Peter Woolever

Pension Application

State of New York
Herkimer County

On this 11th day of February in the year 1833 personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Herkimer now sitting, Peter Woolever, a resident of the town of Manheim in the said County of Herkimer & state aforesaid, aged 68 years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832 -

That he was born in the year 1764 in then Arabia in the now County of Montgomery, then County of Tryon on the 27th day of November, and that there was a record of his age, but he has not seen it for many years and cannot now tell where it may be found - That he entered into the service of the United States, in the New York line of militia in the Spring of the year 1779 at the Mohawk Castle in the now County of Herkimer -- The Captain of his company was Joseph Dygert, the Lieutenant was John Weidecker and their company belonged to a Regiment commanded by Colonel Peter Bellinger - He (Woolever) was a corporal in his company -

The company marched to Fort Dayton, near where the village of Herkimer now stands, and remained there for some time, as a guard and then were marched to the fort at the Mohawk Castle to repair the same, and stand guard; and Woolever & his company were ordered to stand in readiness to march at a moments warning, to the different forts & stations on the Mohawk River in the County of Herkimer, by the Committee of Safety of that section, and they did keep themselves in readiness, and were employed in different forts in that section, and on scouts to different sections of the county, and they spent much of this year at the house of Gen. Nicholas Herkimer on the Mohawk and which was guarded and used in some respects as a fort at that time -

In the year 1780 he, in the same company and with the same officers, marched to Stone Arabia in now Montgomery County, then Tryon County and there was a fort there, and after they had been there as a guard for some time, but he cannot say the length of time. The Indians, Tories & British attacked that place - he believes it must have been in the month of October in the year 1780 - and a severe battle was fought, in which Colonel Brown, an American, and about 42 privates were killed. Colonel Brown commanded at this fort and his force was something more than 100 men. The Americans were compelled to retreat because General VanRenselare, who was expected to come on with some militia from Schenectady did not arrive, and some people suspected that he intentionally kept back. The enemy were led on by Sir John Johnson and Joseph Brant was there, and received a wound in his heel and after this battle the enemy proceeded up the Mohawk towards Fort Plain and Gen. Van Renselare after the battle proceeded to attack the enemy.

That he (Woolever) & his company remained at Stone Arabia most of the year 1780. Both before and after the battle he was sent out on scouting parties very few days, and as a spy to bring intelligence of the operations of the Indians and Tories, and he was frequently sent with a few others from one fort to another on the Mohawk for intelligence and as often as alarms were raised of the approach of Indians and Tories - During the whole year of 1780 he was on duty as a soldier either as a guard, spy or one of a scouting party - During the year 1781 he belonged to the same company and was commanded by the same officers and was under orders to march at a moments warning, and did keep himself in readiness and was on duty at the different forts in the county of Herkimer -

There was during this year, a skirmish at the house of Gen. Herkimer in which Woolever took part - between some Indians and Tories and the garrison at that place - During this year, he with others was ordered to drive some fat cattle from Mohawk Castle to Fort Plain, by Col. Willet who was there - This order he performed, but on his return, a party of Indians waylaid them, and his oldest brother and his brother-in-law were killed, and another brother in the same company was made a prisoner, but he (the applicant) escaped with a severe wound in his leg thy and sholder, which disabled him from doing duty about one year and until the enemy & Indians ceased to be hostile and to commit depredations, which was in the last part of the year 1782 in this section of the country. Woolever belonged to the same company and same officers and was under orders to march from fort to fort in the County of Herkimer as a guard and spy and to go on scouts, but not battles or skirmishes and said this year in which he took any part -

He was dismissed in the fall at Fort Plains - He never received any written discharge from the army nor did any of his company - That he has continued to reside in the County of Herkimer ever since he left the service in the Revolution and that according to his calculation he served two years of active service in said war.

That he was born in Stone Arabia in the now County of Montgomery in the year 1764. That there was a record of his age, but it is lost and he now has none. That he lived at Mohawk Castle in Herkimer County when he entered the service and that ever since the Revolutionary War he has continued to reside in Herkimer County in the town of Manheim and he now resides there. That he entered the service in the Revolutionary War and was [illegible] into the New York Line of Militia - That he knew the following regular officers who were with the troops where he served - General Nicholas Herkimer, Colonel Willet - Colonel Clyde - That he never received a discharge from the service in writing and that he has the affidavits of John Woolever and Catharine Woolever, who reside in the town of Lenox in the County of Madison - they are aged, in ill health, and quite unable to attend court in the County at this time as witnefses.

That he is acquainted with Henry Walrad and William Feeter residing near his present neighborhood who can testify to his character for veracity, and to their belief of his services as a soldier of the Revolution - and that there is no clergyman in his neighborhood with whom he is acquainted and who can certify to his character or services - That he hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state - Signed: Peter Wolever

We, William Feeter and Henry T. Walrath of Little Falls in the County of Herkimer hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Peter Woolaver who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration - that we believe him to be 68 years of age and that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution and that we concur in that opinion. Signed Wiliam Feeter and Henry T. Walrath

And the said court do hereby declare their opinion that after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary War soldier as he declares.