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Dunmore's War Records (1774)

p. 101
Bedford Co., Capt. Benjamin Harrison's company
1/6 David Viars 118 days .... 8 pounds 17 shillings

[see the original record at the digital archives of the LVA]  -- submitted by Julie Crosswell
 

Revolutionary War Records


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

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Colonel Francis Taylor's payroll sheet
Name                     Time of service on this draft
John Via Junr          7 months         16 2/3 dollars          (35 pounds)
Gidion Via               7 months         16 2/3 dollars          (35 pounds)
Littleberry Via          7 months         16 2/3 dollars         (35 pounds)
John Via Senr          20 days                                        (3£ 6s 8d)
Reuben Viah - Revolutionary War service record
Reuben Viah enlisted for services during the Revolutionary War on December 15, 1776.  He served as a private in the 6th & 10th Virginia Regiments.  These companies at times were designated as Captain David Laird's and Lt. Nathan Lamme's Companies.
May 1777 - 12 June 1777 at Middlebrook
Mar 1778 - 3 June 1778 at Valley Forge
June 1778 - 6 July 1778  Brunswich at Coryells Ferry
July 1778 - 3 Aug 1778 left sick at Coryells Ferry
Aug 1778 - 2 Sept 1778 White Plains - left sick at Coryells Ferry
Sept 1778 - 5 Oct 1778 Camp Robinsons Farm
Oct 1778 - 5 May 1779 Camp Middlebrook - Wagoner
May 1779 - 9 July 1779 Camp Smiths Clove
July 1779 - 3 Aug 1779 Ramepo Clove
Aug 1779 - 6 Sept 1779 Smiths Clove
Sept 1779 - 1 Oct 1779 Ramepaw
Oct 1779 - 9 Dec 1779 Camp Moristown - Wagoner
 
Robert Viar - Rev War service
The following is an exact copy of original records found in the basement of the
courthouse in Fincastle, Botetourt Co., Va.  Submitted by Sue Bishop.

"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 - Revolutionary War service record
5 Feb 1776 David Via (Viar, Viah) enlised for a term of two years.  He was a private in Capt. David Stephenson's Co. of the 8th Virginia Regt. of Foot, Commanded by Col. Abraham Bowman.
--Amherst Co. Va in the Revolution by Lenora H. Sweeny (1951)

David Via served in Captain William Tucker's company of Militia of Amherst Co., Virginia January 14, 1781.  Discharged March - served 72 days.

Robert Via
Pvt Whites Co., (33rd) (Mayo's) Va Military 1807 -- submitted by Sue Bishop
William Via - Revolutionary War Pension Application
National Archives File W6363
24 May 1781 William was drafted into the army for a term of 18 months; discharged 1 Nov 1782.

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
 

Littleberry Via - Revolutionary War pension application
--submitted by Buddy Viers, Sr.

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.

Revolutionary War Pension Application of William Smith (husband of Elizabeth Via)
--submitted by Judy Maupin Pons

Kentucky
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)
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State of Kentucky
Russell County
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)
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Bounty Land Claim
Form of Declaration
To be made by the Widow of an Officer or Soldier of the Revolutionary War
Elizabeth Smith
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

Samuel Jeffiers

Wm Smith

Benjamin Viers - Revolutionary War pension application
--submitted by Buddy 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

John Via of Franklin Co. VA - Revolutionary War pension application
--submitted by Buddy Viers, Sr.

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 Maupin Pons
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.

Buckingham County
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    Auditor

William Viars - Revolutionary War pension application
--submitted by Judy Pons

North Carolina
William Viars
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.
 

