Revolutionary War Pension Applications

Stokes and Surry Counties, North Carolina

BAILEY, Noah S6556

Declaration of Noah Bailey – Stokes Co., NC, 12 Sept. 1832 – age 82 in December last – Noah was born in Cumberland Co., VA, in 1749. He enlisted at Williamsburg, VA, when he was 18, and moved to Stokes Co., NC, seven years ago.

Noah was a private under Daniel Johnson, Ensign, enlisted at Williamsburg, VA. He served under Capt. John Nichols and Lt. Robert Sanders. They marched to Alexandria, where he was inoculated with small pox. Noah joined the headquarters at Smoky Camp. He enlisted in Gen. Muhlenberg’s brigade of 1st Regiment. He fought in the Battles of White Plains, Germantown, and Brandywine. He transferred to Col. Green regiment of 6th Regiment of Infantry. They went to Hillsborough, NC, and joined General Green’s army. He was then wounded in the Battle of Eutaw Springs. He was in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, went to Santee, SC, and was discharged in South Carolina. He returned home to Cumberland Co., VA, and lived there until seven years ago.

[Pension file of William Apperson contains the affidavit of Noah Bailey, pensioner – Stokes Co., NC – Mar. 20, 1838 -- 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 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.

BANGS , _______

John Venables served as a substitute for “one Bangs” about 1781 in Captain Minor Smith’s company.

BANNER, Benjamin -- S 6562 [1810 Stokes Co. census, p. 507]
(b. May 20, 1753, Rowan (later Stokes) Co., NC)
son of Henry & Ellaner Banner

Declaration of Benjamin Banner (79) – Stokes Co., NC – 18 Oct. 1832 -- Benjamin volunteered as a minuteman at Old Richmond, Surry (now Stokes) Co., under Col. Martin Armstrong and Maj. Joseph Winston

. He served under Maj. Winston in June 1779 on a tour against the Tories. He joined the company on the little Yadkin in Surry County was marched across the Yadkin to Roan County, marched up said river to the Tory Camps, “the Tories having collected in considerable force” under Col. Gideon Wright. He “was employed in routing & disarming the Tories” in that tour for four or five weeks and then returned home.

Shortly after he marched under Capt. John Halbert against the Tories. He marched through the Quaker Settlement in Guilford County and back to Surry. He was in service for about two weeks. He was then marched to the Old Town in Stokes County under Capt. Halbert and was then placed under another officer to guard the British and Tories taken prisoners at the Battle of Kings Mountain. After guarding the prisoners for two weeks, they were then marched to Hilsbury, Orange Co. He was then placed under Capt. Jones of the regular army to guard the military stores or magazine from Salem, Surry County (now Stokes), to Henry Courthouse, Virginia, a distance of about seventy miles. He served in this about two weeks. He served as a minuteman for a term of twelve months, of which he actually served at least six months.

He volunteered at Old Richmond, probably in August, 1780, under Capt. John Morgan and Lt. Mark Hardin on an expedition to the South for three months. He was placed in the command of Ambern Blackburn commisary and served his tour collecting provision and “driving beaves” for the army’s use.

Benjamin was born in Rowan County (afterward Surry now Stokes), NC, on May 20, 1753, and resided there ever since.

Affidavits of Joseph W. Winston and John Hill re reputation and age.

Affidavit of Joseph Banner and Ephraim Banner that Benjamin Banner did serve as a minute man in 1779 and 1780 for at least six months in different periods.

Affidavit of William Merit, who saw Benjamin Banner in service under Ambierce Blackbourn, Commissary.

[Affidavit of Benjamin Banner – Stokes Co., NC. – June 8, 1838 – service with brother Joseph Banner in Joseph Banner pension file]

BANNER, Ephraim W 3923
(b. May 20, 1753, Rowan (Stokes) Co., NC – d. Apr. 3, 1838, Stokes Co., NC)
son of Henry & Ellaner Banner
wife 2) Elizabeth Hartgrove (dau. of James Hartgrove)

Declaration of Ephraim Banner (79) – Stokes Co., NC. – Sept. 14, 1832 Ephraim volunteered on July 13, 1776, at old Richmond, Surry Co. (now Stokes) under Capt. Richard Goode and Lt. Thomas Coan ?. They marched under Col. Martin Armstrong to Fishing Creek in Wilkes County to relieve a fort on the Wautawga which was beseiged by Indians. At Fishing Creek, they learned the fort was relieved so they marched back to Surry County. They were then placed under Col. Joseph Williams and Maj. Joseph Winston. They were marched to the Long Island of Holston and lay there three or four weeks. They were then joined by Virginia troops marched under Gen. Christie to the Indian Towns on the Tennessee River. On our arrival the Indians retreated. We destroyed several of their towns while there. A treaty of peace was concluded with some of the Chiefs, one named Conastola?, Black headed partridge, chestnut. We were marched back and discharged. He served at least five months and was discharged in December. Ephraim then rendezvoused at Old Richmond under Capt. John Halbert and Col. Martin Armstrong about June 1, 1779. He remained there several days to form scouting parties to go against the Tories. Major Winston commanded the company of mounted men; they marched through Surry up the Little Yadkin, from there on the Dan River and then along the Yadkin River. “as we marched through the country the disafected generally joined us and the balance fled or joined the British.” He served in this manner on several tours for about twelve months until August 1780.

