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Clabourn Johnson:S16892: VA Line soldier was born in 1760 Goochland Co. Va and he lived there at enlistment and later moved to Chesterfield Co. Va During the Revolutionary War and after the Revolution he lived in Goochland, Hanover, Louisa and Nelson Counties then moved to Howard Co. Mo and he applied there 1839 Sept 23. Pg 1843 Abstract of Rev. War Pension Files Abstract of Rev. War Pension Files





Micah Johnson R5648 VA Line: 1756 Aug 14 born in New Kent Co. Va and he lived there at enlistment and after Revolution he moved to Franklin Co. Va and in 1822 he moved to Patrick Co. Va and in 1828 he moved to Howard Co. Mo. He applied there 1834 Aug. 6 Abstract of Rev. War Pension Files


on this 6th day of August 1834 personally appeared before the county court of the

county of Howard in the State of Missouri Micah Johnson a resident of the county and state aforesaid aged seventy seven years on the 14th day of August last, 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.


That he was living in the County of New Kent in the State of Virginia at the commencement of the Revolutionary war, that in the year 1775 a company of men then called minute men was raised and organized in the county of New Kent for the defense of the country against the British and placed under the command of Captain Robert Turner. that this affiant was at the organization of this company drafted into it as a private and served under the same captain during the whole of his military service. that about the year 1775 (the precise time he cannot recollect) he was called into actual service and marched with his company under the command of Captain Robert Turner to a place in New Kent County, Virginia, called the “long bridge” across the Chickohomoney [sic:

Chickahominy] River for the purpose of defending the country against an expected attack from the British. that during this tour he was in actual service at least a month & a half. That he afterwards on two different occasions went in the same company under the command of the same captain to the same place for the purpose of defending the country against attacks of the British troops and was in actual service during these two last mentioned tours first was four months, but he cannot recollect the precise times at which he rendered these services. Afterwards in the year 1781 when Lord Cornwallis marched into Virginia he was again in actual service as a drafted militia man in a company commanded by Capt Robert Turner and marched as far as Williamsburgh [sic: Williamsburg] in Virginia and was stationed there during part of the time that Lord Cornwallis was besieged in Yorktown, and that about ten day before the capture

of Cornwallis [on 19 Oct 1781] this affiant was taken sick and permitted by his captain to return home. that he was in actual service as a private upon this occasion at least two months and a half. This affiant does not recollect that he ever received any written discharge. if he did, he has long since lost it. he knows of no living witness by whom he can prove his services as a revolutionary soldier and in consequence of his great age and consequent loss of memory he is unable to give a more circumstantial statement of his services as a soldier of the revolutionary war.


He cannot state with precission the length of his several services in the war but

according to the best of his recollection he served not less than the period mentioned below as a private.


For eight months he served upon four several occassions as a drafted militiaman under

Capt Robert Turner & for these services he claims a pension.

To the several questions directed to be propounded by the court the applicant answers


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1 . He was born on the 14 of August 1746 in New Kent County in the State of Virginia

2. He has no record of his age

3. He was living in New Kent County, Virginia at the several times when he was called into the service. Since the revolutionary war he removed to Franklin County Virginia, resided there until the year 1822, then removed to Patrick County in the same State where he resided until the year 1828 when he removed to Howard County in the State of Missouri where he now resides

4. He was drafted each service.

5. He cannot recollect the names of any of the regular officers with whom he served.

6. He does not recollect that he ever received a written discharge

7th. He states that he is known in his present neighbourhood with Reverend William M. Burton and Mr. John De hart and to James Hall (the second of whom has known him twenty and the latter fifteen years) who can testify as to his character for truth and veracity and their belief of his services a soldier of the revolution.


He knows of no living witness by whom he can prove his services aforesaid.


He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity except the

present and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any State.


Micah Johnson his X mark


Southern Campaign American Revolution Pension Statements


Pension Application of Micah Johnson: R5648

Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris


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James Johnson S16891 Va line: Soldier was born in 1759 Louisa Co. Va and was raised in Bedford Co. Va. And he was living with a brother (not named) in Amherst Co. at enlistment and after the Revolution lived in Campbell CO. Va. The part which was formerly a part of Bedford Co. Va. For 2 years. He then moved to SC for 6 years then moved to Sullivan Co. Tn for 33 years. Then moved to Wayne Co. Ky then moved to Washington Co, Mo. He applied there 1833 Feb 5, in 1833 soldiers brother John Johnson was of Washington CO. Mo, and in 1833 a James J. Johnson was a JP from Washington Co. Mo, but no relationship to soldier was stated. Abstract of Rev. War Pension Files




