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JAMES CHESSHER

APPLICATION FOR REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION

STATE OF VIRGINIA

NO. R.1.911

DECLARATION

In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832

STATE OF TENNESSEE                                                                                                                                   WARREN COUNTY                     On this first day of July, Eighteen hundred and forty four, personally appeared in Open Court, before the Court of Warren County, now sitting, James CHESSHER, a resident of the County and State aforesaid, aged about eighty seven 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 Act of Congress, passed June 7th, 1832.

That he first entered the service of the United States under the folowing named officers and served as herein stated, viz -

When he first entered the service, he volunteered under Capt. WALL in Mecklenburg Co., Va., where he resided at that time, and marched from there to Guilford County, NC, where he joined the army under General GREENE, and where we had a battle with the British, but does not now recollect the year, but thinks it was in the month of March or April, and after the first three months tour expired, he was discharged from the Army; and returned home, and has since mislaid, or lost, said discharge, which was given to him at Ramsey Mille on Deep River by Genl. GREENE.  He further declares that he was drafted for three months in Halifax County, Virginia, and served under Capt. (illegible) WORTNER and marched from there to Little York when informed the army under Genl. WASHINGTON, at which time and place he was in the engagement at the taking of Cornwallis, and remainded there until the fort was given up - which was not long before the close of the year, and after which he returned home, and he further declares that he has no documentary evidence, and that he knows of no person now living by whom he can prove his service.

He hereby relinquishes every claim, wheter 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 and subscribed this day and year aforesaid.

Richmond McGREGOR, Clerk

                                                                                          James (X) CHESSHER                                                                                                                                                         his mark

We, William THOMPSON, Clergyman, residing in the County of Warren and State of Tennessee, and Hamlet R. WOOD, residing in the county and state aforesaid, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with James CHESSHER, who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration, and that we believe him to be eigty-seven years of age; and that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a soldier in the Revolution, and that we confirm in that opinion.

Sworn and subscribed this day and year aforesaid.

                                                                                 Richmond McGREGOR, Clerk                                                                                                                                        William THOMPSON                                                                                                                                                     Hamlet R. WOOD

And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion, after the investigation of this matter, and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier, and served as he states.  And the Court further certify that it appears to them that William THOMPSON, who has signed the preceding certificate is a clergyman resident in Warren County, and Hamlet R. WOOD, who has signed the same, is also a resident of the same county, and is a credible person, and that their statement is entitled to credit.

                                                                                   John FORD (seal)                                                                                                                                                            Asa FAULKNER (seal)                                                                                                                                                  John FINGER (seal)

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Sevierville, TN, 16th July 1844

Dear sir:

Enclosed you have a few pension claims for enumeration, which I prosecuted a few days ago in Middle Tennessee, which if allowed, the applicants would wish to draw at Nashville, being the nearest agency to their residence.

                                                                                Yours with respect and esteem,                                                                                                                                        R. LANSING             

Notation on card accompanying this file marked "Rejected"

Also, notation on front of application file stated, "Applied in Tennessee in 1843, aged about 87 years.  Enlisted in Mecklenburg and Halifax Counties, VA.

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