Wayne County, Tennessee

REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION APPLICATIONS AND ABSTRACTS


MICHIE, GEORGE, Quartermaster Sergeant, Virginia line. Pension no. R7153. Soldier applied in Wayne Co. Tennessee on 28 March 1827, aged 67 in 1826. He enlisted at Fredericksburg, VA in the spring of 1777. In 1827 soldier had in his family, wife Judah, aged about 60 years and children Lucy aged 25 and Betsey aged 23. Soldier stated he married his second wife a widow named Judah FLOOD who had several children. Francis GIDDONS of Williamson Co., TN made affidavit on 6 Feb 1827 that he had become a member of James MICHIE's family of Louisa Co. VA whose son George was a Revolutionary War soldier. Additional information submitted: soldier born 17/19 April 1759 and died 28 June 1843 supposedly at Lebanon, Wayne Co., Tennessee. Soldier first married Elizabeth MILLER on 4 Nov 1781 Louisa Co., VA. Married second to Mrs. Judah HOOD [name given in additional information]. Children were: James, b. 15 May 1783, married Louise (Lucy or Louisa) STONEMAN; William, married Elizabeth FLOOD; Lucy, b. ca. 1802, m. Heriam BREWSTER or Neriam BREWER; Polly, married Robert FLOOD; Sarah, married Henry CLIFTON; Betsy, b. ca. 1804, married ______MILLICAN. Additional information taken from THE TEXAS DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION LINEAGE BOOK. Submitted by Jarrel M NEWBERRY, 2231 Conant Drive, Burley, ID 83318 [Mr. NEWBERRY is a descendant through James MICHIE, son of George. James' daughter Caroline married James Knox BROADAWAY, the son of Drewry BROADAWAY, the son of John BROADAWAY, also a revolutionary war soldier.]

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THORNTON, Josiah, served in ROEBURK's Regiment, South Carolina Militia. Soldier served 'since the fall of Charleston'. Residence at enlistment was 96th District, SC, occupation a farmer. Soldier applied for pension in 1846, but was denied pension because service was less than six months. From other records: Also entered into service on 9 April a "gray gelding" loar on 25 April 1779 about 7 yrs. old; and a black gelding 5 yrs. old. Horses entered in the Public service in Capt. William Smiths Co. on 9th April 1779. Pension application number R10570. Widow applied, but no pension application number. Per widow's application Soldier died before 1846, per pension application. Additional information supplied by submitter: Widow Salley THORNTON died 29 Oct 1849 Wayne Co., TN listed on 1850 Mortality schedule. From Bible record of family: Soldier born 22 Aug 1758, VA; wife born 1 March 1763: children: Elizabeth THORNTON, b. 8 Mar 1781; Thomas THORNTON, b. 15 Dec 1783, m. 1) Martha; m. 2) Rebecca HOUSE; Sparling THORNTON, b. 19 Feb 1786, m. 1) Salley (Sarah), m. 2) Mrs. Mary McCLAREN JOHNSTON; Rhoda THORNTON, b. 27 Dec 1788; Eleanor THORNTON, b. 6 July 1791, m. Lenoir CANTRELL; Isaac THORNTON, b. 22 Jan 1794, m. Nancy HOUSE; Josiah THORNTON, b. 11 March 1796, SC, m. Frances DEWBERRY; Sally (Sarah) THORNTON, b. 7 June 1798; William THORNTON, b. 3 April 1800; Mordica THORNTON, b. 21 Dec 1800, m. Amelia WESTMORELAND; Thuraz (Theresa) THORNTON, b. 16 June 1805, m. James W. CANTRELL; Mahala THORNTON, b. 16 Sep 1807, m. Jason PAULK. Submitted by Reda THORNTON DUCKWORTH, 205 Roat St., Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

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John Copeland Pension Application

Submitted by  Lucille Hastings

Pension Application Number R2310

State of Tennessee Wayne Countyž
    On this 9th day of June 1834 personally appeared in open court before the justices of the court of pleas and quarter session of said county John Copeland a resident of the said County of Wayne in the State of Tennessee aged 72 years who being first duly sworn according to law both 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 services of the United States under the command of the following named officers and served as herein stated, he volunteered in Chatham County North Carolina in the month of February 1781 under the command of Captain Roger Griffey for a tour of three months. We were marched to Granville County in said State of North Carolina for some time we were stationed in Hainsburgh and afterwards attached to Captain William Douglas' Company. A short time after this he was taken sick and obtained a furlow to return home and wait for further orders. He remained there about three days and returned. Applicant does not recollect the names of any of the field officers under whom he served except General Butler. _______[?] at this time being very young[?]
    He then substituted for one Sherod Willis for a tour of three months. He entered the service about the first of June in the year last aforesaid under the command of Captain Joseph Russell[?], Major John Nails, Colonel Ambrose Ramsey and General Butler. When we rendevoused near Chatham Court house North Carolina Colonel Ramsey informed us, if we would find out own horses and Guns that we should be discharged at the expiration of two months. we accordingly furnished our own horses and Guns. We marched from Chatham Court house to Guilford thence to moore County and thence through Orange County, thence back again to Chatham and through many ohter Counties no now recollected. The express business which we were upon was to subdue and keep down the Tories.
    He again volunteerd in September of the same year, for the purpose of retaking the prisoners which the tories had taken from Hillsborough. we marched from Chatham to to Cane Creek in same County and commenced an attack on the Tories, near Linsley Mills at which time Colonel Little, Major John Nalls were killed with Fourteen soldiers. I was then under the Command of Major Nalls, Colonel Maybourne and General Butler were the names of the officers as he now recollects. The length of this tour was three weeks. He served in all ten months and three weeks.

