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Richard Harrison, wife Mary

Richard Harrison - Revolutionary War Record from National Archives, Washington D.C. File W 3807 Wife, Mary


State of Virginia, Albemarle County?

Richard Harrison of Albemarle in the State of Virginia who was a pri in the company Captain Saunders of the Reg't Col. Thaxton in the Virginia line for 23 mons & 4 days......

On this thirteenth day of October in the 1832 personally appeared in open court before Lucas B. Thompson Esq. Judge of the Circuit Superior Court --(unreadable) for said county now -- Richard Harrison age (75) 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 the seventh, 1832.

That he was born in the County of Goochland and State of Virginia on the 10th of December 1757. That about the fall of the year 1775 he removed to the County of Caswell North Carolina In March 1776 he volunteered against the forces who rose in that State to protect the Governor and marched to Hillsborough under Cap Adam Saunders and at Hillsborough the troops were organized and marked to Cross Creek in the same State His Major was named William Moore and his Col Thaxton(?) At Cross Creek intelligence was received of the defeat of the losses ? at a place called Song Bridge in Said State by Colonel Caswell. he then marched back to Caswell County under the same officers and was discharged after being gone five or six weeks. The same fall about the last of November or first of December of same year he marched from the County of Pittsylvania, Virginia to Georgia under command of Capt John Dooley, --Burwell Smith, when he reached Georgia Capt Thomas Dooley was placed over him, who was killed by the Indians. he had enlisted in the Continental service for eighteen months he was afterwards commanded by Capt Burwell Smith who had been promoted after Capt Dooley was killed They were attached to no Regiment as he knows of He once saw a man who reviewed the troops soon after they reached Georgia and who was called a Colonel, but he was attached to no other troops but the two companies which marched with to Georgia The troops were promised a bounty of two horses acre of land which he has never received and a monied bounty of eight dollars which was all he received for his service He continued to serve the eighteen months in Georgia and was discharged in Wilkes County some time in the Spring of 1778 which discharge he has lost. After being discharged in Georgia he came home when Gen Green was sent to command the army in the South he was drafted in the Militia from the County of Pittsylvania Virginia under command of Capt James Turnover ? Turner to the siege of '96 He marched first to Guilford court house North Carolina, thence to Salisbury thence to Charlottes Town this side Calawaba river, thence to '96 He continued there till the seige was raised by Gen Green and he then marched to the high hills of Santee there the home of the Virginia militia to which he was attached was nearly --?-- and he was sent on with some British prisoners to Salisbury, and thence on to Virginia where he was relieved by other troops near the place of his residence in Pittsylvania County and the prisoners were sent across the mountains towards Winchester, Virginia. he was in the service this tour three months and eight days this was in the year 1781. In September of that same year he took the place of his employer John Lewis who was drafter in the militia and marched to the seige of York and remained there till the surrender of Cornwallis, when he marched to ?olound ferry on the Po-- with some prisoners where he was discharged which discharge he now proceeds to the court(cannot read)--forgets the name--Colonel, this last hour---He removed from Pittsylvania to the county of Albemarle in the fall of 1784 and has lived here ever since - He has no other positive proof of his services but his lost discharge, and can only refer to the ---certificates of persons to whom he is known and who will vouch for his respectability and voracity He hereby relinquishes any claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and vouches his name is not or the pension rolls of the agency of any state Richard Harrison Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid. And thereupon the following interrogatories were propositioned to the said Richard Harrison

  1. Where and in what year were you born?
    Ans. In the County of Goochland State of Virginia on 10th December 1757

  2. Have you any record of your age and if so where is it?
    Ans. I have, it was in the possession of my mother, who died about 18 months since and I have not seen it since.

  3. Where were you living when called into service, where have you lived since the Revolutionary War, and where do you live now?
    Ans. I was living in the county of Caswell, North Carolina when I first entered the service, and afterwards in the County of Pittsylvania Virginia I have lived since the revolution in the counties of Pittsylvania, Albemarle Virginia and now live in the latter.

  4. How were you called into the service, were you drafted, did you volunteer, or were you a substitute?
    Ans. I first volunteered, I then enlisted and in the last tour I was a substitute

  5. State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops where you served, such Continental & Militia Regiments as you can recollect other general circumstances of your service
    Ans. When I marched as a volunteer in March 1776 i was commanded by Captain ? Saunders?, Major William Moore and Col Thaxton - afterward say in the fall of 1776 I was commanded by Cap't Dooley---Smith-- The 2nd tour 1781 I was commanded by Cap't James Turner and afterwards by Cap't Flemming Bates who gave---written discharge here produced to the court

  6. Did you ever receive a written discharge from the service and if so by whom was it given and what has become of it?
    Ans. I did receive one written discharge as above stated.

  7. State the names of persons to whom you are ---in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for veracity and their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution
    Ans. John Gos { } Richard Duke

I John Gos { } a clergyman residing in the County of Albemarle in State of Virginia do ... that acquainted with Richard Harrison...sworn to the above declaration, that I believe him to be seventy years of age, that he is reputed and behaved in the neighborhood where he resides have been a soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur that opinion.

Many thanks to Sharon Leonard for transcribing and submitting this application.

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