of New York
the 25 th day of September in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred
and thirty-two, personally appeared before
Henry I. Dieffendorf
, one of the
Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Montgomery.
Jacob Dieffendorff, a resident in the Town of Canajoharry in the County of
Montgomery and State of New York aforesaid, Aged eighty-five years four months
and eleven days, 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 7 th 1832.
he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers,
and served as herein stated.
That this applicant declares that at the commencement of the Revolutionary War,
at least since the year 1775, that he belonged to the Regiment commanded by Col.
Campbell and served, armed and equipped in the company belonging or under the
Capt. Henry Dieffendorff
, of the militia in General Nicholas
Herkimer's Brigade, in the then County of Tryon. That this claimant declares
that in compliance with the Resolution passed by the old congress on the 27 th
day of May 1775, as well that was in conformity of the laws and resolutions
passed by the State of New York, relating or predicated on the foregoing
resolution passed by the old Congress as also in obedience to the orders of his
superior officer from time to time from the commencement to the close of the
Revolutionary War has kept himself in constant readiness, well armed and
equipped and always ready to have acted at a moment's warning.
this applicant declares or earlier than 1775 in summer seasons he was ordered
out twice by Capt. Henry Dieffendorff to march to the Royal Grant on an alarm,
expecting the enemy along there, first tour remained about three weeks, second
trip he doth not exactly recollect only also on an alarm watching and guarding
for about two weeks.
this claimant declares that in the year 1776, either in January or February this
applicant was ordered out under his Capt. To march with the militia in mass to
Caughnawaga after the arrival of our militia, those joined Genl Schuyler's with
his militia from Albany and Schenectady, those assembled for several days, his
whole body of men formed and paraded on the ice at least once and from thence
all marching to the village of Johnstown county of Montgomery under the
aforesaid Genl Schuyler, their met Sir John Johnson as supposing with about
between three and four hundred men causing surrender of Sir John on patrole with
his men, as also two different trips to Stone Arabia to Fort Snell same year 1776
at each trip continued for three weeks.
in the year 1776 & 1777, generally stationed at Fort Blanck [Planck]
watching and guarding and being on scouts, against the incursions of the common
enemy at least at two months each year, at Fort Plain occasionally after the
fort being erected, for three years, served at one month annually, watching and
guarding against the incursions of the enemy as well there preserving the life
of his family and his own.
this applicant further declares that he believes, forepart of April 1777, that
drafted to march to Turlough now Town of Sharon, County of Schohary in order to
secure and arrest between thirty and forty disaffected persons, who hath been
calculating to join the incendiaries in Canada. When we were appearing, each and
every able bodied man of those on the Tory roll, not to be found for several
days until one of them had come in discovering the others. They were all
encamped in the woods, armed and calculated to take battle, but their hearts
failed and disappeared and dispersed and all taken at their respective homes,
when taken along before the committee of the county, all swore allegiance to the
United States and notwithstanding at the beginning of Fort Stanwix in August
nearly all joining Genl St. Leger.
Again, same year, 1777, this claimant further declares that he went under
Capt. Robert Krous, then drafted to March under Genl Herkimer. Then met Capt.
Brandt, there concluded treaty between Capt. Brandt and Genl. Herkimer and
passed over without commending to battle which campaign was to Unadilla down the
Susquehanny River. Again this claimant declares that immediately previous to 6
th August 1777, ordered to march out under the command of Capt. Henry
Dieffendorff and when on the march to Oriskany Battle, after battle subsided,
marching to German Flats, then ordered back by Capt. Dieffendorff, with a guard
to Canajoharie in order to take and to apprehend some disaffected persons,
accordingly did obey in taking the same to Albany and before coming to Oriskany
engagement and battle subsided, and our men who ere engaged in battle returning,
but during the same year also satisfied that he hath been performing services
and duties no otherwise mentioned that is to say several times on scouting,
spying those incendiaries lurking around and along or near the clearings, and
sometimes at a distance from the old settlement calculated at least for 2
applicant further declares that he went to Cherry Valley when a cruel general
conflagration was caused by Butler the cruel murdered. Vizt to men, women and
children and even to infants unborn, where the mother with her infant baby were
massacred, then under the command of Capt. Jacob Dieffendorf, belonging to the
Regt. Commanded by Col. Samuel Clyde, same Regt. Which happened in November
this claimant declares that in the same year when Springfield was destroyed also
ordered out under Capt. Dieffendorf, marching to Springfield, and another
occasions, occurrences, and emergencies, the number of days or months the
applicant cannot describe.
this applicant further declares that in the year 1780 he was ordered out under
Capt. Jacob Dieffendorf
to march to Fort Schuyler, now Oneida County where
Samuel Gray, Capt of Batteaux who got stopped the progress in transporting
provisions and supplies for the garrison at Fort Stanwix, where the said Capt.
