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Revolutionary War Pension File-S7058

Born in 1747 in Granville County North Carolina , and later moved to Surry County, North Carolina, according to the Pension application. Sometimes listed as Hedgepeth, Hedgpeth, Hedgebeth or Headspeth, probably the son of the person by the same name who was listed on several land records for 1760 -1762 as living in Granville County, North Carolina, near Fishing Creek. May have been the chain carrier for Giles Hedgepeth, along with George Hedgpeth, in 1760. Carter Hedspath, Sr. had land beside Valentine White near Fishing Creek, in 1761. Carter Hedge Beth was among the signers of a Petition filed in 1771, from a group of Granville County inhabitants asking for a repeal of the Act making Free Negroes & Mulatto Women and all spouses of the same, listed as tythables. There was also a Carter Hedgpeth in Nansemond County, Virginia, in 1755, who turned up in Granville County, NC for the first time that same year, probably Carter Hedgepeth, Sr. Transcribing as is, misspellings included. Notations below enclosed within square [ ] brackets are mine.
(Transcribed by Deloris Williams)

12 075
North Carolina
Of Surry in the State of N. Car.
Who was a Pri in the _______commanded
By Captain ________of the Regt.
Commanded by LYTLE in the N. Car.
Line for 1 year.

Inscribed on the Roll of N. Carolina
At the rate of 40.00 Dollars ___cents per annum
To commence on the 4th day March 1831
Certificate of Pension issued the 22nd day of March
1833 and sent to JOHN WRIGHT, Hamptonville
Arrears to the 4th of March 1833..........80.00
Semi-annual allowance issued 4 Sept.....20.00
Revolutionary Claim Act June 7, 1832
Recorded by NATHAN RICE, Clerk
Book 3 - Vol - 6 - Page 42

Priv Rev War
Act: June 7, 1832
Page: 184

Brief in the case of CARTER HUDSPETH of Surry County in the State of North Carolina
Act 7th June, 1832

1. Was the declaration made before a Court or a Judge?         Justice of the Peace
2. If before a Judge, does it appear that the applicant is disabled by bodily infirmity?    Yes
3. How old is he?       84 Years
4. State his service as directed in the form annexed.

         In 1778 Drafted - Duration: 6 Months - As a: Private - Generals & Field Officers: GENERAL RUTHERFORD, CAPT. HAPPUM In 1780 Volunteered - Duration: 3 Months - As a: Private - Officers: COL. LITLE, MAJOR NELSON, MAJOR NELSON, CAPT. MCLOUD
        In 1780 Volunteered - Duration: 3 Months - As a: Private - Officers: WM. HAITHCOCK, RANGER CAPT BURKE.

5. In what battles were you engaged?    ?Brow Creek?
6. Where did he reside when he entered the service?      Surry County, No. Car.
7. Is his statement supported by living witnesses, by documentary proof, by traditionary evidence, or by the rolls? One living witness in part & traditionary.
8. Are the papers defective as to form or authentication? And if so, in what respect? ----

I certify that the foregoing statement and the answers agree with the evidence in the case above mentioned.


O.S. -Examining Clerk

North Carolina
No. 5832
Admd for 12 mos
??????? $40.00
For? 1778
NC Militia
Pg 113
29 Nov
State of No Ca
Surry County

On this 23rd day of August in the year of Our Lord One thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty two. Personally appeared before me JOSIAH COWLES a Justice of the Peace and a member of the County Court of Surry State of North Carolina CARTER HUDSPETH a resident of said County aged eighty four years who first being duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832- that in or about the month of October in the year 1778 he was drafted in to the company of North Carolina Militia commanded by CAPT. JAMES SHEPPARD, LIEUT JOHN DUNLAP, ENSIGN AARON LISBY, that under their command he marched to the ???????? at Salisbury No. Ca. thence under the command of GENERAL RUTHERFORD they marched on to ?Purisburgh? on the Tavana River the army moved by the ?east? of Camden South Carolina on by Dorchester Smoky Camp at which place our army was cald on for volunteers to go under COL LITTLE & MAJOR NELSON of the Continental line. We were cald on for two days. I made one of the no who volunteerd and in sted of two days was gone two months and our tour had a fatal termination at the Battle of Briar Creek where the Americans were most shockingly massacred but I had the fortune to escape by swimming the River with the loss of all army ammunition & clothing except his hat I then joined GEN RUTHERFORD and term of five months was gone out but by particular request he volunteered till relieff should come which was one month longer making in all six months, he was months back to No. Ca. & then I was virbaly discharged not thinking it was necessary to have a written one having faithfully served his time the next time was in the Summer of 1780 when he volunteered as a Ranger under CAPT CLOUD, LIEUT BLALOCK he were severly employed in keeping down the Tories, he took several and dispersed them in many places. He performed his tour & returned home he did apply for a discharge the Tories were very troublesome and kept us very busy. This tour was for three months.
Shortly after this, soon after the Battle at Guilford C.H. he served three months under CAPT. BANKS of the Militia. The following answers are made to the queries as propounded by the Magistrate. The same as sets down in the directions.
1 - I was born in Granville County No. Ca. in the year 1747
2d- None but in a family record of my grand Fathers, which is now destroyed
3 - I lived in Surry County No. Car. & have since lived in Surry
4 - I was drafted to go to Purisburgh was a volunteer at all other times
5 - As to the Regular officers I recollect GEN LINCOLN, GEN ELBERT, GEN WILLIAMSON, GEN BRYANT. BRYANT was at the Battle of Bryce Creek
6 - I have no recollection of receiving but one discharge, it was for three months signed by ROBERT BURTON & is cost, I have no documentary evidence.
7 - To prove his claim as to the veracity & belief as to service he refers to THO WRIGHT, ZACHARIAH PETTY & Others.