He then volunteered under Capt. John Morgan and Lt. Mark Harden for a three-month tour. They rendezvoused at the shallow ford, marched to Martinburg, and joined the regiment under Col. Partly. “About the time Portly horsemen had an encounter with the British there was a retreat ordered by Genl. Sumner as I understood which was aff__ed Col Partlys regiment in the rear. We retreated all that night and arrived at Salisbury the next day. There we learnt the British were retreating the other direction, was marched to the Old Trading ford on the Yadkin, made a stand there 2 or 3 weeks. Genl. Sumners army took some other direction.” We were marched from there under Genl. Davidson and Col. Paislly through Salisbury through Waxhaw Settlement in South Carolina, and then to the 12 Mile Creek, then joined the army under Gen. Morgan and Col. Washington of the Cavalry. Shortly after I took sick with the fever and remained sick until the term expired. Ephraim then returned back with the regiment to the Old Trading Ford where he was discharged and conveyed home.

Ephraim was drafted once under Capt. Edward Lovel for three months, an expedition destined to Wilmington. He was marched to Salem to guard the legislature as it met. He served two weeks as the legislature broke up and then marched to Randolph County and joined the regiment under Col. Isaacks to Chatham County, then to Ramsours on Deep River, where they received news that Cornwallis was captured at Little York. Wash then marched back and discharged in January.

Ephraim was born in Surry (now Stokes) Co., NC, on May 20, 1753, where he has resided ever since.
[signed by mark]

Affidavit of Benjamin Banner and John Tuttle of reputation in the neighborhood.

Affidavit of Joseph Banner and Robert Hill that Ephraim Banner served a five-month tour in Capt. Richard Goode’s company and that they were marched to the Cherokee nation of Indians in the same expedition.

Affidavit of Joseph Banner that he served with Ephraim Banner on a three month tour in Capt. John Morgan’s company and was marched to the Twelve Mile Creek.

Affidavit of Benjamin Banner and Joseph Banner that they have personal knowledge that Ephraim Banner was drafted under Capt. Edward Lovel for three months from November to January.

Affidavit of Benjamin Banner and Joseph Banner that they served with Ephraim as a minute man on various scouting parties against the Tories under Major Winston and other officers about six months.

Affidavit of Ephraim Banner that no clergyman was convenient to his neighborhood.

Affidavit of Elizabeth Banner (72) – Stokes Co., NC – Sept. 24, 1846 –
Elizabeth is a widow of Ephraim Banner, pensioner, who died April 3, 1838, at his residence in Stokes County. She married Ephraim on September 20, 1793. They had seven children:

Jesse Banner b. 15 Feb. 1795
Charles b. 14 Nov. 1797 (now dead)
Joseph R. b. 14 Nov. 1799
Elinor b. 1 May 1803 (married to Wm. Terry)
Elizabeth b. 25 Nov. 1805
Charity b. 5 Apr. 1807
Susannah b. 1 Oct. 1810 (married to Wm. Bolyjack)

All are living but Charles. She has been affected for about 5 years with cancer and bodily infirmity and is unable to attend court. Elizabeth has resided in Stokes County since it was formed as a county in 1790 and before that in Surry County. Her name before she was married was Elizabeth Hartgrove. She was married at her father James Hartgrove’s in Stokes County by William Campbell, J.P. [signed by mark]

Affidavit of Catherine Hartgrove, sister of Elizabeth Banner, that she witnessed the marriage of Elizabeth and Ephraim and that her father , mother, and herself were all the persons present other than the justice of the peace. Sept. 1846.

Affidavit of Joshua Banner (70) – Stokes Co., NC – Oct. 1, 1846 – Joshua is Elizabeth’s step-son. He did not see her marriage to his father Ephraim Banner. Joshua was Ephraim’s son by his first wife, who died several years previous to the second marriage. All of Ephraim’s seven children were opposed to his marrying a second wife but became reconciled when the step-mother came to live with them and treated them kindly. She reared another family of children as set forth in her declaration.

Copy of marriage license bond: Ephraim Banner // Ch. Banner Sept. 17, 1793 Test. C. Lash. Endorsed on the back: Marriage bond Ephr. Banner to Bettsy Hartgrove, Sept. 17, 1793.

Ephraim Banner was bondsman for marriage of Richard Goode and Rebecca Young. See Ephraim’s affidavit in Richard Goode file.

BANNER, Joseph (pensioner) – W9716
(b. Dec. 28, 1749 Pa. – d. Apr. 24, 1838 Stokes Co., NC)
son of Henry & Ellaner Banner
wife Sarah McAnally (b. Aug. 10, 1755) (dau. of Charles & Ruhameh McAnally)

Declaration of Joseph Banner (82) – Stokes Co., NC – Sept. 14, 1832 -- Joseph volunteered on July 13, 1776, at Old Richmond, Surry Co. (now Stokes) under Capt. Richard Goode. He marched under Col. Martin Armstrong to the Mulberry fields, commonly called Fishing Creek in Wilkes County. The expedition was to relieve a fort which was beseiged by Indians on the Watawga River but they received intelligence that the fort was relieved. They marched back to Surry County after three weeks and were then placed under Col. Joseph Williams and Major Joseph Winston and marched to the Long Island of Holston and lay there about four weeks waiting for the arrival of the Virginia troops. Soon after they arrived they were marched under Gen. Christie to the Indian Towns on the Tennessee River. The indians fled and we destroyed their towns. We remained there until a peace treaty was concluded with the Indians and then were marched back and discharged about Dec. 1, 1776.

