CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE
by
James F. Morrison, SR.

  


 

    The following claims against the State of New York are only a few known to exist from the Mohawk District, Tryon County.  Most if not all were burned in 1911 in the Capitol fire in Albany.

    The claim of Michael Von Koughnot, who was a loyalist is still preserved in Canada as well as other loyalists claims which were given to the British government for compensation of properties that were either destroyed or confiscated because of their loyalties to England during the War of Independence.

    The Common factor that ties these claims together is that the homes were destroyed on May 22, 1780 by Crown forces under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir John Johnson.  Not only did they kill loyalists in this raid but it also appears that they burned the home of at least one  and possibly more as well.

    The Mohawk District of Tryon County is only one of five districts that were established and by militia law all able bodied men from the ages of 16 to 50 had to serve in the local militia companies which were in turn formed into regiments for those districts and county.

    The Mohawk district is now, the Towns of Amsterdam, Charleston, Florida, Glen, Mohawk, City of Amsterdam, and Village of Fonda all of Montgomery County and the following are from Fulton County; the Towns of Johnstown, Perth, Mayfield, Broadalbin, Northampton and the City of Johnstown.

    The militia regiment  that was formed from those able bodied men from the Mohawk District on August 26, 1775 was the Third Regiment of Tryon County Militia which was commanded by Colonel Frederick Fisher [Visscher].

 

A bill of Dammage of Isaac Davis May 22nd yr 1780

Bildings  housses  barens  and barks valued att   250 0 0
Wheren Close of all my family valued att 34 14 0
Waggon an plow gers all Complete valued att 20 0 0
three beds garnished wad all valued att 20 10 0
horsses and Ship and hids valued att 20 0 0
Chist and Sugger and money valued att 12 0 0
Houssel furnish all valued att 19 3 0
fences gren and apel trees valued att 15 0 0
horn Cuttels to they valued att 12 10 0
Arms and Cutterments Sords and pistels 7 16 0
Hoksseds pots an Cattels att 7 18 0
taner and Curremen tolls att 4 0 0
Sleys and gers wed all att 7 10 0
Sadals bridles Sets and Sids att 6 10 0
Carpenters tuls wed all Complete att 6 10 0
Sumekers tuls and lader att 4 10 0
Bags and flowers att 3 0 0
  465 11 0
12 Feby                                                                                 Isaac Davis

 

Source:  New York in the Revolution as Colony and State, Supplement, Erastus C. Knight, 1901, page 176.

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A list of Real and Personal Effects of Frederick Fisher Wantonly taken and destroyed by the Enemy in the Year 1780.

A Dwelling House - Burnt 100 0 0
2 Beds and Bedding 20 16 0
Mens and Womens Ware 23 4 0
A Tea Kittle 4 0 0
A Brass Kittle 0 9 0
Plates 19 19 0
Earthen Ware 1 11 0
2 Brass Ladles 0 9 0
A Silver Mounted Sword 7 0 0
2 Guns 2 10 0
Holsters and Pistols 2 16 0
A Saddle Bridle and Saddle Bags 3 4 0
A pair Boots 1 12 0
2 Negroes and a wench - carryed off 240 0 0
A Barn and 2 Barracks Burnt 35 0 0
12 Load Hay                  do 15
50 Scipples Indian Corn  do 3/ 7 10
2 Horses - carryed off 30 0
A Set Horse Harness 22 10 0
    494 7 0
State of New York  Ss. Frederick Fisher being duly sworn deposith and saith that the above Account contains the Articles belonging to him which were burnt or destroyed or carryed off by the Enemy and the prices affixed opposite to the same are reasonable.

Sworn before me this day Jany 1782                                                                  Fredk Fisher
Robt. Yates

Source:  New York in the Revolution as Colony and State, Supplement, Erastus C. Knight, 1901, page 179.

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    An Inventory or account of the losses which Abraham Veeder has sustained by the Enemy under the Comd of Sir John Johnson, in Tryon County on the 22d of May A.D. 1780.

