Benjamin Viers|David Via|Elizabeth Via|Gideon Viah|John Via|Littleberry Via|Reuben Viah|Robert Via|Robert Vier|William Via of Albemarle|William Via of Amherst/Nelson|William Viars of NC|Samuel Arrington
For some interesting history of the various Virginia regiments, please see The New River Company's Genealogy and History Research Site.
"At a meeting of the field officers this thirty-first of August, 1782, for the county of Botetourt, for the purpose of carrying into Execution this state's quota of Troops to serve the United States Army for the Term of three years, or during the War. Present, George Skillern, County Lieut., Hugh Crockett, Colo., Wm. McClenechan, Lieut. Colo., Patr. Lockhard, Majr., James Breckenridge appointed Clerk, who took the Oath by Law required. Adam Peck appointed Martial."
(There is a very lengthy list of various names)
"Ordered that the persons in the following company's; viz - Capt. John Baird,......That ......... Robert Viers.... etc. of Capt. Baird's Company, be considered the Twenty-seventh District.
David Via served in Captain William Tucker's company of Militia of Amherst Co., Virginia January 14, 1781. Discharged March - served 72 days.Sue Bishop
5 May 1828 He says he owns 165a of very poor land, 3 horses, 6 cattle,
5 hogs. He has no income from any source and no debts owed to him. Besides
his wife, Mary, he has three daughters ages 15, 17, and 18.
William X Via
5 Aug 1839 Mary Craig Via applies for widow's pension. She appeared before the County Court, age 71 years, in order to obtain the benefit. She states that she is the widow of William Via, who was a private in the Army which served in the south, that the said William drew a pension until his death 27 Jun 1836. She says she was married to William Via 7 Dec 1784, and that she was not married to him prior to leaving for the service, but the marriage took place previous to the 1 Jan 1794 requirement. The Court doth certify that Margaret Jameson, Elizabeth Norris or Morris, and James A. Dunn have testified as to the marriage of William Via and Mary his wife. Macajah Via, of lawful age deposes that he is the brother of William Via who died in 1836 and who had for several years before his death drawn a pension for his revolutionary services. He states that Mary Via, his widow, has not since married, that he was present at the wedding of his brother William Via to the said Mary Via about the year 1784 or 1785, that he was present when the Bans were published previous to said marriage at Mountain Plain Meeting House in the county of Albemarle, State of Va., that they were married by the Reverend Mr. Trainer? of the Presbyterian church at the house of a Mr. Richard Woods, that the said Mary Via's maiden name was Craig.
Micajah X Via
16 Feb 1829 Application R20442 Buckingham Co. VA
11 May 1829 Littleberry had died leaving no widow but left children whose names were not given.
William Smith of Russell Co. in the State of Kentucky who was a private in the com. commanded by Captain Powell of the 29th? commanded by Captain Powell in the Virginia line for 9 months.
Inscribed on the Roll of Kentucky at the rate of 30 Dollars - cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March 1833.
Certificate of Pension issued the 21 day of Oct 1833
Arrears to the 4th of Sept $75
Semi-anl, allowance ending 4 March $15
Recorded by Danl Boyde Clerk,
Book 6 Vol 7 Page 28
State of Kentucky
Russell County and Circuit
On this 2d day of November 1832 personally appeared before the Honble John J Bridges sole Judge in and for the Circuit afsd now sitting William Smith a resident of the County of Russell state of Kentucky age 76 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 the 7th June 1832. That he entered the service of the __ under Capt Joshua Powell as a drafted malitia man in the month of (blank) in the year 1780 in the County Amelia state of Virginia he was marched on to Richmond from there to North Carolina Scouting about after the tories he was not marched to any regular troops during this tour they were occasionnally Joined by other malitia Companies But the time has been so long he does not Recollect their names he served faithfully thence months being the time for which he was drafted he was then Honorably discharged and went Home, and after some time he was again Drafted for three months and again entered the service under the same Capt and was principally engaged after the tories the first part of the tour being marched on to Carolina still under the Command of Capt Powell after a part of the time he returned to Virginia and was attached to a part of General Lawsons Brigade he does not recollect the officer who Commanded but they were __ of and had a severe engagement near Charlotte Court House, this was the only Battle he was in he served out the full term of his ingagement 3 months and was discharged he after being at home a short time was again drafted for three months and entered the service under the same Capt and was marchd on and Joined General Washingtons army near York where he remained until after the surrencer of Cornwallis he recollects of no important event other the