Stokes and Surry County, North Carolina
Revolutionary War Pension Applications

ADKINS, William

Wm. Underwood file mentions receipt for service from Wm. Adkins; affidavit of Owen Adkins of Monroe Co., IN, in William Burch file mentions Adkins’ father’s service.

Pvt Capt. R. White's Co. NC Vols 1776 Burke Co., NC 1780
app 1855 Habersham Co, GA connected to Stokes Co. Angel's???

John Angel file mentions he served as a substitute one tour for Charles Angel.

ANGEL, John W20622 BLWt. 30602-160-55
Declaration of John Angel –
Surry Co., NC - 12 Feb. 1833 –
Resident of Surry County, aged 70 years.

John entered service around December 1, 1779, as a substitute for Charles Angel under Capt. Salathiel Martin of Col. Hampton's Regiment of North Carolina Militia. John served 4 months and 8 days and received a discharge March 25, 1780. The next June he enlisted as a volunteer under Capt. Bostick and Gen. Rutherford. John was in the Battle at Camden near Ru** Mill in South Carolina and was wounded in the left arm. He was out three months as first sergeant.

On Setember 1, 1780, he volunteered as a substitute for John Hutchins for six months under Capt. Minor Smith and Major Winston of Col. Campbell's Regiment of North Carolina Militia. John started to Kings Mountain and went as far as Old Richmond (then Surry Courthouse but now in Stokes County), where he met with Gen. Martin Armstrong who sent John Angel and Joseph Carmichael with an express to Gen. Davidson to aid at the Battle of Kings Mountain with such aid as was then in South Carolina. John delivered the express to Gen. Davidson but Davidson was attacked the next morning by the British under Lord Cornwallis. John Angel remained with Gen. Davidson during the battle and continued with him until they arrived in Salisbury. From there, John Angel returned home.

John Angel was called out under Capt. Bostick several times of a week each to fight the Tories. About September 1, 1781, John volunteered as a light horseman under Capt. Heth [?] to go to Wilmington where he was in two battles. John and Capt. Kennedy were chosen to carry the flag to the British at the brick house near Wilmington to summon them to surrender the house. This tour lasted two months.

During all of these enlistments, John lived in the part of Surry County that became Stokes. He moved to Surry County after the division of Stokes. John has been a preacher of the gospel about forty years. [*failed to copy 3rd page]

[John's file indicates he was born June 1762-63 in Surry [later Stokes] Co., NC, near upper Sauratown on Dan River. In 1802 he moved to Surry County.]

Affidavit of Mary Angel – 17 Aug. 1843 -- [Surry Co., NC] – Mary aged 83 years. She married John Angel on February 9, 1779. John died July 1843. Mary was too infirm to go to the courthouse.

Affidavit of Samuel Walker (age 75) and Huldah Walker (age 73) – 14 Nov. 1849 – Surry Co., NC – Samuel and Huldah resided in the same neighborhood where John and Mary Angel were married. Samuel was then 7 and Huldah 4. Huldah is Mary's youngest sister. John Angel was preacher of the Baptist congregation at Flat Fork in Surry County for many years. John and Mary were married a few weeks prior to the Battle of Guilford and about the time Cornwallis passed through Salem, NC. Samuel and Huldah lived one year on the same plantation with John and Mary Angel on Bellows Creek in Surry (Stokes) County.

Affidavit of John Wright (age 68) – 6 Mar. 1850 – Surry Co., NC – John Wright knew John and Mary Angel for about fifty years. John and Mary's oldest child Mathias was the same age as John Wright and lived within three miles of him. John Angel was for 50 years the Baptist preacher, generally at Flat Rock.

Affidavit of Mary Angel – 14 June 1855 – Yadkin Co., NC – Mary, aged 89. Her maiden name was Mary Griner [?]. John Angel died 5 July 1843.

Affidavit of Daniel Cockerham – 12 Feb. 1833 -- * Daniel was with John Angel at Camden in 1780 for three months tour. Daniel was under Gen. Rutherford down to Wilmington in fall of 1781 with John Angel on a 2-month tour. [Daniel signed by mark]

Affidavit of Richard H. Parks, a clergyman, and Josiah Cowles of Surry County that they are well acquainted with John Angel.

ANGEL, Lawrence (Ensign) S 31,519 NC

Declaration of Lawrence Angel – 12 Nov. 1839 – res. Ninevah Twp., Johnson Co., IN – aged 72 About the last of July 1776 Lawrence was drafted under Col. Joseph Williams and Major Shepherd. The officers of Lawrence's camp were Captain Richard Good, Lt. Ambrose Blackburn, and Ensign Joseph Keermikle [Carmichael ?]. Lawrence was then a resident of Surry Co., NC. He marched with the company and regiment from his residence over the mountains in the direction of, and against, the Cherokee Indian Tribe to the Indian Towns, then known as the Overhill Towns. Before arriving at the Indian Towns they crossed the River Holstein at the Long Islands and from thence passed through a wilderness for a distance of 112 miles. The Indians evacuated the towns before they arrived. Lawrence's expedition burned and destroyed the Indians' houses, corn, and belongings. Col. Christie of a Virginia regiment joined the Carolina troops at the Long Islands and took command. Lawrence served until just prior to Christmas 1776.

