Charles Knight filed a form May 4, 1874. He tried, unsuccessfully, to get the pension that he was entitled to for his military service during the War of 1812. The form below is transcribed from the original one. A copy of the original was contributed by Jackie Nichols.
WAR OF 1812.
DECLARATION OF SOLDIER FOR PENSION.
To be executed before Jedge or Clerk of Court,
State of Louisana,
County of Washington
On this 4th day of May A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy four, personally appeared before me Joseph M. Simmons Clerk of the 6th Judicial District Court of La , a Court of Record within and for the county and State aforesaid, Charles Knight aged 88 years, a resident of _______, County of Washington, State of Louisiana, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is maried; that his wife s name was Susanna Williams, to whom he was maried in the Parish of Washington, La, on the 17th day of Janu, 1822, that he served the full period of sixty days in the (1) Military service of the United States in the war of 1812; that he is the identical Charles Knight, who was enrolled in Captain IsaacTownsends company,_____regiment,__________,brigade,_______
division, at Baton Rouge, on the _______day of April, 1813, and was honorably discharged at Mayorgan Barracks opposite New Orleans on the ____day of March, 1814; that (3) he belonged to a band of mounted scouts who ranged from Baton Rouge to Pearl River and was in actual service at and during the times of the Battle of New Orleans
that he, at no time during the late rebellion against the authority of the United States, adhered to the cause of the enemies of the Government, giving them aid or comfort, or exercised the functions of any office whatever under any authority, or pretended authority, in hostility to the United States; and that he will support the Constitution of the United States; that he is not in receipt of a pension under any previous act; that he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States, under the provision of the act approved February 14, 1871, and he hereby constitutes and appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation,
R. W. Walker of Washington D C his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim and obtain the pension certificate that may be issued; that his post office is at Franklinton County of Washington State of Louisiana; that his domicile or place of abode is Washington County Louisiana. his
Charles X Knight
W. J. Thigpen
J. T. Pigott
Also, personally appeared W. J. Thigpen, residing at No....., in.....street, in....., and John T. Pigott residing ...in the parish aforsaid, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being by me duly sworn.
say: They were present and saw Charles Knight, the claimant, sign his name (or make his mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; that at no time dnring the late rebellion against the authority of the United States did he adhere to the cause of the enemies of the Government, giving them aid or comfort; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
W. J. Thigpen
J. T. Pigott
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this Fourth day of May A. D. 1874, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, &c., were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing, including the words _______________, erased, and the words ________________ added; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim.
[L.s.] J. M. Simmons Clerk
6th Jud. Dst. Court of Ph Washington
To be certified to by an officer of the United States Court, a United States Commissioner, an Assessor, Assistant Assessor, Collector; Deputy Collector of Supervisor of Internal Revenue, or a Postmaster.- The certifying Officer must state his OFFICIAL character, and also his Post Office Address.
Official Certificate in regard to Witnesses.
In the Matter of the Application of Charles Knight of Washington County, State of Louisiana, to be enrolled as a PENSIONER UNDER THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 14, 1871, in which case Washington J. Thigpen and John T. Pigott are witnesses to testify to the loyalty of said claimant, I hereby certify that, after a careful investigation, I am convinced that they are men of undoubted good character for truth and veracity, and that their statements in the affidavit referred to are worthy of full faith and credit.
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The document below was stamped by the Department of the Interior,
The Pension Office on May 12, 1874.
WAR OF 1812.
DECLARATION OF SOLDIER FOR PENSION
Captain Isaac Towndsend s
Company, enrolled at
Baton Rouge, La.
was in Battle of New Orleans
R. W. Walker.
Washington, D. C.
May 9, 1874.
Printed and sold by W. H. Moore, 611 11th st., Washington, D.C.
The document below was stamped by the Department of the Interior Pension Office on August 17, 1876.
