Declaration of Joseph Darnall – Stokes Co., NC, 13 Sept. 1832 Joseph was born in Fauquier County, VA, in 1750. He entered service from Surry County in 1780. He still lives in that part of Surry which became Stokes. Joseph was drafted into the North Carolina militia under Capt. Absalom Bostick and Col. Armstrong.
He was a prisoner near Camden and then escaped after some time. He served then under General Davidson.
Aff. of Christopher Eaton (not copied) – served on the same tour as Darnall.
Aff. of Hugh Boyles & Solomon Spainhour (not copied) – acquaintance with Darnall
Letter query in file from Martha Lou Houston, Columbus, GA, 1928, says Mary Awtry (Autry) married Joseph Darnall, probably son of Joseph in the Revolution, and then moved to Georgia.
Aff. of Joseph Darnall, Stokes Co., NC, 13 Sept. 1832, in Christopher Eaton file – Darnall is well acquainted with Christopher Eaton, who now resides in Surry County. He personally knows that Eaton served faithfully as a revolutionary soldier in the militia company commanded by Capt. Absalom Bostick in Col. Armstrong’s regiment under Gen. Rutherford. Eaton entered this service in Surry County in June 1780. They marched to Salisbury, NC, where they joined headquarters and then marched to Cheraw Hills in South Carolina, where they joined General Gates army. They then marched toward Camden where “we fell in with the British when the battle ensued” between Gates and Cornwallis’ armies. Joseph Darnall was not in the battle but Eaton was, he believes. Gates army was routed in the battle and “got home such as could do so the best way they could…” This tour lasted about three months. Darnall served with Eaton during this tour. [signed by mark]
Declaration of James Davis, Sr., Stokes Co., NC, Mar. 12, 1833 – Resident of Stokes, aged 79 last August – He entered service as a private in the militia, drafted in Surry Co., NC, in Captain Colbert’s company, the field officer was then Major Joseph Winston of said county. He marched as a guard from Surry courthouse to Chizzels lead mines in Virginia, a distance of about 70 miles, with waggons after lead for the use of the public and the United States militia. He returned as one of the guard to Surry courthouse. He remained in service guarding the baggage wagons and provision wagons for the use of the militia for the tour of three months.
His next service was a volunteer militia private under Capt. John Henderson and Col. Richard Henderson of North Carolina, commissioners of the state to extend the line between the states of Virginia and North Carolina. He ran the line as one of the guards through the mountains which passed between the Cheroke and Shawnee tribes. When they reached the Cumberland Mountains near the Kentucky road or gap, they halted and remained for several days before the whole army, both Virginians and North Carolinians, returned home with very scanty provisions. This service listed some days over three months.
He then served as a volunteer private under Capt. Robert Hill, Major Joseph Winston, and Col. Joseph Williams, all of Surry County, and marched in a horse company across the Big Yadkin in pursuit of the Tories and British in the main Tory settlements called Bryants in the forks of the Yadkin, from which settlements the Tories had all fled. From there our troops returned to Surry old court house. He remained in this tour three weeks.
He was then called by Major Joseph Winston and guarded the Tories at the old Moravian Town in then Surry County. The Tories were taken prisoners at the Battle of Kings Mountain. This service lasted ten days until another guard took place.
In his next service was to guard Gov. Alex Martin and the General Assembly while sitting at Salem in then Surry County. He served two weeks.
Davis next marched as a private militia soldier in an expedition from Surry County against the Tories that had “embodied” at Green Swamp near little Peedee and remained in this service one month.
The last of his services “fell to this applicants lot from his number in the militia of Surry County” to serve a tour of three months, when he hired a certain Berry Stone as his substitute who marched from Surry County to South Carolina and fought in the “notorious Battle of the Cowpens” or Tarleton’s defeat, for which he paid his substitute sixty dollars.
Born in Augusta County, VA, in August 1753. Davis lived in Surry County, NC, when called into service, and by the division of the county fell into that part which became Stokes.
