State of Tennessee 
Morgan County 

On this the 21st day of October 1833 personally appeared before the 
worshipful court of pleas and quarters session in and for the County of 
Morgan aforesaid which is a court of record John Howard a resident 
citizen of the County of Morgan aforesaid in the state of Tennessee aged 
sixty six years on the eleventh day of February last, agreeable his 
record which he formerly kept though he has not had any record for 
twenty four year, lost past the having left his record of his age in 
Kentucky Christian County, but he distinctly recollects that agreeable 
to his said record and the accounts of his parents that he was born 
February the eleventh one thousand seven hundred and sixty seven and 
after being duly sworn for that purpose on his oath makes the following 
Declaration in order to obtain the Benefit of the act of Congress on the 
7th June 1832. 
     That he entered the service of the United States toward the end of 
the Revolutionary he entered said service in Laurince County South 
Carolina when he was only in his fifteenth year of age he entered said 
service as a private Volunteer indian spie to serve six months tour 
under Captain Berry his first name not remembered and Lieutenant William 
Brown and marched to (Gilberts Fort) near the Cherokee Boundary he 
entered said service the precise time not recollected but well 
recollects that it was in the Early part of Spring and thinks about the 
first of April, he stationed at said fort the full term of six months 
ending in the fall of one thousand seven hundred and Eighty one.  The 
precise day he got dismissed from service not recollected but he thinks 
it was about the first of October he was verbally discharged by his said 
Capt and returned home, applicant has no documents any Evidence of his 
service and knows of no person by whom he can prove his service 
applicant was born in Laurince County South Carolina and continued there 
near twenty years after the war and then moved to Christian County 
Kentucky and staid here nine years and then moved to Knox County 
Tennessee and staid there five years and then moved to where he now 
lives in Morgan County Tennessee though it was Roane County where he 
first came to where he now lives applicant states that there is no 
(clergyman?) any place near or within his neighborhood  and it is out of 
his power to provide one without great Trouble applicant thinks he can 
prove his reputation as a man of veracity And as a soldier By George S. 
Kington, Robert Dabney Elijah Lavender and his neighbors generally, 
applicant here by relinquishes Every claim whatsoever to a pension or 
annuity Except the present and declares his name is not on the pension 
Rolls of agency of any State. 

(signed  John Howard) 

Sworn to and subscribed in open court the day and year afforesaide 
Thomas S. (Lea?)  D.C. 

     We Joseph Holloway, John (Spencer?) residing in the County of 
Morgan State of Tennessee do certify that we are well acquainted with 
John Howard who has subscribed and sworn the foregoing Declaration, that 
we believe him to be upwards of sixty six years of age as he has stated 
and that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides 
To have been a soldier of the Revolution and a man of veracity and that 
we concur in this.  ( document ends) 

John Howard: 
Born February 11, 1767 in Laurens County,  SC 
Died April 7, 1851 in Lancing, Morgan Co. TN 
Married Nancy Howard, a cousin in Knoxville, Knox Co. Tn 
on January 20, 1810. Nancy was born in 1783 in NC. 
(Maybe a second marriage for John-not proven) 
Both are buried in Clear Creek Cemetery, Morgan County, TN. 
For his service as a Revolutionary soldier he received, beginning on March 4, 1834, $20.00 per annum.  After his death, Nancy filed for a Bounty Land Warrant
Contributed by Deb Dixon 


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