On June 1, 1779, he rendezvoused at Old Richmond under Capt. John Halbert and Lt. Robert Hill four or five days. The object was to form small scouting parties to “disarm & suppress the disaffected part of the community.” His party was commanded by Major Winston. They marched to the head of the little Yadkin , then crossed the mountains and down Dan River from there, crossed the country to the Yadkin river, marched down the river, and arrived at Old Richmond. He then returned home on furlough and joined the company the next day at the burnt mills in Surry County. They marched that night about 20 miles to the south side of the Yadkin and then marched home and was discharged after a tour of five or six weeks.

He was classed as a minuteman to march on such occasions at a moment’s warning. He served on various scouting parties for about twelve months until August 1780. He then served as a volunteer under Capt. John Morgan and Lt. Mark Hardin for a three months tour. They rendezvoused at the shallow ford and marched from there to Martinburg to join Col. Pastly’s regiment. At that time the British army was within a mile; our cavalry came in contact with British advance and had a fight in which Mr. Locke of Salisbury was killed. That night our army retreated and marched all night under Gen. Sumner and arrived at Salisbury the next day. We then marched to the old trading ford on the Yadkin, crossed, and made a stand there about two weeks. We marched from there under Gen. Davidson and Col. Partly through Salisbury to the 12 Mile Creek near the South Carolina line, there joined the main army under Gen. Morgan and Col. Washington. They worked there in building Gen. Morgan’s ma--- or tent. Was then employed in hauling provision for Col. Washington’s company of hose and remained there until term expired. He was then appointed to haul a baggage wagon with the sick back to the old Town, Surry County, now Stokes. He accompanied the regiment to Salisbury and was discharged, probably in November 1780 by Capt. John Morgan. Joseph was born in Pennsylvania on Dec. 28, 1749. His father removed to Surry County (now Stokes) where he has resided ever since.

Affidavits of Thomas T. Armstrong and John Tuttle – well acquainted with reputation in neighborhood.

Affidavit of Ephraim Banner and Robert Hill – they served a five month tour in Capt. Richard Goode’s company together and was marched to the Cherokee nation on the same expedition as Joseph.

Affidavit of Ephraim Banner that he and Joseph Banner served in Capt. John Morgan’s company and marched to the twelve mile creek together.

Affidavit of Benjamin Banner and Ephraim Banner – they served with Joseph as minutemen in various scouting parties against the Tories under Major Winston at least six months.

Affidavit of John Tuttle – he believes Joseph Banner served in an expedition to the twelve mile creek; Tuttle did not see him in the camps but saw him on his way home from the army.

Affidavit of Joseph Banner – Stokes Co., NC – Dec. 24, 1832 – no clergyman in his neighborhood

Declaration of Sarah Banner (82) – Stokes Co., NC – June 12, 1838 -- Widow of Joseph Banner – Joseph went into service on an expedition to the Cherokee nation in August 1776 under Capt. Henry Smith or Capt. Richard Goode, both officers from Surry County, with whom Sarah was well acquainted. Joseph was gone four months and then returned home to her and family in the last of December 1776 or first of January 1777. On all tours her husband rendezvoused at old Richmond, Surry court house, and there organized and marched into service.

Sarah married Joseph Banner on May 16, 1771, the day of the Regulation Battle in Orange or Guilford County, NC. Joseph died April 24, 1838.

Sarah was married by Rev. William Hill who published the banns. Sarah and Joseph were married almost 67 years. They had seven children:

Charles Banner b. Sept. 3, 1773 [who wrote the declaration; Charles a J.P. in Stokes Co.]
Charity b. Feb. 9, 1776 (now dead)
Ruhamah b. Aug. 23, 1778 (dead)
Elisha b. Dec. 5, 1782 (dead)
Mary b. Sept. 17, 1785, married Joseph V. Grigg
Sarah b. Aug. 23, 1778, married Ch. McAnally [Bible record says Aug. 23, 1788 – same birthdate in 1778 for Ruhamah]
Joseph b. Jan. 17, 1792

Bible record pages included – but all written at same time

Joseph Banner, son of Henry and Ellaner Banner, born on Thursday, Dec. 28, 1749.
Sarah Banner, wife of Joseph Banner, was born on Monday, August 10, 1755.
[children’s birthdates as noted above]
Joseph Banner, Sen., married Sarah Mc anally, dau. of Charles & Ruhamah Mc anally, May 16, 1771
Charity Banner md. Jesse Briggs Feb. 12, 1795
Charles Banner md. Rebecca Evans Jan. 25, 1798
Ruhamer Banner md. Wyatt Peoples / Eples Dec. 27, 1804
Sarah Banner (dau of Joseph & Sarah) md. Charles Mc anally Jan. 13, 1811
Mary Banner md. Joseph V. Grigg Dec. 17, 1812.
Joseph Banner, Jr., md. Anna Armstrong July 30, 1815

Joseph Banner Sen. Died 24 April 1838 2 o’clock a.m.