Aff of John L. Wilson, clergyman, and Joseph Banner, residents of Stokes, re acquaintaince with Davis and belief in the nighborhood that he is a Rev. soldier.
Decl. of James Davis, Stokes Co., NC, Apr. 18, 1833 – The tours to guard the lead and to guard the laying of the stateline were in 1780. The guard of the prisoners at Moravian town was in 1780. The service guarding the General Assembly was in the first of the fall of 1781.
See file of Joseph Banner – 1838 affidavit of James Davis, Sr., that he served with Joseph Banner in guarding the state legislature; that he witnessed the marriage of Joseph Banner and Sarah McAnally in Surry (now Stokes); that Sarah McAnally Banner was a cousin of Davis; and that Davis himself married in August 1777.
Thomas Shipp affidavit in John Martin file describes service under Capt. Cloud in September 1780. Near the Broad River John Martin and Thomas Lankford were out from headquarters ranging to discover Tories when Martin was wounded in the head by Tories who lay in ambush. Lankford made his escape and left Martin. The Tories took their horses and Martin's gun and left Martin lying for dead, but he came to himself and returned to camp. John Deatherage picked the shot out of Martin's head where they had penetrated through his hat and skin in his temples. Martin was carried home with attendants as a guard. But the army proceeded on in pursuit of an army of British and Tories and in a few days after overhauled them, killed and took them all at Kings Mountain and then marched the prisoners to old Moravian Town, then in Surry County. All our troops were on horseback.
DYER [DIAL], Jacob
Enlisted in November 1777 or 1778 before Capt. Joseph Philips at Surry old Courthouse or Richmond, NC, the same day as Christopher Eaton and others. See Eaton file.
[much info in file / did not abstract except as follows]
(b. Feb. 4, 1758 [Charlotte Co., VA] – d. Jan. 19, 1835, Patrick Co., VA] (son of William East and Mary) m. Mary ---, on Banister River in Campbell Co., VA, Sept. 5, 1781
Resided at Bedford Co., VA, at commencement of Rev. Served in company of Capt. Salathiel Martin, Col. Cleveland Regiment, Virginia line for 8 months [from Patrick Co., VA]
In winter 1777 he went to Surry Co., NC, to see his father who had moved there. He was there drafted to fight Tories. He went from Brushy Mountain to Hunting Creek and to Col. Cleveland on the Yadkin River. Served several more tours from Bedford County.
He moved to Surry County [later Stokes] in 1783 and then to Patrick Co., VA, in 1801. Died in Patrick County Jan. 19, 1835. Widow Mary (then age 80) residing in Patrick County, VA, June 10, 1840. She was a resident of Stokes Co., NC, in 1843.
Affidavit of Mary East illegible. Son’s affidavit encloses Bible records of Isham’s children:
John East b. Sept. 20, 1782
Joseph b. July 7, 1784
William b. Apr. 12, 1787 – living Patrick Co., VA, 1842
Drury b. March 30, 1789
Mary b. Oct. 12, 1791
Sary b. March 16, 1794
Elisabeth b. July 22, 1797
Ursula b. Dec. 1, 1800
The records also include the following information without indication of relationship:
Lucindy Eads /Edds, dau. of Abraham and Sary Eads/Edds, b. Apr. 29, 1813
William Eads / Edds, son of Abraham and Sary Eads, b. March 9, 1813
John Armstrong Childress, son of Matthew Childress and wife Mary, born May 3, 1813.
John Ridle, son of Asa Ridle and wife Mary, b. Apr. 22, 1813.
Nevill or Neviles East “sun of Polly can/an” b. Oct. 22, 1819
Squier, b. Mar. 4, 1822
Jobe ? or Tobi ?, b. Oct. 4, 1817
Tyleany ? Jane, b. Oct. 4, 1824
Mary An, b. Sept. 8, 1826
“Drury East, a Sun of William Easte he will be 15 the 14th day of April 1836.”
“December the 28, 1839 fill East.”
William East, son of Polly Cannon, b. Oct. 4, 1817.
