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This is a transcription of Robert Potter's pension for service in the Revolutionary War. He was from Richmond, RI and later moved to Albany Twp, Bradford Co, PA.

From Betty Ross

page 1.

Service: Continental (Enl. R.I.)

Potter, Robert

Number: S.40269


page 2.

15,821 R


Robert Potter

of Towanda township in the state of Penna

who was a private in the regiment commanded by

Colonel Parsons of the Connecticut, for the term of One Year.

Inscribed on the roll of Pennsylvania

at the rate of 8 Dollars per month, to commence on

the 22d of April 1818.

Certificate of Pension issued the 13th of Nov. 1819

and sent to George Scott, Esq.

Prothy, Athens, Pa

Arrears to 4th of Sept. 1819 $131.46

Semi-anl. all'ce 4 Mar 1820  $48.


Revolutionary claim

Act 18th March 1818




Notification sent November 13. 1820 to Geo. Scott, Towanda, Penna


page 3


Bradford County, ss

On this twenty second day of April A.D.1818 before the subscriber one of the Associate Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of said County, personally came Robert Potter and being duly sworn declareth upon the Holy Evangelists that he was born in Richmond in Rhode Island and is about 69 years of age and has ever since been a citizen of the United States of North America. and now resides in Towanda township in the said County of Bradford. That in the month of January 1776 at Richmond, he enlisted to serve for the term of twelve months in a Company of foot under Captain James Chapman of the Connecticut Line and Continental Establishments of the United States and was attached to the Regiment of Colonel Parsons who being promoted was succeeded by Colonel John Tyler of Preston Connecticut.That he was on duty as a private soldier in that Company and Regiment at Boston until its evacuation by the British, was then marched to New York and served on Long Island at Kingsbridge and White Plains that when the main Army retreated through New Jersey his regiment remained on and near the North River at Ramapaugh and at Peekskill at which place in January 1777 this deponent was honorably discharged at the full expiration of his time.

That he returned his armes into the Arsenal or Store but received no regular written discharge and because at that period of emergency the formality was despensed with generally.

This deponent further saith that he hath no pension heretofore allowed him by the laws of the United States. to his knowledge and if any such exists he doth herby fully and entirely release and relinquish the same to the United States and that from his reduced circumstances he kneeds the Assistance of country for support.

Robert Potter (his mark)

Sworn and Subscribed

this twenty second day

of April A.D.1818

Before me George Scott, Associate Judge of Bradford County


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District of Pennsylvania

Bradford County ss

on this twelfth day of September A.D. 1820 personally appeared in open Court of Common pleas and quarter sessions being a Court of record holden in and for the County of Bradford district aforesaid, Robert Potter aged 71 years resident in said County who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath declare that he served in the revolutionary War as follows that in the first part of the year 1775 he inlisted a private in a Company commanded by Captain James Chapman in a regiment commanded by Col. John Tyler, for the term of twelve months in the Connecticut line on the Continental establishment and that he continued to serve in the same corps the full time for which he inlisted and was lawfully discharged at Peekskill in the State of New York, and that on the 22nd day of April 1818 he made application to the War office for a pension under the Act of Congress on the 18th day of March 1818 and received a certificate under Seal of the War office of the 13th day of November 1819. number 15=821 and the said Robert Potter do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift, sale or any other way deposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress intitled an act to provide for certain persons ingaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the revolutionary War passed on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not, nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities contracts or debts due to me nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereunto annexed and by me subscribed,


one cow

one old horse = one saddle and bridle much worn all which I bought with pension money.


page 5

Family none but myself.

Robert Potter aged 71 years my profession has been farming, but now not able to labor for my support.

Robert Potter (his mark)

Sworn and Subscribed this 12th day of Sept. A.D. 1820

George Scott Prothonotary

Bradford County, ss

I George Scott Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas in --- the County of Bradford do hereby certify that the foregoing oath and the schedule thereto annexed are ---copied from the records of the said Court & I do further certify that it is the opinion of the said Court that the total amount in value of the property ---- in the aforesaid schedule is forth seven dollars - --- any where of I have hereunto doth --- & affix the seal of the said Court on this twenty first day of September A.D. 1820.

George Scott Prothonotary


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Rev. & 1812 Wars Section


December 19, 1928

Robert Potter


Benjamin F. Wilborn

Little Compton

Rhode Island


I advise you from the papers in the Revolutionary War Pension claim, S.40269, it appears that Robert Potter was born in Richmond, Rhode Island, date not stated.

He enlisted at Richmond, Rhode Island, in January, 1776, served as a private in Captain James Chapman's Company in Colonels Parsons' and John Tyler's Connecticut Regiments and was discharged in January, 1777.

He was allowed pension on his application executed April 22, 1918, at which time he stated he was about sixty-nine years of age and was a resident of Towanda Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

It is not stated that he was ever married.

The Revolutionary War records of this bureau fail to afford any information in regard to Joseph Knowles.


Winfield Scott


Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
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