Peggy, your statement to which I replied was this:
"If you haven't already done this, my suggestion would be to look at some deeds for Louisa County and find George Pottis as the grantor, and William Duval as the grantee. Get a copy of that deed (available on microfilm at the Library of VA) and compare the signature of the William Duval on that document with the signature of the William Duval who picked up the paycheck. If they match, that would be tough for DAR to argue with."
1) This message board (with Mr. Bates' repetition of his numerous assertions without supporting/connecting evidence) is about the Revolutionary War, not the Civil War.However, Revolutionary War pension files usually did include an actual signature by the claimant, if he could write his name.
2) A recording clerk's representation of a person's "mark" can not be compared with a person's original "mark".It is a presumption that a claimant himself is the one who wrote the "mark" on the declaration copy that was sent to the Pension Office.
3) In a deed from Pottis to Duval, it would be Pottis signing the original deed, and his name written in by the recording Clerk.One can tell nothing about Duval's signature from such a deed.