Fisher, Benjamin

Pension Application

FISHER, Benjamin. S.39520.
May 1818. Prince William Co., Va. Benjamin Fisher of Stafford Co., Va., aged 57, declares he enlisted, for the war at, Carter’s Ferry upon James River in Cumberland Co., Va., in Aug..1781 under a recruiting officer named Thompson or Tompkins of a regiment of cavalry. Before he had been entered in any company be was taken into the family of Baron Steuben as his bowman. In this capacity he joined the American army at Williamsburg and was at the siege of York. He then marched northward as far as West Point and was there upon the conclusion of the war discharged. He obtained a certificate which he filed in the Audit to obtain arrearage of pay.

16 Aug. 1820. Stafford Co., Va. Benjamin Fisher of said county, aged 58 years 7 months, declares he enlisted in Tappahannock, Essex Co., Va., in March 1781 in a company of foot of Capt. Woodson in the regiment of Col. Gaskins for eighteen months. He marched from Tappahannock to the Barracks in Chesterfield Co., Va. On his-arrival the company in which he enlisted, being raw recruits, were put under the instruction of Inspector General Steuben and daily exercised until the troops in five or six weeks were marched, up to Cartersville where he left the foot service and enlisted in Capt. Thompson or Tompkins’ company of horse who were recruiting troops to join Col. William Washington on the southern service. He never, however, served Col. Washington, being taken by Steuben into his immediate service in which he acted as bowman, dragoon and in other capacities until the termination of the war. He was engaged in a skirmish at Pigeon Hill and was present at the siege of York. After the siege of York he went with Steuben to Philadelphia remained with him during the winter, and continued in his service until he was discharged at West Point. Gen. Steuben affixed his signature to his discharge which he returned to the Auditor’s Office of Virginia.

He is a laborer, which occupation he finds difficulty in prosecuting because of the fall of a horse in the streets of Philadelphia which he was riding while in service. His ankle was muck injured and a weakness is severly felt by him while ploughing.

His family, consists of his wife Sinia, aged about 46; Three daughters, Catharine, aged 14; Judith, aged about 11; and Sally, aged about 5; and one son, Uel, aged about 8.

He owns one blind horse aged about 16 years, one cow, one calf, one small yearling, one cart, two chests, five chairs, one small cupboard, one sow and four shoats, one cary plough, one harrow, three weeding hoes, two pots and one Dutch oven, one old loom, one spinning wheel and a few articles of crockery ware and a few spoons (pewter), knives and forks. He has due him one open account about $4 and is indebted as much, the whole valued by the Court at $74.1

21 Sept. 1820. Stafford Co., Va. Twelve citizens of said county declare they-have known Benjamin-Fisher since 1815 when he came to reside in Stafford County. One, Newton Philips [sic]. added he knew him to be a soldier.

Benjamin Fisher of Stafford Co., Va., private under Col. Washington in the Virginia line for two years (war), was placed on the Virginia pension roll at $8 per month from 31, May 1818 under the Act of 1818. Certificate 12191 was issued 12 July 1819.

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