siege of York the surrender of Cornwallis he was with the army from the time he first Joined untill nearly the time his service __ he was marched on homeward & his Term expired and he was discharged his first tour was in the year 1780 he thinks about April, the second & third in the year 1781 But does not recollect the months which he so entered except the first he further states that he did not receive a written discharge for either of his tours his Capt was his neighbour and supposed from that circumstance It was thought unnecessary nor has he any documentary evidence of his service nor does he Know of any person at this time by whose testimony he can establish the same, he was born in Amelia County state of Virginia on the 5 day of May 1756 according to the statement of his parents tho he has no Register of his age But he doubts not the correctness of his parents statement he remained in Amelia he does not recollect the precise time But moved from there to Hallifax County Virg where he remained untill 1810 when he moved to Kentucky and settled in Cumberland County where he remained some time then moved to Pulasky same state and after many years resident there moved to Russel where he now lives he hereby Relinquishes Every Claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares his name is not on the pension Rolls of the agency of any state sworn to and subscribed the day and year (blank)
William Smith (his mark)
State of Kentucky
On this the 26th day of March 1839 Personally appeared before me Abner Jones a Justice of the peace for the County of Russell and State of Ky aged Sixty Seven years who being duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 7th 1838 entitled an act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows That she is the widow of William Smith a soldier in the revolution and pensioner on the roll of the Kentucky agency at the time of his death. She further declares that she was married to the said William Smith in the County of Halifax in the State of Virginia in the eighth day of November Seventeen hundred and ninty two or Seventeen hundred and ninty three That her husband the aforesaid William Smith died on the fifteenth day of April Eighteen hundred and thirty five that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service, but the marriage took place previous to the first of January Seventeen hundred and ninty four Viz at the _ above stated She further declares she knows of no record of her marriage nor of the age of her Children
Elizabeth Smith (her mark)
Bounty Land Claim
Form of Declaration
To be made by the Widow of an Officer or Soldier of the Revolutionary War
State of Kentucky
County of Russell
On this 12 day of June A.D., one thousand eight hundred and Fifty five personally appeared before me a Presiding Judge within and for the County and State aforesaid, Elizabeth Smith, aged about 78 years, a resident of Russell County in the State of Kentucky, who being duly sworn according to law, declares, that she is the widow of William Smith, deceased, who was a private in the revolutionary war in the Company Commanded by Capt (blank) She refers to the papers and records in the proper office for allowing pensions for full proof of her marriage & she being now a pensioner and drawing thirty dollars per annum paid at the agency at Louisville Kentucky her certificate bearing date the 11th day of March 1853
She further states that she was married to the said William Smith in Halifax County Virginia Some 60 or 65 years Since by one William Moon a Baptist preacher and that her name before her said marriage was Elizabeth Viah, that her said husband died in Russell County Ky on the 15 day of April about 20 years since and that she is now a widow at the date of executing this her declaration
She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the Bounty Land to which she may be entitled under the act approved March 3, 1855
Elizabeth Smith (her mark)
Affidavit of Two Witnesses
We, Samuel Jefferies and William Smith residents of Russell County in the State of Kentucky upon our oaths declare that the foregoing declaration was signed and acknowledged by Elizabeth Smith in our presence, and that we believe, from the appearance and statements of the applicant, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be
Wm SmithBuddy Viers, Sr.
Viers Benjamin Va Line S 6313, lived Henry Co Va at enl.
He appl 24 Apr 1833 Gallia Co OH
Sol was b 3 Sept 1752 in Charlotte Co Va
After the Rev sol lived in Henry Co Va for 1 yr then moved to Amherst Co Va for 3 yrs then moved to Amelia Co Va for 2 yrs then moved to Henrico Co Va for 1 yr then returned to Amherst Co Va for 1 yr then moved to Bedford Co Va for a few mths then returned to Henrico Co Va for a short time then moved to Portsmouth Va for a few mths then returned to Amherst Co VA where he married to Betsy Long & afterwards they moved to Botetourt Co Va & in 1827 sol moved to Gallia Co OH
Vier, John or John Viah or Vyer or Via, Va Line, Sarah W3896
Sol enl in Amherst Co Va
About 1793 or 1798 sol move from Buchingham Co Va to Franklin Co Va where he appl 24 Jan
1834 aged 76.
