Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Excerpts from Revolutionary War pension file No. S4533

Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Excerpts from Revolutionary War pension file No. S4533



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  • Title Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Excerpts from Revolutionary War pension file No. S4533  
    Short Title Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Excerpts from Revolutionary War pension file No. S4533  
    Publisher National Archives, Textual Reference Branch  
    Call Number Revolutionary War pension No. S4533 
    Repository FOLD3.com 
    Source ID S411 
    Text In the following excerpts from Ezekiel Lewis' Revolutionary War pension file, Lewis and Captain Robert Orr describe Lewis' participation in Colonel Archibald Lochry's ill-fated expedition against the Ohio Indians of 1781. Details of this expedition can be found here. On pages 6, 8 and 9, Lewis describes his service including his participation in Lochry's expedition. Page 7 presents testimony attesting to Lewis' character. Page 20 presents testimony by Robert Orr who served with Lewis and was taken prisoner with him at the mouth of the Big Miami. Orr confirms Lewis' capture and that they were taken through the Indian villages of Ohio where they were separated. Lewis states he was then held "prisoner from the 24th day of August 1781 until the following year in July to wit the year 1782, and was kept during that time on “prisoner Island” in the river of the St. Lawrence."

    Additional detail on Lewis' service is provided in his testimony supporting a widow's pension for Elizabeth's Craig, widow of Lieutenant Samuel Craig who led Mathias Fisher's company on Lochry's expedition. Of particular note is how Lewis returned home to Westmoreland: He states he escaped from the British "with four others," a fact not mentioned in the declarations in this file. Mathias Fisher corroborates this event in his pension file stating that he was one of four who escaped with Lewis in July 1782, making their way home to Westmoreland County, PA in September 1782.

    All transcriptions are faithful to the originals, which often feature spelling errors, unusual grammar, little punctuation. The remainder of Lewis' pension file (not transcribed or shown) contains routine correspondence concerning his petition, records of payments and requests from relations in the early 1900's for copies of Lewis' file.



    page 6 ----------

    Declaration in order to obtain the Benefit of the act of Congress, passed June 7, 1837

    State of Pennsylvania
    County of Armstrong ss.

    On the Eighteenth (18th) day of September A.D. 1832, personally appeared in open court, before the honorable John Young Esquire Resident & Robert Orr & Joseph Rankin Esquire Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Armstrong County, now sitting, Ezekial Lewis a resident of Sugarcreek Township in the County of Armstrong and State of Pennsylvania aged seventy seven years, who being first duly sworn according to the Law, doth, on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7, 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein Stated. Colonel Archibald Lochery, Captain William Campbell (Captain of Light Horse) under whom he was, That entered about the first day of August A.D. 1781. That he was taken by the Indians on the way from Jacob's Creek in Westmoreland County in this state to the Mouth of the Big Miami where he was taken on the 24th day of August AD 1781 That he continued a prisoner from the 24th day of August 1781 until the following year in July to wit the year 1782, and was kept during that time on “prisoner Island” in the river of the St. Lawrence. Thinks that Thomas Stokely’s Company was one of the continental companies (is so) he served with that company. That they Traveled down the Ohio River. That he has no documentary evidence. That he knows of no person, whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service except the deposition of Robert Orr Esquire who was with him & commanded one of the companies under Col. Lochery, which said deposition is herewith transmitted.

    He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension note of the the agency of any State.

    Ezekiel Lewis

    Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid
    Fredk Rohrer Pro

    page 7 ----------

    We, John Dickey a clergyman, residing in the Township of Sugarcreek, Armstrong County Pennsylvania, and Thomas Foster residing in the same Township, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Ezekiel Lewis, who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration; That we believe him to be Seventy Seven year of age; that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier in the revolution and we concur in that opinion

    John Dickey
    Thomas Foster

    Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid
    Fredk Rohrer Pro

    And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion, after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War department and hereto annexed that the above applicant was a revolutionary soldier, and served as he states, And the Court further certifies that it appears to them that John Dickey who signed the preceding certificate is a clergyman, resident in Sugarcreek Township in said County and that Thomas Foster who has also signed the same is also a resident in Sugarcreek Township Armstrong County Pennsylvania and is a credible person and that their statement is entitled to credit.

