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PG. 153December Term 1832

Territory of Arkansas

County of Washington

On this eleventh day of  (blank) in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight hundred and thirty two personally appeared in open Court before the Honourable Edward Cross now setting William Boyd A resident of the County of Washington Territory of Arkansas aged Seventy one years the Eleventh day of August last past who being duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June the seventh one thousand Eight Hundred and thirty two that he entered the service of the United States by volunteering his service in a Campany of

PG 154November Term 1832

Volunteer Militia from the State of North Carolina served as a private Soldier three month was then elected Ensign in the same Company in which capacity he served nine months  was then elected Lieutenant in the same Company in which situation he served untill the close of the war which was more than three years complainent farther states he entered the service early in the month of april 1777 and continued in service first three months as a private soldier secondly nine months as an ensign and thirdly more than thirty six months as a Lieutenant in which situation he served to the end of the war which terminated in the year 1781 and farther that all the said services were rendered in the same Company and Redgiment and that he has no documentary evidence nor does he know of any person or persons in this Territory whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his srvices and I do hereby relenquist every claim whatever to a pension or anuity whatever except the present and declared that my  name is not on the pension roll of any State or Territory

Qustions to be propounded by the Court,  1st when and what year were you born answer I was born in South Hampton County in the State of Virginia on the Eleventh day of August 1760  2nd have you any record of your age and if so where is it, Answer I have my age recorded in my Bible which is now at home 3rd where were you living when called into service,  where have you lived since the revolutionary war and where do you now live answer I was living Roan County in the State of North Carolina when I entered the service scince the close of the war I have resided in Montgomery County in the State of North Carolina, in Warren County in the State of Tenneessee

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in Lauderdale Couny in the state of (Tennessee written then crossed out) Alabama in McNary County in the state of Tennessee and now in Washington County in this Territory 4th how were you called into the service were you drafted where did you volunteer or were you a stustitute and if A substitute for whom  Answer I first volunteerd my services early in the month of april 1777 and served in that situation three months was then elected Ensign in the same Company  and served nine months in that situation was then elected Lieutenant in the same Company and Served more than three years in that capacity  5th state the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops when you served such continental and Militia Regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your services  Answer  there were no regular officers or troops with us Col Drury Ledbetter commanded the Regiment I belonged to the number of the Regiment I do not now recollect  Major Charles Jones also commanded in said Regiment my three months servises as a private soldier were under a Capt James Allen died of the small pox I served as Ensign under Capt Thomas Durham who resigned and James Crump took  command of said company Crump in a few months cook command of another company  on the east sided of the Adkin River and the residue of  my time which was more than two years I served under Buckner Kimbrell who took command of the same Company the above servises were all rendered in the State of North Carolina. 

6th did you ever receive a discharge from the service and if so by whom was it given and what has became of it,  answer I was not discharged from the three months tour of Service

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I was elected Ensign in the Company and afterwards elected lieutenant in the same Company  7th did you ever receive a commision either as Ensign or Lieutenant and if so by whom was it assigned and what has becme of it  Answer I never received a commision as Ensign I received a commision as Lieutenant it was signed by the then Govenour of the state of North Carolina his name I do not with certainty recollect but believe it was Tazwell or Nash  8th  State the names of persons to whom you were known in your neighborhood who can testify to your caracter for veracity good behaviour and your servises as a Soldier of the revolution   Answer  H. S. Lafferty a clergyman of the County of Washington and Abel Oxford  of said County can testify as to my verasity good behaviour and moral character  I know of no one in this territory by whom I can prove my servises

Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid

William Boyd Senior

B. H Smithson CLK

H S Lafferty cleargman in the county of Washington and territory of Arkansas and the able Oxford a citicen of the same county and Territory do hereby certify that.  we are well accquainted with William Boyd who has submitted and sworn to the foregoing that we believe seventy one years. of age that he is reputed and believed in the neighvourhood where heresides to have been a soldier of the revolution and that we concur in opinion sworn to and subscribed the day   ??? aforesiad

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H S Laffterty minister of the Gospel M E (Methtodist Episcopal) Church

Abel Oxford 

B H  Smithson clk

And the said Judge hereby declairs his opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the Interogatores (interrogatories) presented by the war departments that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and resided as he states.  and the Judge further certifies that it appears.  to him that  H S Lafferty who has signed the procedings certification is a cleargman (clergyman) Resided in Said county of washington and that Able Oxford who has also signed the same is a resident of said county and that they are creditable persons and that their statement are entitled to credit.

I B H Smithson clerk of the circuit court of washing county Arkansas Territory do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the oreginal procedings of the application of William of William for a pension  (this paragraph has a line drawn across it)

Intestimony whereof I hear here unto set my hand and seal of officer this ______ day of December  A D  1832  (this paragraph has the word error written to the right of it)

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Revolutionary War Pension Application of William Boyd