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Thomas Hale Pension File

At a Superior Court of Law for the County of Franklin _______? ________? at the courthouse the 21st day of October 1818.

Thomas Hale, of this county, this day made oath in Court, that he was enlisted in Orange County, NC by Laurence Thompson a Lieutenant in Capt. Alfred Moore's Company and 1st Regiment of provincial troops, for the balance of the term of one year, which said troops had to serve, and joined the Regiment at head quarters near Wilmington on Cape Fear River in said state, in the month of September, thence marched to Brunswick, where he staid til spring, thence marched to near the cross creek against the Scotts, who we embodied under McCloud thence back to Wilmington, thence to Charlestown, SC, under the command of Genl Charles See, in the year 1776, that after the Battle of the 28 June 1776 on Sullivants Island, he among the rest of the NC Troops, were sent to Hadrel's Point, from thence to Sullivants Island, where he was taken sick and sent to the General Hospital, where he remained with many others, until the NC troops marched to the north, leaving their sick behind, with leave for such as recovered, to put the remainder of their line in the service to the south, That in the latter end of the year 1776, he jointed the 5th South Carolina Regiment, commanded by Col. Isaac Hugar, and in Capt. James Conger's company of Grenadiers for the term of three years, thence he marched to Savannah, George where the Americans had two engagements with the British and lost 87 rank & file, thence march back to Charlestown S.C. under the command of Genl Howe, where he left us under the command of Genl Benjamin Lincoln, and in 1778 or 1779 marched back to Georgia, where with the French troops they attempted to take the Town of Savannah from the Enemy by storm, but were repulsed, after this defeat were marached back to Charlestown S.C. where his Regiment was reduced and he was put in the 1st under the command of Col Charles Cotesworth Pinkney and in Capt. Thomas Gadsden's Company from thence were marched to fort Moultrie, where they had an engagement with the British fleet, after this were sent back to Charlestown for its defence, but after a long seige were compelled to surrender it for want of provisions. That his term of service expired about Christmas 1779, but upon the solicitations of Col. Pinkney, he among others remained in the service until Charlestown was surrendered as above mentioned, when he did on the 12 day of May 1780, apply to Col. Pinkney for his discharge and obtained it which said discharge, he has since lost. That after he obtained his discharge, in order to affect his escape believing that the regulars would not be paroled, and that the militia could be, he parted with his uniform and disguised himself as a Militia man, and was paroled with Col. Hugh Tennin's regiment from Orange County N.C. That he is worth only a small tract of land of about 96 acres, two cows, one work ox, sixteen head of hogs, eight sheep, that he is in the sixtieth year of his age, that he came to the County of Franklin, Va. in the year 1799 and acted as a bugle man in Capt. Daniel Smith's company of militia.

It also appeared from the Testimony of Hannah Gillaspie a sister of the said Thomas Hale, that she well remembers when he was enlisted by Lawrence Thompson, who has some short time before been the schoolmate of her said Brother, and the son of her neighbour, and that he was four years and seven months absent from home, and as she supposed in the Militia service, that she saw her said Brothers parole by Clinton the commander of the Enemy and his discharge by Charles Cotesworth Pinkney.

The said Thomas Hale having been known to the Court for about fifteen years, who never heard anything to his prejudice is a man of truth, and that his Land lies in a part of the County where it is not considered as valuable, and the Court consider his property to be such as he has himself state it to be.
Whereupon it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that the said Thomas Hale served at least nine months as a private in the Regular army against the Brith during the war of the revolution. It is ordered that the foregoing statement and Testimony be transmitted to the Department of War.
Teste, Caleb Tate, Clk Franklin
Superior Court of Law


District of Virginia
Franklin County, Court

On this third day of July 1821 personally appeared in open court, being the Superior Court of law for the County of Franklin, and court of records, Thomas Hale aged sixty three years, an applicant for a pension from the government of the United States for military services performed during the revolutionary war, and gave in the following schedule of his property and effects, to wit.

A Tract of Land containing Ninety acres more or less of the value
not yet paid for 96.00
one horse purchased on the credit of his pension 36.50
eight head of cattle 48.00
Twenty one head of hogs 31.50
eight head of sheep 10.00
Two potts 4.66
Two oxens 3.00
Two wheels/one flax & one cotton 3.50
Knives, forks & spoons, dishes & plates 4.00
Total $237.82

and that he has purchased meat and bread on the faith of his pension to the amount of fifty or sixty dollars, which remains yet unpaid. He also declares on oath that his family consists of himself, his wife and seven children, the oldest a boy about fifteen years of age, the next, a boy about thirteen years of age, the third a boy about eleven years of age, the fourth a daughter about eight years old, the fifth a boy about six years old, the seventh a boy about four years old, and the seventh a boy between one and two years old.
Thomas Hale

He also took and subscribed in open court on the same day the following oath.
I Thomas Hale do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the eighteenth day of March 1818, and that I have not since that time by gift, sale or any other manner whatever, disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the revolutionary war and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me, any property or securities, contracts or debts due to me, nor have I any income other than what it contained in the Schedule hereto answered and by me subscribed.
Thomas Hale

Thomas Hale of Franklin Co. in the State of Virginia who was a private in the company commanded by Captain (blank) of the regiment commanded by Colonel Huges in the S. Carolina and N. Carolina line, for the term of four years.
Inscribed on the Roll of Virginia at the rate of eight Dollars per month, to commence on the 21st day of October 1818.
Certificate of Pension issued the 1st of February 1819 and sent to Hon. W.A. Burwell, House of Rep.
Restored to the Roll on 15 day of February 1831 and notification sent to Hon. N. H. Claiborne at House of Rep.
Pension commencing on the 28th of January 1831.
Amount due on 4th of September 1831 $58.06

Copy of Original Application for Widow's Pension

Application of a Widow of a Deceased Soldier, Sailor or Marine for a Pension

I, Viola Ann Hale residing at Terry's Fork in the County of Floyd in State of Virginia, do hereby apply for and under an act of the General assembly entitled "an act to give aid to soldiers , sailors or marines of Virginia maimed or disabled in the war between the States, and to the widows of Virginia soldiers, sailors and marines who lost their lives in said war in the military service", and I do swear that I am the widow of John P. Hale who was a member of Company 24 Virginia Regiment and who, while in the discharge of his duty in military service during the late war between the States, lost his life, and I do further swear that I am not receiving aid from or a pension from any State or from the United States, and that I do not hold any national, State or county office which pays me in fees or salary over Three hundred dollars; that my income from any source amounts to Three hundred dollars; and that I do not own in my own right property of the assessed value of $1,000.00; and that I am now entitled to receive annually the sum of Thirty Dollars under the terms of the aforesaid act of the General Assembly.

And I do further swear that the following answers are true:

1st What was the name of the applicant's deceased husssband?  John P. Hale
2d When and where, as nearly as can be ascertained, did the applicant's husband die, and from what cause?  in 1862 Richmond, jaundice in hospital
3d When and where were the applicant and her deceased husband married? In 1848 in Patrick Co., Virginia
4th Has the applicant ever married again?  no

Viola Ann Hale

I W.L. Howard, Judge of the ? Court for the County of Floyd do certify that Viola Ann Hale, whose name is signed to the foregoing application personally appeared before me in open court, and, having the said application fully read and explained to her as well as the statements and answers therein made, she the said Viola Ann Hale made oath before me that said statements and answers are true.

Given under my hand the 15 day of June 1888.

W. L. Howard

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