In November 1778 Lawrence Angel entered service as a substitute under Col. Hampton and Lt. Col. Hamright [?]. Capt. Salathiel Martin, Lt. Leonard Bradley, and Ensign Gibson were the officers of his company. The company marched through Roan and Mecklenburgh Counties to the South Carolina line and then to Charleston. They were there put under the command of Gen. Lincoln to repel an attack threatened by the British on Charleston. Angel there became acquainted with Col. Lytle and Major Nelson, regular officers. Angel was discharged March 30, 1779, at Charleston.

Lawrence Angel volunteered about August 1, 1780, under Col. Cleveland and Major Joseph Winston. Capt. Minor Smith, Lt. John Martin, and Ensign Lawrence Angel were the officers of the company on its first organization. This was a company of mounted riflemen. Lawrence was then appointed Issuing Commissary of the Regiment. From the point of his enlistment at Surry County, Lawrence and the regiment marched through Wilkes and Burke County into South Carolina and thence to Kings Mountain. Angel and his regiment had an engagement with the British and Tories, which was afterwards known as Ferguson's Defeat, as that was the name of the defeated British officer in command who was slain in the engagement. Many of Ferguson's men were taken prisoners. Campbell from Virginia was in command of this expedition. The prisoners were marched to Surry County, NC, and stationed at the Moravian Towns, where Angel and others guarded them until sometime near Christmas, when Angel returned home.

At the end of May 1781 Lawrence Angel entered service as a substitute under Col. Melmada [?], a French officer of the regular troops. Captain Hickman was commandant of Angel's company. Gen. Greene commanded this expedition to prevent the British, who had possession of Charleston, from spreading over the company. In a three month tour Angel marched through Roan and Mecklenburgh Counties, NC, to Camden, SC, and then returned home.

In October 1781 Lawrence Angel volunteered under Col. Smith and Major Grimes, Capt. Robert Hill, and Lt. John Martin. Angel again served as ensign of the company of mounted riflemen. One company in the regiment were armed as light horsemen. Angel's company marched from Surry County through Guilford and Randolph Counties, NC, then down Cape Fear to Wilmington to dislodge a detachment left by Cornwallis in Wilmington. However, the British detachment stationed there evacuated Wilmington before the company reached there, it was supposed because of the surrender of Cornwallis. Angel was discharged after three months.

Lawrence Angel stated he was born in Surry Co., NC, in 1760. He was a resident of Surry County when he enlisted and until the year 1813. Since 1813 he had lived in Kentucky and Tennessee and in 1833 resided in Ninevah Twp., Johnson Co., IN.

Lawrence was drafted for his first term of service; then entered as a substitute for * Blackburn, then a term as a volunteer, then as a substitute, and the fifth term as a volunteer.

Lawrence submitted an affidavit of Richard Terry, also of Ninevah Twp., Johnson County, whose father served with Angel during the Revolution. [The affidavit of Richard Terry I copied contained no details.]

APPERSON / EPPERSON, William – W 3915
1790 Surry Co. census, p. 672; 1810 Surry Co. census, p. 672
wife Elizabeth

Declaration of Elizabeth Apperson (76) – Stokes Co., NC – March 19, 1838 – Elizabeth was a “resident at this time” in Stokes County at the home of her son-in-law Thomas Sprinkle. William Apperson was a private soldier as a substitute for William Harrison under Capt. Joseph Philips in Surry County in Col. John Armstrong’s regiment. William marched “northwardly” and fought in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth and White Plains and was at New York. He served two years and six months (Harrison had served six months of a three-year enlistment.)

William received a bounty of 228 acres in the western district of Tennessee.

William then served three months in the place of William Head in Surry County in August 1779 and marched from there under Capt. Salathiel Martin to Salisbury and there joined the army. They marched into South Carolina.

William then entered as a private substitute for David Poindexter in Capt. Joseph Philips Company at Surry old Court house in spring 1780. This was in Col. William Sheppard’s regiment of militia. He was ordered to transport lead from the lead mines near Fort Chissil ? to the main army at Salisbury, “which being done, they marched in pursuit of Tories in many directions.” They pursued Tories to a place called the Mulberry fields and into the mountains. Some times he would be gone ten days, sometimes two and four weeks. At intervals he would return and remain at home some length of time, always in readiness to meet at Old Richmond as one of the minute men for the term of three months he served for Poindexter.