STATE OF LOUISIANA,
PARISH OF Ascension
On this 27 day of July A.D., eighteen hundred and seventy-Six personally appeared before me, John C. Cantey Clerk of the 4th Judic. Dist. Court, a Court of Record within and for the Parish and Stte aforesaid, Charles Knight aged 84 years, a resident of the 4th Ward, Parish of Washington Louisiana, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is married; that his wife s name was Susan William to whom he was married at said Parish on the 17 day of January A. D. 1822; that he served the full period of sixty days in the military service of the United States in the war of 1812; that he is the identical Charles Knight who was enrolled in Captain Isaac Townsen s company, U.S. Infy, Army Regiment, at the parish of East. Baton Rouge on or about the 1stday of January A.D. 1813; and was honorably discharged at New Orleans on
or about the 1st day of August A.D. 1813 that he served in said capacity, with his said compay, at the city of New Orleans during Six months and a half, from the 1st part of January till about the middle of July 1813, when he obtain a regular discharge papers, then went back to the Parish of East Baton Rouge and was reinlisted in Capt. M C Carty s Co., Louisiana militia, and was detailed for special duty on Amite River during the Battle of New Orleans
that he, at no time during the late rebellion against the authority of the United States, adhered to the cause of the enemies of the Government, giving them aid or comfort, or exercised the functions of any office whatever under any authority or pretended authority in hostility to the United States, and that he will support the Constitution of the United States; that he is not in receipt of pension under any previous act; that he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the Pension Roll of the United States under the provisions of the act approved February 14, 1871, and that he hereby constitutes and appoints, with full power of substition and revocation, RICHARD McALLISTER of Washington, D.C., his true and lawful attorney, to prosecute his claim, and obtain the pension certificate that may be issued; that his post office is at Covington Parish of St. Tammany State of Louisiana; that his domicile or place of abode is in the 4th Ward, in the Parish of Wahsington, La.
Charles X Knight
Also, personally appeared, Josiah Green residing at the 4th Ward of Washington Ph and Malcom McLain residing at the same place persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn according to law, say, they were present and saw Chs Knight the claimant, make his mark to the foregoing declaration, that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of said claimant, and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; that at no time during the late rebellion against the authority of the United Sttes, did he adhere to the cause of the enemies of the Government, giving them aid or comfort, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of July A.D., eighteen hundred and seventy six; and I certify that the contents of the above declaration and affidavits were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing, and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
In the matter of the application of Charles Knight of Washington Parish or County, State of Louisiana, to be enrolled as a Pensioner under the act of February 14, 1871, in which case Josiah Green and Malcom McLain are witnesses to testify to the loyalty of said claimant, I hereby certify, that after a careful investigation, I am convinced that they are men of undoubted good character for truth and veracity, and that their statements in the affidavits referred to are worthy of full faith and credit.
Given under my hand and the seal of our post office, in the Parish of St Tammany this 28, day of July A.D., 1876.
WAR OF 1812.
APPLICATION FOR PENSION
a Private of Capt.
or Townsand s
Co. U.S. Infy.
Richard McAllister of
State of Louisiana.
Parish of Oscension.
Before me the undersigned authority within the Parish and State aforesaid, on this 27th day of July, A.D. 1876, personally appeared, Charles Knight a resident of the 4th ward of the Parish of Washington, who being duly sworn according to Law, declares: that he is the identical Charles Knight who made a new claim to day for a Pension, as a veteran of the war of 1812, under the act of Feb. 14th 1871; the identical Charles Knight who, in the year 1812, was enrolled in the Louisiana militia company of East Baton Rouge Parish commanded of Capt. McCarty; who about the beginning of theyear A.D. 1813 was regularly enlisted in the U.S. regular troops, at New Orleans La. and served during Six (6) months and 15 days in the company of Captain Isaac Townson or Tonson; that at the said time there were only in New Orleans two other companies one commanded by Captain Gauffe and the other by Captain Georges; that after this said service of 6 ½ months, he said affiant was honorably discharged and received a regular Discharge paper which was subsequently destroyed by fire about the year A.D. at ; that in coming back to East Baton Rouge Parish, about the 1st of August 1813, he was vein listed in the militia company commanded by captain McCarty in which he seved till the end of the war; that he was not present with said company at the battle of New Orleans in December 1814 and in January 1815, because he had been detailed and sent on special duty by his captain to Amite River a small Post to be guarded, that he said affiant is not able non to Sign his name because he is blind and that he does not know any living witness by whom he could prove his Services.
Said affiant further says; that he revokes, by these presents, all former Power of attorney given by him to other persons for the prosecution of his claims for Pension and Bounty Land, and hereby appoints Richard McAllister of Washington D.C. his only true and lawful attorney for said Purpose.