He hereby ??????? an claim whatever to a Pension or Anuity except the present and declare that his name is not on the Pension roll of any Agency in any state or teritory Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid



We JOHN ANGEL a clergyman residing in Surry County & THOS WRIGHT residing in the same county hereby certify that we are well acquainted with CARTER HUDSPETH who has signed the above Declaration that we believe him to be 84 years of age. That he is reported & believed to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion. Sworn to and subscribed this day and date first above written.



And the said magistrate does declare it is his opinion after the investigation of the matter and putting the investigatories prescribed by the war department that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier & served as he states. And further that applicants claim that JOHN ANGEL who has signed the prescribed certificate is a clergyman and that THO. WRIGHT who had also signed the same is a credible president and both residents of Surry County and their statement is entitled to credit.



State No. Ca.
Surry County

This day came ROBERT HORN [there is a name inserted above, but it is illegible] before per JOSIAH COWLES, a Justice of the Peace for said county and made oath in due form of law, that he was in the army of the Revolution and was in CAPT. SHEPPERD' company of N. Ca. Militia and that CARTER HUDSPETH who has signed the preceding declaration was in the same company and they served the whole tours through together. The draft was for 5 months but they staid 6 months as stated in the declaration. And that they returned home together & that Pr HUDSPETH did perform thru the whole tour with honor & that he thinks HUDSPETH was discharged at the same time as himself but has forgotten it.

Sworn to & subscribed this day & date as above written



I the magistrate is of the opinion that the above named CARTER HUDSPETH could not without ?spirit? ?????? & inconvenience go to court as he is very feeble. The distance is 17 miles & very bad roads & dangerous ford across the Yadkin & no ferry.



No. Ca Surry County
JNO REAVES SR. swears that he was in the Company to ?Surry County? And that he concurs the above affidavit of ROBERT HORN as to the service of CARTER HUDSPETH. Sworn to as above.





I JOHN WRIGHT the Clerk of the County Court of Surry County State of North Carolina do certify that JOSIAH COWLES whose attestating signature appears to the foregoing is a Justice of the Peace & a member of the County Court of Surry County and is sworn as mag. And that all due forth credit us & ought to be given his official acts as such.
Given under my hand & seal of office this 24 day of August 1832

North Carolina
Surry County

This day came CARTER HUDSPETH whose signature is to the foregoing Declaration and made oath in due form of law before me JOSIAH COWLES one of the Magistrates of Surry County & a member of the County Court to the following additional particulary that by reason of bodily infirmity, and the failure of memory consignant on old age, he cannot be more particular than set forth in the foregoing declaration. He performed many short tours of service the particulars of which are forgotten. He is certain of the twelve months specified. He has no further testimony either oral or documentary within the reach of his procurements Neither does he know of any other living witnesses.
Sworn to and subscribed this 15th day of Dec. 1832 before me J.COWLES,
J.P., M.C.C.


I JOSIAH COWLES a Justice of the Peace of Surry County do hereby certify that ROBERT HORN & JOHN REAVIS who have certified to the foregoing described services of CARTER HUDSPETH are both men of fair & impeachable character for truth.


I JOHN WRIGHT the Clerk of the Court of Surry County do hereby certify that JOSIAH COWLES whose signature appears to the foregoing certificate & alteration is a magistrate & a member of the County Court of Surry County & that all due faith & credit is & right ought to be given to his official acts as such & further that the above signature are genuine. In testimony whereof I have affixed my seal of office & subscribed my name officiate this 15th day of December 1832.


March 33

J. L. EDWARDS, ESQUIRE, Commissioner of Pensions
Washington City

Hamptonville 30 March 1833

Sir in the certificate you sent me of C. Hudspeth you will find it enclosed for correction. If you will examine you will find that the applicant is Carter Hudspeth and not Charles as stated in the certificate. You will much oblige an old feeble man C. Hudspeth by returning Certificate with dispatch. Likewise the applicants named James Anthony, Overton ?Pearce? and the
Reverend John Angel would be gratified to hear from the Department these on the explanations I sent on in February.

Very Respectfully,
John Wright



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