Discharge paper – certifies that Joseph Banner served in Capt. Morgan’s Company, third Regiment of District of Salisbury three months and discharged. Dated Nov. ___ ---ton Bly ?

Deposition of Benjamin Banner (85) – Stokes Co., NC – June 8, 1838 -- His brother Joseph Banner married Sarah Mcanally, dau. of Charles Mcanally, before Rev. William Hill (Baptist clergyman) in May 1771, and they lived together until Joseph’s death.

Affidavit of James Davis, Sr. – Stokes Co., NC – Oct. 20, 1838 – He was present at Charles Mcanally’s dwellinghouse and saw Rev. William Hill, Baptist preacher, solemnize the rites of matrimony between Joseph Banner and Sarah McAnally. That wedding was several years before Davis’ own marriage in August 1777. Davis is a cousin of Sarah’s. He served together with Joseph Banner on some “routes in the war” – at Salem, then in Surry Co., NC, in guarding the state legislature.

Aff. of Joseph Banner, Sr, in Christopher Eaton file – Stokes Co., NC, 16 June 1826 – Banner, an aged old man, resident of Stokes – he has been acquainted with Christopher Valentine (or Eater or Eaton) since he was young. Banner knew him when he was an orphan boy bound to Capt. Bynum in then Surry County. Bynum was Banner’s neighbor. Eaton returned to William Boyles, also in Banner’s neighborhood. Banner was informed by “his brother-in-law” or Charles Mcanally who was in the Battle of Gates Defeat that Christopher was in the battle and he then expected he was killed or taken prisoner as he was missing for some time. Christopher returned to William Boyles and afterwards Banner saw Christopher at the old Moravian town under Capt. William Shepperd in the cavalry guarding and carrying the prisoners from the Battle of Kings Mountain towards Hillsborough.

Aff. of Joseph Banner in Richard Goode file, Stokes Co., NC, 20 Dec. 1837 – Joseph, a pensioner, aged 87, was well acquainted with Richard and Rebecca before and after the Revolution as they were his neighbors on Townfork, a little river in Surry (now Stokes). He was not at their wedding but it was publicly known that they were married by Gray Bynum, Esq., an acting justice of the peace about 1776. Banner served as one of the private soldiers under Capt. Goode until they marched to the Long Islands of Holston River when Capt. Goode was appointed adjutant of Col. Jo Williams Regiment and Thomas Evans as Captain proceeded westwardly to the Indian Towns, destroyed them, and capitulated with the Chiefs of the Tribe and then returned home.

[See affidavit of Joseph Banner in Michael Spainhour file]

BARHAM, Hartwell

Declaration of John Mustin, Stokes County, NC, 9 March 1846, states they were well acquainted with Hartwell Barham and .... a citizen of Stokes County and a pensioner of the US at the rates of $96 per annum.... and who departed this life at his place of residence on the 5th day of March 1846 leaving his wife Charity a widow about seventy-four years of age. (extracted from Rev. War Papers, compiled by Ransom McBride, NCGSJ, Volume Iv, No. 3, August 1978)

BINKLEY, Adam – S1890

Declaration of Adam Binkley, 4 Aug. 1832, Davidson Co., TN – Adam Binkley, resident of Davidson Co., TN, age 93 on Aug. 1, 1832 – He entered service in 1778 in Surry County. “At the time there was a beat up for volunteers (state) to against the British at King’s mountain..” Adam was a lieutenant in Capt. Henry Smith’s volunteer company in Col. Joseph Williams Regiment with Joseph Winston as Major. Gen. Joseph Williams was commander in chief, and Col. Campbell and Col. Cleavely [sic] were on the expedition. He marched from Surry County to King’s Mountain in which the British commander, Col. Ferguson, was killed. Adam was in the service some time on this expedition.

His next term involved going from his residence in Surry County to Savannah, Georgia, with North Carolina troops under General Rutherford. He drove a wagon and team to Savannah and back, at a loss of $3,260 as he used his own team. This took five months and three weeks. (He also received no compensation when two wagons were later impressed for eleven weeks.)

His next term was about two months and included the Battle of Guilford, during which he commanded a company of volunteers. General Greene was commander in chief; other officers were first Major Micajah Lewis, second Major John Goode, and Col. Paisley.

He was also out frequently a few days or weeks at a time, either against the British or the Tories, having gone out as a volunteer every time there was a requisition for troops. Altogether, he served over two years.

Aff. Wilson Crockett & William Lytle, Davidson Co., TN -- Aug. 4, 1832-- well acquainted with Adam Binkley, who has been reputed to be a revolutionary soldier in his neighborhood for 20 years. We have known him over 20 years.

Similar affidavit of Edward Daniel, Nashville, Aug. 4, 1832.

BINKLEY/PINKLEY, Frederick – W4898

Declaration of Frederick Binkley – Stokes Co., NC, 12 Sept. * -- Frederick “Binkley or Pinkley (according to the different modes of pronunciation in the German or English language” – age 74 years and 10 months.

