Service in Virginia
File no. 10417
Pvt. Rev. War
Act: June 7th, 1832
Index: Vol. A Page 41
[Arrangement of 1870]
of Spencer in the State of Ky:
who was a ? in the ?
commanded by Captain Washington of the --- commanded
by --- in the Va. Line for 1 year from 1776.
Inscribed on the Roll of Kentucky
at the rate for 40 Dollars – cents per annum
to commence on the 4th day of March 1831.
Certificate of Pension issued the 26th Day of Jan: 33
and – Hon. R. M. Johnson House of Reps.
Arrears to 4th of Sept. 1832 - 60
allowance ending 4 Mar 33 - 20
Revolutionary Claim Act June 7, 1832
Recorded by Nathan Rice, Clerk
Book D Vol. 9 page 32
Taylorsville, Spencer County, Kentucky
January 7th, 1833
I acknowledge the receipt of favor inclosing the Pay Certificate of Briant Slone for which – -- my – that, Mr. Slone says there is $24. due him from the U. S. his half pay under his old certificate from 4th Sept. 1830 to the 4th March 1831. I forwarded you a Power of atty. To dr. on Mr. Slone's pension will you please under that Power draw the $24 due aforesaid his pay certificate will enable him to draw his pension from the 4th March 1831 but the $24 due – is lost unless you draw if for him under the Power of atty. Your favor returning the Declaration of Joseph Watson, John Ringo/King, Simon Bridwell, James Weeks and Jacob Head for amendment was receivedand as the Declaration of Watson Ringo Weeks and Bridwell have been amended so as to embrace all the requisition of the War Department I return them to you inclosed with request that you will call the attention of the Department to them directly and when allowed forward me the Pay Certificates. I presume there can be no delay now in these cases, having been acted upon once. The examining office will only have to direct his attention to the amendment and is I believe they will be found entirely correct therefore I shall expect their Pay Certificates immediately. In the case of Jacob ---dy so soon as I can procure an amendment to his Declaration and created by the War DepartmentI shall send it inclosed to you.
The return of the aforesaid Declarations induces me to expect or rather fear that the balance of the Declarations forwarded by me are defective, and urges me to request your immediate attention to them. Permit me then to call your attention immediately upon the receipt of this letter to the Declaration of Massanko? Womack Anthony Brastore?, Abner Roberts, and Scanare? Murphy forwared by me long since under cover to the “Secretary of War.” If they need amendments I should be glad to have them returned in order that I may have them amended and sent back to you before the close of this session of Congress, in order that I may avail myself of your friendship in having them allowed; for if they lay over beyond
the period of your departure, I shall not be able to get them acted upon until next Session. During which period many of them in all human probability will have passed that journey from whence no traveller returns.
I must again call your attention to the case of James Walden his papers were forwarded some two or three years since to the Secretary of the Treasury to acted upon under the Act of 1828 since the passage of the act of June 7th, 1832. I presume his papers have been transferred to the War Department. If they are sufficient to authorize him a pension under the Act of June 7th, 1832 will you please get it allowed and forward his pay certificate? If not will you please withdraw the papers and send them inclosed to me in order that I may amend? Those? his case attended to immediately the old man was with me the other day he is very needy and I have no doubt of his being entitled. The main thing is to get his case fairly made out and presented. His name is James Walden or Waldron & his papers sent from Shelby County altho he lives in this county and has for 8 or 9 years.
You will oblige me by forwarding the inclosed letter to Mr. Triplette if at Richmond Va. or delivering it to him if in the City of Washington. I have given and am like to give you a good deal of trouble with Revolutionary claims but I hope Sir it will be in my power some day to return you the favor. If so I will prove my gratitude for the many kindnesses you have done and are doing for your sincere friend.
State of Kentucky
County of Spencer
On his 12th day of November 1832 personally appeared in open court before the justices of the County Court of Spencer County now sitting Simon Bridwell , resident in the County of Spencer in the State of Kentucky aged seventy six 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 7th 1832 that he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers & served as hereinafter stated.
