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United States

Pension

State of Pennsylvania

Lycoming County

 

              On the sixth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two, personally appeared in open Court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Lycoming and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania now sitting Seth McCormick[1] a resident of Washington Township[2] in the County of Lycoming[3] aforesaid aged seventy six years on the 15th of March last past, who being 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 AD 1832.

            That he entered the service of the United States in the month of August 1776, under the following named officers and served as follows- I was a volunteer in the company commanded by Captain Charles Leiper of Cumberland County[4], Pennsylvania William Cowen[5] and William Swanzey[6] were Lieutenants and Matthew Laud was the Ensign we regrouped at Carlisle[7] and marched to Philadelphia and then to Bergen in New Jersey, we remained in camp two months in sight of the British Vessels of War, after the two months were up, we returned home. In the month of December, I went out again as a volunteer under the same Captain William McFarland[8] was our Lieutenant we arrived at Philadelphia the day before the Hessians were taken at Trenton, we marched into Freehold Court House in Monmouth County, New Jersey remained there for two months in the service of our country and again returned home- About six months afterwards, I again went into the service as a wagoner under the command of John Cummins of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania: I had a long cold trip to the back part of Virginia for clothing for the army that took nearly three months. I then went under David Williams wagon master to haul forage and provisions for the American army then lying at Valley Forge, I also went with my team to Philadelphia under James McCormick Wagon master, we hauled artillery and ammunition from Carlisle to Philadelphia- I afterwards went with my team under George Sauderson Wagon master to haul for the army, we assisted General Washington[9] to remove from Valley Forge[10] into New Jersey. We crossed at Lenyell’s Ferry and went towards Princeton- The last time I was in the service of my Country I was out under William Green with my team, I was then engaged in hauling supplies for the army and materials for barracks and etc at Little York at Carlisle Pa. I have no distinct recollect of the precise time that I was in the service of my country, but can positively declare that it was more than two years!

            Deponent further states, that Colonel John Davis[11] had the command of the Cumberland Volunteers when this Deponent was in the service, there was a Major Smith also an officer- When I was relieved Colonel Guiney of New Jersey took the command of the troops in place of Colonel Davis- I have no documentary evidence nor do I know of any person whose testimony I can procure who can testify to my revolutionary service there as there is no person living in this county with whom I was acquainted with during the revolution-

            To the interrogations propounded by the Court, I have answered 

1st I was born in Lancaster County[12] on the 15th day of March 1756 in Paxton Township[13] (now Dauphin County)-

2nd I have record of my age in an old family Bible at my residence in Washington Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

3rd I was living within two miles of Carlisle, Pennsylvania when called into service- I continued to reside in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania until the year 1790 when I removed to Northumberland (now Lycoming County, Pennsylvania)- and have resided here ever since that time in Washington Township aforesaid

4th I went into the service as a volunteer as a private soldier afterwards I served as a teamster as above stated-

5th I can state nothing further in answer to the 5th interrogation to what I have before stated at length

6th I never received any written discharge from the service nor did I ever see or know of any such being given to others

7th I have long been acquainted intimately with Samuel Oaks and Hugh Douley who reside in the same Township with myself, they as well as others can testify as to my character and veracity and their belief respecting my services as a soldier in the revolution

And I do further relinquish every claim to whatever a pension or annuity, except the present and declare that my name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State to the best of any knowledge.

                                                                                                            Seth McCormick

 

 Endnotes

 

[1] Seth McCormick, Presbyterian, was born of Scotch-Irish descent in 1756 in Paxton Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Seth married Margaret Simmons of the Buffalo Valley and together, conceived 10 children. Before Seth enlisted, he lived and worked on his father’s farm. After the war, Seth relocated to an area of land his father purchased in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois: Brown, Runk and Company., Publishers, 1892), 1101; George M. Gould, The Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, Benefactors, Alumni, Hospital, ETC (New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1904), 354-357; William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Genealogies; Scotch-Irish and German (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: State Printer, 1886), 384-357; Tax Records, Cumberland County, 1780, in Pennsylvania Archives ed. William Henry Egle (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: State Printer, 1897), 20:289; Tax Records, Northumberland County, 1787, in Pennsylvania Archives ed. William Henry Egle (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: State Printer, 1897), 19:689.

[2] Washington Township is located in the southern potyion of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania and honors President George Washington. Early settlers arrived in the area in 1770 and later left during the Revolutionary War in 1778. Washington Township was formed from Northumberland County in 1786 and remains one of the oldest townships in Lycoming County. John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois: Brown, Runk and Company., Publishers, 1892), 572-581.