In 1775 he entered service as a militia soldier in Capt. Henry Smith’s company, in the regiment commanded by Col. Martin Armstrong and Lt. Col. Joseph Williams. In the fall or winter of 1775 he marched from the portion of Surry County which later became Stokes to Fayetteville, NC, for the purpose of opposing the Scotch or Tory insurrection. He was in service about 3 months.

In August or September 1776 he entered service as a militia soldier in Capt. Henry Smith’s Company and in Col. Joseph Williams’ regiment. (Williams was also of Surry County.) He marched across the mountains on an expedition against the hostile Cherokee Indians to the Long Island of the Holstein River where he remained occupied for a few days. They then marched to the Cherokee Towns on the Tennessee River where they destroyed some of the towns and the provisions the Indians had collected. The troops returned home in about three months.

When the British took possession of Savannah, Georgia, he thinks in 1779, he again entered service under Capt. Henry Smith in the regiment commanded by Col. Francis Locke and in General Rutherford’s brigade. He marched from his residence in Stokes (then Surry) to the Savannah River and was on this side of the River at the time of the Battle of Briar Creek. He was in service from October 10 to the following April 10. His term of five months was extended one month longer at the request of General Lincoln who desired the North Carolina militia to remain in service until the South Carolina militia should have time to join and reinforce his army.

Frederick again entered the service in September 1780 and marched from his residence in Stokes to Kings Mountain in South Carolina. He was detained looking for his lost horse and missed the battle as the rest of the horsemen got ahead of him and engaged in the battle before he could arrive. He was in this tour about two months.

Frederick was also called out frequently while at home to perform duty as soldier for periods.

Frederick was born in York County and moved from there to Stokes when young.

Aff. of Jacob Hilsipeck – served by the side and in the same tent with Frederick Binkley in the tour to Savanah, GA.

John Butner & Wm. Lash – same day – well acquainted with Frederick Binkley who is known in his own neighborhood to have been a Rev. soldier.

Decl. of Frederick Binkley – Stokes Co., NC, 14 Jan. 1833 – Frederick served two months as first ensign in the Kings Mountain expedition under Capt. Joseph Phillips and Major Joseph Winston, first commanded by Col. Cleveland, thence under Col. Campbell of VA.

For 3 months as second sergeant under Capt. Henry Smith in the regiment commanded by Col. Joseph Williams called the Cherokee expeditions.

For 7 months I served as a private.

Being old and “decribed” he cannot get a clergyman to certify his respectability as he resides a considerable distance from any one.

Aff. of Joseph Hauser and Peter Hauser – Stokes Co., NC, 14 Jan. 1833 – Well acquainted with Binkley who is reputed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution.

Decl. of Elizabeth Binkley, Stokes Co., NC, 18 Mar. 1839 – at her place of residence about twenty miles from the courthouse of Stokes Co. – 75 years old – She is the widow of Frederick Binkley, who was placed on the pension roll on 31 Jan. 1833 at $40 per year, his age was then about 76 years. [refers to Frederick’s tours of duty]

Elizabeth’s maiden name was Elizabeth Dull [Doll]. She was married to Frederick on March 21, 1786. Frederick died on April 5, 1834.

Elizabeth also declares that the paper leaf writing containing the family record of her children is a true statement of their ages or births as set down in her handwriting which is now cut out of a German testament. The births stand thus:

1) oldest born child Susana was born 24 May 1787.
2) John b. 18 Mar. 1789
3) Jacob b. 8 Aug. 1792
4) George b. 5 Jan. 1795
5) Sarah b. 28 Oct. 1797
6) Nicholas, the last child, b. 7 Jan. 1804

Aff. of Daniel Stults – Stokes Co., NC, 18 Mar. 1839 – Daniel, age 57 years this day, res. of Stokes – He was well acquainted with Frederick Binkley, and his widow, Elizabeth, “ever since I was an infant child capable of remembering this present day being my birthday.” Frederick and Elizabeth married when Daniel was a small boy; they lived in the same county and neighborhood as man and wife until the day of Frederick’s death, which happened on April 5, 1834.

Aff. of George Dull and Catherine Philips – Stokes Co., 18 Mar. 1839 – They saw Jacob Blume marry together Frederick Binkley and Elizabeth. Jacob Blume was an acting justice of the peace in Surry Co., NC.

Certification of Charles Banner, Jr., of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Session for Stokes County, March 19, 1839, that George Dull and Catharine Philips are aged persons over seventy years and respectable citizens. Banner’s personal acquaintance with Frederick and Elizabeth Binkley was for at least 50 years past. Charles knew Jacob Blume well; Blume was an acting justice of the peace for many years before and after the division of Surry County, out of which Stokes County was formed in 1789.

Aff. of Nicholas Binkley, son of Frederick Binkley, 18 Mar. 1839, Stokes Co. – Nicholas certifies that the attached pages contain the family records of births of Frederick and Elizabeth’s children. This was written by his father.

Frederick Binkley in Capt. Henry Smith Co., mentioned in Adam Fiscus file. See BINKLEY Affidavit in file of George KREGER. (As a lieutenant, I commanded George Kreger in the tour to the Old Town last mentioned in his declaration.) Signed name Fredrik Binkley

Affidavit of Frederick Pinkley in Henry Smith file. Served three tours under Capt. Henry Smith: to Fayetteville, NC, against Scotch Tories; to Cherokee Nation; and to Briar Creek. Lived in Stokes Co., NC, 1833.