Questions:
1st. When and in what year were you born?
Answer: I was born in Chatham County North Carolina in the year 1762

2nd. Have you any record of your age and if so where is it?
Answer: I have and ______return it, transmitted? by my father

3rd: Where were you living when called into service. Where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and where do you live now?
Answer: When I entered the servie I lived in North Carolina Chatham County and resided there during the Revolutionary war, from thence I moved to Jefferson County, Tennessee, thence to Knox County and State of Tennessee thence to Overton, thence to Bedford and thence to Wayne County, Tennessee where I now live and have lived for fourteen years last past.

4th: How were you called into service were youdrafted, did volunteer, or were you a substitute and if a substitute, for whom.
Answer: I volunteer twice and once a substitute for Sherod Willis.

Q 5: State the name of some of the Regular Officers who were with the troops, when you served, such continental and Militia Regiment as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your service.
Ans: I have answered this question so far as I am able in the above declaration. I do not recollect the names of any of the Regiments.

Q. 6th: Did you ever receive a dsicharge from the service and if so by whom was it given and what has become of it?
Ans. I received a discharge in writing for the tour I served as a substitute for Willis. It was given by Capt. Rossau and it is now lost.

Q 7th: State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for veracity, and their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution?
Ans: James Holden, Robert Scypeart, John L. Lindsey, Francis Scypeart, Gen. John Rayburn, Henry Rayborn, Esq., James Anderson, Henry Morris,James Arnett, Richard Copeland and Henry Tilley and many others are well acquainted with me and can testify as to my character for veracity and James Holden, Robert Scypeart and John L. Lindsey can testify as to my Representration in service as a sosldier of the Revolution.

    The said applicant thereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not in the pension rolls or the agency of any State. He further states that he has no documentary evidence whereby he can prove his services and knows of no other person who can testify as to his services, except Robert Scypeart, James Holden and John L. Lindsey.

Sworn to and Subscribed in open court
//s// John Copeland
Test: James C. Alderson, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Wayne County, Tennessee.

We Robert Scypeart, James Holden and John L. Lindsey residing in the County of Wayne and State of Tennessee certify that we are well acquainted with John Copeland who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration, that we know him to have been a Revolutionary soldier and that is a man of undoubted veracity and so reputed to be in the neighborhood where he now resides.

Sworn to Subscribed in Open Court //s// Robert Scypeart //s// John L. Lindsey //s// James Holden Test: James C. Alderson, Clerk.

Power Of Attorney
For ascertaining whether any increase or arrears of pension are due the Widow or heirs of Revolutionary Pensioners
State of Tennessee Wayne Countyž
Be it known that before me Washington Carter a Justice of the Peace presonally appeared Richard Copeland age 64 years, who being duly cautioned and then sworn in due form of law, states that he is an heir of John Copeland who was a Revolutionary soldier in the State of North Carolina and that he died on the 30th day of September 1844 and that his mother, named Sally, died some forty years ago and that they were residents of Chatham in the State of North Carolina and that they resided there many years and that he resided in Wayne County aforesaid and that furthermore he BY THESE PRESENTS, constitutes, appoints and fully empowers and authorizes, irrevocably and with powers of substitution, F. E. Hassler, of Washington city, D.C. as his true and lawful Attorney for him and in his name and stead,to examine into, to prosecute, to demand, and to receive from the U.S. Government and State officers his rights in all and in any manner of claim or increase or arrears of Pension or Land that may be due him as a heir of John Copeland who died leaving the same undrawn, as in right of law he may be entitled.

In witness whereof, he has on this thirtieth day of September 1852, hereunto signed his name; and affixed his seal: //s// Richard Copeland For the heirs of John Copeland, deceased. Witness: Jonathan Morris, John McDougal.

Signed, sealed acknowledged, and sworn to before me; and I further certify that Richard Copeland has always by the community been known as one of heir of John Copeland deceased.

Dated on this 30th day of September 1852. //s//Washington Carter J.P.

State of Tennessee, Wayne Countyž
I hereby certifiy that Washington Carter, Esq, before whom the foregoing affidavits and acknowledgement were made, and who has thereunto subscribed his name, was at the time of doing so, a Justice of Peace in and for the County aforesaid, duly commissioned and sworn, and that his signature above written is genuine.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set me hand, and affixed the seal of Wayne County Court, this thirtieth day of September one thousand eight hundred and fifty two. //s// William Jones, Clerk.

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