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This is a transcription of the pension papers of Caleb White of  Granville, Bradford County, PA  by Lynn BERQUIST Howell.
Dear Joyce:
I had transcribed Caleb WHITE’s service record several months ago, and I had planned on sending it to you sooner to place on the site.

Caleb WHITE was only 16 years old when he entered the service of his country.  He was born in Connecticut, and I have tentatively traced his ancestry and posterity to me as follows:

Nicholas WHITE & Susannah HUMPHREY>Nicholas WHITE & (?)>Deacon Nicholas WHITE & (?)>Dr. Nicholas WHITE & Sarah WHITE PERSON>Nicholas WHITE & Sarah CASWELL>Caleb WHITE & Chloe HAMILTON>Melinda WHITE & Nathan C. BALLARD>Malinda “Emily” BALLARD & Nathan Newell FINNEY>Allen McKean PHINNEY & Hannah “Jane” CLARK>Dayton Leslie PHINNEY & Evangeline “Eva” May LOOMIS>Bernice Irene PHINNEY & Nils “Daniel” BERGQUIST>Daniel A. BERGQUIST & A. Sue LYON>Lynne M. BERGQUIST.

Caleb married Chloe HAMILTON and they had the following children (according to Heverly):

David WHITE m. (?)

Melinda WHITE m. Nathan C. BALLARD (this is my line)

Artemisia “Harty” WHITE m. 1st. Stephen PALMER; 2nd Nathaniel HICKOCK; 3rd James H. ROSS

Lucy WHITE m. a Mr. PALMER

Chloe WHITE m. a Mr. PARKER

Sally WHITE m. a Mr. TAFF

Silas Hamilton WHITE m. Charlotte BLODGETT

Sylvia WHITE m. Alanson WORDEN

Caleb WHITE and Chloe HAMILTON are buried in the Granville Centre Cemetery, as is their granddaughter Melinda Emily BALLARD FINNEY, their great-granddaughter Olive FINNEY FOOTE, and great-great-granddaughter Abbie FINNEY SHEDDEN.  I have traced his daughter Melinda’s line, some of his daughter Harty’s line, and some of his son Silas’s line.

In Caleb’s service record I have left all errors in geography (Bedford Co. instead of Bradford Co.), spelling, punctuation, etc., as written by the clerk of court.  If I could not transcribe a name or word, the questionable material is in parentheses with a question mark.  The ^ marks a passage of testimony that the clerk inserted into the record.

Caleb had a very interesting service record, and I hope his other descendants will enjoy reading it as much as I did.

Lynne Berquist Howell

White, Caleb
S. 11758

No. 11887
Caleb White
Bedford Co. in the State of Penn.
Who was a Private in the company commanded
by Captain Lee of the Reg.’t commanded
by Col. Meigs in the Cont. Troops*
line for 2 years

Conn. And Privateer*
Records completed May 20/05

Inscribed on the Roll of Pennsylvania
at the rate of 80 Dollars------Cents per annum
to commence on the 4th day of March 1831

Certificate of Pension issued the 4th day of July
1833 and sent to David Cash
Towanda, Pa.

Arrears to the 4th of March 1833                                160.00
Semi-anl. Allowance ending 4 Sept. 1833                   40.00

