Benjamin Drake of Huron in the State of Ohio who was a private in the company commanded by Captain Boyd of the Regt commanded by Col. Drake in the N York Militia for 2 years.
Inscribed on the Roll of Ohio at the rate of $80 per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1834.
Certificate of Pension issued the 13 day of May 1833 and sent to L. B. Sturgis of Norwalk, Ohio.
Arrears to the 4th of March 1833 $160
Semi-anl allowance ending Sep 33 40
Recorded by Geo. B. Whiting, Clerk, Book E Volume 8 Page 119
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Affidavit by Benjamin Drake on 27th Day of July AD 1832; he was then sixty-six (66) years old and born at Peekskill in Westchester County, NY. The above Mentioned Drake that was the Colonel was "Colonel Samuel Drake" .
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Following is a letter sent to Mr. Victor Drake; 1544 Second Avenue; New York, New York dated August 8, 1932; as follows:
Reference is made to your letter in which you request information in regard to Benjamin and William Drake, soldiers of the Revolutionary War.
Their histories follow:
Benjamin Drake S.2182
The data furnished herein are obtained from the papers on file in the Revolutionary War Claim for pension S.2182, based upon the military service of Benjamin Drake in that war.
Benjamin Drake, the son of Jeremiah Drake, was born April 18, 1766, at Peekskill, Westchester, New York. During the Revolutionary War, his father lived about three miles from Peekskill.
Benjamin Drake volunteered at Peekskill, New York, about the middle of September, 1779 and served until the middle of November, 1780, as a private in Captain Ebenezer Boyd's Company, Colonel Samuel Drake's (no relationship to soldier shown) New York Regiment, was stationed at Peekskill and in that neighborhood and assisted in guarding cattle and sending them to the army; after the termination of the above service, he immediately re-enlisted and served at different times until the close of the war as a militia guard and patrol under the same officers, entire length of his service more than two years.
He was allowed pension on his application executed July 27, 1832, while residing in Oxford, Huron County, Ohio. (handwritten/could not find Osford, Ohio on map).
There are no data as to his family.
The foregoing is the history of the only soldier named Benjamin Drake that is found on the Revolutionary War records of this office.
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Data also given in another report regarding the history of Benjamin Drake, states he was born April 18, 1766 at Peekskill, Westchester County, New York, son of Richard Drake.