Revolutionary War Pension Applications

Stokes and Surry Counties, North Carolina

FIELDS, William
Hired by John Quillin to finish a tour of duty near the Savannah River.

FISCUS, Adam S 16115
(b. Sept. 25, 1759, near Lancaster, PA -

Declaration of Adam Fiscus – Washington Co., IN., Sept. 27, 1832 – Adam (age 73), resident of Washington County, IN. Entered the service at Moravian Town, NC, as a volunteer for 9 months in 1778 in company of Capt. Henry Smith in Col. Locke’s regiment, under Gen. Rutherford. Marched from Moraviantown to Pierysburgh ? on Savanna River, SC, that being headquarters. They marched from there up the River and crossed the River and was in the battle of Briar Creek. After the battle they returned to a place on the River called Two Sisters, remained there some time and was discharged, having served 9 months. Some time afterwards in the spring of 1779 he went to Kentucky in company with Daniel Boone, then joined a company as a volunteer under Capt. William Hays for 18 months in Col. B. Logan’s regiment under Gen. George Rogers Clark. During that 18 month service he marched to an Indian town on the Big Miami called Pickaway and was in a battle there with the Indians in latter part of 1780. He was dicharged and returned to NC and joined as a volunteer at Moravian Town a company commanded by Capt. Kimmens. This was “but a short time previous to the battle of Guilford,” marched to Guilford and was in that battle. He “recollects Genl. Green well”. From Guilford, he marched to Wilmington, where he remained until after the surrender of Cornwallis when he was discharged after about 8 months service in this tour.

He was born near Lancaster, PA, 25 Sept. 1759. He lived since the Revolution in Stokes Co, NC, near Moravian Town until 1815, when he moved to Washington Co., IN, where he still resides.

He recollects the following persons who served with him in the company under Capt. Smith: Peter Pinkley, LT., & Frederick Pinkley, Joseph Pinkley, brothers; John Stroop who died at Pierysburgh & Henry Spainhour.

He is acquainted in his present neighborhood with Adam Cauble, Joseph Green, Eli W. Malott, Hugh McPheeters, Jonathan Lyon, and Gen. John Depauw.

Signed with mark [X]

Affidavits of Joseph Green, Adam Cauble

FORRESTER, James S6854 NC mil. - Surry pension list

Affidavit of James Forrister in John Maib file– 14 Sept. 1833 – Stokes Co., NC -- Forrister was "an aged old man." He saw and knew John Maib. Sr., in the service under Captain Hickman guarding the prisoners taken at the Battle of Kings Mountain. John Maib and James Forrester were in the guard from near the Battleground crossing the Catawba and Yadkin Rivers in conveying said prisoners to the old Moravian Town in Surry (now Stokes) County and from there to Guilford County. James Forrester signed by mark.

Mentioned in file of * Venables.

FORCE , Peter S31036
(pensioner from Stokes) – Richard Goode file Referred to as a pensioner in Richard Goode file. Not listed in U.S. Revolutionary pension index. * Affidavit in file of Richard Goode not copied.

FRAZER, Sowell

Sowell Frazer, son of William I and probably his first wife, was a Revolutionary War Soldier (File #R3767 He was a resident of Stokes County, North Carolina on September 5, 1832 when he applied for a pension on his Revolutionary War Service. His claim was rejected because his last tour of duty was not actual service in a military capacity and the pension law required six months of active service. In his application for pension, he stated that he was born in the County of Bertie, North Carolina on the 9th day of April, 1764 and that his parents removed to Granville County within six weeks after his birth. He also states that he married at the age of 19 years (1783) and removed at the age of 20 westward to settle in Surry, now Stokes County, North Carolina. When he applied for a pension, he made the following declaration , that he entered the service for the United States under the following officers and served as account states.

  "I was drafted in the Infantry in Granville County and entered into service under Captain William Gilliam, Richard Harrison, Lieutenant and Peter Badgill, Ensign, William Moore was Colonel, Elijah Moon, Major. We were first under the command of General Butler and afterwards, were placed under the command of General Davidson. In service in this campaign, we marched from Granville through Hillsbourgh Bells Mill where we battled for a few days. Thence we marched through Salisbury by Phifers Mills to the neiqhborhood of Charlotte in Mecklinburg county. Our service was in the neighborhood of Charlotte and round about in that county. And after the capture of the Tories at Rugebys Mills by Morgan, I was sent with a detachment to Salisbury in charge of the prisoners. While stationed on the Yadkin, I was one of the detachment who were sent to the Shallows Ford under the command of Col. Armstrong, Major Pugh, and Richard Harrison, Captain against the Tories. The enemy, having been attacked and defeated by the Light House just before we reached the battleground. We thence marched to Salem and then to headquarters on the Yadkin.

  I have erroneously stated this affair at. the Shallowford to have taken place while we were stationed with the prisoners on the Yadkin. It did not take place then, but when we were on our march to join the army and before the prisoners were put in our charge.

  Our term of service having expired about the 15th of December, we were marched under our officers to the Allemanor creek where we were discharged and each man had his discharge delivered to him. This has been lost or destroyed long since. Our term of service was for a three month period of time, which is fully served.

  The next tour of duty I served in was as a volunteer on a three month service. I was commanded by Peter Bennett as Captain and Thomas Grant as Lieutenant. Drury Smith had the supreme command. We were sent into Virginia on the Roanoke River on an expedition to catch fish for the army. This duty was early in the Spring of 1787. 'It was immediately after the battle at Guilford and the fish was designed for the use of the army under General Greene. Here we served our full - term of three months and were discharged, but my discharge has been lost or mislaid>"

Submitted by Ernest L Frazier -

  FREEMAN, James (Capt.)

David Cockerham file describes service in expedition to Charleston in company of Capt. James Freeman of Surry County militia.