Affidavit of Frederick Binkly or Pinkly in Casper Stultz file. Was with Casper Stultz to Cross Creek; against the Cherokees; and in the guard running the state line.

BINKLEY / PINKLEY, Joseph – Capt. Henry Smith Co., mentioned in Adam Fiscus file

BINKLEY / PINKLEY, Peter (Lt.) – Capt. Henry Smith Co., mentioned in Adam Fiscus file

BLACKBURN, Ambrose (Lt.) –

Lawrence Angel file indicates that Ambrose Blackburn was a lieutenant of his company in July 1776.

BLACKWELL, James (Lt.) –

Robert Head served in a company of volunteer rangers under Capt. Minor Smith and Lt. James Blackwell about 1781. The Tories broke up the legislature during this tour. The company scouted the countryside for Tories. Robert Head file.

BLUM, John Henry

Stokes County, NC, 11 June, 1823
Enlisted for one year term in 1776 in PA in Capt. Stewards Co..... taken prisoner at Ft. Washington in 1776.... discharged in Brunswick, NJ.... he is a stone mason and partly blind. His dau. Elizabeth Blum is living with him and is of the age of twenty seven yrs. - that his wife in in a delicate State of health. (extracted from Rev. War Papers, compiled by Ransom McBride, NCGSJ, Volume Iv, No. 3, August 1978)

BOSTICK, Absalom (Capt.)

Christopher Eaton file describes service in Captain Absalom Bostick’s NC militia company in June 1780, in campaign including battle of Gates’ defeat.

colored free man of Joel Lewis' company at Kings Mountain
Lyman Draper, Kings Mountain and Its Heroes, p. 457.

BRADLEY, Leonard K. R12679

pensioner mentioned in Richard Goode file.

Hired by James Quillin to enlist for a three-year tour in 1777 according to Quillin pension file.

BULLIN, Isaac W5962

Declaration of Isaac Bullin, Stokes Co., NC, 19 Apr. 1825 – Bullin, age 62, resident of Stokes County. Bullin enlisted for 18 months in Albemarle Co., VA, in 1779, under Capt. John Anderson, 1st VA Regiment, and Col. Campbell and Haws.

Isaac had a wife and seven children who reside in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Isaac was in the Battles of Guilford, 96, and Eutaw Springs. He was discharged at Salisbury.

Aff. of William Pafford and John Mails – Stokes Co., NC, 4 Apr. 1839 – Pafford was present at marriage of Isaac to Susanna Jackson in Baptist Meetinghouse near Mayho River, called the Meadow Church, in Henry County, VA, in 1784 or 1785. The minister was Anthony Bowles. Pafford later married a sister of Isaac Bullin. John Mails was also present at the wedding.

Declaration of Susanna Bullin – 10 Apr. 1839 – 74 years. She was married September 1784 by Rev. Anthony Boules, Baptist minister in Henry County, VA, at Old Mayho Church. Isaac died March 6 or 7, 1828.

Their children were:

1) Henry 54 25 Mar. last (1839)
2) Edward 51 May next
3) twins died
4) twins died
5) William 46 May next
6) Jackson 44 July next
7) Juston 42 May next
8) Isaac 40 June next
9) Martin 37 3 July 1839

Amended declaration of Susanna Bullin – 20 Feb. 1840 – They married in Henry (now Patrick) County, VA, by Rev. Anthony Booles. The banns were published for at least two weeks.

Revolutionary War soldier mentioned in state pension declaration of Henry Carter, Dec. 1828, Stokes Co., NC.

BURCH, Thomas W6218
( - d. Feb. 1828)
wife Sarah
brother William also in Rev

. Pvt. Enlisted 1780 under Lt. James Hawkins in Capt. Stallings co. of horse – served for 3 years – returned to his father’s house in Surry Co., NC sometime in winter of 1783.

Married Oct. 1785 by Wm. Cook, J.P.

Widow’s declaration 22 Feb. 1844 Wilkes Co., NC

Affidavit of Betty Burch Hardaman, Elbert Co., GA, 6 Aug. 1844 – Betty was b. Caroline Co., VA 1763. She was living in Halifax Co., VA, when Thomas went into service. She resided Surry Co., NC, in 1783 when Thomas enlisted from there.

Family Bible: Thomas Burch, son of Benjamin & Jane, b. 20 Jan. 1757
Sarah, wife of Thomas Burch, dau. of James & Elizabeth Jones, b. 5 Jan. 1766 – married 18 Oct. 1785 [Surry Co., NC]
Elizabeth (1786),
Duncie ? [dau] (1788);
Jane (1790);
Ruth (1792);
Haziah [dau] (1795);
Benjamin (1801);
James J. (1804).
Wm. Stapleton Burch (1809) [child?]

David Cockerham (age 90) Surry Co., NC 13 Sept. 1832 – near neighbor to Thomas Burch in Surry Co., NC, for several years

Jane Roberts Surry Co., NC 6 Sept. 1832 – lived a few miles from Thomas Burch in Surry Co., NC, shortly after close of war. Thomas’ brother William also in Rev.

