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Revolutionary War Pension Application of

William Martin

who served in the American Revolution

from Anson County, NC and died in Montgomery, AL


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Application of William Martin                                  
(from National Archives pension application file S27.556 [North Carolina])


The State of Alabama
Montgomery County
        The application of William Martin made on this the 20th of January
AD 1833 before Benajah L. Bibb, Judge of the county court for the county
aforesaid on oath in order to obtain the benefit of the act of congress
approved July 3rd 1832 the said application being made in open court--
        I am seventy years of age - according to my father's register - This register is in the possession of Walter Ross of Autauga County -- I entered the service of the US during the revolution in my 17th year--My captain was John DeJarnette, my Colonel was Thomas Wade, my major was Jonathan Jackson.   This was in Anson County, North Carolina.  I remained in the service about
two years in the military as a volunteer.  I was in one engagement against old Col. McNeile, a Tory Col. at a place called Bette's Bridge and Drowning Creek.  My service was in Richmond and Anson Countys in North Carolina.  Walter Ross of Autauga County knows of my services -- Jonathan Jackson of
Anson County probably is living.  He knows of my services --I was in a great number of skirmishes but was in no engagements as I before stated --
My officers were as before mentioned and was services was principly against the Tories.  I never received a regular discharge--my name is not on the pension role of any state & I do hereby expressly relinquish any claim that I have to any except the present-






                        Wm Martin


sworn & subscribed in open court
Benajah L. Bibb
John Goldthwaite - citizen
Peyton Bibb - clergyman


The State of Alabama
Montgomery County
        The supplemental declaration of William Martin made on oath in
Montgomery, Alabama before the Judge of the County & Orphans Court of the said county in the open court this 30th day May AD 1834 in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832--Applicant states that he was born in Caroline County Virginia and in 1774 his father moved to North Carolina.  Applicant states that he is now near seventy two years of age that his fathers register is in the hand of Walter Ross of Autauga County in this state.  I entered the service of the United States in my seventeeth year which was in 1777.  This was in Anson County, North Carolina.  I was drafted as a militiaman & in my first turn I served three months.  The principal engagements in which I was was at Bette's bridge in the year '78 or 1779 - I was engaged in the service during the whole war at short intervals.  However it was found necessary to raise a scouting
party or to go Tory driving I was called and sometime we were engaged two, three, four & eight weeks at a time.  I think I may say with safety that I was in active service for more than two years--Our business was to prevent the gathering of the tories in any strength in Richmond & Anson counties. I
stated before that I could not tell the active & specific periods when I was in the service.  The periods of service were short & at short intervals & all I could say with any degree of propriety is that I was engaged more
than half of my time from the year 1777 to 1781- My officers I have before mentioned.  The grown sons & family of DeJarnette now live in Autauga County in this state and are all acquainted with me.  They can state that
it was the current report on any of this.  They knew me that I was always passed as a good whig  He was my captain off. & an for more than four years
-  My name is not of the pension of any state & I relinquish all claim to any ppension but this-- that he has lived in this county four years & in the State seventeen years.  He lived in Autauga Co before moving to this --
sworn to in Open Court                                                         his






                                                                Wm Martin


Brief in the case of William Martin
County of Montgomery in the State of Alabama
(Act 7th June, 1832)
1.  Was the declaration made before a Court or a Judge?  Court
2.  If before a Judge, does it appear that the applicant is disabled by
bodily infirmity? -------------
3.  How old is he?   70
  State his service, as directed in the form annexed.
     Period  Vol.
     Duration of Service - about two years
     Rank  private
     Names of General and Field Officers under whom he served:
     Capt DeJarnette, Col Wade
5.  In what battles was he engaged?  Bettsbridge & Drowning Creek with the
  Where did he reside when he entered the service?  Anson Cty, NC
7.  Is his statement supported by living witnesses by documentary proof, by
traditionary evidence, by incidental evidence, or by the rolls?
  Are the papers defective as to form or authentication?  and if so, in
what respect?  Correct, except that he has not stated correctly the date of
the Law under which he claims.
  Certify that the foregoing statement and the answers agree with the
evidence in the case above mentioned.
                                                       F. Waugh, Examining
                                                       March 6, 1833


The State of Alabama
Montgomery County
        Before me Thomas Durden a Justice of the peace in and for the said
county personally appeared William Martin who maketh oath & saith that by
reason of old age and the consequent upon of memory he cannot swear
positively to the precise time of service that he performed in the war of
the Revolution.  But according to the best of his recollection he was
engaged for more than two years from the year 1778 til 1783 when peace was
made.  The fidderent town of servoce were short sometimes for a week and
occasionally for three months as the experiences of the case requered - I
know that almost if not fully half my time was employed in this manner. Our
object was to prevent the gathering of tories in the counties & thier
neighborhood as apecified in my declaration.  In every expidition except one in I was under the command of Capt DeJarnette  In the excepted case I was under the command of Capt George Wilson acquired provisions that had been collected for the use of the army of Genl Gates.  I was thus employed
for two weeks.  The provisions wereremoved & the company of Wilson disbanded
--After this I was called out under DeJarnette to go after the tories under Col McNeille-  The British men were in our part of the country.  Our only  service was performed against the tories.  Our Col was Col Thomas Wade & he
caused us to be called out whenever the country required our aid---To state with precision when I was called out is more than I can do I went whenever my officers said it was necessary & when our duty was done he disbanded us
--If this Statement will get me a pension I shall be thankful I have never received any pay for my duty performed by me.  If it is not sufficient I have no other.  I cannot remember every little particular that may now be necessary--
sworn to before me 1 August 1834
Th Durden, J.P.






                         William Martin


                                           Montgomery              August
9th 1834
      I enclose to you the papers of Wm Martin. Then on some considerations
connected with this application which I wish to submit to the Department.

If its head could converse with Mr Martin I am satisfied that his pension
would be granted without hesitation.  The family of the person referred to
in his declaration resides in the county adjoining and are well known to
the court to have been in the war of the Revolution and has served in the
army of the US  I refer to the DeJarnettes.  The son of Col McNeill
formerly represented Autauga County a county adjoining this & it is well
known that his father was a tory-----The mention of these facts would
-(can't read this)-------- -------another enquiry in the Court & no man
could be found who would don to refer to families whom princibily run well
known unless the facts stated were true.  The undersaid who has made the application has resided in this county for a number of years.  He is a poor man & too illiterate to fabricate any story - He is conscientous & was
unwilling to state with more positivity than he has done the periods that he served.  It must have been obvious to the Department that when friends
are being committee that "declarations" have been rather overcharged with details then otherwise--Every circumstance stated by Martin may be sit down or strictly true. His character to which the completed testimony by him obtained warrants the opinion that he would not make any application for a
benefit unless he considered himself entitled to it.
        I am very Respectfullly,
                         John A. Campbell








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