GAINES, James (Capt.)
Two discharges signed by him are in Edwin Hickman pension file.

GAMBLE, Edmond (Capt.)
A Continental officer mentioned in Thomas Hickman file.

GIBSON, (Ensign)

Lawrence Angel file indicates Ensign Gibson was an officer under Capt. Salathiel Martin in Col. Hampton's regiment in November 1778 on an expedition to Charleston to repel a British attack.

GLENN, James

Enlisted in November 1777 or 1778 at Surry old Courthouse or Richmond, NC, before Capt. Joseph Philips at same time as Christopher Eaton and others. See Eaton file.

GOODE, Richard (Capt.; Maj.) W8855

Declaration of Rebecca Goode – Henry Co., KY, 11 Jan. 1837 – aged about 85 – She has been a resident of Henry County, KY, for the last 34 or 35 years. Her maiden name was Rebecca Young. She was born in Stokes County, NC, where she married at the house of her father to Richard Goode. She and Richard resided in Stokes County during the Revolution. For about seven years, the whole period of the war, Richard was so frequently called from home and engaged in the service of his country that his farming and other home business was entirely neglected to her. The duty of attending to such matters devolved exclusively upon Rebecca. He served in the aggregate at least four years.

Richard’s first service was a tour against the Tories on the Santee and Yadkin Rivers for three months. He was the captain of a volunteer company.

Richard afterwards served as a major. In a tour as such he was engaged in the battle at Ramseurs Mill. He was a major in most occasions when he was called out. He was at the Battle of Guilford and at Eutaw Springs. He left home as a major destined for Georgia and did not return for nine months. She thinks he was in regular service part of the time but is not certain. He often served as a militia officer and sometimes as a volunteer officer. He was called into service by General Rutherford in fall of 1778 and was absent from home for nearly nine months and was taken sick and came home. He was a major for all of the time except three months service as a captain.

Richard Goode died in 1800 as they were moving to Kentucky. Rebecca has had general bad health for the last three years.

She believes William Lorance and Leonard K. Bradley are still alive and can prove Richard’s service.

North Carolina State Comptrollers Office, 17 Oct. 1851, cetify records of payment of military services of Richard Goode:
Book F, No. 2, p. 19 Capt. Richard Goode, Dec. 1777; p. 46, 1776; p. 51, 1776; p. 76, Jan. 1777.
Book F, John Ashe Southern Treasurer page 3, paid Captain Richard Goode pay of 2 militia soldiers, April 20, 1778 Book F, p. 20, 178, 24, payments.

Vol. 1, old series, Book No. 2 – Col. Joseph Williams of Surry County Regiment, page 18, payments for services rendered in expedition against Scotch Tories or Insurgents, Jan. & Feb. 1776 at Moore’s Creek, “Richard Goode Cptain 30 days 7/6 L11S5.

Comptroller also certifies that the troops of this state were marched against the Cherokee Indians in 1778.

File contains folded document dated Feb. 15, 1779, signed by Griffith Rutherford, addressed on outside: For Maj. Goode at the White House ***

Febry 15th 1779 Sir/s by General Lincolns Orders, * send to the ade of the two Sisters on Capt with the officers Necessery & 50 privits You will be Vigilent in casting Ball. You are to make no more cartridges but what is necessary for the troops under youre command. I ame to define that you be carefull Directing the officers under you, you are to sennd a gard to that post, above the two sisters, I am stationed at *ubleys Ferry & General Lincoln has given me orders to move the Rum at the Sisters to some safe place some distance from the place. You are to move it about 5 or 6 miles off. One wagon you are to send * to agusta to Col. Little with the Baggage for them troops. Send it as quick as possable, if the * Mi** is not past you send send the waggan with *. I Remine * your Humble Sert. Griffith Rutherford

To Majr Goode Aff. of Joseph Banner, Stokes Co., NC, 20 Dec. 1837 – Joseph, a pensioner, aged 87, knows of Capt. Richard Goode’s service. Richard married Rebecca Young, a daughter of Benjamin Young. Joseph was well acquainted with Richard and Rebecca before and after the Revolution as they were his nighbors 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. Goode commanded a company as captain against the Scotch insurgents at and near Fayetteville, NC at least two months (this tour preceded the Long Islands tour). After the Cherokee expedition, Goode commanded a company that was raised for a five months tour and marched towards the South in company with several of Banner’s neighbors and near relatives. Goode was very much esteemed by all who served under and with him. Towards the end of the war he was commissioned a major; he was a militia officer the whole war.

Aff. of Ephraim Banner, Stokes Co., NC, 20 Dec. 1837. Aged 84, res. of Stokes, and a pensioner. Ephraim swears that Joseph Banner’s account is true. Ephraim was security on the bond for the marriage license for Richard Goode to marry Rebecca Young, daughter of Benjamin Young, in 1776. Richard and Rebecca had sons and daughters before they started to remove to Kentucky. Ephraim understood that Major Goode “died on the road before he reached the intended place of destination.”

Aff. of “The Widdow” Martha Blackburn – Stokes Co., NC. – She well remembers that Gray Bynum, J.P., married her cousin Richard Goode and her brother Thomas Goode on the same day, Richard to Rebecca Young, daughter of Benjamin Young, and her brother to Nancy Beazley in either 1776 or 1778. [Note: did not copy all of this affidavit].

* Other affidavits not copied include William Young, Peter Force or Forie, pensioner, William Lorance

. Goode is referred to in the files of Benjamin, Ephraim, and Joseph Banner and of William Merritt. Sarah, widow of Joseph Banner, states Goode was a resident of Surry County.

Richard was second major in Battle of Guilford, mentioned in Adam Binkley file.

W8855 – soldier lived on “Townfork” – White, p. 1376.

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