Susannah Willborn (age 85) Surry Co., NC, 8 Sept. 1832 – Resided in Surry County during Revolution – remembers when Thomas and brother William came home from war.

Thomas Ayers Surry Co., NC

BURCH, William W 26, 976
( d. Jan. 20, 1844)

wife Judith Winfrey (d. Sept. 20, 1848 Floyd Co., GA)

Affidavit of Judith Burch (age 84) Surry Co., NC, 11 June 1845 – William resided in Surry Co., NC, at time of Revolution. They married at her father Isaac Winfrey’s house in Surry Co. in 1781. The oldest child Mary was born Feb. 1782. William died 2 Jan. 1844.

1856 surviving children:
Mary m. John East
Sarah m. Nathan Andrews
Jesse W.
William W.
Charity, widow of Samuel B. Jones
Kosiah, wife of Samuel Woodruff

Affidavit: Susanna Wilbenn (?) (age 77) Surry Co., NC, 6 June 1845 – Was present at wedding of William and Judith.

Miner Marsh (age 80) Surry Co., NC, 9 June 1845 – Present at wedding.

Pleasant B. Roberts (age 69) Surry Co., NC, 10 June 1845

John Marsh Surry Co., NC, 11 Mar. 1846 – Witnessed wedding.

Judith Burch, widow, died Sept. 20, 1848 – estate in Floyd Co., GA – Samuel Woodruff, Exr.

BURCH, William
(b. ca 1757/58
wife 2) Rebecca Keys

Affidavit of William Burch (age 70) Surry Co., NC, Feb. 12, 1828 – Enlisted Feb. 1776 from Albemarle Co., VA, under Capt. Thomas Walker, later Capt. Henderson; was under Gen. Daniel Morgan at Saratoga

Declaration of Rebecca Burch (age 69) – Winchester, Randolph Co., IN, 28 Aug. 1865 – She was born Rebecca Keys and married William Burch in Surry Co., NC, in summer 1829 by James Callaway, J.P. The portion of Surry County in which she lived is now in Yadkin County. William Burch resided in Rockford, Surry Co., NC. He died 10 June 1835 in Rockford, Surry Co., NC. They had only two children: Wm. Burch, Jr., now dead; and Elizabeth Burch, 29, who married Edgar E.S. Brown [Note a letter from him is mistakenly included in the file of William Burch and widow Elizabeth] A witness at the wedding was Josiah Hutchins, now of Adel, Dallas Co., IA.

Widow Rebecca later lived in Bremer Co., IA, and in Halstead, Harvey Co., KS, in 1881.

William Burch sold land to John Frost in 1818 on Cow Branch and Mitchells River, Surry County, NC – also on Yadkin River.

BURCH, William R 788
(b. May 10, 1764, on Haw River, NC – d. Sept. 17, 1848, Monroe Co., IN)
wife Elizabeth Ritter
sister Delila (Burch) Edwards

Declaration of Wm. Birch, 3 Nov. 1843, Monroe Co., IN Capt. Jesse Franklin’s Co. of Cavalry – at time he enlisted he lived about 20 miles from Rockford, county seat of Surry Co., NC (prob. Feb.) – He with Capt. Franklin’s C. joined General Green’s army near Guilford Court House, NC. They marched through the country from Stokes Co. to Guilford County. Then near Hillsborough scouting on the border of Gen. Green’s army . Was in service before and after the battle of Guilford. This company “was generally making excursions through the country and Spieing the enemy.”

Served also under Capt. Underwood and Ensign Richard Toliver (killed in a skirmish)

Interview of Wm. Birch by Judge Aquilla Rogers, Monroe Co., IN, Probate Court, 3 Nov. 1843:

Berch born “On Haw River North Carolina the County not recollected” – has a copy of record of age “in my house written by one Thomas Barnes an Irishman”

Resided when called into service “on Fish River Surry County” NC. Since war lived in Stokes Co, moved from Surry and from Stokes Co. NC to Monroe Co., IN

Remembers names of officers: Col. Micajah Lewis who was killed (Militia); Col. John Armstrong (regular army)

Names of persons to whom known in neighborhood who can testify to reputation and belief in Rev. War service: Wm. Edwards, Samuel Stone and all the neighbors

Berch signed by mark [o]


Sexson Long & David Carpenter 3 Nov. 1843, Monroe Co., IN (Wm. Berch believed to be 79 and reputed in neighborhood to have been Rev. War soldier)

Absalom Baker (age 41) & James Gentry (41) 3 Nov. 1843 Monroe Co., IN. (known Wm. Berch for 14 years – Berch maintained good character and standing in neighborhood and as member of the Baptist Church) (Absalom Baker known Birch for 20 years)

Judge Aquilla Rogers, Probate Ct., Monroe Co., IN, 3 Nov. 1843: visited William Berch at his residence in Monroe Co., IN – in Judge’s opinion Berch was a Revolutionary Soldier and served as he states. From Berch’s appearance, now in his 80th year and “from bodily infirmity he is unable to appear in open court”

George W. Hardin “friend and agent” of Wm. Berch submitted application 6 Nov. 1843