Buildings (One Dwelling House and Kitchen) Burnt 150 0 0
  (One Barn, 2 Berricks, 1 Sheep Stable) Burnt 120 0 0
Negros (One Negro Man, Aged 22 years) Taken Off 100 0 0
  (One Negro Boy, 8 years of age) Taken Off 15 0 0
Horses (Two Horses Val  10. Pr H) Taken Off 20 0 0
  (Two Mares Val.   one 25 and the other 15) Taken Off 40 0 0
  (One Mare and Colt) Killed 20 0 0
Cows (Four Cows Val. Pr C.) Killed 20 0 0
Hogs (Five Pigs Val. 4/ Pr. P.) Killed 1 0 0
Produce (40 Skipples Wheat Val 6/ Pr. S) Burnt 12 0 0
  (40 Skipples Indian Corn Val 4/ Pr. S) Burnt 8 0 0
  ( 2 Skipples Peas Val 5/ Pr. S) Burnt 0 10 0
Farming   Burnt 20 16 0
Utentials          
Household Furniture   Burnt & Taken Off 125 15 0
Clothing   Burnt & Taken Off 91 12 0
  (One Silver Watch) Taken Off 10 0 0
  (One Silver Handl'd Sword) Taken Off 6 0 0
Silver (One Pair Silver Shoe Buckles) Taken Off 1 10 0
Work (One Silver Shoe Buckle) Taken Off 0 16 0
  (One Pair " Knee Buckles) Taken Off 0 16 0
  (One        " Stock Buckles) Taken Off 0 16 0
  (One Gun, Cartridge Box &c) Taken Off 0 16 0
  (50 lb. Flax Yarn  Val 4/ Pr lb) Burnt 10 0 0
  ( 6 lb Cotton "   Val 6/ Pr lb) Burnt 1 16 0
Yarn (12 lb Woolen Yarn  Val 4/ Pr lb) Burnt 2 8 0
  (20 lb Tow Yarn   Val 1/6 Pr lb) Burnt 1 10 0
Wool (25 lb Wool   Val 3/ Pr lb) Burnt 3 15 0
Flax (20 lb Flax   Val 1/ Pr lb) Burnt 1 0 0
Linnen (24 Ells Linnen  3/Pr E.) Burnt 3 12 0
Cloth          
Leather   Burnt 12 0 0
  (160 Skipples Wheat, Oct 18, A.D. 1780) Burnt 31 0 0
 

Total

  987.. 12.. 0

Abraham Veeder

Source:  State of New York, Comptroller's Office, Albany, April 15, 1897.  Veeder Genealogy, Esperance Historical Society Museum, Esperance, N.Y.

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An account of the Damage which Johannes Veeder sustained by the Enemy under the command of Sir John Johnson, the 22nd May 1780 at Caugnawago.

Articles
of
      S.  D.
Buildings (One Dwelling House and Kitchen) Burnt 300 0 0
  (One Barn, and Sheep Stable and Two Barracks and a Fanning Mill) do  250 0 0
  (One Griss Mill and Two Bolts) do 400 0 0
  (One Brew House and Kittle) do 200 0 0
  (One Saw Mill with Two Sets of Saws) do 200 0 0
  (One Fulling Mill and Shop with all the tools) do 100 0 0
  (Two Dwelling Houses and a Currying Shop) do 55 0 0
  (One Cyder Mill and Press) do 7 0 0
  (One Three Handed Batteaux) do 8 0 0
Articles of
Livestock
(One Negro Man and Wench) Carryed off 205 0 0
  (Four Horses) do  50 0 0
  (Eight Horn Cattle) killed  20 0 0
  (Four Hogs) killed 7 0 0
  (Thirty Five Sheep and Seventeen Lambs) Burnt 30 0 0
Articles of Different Tools (Black Smiths Tools) Burnt 7 0 0
  (One Cross Cut and other Carpenter's Tools) do 5 0 0
  (Shoemakers Tools and all sorts of Lasts) do 4 0 0
  (Four Bushels of Salt) do 10 0 0
  (One Hundred Pounds of Sugar) do 5 0 0
  (Twenty Pounds of Allum) do 1 0 0
  (Twenty Pounds of Copperas) do 1 10 0
  (Forty Pound of Hemp) do 2 0 0
  (Fifty Pounds of Flax) do 2 10 0
  (Fifty Pounds of Wool) do 5 0 0
  (Two Sets Gears For Slays) do 8 0 0
  (One Do   For a Plough) do 1 0 0
  (One Slay) do 3 0 0
Household Furniture (One Clock) do 32 0 0
  (Three Looking Glasses)   13 0 0
  (One McHoggany Table)   4 0 0
  (Five Cherry Tables)   8 0 0
  (Two Desks)   10 0 0
Burnt (One Cherry Slaw - Bank)   4 0 0
  (Five Bedsteads)   4 0 0
  (One Easing Chair and Pot)   3 0 0
  (One Dozen and a Half other  Do)   6 0 0
  (Three Saddles)   7 0 0
Articles of Grain (One Hundred Skipples of Wheat)   20 0 0
  (Eighty Skipples of  Peas)   16 0 0
  (Thirty Skipples of Barley)   5 5 0
  (Ten Skipples of Rye)   2 0 0
Burnt (Thirty Skipples of Oats)   3 0 0
  (Eighty Skipples of Corn)   14 0 0
  (Cloth Dresd for others)   10 0 0
Clothing (Leather of different Sorts)   20 0 0
Bedding and Sundry other Articles too tedious to mention October 18th 1780.  The loss Sustained by t he enemy under the command of Sir John Johnson   100 00 0
Articles of Grain - Burnt (Two Hundred Skipples of Wheat)   40 0 0
  (Two Hundred Skipples of Peas)   40 0 0
  (Two Hundred Skipples of Oats)   40 0 0
  (Seventeen Loads of Hay)   20 8 0
 