    John Young Robert Orr
    Joseph Rankin

    Pennsylvania, Armstrog County

    I Frederick Rohrer, Clerk of said Common Pleas, do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application of Ezekiel Lewis for a pension

    In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court the 18th day of September Ad one thousand eight hundred and thirty two
    Fredk Rohrer Pro

    Page 8 ----------

    Interrogatories put To Ezekiel Lewis by the Court
    1st Where and in What year were you born?
    Ans. In Schammadore County (no county by this name in history of Virginia), in the year one thousand seven hundred and fifty five -
    2nd Have you any record of your age and if so whee is it?
    Ans. There us a record of my age in my Grandfather’s bible, in the County where I was born, at the death of my Grandfather the bible was in the hands of Mordici Lewis his sone, who is since dead
    3d Where were you Living when called into service; where have you lived since the revolutionary war, and where do you now live?
    Ans. In Westmoreland County Pennsylvania, after I returned home from the Indians I lived 9 years in Westmoreland and since and I now live in Sugarcreek Township, Armstrong County Penna
    4th How were you call into service (next unreadable) you volunteer, or were you a substitute? And if a substitute for whom?
    Ans. I volunteered as before stated
    5th State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the Troops where you served; such continental and militia regiments as you can recall, and the general circumstances of your service.
    Ans. I was not Joined with an Continental Company as before stated unless Captain Stokely’s Company, but I Know that Col. Locherey was under general Clark whom we were to meet at Wheeling, Virginia, who had left Wheeling when we arrived there, who left directions for us to follow him down the Ohio River, which we doing accordingly when taken by the Indians
    6th Did you ever receive a discharge from the service, if, by whom by whom was it given, and what has become of it?
    Ans. I never did the Captain having been killed by the Indians.

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    7th State the names of persons to whom you are Known in your present neighborhood, and who can testify as to your character for veracity, and their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution
    Ans. The Revd John Dickey, The Honorable Robert Orr senr and Thomas Foster

    These Interrogitories were put by
    Robert Orr
    Joseph Rankin

    page 20 ----------

    Armstrong County ss

    Personally appeared in open Court Robert Orr Esquire who being duly sworn according to Law deposeth & saith, That he became acquainted with Ezekiel Lewis (the present applicant for a pension) about the first day of August seventeen hundred & eighty-one, That at that time he belonged to Light horse Company Commanded by Captain William Campbell in the regiment Commanded by Colonel Archibald Lochrey, That this deponent was then a Captain of a Volunteer company, and that he the said Ezekiel Lewis & this deponent were both taken prisoner below or about the mouth of the Big Miami on the Ohio River, That they were Taken through some of the Indian Towns to (insert Lower Sandusky) Canady where they were separated That the said Ezekiel Lewis did not return back to his place of Jacobs Creek in Westmoreland County until about the same time the following year — That this deponent has been acquainted with the said applicant since that time, That he is and has been an honest & upright-man and is throughout his neighborhood believed to have been a revolutionary soldier - & further this deponent saith not.

    Robert Orr

    Sworn to & Subscribed in open Court this 19 day of Sept. 1832.
    Fredk Rorher Pro 

  • Documents
    Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Revolutionary War Pension File (p 1)
    Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Revolutionary War Pension File (p 1)
    Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Revolutionary War Pension File (p 6)
    Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Revolutionary War Pension File (p 6)
    Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Revolutionary War Pension File (p 7)
    Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Revolutionary War Pension File (p 7)
    Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Revolutionary War Pension File (p 8)
    Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Revolutionary War Pension File (p 8)
    Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Revolutionary War Pension File (p 9)
    Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Revolutionary War Pension File (p 9)
    Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Revolutionary War Pension File (p 20)
    Military: Lewis, Ezekiel - Revolutionary War Pension File (p 20)

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      Original data:
      Publisher: NARA
      National Archives Catalog ID: 300022
      National Archives Catalog Title: Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service, compiled ca. 1800 - ca. 1912, documenting the period ca. 1775 - ca. 1900
      Record Group: 15
      Short Description: NARA M804. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files.
      State: Pennsylvania
      Veteran Surname: Lewis
      Veteran Given Name: Ezekiel
      Service: Penn.
      Pension Number: S 4533
      Veteran Surname Starts With: L