Louis E. Mathieu? his
Charles X Knight
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 27th day of July 1876, and I certify that the affiant is a credibly person; that the contents of the above were made known to him before Signing; and that I have no interest in his claims. cannot read signature
The following document was stamped by the Department of the Interior on Sept. 8, 1876.
WAR OF 1812
Act of Feb. 14, 1871
Capt Isaac Townsend
Enlisted January 1813
Discharged July 1813
WAR OF 1812.
ACT OF FEBRUARY 14, 1871
Department of the Interior,
Sept 9th, 1876
You are respectively requested to furnish official evidence of the enrollment,
muster, srevice, and duty of Charles Knight , who at , on the
day of 18 , in Captain Isaac Townsend Company Regiment
U. S. Inf t and who was dischared at on the day of 18 .
He again enlisted at , on the dayof 18 , in Captain Company Regiment ,and was dischared therefrom at on the day of 18 .
The following are related as the principal incidents of the war of 1812 in which he participated: Alleges service from about January to the middle of July 1813 "(New Orleans)
If the above name is not found on the rolls of said Company, will you so state, and report as to enrollment, Jc., in the case of any man bearing a similar name,whom you have good reason for believing to be the soldier inquired for.
Please return this circular with your report.
Claim No. 29.696
J a. Burthy?
Adj. Genl U.S.A
Room No. 1812 unreadable
Adjutant Generals Office,
Washington, D. C. September 13, 1876.
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for pension No. 29.696 War of 1812, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.
It appears from the Records of this Office that Charles Knight was enlisted on the Twenty firt day of July, 1813, at -----------------to serve Five years, and was assigned to the U. S. Regiment of Artillery.
Description: None. He is reported as having Served in Capt. James H. Boyle s Comp.y.
Died July 29, 1814, in hospital at S. Harbor.
No further information or nearer record.
I am, sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Assistant Adjutant General
The Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D. C.
Granger March 31, 1878
No. 30.622 Feb 4/79
SERVICE PENSION. attys: Send other data of service or
WAR OF 1812
Act of March 9.1878 Janary 17/80 ? at Franklinton
Susan Knight March 15 1823 ? in Capt McCarty
Franklinton, La ? 24, ? Rejected No ?
WIDOW of Charles Knight Oct 25, 80 McAllistor evidence in files
Private Capt. Isaac Townsend showing death of soldier
La. Mil. Vincent
Died April 1, 1877
Rej. Sur. 29.696
Rejected June 26/80 Rseh
Received Aug. 19, 1868
J. T. & S. H.Stevens
Susan tried to get Charles pention after his death. No public or private records could be found of their marriage in the court house in Franklinton. This is only a guess, their marriage may not have been recorded because Charles Knight s family in Virginia were Quakers. Quakers did not believe that people could marry them only God. Quaker marriages were usually witnessed in a church, but were not recorded with the state. Virginia persecuted many Quakers, accusing them of living together unmarried.
