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HARRISON HERITAGE
p. 306 SEPTEMBER 1982

Thomas Harrison, NC - File # W360
Widow: Nancy - File #9536

DECLARATION in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832.

State of Tennessee, Franklin County

On the 7th day of March 1833 personally appeared in open court, before the Worshipful the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the County and State aforesaid, now sitting, Thomas Harrison, a resident of the County and State aforesaid and about seventy-three 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 and served as herein stated.

That he volunteered as a private soldier of North Carolina Militia, in the County of Lincoln in the Year 1779, or 1780, as well as he recollects, to serve for a term of three months in the Company commanded by Capt. George Smith, Isaac Shockey Lieut. We rondevouzed at 12 Mile Creek in Mechlenburg County, being at that time the head quarters of Gen. William Davidson. He was attached to a Regiment co-commanded by Col. Dickson (or Dixon) numbers not recollected--from thence we marched into south Carolina crossing Peedee into Cheraw District, we were then countermarched to Salisburg in North Carolina where we were stationed a short time guarding prisoners taken as well as he recollects, at Rugely's Mill (?) -- He say Rugsby surrender his sword to Gen. Davidson. This was at 12 Mile Creek. May (?) Cook of the Tories was also a prisoner. He (sold?) it to a _____ Steele, in Lincoln County, North Carolina -- He served the full term of 3 months. During this time he was part of the time under Gen. Green with the remainder this in Army. He saw Gen. Daniel Allergan (?) _____ at 12 Mile Creek. After being home a short time, and the call was made upon the Militia of North Carolina. Having stood a draft, in which he was 1st included, he hired as a substitute for Jacob Tipps, for another term of 3 months, in a Company commanded by Capt. Nail--we were marched to Fort Charles in Burke County where we were stationed nearly the whole time. The fort was called as he understood after Col. Charles McDowell who had the command of the Militia of Burke. During the time we were in the fort, several shermishes took place between the Whites and the Indians. On one occasion a detachment was sent to guard the family of one Armstrong living about two miles from the fort. Here we were besieged by the Indians--we sallied ____ and succeeded in returning to the Fort with no other less but a Negro woman belonging to Col. Wanford. Part of the time he was engaged in guarding another family about twelve miles from the Fort. Having served the full term of 3 months, he was again regularly discharged. He again substituted in the place of Conrod Rudolph, to serve another term of 3 months. I served under the same officers at Fort Charles the full term of 3 months, when he was again discharged. Not expecting his discharges would at any subsequent time be of service to him, he thinks the second was also sold to Alv. Steele. The third he does not recollect what became of it. He has no documentary evidence in his possession to prove his said services or any part thereof, nor does he know of any person within


HARRISON HERITAGE
p. 307 SEPTEMBER 1982

Thomas Harrison, NC - File # W360 - Cont.

his reach, by whom he can prove any part of his said services, except his brother Richard, who is a resident of Allen County, Kentucky, who's affidavit taken before John Jones and John Landey Esqs., Justices of the Peace of this County in hereto annexed, he informed that said affidavit is not as full and caplint (complete?) as it ought to be, but owing to his age and infirmity and the distance from thence to his brothers residence, it would be very inconvenient to procure his attendance here, or retake his affidavit.

He was born in Maryland about the year 1760 according to the family record of his age, in the possession of his son in Alabama. When called into service he resided in Lincoln County, North Carolina, as before stated. He continued to reside there for several years. Something upwards of 30 years ago, he removed to Warren County, Kentucky. From thence he removed to Franklin County, Tennessee, about 24 or 5 years ago. He removed from Tennessee back to Kentucky, resided there a short time, and removed to Indiana, then back to Kentucky--removed again to Missouri, and from thence to Alabama, where he resided about two years, and then returned to this County, where at present resides and has done so far the last two years. He hopes he is now settled for life, after rambling over almost all the Western and South Western States.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or anuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension rolls of the Agency of any State.

Sworn to and subscribed the
___ day and year aforesaid
E. Russell, Clerk
W. B. Wagner, Dto.

 

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We, George Roberts, a clergyman residing in Franklin County, and John Landey a Justice of the Peace, in and for said County whereby certify that we are well acquainted with Thomas Harrison who has subscribed and sworn to the above Declaration, that we believe him to be 73 years of age, that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood in which 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
E. Russell, Clerk
W. B. Wagner, Dto.