William E., deceased, June 23, 1840, at the Louisiana.
Zilby, son of Polly Cannon, b. Aug. 8, 1830.
“Drury East Deceast March the 11 18”
Negro Will b. March 4, 1776 [Bible records transcribed from letter by A.D. Hiller, Nat. Archives, to Mr. Sherrod E. East, 42 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C., Apr. 23, 1937. Originals in file.]
Mention of William Carter as witness in file.
See also Data from Betty J. Camin, “Rev. War Pension Applications at the NC Archives,” No. Car. Gen. Soc. J. v. XII (Aug. 1986), p. 173, citing Stokes Co., NC, Military & Pension Records, C.R. 090.920.1].
When he enlisted he lived in Surry Co., NC, with one Gray Bynum to whom he was bound. His name then was commonly called Christopher Valentine but has since been called Eaton, that being the English name given to his father and family in this country, his father having been a German.
After marching to Richmond, VA, they were joined by other troops, put under Col. Alexander Martin, and marched toward Philadelphia. They joined Gen. Washington at his camp at Brandywine. Christopher fought in the Battle of Brandywine in September 1777. The Americans lost about 1200 men in this battle. After the battle, we marched in various directions. We were placed under the command of Gen. Arnold and at one time stationed at White Plains (under General Nathanial Green); they were also stationed for some time at West Point and also in New Jersey. He was in several skirmishes with small parties of the British.
When General Gates was appointed to head the southern army, Christopher was sent with him and marched south to Hillsborough, NC. His term (about 3 years and 6 months) there expired and he was discharged by Capt. Labourn in May 1780. The discharge was burned in his house which burned several years ago.
Christopher then came home to Surry County. In June 1780 he volunteered in the North Carolina militia in Capt. Absalom Bostick’s company. They marched from Richmond, Surry court house, NC, to Salisbury, NC, near which place they joined headquarters under Gen. Rutherford. They then marched to Cheraw Hills, SC, where they joined the army under General Gates. They then marched twoard Camden till they met the British near Camden about August 15, 1780, where the Battle of Camden ensued. He fought in the battle against the British under Cornwallis. The Americans under Gates were defeated and “got home the best way we could (the army being scattered).” This tour lasted about 3 months. Joseph Darnell , now residing in Stokes, will testify he served in this tour with him.
Christopher was born in Surry County, NC, in 1756. The birth was recorded in his father’s Bible, which is now in the possession of Christopher’s son.
Christopher took the oath of allegiance before Joseph Winston on Nov. 1, 1776; Christopher still had the oath in his possession.
Christopher still lived in the same neighborhood in Surry County ever since the Revolutionary War.
Declaration of Christopher Eaton – Stokes Co., NC, June 12, 1833 – Christopher, a resident of Surry County. All persons knowing of his service are now dead. He swears he did enlist under Capt. Joseph Philips at Richmond, Surry Co., NC, in Nov. 1777 or 1778. He received the bounty from Joseph Philips in the presence of Henry Waller, who enlisted at the same time, also Richard Philips (called black Dick Philips) who was a regular soldier, Daniel Scott, who enlisted the same day and died the next, James Glenn, Jacob Dial (or Dyer) and others who were present, among them he recollects one John Harper, a Regular soldier. All are dead or gone from the country. While in Joseph Phlip’s company, he was marched from Richmond, Surry Co., NC, some distance towards the east and then marched to Richmond, VA, having passed through Salem, Hillsborough, Newbern, and Edenton, NC. At Richmond, VA, Capt. Philip’s company joined other forces under Col. Alexander Martin, under whom he marched to the Jerseys. Eaton was in Capt. Laban’s company and marched through Philadelphia and joined Gen. Washington’s army at his camp near Brandywine Creek. He fought in the battle of Brandywine, when Washington lost about 1200 men. He was at White Plains under General Arnold until Arnold ran away after attempting to betray his army. He was also in the battle of Monmouth. He returned to Hillsborough, NC, under Gen. Gates.