Sol m 4 Mar 1784 in Buckingham to Sarah Wirght (sp).
Sol d 7 Mar 1834.
Wid appl 21 Jan 1843 Franklin Co Va aged 96 & she was there in 1848.
In 1820 one Littleberry Via made aff'dt in Buckingham Co Va & regard to sol's service & referred to sol as John Via Jr.
In 1843 one Willias Viah was of Floyd Co Va & had known sol from his earliest recollection & knew him during the Rev, (no kinship given).
-- the following submitted by Judy
This day Hardin Woods came before me a magistrate for the County aforesaid and made oath that John Via served as a private soldier in the Virginia line under the Command of Col. Francis Tailor, Given from under my hand this the 21st day of October 1820. W.J. Freeland J.P.
This day Littleberry Via came before me a magistrate for the County aforesaid and gave oath that John Via Served as a private soldier in the Virginia line under the Command of Col. Francis Tailor Given from under my hand this the 21st day of October 1820. W.J. Freeland J.P.
State of Virginia }
Franklin County }
On this 24th day January 1834 Personally appeared before me Samuel Saunders a Justice of the Peace for the Said County John Via a Resident of the County of Franklin and State of Virginia aged 76 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 United States for term of three years in the County of Amherst Virginia under Capt. Jesse Allen who being deprived of the Command he was Transfered to Capt. Solmon Rice and upon the resignation of Capt. Rice he was marched under the command of Captain Burton in a detachment of the Virginia line Commanded by Colonel Francis Taylor to guard the Prisoners surrendered by Burgoyne that he was marched and countermarched through the north western part of the State of Virginia and quartered at different Times near the Towns ___ ___ ___ at the warm Springs Shepardstown and Martinsburg and
being discharged at Winchester Virginia. Having lost his discharge that he Served the Whole term that he enlisted for, at the different places Stated as Private Soldier. 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 any agency in any State or If any, only on that of the Said agency of the State of Virginia. John Vier (his mark)
Franklin County State of Virginia, Viz, Personally appeared before me a
Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid John Via who being duly Sworn
deposeth and Saith that by reason of old age and the consequenth loss of
memory he cannot Swear Positively as to the Precise Time of his enlistment
or the Time of his discharge Nor the Precise Time of his Service at each
place that he was Quartered, that he Served - the Period of three years as
mentioned as Private Soldier and for Such Service I claim Pension.
John Vier (his mark)
Sworn to and Subscribed this 24th day January 1834 before me Samuel Saunders J.P.
We Braxton James and Isham Cochrum residing in Franklin County Va. hereby
Certify that We are well acquainted with John Via Who has subscribed and
Sworn to the Within declaration that We believe him to be 76 years of age
that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have
been a Revolutionary Soldier and we concur in that opinion.
Isram Cochrum Braxton James
Sworn and Subscribed this 24th day January 1834 before me Saml Saunders J.P.
State of Virginia }
Franklin County } On this the 21st day of January 1843 personally appeared before me James Cannaday a justice of the peace, and as such one of the justices of the County Court of Franklin County & State of Virginia the same being a court of record, Sarah Viah, alias Sarah Vyer, a resident of said County & state, aged about ninety five or ninety six years, who being first duly sworn according to Law, doth, on her oath, make the following declaration in order to
obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress passed July 7th, 1838: That she is the widow of John Viah, alias John Vyer, who was a soldier in the Army of the Revolution, and who was enlisted as she has understood by Jesse Allen whose rank she does not know, nor does she know in what corps or regiment he was enlisted. She further states that she has frequently heard her husband speak of his enlistment and services during the Revolutionary War, and
particularly of his being detailed to guard a certain body of prisoners to the town of Winchester in this state. Though her recollection is so much affected by age that - she cannot call to mind the circumstance & events detailed by her husband - She knows however that he served during a considerable portion of the war and that a short time before his death he established his claim to
a pension under the Act of Congress, and refers to the evidence furnished by her husband of his services and which she supposes are now on file in the pension office at Washington, and which on account of her husbands death, and her age, and ignorance of her rights heretofore she cannot now furnish again. She further states she was married to the said John Viah, alias John Vyer on the fourth day of March seventeen hundred and eighty four, that her husband the aforesaid John
Viah died on the seventh day of March eighteen hundred and thirty-four, and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, as will fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed. Sarah Viah (her mark)
This is to Certify, That it appears from a List in this Office of such
Officers and Soldiers of the Virginia Continental Line, during the Revolutionary
War, as settled their Accounts, and received Certificates for the balance
of their Full Pay, according to an Act of Assembly, passed the November Session
1781, that a Certificate issued on the 27th day of September 1783, in the
name of John Via as a Soldier of Infantry for £53.3.10, which Certificate
appears to have been
delivered to Jas Hawkins and was given for services prior to the 1st January 1782.
