It was not unusual for pension applications to be rejected. Your ancestor
probably did serve, it will just be harder to be able to prove it.
While researching the Fifth New York (Col. Lewis Dubois) I found the
interesting case of Private William Carrigan of Capt. Stewarts Company. He
enlisted in 1777, was captured at Fort Montgomery, eventually released
and returned to duty. While on furlough on 24 May 1781 he was captured,
"carried to Cannaday". At the end of the war he was eventually released.
He was denied his pension, despite several depositions about his being
taken prisoner, because his officers listed him as a deserter when he did
not return at the end of the furlough.
President/Commander, Fifth NY Regiment
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