Isaac Orser, Arthur Orser, James Buylea-Carleton Papers 1783
Isaac Orser, Arthur Orser and James Bulyea
British Headquarter Papers # 8082
Information of James Bulyea a Native of the Manor of Cortlandt, Isaac Aerse of the Manor of Philipsburgh, and Arthur Aerse of the same place.
That they were of the corps called DeLancey’s Refugees, and by their colonel’s order above a month ago quitted the county of West Chester, and have since spent their time on Long Island and York Island.
That yesterday three weeks, they cross’d in a boat from Long Island to Frogs’s Neck to visit their mothers, who then resided on the Neck and get from them cloaths and some supply of provisions.
That they had scarcely landed and fastened the boat before they discerneda party that were armed and commanded by Lt. Hill of Col. Sproat’s Corps, advancing towards them.Taking them to be Continental Soldiers, they put off their boat, but were called back and fired upon, and verily believe had thirty shot at the boat before she got to the Shore.The Party promised before they landed that they would be well used and yet as soon as they were landed they were beaten several blows, and had their cloaths or part of them taken from them, vis: from James Bulyea, a pair of shoe buckles and a pair of knee buckles, both of silver, a plated stockbuckle, a pair of stockings, a Manchester jacket and britches; and from Isaac Aerse a silk handkerchief, a pair of fustian overalls, a pair of shoes and brass buckles; and from Arthur Aerse a new Castor hat.
They then led them to a house possessed by Joseph Castin on Frog’s Neck, where they were detained that night, and conveyed them next morning to West Chester Jail.This happened on a Thursday morning.
On the Saturday following they were taken out jail, and sent under a guard to Frog’s Neck, where they were allowed to get their things together, and ordered to begone by that night, threatening that if found there afterwards they should be treated as thieves and robbers.
They were twice examined before they were dismissed from jail by Mr. Morris, who was stiled the judge.They were treated very civilly by him.The scope of his questions respected their being out in service during the war on the side of the Crown, and that cattle or other property had been at any time taken, and he declared at the close that in his opinion none that had been in arms for the King would be permitted to continue in the country.
Sworn the 19th June
1783 before me Wm Smith (Chief Justice)