Given under my hand, at the Auditor's Office, Richmond, this 23rd day of August 1843. JWE Heath AuditorJudy Pons
Wilkes Co in the State of NC
was a private in the Comp'y commanded by Captain Cleveland of the Reg't commanded [blank] in the N Carolina Volunteer Militia for 7 mo 22 days
Inscribed on the Roll of N. Carolina at the rate of 25 Dollars 55 Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March 1834
Certificate of Pension issued the 16 day of June 1835 and sent S F Patterson Raleigh, NC
Paid at the Treasury under the Act of the 6th April 1838 from 4 Sep 1836 to the 6 July 1837 the day of his death, Agent Notified 12 July 1838
State of North Carolina
County of Wilkes
On this 4th day of November 1834 personally appeared in open Court before the Court of Pleas & Quer __ for the County & State aforesaid, now sitting William Viars a resident of the County of Wilkes & State of North Carolina, aged seventy seven years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration, in which to obtain the
benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named
officers, and served as herein stated - That about the last of May or first
of June 1776 this declarant volunteered himself to go against the Cherokee
Indians who at that time were committing great depredation upon the whites
on the waters of New River on the North Western side of the Blue Ridge in
that section of country now principally embraced within the boundaries of
Ashe County NC. That he joined a company of Volunteer Militia commanded
by Captain Robert Cleveland & Lieutenant Burnett Owens & Ensign
Nathaniel Vannoy that the company rendezvoused at Wilkes Court House and
thence marched to the north western side of the Blue Ridge to a station
known by the name of Bakers station, where a number of white families had
collected together to protect themselves against the depredations of the
Indians. From this point they made excursions through the country
in various directions in search of
the Indians occasionally crossing the Blue Ridge to the South side also visiting a station on the waters of the Y__ at Heradons Mill, but did not succeed in meeting with any of the Indians. This declarant was employed in this service until the fourth day of July 1776, making not less than One Month Soon after the declaration of Independence as this declarant believes some time in the latter part of July preparations were made for a general expedition against the Cherokee Indians. He again volunteered his services and was attached to the company of Capt Benjamin Cleveland which met at Wilkes Court House preparatory to their unfinished campaign - In the organization of the company and making the necessary preparations, this declarant having a good
horse, was detached by Captain Cleveland to take charge of a portion of the baggage, it being necessary to transport it by means of pack horses. He accordingly set out with the troops and proceed with them to the Pleasant Gardens in the County of Burke where they joined the main army and under lieut Rutherford. After joining Lieut Rutherford, this declarant was continued in the pack horse service, and marched with the army by the most direct route to the Cherokee Nation. Upon arriving at the Middle Town of the Cherokee Indians they found themselves entirely abandoned, the Indians having all fled - at that place - Rutherford divided the troops, leaving a small portion together with all the baggage & provisions (except a few days rations, which the troops who proceeded took with them) at that place, while he advanced with the main body of the army to the Valley Towns This declarant was left of course at the Middle Town with the baggage and there remained until the return of the troops to that place, after which, and after destroying the Towns and such other property of the Indians as they could find, they set out upon their return to North Carolina, and having advanced on their return as far as Wilkes C.H. this declarant was discharged by Captain Cleveland or Col Armstrong he does not recollect which, and returned to his home having served in this expedition not less than three months. From the time of the return of this declarant in the fall of 1776 until the summer of 1780 this declarant performed several short tours of duty against the Tories but as he cannot recollect the length of each nor the particular circumstances and in which they were performed he declines setting up ay claim on their account.
