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Simon BRIGHT/Nancy Bright
Widow's Pension Application-S9293


This Pension Application was transcribed and submitted
by Transcribed by Billy Markland .
 
Note From Francis R. Hodges:
Richard Bright, son of John Bright (d. 1720) and brother of Simon
Sr,.had a son named Simon Bright. I suspect this Simon may come
down that line somehow. The Creasey's found the records of this
Simon's service in the revolution, and assumed he was from the Lenoir
County Simon Brights. He wasn't--at least that is my opinion.
Probably a cousin of them.

Simon Bright Affidavit

Abner Brown Affidavit

Nancy Bright Affidavit

Isaac Bright Affidavit

 

Simon Bright Pension Application S6725

Simon Bright Affidavit
National Archives & Records Administration
M804-340 
 
State of North Carolina
Columbus County 
 
 
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions-February Term 1833 
 
On this the twelfth day of February 1833, personally appeared before the Worshipful Bythel Haynes, Josiah Nye, and Robert Ward Justices of the Peace for said County, holding said Court Simon Bright a Resident of the County of Columbus aged sixty nine years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress, passed June 7th 1832-That he enlisted in the army of the Untied States, on the Continental establishment in the Year 1780 or 1781, in a Company commanded by Capt. James Mills, in a Regiment commanded by Col. Armstrong in the North Carolina line under the following named officers for a period of twelve months. 
 
Major Griffith [I?] McKee was Major of the Regiment, and Capt. Mills as stated commanded the Company, and Col. Armstrong was Colonel but he has no recollection of any other Company or Regimental officers. He was but fifteen Years old, then a resident of the County of Bladen, when he enlisted at Elizabethtown in said County-marched thence with the Company to Wilmington NC-thence on the seaboard by the way of Georgetown, & within ten Miles of Charleston, to Pon Pon, South of Charleston, and then the Head Quarters of Genl Greenes Army, and there joined what was called a North Carolina Regiment under the command of Col Armstrong-After remaining there sometime, Major McKee who had been acquainted with him from his infancy, in consideration of his youth and size, had him arranged as a Servant to Major Doherty of the Continental army-From Pon Pon, he accompanied Major Doherty, (who was ordered on the recruiting service) to Hillsboro and Salisbury, North Carolina; between these two places, he was taken sick, and on arriving at the latter place, he was placed by Major Doherty in the Laboratory, where they were preparing fixed ammunition, until his health was restored, when he was ordered by Major Doherty to accompany Major [Hayes?], another Continental officer, who was engaged in the public Service-in different parts of the State-he accompanied him to Fayetteville and Salisbury, and several times to General Greens camps-While at Salisbury on one occasion, there was great rejoicing he believes in Consequence of the surrender of Cornwallis. He continued with Major [Hayes?] until the expiration of his term of service and was directed by him to return home from Fayetteville. He was directed, as well as recollected, to apply to Major McKee for a discharge-but he does not recollect ever to have received one, and if he did, he has lost it. 
 
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity, except the present, and he declares that his name is not on the pension Roll of the Agency of any State.
 
Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid
 
Attest Chs Baldwin Clk his
 
Simon X Bright
 
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And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier and served as he stated. 
 
Bythel Haynes JP
 
Josiah Nye JP
 
Robert Ward JP 
 
I Charles Baldwin Clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the County of Columbus, State of North Carolina, do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings in the matter of the application of Simon Bright for a Pension.
 
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal of office, this the twelfth day of February AD 1833
 
Chs Baldwin Clk 
 
 
 
 
State of North Carolina
 
Secretary of State's Office 
 
 
I William Hill Secretary of State in and for the State aforesaid, do certify that it appears by the muster rolls of the Continental line of this State, that Simon Bright a private in Capt Coleman's Company of the 10th Regiment enlisted on the 1st of January 1782 for 12 months and that nothing more is said of him on said rolls.
 
Given under my hand this 28th August 1833
 
Wm Hill 
 

Simon Bright/Nancy Bright Widow's Pension Application-S9293
Abner Brown Affidavit
National Archives & Records Administration M804-340
Transcribed by Billy Markland 12/4/200 
 
 State of North Carolina
Chatham County 
 
 
This day Abner Brown aged forty eight years old personally apeared before me one of the acting Justices of the Peace in and for said county-who being first duly sworn according to Law upon his oath deposeth and sayeth that Nancy Bright the present applicant for her husbands pension is his sister that she is the identical person she represents herself to be in her Declaration the Widow of Simon Bright who was a Soldier of the Revolution and he further sayeth that he was present and saw her married to her said husband, that the marriage was at the house of this deponents and Nancy Brights mother and that they were married by Mark Bynum who was a magistrate the date of the marriage he does not recollect but from the best Calculation he can make it was about the time she states for he thinks he was about twelve years old the time the marriage took place and that there has never been any reason to doubt the Legality of the marriage. Simon Bright received his share of his wifes [portion?] from her fathers estate as her Lawful Husband and she has taken her dower in his Estate since his death-that his children have taken his Estate as Lawful heirs Sworn to and subscribed before me this 29th day of January 1846. 
 
