[Notes added by Marilyn Day on 1/19/2003: William
Dutton was born 6 Oct. 1750 at Westford, s/o Joseph and Rebecca (Adams) Dutton.
He married 17 Dec 1777, Phebe Temple of Acton, MA. He removed to Cavendish,
VT from Westford. William and Ephraim Dutton are first cousins, their
mutual grandparents being Thomas and Hannah (Burge) Dutton.]
Pension No. S12819
Selected documents from Series M804,
Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files,
Transcribed by Marilyn Day, Jan. 2003
Checked by D.P. Lacroix Feb. 2003
Note: Documents placed in chronological order, dates in brackets added after transcription
[Bounty land notes]
Issued Apr. 19, 1790, to
BY HIS EXCELLENCY
GEORGE WASHINGTRON, ESQ;
General and Commander in Chief of the Forces of the
United States of America.
THESE are to CERTIFY that the Bearer hereof
William Dutton, Sergeant
in the Seventh Massachusetts Regiment, having faithful-
ly served the United States seven years and five months
and being inlisted for the War only, is
hereby DISCHARGED from the American Army.
GIVEN HEAD-QUARTERS the 10th day of June 1783.
[Signed] G. Washington
By HIS EXELLENCY’S
REGISTERED in the Books
of the Regiment,
[Signed] Jon Harkel, Adjutant
THE above William Dutton Sergeant
has been honored with the BADGE of MERIT for Seven
Years faithful Service. [Signed] J. Brooks, Lt. Col Com.
7th Massts. Regt.
HEAD-QUARTERS, June the 10, 1783
THE within CERTIFICATE shall not avail the Bearer as a Discharge, until the Ratification of the definitive Treaty of Peace; previous to which Time, and until disclamation thereof shall be made, He is to be considered as being on Furlough
Wm Dutton afrsd in Col. Brooks Regt was certified Feb 19, 1782 for 36.8.7 ___ notes.
[Other notes added]
Secretarys Office Boston Septem 1803. These certify that William Dutton a Soldier in the late Continental Army has received the Benefits of the Resolves of the General Court of this Commonwealth and this discharge as delivered is agreeable to [?][?]
[Signed] John S[?] Secry
I CERTIFY, That in conformity with the law of the United States
of the 18th of March, 1818, William Dutton, late a private in the
Massachusetts line of the revolutionary army is inscribed on the Pension List Roll of the Vermont Agency at the rate of Eight ----//---- dollars, ----//---- cents per month, to commence on the thirty first day of March, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen.
GIVEN at the WAR OFFICE of the UNITED
this twenty sixth day of September
one thousand eight hundred and eighteen.
[Signed] J. C. Calhoun
Secretary of War
(Mass) S 12891
To the Secretary of the department of War of the United States
William Dutton of Rutland in the County of Rutland State of Vermont respectfully applies to be placed on the Pension list of the United States agreeable to the provisions of the act of Congress passed at their present session entitled An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval services of the United States, in the Revolutionary War.
Rutland, March 31, 1818
I William Dutton of Rutland in the County of Rutland & State of Vermont of the age of Sixty six years & four months do testify and say that I served the United States in the war of the Revolution against the Common Enemy on the Continental establishment as a Private 10 mos. I was a non commissioned officer from the 19th day of April AD 1775 until the end of the war, that at the commencement of the war I lived in the town of Westford in County of Middlesex & Commonwealth of Massachusetts, that I was in several Militia Regiments from this 19th day of April AD 1775 until the month of April AD 1777 when I entered into the Seventh Massachusetts Regiment then commanded by Col Alden afterwards commanded by Col John Brooks in the company commanded successively by Captains Wm. Hudson Ballard, Luke Day Coburn Wm White, Jon Felt(?) Junr that in the year 1779 according to my best recollection I was appointed a Sergeant and continued until I was regularly discharged at New Burgh 10th June 1783 that the following is a copy of the discharge that I then received viz “This is to certify that William Dutton Sergt in the 7th Masstts Regt has served seven years and five months as a good and faithful soldier and was enlisted for the war only and now is discharged from the American Army. Dated at Head Quarters Newburgh 10th June 1783.
By his Excellency, Command
Registered in the books of the Regt
Jon Harkell Adjt”
This may certify that William Dutton is honored with the badges of merit for 7 years faithful service.----------------------------------John Brooks Lieut Col CommanderI further say that ever since the Revolutionary war I have continued and am yet a resident citizen of the United States I am entirely destitute of property and have been supported by my son for a number of years, that I am unable to labor by reason of lameness arising from the Rheumatism which has attended me since the year 1782. And by reason of my reduced circumstances in life I am in need of assistance from my country for support.