George Roberts
John (S?) andry (or Landry)

 

STATE OF TENNESSEE
County of Lincoln

On this 25th day of May 1839, before me the subscriber, a Justice of the Peace for the County of Franklin, personally appeard Thomas Harrison, who on his oath declares, that he is the same person, who formerly belonged to the Companies commanded by Captains George Smith and William Nail, in the Regiment commanded by Col. McDowell,


HARRISON HERITAGE
p. 308 SEPTEMBER 1982

Thomas Harrison, NC - File # W360 - Cont.

in the service of the United States, that his name was placed on the pension Roll of the State of Tennessee, that he received a Certificate of that fact, under the signature and seal, of the Secretary of War, which Certificate, on the ____ day of _____ 1838, he delivered to John Bell, with a power of Attorney to draw his service Annual Pension, that it was returned by said Bell, torn and defaced, to Esq. Mornay, this declarants agent, said Bell stating, as he was informed by his agent aforesaid that on his way to Nashville the papers got wet, and from that cause became defaced and torn. Part of said Certificate has been heretofore sent to the War Department.

 

Sworn to and subscribed
before me this 25th day of
May 1839
James Robinson JP

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Thomas X Harrison
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DECLARATION NANCY HARRISON, WIDOW, FILE # 9536

In order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress of March 3rd 1843 granting pensions to the windows of certain Revolutionary Soldiers.

State of Tennessee

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Grundy County }

On this 17th day of September, Eighteen Hundred and forty five, personally appeared before this subscriber, as Justice of the Peace for said County, Nancy Harrison a resident of the County and State aforesaid aged Eighty one years who being first duly sworn according to law, doth made the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of congress, passed March 3rd 1843, entitled an Act granting pensions to widows of certain Revolutionary Soldiers. That she is the widow of Thomas Harrison who was a private in the War of the Revolution and entered the service in Lincoln County, North Carolina and that she does not now recollect the services performed by her husband the said Thomas Harrison, but that he was placed on the pension list the 13th of September 1833, at the War Office of the United States upon his own Declaration and accompanying evidence, to which the Department is respectfully referred, and was allowed thirty Dollars per annum under the Act of 7th June 1832, at which time he resided in Franklin County, Tennessee, (now Grundy County). She further declares that she was married to the said Thomas Harrison in Lincoln County, N. Carolina in the Fall Season of 1784 and that her eldest child was born the _____ day of May 1786, and she further states they left the State of N. Carolina in the year 1795, and at that time had five living children. She further states that she knows of no person now living by whom she can prove her marriage and that she has no family record, nor any documentary evidence by which to make further proof. And she further declares that her husband the foresaid Thomas Harrison died on the 4th day of November 1839, that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service, but that the marriage took place previous to the first of January, seventeen hundred and ninety-four, towit, at the time above stated and still remains a widow.


HARRISON HERITAGE
p. 309 SEPTEMBER 1982
 

DECLARATION NANCY HARRISON, WIDOW, FILE # 9536

Sworn to and subscribed before me, Harris Gilliam a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, and I further certify that the said Nancy Harrison is from bodily infirmity and old age unable to attend Court.

 

Harris Gilliam
Justice of the Peace

Her
Nancy X Harrison
Mark

 

 

State of Tennessee

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Grundy County }

Personally appeared before me, Harris Gilliam a Justice of the Peace for said County Elizabeth McAlroy and med oath in due form of law, that she has been well acquainted with the claimant Nancy Harrison and her husband Thomas Harrison in the state of N. Carolina and that they then lived together as husband and wife and also since they came to Tennessee they have lived together until his death which occurred on the 4th day of November 1839. She further states when they left the State of N. Carolina, which was in the Fall Season of 1795, and does believe that they were married at the time. She has stated in her declaration (which has been read in her hearing) as her eldest child was about nine years old when they left the State of N. Carolina, and that the legality of the marriage has never been doubted in the neighborhood where they have resided.

Sworn to and subscribed before me
this 17th Day of September 1845
Harris Gilliam, Justice of the Peace

Elizabeth McAlroy

State of Tennessee

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Grundy County }

I, Susannah Sartain, do hereby certify that I have been personally acquainted with Thomas Harrison and Nancy Harrison in the State of N. Carolina, and do know that they lived together then as husband and wife from my first acquaintance with them in the year 1790 until 1795, when they left N. Carolina, and ever since till his death, which took place on the 4th day of November 1839, and that she still remains his widow.

Sworn to and subscribed before me
this 17th Day of September 1845
Harris Gilliam
Justice of the Peace

Susannah Sartain


Many thanks to Melody Deocampo for transcribing this issue.


HARRISON HERITAGE (ISSN 0740-9001) was a family genealogical quarterly.
Published in March, June, September and December 1981-1986.
RUTH HARRISON JONES, Editor and Publisher.

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