Revolutionary War Pension Application of William Via of Nelson Co. VA
State of Virginia, Amherst County  S9513
This 5th day of September 1843, before me William Dillard a Justice of the peace….personally appeared Mr. William Via a Resident of the county of Nelson.  Aged 92 years…..doth on his oath make the following declaration…..he enlisted the service of the United States, in and during the Revolutionary War - from the County of Amherst as an enlisted soldier under Cap. Jesse Allen of the regular Army in the month of Jany or Feb 1779 - at the Albemarle Barracks - having marched to said place in a militia Company under Capt. Sa_ Allen from Amherst County now Nelson…..served one month under said militia Captain and then enlisted as above under Capt. Jesse Allen - who, after a few months was broke for habitual drunkeness - and declarant was then placed under Cap. Jno. Woodroffe who was Lieut. under Allen - and finally under Cap. Jas. Burton from Orange under whom declarant served until the British prisoners was marched to Winchester, declarant did not go to Winchester but was discharged and Returned home, on or about the (blank) day of ___ 1780 - having served as a Regular Soldier on said occasion about one year, and (blank) months, or two years.  Declarant also served another tour of duty in the militia from said County, under Cap. Wm. Tucker of three months duration at York, and Hampton in the spring and summer of 1781 - and was at the capture of Cornwallis in Oct. 1781.  He was also at the Malvin Hills - He was under Col. Taylor at the Barracks in Albemarle….Gideon Via, and Jno. Via, and Saml Arrington was in said Jesse Allen's Company - at the Barrack in Albemarle - with declarant, all of whom went on to Winchester with the British prisoners.  Declarant served in all over two years in the Rev. War. He has made his declaration in Amherst, because it is only 2 miles to the magistrate - and is also better acquainted in that county - having proven his Services for that county also - and being too infirm to go either to Nelson Court 5 miles or to Amherst Court 12 miles.
                                                   William Via [his mark]
William H. Viar of Nelson interlined before signed - William Dillard  J.P.
At a Court of Quarterly session begun and held for Amherst County at the Court House on Monday the 17th day of March 1851.
Satisfactory evidence was presented to shew that William Via a revolutionary soldier and an applicant for a pension died in this County on the 28th day of July 1849 leaving no widow but children to wit. Rowland Via, Patsey Via and Elizabeth Cunningham and that James W. Keith was appointed Admr of the said William Via on the 17th day of march 1851 for the purpose of receiving from the Genl Govt the pension due him at his.

Thirtieth Congress - First Session.
H.R. 377.  (Report No. 446.)

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
March 30, 1848
Read twice, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

Mr. STRONG, from the Committee on Revolutionary Pension, reported the following bill:

A BILL

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
Gideon Viah/Viers moved to Gallia County in 1818 and died in Gallia County between March and September, 1840.
--from "Revolutionary Soldiers Who Lived in Gallia County, Ohio", p. 57, 58, edited by Henrietta Evans & Mary Wood, published by the Gallia County Genealogical Society
Submitted by Jim Bailey

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                         $103.32
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 Co., Ohio]
 

Samuel Arrington
Submitted by Judy Maupin on behalf of Christy

Samuel Arrington         Pension S8033

in 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."

War of 1812 Records

Pension records for: Jonathan Via|Richard Via|Thomas Via

Bounty land applications for: Obadiah Via

Muster Roll Of Captain Patrick Andeson's Company of the Seventy-fourth Regiment, Virginia Militia, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel William Trueheart, in the Service of the United States from 20th to 29th March, from 27th to 29th June, and from 1st to 2d July, in the year 1813.


Soldier's Name & Rank
Length of Service
William Via, Private 14 days
Pay Roll Of a Company of Light Infantry, commanded by Captain Robert McCullock, of the Seventh Regiment of Virginia Militia, in the Service of the United States, from the 29th August 1814 to 21st February 1815.


Soldier's Name & Rank
Length of Service
Remarks
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
Pay Roll Of a Company of Infantry, under the command of Captain John Rothwell, of the Seventh Regiment of Virginia Militia, in the Service of the United States from the 27 Aug 1814 to the 22nd February 1815


Soldier's Name & Rank
Length of Service
Clifton Via, Private 5 months, 29 days
Thomas Via, Private  5 months, 29 days
Jonathan Via [need reference]
Jonathan applied for a pension but his claim was rejected.
Richard Via
                                           DECLARATION FOR A PENSION
                                         UNDER ACT OF FEBRUARY 14, 1871
                                                          WAR OF 1812

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
D. Kitterman

                                                             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.

