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Rev. Pension Application
Thomas Hilliard
Warren County, North Carolina

State of No Carolina
Warren County
Court of Pleas & Qrt Sessions
August Term 1832
On the 27th day of August 1832, personally appeared in open Court before the Justices of said Court now sitting, Thomas Hilliard of the County aforesaid aged about 70 years, to being first duly sworn according to wall doth on his others make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed the 7th June 1832, to wit:

That he was born in the County of New Kent, State of Virginia -  that when quite young his parents moved and settled and the County of Granville No Carolina - that he does not know  his precise age having no register off it - but he is confidence he is upwards of 70 years old. about the last of February 1779 he volunteered in Granville aforesaid for three months in the Militia under the command of Capt. Smith &Lieut. Rica, both of said county - that the company to which he was attached was marched to James Bilboe's fishery own Roanoke River in the County of Mecklenburg,  Virginia, where they were employed in catching and barreling shad for the army, the fishery and seine being proper for that purpose. that he received at the and of the three months from Capt Smith as he now thinks, a discharge which he has lost or mislaid & can not now find.

In the next year 1780, the class to which he belonged furnished a substitute which exempted it from the draft then called for. about the last of January 1781, he was drafted in the County of Granville aforesaid for three months service as a Militia man under the command of Capt Gideon Gooch and was marched with his company to Hillsboro N. Carolina where they joined the twelve  months men commanded by Col. Long of the County of Halifax N. C. and Majr Armstrong. That he remained at that place and was employed with the Militia and State troops in  protecting the General Assembly of No Carolina then and there convened, and in keeping the Tories in check, who had threatened the General Assembly and committed much mischief in the neighborhood and county around under Col. Fanning - by plundering houses, destroying property, and in some instances killing the Whigs. This affiant  states that at the expiration of this second service he received a discharge from Col. Long as well as he remembers - but this with his other discharge has been lost or mislaid so that he cannot now find them - never considering them of any use after the termination of the war. He recollects the names of Capt. Trend & Capt. McFarland who commanded companies of militia at Hillsboro in this period.   During the latter service he heard that the battle of Guilford was fought and that Genl Greens afterwards marched with the American forces under his command toward the south and Cornwallis with the British troops towards  Wilmington,  N.C. and back through Halifax N. C. to Virginia.

This affiant hereby relinquishes his every claim to a pension or annuity, except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension Rolls of the Agency of any State, and that he never has received any compensation for his services.

He knows of no person by whose personal knowledge he can prove his service & the only corroborating testimony in his power is that ?? had by the respective persons who have sworn to and subscribed the annexed affidavit. he lived in Granville, during his service aforesaid with in a very few miles of his present residence in the County of Warren where he has lived since residence being taken from the County of Granville - it was first called Bute and afterwards Warren.

Caswell Drake, Co. Clk.

Thomas Hilliard

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