About the month of August 1780, preparations, were made by Col Benjamin
Cleveland and other active and distinguished Whigs in Wilkes County for raising
volunteer troops to defend the south western section of the State against
the invasion of the British and Tories from South Carolina. This declarant
again turned out as a volunteer and joined the company of Captain Jesse Franklin
at Wilkes C.H. where they remained some time making the necessary preparations
for their extended expedition. In the final organization of the troops
Captain Franklin was promoted to the appointment of Major and David Viars
the brother of this declarant was appointed Captain in his stead. As
soon as they were fully organized they set out upon their march toward the
upper part of South Carolina, where having advanced some distance into Burke
County they were joined by a regiment of Militia from Virginia under Col
Campbell, and __ troops from that section of Country now called East Tennessee
under Col Sevier. The whole then moved forward until they reached a point not now recollected by this declarant, when intelligence was received that Majr. Ferguson was advancing from South Carolina with a large body of British and Tories and that he was about occuping a favorable position on Kings Mountain - A preparation was immediately made for all the troops who had horses or who could procure them, to advance with all possible speed to meet him. This declarant having no horse was unable to proceed, and was consequently left behind with a large number of the troops who were similarly situated. They
proceeded however with as much expedition as possible, but did not reach the battle ground in time, the engagement being over, and the Americans with their prisoners being on their return some distance, when they met with them. Upon rejoining the Army this declarant assisted in guarding the prisoners until they marched back as far as Wilkes C.H., where other troops were
ordered out to take charge of the prisoners and this declarant was discharged. Having served in this expedition not less that two and a half months.
In the spring of the year following this declarant believes about the last
of January or first of February intelligence was received of the approach
of Lord Cornwallis from South Carolina, and a call was immediately made for
volunteers to reinforce Gen'l Green who was then known to be in advance of
Lord Cornwallis. This declarant again turned under Captain Benjamin
Herndon, and rendezvoused at Major Lewis' on the Yadkin in the lower end
of Wilkes County where they joined several other companies, the whole being
placed under the command of Major Richard Allen, they set out upon their march
to join Gen'l Green whom they expected to meet somewhere in the County of
Guilford, but upon advancing as far as Salem in Wilkes county they discovered
that Lord Cornwallis' army was between them and Gen'l Green, and that a considerable
body of the British Light Horse had been dispatched to intercept them.
Upon meeting the Light Horse, they dispersed and retreated to
Ha_ Town, where they rallied and had a slight engagement with them in which they killed one man, but escaped without loss or injury on their part. The detachment then made various efforts to join Gen'l Greene by making a __ marches but found themselves intercepted at every point, so that they were compelled finally to abandon the attempt, but remained in the country
watching the first favorable opportunity of cooperating with Genl Greene until after this battle of Guilford was fought, and the British marched off towards Wilmington where they returned home and was discharged. In this expedition, this declarant is satisfied he served not less than five weeks.
This declarant was born in the county of King & Queen in the State of Virginia in the year 1756, as he is informed, but has no record of his age. He was living in Surry County, N.C. now Wilkes when he entered the service of the United States, and has lived in the same County ever since. All the services performed by this declarant was performed as a volunteer. His answer to the fifth interrogatory is contained generally in the body of this declaration as well as he can now recollect. He never received any written discharge from the service, nor has he any documentary evidence of any kind to prove it but refers to the testimony of John Yates hereunto answered who served with him during two of the tours mentioned in the foregoing declaration. He also refers to the Rev'd Thomas Fletcher & Joseph McNick as persons to whom he is well acquainted in his present neighborhood, and who can testify as to his character for veracity, and their belief of his services as a soldier of the revolution, as he knows of no person living whose testimony he could procure who can testify as to that portion not proven by Mr. Yates.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
Sworn to & Subscribed, the day & year aforesaid.
William Viars (his mark)
Wm Mastin C C C
On the day and year aforesaid personally appeared in open Court before the Court aforesaid, John Yates and after having been duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith that he served with William Viars the above applicant during two of the tours of duty mentioned in the forgoing declaration.