Claimant                            John N. Willy, Ex'r
                                        App'd. A.W. Fisher, Reviewer

Thomas Via [need reference]
14 Aug 1814 drafted into Captain John Rothwell's Company of the Virginia Militia.
20 Feb 1815 discharged at Camp Carter.
14 Feb 1871 pension application approved; Rhodes J. Via and R.L. Clark gave depositions for the application.
--thanks to Judy Pons

Obadiah Via [need reference]
Declaration State of Tennessee County of Gibson
On this 3rd day of March A.D. One thousand eight hundred and fifty one personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace within and for the county and State aforesaid Obediah Via aged about seventy seven years, a resident of Gibson County in the State of Tennessee who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Obediah Via who was a private in the company commanded by Captain Robt McCulloch in the Regiment of Va. Mil. commanded by Colonel Watson in the War with Great Britain that he was drafted at Albemarle County state of Virginia on or about the 26th day of August A.D. 1814 for the term of six months and continued in actual service in said War for the term of two months and eighteen days and was honorably discharged at Camp Carter Ten miles from Richmond on or near the 13th day of November as will appear by the Muster Rolls, his discharge being lost.

He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the Bounty Land to which he may be entitled under the "Act granting Bounty Land to certain Officers and Soldiers, who have been engaged in the military service of the United States" passed September 28, 1850.

Thomas Edwards

Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year above written. And I hereby certify that I believe the said Obidia Via to be the idental man who served as aforesaid, and that he is of the age above stated.
Thomas Edwards Justice of the Peace

To the Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington City
SIR: I request that my claim to Bounty Land under the Act of Congress passed September 28th, 1850, be examined, and I if am entitled to Land, that the Warrant or Certificate therefor, be sent to Smith & Jones who I hereby constitute my Attorneys in fact for that purpose and my benefit..
Acknowledged before me this 3rd day of Obediah Via

State of Tennessee, County of
On this 3rd day of March A.D. 1851 personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace in and for said county John Fanz (who I certify to be a person of veracity) and made oath in due form of law that he personally knows Obediah Via whose signature to the foregoing declaration, and that he is the identical Obediah Via who was actually in the service of the United States during the War with Great Britain as set forth in said Declaration.
Sworn and subscribed before me the day John Fanz
and year above written,
Thomas Edwards J.P.

State of Tennessee
County of Gibson
On this sixth day of April, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, personally appeared before me, a justice of the peace within and for the county and State aforesaid, Obediah Via, aged 80 years past, a resident of Gibson County, in the State of Tennessee, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Obediah Via, who was a private in the company commanded by Captain Robert McCullough in the regiment of Virginia Militia, commanded by Col. Gray, in the war with Great Britain, declared by the United States on the 18th day of June, 1812, for the term of six months, and continued in actual service in said war for fourteen days; that he has heretofore made application for bounty land under the act of September 28, 1850, and received a land warrant for forty acres, which he has since legally disposed of, and cannot now return.

He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the additional bounty land to which he may be entitled under the act approved 3rd day of March, 1855, He also declares, that he has never applied for nor received under this or any other act of Congress any bounty land warrant except the one above mentioned.
Obediah Via (his mark)

We, William Via, and Henry Williamson, residents of Gibson County in the State of Tennessee, upon our oaths declare that the foregoing declaration was signed and acknowledged by Obediah Via in our presence, and we believe from the appearance and statements of the applicant, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be.
Wm C Via
Henry Williamson

State of Tennessee
County of Gibson
On this twenty ninth day of February, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty six, personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace within and for the State and County aforesaid, Obediah Via, who being duly sworn according to law, declares upon his oath, that he can not write his name at this time and never could, and that when he made application for Bounty Land under the act of March 3, 1855, as well as he now remembers his name was signed by his son or William Stone, the Justice of the Peace before whom he swore to his declaration.
Obediah Via (his mark)

Geo W. Talbot

March A.D. 1851
Thomas Edwards J.P.