Revolutionary War Pension Claim
Transcribed and submitted by James W. Patrick, 2008
[Outer face of folded document]
of Green Co. in the State of Tennessee
who was a private in the company commanded
by Captain Beddinger of the Reg. commanded
by M Alislie [?] in the [something crossed out]
Militia for nine months
Pa. Line Records corrected Feby 15 ‘04
Inscribed on the Roll of Tennessee
a the rate of 30—Dollars — Cents per annum
to commence on the 4th day of March, 1831
Certificate of Pension issued the 10—day of July
1833 and Hon John
Arrears to 4th of Sept. 1832 45.00
Semi-Anl. allowance ending 4 March 1833 15.00
Act June 7, 1839
Recorded by Henry H. Sylvester [signed]
Book D Vol. 9 Page 102
[First written Full Page]
State of Tennessee }
Green County } September Term 1832
On this 5th day of September 1832 personally appeared in open court before the Honorable
Samuel Powel Judge the Circuit Court of Law & Equity –?—John Hull aged eighty one years, a resident Citizen of the County of Green State aforesaid/ who, being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed the 7th June 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers & served as herein stated towit. that being a resident citizen of the County of York Pennsylvania he in the month of June 1776 was drafted to perform a Tour of duty of two months, under Capt Nicholas Beddinger and rendezvoused in Abbotts Town in the County of York Pennsylvania operated–?—in order to go to Trenton New Jersey, where was the British, and marched at the rate of thirty miles a day, Col. McCallister being the Col [scrawled — commandant?] and highest officer until their arrival at Amboy where was the regular army under Gens Mercer and Roberdo [?] that the main army then marched from Amboy, where this declarant entered into the flying camp under Capt. Beddinger for a four months tour, this first two months having expired, and, marched to Fort Lee & Washington, where the British under Col How captured Fort Washington & made prisoners of about twenty seven hundred of the American troops, most of his Company including Capn Beddinger being of the number after which the British took possession of Fort Lee also, and the American troops retreated to Trenton, this declarant of the number under Genl Washington Green & Starting [?]. At Trenton took eight or nine hundred Hessians, when & where declarant was taken sick & was carried to Philadelphia to the Hospital where he remained until cured which was more than five months from the time he entered the service in the flying camp and returned home from the Philadelphia Hospital and obtained a written discharge.
The next tour he was drafted to go as a guard to keep the British prisoners taken at Burgoynes, after they were transported from Albemarle Barracks or Stanton to little York Pennsylvania where five acres of land were stockaded to contain them, & were kept until the final ratification of Peace and they discharged. Which service he rendered under Col Gibson & Capt. John Wampler, Lieutenant Jonas Wolf of the Militia and served two months in the performance of that duty, being eight months according to [something crossed out], but nine months actual service owing to his engagement being for but four months in the flying camp where he in fact was kept in service for five months. That he has no documentary evidence & that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service [something crossed out] relinquishing every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity except the present, & declares that his name is not on the roll of pensioners of the agency of any state, nor is there a resident minister of the gospel in his vicinity by whom he can establish the facts required by the Secretary of War.
Sworn to and subscribed in open Court this day and year first before written.
V. Sevier , Clk. John Hull [personally signed]
[Signed] [Signature is very shaky but strong]
We Vincent Jackson & John Balch residing in the County of Greene State aforesaid, do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with John Hull who has subscribed and sworn to the foregoing declaration that we believe him to be eighty one years of age that he is reputed & believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.
Sworn to & subscribed in open Court this 5th September 1832.
V. Sevier, Clk Vincent Jackson [signed]
John Balch [signed]
And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Dept/ that the above applicant was a revolutionary soldier & served as he states & the Court further certifies that it appears to him that Vincent Jackson & John Balch who signed the preceding certificate are residents of said County & are credible persons and their certificates entitled to full confidence.
S. [Norres?] [signed, but unreadable] Judge of the
Circuit Court of the State of Tennessee