WILLIAM WHITE'S REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION APPLICATION - 1832
Contributed by: Trisha London
Posted February 10, 2008 by Myrtle Bridges
State of Tennessee On this the 17th day of October 1832, personally appeared before me, Edward Hawkins,
one of the Justices of the Court of Pleas and Quarterly in and for said county, William White, a resident of said
county, at his own house, he being unable to attend court by reason of old age and badly infirmity in the said County
of Anderson and state of Tennessee, aged 80 years, who being first duly sworn and answering 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 he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein states.
He resided in Anson County, North Carolina; at which place in or about the month of October 1780 he was drafted
or called out by Col. Thomas Waid and ordered by him to go and gather the Tories corn as they had fled and left
their plantations. He went with the company and gathered the corn and it was taken off for the use of the American
Army. He served at this time, two weeks under the order of his Col. as aforesaid. He was then verbally discharged.
Again, sometime in November 1780 he was drafted or called to serve a tour against the Tories under Capt. Dudley
Mask underground at the Grassy Islands, marched down to Drowning Creek. The Tories fled and he was verbally discharged.
He served at this time two weeks.
Again was about the first of January 1781 he was drafted for to go against the Tories under Cpt. John McGiver underground
at the Grassy Islands, march to Drowning Creek and with black against the Tories they fled and we were discharged
verbally. He served at this time two weeks.
Again in or about Feb 1787 he was drafted to go against the Tories under Col. John Dejarnett and Col. Thomas Waid ----
at Blewetts Ferry, marched to Drowning Creek, took several Tories as prisoners. They tried and one of the prisoners by
a court marshal and hung him. He was then verbally discharged. Served at this time two weeks.
Again in or about the middle of March 1781 while living at the same place last aforesaid he was drafted under Cpt. John
Dejarnett in Col. Thomas Waid's Regiment of Militia. We marched to Drowning Creek. We lay there some time then marched
through the country to keep the Tories from committing oppositions. Served at this time two months and about the first
of June 1781 about two weeks.
Again while living at the same place in the month of July 1781, he was drafted for a three months tour against the British
under Cpt. John Dejgarnett in Col. Thomas Waid Regiment of militia at the Grassy Islands. Marched to Black River there we
met Generals Butler and Rutherford. We were commanded by General Rutherford then we marched into the neighborhoods of Wilmington,
then to the Plantation of Maj. Waddle; lay there about a week then back to near Wilmington. (We) lay there about a week and
then onto the waters of Crap Creek; then back to Maj. Waddle's plantation then to near Wilmington we lay in the neighborhood
till our time was out and (I) was honorably discharged in October 1781.
His discharge was signed by the said Cpt. Degarnett but is now lost. He served at this time three months served and in the
whole seven months and two weeks. He has no documentary evidence and he knows of no person whose testimony he can provide who
can testify to his service. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares
that his name is not on a pension roll of the agency of any states. There is no clergyman having or undatedy ?in his neighborhood
and he knows of none that he can provide who can testify to the impact of his service.
Sworn to and subscribed this day and year aforesaid before me, Edward Hawkins a Justice of the Court of Pleas and Quarter
Serves in and for the said County of Anderson and the states of Tennessee October 17, 1832 William White His mark
We, Sam Maddox and Edward Wictt residing in the said County of Anderson and State of Tennessee hereby certify that we are well
acquainted with William White who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration: that we believe him to (be) 80 years of age;
that he is refuted and believed, in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur
in that opinion sworn to and subscribed that day and year aforesaid. Before me Edward Hawking A Justice of the Court of Pleas and
Quarters and Serves in and for the said County of Anderson and State of Tennessee October 17, 1832
And the said Edward Hawkins , Justice of the Court of Pleas and Quarters serves in and for the said County of Anderson and the
State of Tennessee as aforesaid, it being a court of ---- oath hereby declare his opinion after the investigation of the matter
and after putting the interrogarotories prescribed by the War Department that
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