When young he did not understand the English language properly. He is entirely illiterate and does not know how to spell his name. He was sometimes called Valentine, Eater, Ettie or Hetty and his first name was either Christian or Christopher. He is very infirm and quite destitute.
Declaration of Christopher Eaton – Stokes Co., NC, 15 Apr. 1832. While his name is Eaton, his certificate of oath of allegiance before Joseph Winston, JP, is called Christopher Valentine. He states again that he served a three month tour under Capt. * of Surry Co., NC, in which tour he was at Gates defeat. He then served a three-month tour under Capt. Bostick or Capt. Lewis ? in which he guarded prisoners taken at the Battle of Kings Mountain at the old Town and in conducting them from old Town to Salisbury.
Aff. of John Venable – Stokes Co., NC, 15 Apr. 1834 – He is acquainted with Christopher Eaton and knows of his militia service. He was present at Gates defeat although Eaton did not serve in the same company with him. He recollects Eaton serving in the militia in guarding prisoners at Old Town and in the * under our captain and Capt. Bostick.
Aff. of Hugh Boyles, Stokes Co., NC, 14 June 1836 – Boyles, 67 or 68, resident of Stokes – Boyles remembers when Christopher Valentine lived at his neighbor, Capt. Bynums, in Surry County as a bound apprentice and that Christopher’s play fellows would vex and plague him for being a glutton and give him the name of “Eater.” Christopher ran away from his master. Boyles was told Christopher enlisted as a Continental soldier under Capt. Jo. Philips of Surry County with whom Boyles was acquainted. When Christopher returned to Hugh’s father William Boyles in Surry County, Christopher gave a history of dangers he had encountered in his routes to the north. Shortly afterwards Christopher started to go to his brother who had marched in Capt. William Hughlett’s company toward Salisbury. Christopher did not return for three or four months. He “came back almost bare naked for clothing” and told them about more battles, one of which was Gates defeat. After some time, Christopher “fixed himself” and started a horse back into service in Capt. Shepperd’s company. After some time he returned to Hugh’s father’s with and a parcel of continental money he said he had received for his services. The money was of little value as it had depreciated.
John Venables – Stokes Co., NC, 15 June 1836 – John has been acquainted with Christopher Valentine or Eaton ever since 1773. Christopher was first called Christian Eater but this “seemed to give him an offense” and he would state his name was Christopher Eaton. On his oath of allegiance it states Christopher Valentine. “I saw this same identical man” in United States service in the army commanded by General Gates in summer 1780, which army was defeated by the British troops under Lord “Corn Wallace” on August 16, 1780. In fall of the same year, Venables saw the same man guarding the army of prisoners taken at Ferguson’s defeat on Kings Mountain.
Declaration of Christopher Valentine – Stokes Co., NC, 15 June 1836 – resident of Stokes, aged 76 Sept. 7 next. He entered service in November 1778 as a private in the Regular serice under Capt. Joseph Philips at old Richmond, Surry Co., Nc, in Col. John Armstrong’s Regiment. He received thirty dollars bounty in Continental money, having taken the oath of allegiance before Major Joseph Winston, J.P., 1 Nov. 1778.
