|Transcribed by Deloris Willliams; any remarks by me are enclosed in brackets [ ]|
|HARRIS HICKS of
In the State of No. Car.
Who was a private in the regiment
Commanded by CAPT. FARRAR
In the N. Car. Line for 2 years
Certificate issued to ANDERSON PASCHALL, Guardian
Inscribed on the Roll of N. Carolina
of 80 dollars per annum to commence
on the 4th day of March 1831.
Certificate of Pension issued the 14th day of May
Hon. T. HAWKINS
State of North Carolina
Superior Court of Law 3
Fall Term 1832
Personally appeared Open Court this 5th day of September A.D. 1832 BENJAMIN HESTER (O.) who being duly sworn according to law doth depose, testify and declare as follows viz:
That he has long known HARRIS HICKS of the said County and State who was bound apprentice to the blacksmith trade under HARRY MELTON upon the oath of the father of the said HARRIS HICKS. That he was serving his said apprenticeship when the War of the Revolution broke out and it being understood that if an apprentice enlisted in the army his indentures were cancelled. HARRIS HICKS eloped[?] from his said master and enlisted I think under CAPT. JOHN FARRAR I belonged to the same detachment which was marched to Peytonsburg in Halifax County State of Virginia. We were then drilled & mustered for about four months and discharged on furlough as no pressing call required our further service at that time. HARRIS HICKS was a private in this detachment – we were shortly afterwards called upon and marched to the South – HARRIS HICKS joined the detachment and we were marched through South Carolina we halted about week within ten miles of Charleston, S. Carolina, and were marched thence to Purysburg on the Savannah River. After various duty here and the adjoining County we were marched up that river to Golphins Mills – while we were stationed at Purysburg the Battle of Briars Creek took place. The year I cannot remember but we were under the command of GENERAL LINCOLN – The British having crossed Savannah River we retreated before them to Dorchester in South Carolina at Bacons Bridge within about 20 miles of Charleston - the enemy having turned & encamped at stone[?] we were marched in pursuit of them and then the affair of Stone took place – the enemy have retreated toward Savannah River, we followed them as far as Dorchester when we halted – our term of service having nearly expired we were marched to Sheldon Hill where, upon its completion we were discharged. HARRIS HICKS came home with this affiant after having completed his full tour of nine months service in this campaign in addition to the four months tour at Peytonsburg as before stated.
This affiant testifies that he served with HARRIS HICKS another tour of three months duty and we were marched & stationed in Charleston, S.C. - ZACK HESTER a cousin of this affiant who is now living also performed the same tour – HARRIS HICKS and ZACK HESTER having performed the full term of three months were discharged three days before the attack was made on that City which eventuated in taking it and all our men as prisoners & this affiant, who had enlisted for another tour after the discharge of his said comrades, among the rest -
This affiant also served another tour of nine months duty with HARRIS HICKS – in the course of this service our detachment was marched to and joined the American army under GENL. GREEN at the Catawba River present at the engagement in which GENL. DAVIDSON was killed, at the attack at Tarleton’s light house upon our men in Ms[?] TORRANCE’s line. From these disasters we retreated in confusion to the Yadkin & thence to Halifax CH and Charlotte CH, VA- from this place this affiant was dispatched to North Carolina for more troops and arguably[?] to orders joined the forces that had collected at Granville Old Court House under GENERAL BUTLER - From this place we marched after the enemy through Hillsborough to the High rock on Haw River at which place HARRIS HICKS, his term of service of three months having expired, was discharged – but this affiant was engaged in another tour of duty and remained in the army.
This affiant has not seen HARRIS HICKS for several years, nor since he has lost the use of one side, and the power of speech as he is informed & believes – HARRIS HICKS must be not less than seventy (70) years of age.
The foregoing is a recital of all the service of HARRIS HICKS which comes within the personal knowledge of this affiant – he has no doubt that he performed various other service but is unable to state them.
BENJAMIN HESTER (O.) (“X” his mark)
ZACHARIAH HESTER being duly sworn according to law, testifies & declares that he knows very well HARRIS HICKS spoken of in the forgoing affidavit of BENJAMIN HESTER (O.) that he was a soldier and performed various service in behalf of his Country during the War of the Revolution but he has no personal knowledge of any particular tour of duty except the one spoken of by the said BENJAMIN HESTER (O.) specified affidavit aforesaid when the said BENJAMIN HESTER, HARRIS HICKS other affiant were marched.
In order to obtain the benefit of the
Act of Congress of the 4th of July 1836 and the joint Resolution of
July 7, 1838
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