MARTIN MILLER SR. PENSION APPLICATION 1835
Declaration in order to be placed on the pension list under the date of the 7th of June 1832.
State of Illinois. Greene County.
Be it remembered that on this Seventh day of September AD 1835 in open Court before the County Commissioners Court of Greene County, Illinois, being a Court of Record. MARTIN MILLER a resident of the same County, aged seventy six years. Sometime in the latter part of the year, and the said MARTIN MILLER being duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provision made by the Act of Congress of the 7th of June 1832. That he was born in the month of December, 1759, in Lancaster County, State of Pennsylvania and lived in Lancaster County until he was about twenty-four years of age. In the year of 1777, he entered into the service of the United States, as a private in CAPTAIN JOSEPH MCCLURE’S COMPANY of the Pennsylvania militia, commanded by COLONEL JOHN ROGERS. GENERAL IRVINE marched with his Company from Lancaster County to VALLEY FORGE, where he joined the Army and was entered in the Service about Philadelphia this tour for the space of two months. In the winter of the year 1781, he entered into the Service of the United States in Lancaster County, under CAPTAIN B. HART, he took charge of, drove and guarded a wagon, which with others was loaded in Lancaster, with clothing and other supplies for the use of GENL. VUENE’S ARMY. He went from thence to South Carolina with the wagons to GENERAL GREENE’S headquarters and was engaged in the service in this tour some little over four months. Sometime in the fall of this year 1781, about the month of October, there was another call in the militia, and he volunteered under CAPTAIN WM ALLEN, COLONEL ROSS OF LANCASTER, and served five weeks when information was received of this to be of CORNWALLIS. And we were discharged making his whole service full Seven Months, for which he claims compensation. This applicant does not recollect to have served with or been acquainted with any of the regular officers. He saw GENERAL GREENE at his quarters in South Carolina at a place called ninety six. After his service and the close of the war, he removed from LANCASTER COUNTY to CENTRE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AND LIVED THERE UNTIL THE YEAR 1807, at which time he removed to CLERMONT COUNTY, he removed in March 1835 to his present residence in GREENE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. He received a written discharge with two others on the same paper on the LOG MASTER in the State of South Carolina---which paper has been lost or retained by one of the other two who have had an interest for his services in Pennsylvania he received no written discharge---the troops were there discharged by Companies. This applicant by a series of misfortunates, has in his old age become poor, wherein has induced him at this late period, to throw himself and his claim on his country. He would most respectfully refer the deportment to PETER HASTINGS, a minister of the gospel of Clermont County, Ohio.---JOHN RANKIN, a minister of the gospel of FELICITY, same County and State---HENRY CAMERER and JOHN ABRAMS of the same County. To PETER DODSON, a minister of the Gospel, in Greene County, Illinois and to ABRAHAM CELLS , JOHN LARKIN, and JOHN MURPHY citizens of the same County, who are well acquainted with this applicant and can certify, in reference to the character of this applicant for veracity, and of his reputation as a soldier of the Revolution. The applicant hereby relinquished all claims to a pension or annuity except the present and declares his name is not on the pension roll in the Agency of any State.
Signed & sworn in open court. MARTIN MILLER [SR]
MOSES A. BLEDSOE Clk.