He was an apprentice and bound when an infant to Gray Bynum of Surry County from whom he ran away and enlisted. After remaining in Surry old courthouse sometime, when his captain had recruited and made up his company, he marched from there to Richmond, VA, where he was put in a company commanded by Capt. Laborn or Labon. He then marched to Baltimore and joined Genral Arnold’s army and marched to near White Planes. He joined Washington’s army and was stationed there a considerable time. He was engaged in skirmishes with British, one of which happened at a place claled the bridle ford, about 30 miles from New York. He was in the country around White Plain about eight months. He was marched under General Gates in a captain Luff’s company various routes through the eastern states until they reached Hillsborough, NC. His term there expired and he was discharged. He returned to Surry County, NC, to a certain William Boyles, who lived in the neighborhood of his brother John Valentine. He was informed that his brother had started in the service a few days before in a company commanded by Capt. William Hulett of Surry County. He pursued his brother to Salisbury in May 1780 and volunteered himself as a private for three months in Capt. Hulitt’s company. From that company he was transferred to Capt. William Bostick’s company in Gen. Rutherford’s army. He marched to Charlotte, then to the Cheraw Hills, SC. Across the Santee River, a party of Tories fired on us. We “immediately returned the salute,” the Tories wounded two of the company, and they killed two or three of the Tories. The Tories ran and “forted themselves” in a large church house. Eaton’s group had taken six British and five Tories. “The next morning we fired on their fort & they left it & run when we saved but one of them & burned the house.” Gen. Rutherford ordered a detachment to march to the River Santee, where they captured some Tories and British and two boats, and then conveyed the twelve prisoners to the main army at a place called Rugeleys Mills, where we remained there for some weeks,during which time a detachment was sent to support Gen. Sumter against the enemy toward the Catawba River. When they reached Sumpter, they were informed he had defeated the enemy so they marched back to the headquarters at the mills. They then marched toward Camden and were in the notorious battle of Gates defeat, in which Christopher was taken prisoner by the British and sent off by a guard. The night after the battle, Christopher and fourteen other prisoners made their escapes and went “unmolested” until they met General Green’s army at the Yadkin River in Rowan County. Gen. Green ordered that rations be given Eaton and the others. This tour lasted three months.
His last service was as a volunteer in the cavalry under Capt. William Shepperd. He mounted his own horse and was marched from Richmond, Surry County, to the old Moravian Town in Surry. Col. Cleveland ordered Christopher’s company to take charge of the prisoners taken at Kings Mountain and deliver them safely to Hillsboro, NC. They put the prisoners into a prison called Stockading prison. Christopher then returned home to William Boyles in Surry County.
He enlisted in Surry County and has resided in the same neighborhood ever since, which after the division of Surry is now Stokes.
Aff. of Philip Kiser and Charles Banner – acquainted with Christopher, believed in the neighborhood to be a soldier in the Revolution.
Aff. of Joseph Banner, Sr. – 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. Before Christopher served his term to age 21, he ran away and enlisted under Capt. Joseph Eaton at Surry old Courthouse or Richmond. Christopher marched in the army north and was absent from the neighborhood a year and a half. He returned to William Boyles in Banner’s neighborhood and then was immediately in the militia. Banner was informed by 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.
Certification of oath of allegiance of Christopher Valentine, signed by Joseph Winston, J.P., Surry Co., NC, is in the file.
Aff. of Joseph Darnall, Stokes Co., NC, 13 Sept. 1832 – Darnall is well acquainted with Christopher Eaton, who now resides in Surry County. He personally knows that Eaton served faithfully as a revolutionary soldier in the militia company commanded by Capt. Absalom Bostick in Col. Armstrong’s regiment under Gen. Rutherford. Eaton entered this service in Surry County in June 1780. They marched to Salisbury, NC, where they joined headquarters and then marched to Cheraw Hills in South Carolina, where they joined General Gates army. They then marched toward Camden where “we fell in with the British when the battle ensued” between Gates and Cornwallis’ armies. Joseph Darnall was not in the battle but Eaton was, he believes. Gates army was routed in the battle and “got home such as could do so the best way they could…” This tour lasted about three months. Darnall served with Eaton during this tour. [signed by mark]
Aff. of Hugh Boyles, Stokes Co., NC, 13 Sept. 1832 – He knew Eaton during the Revolution and always understood that he served in the Revolution.
Aff. of William Merritt, Stokes Co., NC, 13 Mar. 1833 – Merritt was in service at Moravian old town in 1780. There was an Eaton in the service at that time guarding the prisoners taken at Kings mountain and I believe Christopher Eaton is that same man.
Declaration of Susannah Eaton, Stokes Co., NC, 11 June 1846 – resident of Stokes, age 83 – She is the widow of Christopher Eaton, who was placed on the North Carolina pension roll July 24, 1833, at $20 per year and dropped from the roll Aug. 13, 1833. He never received any pension; she supposes that he was unwilling to receive the small amount of $20 per year for his Revolutionary service. Christopher died July 5, 1839.
