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Revolutionary War Veteran

Born: In October 1763 near Poughkeepsie, New York

Died: 1849

Buried: Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois

Children: Lydia Clarke, William, Fleming, John, Jr,

Residences: He came to Illinois in 1830 and settled in the "Old Town Timber" near Le Roy, McLean County.

Service: Private: New York. He served in Capt. Samuel Bowmanís Company of the New York Rangers for four months; in Capt. James Harrison's Company, Col. Lewis Du Bois' Regiment for six months.

Pension: B 10629 (NY); Residence Bloomington, McLean County

Marker: His grave was marked by Letitia Green Stevenson Chapter DAR, Bloomington, in 1927. His name is on the bronze tablet in the Soldiers Monument, Miller Park, Bloomington.


From Abstracts of Rev. War Pensions:

TALDAY, John, NY Line (B or R)10629, appl 4 Mar 1834 McLean Co. IL, sol
was born in Oct 1763 at Poughkeepsie NY & in 1776 he moved with his father to
Catskill NY where he lived during the Revolution, sol referred to his mother (not

named) having died in PA in 1831, sol. stated that in 1792 he moved to
Bradford Co, PA and in 1818 he moved to Fayette Co, OH and in 1831 he
moved to Tippecanoe Co, IN, then moved to McLean Co,IL.

Pension Application Transcription:

Declaration of John Talday in order to obtain the benefit of an Act of
Congress of the 7th of July 1832

State of Illinois
McLean County 1834

In open Court before the Honarble Judges of the Commissioner (?) Court of Laia (?) County now sitting--John Talday, a resident of State aforesaid age at 70 years who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of of the provision made by the Act of Congress. passed July 7th 1832.

That he was born, according to a family record kept by his mother, in the month of October A.D. 1763 near (?) the County of Poughkeepsie State of New York--where he resided til about the year 1776 when he removed with his father to the neighborhood of Catskill of same state--where he continued to reside til after the close of the Revolutionary War--that he volunteered in the service of the United States, to guard the frontier, about the last day of May or first of June in the year 1781, in Cap. Sam'l Bowman's Company of Rangers as Spiez (?). The names of the officers under whom he served were as follows, to wit--Cap. Sam'l Bowman--Lieut. Peter Loop (?) Ensign Dyer(?) Allin--Orderly sgt,_____Scott. That he volunteered in the Borow (?) of Catskill to serve till the 1st of January following, and immediately after was marched to the Borow (?) of Woodstock--where the Company was quartered two or three weeks--when they marched to a blockhouse on the Hudson River--opposite the Borow (?) of Hudson. After remaining two or three weeks at this post they marched to Scoduck, a small Borow (?) inhabited by Germans; thence after staying the same length of time at the forementioned posts--they marched back to Woodstock; and thus continued marching around, or ranging between the three points generally tarrying about two or three weeks at each post. The distance from post to post was about thirteen miles. That at the same time the Company to which he was attached was thus engaged in ranging (?)--a similar Company commanded by Cap. James Harrison were also engaged in ranging between the same points. That the Company commanded by Harrison in passing round kept one post in advance of that commanded by Bowman.--That whilst thus engaged in ranging____passing from Scoduck to Woodstok, about the last of Sept. he assisted five others composing the left flank guard of Inia (?) Company in taking three prisoners supposed to be spiez. That after the arrival of the Company at Woodstock a detachment was sent off who conducted said prisoners to Cap. Harrison who, as this declarent believes, had them strip down to the raw (?) for further examination. No battles were fought, nor anything of importance transacted by the Company during his continuance in it. That about the first of Oct (1781) he obtained from Cap Bowman a furlough for the period of sixty days--terminating at the expiration of the time for which he volunteered.

