Declaration

In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress of the 7th June 1832.

The State of Ohio. County of Holmes. Sct:

On this twenty fifth day of March A.D. 1833. personally appeared before the Court of Common Pleas sitting in and for said County of Holmes, John Hites a resident of Hardy Township in said County of Holmes, aged seventy years on the 24th June last past, who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth on his oath make the following Declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress, passed June 7th 1832. That he enlisted at first under Gen’l. LaFayette in France, landed at Rhode Island in the year A.D. 1780, marched to Providence, in the United States, and joined the Continental Army under Gen’l. Geo. Washington at the Long Plains, so called, within fifteen miles of the City of New York - remained at New York till September 1781. and then marched to Little York in Virginia, and was in the Seige at the capture of Lord Cornwallis; then went to head quarters at Williamsburgh, Va. and was there employed, as an express, to carry letters to other military stations, as I understood the German, French, and English languages, and could on that account better avoid dangers, as it was thought by my officers; and then in the spring of 1782, marched to Baltimore under Gen’l. Rochamebeau, and there ended my service with the close of the Revolutionary War, and was out two years in the service of the United States in said War, and since the close of sai War, have resided in the United States and become a citizen thereof, have a wife laboring under the infirmities of age as well as myself. and am now unable to support myself and family on account of my extreme poverty.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity, except the present, and he declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of any Agency in Any State.

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Sworn to and subscribed this day in your _____.

I Robt. K. Enos Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Holmes County aforsaid, do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the subject proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application of John Hites for a pension.

In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal of office this

The State of Ohio Holmes County

I Robert K. Enos Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said county hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of the application of John Hites for a pension

In Testimony of the foregoing I have hereto set my hand and seal of office the 22nd day of April A.D. 1833.

R. K. Enos Clerk

 

Notes and Comments

C. Leon Harris comments that from 11 Jan 1779 till 17 Mar 1780, General Marquis de Lafayette was in France on a diplomatic mission. Presumably, John Hites sailed with Rochambeau on 2 May 1780 and arrived at Newport, Rhode Island on 10 Jun 1780.