She married Christopher Eaton in 1781 in Surry Co., NC. [Signed by mark]
see affidavit in Michael Spainhour file
Schedule of property of William Eaton, filed in Stokes Co., NC, Nov. 26, 1821. Mentions Emanuel Shober, Edmund McKinney (living in Surry Co., NC), Mr. Savage (of Stokes Co.), Abel Boles, Thomas T. Armstrong.
John Edwards, a Corporal in Capt. Childs Co., 6th Regt., NC Continental Line, enlisted 1777, served until end of war. John died in Surry Co., NC, in 1817. Children: Samuel, John, William, Ethelrid, Martha [md. Sparkes], and Elizabeth [md. Sisk].
State of Georgia // Franklin County: On this third day of September 1832 personally appeared in open court, before the court of Ordinary of said County now sitting, Joseph Edwards, resident of Captain Newells District, in the County aforesaid, aged about seventy seven years, 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 June the 7th 1832 -- That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated, to wit, He entered the service in the year seventy six as a volunteer in Surry County in the State of North Carolina, under Capt. in Col. Armstrong's Regiment and was marched to Cross Creek, but the battle was fought the day before we got there, he remained their for sometime guarding the British and Tories, he was marched from Cross Creek to Hillsborough from there he went home to _____ his horse and get clothing but was then called into service again and continued in service with short intermissions for about three years, was in no particular regiment but was in a great many skirmishes. He was marched at one time to ___ indian nation after the Indians and Tories. does not recollect that he received any discharge from Capt. Shepherd but if he did was lost ____. He then moved into Wilkes County in the same state where he was drafted to serve in Capt. Martins Company under Colonel Cleveland and was marched down in the lower part of North Carolina after Col. Fannin of the Tories -- but was in no engagement. He served forty five days as well as he can recollect, and was discharged.--He was afterwards drafted and served thirty three days under Captain Isbel, in Col. Isaacs Regiment, was in no particular engagement, and was discharged at the end of the term by Capt Isbel, which said discharge is herewith enclosed -- He was again drafted, & served fifteen days under Capt. Sloan and Col. Cleveland, & was marched near the Virginia line after a Tory Capt Cos_ & his company -- and was then discharged and returned home.
Served under Capt. Shepherd three years as a light horseman & found his own horse. Served three or four months afterwards as a post private. Does not know any person convenient that knew of ____ servious positively.
1. Was born in Maryland, and to the best of his recollection, in the year 1756.
2. Does not know that there is any record of his age.
3. When he was first called into service he was living in Surrey County, North Carolina, and from thence removed to present residence in the year 1784 & he has remained ever since.
4. He was a volunteer the first _____ ______ in a light horse company & was drafted when he served afterwards.
5. Joined the Regular Troops at Cross Creek, Fayetteville (?), where they were commanded by Col. Armstrong. Does not recollect the names of others.
6. Received several discharges, one enclosed by ______ and does not recollect by ________.
[unintelligble except for two names -- Dozier Thornton & John Stonecypher -- character witnesses in his present neighborhood?]
He hereby relinquishes every claims he ---- in a pension, except the present _________________.
____________ Clk. Joseph Edwards mark
* * * Georgia // Franklin County: Personally appeared before me the undersigned a Justice of the Peace in and for said County Joseph Edwards to whose original declaration this is attached, and who being again duly sworn on this oath saith & deposeth, that by reason of old Age and the Consequent loss of memory he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of his service but according to the best of his recollection he served not less than the periods mentioned below & in the following _______________. As a private he served in 1776 under Capt Shepherd in Col. Armstrongs Regiment forty two days & was discharged to recruit his horse & get clothing.
In May 1776 he entered under the same officer as a private and served fifteen days was marched to Chipels [Chissels] lead mines and guarded some waggons loaded with lead back to Surrey Court House & was discharged.