[3] In 1752, the area that is now Lycoming County originally was a part of Berks County. Twenty years later, the county of Northumberland was formed from Berks and Lycoming County was formed in 1795 from Northumberland County. In 1795, Lycoming County consisted of sixteen different counties and the early inhabitants of Lycoming were Iroquoian-speaking Indians. John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois: Brown, Runk and Company., Publishers, 1892), 17-31.

[4] Cumberland County, named after Cumberland, England, was created from Lancaster County in 1750. The County’s inhabitants, most of whom were Scotch-Irish immigrants, occupied the majority of the area since 1730. A year after the county was created, Proprietor Thomas Penn, established the county seat in Carlisle. William Taylor, History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois: Warner, Beers and Company., 1886), 25-35; John B. Frantz and William Pencak, “Cumberland County,” in Beyond Philadelphia (University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998), 107-132; James D. Flower, The Planning of Carlisle and its Center Square (Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Cumberland County Historical Society, 1983).

[5] William Cowen was born in Donegal, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on January 1755. At the start of the Revolution,  Cowen, resident of Bedford County, enlisted in the Revolutionary war in 1776 and served as First Lieutenant. Cowen served under General Lafayette and Mercer until 1781. Sons of the American Revolution, the Ohio Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (Columbus, Ohio: The Society, 1895), 134.

[6] William Swanzey, born in 1746, served as Captain in the Second Battalion of the Cumberland County Militia. Swanzey was a member of the Lick Run Presbyterian Church located in Centre County, Pennsylvania. Swanzey later died in the year 1825 and was buried in Jacksonville Cemetery in Centre County. J Thomas Mitchell, Centre County: from its Earliest Settlement to the Year 1915 (University Park, Pennsylvania: the Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008), 90.

[7] Carlisle, founded by John Armstrong, is located in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and serves as the county seat. During the Revolutionary War, Carlisle served as a munition depot and is home to the First Presbyterian Church. The church itself provided not only a place of worship, but also a meeting ground to the people of the county during the Revolutionary War. John B. Frantz and William Pencak, “Cumberland County,” in Beyond Philadelphia (University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998), 107-132; Judith Ridner, A Town in Between: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and the Early Mid-Atlantic Interior (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010).

[8] William McFarland, born 1758 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, served as a Lieutenant in the First Pennsylvania Regiment in 1780. Daughters of the America Revolution, Lineage Book-National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Vol. 61-62 (Washington, DC: Press of Judd & Detwiler, Inc., 1922), 288; Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution, Battalions and Line, 1775-1783, in Pennsylvania Archives ed. William Henry Egle (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: State Printer, 1880), 589-627.

[9] George Washington, born 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia, became one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Washington served as the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War, and later served as America’s first president in 1789-1796. Edward G. Lengel, George Washington: A Military Life (New York, New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2007), 3-19

[10] Valley Forge, located in Pennsylvania, served as a military camp for the Continental Army beginning in 1777 through 1778. George Washington, who served as Commander and Chief, stationed his troops at Valley Forge during the harsh winters and suffered many losses due to weather, disease, and starvation. Freidrich Wilhelm Von Steuben, former member of the Prussian Army, offered to train the troops at Valley Forge to enrich their military knowledge and skills. Henry Woodman and Mary Smith Woodman, The History of Valley Forge (Oaks, Pennsylvania: John Francis, Sr, 1921).

[11] John Davis served as Colonel in the Second Battalion of the Cumberland County Militia in the year 1777. “Revolutionary War Militia Overview.” Revolutionary War Militia Overview. Accessed June 15, 2015. http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/revolutionary _war_militia_overview/4125/cumberland_co_revolutionary_war_militia/435888.

[12] Lancaster County, originally part of Chester County, became the fourth county in the colony of Pennsylvania in 1729. The earliest inhabitants of the county included Mennonites who emigrated from Switzerland and Germany as early as 1709. Soon after the county was established, the settlers petitioned for the county seat to be located in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Frank Ellis and Samuel Evans, History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Everts and Peck, 1883), 12-59.

[13] Paxton Township was originally formed as a part of Lancaster County in 1729. The township’s first inhabitants consisted of many German and Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. The creation of Dauphin County originally split the township into three different townships including Hanover, Upper Paxton, and Lower Paxton. In 1791, the townships were split again creating the area presently known as “Harrisburg.” Luther Reily Kelker, History of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania with Genealogical Memoirs (New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1907), 409-416.


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