WAR PENSION APPLICATION
Microfilm Series M-804, Roll 347
State of Kentucky
Harlan Circuit Court October Term 1833
On this 16th day
of October 1833 personally appeared in open court before the
Honorable Joseph Eve Judge of the 15 Judicial District and Judge
of the Harlan Circuit Court JESSE BROCK a resident citizen of
Harlan County and State of Kentucky aged Eighty-Two years the
18th day of December next, who being first duly sworn according
to Law, doth on his oath make the following DECLARATION in order
to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress
passed June 7th 1832, Who states that he enlisted in the Army
of the United States the year he cannot now recollect, being
an illiterate man, he can neither read or write, in Guilford
County State of North Carolina for the term of three months,
and served in the Regiment of the North Carolina State line the
whole of Said Time, He can not recollect the number of the regiment,
But he Served under the following named officers, General Alexander
Martin, Colonel James Martin, his Capt. was by the name of Roylston.
He states that he entered the service at Guilford Court House
in the State aforesaid, and marched to Cross Creeke in the State
of North Carolina where it was supposed that the British intended
to land an Army. And after Serving out his Term of Service he
was Discharged in the Lower part of North Carolina.
He further States
that he again entered the service of the Army of the United States
in Guilford County State of North Carolina for the term of three
months, the name of the officers he has forgot, But he belonged
to the North Carolina State line, and he marched with some waggons
Laden with provisions for the United States Army which was stationed
in South Carolina, and he guarded said waggon to Chartell Court
House. He was again marched Back to Guilford Court House, and
after Serving out his Term of Service was Discharged.
He states that
he again enlisted in the Army of the United States in Surry County,
State of North Carolina ~ in the month of February 1781 ~ under
Capt. William Underwood, Lieutenant Joseph Porter and Ensign
Richard Talifarro, for the term of three months and marched to
the Catawba. and arrived there a few days after the Battle. I
was there marched back to Surry County in the State aforesaid,
and from there I was marched to Guilford County in the State
of North Carolina between Guilford Court House and the Adkins
River, Where he joined Colonel Thompson Regiment, which belonged
to the North Carolina State line, and I was there in the Skirmish
with a party of British and Torys at the Albemarle Creek and
Ensign Tallifarro was killed, we then marched toward Guilford
Court House and was in a nother Skirmish with the British on
the __dy fork of Hair River at a placed called Whils Mills. ~
where we were defeated by the British a few days, before the
Battle of Guilford,
And after the Battle
of Guilford and after he had served out his term of service he
was Discharged near Guilford Court House in the State of North
He further states
that he knows of no person living by which he can prove his service
in the Army or any part thereof, nor dose he remember the number
of the Regiments to which he belonged. He hereby relinquishes
every claim whatever to a pension, or any an misty except the
present, and he declares that his name is not on the pension
Roll of Any Agency in any state, or if any only on that of the
Agency of the State of Kentucky.
and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
The Court pronounced
the following interrogatory to the applicant
1. When and what year were you born. Answer: I was born in Cumberland
County in the State of Virginia on the 8th day of December 1751
- as my father has told me.
2. Have you any
record of your age. Answer: I don't know that there is any record
of my age, my father always told me that I was four years old
the year of Bradies (?) Defeat.
3. Where was you
living when called into the service; where have you lived since
the Revolutionary War, and where do you now live. Answer: I lived
in Guilford County, State of North Carolina, the first and second
time. And I lived in Surry County in the State of North Carolina
when I was called into service the last time. And the same Spring
after the close of the war I moved back to Guilford County in
the State of North Carolina, where I lived a few years. But I
can not remember the precise time. I then moved to Franklin County
in the State of Virginia, Where I lived several years. I then
moved back to Guilford County State of North Carolina, But I
can't say how many. I then moved to Russell County in the State
of Virginia where I lived four years, I then moved to Knox County
State of Kentucky, which was afterwards stricken off to Harlan
County Kentucky Where I now live, I have been here thirty four
or five years.
4. How were you
called into Service Were you drafted, or did you volunteer, or
were you a substitute, and if a substitute for whom. Answer:
The first and second time I was drafted and the last time I volunteered.
5. State the name
of some of the regular officers who were with the Troops when
you surved such Continental and Militia Regiments as you can
recolllect, and the General circumstances of your survice. Answer:
General Green commanded at Guilford ~ But I belonged to a scouting
party And I don't remember the name of any more of the officers
except what I have . . . .
to be continued . . .
An affidavit by
men who knew Jesse was filed 16 October 1833 by James Hall clergyman,
John N. Howard, and John Coldiron.
JESSE BROCK was
granted a pension of $30 per annum from 16 December 1833 to 4
March 1842. Agent notified 27 September 1844 "Date of death
not on A.B."
No widow or family
information was given in his pension file.