William Johnson, Margetta Johnson: W1051 VA Line soldier was born in 1762 in Fairfax Co. Va and he lived there at enlistment and in 1783 he moved to KY where he lived in different counties but most of the time in Harrison Co. KY and in 1829 he moved to Marion Co. Mo. He applied 1832 Nov 13 and he was referred to as William Johnson Sr. Soldier married Margeretta daughter of Peter Tittle at whose home they were married in Bourbon Co. The part that became Harrison CO. Ky. Soldier died 1838 June 19 in Marion Co. Mo. Widow applied 1843 Oct 2 Lewis Co. Mo. Age 73, was living with a son John C. Johnson and she was still there in 1848 she died prior to 1855. Abstract of Rev. War Pension Files




Francis Johnston and wife Hannah: W13585 and rej.#5614 NC Line:  soldier was born in 1761 in Bute Co.NC and he lived in Rowan Co. NC at enlistment. Soldier applied 1834 March 19 Ashe Co. NC age 73, in 1834 Jan. Widow applied. 1853 June 30 Schuyler Co. Mo. Age 72. Soldier and widow had married 1807 Dec 22 in Wilkes Co. NC and soldier died 1846 Sept. 22 Pg 1861; 1855 Abstract of Rev. War Pension Files


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State of North Carolina, County of Ashe: Superior Court of Law Spring Term 1834


On this the 19th day of March 1834 personally appeared in open Court, before His Honor Robert Strange Judge of the Court now sitting for the said County of Ashe, Francis Johnson [sic], a resident of the said County aged 73 years in January last, 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 7, A.D. 1832.


That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers &

served as herein stated.


That he first entered the service of the United States as a volunteer militia man for a tour

of 3 [months?], in the County of Rowan in North Carolina, in the latter in the year 1778 -- under Captain John Sloan, Lieutenant Walter Sharpe, under Colonel Rutherford of Rowan -- the militia organized at Charlotte in Mecklenburg County NC whence they marched to Camden in South Carolina, thence to the vicinity of Charleston in the early part of the year 1779 -- and after some time marched towards Savannah in Georgia, the British being there posted at that time, and a few days were marched back towards Charleston, on account of Tories doing mischief -- remained a few days at a small town called Dodgester [sic, Dorchester] near Bacon's Bridge on Ashley River

-- where his first tour of service expired he having served during the whole of the said tour of 3 months as orderly Sergeant.


That he immediately again entered the service as volunteer for 6 months, near Charleston

under a Continental Captain whose name was Michael McQueen, Lieutenant James Clark, under the command of Colonel William Montell who was employed in directing fortifications at that place. This was in the Spring of 1779 -- There being a Regiment of NC militia Commanded by Colonel Archibald Litles [Lytle] of Hillsboro NC -- who was a regular officer as this applicant believes: -- having served till the beginning of September, when Count d'Estaing landed his forces and joined General Lincoln -- and laid siege to Savannah -- where Count Pulaski fell -- General Lincoln then marched to Charleston, where General Huggins with his Regiment from the North joined him -- Sir Henry Clinton arrived and landed his forces in the vicinity of Charleston in February 1780 about which time or not long before, the 6 months tour for which this applicant had engaged expired -- during the whole of which service this applicant served as a

private, and continued with the Army until the landing of Clinton as aforesaid -- at which time Captain George Lowman from Salisbury NC and Captain Barnet Pullum from Granville County NC (both said captains having been of Colonel Lytle's Regiment -- most of the militia being then discharged) beat up for volunteers -- each raised a company for 3 months service, in order to see the event of the siege of Charleston then expected -- this applicant volunteered then and there under the said Captain George Lowman for 3 months -- received the appointment of sergeant major in which capacity he served until Charleston fell into the hands of the Enemy. This applicant in the capacity aforesaid and under the said General Lincoln was stationed in Charleston when Governor Moultrie -- then acting as Colonel with his brave comrades defended the Fort of Sullivan's Island against the attack of the British Squadron, when the British ship Action was blown up.1 On the 30th day of March Clinton fronted [?] Charleston by land between Ashley & Cooper rivers & commenced Blockading the town -- then a detachment of

800 [could be 300] men was ordered up Cooper River to a placed called Hobcoy point [sic, Hobcaw or Lampriers Point], to guard said place in order to secure an opening to the town -- this applicant was sent with said detachment, commanded by Captain William Hughes & Major Johnson this was in April 1780 -- the said detachment defended the place aforesaid as long as could be done the Enemy having demanded a surrender of the fort -- which was refused and an engagement ensued which resulted in a repulse of the enemy, but the next evening the British Army being close at hand & threatening to take the little fort by storm, the defendants, abandoned the place for Charleston in small boats on Cooper River -- the boat containing this applicant and 75 others of the detachment aforesaid, fell into the hands of the enemy that night, and was conveyed to the British fleet and held as prisoners of war on board the Renown a 50 gun Ship of the said fleet -- thence taken across the Bay to John's Island & on by land 16 miles to Stono Harbor where the British Squadron then lay -- where this applicant -- was put on board a

