Revolutionary War Pension File
John Toney, b.
1750/d. 1823, was in the 1790 census - as "John Tony"- in the Halifax
Pension File W9859
1886 Feby 19 W.H. MORGAN that heirs had
no title to a pension but if no
North Carolina - 2534
Inscribed on the Roll of NC at the
Swears to the 4th of Sept 1836.........................
Claim Act July 4,1836 Section the 3d
On this 14th day of August 1838 personally appeared before me Justice of the Peace for the County and State above written MARTHA TONEY a resident of the County of Halifax and State of North Carolina aged to the best of her knowledge eighty five or six years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 4th 1836 -
That she is the widow of JOHN TONEY who was a soldier of the Revolution and served as such in the militia and regular service for the best part of the war. She is unable to state the names of the officers he served under but she well knows that he was for several years under the command of GENERAL SUMNER and served as much as five years.
She further declared that she was married to the said JOHN TONEY in the month of May seventeen hundred & seventy seven by COL. JAMES ALLEN a Justice of the Peace in the upper end of the County of Halifax. That her husband, the aforesaid JOHN TONEY died in the month of November 1823 and that she has remained a widow ever since that period as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.
Sworn to and subscribed by me on the day and year above written.
State of North Carolina
The affidavit of MRS. WINNEY HOLLY
Of the County and State above written taken to prove the marriage of JOHN TONEY with his wife MARTHA CARPENTER. This affiant being
first duly sworn
This affiant testifies that JOHN TONEY & his wife were married in the Spring of 1777. And before the close of the Revolution his wife had two children. JOHN TONEY was in service the best part of his time and this affiant well recollects seeing him on his return home on one vacasion and of finding his wife at work in the field. She also testifies that MARTHA TONEY now applying for a pension is the identical person known to her in 1777 and there married to JOHN TONEY & that to her knowledge she has been a widow ever since the death of the said JOHN TONEY.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 14th day of August 1838
State of North Carolina
The affidavit of NATHAN BAKER a citizen of the County and State above written taken to establish the right of MARTHA TONEY wife of JOHN TONEY to the benefit of the Act of Congress granting pensions to the widows of Revolutionary soldiers passed 4th of July 1836.
This affiant first being duly sworn according to law testifies and says that he is now in the 70th year of his age that he has resided in this county for the last sixty five or sixty six years, and from the earliest period of his recollection he has known JOHN TONEY and his wife - This affiant has no knowledge of the period of the marriage of JOHN TONEY to his wife now applying for a pension. But he is fully persuaded that she was married long before the close of the Revolution for the following reasons. 1st this affiant is now seventy years of age and he was at the same school with one of the children of JOHN TONEY who if alive could not be less than fifty eight or sixty years of age. This affiant well recollects that JOHN TONEY was at Guilford Court House and ran horses and was taken and made to ?serve ? the end of War.
This affiant knows that MARTHA TONEY has never married since the death of her husband
August 7, 1936
Mr. W. T. Harris
He died in November 1823 place not shown.
Soldiers' widow Martha was allowed pension on her application executed August 9, 1838, at
which time she was aged eighty-five or eighty-six years and resided in Halifax County, North Carolina.
Very truly yours,
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