In August 1776 under Capt Shepherd & Col Williams he served as a private Four months and twenty days in a campaign against the Cherokee Indians to the lower Towns on the Tennessee river which we burnt.
In 1777 as a private he served one month against the Tories under Capt Shepherd & Col Armstrong.
In 1778 he served one month as a private under Shepherd & Armstrong.
In 1779 he done no service the Indians & Tories being quiet.
In 1780 he volunteered as a private under Capt Martin as a footman and served three months under him and Col. Cleveland after the British & Tories and was marched to Hickory Land Ford on the Adkin & was discharged in August.
In Septr 178* he was drafted and served thirty days as a private under Capt. Isbell and Col Isaacs & was marched after a Tory Col. Fannin to Deep River & was discharged at Moravian Town. Same year served as a private 33 days under same & sends his discharged _____/
In March 1782 he was drafted under Capt Sloan & Col Cleveland and served fifteen days as a private, was marched to New River after a Tory Capt. Coxe & returned home & was discharged by Capt Sloan.
In 1776, 1777, and 1778 he says he served as a private horseman under Capt Shepherd Three years except about two weeks he had leave of absence to see his family, he has just above attempted to give a statement of each Tour but cannot from want of memory. When not out on duty for the three years aforesaid he was kept in Garrison at Surrey Court house North Carolina aforesaid. And for each service or so much thereof as the Law will allow him he claims a pension. He served with an embodied Corps called into service by Competent authority, that he was either in the field or in Garrison, and for the time during which the service was performed he was not employed in any civil pursuit, except the two weeks aforesaid. That he knows of no person except his brother who was living in North Carolina a year ago) by whom he could prove his service, but could prove by him if he is alive, but deponent is a cripple & unable to go & see whether he is alive.
Sworn ... his
11 September 1833 Joseph Edwards
[before Christopher Addison, J. P.]
Affidavit of Abel Edwards of Whitfield County, Georgia, son of Joseph Edwards deceased, appointing Thomas _______ of Washington, D. C., as attorney to secure pension which Joseph never received
. 27 May 1853 -------------------------------------------------------------------Scrap of paper in file -- original discharge
Wilkes County. Decem 23 1781. This is to certify that Joseph Edwards has servd a soldier 33 Days in my Company under the Command of Col Isaacs against the Tories. [Andlesson?] Isbell.
[reference in declaration of William Merritt] BLWt. 685-300-12 – Capt., NC line – no papers. White, p. 1135.
Declaration of John Evans – 10 Oct. 1835 – Lincoln Co., TN –
John, aged about 72 years, stated that he was born in what is now called Stokes County, NC, on November 18, 1763. He continued to live in the same county at the time he entered service. In October 1780 John became a substitute for Alexander Bolls [Bales or Boyles ?] in a militia company under Capt. Woolridge and Lt. David Hedgepeth. Immediately after the company was organized, it was ordered to the old Moravian town to assist in guarding the prisoners taken at Kings Mountain. They remained there guarding the prisoners for six to eight weeks until the prisoners were removed. After going home, the company held itself in readiness to rendezvous at the shallow ford on Yadkin River in about two weeks. After remaining at the shallow ford upwards of a week, our captain received orders to discharge us as our time was so nearly expired that it would be unnecessary to join the army as first intended. John stated he was in service at least two months in this tour.
About the first of January 1781 John volunteered in a company of rangers which was raised to march through and range the country. The company was commanded by Capt. Minor Smith and volunteered for twelve months. "We had always to hold ourselves in readiness to go at a minute's warming." The company was sometimes in service three, four, or six weeks at a time and then remain home for a while. The men were principally engaged in scouring the country, protecting citizens from the Tories and apprehending deserters. John estimated he was in actual service as a ranger for six months at least.
John continued to live in Stokes County until about five years before when he moved to Washington County, VA, and lived there until November 1832, when he moved to Lincoln County, TN. For his character references, John Evans cited Thomas Clarke, John Clarke, John Davis, and Jesse Davis, who were well acquainted with him in North Carolina and now resided in Lincoln County, TN, also.