Next his own turn or class was drafted when he turned out as a volunteer private in the same company of minutemen for three months from May 1781. He was called out at different periods after she married him. He served as a guard at Richmond and in the Fall of 1781 he was discharged from this tour. Col. Martin Armstrong gave him a written discharge.

She was well acquainted with William when he went into the service as her father and her husband’s family resided not far from each other. She and William were married by Col. Martin Armstrong, a justice of the peace for Surry County, on June 6, 1781, at the house of Thomas Poindexter in Surry County.
William died March 22, 182_.
Elizabeth was too infirm to attend court to make her declaration. [Signed by mark]

Elizabeth Apperson in 1839 swore that the following was a true list of the family record and the list was written by Rev. Wm. Steele:

William Apperson b. March 22, 1757
Elizabeth Apperson, his wife, b. Dec. 23, 1763
John Apperson, son b. Mar. 8, 1783
Peter Apperson b. March 23, 178-*
Francis Apperson b. May 9, 1785
Richard Apperson b. Sept. 6, 1786
William Apperson b. Aug. 25, 1788
Thomas Apperson b. May 25, 1790
Dr. Alexander Apperson b. Mar. 28, 1792
Bennet Apperson b. Feb. 5, 1798
Elizabeth Apperson b. June 30, 1799
George Apperson b. June 16, 1801

Grand children

Luvitha Apperson b. May 14, 1828
Elizabeth Jane Apperson b. July 8, 1825
William Henry Apperson b. Oct. 13, 1826
Isham Apperson b. May 4, 1828
Harry ? ratford Apperson b. Feb. 1, 1830
Mary __-son b. 8, 1831

Affidavit of Noah Bailey and George Kregar – Stokes Co., NC – Mar. 20, 1838 -- Both are residents of Stokes County and pensioners of the United States.

Noah Bailey says that the first time he ever saw or got acquainted with Wm. Apperson was a short time before the battle of Monmouth not far from Philadelphia. Apperson was a regular soldier. He fought in the battle of Monmouth and of White Plains. Based on conversations since the war, Bailey believes they both fought in a battle at Germantown and at Brandywine. It was pure chance that Bailey later moved to the same neighborhood as Apperson about ten or twelve years previously.

George Kregar states that he was well acquainted with William Apperson and served as a private soldier with him six months in the militia. Kregar was one of Apperson’s mess mates under Capt. Joseph Philips in Col. Wm. Shepperds Regiment and marched from Richmond Surry Courthouse in spring 1780 to the lead mines on New River. They guarded and brought lead back to Richmond on two trips of 90 to 100 miles each. Next they went in pursuit of a company of Tories commanded by a Tory Captain named Roberts who was ranging near the Blue Ridge of mountains. We searched the mountains, then to the Mulberry field in Wilkes County and then to the brushy mountains. From there we went to Ramseurs Mills, where we received information that a part of our army had defeated the same Tories. We then returned to Surry County and remained home for some length of time. Orders were then given to meet again at Richmond. From there we “marched various windings” to Salisbury and down to Anson County. Near a place called Colsons we had skirmish with a party of Tories, whom we defeated and took them prisoners, having killed some of them. We returned to Salisbury were we were discharged for a six-month tour in all.

Kregar remembers Apperson and Capt. Philips discussing that they had served together three years in the Continental Service previous to the six months tour in which Kregar and Apperson served. Capt. Philips and Wm. Apperson, under Col. John Armstrong, had fought in battles at Monmouth and Brandywine. Certificates in file:

Surry County. Aug. 7th, 1779. William Head has found an able bodied soldier to serve “in his room” in the present expedition to the aid of South Carolina & Georgia. Salathiel Martin Capt.

Wm. Epperson and Lewis Johnson have changed divisions; Epperson now stands in the second and has taken the place of Wm. Head, a drafted man in the first division, Wm. Head is therefore discharged. Aug. 2, 1779. Job Martin Capt.

Affidavit of Patsy M. Pettitt and William Head – Stokes Co., NC – Mar. 19, 1838 – Patsy M. Pettit states she was well acquainted with William Apperson and Elizabeth his wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Carr, before they were married. She was present when Martin Armstrong solemnized the marriage on June 6, 1781, at deponent’s father Thomas Poindexter’s house in Surry County. William Apperson died March 22, 1826. Pettit knows that William was gone in the Continental service and several tours in the Revolutionary War

. William Head states he was well acquainted with Apperson. He knows William served under Jo. Philips in Continental army and also served three months in the militia in this deponent’s place. Head paid him for so doing. Affidavit of Thomas Sprinkle and Sally Wradford Kelly – Stokes Co., NC – Mar. 19, 1838 - Thomas Sprinkle states he often heard William Apperson relate the various expeditions he performed in the Revolutionary War. He heard William say he was under Col. Wm. Shepperd as a minute man and guard at Old Richmond when a certain Robert Tate was “hung dead” as a Tory. In one engagement, William and the rest of the Whigs retreated in haste from the British and Tories at Ridy Creek, William lost his gun by hooking in a sapling and dropped his knapsack and swam across the creek and made his escap from the enemy.

