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William Johnsonís Declaration

Of his Revolutionary War Record

 

At a Court of Monthly Sessions for Goochland County & State of Virginia, this day personally appeared before this Court of said county and made the following declaration on oath, that he enlisted in the Army of the United States in the Continental Service in the County of Charlotte in said State of Virginia in the winter of 1775-6 for two years under a certain Captain Brent, most commonly called by his soldiers, Capt. Brunt.His first Lieutenant was Edmond Read, of said County of Charlotte, the Second Lieutenantís name not recollected.His Ensign was named Thomas Spencer.The Company marched from Charlotte Courthouse the latter end of that winter, or the ensuing spring, to Portsmouth in Virginia, and embodied in a Regiment under Colonel Adam Stephens called the 4th Virginia Regiment, and remained under his command till the Army left Portsmouth & sailed up the bay to the head of Elk with said Col. Stephens & Col. Robert Lawson & remained in service till the army marched to Valley Forge to take up winter quarters.He was in the action when the Hessianís were taken at Trenton, was in the Cannonade the evening before the battle at Princeton and was in the battle at Princeton the succeeding morning.Was in a number of skirmishes during that winter, some of them pretty warm and in the succeeding campaign was in the battle of Brandywine and Germantown.While at Valley Forge re-enlisted for the term of three years under Maj. William Washington, afterwards Col. William Washington, in the 4th Regiment of Light Dragoons commanded by Col. Moiland and Col. White.During the (then) term of three years there was very little fighting to the North, nothing more than skirmishes about the line.He continued in the Army till his term of enlistment expired, was regularly discharged and returned home.Soon after returning home performed a short tour in the militia of two months under the command of General La Fayette.After that time he voluntarily performed a tour of eighteen months, having marched from Cumberland Old Courthouse in Virginia, to Georgia under the command of Col. Posey.Was in two or three skirmishes with the British & Creek Indians.After the term expired, he marched in a body, to Cumberland Courthouse in Virginia and was there discharged, having received word of peace in Georgia at the very spot where the Indians attacked us.He further states that he is now in his seventy third year and is becoming almost blind and unable to perform any labor, having children with a very small estate, that yields little or no profit and before his late affliction could with difficulty support himself and his family by hard labor and the most prudent economy.

 

And at a Court held for the said County 20th August 1832.

On this 20th day of August 1832, application was made to this Court on behalf of William Johnson in order to obtain a pension under the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832, as a Revolutionary soldier, and the Court being satisfied from the affidavits of Doctor Richard W. Royster and James Pleasants, that the said William Johnson is unable to appear before this Court which this Court is satisfied contains the truth.

 

And the said Court do hereby declare this opinion that the above named William Johnson was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he then stated.

I, William Miller, Clerk of the Court of Goochland, do certify that the foregoing proceedings are truly copies from the records of the said Court

 

In Testimony whereof, I have hereunto

Set my hand and seal of office

this 29th day of August 1832

 

Wm Miller