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Revolutionary War Pension File
Contributed by Deloris Williams

(Transcribed by Deloris Williams,  from copies recorded on microfilm M805, Roll 874, Image 222, File R11618. As a note, this file was extremely difficult to read and I put question ? marks where I was unsure about the word. Notes in square [] brackets, are mine)

SAMUEL FARRAR WILLIAMS, born 1759 in Granville County, North Carolina/died 1835 in Henderson County, Kentucky, was the son of WILLIAM WILLIAMS, died December 27, 1775 in Boonesborough, Kentucky, and PHILLIS BECKHAM, born 1737 Granville County, NC, died 1792 Granville County, NC.  WILLIAM and his brother, JOHN WILLIAMS, who later became one of the first judges of North Carolina under the State Constitution in 1777, were also part of the venture with their cousin, COL. RICHARD HENDERSON, which founded the state of Kentucky.


War Department
Pension Office


The evidence in support of your claim, under the act of June 7, 1832, has been examined, and the papers are herewith returned.   The following is a statement of your case in a tabular form.   On comparing these papers with the following rules and the subjoined notes you will readily perceive that objections exist, which must be removed, before a pension can be allowed.   The rules and regulations will show what is necessary to be done.  These points to which your attention is more particularly directed, you wil find marked in the margin with a brace (thus}).  You will, when you return your papers to this Department, send this printed letter with them;  and you will, by compling with this request, greatly facilitate the investigation of your claim.

Statement, showing the Service of SAML. F. WILLIAMS

Period of service -  Duration -  Rank -  Name Field Officer - Present Age – Proof  
1780  2 Months Pr.Cor.   CAPT. SNEAD  64  Traditional
“     3 Months    Pr.  COL. TAYLOR &    
      “     DAVY    

I am, respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Commissioner of Pensions

State of Kentucky,

Henderson County

On this 22 day of 7th Month, 1833,  personally  appeared in Open Court before the ?????, the County Court of Henderson, Kentucky aforesaid name ?????? SAML. F. WILLIAMS a resident of said County and State aged 74 –years, who 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 of  June 7, 1833” and the Resolution of Congress last Session supplementary thereto (War used all his Laroues[?] even to a day)   The he enlisted the service & of the United States under the following served 5 ??? and served as herein stated that in the year 1780 he attached himself to a Dragoon Regiment of the North Carolina Militia as a soldier[?under CAPT. SAMUEL SNEAD, the regiment commanded by COL. WM. RICHARDSON  DAVY & COL. PHILIP TAYLOR & served for two months but were allowed for 3 months, as we found our own horses marched from Granville Court House the Hillsborough & Salisbury to near Charlotte Court House.  Returned home - was drafted again as a militia man, & sent as a substitute for 2  months, the name not remembered, was drafted again - & substituted near Rochester in my stead for 12 months or near – recollects COL. DANIEL MORGAN & COL. WASHINGTON of the Virginia Continental line.

This has no documentary evidence except a certificate which was lost and knows of no person where testimony he can procure, who can testify to his services[?]  except JNO. MORG of this county, who here testifies to his services & served with him.

He hereby relinquishes every desire whatever to a pension, except the present and declairs that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state – sworn to and subscribed this day and year aforesaid.


SAML. F. WILLIAMS                        

There being no “Clergyman” to testify

We, JOHN MOSS & S.????? a resident in the County of Henderson and State of Kentucky and JOHN WILLIAMS resident of the same hereby certify that because well aquainted with SAML. F. WILLIAMS who has subscribed, sworn to the above declaration , that we believe him to be 74 years old, that he is believed & respected in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and we co???? in that.  Opinion sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid &   MOSS swears he knows the service.  JOHN MOSS,  JOHN WILLIAMS

?Interogations? put  to SAML. F. WILLIAMS an applicant for pension & by the ?????? the county court of Henderson County

1. ?????? in what year were you born; in Granville NC in 1759.

2. Have you any record of your age; ?was recorded, but lost - & if so where is it [checkmarked]

3. Where were you living when called into service & how long lived there ??  the Revolutionary War where do you now live; In Granville Co. NC till 1805 & afterward in Henderson Co. KY

4.  How were you called into service, were you drafted ?were? you volunteer or were a substitute, & if substitute for whom?

Ans: I volunteered for 3 months and found the 2 substitutes for ????

5. State the names of some the regular officers who were with the troops where you served, such continental ?and? militia regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your service – COL. DAVE MORGAN & COL. WASHINGTON are the only officers recollected.

6.  Did you ever receive a discharge from the service & if so, by whom was it given – and what has become of it?    Ans. I recd. A certificate and it is destroyed.

7. State the names of persons to whom you are known in your neighbourhood  and who can testify to your charactere for truth and their belief of your services, as a soldier of the Revolution.       SAML DENTO, JOSHUA MOSS, & WM. JONES & EDWD. . VAUGHN

State of Kentucky

County of Henderson

Be it Known, that on this 4th day of August A.D. 1853 before me, the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace, in and for the County and State aforesaid, personally appeared ALFRED  WILLIAMS, SUSAN WILLIAMS & JANE D. HARDING resident of Henderson heirs of in said County, and made oath according to law that SAMUEL F. WILLIAMS is the Identical man said to be a Soldier in the war of the Revolution, and who has heretofore made application for the benefit of the Pension Act of  (witnesses names)  BLACKMAN MOSELY, WILLIAM WALDON.

That they are directly interested as a claimant in said Pension, and makes this affidavit to be filed with such additional evidence or arguments as our Agent may use in prosecuting said claim.

Countermanding and revoking all Powers of Attorney and authority hereinfore given, we constitute and appoint B. E. GRAY of Washington City, our free and lawful Attorney to prosecute the claim of : SAMUEL F. WILLIAMS for any amount of Revolutionary Pension, or increase of Pension that may be due; and we hereby authorize our said Attorney to examine all papers or documents in relation to said claim, on file in the Department of Washington City or elsewhere, to file additional evidence or arguments, and to receive for our exclusive benefit, the certificate which may be issued for said claim, which certificate we wish made payable at the Washington City, D.C. Agency; to appoint one or more substitutes under him for the purpose herein expressed, and to do all things that we might or could do were we personally present.  Hereby certifying and confirming all that our Attorney and Agent shall lawfully do in the premises.



Sworn to, Subscribed, and Acknowledged before me the day and year where written, and I hereby certify that I believe the said to be directly interested in sad claim as set forth, and to be the identical party therein alleged.   Thereby certify that the above power of attorney was assigned to before me as above and that there is one other Heir named JESSIE WILLIAMS given under my hand this 4 day of August 1853



State of Kentucky

County of Henderson

It is Hereby Certified, that satisfactory evidence has been exhibited before me, Clerk of the Court of __________that _____________the party who has sworn to and acknowledged the foregoing Declaration and Power of Attorney, is the ________reputed soldier aforesaid.  I further certify, that ISOM JOHNSON Esq before whom the preceding  affidavit and Power of Attorney were made and acknowledged, was, at the time of so doing, a Justice of the Peace, in and for said County, and that the signature purporting to be his, I believe to be genuine.

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal of Office,  this twenty-second day of March 1954,




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