Pension Application for service of Abraham D. Fonda

State of New York:

Albany County: On this twenty ninth day of March in the year One thousand eight hundred and thirty seven, personally appeared before the Justices Court of the City of Albany the same being a court of Record, Hendricke Fonda of the town of Watervliet within County of Albany and State aforesaid, aged eighty eight years who being first duly sworn according to Law, Doth on her oath make this following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 4, 1836.

That she is the widow of Abraham D. Fonda of said town of Watervliet who was a major in the Militia that he entered the service of the United States as a captain about the month of October 1775. That she has no recollection of it or of any of the officers who were attached to the regiment of which the said Abraham D. Fonda was a captain.

That in the month of June 1776/8 he was appointed a major and acted in the capacity of major from time to time til the close of the war. That she is unable to state the close of his service but believes he continued in the service til the close of the war

That he was at the Battle of Saratoga and took part in the action at the surrender of Burgoyne. That after the said battle he was brought home wounded with ____ from said engagement Attended by a surgeon of the army but whose name she does not recollect That she does not recollect the names of any officers under whom the service was performed. That she is unable to specify other than as above stated any particular period of service in which the said Abraham D. Fonda was engaged.

That when ordered out, his __ ____ ___ [several words missing] more generally west and south of his place of residence. That she has no documentary evidence in support of her claim other than that which is annexed hereto.

That she remembers that Philip P. Schuyler was colonel of the Regiment of which he the said Abraham D. Fonda was major That she does not recollect the names or rank of any other field or company officers That the said said Abraham D. Fonda and Abraham Fonda named in the certificates herreto annexed were one And the same individual and that his name was written sometimes with the D. and sometimes without.

She farther declares that she was married to the said Abraham D. Fonda on the twentieth day of August in the year Seventeen hundred and seventy one. That her husband the aforesaid Abraham D. Fonda died on the tenth day of October 1799 and that she has remained a widow ever since that period _____ more fully app ___ by reference to the proof hereto annexed.

Sworn to and Subscribed on the day and year above writted in open court. The words Hendrickie Fonda eight years and Abraham D. Fonda just filled in And ___ the "D" in Abraham ____ [several words illegible] and the word "widow" on 2nd page just written

[feebly signed ] Hendrickie Fonda

[signed] John C. Wasson, Clk. Sur.


Transcribed and transformed by SB. Original spelling, usages, and punctuation (or lack thereof) most retained in the transcription.

Source: Pension application (number W[idow] 16576) and summary cover copied by and obtained from the National Archives. Pension arrears of $647.84 and a semi-annual award of $67.84 to be awarded beginning September 4, 1837. Documents extracted from "Book A" volume I, p. 130.

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