Abner Brown 
 
I certify that Abner Brown is a credible witness 
 
Geo Luther JP
 

Simon Bright/Nancy Bright Widow's Pension Application-S9293
Nancy Bright Affidavit
National Archives & Records Administration M804-340
Transcribed by Billy Markland 12/4/200 
Declaration 
 
 
In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress of the 7th June 1832 granting pensions and arreazes[sic] of Pensions in Certain Cases for Revolutionary servicemen. 
 
 
State of North Carolina
Chatham County 
 
 
Declaration of Nancy Bright widow of Simon Bright aged Sixty eight years old makes the following Declaration upon oath in order to obtain the benefit of the provision of the act of Congress passed the 4th day of June 1832-That She is the widow of Simon Bright who was a Soldier of the revolution that her said Husband the said Simon Bright served twelve months in the Continental line of North Carolina for the proof of which she refers the Department to the Certificate of the Secretary of State of North Carolina attached to her former Declaration-that she is informed and believes that her said Husband the said Simon Bright performed several tours of duty in the Militia But of her own Knowledge she knows nothing of his services that she must rely upon such Documentary evidence and other proof as she may be able to [make?]-That her said husband the said Simon Bright did file his Declaration for a pension in his Lifetime and as [she?] understands and believes his papers were sent to the War Department without being properly authenticated for want of the Clerks Seal to the disposition[s?]-that they were withdrawn for the purpose of being completed and that the necessary seals was attached to them and the papers deposited at Pittsborough for the purpose of being forwarded to the War Department in the lifetime of her said Husband and have not been heard from since-That she does not claim a pension she only Claims what was due her husband at the time of his Death-that she married the said the said [sic] Simon Bright on the last day of September 1810 and that her said husband the said Simon Bright Died on the 2[8?]th day of November 1835 and that she has remained the widow of Simon Bright ever since and still remains the widow of the said Simon Bright all of which will more fully appear from the proof hereunto [?] Sworn to and subscribed before me this 12th day of December 1845.
 
her
 
Nancy X Bright
 
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Wm Rivers JP 
 
 
State of North Carolina-Chatham County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
 
May Term 1845 
 
 
It has been proved to the satisfaction of the Court that Simon Bright a soldier of the revolution departed this life in November 1835 & left a widow named Nancy who is still the widow of the said Simon Bright-The above is a true copy from the Minutes of the Court- 
 
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed the seal of office at Pittsborough 13th day of JanY A.D. 1846 
 
N.A. Stedman C.C.C
 

Simon Bright/Nancy Bright Widow's Pension Application-S9293
Isaac Bright Affidavit
National Archives & Records Administration M804-340
Transcribed by Billy Markland 12/4/200 
 
State of North Carolina
Chatham County 
 
 
On this day Isaac Bright aged eighty two years old personally appeared before the subscriber and acting Justice of the Peace in and for the said County aforesaid-who being first duly sworn in due form of Law upon his oath deposeth and sayeth that he is a Brother of Simon Bright who was a soldier of the Revolution he further sayeth that during the revolution the whole family resided in the County of Granville North Carolina and he further sayeth that he very distinctly recollects that in the time of the Revolutionary war his eldest Brother Robert [name Richard is crossed out] was drafted to go to South Carolina for a Tour of five months and that his Brother Roberts wife was in a delicate state of health at the time and it was not thought safe for him to go and further sayeth that Simon Bright his Brother who was a single man went [as?] a substitute for his Brother Robert and served his time out and further sayeth that he recollects that Simon Bright and Jacob Bynum went and returned together from the service and he thinks but is not positive that either Frederic or Shadrick [Arom?] went at the same time and he further sayeth that not long after Simon Bright returned home he was drafted himself to serve a three months Tour that he went into the service and served his time out that as well as he recollects either one or both of the [?] [Aroms?] served with him again the time or date of his service he cannot recollect But thinks the last Term of his Service was about the time Cornwallis marched through the State for [?] he recollects hearing his brother give the particulars of one hard battle he fought in and he thinks but can't now positively say but his present impression is that it was the Battle of Guilford-that there were several Bullet holes in his Cloths and hat that he received in the Battle and had his skin grazed in several places by the Balls-This is all he now recollects about his brothers service-he further sayeth that he thinks he was about fourteen or fifteen years old at the time his brother Simon Bright went into the service-that he himself was not old enough to go into the service untill [sic] about the close of the war-And he further sayeth that Nancy Bright the present applicant is the identical person whe represents herself to be the widow of Simon Bright who was a Soldier of the Revolution-Sworn to and subscribed before me this 22nd day of October 1846-the word eighty two and Robert underlined before signed.
 
his
 
Isaac X Bright
 
mark 
 
 
I certify that Isaac Bright is a credible witness 
 
Geo Luther JP 
 
 
State of North Carolina, Chatham County 
 
I Nathan A. Stidman Clerk of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions for Chatham County, do hereby Certify that George Luther whose name appears to the foregoing affidavit is an acting Justice of the Peace for said County and that his signature is genuine. 
 
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed the Seal of office at Pittsborough 24th day of October A.D. 1846 
 
N.A. Stidman 
 
 


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