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RICHARD RUSHING

Revolutionary War Veteran of Anson Co., NC & Perry Co., TN

Pension application of Richard Rushing S21457.
State of Tennessee, Perry County: Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions July Term 1834.
Below is the actual questionaire for the above pension application.

Richard Rushing

1st Where and in what year were you born?
Answer: I was born in Virginia on Roanoke in the year 1749.

2nd Have you any record of you age and if so where is it?
Answer: I have it at my house in my bible.

3rd Where were you living when you were called into service? Where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live?
Answer: I lived in Anson County, North Carolina when called into service and where I have living ever since till about 15 years ago then from thence removed to Perry County, Tennessee where I now live.

4th How where you called into service, where you drafted did you volunteer or were you a substitute and if a substitute, for whom?
Answer: I was always out as a volunteer.

5th State the names of some of the Regular officers who were with the troops where you served such continental and Militia Regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your services.
Answer: I recollect Colonel Smith, General Rutherford and Colonel Wade but owing to old age and the consequent loss of memory I cannot tell whether they were Regular and for the general circumstances of my service see my declaration.

6th Did you ever receive a discharge from the service and if so by whom was it given and what Has become of it?
Answer: I never applied for a discharge but was marched home by my officer and just dismissed till I should be wanted to go out again I always held myself in readiness to go when called for.

7th State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for voracity and their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution.
Answer: William Woolverton and Colonel W. F. Doherty and in fact all that know me. The reason that I called on Mr. Woolverton is that there is no other clergyman that lives as near me and he lives not very far but in the adjoining County and preaches in my neighborhood and is well acquainted with me.

The Amended Declaration of Richard Rushing to his original declaration filed in the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the County of Perry, State of Tennessee.

This Declarant was in the battle with the Tories at Drowning Creek in the State of North Carolina where the Tories defeated the Whigs. (Editor’s note: In his original Declaration, Richard stated that his brother William Rushing was wounded at Drowning Creek and died soon after of the wounds). I was then in the Company of Captain John Jackson and in Colonel Wade’s Regiment and in some time after the first battle there was a second battle at the same place with the Tories where I was and we were again defeated and Colonel Wade was the Colonel Commanding the Regiment. I was also at the Battle of Black River with the British and I was in the Company Commanded by Captain (Horace?) And we were then under the command of General Sumter. I was also in the Battle of Thompson Creek with the Tories under the command of Captain Stephen Jackson and I was also at Lynches Creek in the Company of Captain Stephen Jackson where we shot at the Tories but they would not fight us. I was also at Richardsons Creek where we found the Tories had been taken by a company from (???) being before we arrived. I was then in the company of Captain Stephen Jackson and as to the length of time I served in any tour I cannot recollect any more particular than stated in my original Declaration and this Amended one.

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Background of Richard RUSHING

Born in Virginia, on Roanoke in 1749, moved to Anson County, NC (date unknown). He volunteered his services for the United States in the latter part of 1776, under Captain John Jackson. Served three months in this campaign and was in a skirmish at Drawning Creek, where he lost his horse and swam the creek with his gun in hand. In the skirmish, his brother, William, was wounded and died, but not until they returned home. On this expedition, the Whigs were defeated by the Tories.

In 1777, he served under Captain Stephen Jackson for about nine months, in 1778, about 10 months, in 1779, about eight months and in 1780, about six months. Some of the battles he participated in were: On the Black River and Baties Bridge on Drowning Creek. Among the officers who commanded his tours were: a Colonel Wade, Colonel SMITH, General Rutherford and a General Sumpter.

He stated his brother Phillip Rushing  served with him most of the time.

He was allowed pension on his application, executed 21 July 1834, at which time he was living in Perry County, TN, having lived there 15 years.

Richard Rushing died 1 November 1841, in Perry County, TN, at the age of 92 years.

 

Submitted by: Tim Bell


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