State of Louisiana On the 1st day of August Parish of Washington A.D. 1878 personally appeared before me a justice of the Peace within and for the Parish and state appeared Susan Knight aged 77 years a resident of the Parish of Washington and state of Louisiana was being duly sworn according to law declares that She is a widow of Charles Knight deceased who was the identical Charles Knight who Served under the name of Charle Knight as a private in the company Commanded by Captain Isaac Townson in the regiment of Louisiana Militia commanded by Colonel Six weeks in the war of 1812; that her said husband was drafted from the Parish of East Baton Rouge Louisiana for Six Months and did Continue in actual Service for three months and was ordered to the City of New Orleans State of Louisiana fought on the 8th day of January AD 1815 and that he was drafted in the last of the year 1814 on the first of the year 1815 and was discharged at New Orleans Louisiana in the Month of March AD 1815, by reason of termination of said war. She further States that the following is a full description of her Said husband at the time of his enlistment he was 5 feet 5 inches high Complexion fair hair dark brown eyes blue. She further states that she was Married to the said Charles Knight in the parish of Washington State of Louisiana on the 17 day of January AD 1822 by one Benjamin Richardson Senior a Justice of the Pece and her name before her Marriage was Susan Williams and that she has not remarried since the death of the said Soldier; and She further States that neighber She or her said husband had been previously married and that her Said husband Charles Knight died in Washington Parish in the State of Louisiana on the 1st day of April AD 1877 and She further declared that the following have been the places of residence of herself and her Said husband since the date of his discharged from the Army: via they have lived in the parish of Washington State of Louisiana from the time of their Marriage to the date of his death and She since. She makes the declaration for the purpose obtaining the pension to which she May be entitled under the provisions of Sections 47.36 to 47.40 inclusive Revised Statues. and the Act of March 9th 1878 and hereby Constitutes and appoints with full power of substitution and revocation J. L.L. H. ? Stevens of Washington D.C. her true and lawful Attorney to prosicute her Claim and she further declares that she has heretofore made no application for pension ___ land Warrent and neither her Said husband Charles Knight applied for Bounty Land warrent under any of the acts of Congress but her Said husband applied for pension under Act of Congress approved February AD 1871 his the case was suspended the cause not known to her. and She further states the She knows of no public or private record of her Marriage that now exists that she can procure to establish her Marriage. and if there is any record of her Marriage at the Court house in the town of Franklinton Washington Parish Louisiana she will have the same forward with this declaration and if there is no such record exist she will forward a certified copy of the Clerk of the Court that none does not exist and if no such record exist the evidence of James Wascom and Jane Wascom who have Known her and her Said husband Charles Knight to live together as husband and wife for the last forty years and that they have Lived near neighbors to them and that they were so recognized by all that Knew them and as to their Marriage it never was question by any of their friends or neighbours. she further States that her residence is in the Parish of Washington and State of Louisiana and her post office address is Franklinton Washington Parish Louisiana, in the care of John S. Spring, She further states that by reason of informity of age She is unable to travel to a court of record to make this her application for pension.
Susan X Knight
attest James Wascom
also personally appeared James S. Wascom ages 62 years and Jane Wascom aged 51 years both residents of the Parish of Washington and State of Louisiana person whom certify to be respectable and unreadable to credit and who being by me duly Sworn Say that they have known Said Susan Knight for the last forty one years and foty years respectively that they were present and saw her make her mark to the foregoing declaration that they have any reason to believe___the appearance of Said Claiment, andwere acquaintance with her that she is the identical person that she represents herself to be and they further say that they are able to identify her as the person who was the wife of the identical charles Knight who rendered the service alledged in the above application in the Company of captain Isaac Townson inthe regiment of Louisiana Militia, ___named facts and circumstances. viz: and that they have known the said Susan Knight and the said Charles Knight for the last forty years and they knew them to live together as husband and wife andthey cohabitated as such and that they were recognized as such by all that knew them and their marriage never was uestioned by one of their friends orneighbors and that they raised a large family of children and that they have lived near neighbors to them for the last forty years and that the said Charles Knigt is now dead he died in the parish of Washington in the Stte of Louisiana on the 1st of April AD 1877 they State that the said Susan Knight has not remarried Since the death of the soldier the said Charles Knight and that she now is his widow and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim for pension
James Wascom Seal
Jane Wascom Seal
The State of Louisiana Parish of Washington
Sworn to and subscribed before one on the day and years as first above herein written and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration was fully made Known and experienced to the applicant and witnesses before Swearing and that I have no interest, direct or indirect in the prosecution of this Claim and I further certify that by reason of infirmity of age the applicant is unable to travel to a court of record to make this application.
J. M. Wallis J.P.
The State of Louisiana S. P.
Richardson Clerk Parish of Washington 3 of Sixth Judicial District Court within and for the Parish and State aforesaid do hereby Certify that J. M. Wallis ____whose genuine Signature appears above is and was at the time of Signing the Same an acting Justice of the Peace within and for the Parish of Washington and and State of Louisiana duly Elected qualified and commissioned as such to administer oathes for general purposes and I further Certify that this is a Court of Record.
Given under My had and
and Seal of Said Court House
Recorded this the 7th day of
August AD 1878
S. P. Richardson Clerk
Susan s application for Charles pention was rejected. No reason was given.
Capt Townson s Co.
Rej. Sur. 29.696
J T. T L.H. Stevens
Stamp from the Department of the Interior dated Aug. 19, 1878.