Declaration of Elizabeth Berch – Green Co, IN 5 Feb. 1853 – Elizabeth a resident of Green Co., IN, aged 66. She is widow of William Berch, deceased, late of Monroe Co., IN, a soldier in the Rev. Elizabeth married William Berch on 2 Apr. 1826 in Surry Co., NC, by Rev. William Fletcher. Her name before marriage was Elizabeth Ritter. William Berch died in Monroe Co., IN, 17 Sept. 1848. Family started from Surry Co NC in fall 1823 and arrived in Monroe Co IN “in December only a few days before Christmas” 1823. Her residence is about 15 miles from courthouse of Green Co. IN. Elizabeth and William raised seven children, all of whom are now living; William Berch and his first wife raised seven children to the age of maturity all of whom were males. Signed by mark [x] [before William M. Haley

] Affadavits:

Owen Adkins , aged 69, Monroe Co., IN, 31 May 1853 – Personally acquainted with Wm. Berch deceased for 5 years preceding his death and with his wife Elizabeth. Elizabeth now lives with her son Henry Berch of Green Co., IN. Conversed with William Berch about the Rev War in which Adkins’ father served. Adkins visited at home of William Berch and knew him to be a man of veracity and integrity. Adkins a preacher of the Gospel for 32 years .Berch a member of the Baptist Church during time Adkins knew him. Berch died about four years ago. [before James Robertson, JP]

Ammon Godwin and William Sandafer [?], residents of Green Co., IN 5 Feb. 1853 – acquainted with both William Berch and wife Elizabeth for ten years.

Samuel R. Cavins, Green Co., IN 11 Feb. 1853 – Became acquainted with and well knew William Burch and Elizabeth since early part of 1824 in Monroe Co., IN. Believes William Burch served in Rev. War [before Thomas Patterson, JP]

Letter, Feb. 20, 1860, from Edgar E. S. Brown, Winchester, Randolph Co., IN – married Rebecca Burch, dau. of Elizabeth [affadavit actually says married Elizabeth dau of Rebecca] – writing to obtain pension money for the widow as there has been no draught since Wm. Burch’s death.

Affidavit of Delila Edwards (age 75) Monroe Co., IN. 26 Feb. 1844 -- sister of Wm. Burch -- wife of William Edwards of Green Co., IN. “The declarant recollects the general Calamities occasioned by said War and only remembers a few particular circumstances relative to it. One of which is indelibly left on her memory….her said brother William went to the army as a soldier at a time when several persons direct in the neighborhood also went to serve in the army.” She believes he joined in the fall and returned home in the spring or vice versa as it was at the beginning or end of cold weather. He served at least six months she believes. She heard him speak of seeing ships and vessels while he was in the service. Her father lived in Wilkes County NC when her brother left home and joined the army. She is of the opinion “that her said Brother during his life has cared less for property or money than most persons that he would lose his deserved rights rather than distress persons …” Brother William had been a member of the Baptist church for 50 or 60 years, “part of the time an exhorter or public speaker.” He has been for several years quite feeble by reason of old age.

William N. Roseberry, JP, stated that Delila Edwards resides about 12 or 15 miles from Bloomfield, county seat of Green Co., IN and one-half mile from Samuel Sloan, who resides in Monroe Co, IN, and about 10 miles from Bloomington. The county line comes between the residences of Wm Edwards and Samuel Sloan. Delila Edwards appears to be not less than 75 years old and is unable to attend court.

Affidavit of Henry Berch (age 26) Green Co., IN 5 Feb. 1853 – Family records taken from family Bible of William Berch, my father, which Bible has been in my possession since the death of father in Monroe Co., IN, 17 Sept 1848. Bible records he believes were written by a cousin and namesake, Henry Berch, who resides in Monroe Co., IN. The oldest writing of said family record contains the name of declarant’s father and his brothers and sisters. The part written by cousin Henry Berch contains the names of the children of declarant’s father and mother, she being his second wife. Signed, Henry Burch. [bef William M. Haley JP]

Bible pages:
[microfilm copy too dark to read copy]
daughter Apr. 1761
daughter to William and --- February 1768
daughter 1770
------ 1773

Left page: Sally Burch born 2 June 1821
Levi Burch born September 18, 1824
Henry Burch born October 18, 1826
Right page: William Burch in the year of our Lord 1764 May the 10th

blank left page
Right page: The ages of William and Elizabeth Burch’s Child…
Mary Burch born Feb. 4, 1813
George Burch born Feb. 7, 18—
Nancy Burch born May 27, 18—
Lazarus Burch born --- 6,

BRADLEY, Leonard K. (Lt.) R12679

pensioner mentioned in Richard Goode file. Lawrence Angel file states that Leonard Bradley was a lieutenant in Capt. Salathiel Martin's company under Col. Hampton in Nov. 1778. This company went to Charleston to repel a threatened British attack.

BURCHETT, Samuel – Rev. War soldier mentioned in state pension declaration of Henry Carter, Stokes Co., NC, 1828.

BYNUM, Gray (Capt.)

Pension file of Christopher Eaton states that Eaton was an orphan bound as an apprentice to Capt. Gray Bynum of Surry Co., NC, when Eaton ran away and enlisted in 1777.

Pension file of Richard Goode states that Gray Bynum, Esq., acting J.P., married Richard Goode and Rebecca Young. They lived along the Townfork in what is now Stokes County.

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