7th Mass Regiment[Signed] William DuttonSworn & subscribed before me
March 31, 1818
Thomas Hammond [?] Judge County Court
for the County of Rutland
I Charles N. Williams of Rutland in the County of Rutland & State of Vermont one of the Justices of the Peace for said County of lawful age do testify and say that I am acquainted with Wm. Dutton who has made foregoing affidavit that he has lived in the town of Rutland for 8 or 9 years last past, that the fullest ______ may be placed on his oath & he is generally considered as a man of truth and ________ , that from my acquaintance with him I have no doubt of the truth of his statement in relation to his service in the revolutionary war, that I know that by reason of his lameness he is rendered incapable of manual labor & that by reason of his reduced circumstances in life he is in my opinion in need of assistance from his country for support.
[Signed] C.N. Williams
Sworn & subscribed to
This 31st day of March AD 1818
Thos. Hammond, Judge of the County
Court for Rutland County
I William Dutton further swear, that last December I delivered my original discharge to Alanson D[?] to obtain my land bounty. I do not know that he was is I am told the discharge is lodged at the City of Manchester.[Signed] William DuttonSubscribed & sworn before me
C. W. Williams Just Peace
I Thomas Hammond _______ Judge of the County Court for the County of Rutland in the State of Vermont do hereby certify that
William Duttonit appears to my satisfaction that William Dutton of Rutland in said County who has applied for a pensioner under the provision of the Act of Congress of the Unites States passed at their present session and titled “An Act to provide for certain pensioners engaged in the land & naval services of the United States, in the Revolutionary War,” served in the Revolutionary war against the Common Enemy until the end thereof. & that by means of his reduced circumstances in life he is in need of assistance from his country for support. I therefore certify I have read the testimony in the case of his proceedings had sworn to the secretary of the department of war agreeable to the provisions of said act given under my hand at Rutland this 31 day of March AD 1818. Thos. Hammond
State of VermontI Robert Temple Clerk of Rutland County Court do certify that the Hon. Thomas Hammond who _____ the foregoing certificate, is one of the judges of said court – that that I have affixed the seal of said court to these presents by order of said Judge at Rutland this 31 March 1818
Testimony & proceedings in the case of William Dutton.
STATE OF VERMONT,
Rutland County, ss
On this 26th day of June 1820 personally appeared before the County court for said County of Rutland in open court (said court being a court of record, agreeable to the laws of this state, having the power of fine and imprisonment, &c.) William Dutton aged 68 years, resident in Rutland in said county of Rutland who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth, on his oath declare, that he served in the revolutionary war, as follows: In the company commanded by Capt. William H. Ballard, Luther Day and others in the regt. commanded by Col. Alden Afterwards by C. Brooks from the year 1777 to the end of the war as a private & then sergeant.
that he made his original declaration on the 31 day of March 1818 has received a Pension Certificate No. 3011. And I 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 in any manner, disposed 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, entitled “An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval services 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 hereto annexed, and by me subscribed. 1 cow, 1 old kettle, 1 old pot, 1 tea kettle, 1 old hoe, 1 small looking glass, 1 pine table, 1 chest, My occupation is that of a husbandman but I have been unwell and unable to labour for more than twelve years. I have a wife named Phoebe aged 66 years who is blind and in very poor health. I live with my son aged 27 years & my daughter aged 39 who have neither of them any property of any consequence but upon their industry and charity I depend for the support of myself & wife.[Signed] William DuttonSworn to and declared on the 26th day of June 1820
before said court
R. Pierpoint CLERK
STATE OF VERMONT,
Rutland County, ssI, Robert Pierpoint clerk of the County court
for the county of Rutland do hereby certify, that the foregoing oath, and the schedule thereto annexed, are truly copied from the record of the said court:-- And I do further certify, that it is the opinion of the said court, that the total amount in value of the property exhibited in the aforesaid schedule is Twenty ---------------------------- dollars.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the seal of said court,
at Rutland this 30th day of June 1820
[Signed] R. Pierpoint
Fairhaven, Vt, April 11th 1833Sir.
I wish to be placed on the pension Roll of Revolutionary Pensioners under the act of Congress of June 1832 and now apply for the benefit of sd act. I was a sergeant of the Revolutionary army in the 7th Mass. Regiment of Infantry commanded by Cols J. Alden and John Brooks. My company was commanded by Capt Ballard. I now reside in the town of Fairhaven in the County of Rutland and State of Vermont. My name is in the Muster Rolls and my discharge in the War-Department and I hereby relinquish every claim to any pension except under the aforesaid act.