For the relief of William Via.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, required to place the name of William Via, of Nelson county, Virginia, upon the pension roll, for twelve months' service as a private soldier during the revolutionary war, and pay him at the rate of forty dollars a year, commencing on the first of December, anno Domini eighteen hundred and forty-four.
Gideon Viah Pension S6311
Gideon Viah of Gallia in the State of Ohio who was a Private in the company commanded by Captain Hopkins of the Reg't commanded by Col Dickerson in the Virginia line for 1 year 8 mo 20 days.
Inscribed on the Roll of Ohio at the rate of 68 Dollars 88 Cents per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1831. Certificate of Pension issued the 15th day of Dec 1832 and Sent to Francis LeClercy (Clk) Gallipolis, Ohio
Arrears to 4th of Sept 1832
Semi an'l allowance ending 4 Mar 1833 $ 34.44
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress of the
7th June 1832.
State of Ohio Gallia County
On this 11th day of August A.D. 1832 personally appeared before the Judges
of the Court of Common Pleas of Gallia County, Ohio, Gideon Viah, a resident
of Addison Township in Gallia County in the state of Ohio, aged seventy
seven years on the 25th day of Nov. next, 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 entered the service of the United States under the following
named officers and served as herein stated, that is to say; That in or about
the month of September A.D. 1777 being a resident of Augusta County Va he
was drafted for a term of six Months as a common soldier; and thinks it was
about the middle of the month of Sept afsd that he joined the company commanded
by Capt. John Hopkins - that there were five hundred men __ __ of which
his afsd company formed a part who were under the command of Col. John Dickerson
& all of whom were ordered to rendezvous at fort Randolph at the mouth
of the Great Kanuhira River where it was expected that Genl. Hand from Fort
Pitt would join them to go against the Shawnne Nation of Indians with fifteen
hundred regulars - that he marched in said Company with saidd troops to
Fort Randolph where they remained until the forepart of the month of Dec.
following when Genl. Hand who had previously arrived at Fort Randolph from
Fort Pitt dismissed the Militia and went with them to Augusta Co.
That he the said Gideon arrived at home about a week before Christmas and
__ __ no further service under that ___ That on the 27th of February
A.D. 1778, or about that day at Staunton in Augusta Co Va where he still
lived, he was again drafted for the term of twelve months - that a few days
afterwards he went to Winchester, the place of rendezvous marched with the
troops then raised in Augusta to the Valley Forge where he then joined the
10th Virginia Regiment commanded by Col. Green & in the company commanded
by Capt Nathan Lamb - that sometime in the month of June following he marched
with the afsd troops to meet the British, who were then understood to be
about to abandon Philadelphia, until he reached Corrells Ferry on Delaware
River where he was confined by indisposition for two weeks or more during
which time the battle of Monmouth was fought After which time he went
to Trenton where he was again confined for five or six weeks with the camp
fever - after which illness, he immediately joined his afsd Regiment &
Company at the White Plains in the State of New York. He thinks that
while the troops were at the white plains, the tenth Virginia Regiment was
reduced to the Sixth Regiment, the reason of which he does not know - That
sometime in the month of Sept. he marched with said Regiment to West Point
where he thinks it was, placed under the command of Col. House which was
under the command of Genl Scott Brigader Genl Israel Putnam commander in
chief at that place - That afterward he went to Pitt Town in the Jerseys and
about the first of Jany 1779 he was appointed one of a Guard selected to
guard the baggase of a Hessian Genl by the name of Reidsdale from that place
to a place near Charlottesville in Va which service he performed when his
years service expired he was dismissed and returned home. That in the
fall of the year 1780 at Rockingham Co Va where he then lived he was again
drafted for a term of three months with the __ Militia joined the Company
commanded by Capt. John Rush & Marched to Richmond Va where he remained
in service for two months in said company when he was again dismissed and
returned home. That some time in the month of Dec 1780 he volunteered
as a soldier in the Company commanded by George Riddle who was under the command
of Col Nall & marched from Rockingham Co by Richmond to Suffolk, in the
neighborhood of which place he continued to serve for a few days more than
three months when he was again dismissed. Genl Mechlenburg being in
Camp at that place. That in the month of June 1781 five hundred Mounted
men were raised __ Rockingham Co Va to go in pursuit of Cornwallis who had
then just left Richmond, that he joined one of the Companies composing of
said five hundred mounted Riflemen commanded by capt. Jn Rush __ That said
troops were under the command of Col Benjamin Harris of Rockingham - that
he with said troops marched __ the way to Richmond to Williamsburg in what
[ the rest of Gideon's deposition is unreadable, however it is clear that
he stated he was born 25 November 1755 and that in 1818 he moved to Gallia
Samuel Arrington Pension S8033in a deposition by James Evans it states "dep. served from Jany or Feby 1779 to Jany or Feby 1780 at said place with said Samuel Arrington; Wm Via, Jno Via and Gideon Via their father, was also in Allens company."
