Samuel Asay (1750-1833)
My sixth great uncle
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Samuel Asay fought in the Revolutionary War.
Problem is, he needed to prove it.
On June 7, 1832 Congress passed an act giving a pension to all of those who fought in the Revolutionary War. On November 26, 1832, at the age of 78, Samuel Asay appeared before the Burlington County Court in New Jersey to get his share.
This is what he told them:
He enlisted in March 1776 at Mount Holly and then marched to Allentown then New Brunswick to get weapons and clothing and then on to Elizabethtown where they formed the 3rd New Jersey Regiment. They then marched to New York and arrived on May 7, 1776.
Then they went to Johnstown for 2 or 3 weeks, then German Flats on the Mowhawk River and then arrived at Fort Heyler on the 12th of July where they stayed until October 12.
Then they went to Fort Ticonderoga and stayed for 5 months. His year expired and he went home to Morristown, NJ.
Six months later in November 1777 he left again to war. This time with the Burlington County Militia. His officers were Col. Height, Capt. Myers and Lieut. Dobbins.
They marched to Hattenfield, Gloucester County where they had a skirmish with the British and he was wounded.
This is what he brought as evidence:
His family bible proving he was born on June 9, 1750.
His brother, Jacob Asay. He testified that Samuel had enlisted in the 3rd New Jersey Regiment and served again for one month. Jacob said that the letters Samuel sent home, matched the testimony given by Samuel.
His request was denied.
His pension would have been $8 a month.
He died 3 months later.
I believe you Samuel.
Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.