Sally Kelly reports the death of William and widowhood of Elizabeth.

Affidavit of George Kregar – Stokes Co., NC – Feb. 18, 1839 -- In March 1780 at a general muster at old Richmond in Surry County, a call was made for 100 men by Col. M. Armstrong commanded by Capt. Jo. Philips as minute soldiers. William Apperson then and there turned out as a volunteer or substitute and served in the same mess with Kregar at intervals whenever ordered. They marched in companies and sometimes a regiment of 300 or 400 men. They marched from old Richmond to New River lead mines and back with lead for the Army stationed at Salisbury, and then returned to New River in pursuit of a set of Tories commanded by a Tory Capt. Roberts. We pursued them into the mountains and to Mulberry fields, and Brushy Mountain to the Catawba River and near the Ramsour Mills, we received news that our army had defeated the Tories so we returned home for a short time.

We were called out and marched to and fro to Salisbury and strange parts of North Carolina into Anson County and at a place called Colsons old fields had battle where we defeated the enemy and then returned home. Apperson and Kregar had served six months and were discharged a short time before the Battle of Kings Mountain. Kregar obtained a pension on Jan. 21, 1833.

Previous to that service, Apperson had enlisted and gone under Capt. Philips in Col. John Armstrongs Regiment. He heard Capt. Philips and Apperson often speak of the battles they had fought in the North, including Monmouth and Brandywine. He thinks they were gone three years and returned to the neighborhood where we were all well acquainted. [Signed by mark]

[Wm. Apperson mentioned in file of Michael Spainhour]

[Wynette Parks Haun, North Carolina Revolutionary War Accounts, Secretary of State, Treasurer’s & Comptroller’s Papers, Journal “A”, (Public Accounts), 1775-1776 (Durham, NC. 1989), p. 186 lists soldiers under Capt. William Shepperd & Lt. John Horn, of a company of light horse disarming Tories and on an expedition to Cross Creek for 33 days, including Joseph Edwards, William Epperson, and William Venable.]

ARMSTRONG, Martin R 256 [1790 Stokes Co., NC, Census, p. 179, next to Thomas East]

wife Mary Tate

Martin in North Carolina militia from 1776. He became a colonel and served under Gen. Benjamin Cleaveland and also Gen. Rutherford. Armstrong was in the Battle of Gates Retreat at or near Camden. He was also out to frontier under Gen. Rutherford versus the Indians and Tories.

Martin became Surveyor General of Northwest Territory. He settled in Tennessee and died in Nashville, TN, Sept. 1808.

He married Mary Tate in 1766 or 1767 in NC. Mary died June 1836. One child, the third, survived – Mary A.E. McCall, b. 19 Apr. 1775. She resided Smith Co., TN, in 1855. Her son Dr. Alexander McCall, resident of Davidson Co., Tenn, statement 29 Mar. 1855.

List of North Carolina Comptrollers office record of payments for service: Book EG, p. 54 (Apr. 1776), 58 (Nov. 1776), 74 [as company in Cherokee expedition], 78 (Nov. 1777), _6 (Jan. 1779); Book C, Entry 5212 (Jan. 1787), Book A, Entry 8110; Kingston ?, p. 147 (currency Oct. 1779).

Martin received no pension as he died before the law went into effect.

ARNEY, Christian S 23180
(b. ca 1750, Yorktown, Va. – d. spring 1834)

Declaration of Christian Arney, resident of Lincoln Co., NC, 19 July 1832 – Enlisted 1781 – ordered by Gen. Davidson to make shoes. He made 85 pair of shoes. He entered service again as a volunteer under Gen. Rutherford, Maj. Lawman, Capt. Robert Alexander, Lt. (later Capt.) Wm. McKinley, served for 5 months – marched to Charlestown, SC – discharged at Black Bluff on Savannah River. He was a resident of Lincoln Co., NC.

Affidavits of John Fritchey, clergyman (Arney believed to be 82 years old); Jacob Plunk & Adam Reep (?).

Christian Arney – 1 Nov. 1833 – also swears to service against the Indians. He was born in Yorktown, VA, and lived near Lincolnton when called into service and ever since.

Matthew Wilson – 1853 – son-in-law of Christian Arney, says Christian died in Spring 1834.

[Note: No Stokes Co. connection in pension file but this is a Stokes County name.]

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