Stokes and Surry County, North Carolina
Revolutionary War Pension Applications


QUILLIN, James R8551

Declaration of James Quillin 6 Nov. 1832 - Habasham Co., GA
James Quillin, aged 75 years and eight months, states that he was drafted in Surry County, NC, to serve nine months. Quillin was informed by Col. Martin Armstrong that any man who would hire a man to go for three years would have a discharge from duty. Quillin hired James Branham for a tour of three years and received a discharge from Major John Armstrong, a major in the regular service. Quillin lived at that time in Surry County. He several times turned out on a small tour of duty but was not in any regular engagement.

Quillin was born in 1757, he thinks, in North Carolina. After the Revolution he removed to South Carolina where he stayed for some time before moving back to North Carolina. He then removed to Franklin County, GA, and from there to Habersham Co., GA. Signed by mark.

Affidavit of Thomas Bird, a clergyman, and Elijah Starr, residents of Habersham County, of acquaintance with James Quillin and his reputation in neighborhood.

Declaration of James Quillin 15 Aug. 1833 Habersham Co., GA
His substitute went into service in 1777. He was in one tour of ten days after the Battle at King's Mountain as a guard under Col. Armstrong.

Pension file indicates that James Quillin married Sarah Waggoner on November 4, 1779. Sarah died in 1805. James Quillin's application for a pension was rejected because he was unable to prove he served a total of six months.


QUILLIN, John S9461 NC

Declaration of John Quillin 24 Aug. 1833 Stokes Co., NC John Quillin, aged 76, deposed at his own residence in Stokes County. Because of the infirmities of old age and periodic affliction with convulsion fits, he is unable to attend at court. At certain times his memory is very much impaired. He entered service as a drafted private in Surry County in Capt. Henry Smith's company of militia infantry. He marched under Lt. William Meredith from Surry Courthouse to Salem, then to Salisbury, NC, and there joined Gen. Rutherford's Army. They remained there for some time and then marched to Charlotte, NC, and from there to Camden, SC, then to Chester and several counties in South Carolina near the Savannah River. John Quillin hired William Fields as a substitute to serve the balance of the tour so that he could return home to his wife who was "in a delicate situation" at that time. He was drafted for five months and served four months and returned home to Surry County. He thinks William Lewis was captain and Joel Lewis Lieutenant. Jacob Hilsepeck was in the same company; Hilsepeck now lives towards the "Dutch settlements of Stokes." This tour was about the time the Battle of Briar Creek happened near the Savannah River.

John Quillin's next service was a private volunteer, there being a call for men to guard Gov. Martin and the General Assembly, then convened at Salem. He served under Capt. Duling [?] and Lt. Charles Brown for two weeks when the assembly adjourned. He can prove this service by Larkin Samuel of Stokes County.

John Quillin volunteered as a private militia soldier to range Surry County and subdue the Tories. They met at old Richmond, the courthouse, in a company commanded by Capt. William Bostick and Col. Martin Armstrong. They marched from there crossing the Shallow ford of the Yadkin and then twoards the Brushy Mountains in search of Tories and some place not far from the Cataba River. We met with Col. Cleveland, Major Winston, and the troops that had the prisoners taken at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Capt. Humphries and his company was part of the troops guarding said prisoners when Capt. Bostick's company was ordered to join the guard and convey the prisoners to the old Moravian Town in then Surry County and from there to Guilford Courthouse where a new guard took place. Quillin was discharged having served six weeks. John Maib and William Southern can testify to this service.

John Quillin next entered service as a volunteer private militia soldier under Capt. William Bostick. Col. Campbell from Virginia near New River commanded. The object of this expedition was to route the "disaffected persons or Tories." They marched from Surry courthouse down the Yadkin River, sometimes on one side and sometimes the other, to Abbots Creek and Varra River and about the mountains of the same name in pursuit of a Tory Captain Spurgin but we failed to take him. They found and took a number of guns from disaffected persons. Quillin served about one month or at least seven months of service all together.

John Quillin stated he was born in Cumberland County, NC, in March 1757. He lived in Surry County, NC, when called into service and he has lived in the same neighborhood ever since (which is now in Stokes County). Affidavit of John Maib, Sr., Larkin Samuel, and William Southern re acquaintance with John Quillin and believe him to be a Revolutionary soldiers. 14 Sept. 1833. Stokes County, NC.

Affidavit of Jacob Hilsepeck [Hilsabeck] 16 Sept. 1833 Stokes Co., NC He served with a Private Quillin from Surry County in Capt. Henry Smith's company and marched through Salisbury and Charlotte and to the Savannah River in South Carolina where Quillin hired a man to serve part of his tour. Jacob stated he lived "a considerable distance apart" from Quillin.

Affidavit of John Maib, Sr., and William Southern 16 Sept. 1833 Stokes Co., NC They saw John Quillin serving as a private soldier guarding the prisoners that were taken at the Battle of Kings Mountain from the Yadkin River to the old Moravian Town and then to Guilford courthouse. Deponents were also part of that guard.

Affidavit of Larkin Samuel 16 Sept. 1833 Stokes Co., NC -- Larkin Samuel served with John Quillin as private soldiers in the Revolution about fifteen days as a guard for the General Assembly at Salem in Surry County when Governor Alex Martin attended the assembly. When the assembly adjourned they were discharged and returned to their homes.


QUILLIN, Robert BLWt 392-100-3 Va line

Affidavit of Charles Ross 20 Aug. 1807 Surry Co., NC He was personally acquainted with Robert Quillin, late a soldier in the first Virginia Regiment in the Revolutionary War. Quillin and Ross were made prisoners at the fall of Charleston.

Robert Quillin applied for bounty land on August 20, 1807, while a resident of Patrick County, VA. He had enlisted from Patrick County, VA, for the war as a private in the First Virginia Regiment. Bounty land warrant #392 for 100 acres was issued February 3, 1808.


ROSS, Charles
Affidavit of Charles Ross 20 Aug. 1807 Surry Co., NC He was personally acquainted with Robert Quillin, late a soldier in the first Virginia Regiment in the Revolutionary War. Quillin and Ross were made prisoners at the fall of Charleston.


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