honorable discharge for which is now lost, and a certificate for Bounty Lands and present home, according to the best of my recollection (which is pretty impaired by old age & its attendant infirmities).  I entered this service in the fall of 1775 & was discharged in the fall of 1777 and I remained in this service two years.  the certificate for land I sold for three dollars in Specie to one Layman as son in law to one Col Van Vechten .  I recollect this well from the fact that Specie was a scarce article at that time.

In the years after the taking of Burgoyne which was in the fall of 1777 the Tories and Indians caused red depredations again on the frontier.  I volunteered with a number of others, my neighbors, to defend it.  We left there some time in the Summer of 1778 & went as a Scout to Scnoon Lake & round by Lake George.  We were gone six weeks on the expedition as near as I can recollect.  One Scott was with us on this scout to Van Vechten a Van Schooc & which I cannot recollect.  I was out with the militia a number of times this year but cannot recollect how many or how long each time.  I acted some times as an officer & some times as a private but the particulars I cannot recollect but I am sure I performed active duty this year more than three months as a soldier in the service of my country.  I claim however for three months of service only.

The next year 1779 a considerable force was raised to repel the Indiana & Tories.  Col Willett was in Albany & went on to Fort Schuyler.  I took an active part in the struggle.  Jacob Lansing called us out a number of times during the season & Col Van Vechten was very active.  but as I was in no actual fight I cannot recollect the number of times we were out nor the precise length of each time particularly.  We went to lake George once & were out on the expedition four weeks as near as I can recollect.  Again were called out & we were gone three weeks up into the Woods scouting.  the object of the company to which I belonged was to keep the Indians back & give information where they were & fight them if possible and the country was in a constant alarm from them & many outrages were committed by them.  Sometimes I acted as Sergeant or some other officer & sometimes as a private but the particulars I cannot recollect.  There was an expedition this year against the Indians from the Mohawk River west and during that expedition the company to which I belonged were out all the times for 6 or 8 weeks.  but the particular time I cannot state.  The expedition went against the Indians near Oneida & Onondaga Lake.  All the service I performed this year I should say amounted to more than 15 weeks but I put it at fifteen weeks as I do not wish to claim for service I never performed & I claim as a private soldier in the militia of New York for all the service I heretofore did & after Burgoyne was taken.

On hearing the annexed certificate of my receiving a camisnifoian read it reminds me of things that I had in a measure forgotten through the infirmities of age & the lapse of time.
The officers named in the certificate I recollect I did not do much service after I received the certificate of ensign until the first part of the summer of 1780 when it began to be renowed that the British and Tories were coming down again & our company turned out again to defend it.  We went up the Schnoon lake.  Our expeditions were generally that way as it lay over the mountain west of Ticandaroga & the British & Indians usually came that way instead of down lake Champlain, as Scoon was out of the way of settlements & they could make an erefrting from that place into every part of the country.  In this expedition I was ensign.  Col Willett went up the Mohawk & they had some hard fighting.  I was out to Scnoon lake six weeks & returned with the company and immediately after we returned we were called out again & remained out until winter.  not at home more than ten days a time during the whole fall.

The General of Canada (Carleton, I think) with a body of Tories & Indians made a decent on the settlements & drove all before them.  Johnson the Tory was further west on the Mohawk & Carleton in our neighborhood.  The services of the company to which I belonged were very arduous - exposed to all weathers & inferior in numbers to the enemy but I cannot recollect the particulars of these transactions and the names of the most of my companions in arms has escaped my recollection.  I verily believe that I was engaged in active service of my country during the year 1780 as an ensign in the whole time six months.

About this time Arnold deserted & Andre was hung.  The next spring I was promoted to a Lieutenant & my commission which appears from the annexed certificate from the Secretary of the State office of the State of New York bears date 22nd of March 17811.  My commissions have been destroyed.  My grand children tore them up within a few years past.  they had them as toys or pictures to play with.  I went out with the company two or three times this year 1781 onto the frontier I acted as lieutenant.  I cannot recollect precisely how many times we were called out but my belief is that it was three times, & we were out three weeks each expedition and we were out a number of days & times besides for two or three days at active but I cannot recollect the particulars.  Some times we claim rations & sometimes we took from home enough provisions to last until we returned.  The services I actually performed in the year 1781 as Lieutenant was ten weeks as near as I can recollect.  I verily believe it was much more than that time.  Still I cannot designate particularly the times for as we were on the extreme frontier being north of the Mohawk & west of the Hudson River we were in a continual state of alarm & prepared for the combat at any moment.

In the year 1782 we began to have rather more peaceable times.  Still we were out in service a few times during this year for a few days at a time.  I acted as lieutenant in all our Scouts & excursions Sometimes taking command as Captain.  We were not out to exceed a week at any one time & then we were at home some days & then called out again.  800 our time popsed making busy times between the gun & plow.  I cannot recollect the number of times we were out this year man the length of the towns particularly.  Still I verily believe we were on duty in actual service watching the frontier & scouting five weeks.  I have no recollection of performing any service during the war after this year, that is 1782.

And I further declare that the reason why I cannot be more particular as to the time of service and length of my service each time in the above declaration is from lapse of memory through my infirmities of old age.  I have no recollection of being in the regular Continental army.

And I the said Richard Hilton hereby relinquish every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present & I declare that my name is not on the Pension Roll of any agency in any state.

1st Question: Where and in what year were you born?
A:  I was born in Albany County in the State of New York on the 30th day of June.  A.D. 1753.

2nd Question:  Have you any record of your age, & if so where is it? 
A:  I have a record in the family bible.

3rd Question:   Where were you living when called into Service?  Where have you lived since the Revolutionary War?  And where do you live now? 
A:  I was living in Albany County State of New York (now called Saratoga County).  I resided there until 1805, I then moved to Lee, Oneida County & resided there until 1820 when I moved to Oswego County where I now reside.

4th Question:  How were you called into Service, Were you drafted, Were you a volunteer or were you a substitute? 
A:  I was not a substitute & have no recollection of being drafted, but I volunteered & went willingly.

5th Question:  State the names of some of the Regular officers with whom you served.  Such Continental and militia Regiments as you can recollect, and the general circumstances of your service. 
A:  The above declaration & the annexed certificate is the fullest answer I can make to this question together with Hezekiah Dunham and officer & Col. Van Vechten

6th Question:  Did you ever receive a discharge from the service & if so by whom was it given & what has become of it? 
A:  I recollect of receiving a discharge as an artificer but it is lost & I cannot recollect by whom it was signed  & my commissions were destroyed as above stated except a few small pieces which I am informed are at Washington, and there is no living witness of my service as I know of.

8th Question:  State the names of the persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood & who can testify as to your character for veracity & their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution.
A:  Parley Wyman a Justice of the Peace.  James Carpenter, Eli Strong and Jonathan Dustan.  And I further declare that from bodily infirmity I am prevented from attending in open court to make the above declaration.
The reason why I cannot obtain the Certificate of a Clergyman to certify to my character is because there is not one residing within a number of miles of me who is acquainted with me.  Richard Hilton X his mark.

Sworn and subscribed by making his mark the day and year aforesaid before me.
John Reynolds a Judge of Oswego County Courts.

We Perley Wyman, James Carpenter and Eli Strong, and Jonathan Durtan, residing in the town of Orwell in the County of Oswego hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Richard Hilton who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be eighty one years of age that he is respected and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we (?) in that aforesaid.
Sworn and subsrarted before me this 30th day of December 1834.
Perley Wyman, Johnathan Dusten, Eli Strong, James Carpenter
John Reynolds, Judge of Oswego County Courts