Bounty land applications for: Obadiah Via
|William Via, Private||14 days|
|Rowland Via, Private||5 months 7 days||Micajah Beck sub for|
|Pleasant Via, Private||5 months 21 days||Lewis Thomas|
|Obadiah Via, Private||2 months 19 days||John Lain his sub|
|Hezekiah Via, Private||5 months 9 days|
|Daniel Via, Private||5 months 28 days|
|William Via, Private||5 months, 28 days|
|Jonathan Via, Private||1 month, 23 days|
|Clifton Via, Private||5 months, 29 days|
|Thomas Via, Private||5 months, 29 days|
State of Virginia
County of Floyd
The declaration of Richard Via, a resident of
the town of (blank), in the county of Floyd, in the State of Virginia setting
forth: I am married; my wife's name was Francis Via, to whom I was married
at Patrick County on the 1st day of May 1815. I am the identical Richard
Via, who under that name served in the Military service of the United States
as a Volunteer in Captain James Hoge company of the (blank) regiment of
Genl. Porter militia volunteers in the war of 1812. That I am the
Identical Richard Via who served in the said service at Norfolk, in the
State of Virginia on or about the (blank) day of (blank), A.D. 1813, for
the period of sixty days, and was honorably discharged at Norfolk, in the
State of Virginia on or about the (blank) day of (blank), A.D. 1814 having
continued in said sevice for more than sixty days. I further declare
that I am not in receipt of a pension, nor have I made application for a
pension, except as herein set forth.
By reason of the premises, I ask to be placed on the pension rolls of the United States, in pursuance of the provisions of the act of Congress, approved February 14, 1871, granting pensions to certain soldiers, &c.
I further declare that, at no time during the late rebellion against the authority of the United States, did I give adherence to the cause of the enemies thereof; nor have I at any time given or rendered unto such enemies any aid or comfort whatsoever, nor have I any time exercised the functions of any office whatsoever, under any authority or pretended authority in hostility to the United States.
I further do solemnly declare, in the presence of Almighty God, that I will henceforth faithfully support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the Union of the States thereunder.
I hereby appoint Thomas H. Howard, my attorneys to prosecute this claim in my behalf, with power of substitution and revocation.
My post office address is (blank), county of Floyd C.H., State of Virginia
Richard Via (his mark)
Two witnesses to signature.
Tilman C. Overstreet
WAR OF 1812
ACT FEBRUARY 14, 1871
BRIEF OF CLAIM FOR A SURVIVOR'S PENSION
in the case of Richard Via, a (blank) of Captain Hoge's Company, Va. Militia Reg't.
Residence: Floyd County Virginia, Post Office Address: Floyd C.H. Floyd County Virginia
Enlisted July 16th, 1814, discharged Feby. 15th, 1815 Declaration and identification in due form, filed Aug 26, 1871. SERVICE FOR SIXTY DAYS, SHOWN AS FOLLOWS:
Report from Bounty Land Division shows that Richard Via, served in Capt. Hoges Co., Va. Militia, from July 16, 1814 to Feby. 15, 1815. Length of service, 215 days.
Claimant declares he is not a pensioner under any previous act. Name not on list of pensioners. Loyalty, claimant's averment and testimony of Tilman C. Overstreet and David Ketterman Good Character of witnesses vouched for by John M. Arendall P.M. at Floyd C.H. Virginia Admitted Nov 14th, 1871, to a pension of eight dollars per month, from February 14, 1871.
John N. Willy, Ex'r
App'd. A.W. Fisher, Reviewer