Source:Great Britain, Public Record Office, Audit Office, Class 12, Volume 25, pages 249-251.
St John 8th February 1787 Evidence on the Claim of John Morrell late of New York Province Claimant Sworn: Says he came from New York in April 1783 and immediately went up to Maugerville where he resided all that Winter – Captain Vanderburgh was the first opportunity by which he could send his Claim home, by Captain Vanderburgh he did send a Claim home; his name appears in Captain Vanderburghs List. He is a Native of Long Island; when the war broke out he lived in Newbury Ulster County New York Province. He joined the British Army in 1776 about the time New York was taken, before that he never had joined the Rebels. He had been confined Prisoner for three Months, and on Parole for 13 Months.He was often required to join the Rebel Troops and put to much Trouble and Expence. After he came in he worked in the Engineer’s Department, he afterwards raised Men for a Commission in Colonel Fanning’s Regiment, but could not get a Commission. He afterwards worked as a Carpenter in the Engineer Department until his Family got into the Lines when he hired a Farm on Long Island and at the Peace came to this Province – He resides at Bellisle. Produces Certificate from Cadwallader Colden to his having the Character of an honest and Industrious Man and his early opposition to the Rebellion, dated New York 15th April 1780.Countersigned John Sayre. And Certificate to Character & Loyalty from James Peters – J. Do. PropertyHe lost a Mare; two Cows, twenty Sheep.These were taken from him by the Rebel Plunderers. Furniture:Farming utensils and Carpenter’s Tools 30 pounds New York Currency. Says his Family was burned out of Doors and then all taken from them. He rented Meadow and cultivated Land on Shares in Ulster County. John Higgins Sworn Says he knew something of Claimant before the war, recollects that he was much harrass’d on account of his Loyalty, sent to New York and often made Prisoner. Witness was then very young. He cannot speak to his Property, but, it is probable in the Situation he was that he kept a few Creatures.