In_____on the last of Dec previous to his obtaining such leave of absence he enlisted in the regular army, under Cap James Harrison--his service to commence on the first day of____following. After returning home to his Fathers and and spending the time limited (?) in the furlough--he entered the regular service on the first day of____1782 under the following officers, to wit, Cap James Harrison-Lieut____Aloss (?)-Ensign Archibald Cousonel (?)-orderly Sergt.____Scott. The regiment which he belonged_____commanded by Col. ___Dubois Commanding Gen. Leo____. That he entered the regular service at a small Borow (?) on the Poughkeepsie River two (?) days march above Albany--called Oswego or Oswega (?) where the company to which he was attached with another, commanded by Cap.---Gray remaining quartered till, according to the best of his recollection sometime in March following--when both companies marched down the river to Albany. After tarrying in Albany a short time-perhaps a week the two companies entered_____and descended the Hudson to West Point-where they joined Cap. Darbons (?) Company. The three companies continued to be quartered at West Point til sometime in July--as he____-as he____from the B____being engaged in reapings (?) at which time he obtained aa discharge and returned home. He received the discharge from the hands of Orderly Sgt. Scott--which has since been burnt in the destruction of his Father's house. He has no documentary evidence of his service and knows no one by whom he can prove them.-He hereby relinquishes any claim whatever to a pension or____except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension or____except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the aging in any state (see further page 6)

Questions propounded by the Court and the answers thereto. 1st. Where and in what year were you born? - I was born near the Borow of Poughkeepskie State of New York in the month of Oct. 1763. 2nd. Have you any record of your age & if so, where is it? --I have no record of my age--it was kept by my mother who died in Pa (?) about 8 years ago. Know not what became of it. 3rd. Where were you living when called into service; where have you lived since the Revolutionary War, and where do you now live? When I entered the service I was residing in the neighborhood of Catskill New York--where I continued to reside till about the year 1792, when I removed to Bradford Co, Pa. From thence I removed about the year 1818 to Fayette Co Ohio. From thence, in 1831 I removed to Tipacanoe (?) Co, Indiana; from thence in the spring of 33 (?) I removed to my present place of residence, which is on the_____in this County. 4th. How were you called into service; were you drafted, did you volunteer or were you a substitute? And if a substitute, for whom? - I first volunteere as a Ranger to guard the frontier--under Cap Saml. Bowman; after which I entered the regular service as an enlisted soldier-and served in that capacity from the 1st of____1782-till sometime I think, in July following-when I was discharged. 5th. State the names of some of the officers who were withthe troop when you served; such continental and militia regiments as you can recollect, and the general circumstance of your service? The names of the officers under whom I served as ___Cap Saml. Bowman-Lieut. Peter Loop-Ensign Jessie Abbie (?) & Sergt. Scott. I do not recollect the name of any other officers in the Regiment except Col Dubois=Cap Gray & Cap Dubois-I have no knowledge of any other Sergt. in the regular service than the one to which I was attached-which I understood to be composed of three companies- commanded by Captains Hamilton and Dubois. The general circumstances of my service are as follows- I entered the service as a Ranger at about the last of May or for part of June 1781- in Cap Bowmans Company- I served in this capacity till about the last of October following- when I obtained a furlough for the rest of the time I volunteered, namely till the last of Dec.- On the 1st of Jan 1782 Ientered the regular army, pursuant to enlistments made previous to leaving Cap Bowmans Company and served till sometime I think in July following.- I entered the regular service at a small town situated on the Mohawk called Oswego or Oswega- I remained____then till spring when we marched to Albany & thence descended the Hudson to West Point where I continued until discharged, 6th, Did you____receive a discharge from the service, if so, by whom was it signed and what has become of it? I received a discharge from my orderly Sergt. (Scott) when I left the army at West Point, but do not know by whom it was signed-not being able to read. - It was destroyed by fire in the burning of my father's house. 7th, State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood & who can verify to your character for verasity, and their belief of your service as a soldier of the revolution? William Evans-Mrs. Young-Leanard Priggs-Edward Wilcox & G. Bartholmew are acquainted with me and can testify to my character.

Sworn to & subscribed the day of year aforesaid, before me Isaac Baker of County Com Court

John Talday X his mark

Mr. George Bartholmew & Wm Evans, residing in the County aforesaid hereby certify that we are well acquainted with John Talday who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration; that we believe him to be 70 years of age; that he is respected and believed in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a soldier of the revolution and that we concur in that opinion.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
George Bartholmew Isaac Baker, County Com Court William Evans

And the Court do hereby declare their opinion after their investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogetories prescribed by the War Department, that the above applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he states. And the Court further certifies that it appears to them that George Bartholemew and William Evans who have signed the preceeding certificate are residents of this County and that their statements are entitled to Credit. I, Isaac Baker Clerk of the County Commissioner Court, do certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application of John Talday for a pension. In testimony whereof I have set my hand and official Seal this 4th day of March 1834.

Donated by Diana Tolladay

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