Herein is enclosed my Pension Certificate.
I am respectfully your’s
Hon. Lewis Cass
Secty of War
Castleton, Vt July 19, 1834Sir
I again enclose William Dutton’s Pension Certificate. On the rolls of Col Brook’s regiment will be found Wm. Dutton’s name. He also informs me that his discharge is in the War Department – a copy of which he has now in his possession.
I found Elnathan Reed’s affidavit or testimony which clearly shows that Wm Dutton served as sergeant between three & four years and most of the time as orderly sergeant and the witness clearly identifies the name Wm Dutton who name is on the Pension Roll to be the same one who performed the duties of sergeant with him the witness. I trust this testimony will be satisfactory to entitle the appicant to the benefit of the last Act of Congress.
An early reply will much oblige.
Respectfully yours [?] [?]
J. L. Edwards, esq. B. F. Langdon
I Elnathan Reed of Cavendish in the County of Windsor and State of Vermont aged seventy seven years, do testify and say, that in the Spring of 1776 I enlisted into the three years service and was stationed at Cambridge Massachusetts, & from thence marched to Albany, and from thence to Fort Edward, from thence to Tyconderoga, thence back to Fort Edward, from thence to Stillwater where I was transferred into the Rifle Corps commanded by Col. Morgan & remained in said corps untill after the surrender of Gen. Burgoyne. The winter after while stationed at Albany was transferred back to my old company and soon after enlisted during the war, after which I marched to Fort Stanwix and then back to Cherry Valley where I remained two years, from thence I went with Gen. Sulivan through the western country, in pursuit of the Indians, then back to Westpoint, from thence into New Jersey and on to Yorktown in Virginia.
During the three years service, William Dutton then of Westford in the county of Middlesex and commonwealth of Massachusetts – late of Rutland in the County of Rutland and State of Vermont – and now (as I understand) of Fairhaven in said County of Rutland, served in the same company with me commanded by Capt. Ballard excepting the time I served in the Rifle Corps as before stated.
Said William Dutton enlisted as a Sergeant into the same Company with me commanded at different times by
differentLieutenant Lunt – Capt. White and others; and the Regiment by Col. Brooks, and performed the duties of sergeant until said Dutton and myself were discharged, which was between three & four years and at the close of the war and serving the whole of said period, said Dutton served in the same company as a sergeant and most of the time as orderly Sergeant. There was but one person in said company (nor in said Regiment to my knowledge) by the name of William Dutton.
I further testify and say that I saw the same William Dutton in said town of Rutland in the year 1815 I think, & again in Cavendish about two years after – And further I say not.
[Signed] Elnathan Reed
State of Vermont Cavendish 7th Feb 1834.
Windsor County ss. Then personally appeared Elnathan Reed and personally known to me & who signed the foregoing affidavit in my presence and made oath to the truth of the matters therein set forth.
Before me Jabez Proctor, Justice of the Peace
I certify the said Elnathan Reed to be a credible witness and fully competent to testify understandingly to the facts.
Attest Jabez Proctor, Justice of the Peace
Vermont No 28.13b============
of Rutland in the State of Vermont
who was a private in the company commanded
by Captain Ballard of the Regt commanded
by Col. Alden in the
2 years as Sergt.
Inscribed on the Roll of Vermont
at the rate of 120 Dollars --- Cents per annum,
to commence on the 4th day of March, 1831.
Certificate of Pension issued the 18th day of Mar.
B. F. Langdon, Castleton, Vt.
Arrears to the 4th of March 1834 $360.00
Semi-anl. allowance ending 4 Sept 1834 60.00
Act June 7, 1832
Recorded by R. Burdi[?] Clerk,
Book E. Vol 3 Page 61
Payable on the 4th of
March and 4th Sept.
in each year, by David
Robinson, Esq. Bennington,
B. L. Wt. 4045, issued 1790 Apr 19. (name spelled Duttin on Old Record Book)
The discharge Ctf of William Dutton, Sgt in the 7th Mass. regt. showing 7 years and 5 mos service signed Go Washington and J. Brooks, Lt. Col. Comdt 7th Mass regt and dated June 10, 1783.
This paper has been removed from this case locked up.
Feb. 21, 1911
Bounty land allowed on discharge Ctf
Dis ctf only paper on file in bounty land claim
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