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Pension Application of Robert Johnson: S1838

Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris

State of Tennessee}  SS On this 13th day of August 1832 Presonally appeared in open
Knox County}                            Court before me Samuel Powell one of the Circuit Judges of law and equity in and for the state of Tennessee and for the first Judicial Circuit in the Circuit Court now sitting Robert Johnston a resident of the County and State aforesaid in the said County and state aged 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 passd June 7th 1832  That he entered the service of the united states under the following named officers and served as herein stated  He lived in Bedford County Virginia at which place he volunteerd on the 21st day of September 1780 under Capt Jacob Early in Col Linchs [sic: Charles Lynch’s] Regiment of volunteers & Riflemen  Marched to Petersburgh [sic: Petersburg] Va., had our head quarters about two miles from Petersburgh  was in no battle  lay there till we were discharged which discharge bears date december 21st 1780 signed by W Leftwich Liut Col and accompanies this declaration  Sirved at the above tower three months when we arrived at Petersburgh we joined Gen’l [Robert] Lawson and went under the command of the regular officers
Again while living at the same place in the Spring of 1781 voluntered under Capt Bowen Price in Col Linches Regiment of Rifle men marched to North Carolina to Gilford [sic: Guilford Courthouse] and on Haw River after Cornwallaces [sic: Cornwallis’s] men we joined Col [William] Washington who commanded a troop of horse and a number of infantry  we was then under his command  he Johnston was in the battle at Gilford [15 March 1781]  Genl [Nathanael] Green was commander in chief  we were defeated  we then pursued Cornwallace across deep River and lay in the neighbourhood of the fall of that River [at Ramsey’s Mill above the confluence with Haw River] till it was understood that Cornwallace went on board of his vessels at Cross Creek [present Fayetteville]  he was there honouraby but verbally discharged  Served three months  Prooves that he was in the battle of Gilford by James Crews  He served in the whole six months  He has his discharge as to the first tour above written and can proove his actual service in the battle of Gilford by James Crews  he has no other documentary evidence nor he knows of no other person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his actual service  He hereby relinquishes his every claim whatever 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
There is no clergyman living amediately in his neighbourhood nor he knows of none by whom he can proove the report[?] of his actual service
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid         [signed] Robert Johnson
NOTE: A typed summary adds that Robert Johnson was born in Albemarle County VA on 7 April 1759 and moved from Bedford County VA to Knox County TN in 1787.