{Revolutionary Claim,}
{Act June 7, 1832        }

Recorded by D. Brown, Clerk
Book E     Vol. 5     Page 64

State of Pennsyolvania}
Bradford County p.      }

     On this 18th day of September A.D. 1832 personally appeared in open court before the Honorable Edmond (Herrick?), President, & his associates judges of the Court of Com. Pleas of the county aforesaid now sitting, Caleb White a resident of Granville Township in the county
and state aforesaid, aged seventy 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 7th 1832.
     He entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated.  In the spring of 1778 the State of Connecticut raised troops by inlistment for one year to protect the seaports & shores of that State against the Brittish.  The claimant enlisted under Lieutenant William Morris of the Connecticut troops for term of one year; he enlisted in the spring of 1778.  The day and month which he enlisted he does not recollect.  He enlisted at Woodstock in Connecticut, ^at which place he then resided, the company to which the applicant was attached and two or three other companies or more, raised at the same time, met at Col. Samuel (McClanin’s?) in Woodstock.  From there the regiment marched under Col. (McClanin?) to White Plains where they made a halt, while at White Plains, it was reported that the Brittish were going up the North River, Col. (McClanin?) then marched his regiment toward West Point.  His ^troops at first were unwilling to ^go out of the State of Connecticut, as by the terms of their enlistment they could not be compeled to do so, but they adheared to the solicitations of their officers  & we went to West Point.  It turned out that the Brittish did not go up the North River at that time Col. (McClanin?) then marched his Regiment to New London where we remained until the expiration of our term of enlistment when Col. (McClanin’s?) Regiment was dismissed.  There were no written discharges given.  He does not recollect the name of the Major—Capt. Converse commanded the company to which the claimant belonged, until Capt. Converse was taken sick—the company was afterward commanded by Capt. (Tindal/Tisdal?)—(Lemuel Gravesner?) & William Morris were the names of the Lieutenants and—Childs ^was the name of the Ensign of the company.  The applicant was sixteen years of age when he enlisted.  After his year enlistment was out he returned to Woodstock & found his father had moved to the State of Vermont.  he then visited some of his relations at Middletown & Chatham on the Connecticut River—while at the latter place in the latter part of the summer of 1779 he volunteered in the Connecticut troops for six months—was stationed at New London and served the six months under the following officers, Col. Levi Wells, Capt. Lee (Lay?), Lieut. Elihew McDowell.  He has no recollection of any written discharges being given to any of the Connecticut troops that he was with.
     After the expiration of the six months for which service the claimant had volunteered, he returned to Chatham and shortly after, in the spring of 1780, he took the place ^as a substitute of a man by the name of Johnson, his given name not recollected, who had been drafted at Middletown, Ct. as a militia man to serve two months under Capt. Miller at Horseneck.  He accordingly served the two months at Horseneck sometimes called Greenwich.  at the time of the last service at Horseneck there was but one company there at the expiration of the time of service we were marched to New Haven and dismissed.
     Claimant went again to Chatham remained there about a week when another draft of three months was called fore—James Right of Wethersfield, having been drafted for three months, sent for me to go as a substitute for him.  Claimant served the three months for (?) Right at the Horseneck—this service was in the summer of 1780.  He recollects the following circumstances that took place during this latter term of service.  The Brittish was then in possession of the city of New York.  Sent as large forriaging party to cut hay at East Chester.  he thinks there were three or four hundred in the party & while they were there, he was sent with a party under Lieut. Elihu McDowell with a flag and nine Brittish prisoners to be exchanged.  The prisoners were delivered to the commanding officer at East Chester & the necessary papers received, and Lieut. McDowell & his party returned to the Horseneck.  A few days afterward he was on duty and heard that nine American prisoners had come up to the Horseneck from New York.  Col. Levi Wells was the commanding officer at this time at the Horseneck.  There were three months & six months men under him.  He was discharged at the expiration of the three months & returned to Chatham.  Johnson & Right paid him in Continental money which he received with the expectation that the Continental bills would be paid.  They proved nearly an entire loss to him.  He also received Continental money at the rate of forty shillings per month for his year enlistment, and the six months that he volunteered.
     In the summer of 1781 he contracted to work six months for one Thomas Rogers at Chatham.  before his time was out said Rogers was drafted to ^go against Genl. Arnold who was then committing depredations at Fort Griswold, New London.  Rogers agreed with me to go in his place on my six months engagement with him, and I was also to have ^the pay as was then made in Continental money for the military service.  I accordingly took Roger’s place, was attached to Col. Meig’s Regiment, who marched to Guilford, Ct. with the expectation that Genl. Arnold would land there.  We got to Guilford before Arnold and awaited his landing.  Arnold, after anchoring & putting out his boats and sending them part way to shore, he hailed the boats as was supposed the boats went back to the shipping.  He weighed anchor & went on towards N. York.  After one month’s service Col. Meigs troops were discharged.
     In the month of February 1783 He enlisted for a six week cruise on board of the Brig Marshall (a Continental privateer) Capt. Noah Scovill—(?) prize master sailed from New London.  Cruised off the West Indies, on the fourth day of April 1783 fell in with the Brig Hope from Liverpool bound for New York, took her as a prize & brought her into New London.  Doubts were entertained whether the Brig Hope could be condemned as a prize in consequence of its having ^been captured after peace had been declared.  As the matter was undetermined whether there would be distribution of the prize, the claimant went to see his father in the State of Vermont, and left request with his uncle at Chatham to inform him if the Brig Hope should be condemned.  Since that time he has not heard any thing more about it.  The time of this enlistment had expired two or three weeks before the got into New London with the Brig Hope.
     Your claimant being young when he entered the service of his country, and not having any written discharges or other records of dates and the grate loss of time renders it impossible for him to ascertain the precise day or month in all cases on which his terms of service commenced or ended, but he recollects clearly the number and duration of the times that he served, to wit, he was in the service six times, and served two years ^as a private in the land services and several weeks over an enlistment of six weeks on the sea.
     He has no documentary evidence and he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure, who can testify to his service.
     He hereby rellinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension role of the agency of any State, or (if any) only on that of the agency of the State of Connecticut.

Sworn to and subscribed     }
The day and year aforesaid }                             Caleb White (signature)
       Wm. Bull, Prot.

     Mr. David Ross residing in the township of Granville ^and Jonathan Scott of Troy township in the county of Bradford, Pa. hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Caleb White who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration, that we believe him to be seventy years of age; that he is reputed & believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier in the revolution, & that we concur in that opinion.
     Sworn to, and subscribed the day & year aforesaid.             David Ross (signature)
     Wm. Bull, Prot.                                                                      Jonathan Scott (signature)

     BRIEF in the case of Caleb White
County of Bedford in the State of Pennsylvania
(Act 7th June, 1832.)

     1.  Was the declaration made before a Court or a Judge?   Open court
     2.  If before a Judge, does it appear that the applicant is disabled by bodily infirmity?
     3.  How old is he?   70
     4.  State his service, as directed in the form annexed.

Period Duration of Service Rank Names of General and Field Officers
under whom he served.
 Years     Months      As a Gen.
State troops
Spring in 1778      1 Private Lieut. Morris
Col. McClanin
Capt. Converse
1779 Volunteered                    6      “ Capt. Lee
Col. Wells
1780 Substitute                    2      “ Capt. Miller
          “                    3      “ Col. Wells
1781  “                    1      “ Col. Meigs
(TOTAL)      2

5. In what battles was he engaged?  None mentioned.
6. Where did he reside when he entered the service?  Woodstock, Connecticut
7. Is his statement supported by living witnesses, by documentary proof, by traditionary evidence, by incidental evidence, or by the rolls?
8. Are the papers’ defective as to form or authentication? And if so, in what respect?
The papers are not attached agreeable to the regulations

I Certify that the foregoing statement and the answers agree with the evidence in the
above mentioned.

                                                   George Taylor (signature), Examining Clerk

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