Total

  2  288 13 0

Simon Veeder

Source:  State of New York, Comptroller's Office, Albany, April 14, 1897.  Veeder Genealogy, Esperance Historical Society Museum, Esperance, N.Y..

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An account of the Loss which Col. Volkert Veeder sustained by the Enemy at Caughnawago Commanded by Sir John Johnson, May 22nd 1780.

 

    S.  D.
Buildings One Dwelling House and Kitchen 150 0 0
  One Barn 100 0 0
  One Fanning Mill  6 0 0
  One Loom and Tackling 8 0 0
 Articles of
Livestock
One Negro Man 70 0 0
  Two Negro Wenches 130 0 0
  One Negro Boy 30 0 0
  Five Horses 90 0 0
 Articles of Grain and other things Thirty Skipples of Wheat 9 0 0
  Thirty Skipples of Corn 6 0 0
  Thirty Skipples of Salt 6 0 0
  Two Barrels of Tar 2 8 0
  Two Saddles and Three Bridls 6 0 0
  House Hold Furniture find wearing Apparel 150  0 0
  Two Sets of Gears 3 0 0
 October 18th 1780 One Dwelling House 100 0 0
  Two Hundred and Fifty Skipples of Wheat 50 0 0
  One Hundred Skipples of Peas 20 0 0
  Thirty Skipples of Corn 5 0 0
  One Hundred Skipples of Oats 10 0 0
  Two Hundred of Flax 10 10 0
  Six Loads of Hay 6 0 0
  Forty Pound of Hemp
   August 6th 1777
1 10 0
  One Horse
 October 30th 1781
14 0 0
  One Horse 10 0 0
 

Total

  982 18 0
12  feb'y                                                                                 Volkert Veeder

 

Source:  Newspaper Clipping, [no date or name of newspaper but possibly the Mohawk Valley Democrate], Volkert Veeder's Private Collection, Fonda, N.Y..

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Account of the losses of M1 v Koughnet of Troyand County in Johns Town Certifying his Losses in the Year 1780.
    P
One Logg House 10 0 0
To Butting a farm in good order 11 0 0
2 Horses & a Colt  20 0 0
3 Horned Cattle 14 0 0
5 Sheeps 4 16 0
20 Lists of Letters 16 0 0
10 Calf Skins 4 0 0
Bading and Clothing Lost 10 0 0
Than & Shoemakers tools 4 0 0
House furniture 12 0 0
Farming tools 5 0 0
grains Lost 6 0 0
Chash find 8 0 0
Do      For Refusing six months Reble serves 5 0 0

Total  

  129 16 0
 

York Currency)

M1 von Koughnet

Evedens)
John Ald)

Losses sustained two horses, 3 Cows, Three Months Imprisonment, Plow and Tackle, one Slea, Household Goods, wheat sowed 2 Bushels, Rie Sowed 3 Bushels, Indian Corn planted 5 Acres, flax seed Sowed 3 Bushels, 4 Bushels potatoes planted

 

The above claim was from Bundle 16, microfilm reel B-2189 but a second claim from Bundle 80, microfilm reel B-2446 gives the date of the losses as May 22, 1780.  He also explains the Chash Find [Cash Fine] as "For absenting my self when Called under Arms to oppose the Kings arms".

The service that Koughnet mentions would have been in the Third Battalion of Tryon County Militia [The Mohawk District Regiment] under Colonel Frederick Visscher [Fisher] if he had not refused to serve.

The other men preceding Koughnet served in the Third Battalion as Follows:  Colonel; Frederick Fisher, Lieutenant-Colonel; Volkert Veeder, Captain; Abraham Veeder, [Second Company], Johnannes Veeder and Isaac Davis served as enlisted men.

 

These claims for losses give us an idea of what type of buildings, grain, tools, occupations, household furniture [looking glass, now called mirrors], livestock, slaves, clothing [silver buckles for shoes, neck stock and breeches] and military items such as swords which gives us a glimpse of life in the Mohawk Valley during the War of Independence.

 


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