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Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832
In Chancery before the Vice Chancellor  
of the 4th Circuit of the State of N. York Present the Hon. Esek Cowen ,
Vice Chancellor. On this 11th day of September 1832, personally appeared in open Court before the said Chancellor, Jehu Grant, of Milton in the County of Saratoga and State of New York, aged, according to the best information he possesses about seventy-seven years, 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 7th 1832. That he entered the Service of the United States, under the following named officers and served as herein stated, That he was a slave to Elihu Champlen, Who resided at Narragansett, Rhode-Island, at the time he left him. his said Master was Called a Tory, and in a secret manner furnished the Enemy, Whose shipping lay near by, with sheep, cattle, chees &c, and received goods from them, And this applicant being afraid his said Master, would send him to the British ships, ran away some time in August 1777, as near as he can recollect, being the same summer that Danbury was burnt. that he went right to Danbury after he left his said Master and enlisted to Captain Giles Gates for eighteen month that according to the best of his memory General Huntington and General Meig's Brigades or a part of them were at that place, that he this Applicant was put to teaming with a team of Horses, and Waggon, drawing provision and various other loading for the Army, for three or four Months untill winter set in. then was taken as a servant to John Scidmore Waggon Master General (as he was called) and served with him as his Waiter untill spring, When the said troops went to the Hyghlands or near that place on the Hudson River, a little above the British lines. that this Applicant had Charge of the Teams as Waggoner and Carryed the said General Scidmores Bagage and Continued with him (and the said troops) as his Waggoner near the said lines untill some time in June, When his said Master either Sent or Came and this applicant was given up to his Master again, and he returned, after having served nine or ten month

Interrogatories by the Chancellor

1st and 2nd That he has been informed that he was born in Charlestown State of Rhode Island in what year he does not know & knows of no record of his age

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3rd That he lived at a place called Narragansett in the state of Rhode Island When he ran away from his Master and [en]listed as aforesaid, That his said Master sold him to one Grant and soon after the revolution With the aid of Joshua Swan he purchased his time of the said Grant, And that he moved with the said Joshua Swan into Milton the Town Where he now resides, and labored for him untill his time was paid for, that he has continued to live in Saratoga County ever since, also for the last 15 or 20 years in the neighborhood Where he now resides.
4 & 5 [illegible] declaration as far as he can understand them. 6. he did not receive any discharge
7th Thomas Powel, Daniel Couch, Adam Swan, Isaac Frink & Salmon Child
He hereby relinquishes every Claim Whatever to pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension Roll of the agency of any state. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
Sworn the 11th September his
1832, before me in open Court Jehu X Grant
E. Cowen mark

Persally appeared in open court before the said Chancellor Adam Swan who being first duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith that he is 64 years of age, and that he has been well acquainted with the above named Jehu Grant ever since he can remember. That John Champlen lived at Narragansett, was called a Tory, and was suspected of carrying on a contraband trade with the enemy when the above named Jehu Grant ran away from him. That the said Jehu was gone a considerable length of time, he should have thought at this late date, one year or more. That it was talked among the people that he had [en]listed and was in the service of the United States, when found and brought back to said master and that he was called an industrious faithful servant whil a slave. that the said Jehu was brought into Milton about 41 years ago by Joshua Swan, the father of this deponent, and honestly paid for his time as he agreed and has always been bore the character of an honest industrious person.
  Sworn & subscribed the day & year aforesaid
in open Court before me Adam Swan
E. Cowen