Perez Drake, of Otsego County, in the State of New York, who was a fifer in the
Company commanded by Captain Sohn, of the regiment commanded by: Colonel Read,
in the Massachusetts line, for the term of one year, from the year 1776 to 1777.
Inscribed on the Roll of New York at the rate of Eight Dollars per month, to commence the
16th day of April, 1818.
Certificat4e of Pensions Issued the 25th of Jany 1819 and sent to M. McMillen, Esq. Judge of Onida, New York.
Restored to the Roll on the 22nd of May, 1824 and notification sent to Levi Beardsley, Esq. At Cherry Valley, New York. Pension commencing on the 10th of March, 1827.
Amount due of the 4th of September, 1827 $44.41
(Revolutionary Claim Acts March 18, 1818 and May 1, 1820 - Dated 1 March 1823.
Otsego Common Pleas: Of October Term in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty three - State of New York, Otsego, County;
On this fifteenth day of October, 1823, personally appeared in open court of Otsego, State of New York, and being a court of record and according to the principles of common law, with power of fine and imprisonment, Perez Drake, aged sixty four years, resident in said county of Otsego, Who first being duly sworn and according to law, both on his oath, Declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows: that he entered as a fifer (he thinks in 1776 under Capt. Oliver Soper in the Colonel Read's regiment, in the Massachusetts line for one year. That he marched in Dorchester, Massachusetts to New York and served the full term of time in which he was enlisted, that in 1777 he entered in the Naval service on Board the Brig. Defence in Bedford, Massachusetts, for a three month cruise under Captain Samuel Smalley and served the full time. He then entered on the Ship, Minerva on a twenty gun ship in Boston under Capt. John Grimes or Gorham and served nine months except nine days. He entered on board the Brig. Hazard the time he cannot recollect under Capt. John Foster Williams for three months and served this term of time and returned to Boston when the Brig and crew were forced to join the Pembscot Expedition when he went until the fleet was lost & then returned home by land within seven or eight weeks about as he can recollect. Signed: And I, Perez Drake Do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18 day of March 1818 And that I have not since that time by gift sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thueby? So to dimmish it so to bring myself within the provisions of an act of congress and better an act to Provide for certin persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War passes on the 18th day of March, One thousand eight hundred and Eighteen And that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities contracts or debts due to me nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule here to answered and by me Subscribed.
Sworn and Subscribed this fifteenth day of October 1823 in open court,
Signed: Perez Drake. Signed: William Nichols, Clerk
(Following was a list of his property and the appraisement value was listed as $312.25. This was personal property, not real estate as it show he had none.
After the total of this list we find:
Eleven Dollars due from a minor who has left the State, Probably the Debt is of no value. Dated: Oct 15, 1823 Signed: Perez Drake;
I am 64 years of age, my wife, is 60 years of age. I enjoy tolerable health but have been blind in one eye and the other eye, is quite poor. The health of my wife is bad, I am in debt my farm has recently been sold from under me on a mortgage and I am still owing the following debts viz:
To My Son: Billy Manning Drake $ 114.00
To John Jackson for Doctor bill $ 20.68
To the Heirs or Representative of Leonard Drake,
deceased, for money hired of him in his
life time, $180 Dollars or thereabouts $ 180.00
To Peter Cozart for work & labor $ 5.50
Small Debt due to my neighbors $ 6.48
To John Manning for cloth dressing $ 13.00
To John Kelso $ 7.03
$ 348.67 total
Signed by Perez ; Subscribed & sworth 15 October 1823 signed by: William Nichols, Clerk.