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Notes and affidavits in suport of Jeremiah Pemberton's claim for reparations from the Crown after the American Revolution:
Pemberton, Jeremiah of Albany Co. Memorial Annapolis, NS, 1786. At the beginning of the war he lived on a farm given to him by his father.
On the day before the Saratoga Convention Burgoyne asked him to carry a despatch to Gen. Clinton, then supposed to be in the Highlands, promising him 200 guineas if he succeeded. When the claimant arrived in the Highlands he found that Clinton had retired to NY. The area was then so covered with rebels that he was obliged to remain in the woods until March when he finally reached NY after incredible hardships and delivered the despatch; he was never paid a farthing for this service.
He was twice made prisoner while serving in NY and commanded a Co. at the defence of Bergen blockhouse, an action hardly equalled for bravery. He was an Ens. in Col. Jessup's Regt. of Loyal Americans.
He came to NS where he has tried to improve the land granted him by the King but, never having been accustomed to labour, his prospects are deplorable. Claim for horses, cattle, etc.
Evidences: Note by Thomas Barclay dated Wilmot 7 February 1786 that the claimant has a wife and several children and is in want. Affidavit sworn 5 April 1790 by Samuel Steams that he knows the claimant to be a loyalist who served in NY in 1777 and received letters from him when he was in Quebec informing him that he had been prosecuted in Albany. Rejected. (13/15/90-95,42/481-482).
-- American Migrations 1765-1799, p315