prison ship and detained until after the surrender of Charleston, on 11 of May 1780 [sic, May 12, 1780] -- In June he was taken to Charleston then in possession of the foe at that time most of the militia prisoners were paroled, and this applicant also applied for a parole but was refused in consequence of his being an officer & that he was not in the capitulation, he being prisoner before -- he was there detained as prisoner until some time in July when he effected his escape from Charleston & came home to Rowan County North Carolina. -- After the battle at Guilford C. H. N. C. in March 1781 -- there being a call for volunteers -- This applicant again volunteered for 3 months -- in the month of June 1781 under Captain Richard Dowel , & Colonel Francis Lock [sic, Francis Locke] -- in Rowan County marched on to South Carolina & put under the command of Colonel Malmedei [sic, Malmedy] a Frenchman -- joined the Army under General Green [sic, Nathanael Greene] in the first of August -- in this tour I served as a private until the

8th of September, when this applicant was appointed Lieutenant -- & was immediately marched to front [?] the Enemy’s lines at the Eutaw Springs -- where the battle commenced -- between the British under General Stewart & the Americans under General Greene in the said battle this applicant was wounded by a shot in the left elbow -- which wound has ever since deprived him of the use of his left arm he was then conveyed to the Hospital in Camden thence sent home to Rowan County NC and was confined in consequence of his wound for more that [than] 12 months --

This applicant from great age and the consequent loss of memory cannot precisely state

the whole of his service -- but swears that they he served as above stated at least –

3 months first tour -- as orderly Sergeant

6 months 2nd do -- as private

5 do 3rd do -- including in imprisonment as Sergeant major

3 months -- 4th tour as private

1 Applicant is confusing Moultrie’s defense of Sullivan’s Island which occurred when the British first attempted to

take Charleston in the summer of 1776 with the later siege of Charleston in the late winter and early spring of 1780.

1 day as Lieutenant

In all 17—1 day

besides the time and the Hospital &c in consequence of his wound --

Answer to 1 Question -- I was born in Bute County NC in the year 1761


2 do -- I had a record of my age made in my father's Bible, which Bible is now in possession of a niece of this applicant and a copy of the said record is in my possession at my house


3 do I lived in Rowan County NC when first called into service, since the Revolutionary War I lived in the same vicinity until the year 1815 when I removed to Ashe County NC where I am now reside.


4 I volunteered every time


5 besides the officers already mentioned I knew General Marion, Pickens, Sumpter [sic, Thomas Sumter], Colonels Campbell, Williams, Lee, and Anderson, William Washington of the Lt. Horse -- all officers of the line -- and as this applicant believes that most of these were with him in the battle at the Eutaw Springs –


6. -- I never received a written discharge except one given by Colonel William Montell at

Charleston -- which discharge is lost or mislaid long ago –


 I received no commission as Lieutenant being wounded & disabled the day after

appointment to that office


 I did receive from Colonel Lytle a commission or some writing confirming the office of

Sergeant major -- which writing is also lost or mislaid


 My service were [sic] proven in Salisbury Rowan County North Carolina, by those who served with me at Eutaw Springs -- and as to my services at Charleston & other places I know of no person now living by whom I can prove the same except by my own oath --


I first obtained a state pension of $3 per month on account of my wounds -- which

pension in 1822 was transferred to the Gen. Government, and I am now on the pension Roll of the agency of North Carolina as per Certificate in my possession which was given at the war office of the United States on the 3rd of December 1822 registered in Book B Vol. 9 Page 12 – at $4.80/100 per month --


He relinquishes every claim to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that

his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state territory or district except as above mentioned on the rolls of the North Carolina agency -- which he does not relinquish if he can consistent with the laws of his country claim that in addition to the present claim --


Sworn to and subscribed in open Court the day and year first above written


I am well known to Colonel George Bower and John Gambill persons of my

neighborhood who can & citizens of my neighborhood who will testify as to my veracity & their belief of my services.


Test. S/ Francis Johnston


S/ R. Gentry, Clk


[George Bower & John Gambill gave the standard supporting affidavit.]


 [On February 1847 in Ashe County, North Carolina, Hannah Johnston, widow of Francis

Johnston, filed stating that her husband died September 22, 1846 in the 86th year of his age a pensioner of the US at the rate of $4.80/month; that she married her husband on December 22, 1807 in Wilkes County, NC by Wm. P. Waugh, JP.]


 [On June 30, 1853 in Schuyler County Missouri, Hannah Johnston, 72, made claim for a widow's pension stating that she is the widow of Francis Johnston a pensioner of the United States; that she married him December 22 1807; that her husband died September 22, 1846.]


Southern Campaign American Revolution Pension Statements


Pension application of Francis Johnston (Johnson) S13585 Hannah fn37NC


Transcribed by Will Graves 10/28/08


Colonel George Bower

John Gambill