The said Simon Bridwell states that he was drafted as a private soldier in the county of Stafford , State of Virginia in the militia of said state for 12 month tour of duty; that he entered the service about the month of October in the year of 1776 under Captain William Washington in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Mercer; he states that he was marched from Stafford County to Dumphries, there joined the Regiment; after a time, he is unable to say how long, he was marched from Dumfries to Alexandria & there he remained a while; from there he was marched to Norfolk Virginia. There he remained the winter. In the Spring of 1777 we were marched into the state of Pennsylvania. He states that he was in hearing of the Battle of Brandywine but was not in the engagement, having been detailed to bring in Beeves [beefs, i.e., cows -ed.] and guard them; that he was discharged in the State of Pennsylvania in the month of October or November in the year 1777 but can't say which month. Knows it was cold weather. Neither can he say at what particular place as his memory is very frail & he very illiterate. He states he was in no battles or actual engagements during the term of his service afs? Neither can he at this period from the failure of his intellect give a particular and detailed statement of all the movements of the army while he was in the service and indeed can recollect the names of but very few of the Officers; the names of Washington, Greene & Knox are very familiar to him but no others. He states he has no written discharge; if he ever had he has lost it; being unable to read he has a bad chance to take care of papers. He has no documentary evidence & he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his services. He states that from the information of his parents he was born in Stafford County Virginia in the year 1756 but doesn't know what month; that he continued to live in said county until the year 1807 when he moved to the County
of Nelson in the State of Kentucky; that he resided in Nelson County until 1824 when the County of Spencer was stricken off & formed & he fell into Spencer County & that he has resided in Spencer County ever since & now resides in Spencer County. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pernsion roll of the agency of any State.
Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid.
Simon (his X mark)Bridwell
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We, William Stout, a clergyman resident in the County of Spencer, and Jepe Jewell, resident in the same County, do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Simon Bridwell who has subscribed and sworn to the above Declaration; that we believe him to be seventy six years of age; that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution; and that we concur in that opinion.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid. Wm Stout Jepe Jewell
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And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department that the above named applicant was a revolutionary Soldier and served as he states; And the Court further certifies that it appears to them that William Stout who has signed the preceeding Certificate is a clergyman resident in the County of Spencer and that Jepe Jewell who has signed the same is a resident in the same County of Spencer and is a credible person and that their statement is entitled to credit.
I Raphael Lancaster, Clerk of the County Court of Spencer County in the State of Kentucky, do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application of Simon Bridwell for a pension.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of my County Court Office at Taylorsville this 12th day of November 1832 In the 41st year of the Commonwealth.
Raphl Lancaster, clk
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State of Kentucky
Personally appeared before me the undersigned Justice of the Peace in the County of Spencer and State of Kentucky, Simon Bridwell, who, being duly sowrn depsoed and saith (by way of amendment to his Declaration for a pension) that he has no record of his age and only knows it from tradition; he never had record of his age and does no know whether his father ever kept any; he states he does not believe he ever received a written discharge from his service as soldier of the Revolution as he has stated in his Declaration to which this is an amendment; if he ever had it has been lost long since; he thinks he was verbally discharged by his commanding officer. He states he is known to William Stout - clergyman, and Jepe Jewell, residents in his neighborhood who can testify and who have testified as to the said Bridwell's character for veracity and who can testify and have testified as to their belief of the said Simon Bridwell's services as a Soldier in the Revolution.
Sworn & subscribed the 7th day of January 1833.
Simon (his X mark)Bridwell
Thos Newman, a Justice of the Peace
for Spencer County
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State of Kentucky
I Raphael Lancaster, Clerk of the County Court for the County aforesaid do certify that Thomas Newman Esq. Whose signature is affixed to the forgoing
certificate --- whom the forgoing affidavit of Simon Bridwell is subscribed and sworn is an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the County aforesaid duly commissioned and qualified & legally empowered to administer oaths. I do further certify that I am acquainted with the handwriting of said Thomas Newman and know that his signature above is genuine.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of my County Court Office at
Taylorsville this 7th day of January 1833.
In the 41st yeaqr of the Commonwealth
Raphl. Lancaster, clk