Gray was, stayed for about eleven days.
Genl Van Rensselaer with our militia who were under him, and Col. John Harper
commanded than when and while guarding the boats and boatmen to Fort Stanwix.
The enemy passing down the Mohawk to the now Town of Minden, murdering and
destroying, burning and taking prisoners around about Fort Plain and even not
escaping the complete building vizt their church at that time.
this applicant, further declares that on the 25 th day of October after he was
ordered out and marched to Johnstown Battle then under the immediate command of
Col. Willett, attended with a number of lives lost and many prisoners taken on
he this claimant declares that he has been aiding and assisting in erecting Fort
Dieffendorf in the summer 1780 and therein performed duties and services
connectively with ten families, not only occasionally, but almost continually
for two seasons from Spring until late in the Fall, watching and guarding,
frequently on scouts and to the close of the war, that they were supplied with
ammunition in the fort. Calculated to defend, by the public or besides rendering
services occasionally called upon to march at a distance.
the early part of the war twice, marched to Bowman's Creek on an alarm at each
time to guard, to carry a load from Albany to Fort Stanwix, accordingly did
perform the same and satisfied that he has served exceeding two years at least,
but calculated from the commencement of the war, services performed.
this applicant declares that he was born in the Town of Canajoharie in the then
County of Tryon now County of Montgomery, on the 14th day of May 1747, and that
his father and family has resided in the said Town of Canajoharie where this
applicant did reside immediately previous during and ever since the
Revolutionary War and that he has neither any family record nor any record of
any church, but only information from the time he can recollect from his parents
always hearing them declare such to be the day and year as prescribed in the
also, that he hath been appointed Orderly Sergeant, under and by Capt. Jacob
Dieffendorf, immediately after Oriskany Battle and continued to the close of the
that this applicant relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity
except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the
agency of any state.
to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid before me. Henry A Dievendorff,
Judge of Montgomery Common Pleas.
Signed by John Jacob Dieffedorff.
November 7, 1932
John Jacob Diefendorf
Clifford M. Young
36 Oneida Terrace
Albany, New York
Reference is made to your letters in which you request the Revolutionary
War record of John Jacob Diefendorf of Canajoharie, New York.
date furnished herein were obtained frompapers on file in claim for pensions,
S.12772, based on the service of John Jacob Diefendorff in the Revolutionary
Jacob Diefendorff was born May 14, 1747, at Canajohaire, Tryon (later
Montgomery) County, New York.during the Revolution.
residing in Canajoharie, John Jacob Diefendorff enlisted sometime in April,
1775, served as private and orderly sergeant at various times on short tours in
the New York troops, under Captains Henry Diefendorff, Jacob Seeber, Robert
Krous, Jacob Diefendorff, Adam Leyp, Colonels Campbell, Klock, Willett; he was
in the battle of Oriskany, the burning of Springfield, in an engagement at Fort
Herkimer, at Cherry Valley, in the burning of German Flats, in the battle of
Johnstown, his service consisted in scouting, guarding at the forts, and
protecting the lives and property of the inhabitants of New York against the
depredations of the Indians and British; he continued in the service until in
1782, length of all service about twenty-six months.
Jacob Diefendorff was allowed pension on his application executed September 25,
1832, then a resident of Canajoharie, New York.
was not stated if Jacob Diefendorff was ever married.
I. Dievendorff (as his signature is shown) was “one of the judges of the Court
of Common Pleas: for Montgomery County, New York in 1832.
clergyman in 1832 in Canajohaire,
was a resident of Minden, New
York, in 1832, and stated that he was well acquainted with John Jacob
Diefendorff during the Revolutionary War. It was not shown that these persons
were related to the soldier, John Jacob Diefendorff, or that the Captains Henry
and Jacob Diefendorff were related to him.