Philip Evans – 20 Mar. 1833 – Granville Dist., SC – Aged 74 years. Philip was born in Rowan County, NC, in 1759 and moved thence to Surry County, where he entered the service on September 10, 1778, being drafted, under Capt. Henry Smith in Col. Francis Locke's regiment of Gen. Rutherford's Brigade. He served six months on this tour and had several skirmishes. They remained some time at Parisburg, then marched to Lester's ferry on Savannah River, from there to Turkey Hill, where he received the attached discharge.
Philip was also in several short tours under Capt. Robert Hill against the Tories in 1779.
He then served in 1780 under Capt. Miner Smith, Major Jos. Winston in Col. Benjamin Cleveland's regiment as a volunteer for three months. Philip was not in the battle of Kings Mountain in which his company was engaged because of a severe injury received a short time previously. He was engaged during the remainder of the year in various excursions against the Tories, with whom the Whigs had a battle, being under the command of Major Joseph Winston on the Yadkin River.
Philip Evans next volunteered in December 1780 under Capt. Samuel Hampton and Col. Joseph McDowell to march into South Carolina. He was at the battle of the Cowpens on January 17, 1781, under those officers, Gen. Morgan being commander in chief. After the battle he was employed in guarding the prisoners, 600 of whom were taken to the Virginia line. He was engaged in various excursions during the remainder of the year, including one occasion as a teamster with his father's wagon.
Philip Evans stated the sum of his service was about 18 months.
Clergyman's affidavit by James Douthit.
Declaration of Philip Evans – 1 Dec. 1833 – Granville Dist., SC – Philip is now past 74 years of age, being born in Rowan County, NC, on June 17, 1759. The only record of his age burned. He moved while yet a boy to Surry County, where he entered the service at the age of 18 years, being drafted in the company of Capt. Henry Smith, attached to Col. Francis Locks' regiment in Gen. Rutherford's Brigade. His company rendezvoused for a short time at Surry county seat, and then marched by Salisbury, NC, to Parisburg, SC, the then headquarters of the then commander in chief, Gen. Lincoln. He served six months without being in an engagement. During this time he was at Parisburg, Lester's Ferry on Savanna River, at a public store or magazine near the latter place called the White [House ?], and at Turkey Hill where he was discharged by Col. Francis Locke on April 10, 1779.
After some occasional light service, he volunteered in Surry County in the company of Capt. Miner Smith in August or September 1780. The company marched to South Carolina in pursuit of Col. Ferguson, but on arrival at Crydens fort (he believes in Wilkes, NC), he received a severe injury by a fall from his horse which disqualified him from immediate action and prevented him from being at the Battle of Kings Mountain. On his recovery two or three weeks later he again found his company at Moravian town, NC, and assisted it in guarding the prisoners taken at Kings Mountain, some of whom were carried to Guilford jail. He served four months in this tour although he only volunteered for three.
Philip Evans again volunteered in December 1780 in a militia company commanded by Capt. Samuel Hampton in Surry County. They marched into Lincoln, NC, where they joined the regiment of Col. Joseph McDowell, marched to the Pacolet [?] River, now ____ Dist., SC, where his regiment affected a formation with the forces commanded by Gen. Morgan. He was engaged at the Battle of Cowpens and after guarded prisoners to the Virginia line. His term of service of six months having expired, her returned home.
Philip Evans had resided in Granville District for 44 years by 1833.
Declaration of Gracey Evans – 10 Nov. 1853 - Anderson Dist., SC – Gracey Evans, a resident of Anderson District, aged 66 years last August. She is the widow of Philip Evans, a private in the Revolution. She married him "long after the close of the war." She heard him say he was in the battle of the Cowpens and he received a pension of fifty dollars per year. She was married to Phillip Evans of Greenville District, SC, by Rev. Robert King, a Baptist minister, on November 11, 1838, in Anderson District. She was then a widow by the name of Gracey Holland.
File indicates that Philip Evans died June 19, 1849.