DragoonMy 5th Great-Grandfather on my father’s side, Samuel Eggleston, was born on December 9, 1747 in Windsor, Connecticut.  Samuel was the son on Nathaniel  Eggleston (1702-1792) and Abigail Goodwin (1708-1801) and the husband of Dorcas Loomis ( 1752-1834).

When Samuel was 88 years old, a pension was applied for on his behalf, as provided for by the Pension Benefit Act of 1832.  Truth be told, it looks like he did a bit of marching, saw no action and returned home.  Still, he was a soldier during the American Revolution! The petition states, “He marched from Hartford, Connecticut to the Peekskill in State of New York and in a few days crossed the Hudson River and proceeded to Hackensack and afterward Newark, then to Elizabethtown, then to New Brunswick and when in New York.  He went with the company many places that the names of which he has entirely forgotten, – and returned in a different route to the Hudson River above Peekskill where they crossed the river where deponent was discharged in a place near Peekskill in the State of New York by General Charles Lee and returned home sometime (he is pretty certain) the later part of December 1776.

Click here to see the complete transcribed pension petition and information about the uniform of Light Infantry-Dragoon’s!

Read More about the 1832 Pension Act!

On June 7, 1832, Congress enacted pension legislation extending benefits more universally than under any previous legislation. This act provided for full pay for life for all officers and enlisted men who served at least 2 years in the Continental Line, the state troops or militia, the navy or marines. Men who served less than 2 years but at least 6 months were granted pensions of less than full pay. Benefits were payable effective March 4, 1831, without regard to financial need or disability and widows or children of were entitled to collect any unpaid benefits due from the last payment to a veteran until his death. Everyone who claimed benefits under this act were required to relinquish their claims under any prior federal or state pension laws, but by amendment on February 19,1833, invalid pensioners were exempted from the operation of this release of their prior pension benefits. Source


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