On this seventh day of December AD one thousand eight hundred and fifty three personally appeared before me an acting Justice of the Peace only authorised to administrate oaths within and for the County and State aforesaid John L.Reaman (sometimes written John Reaman) fifty eight years old and resident of searcy County in the State of Arkansas who being duly sworn according to law delares that he is the identical John L. Reaman who was a private in the company commanded by Captain Manly Ford in the Regiment of volunteers Commanded by Col. Means in the war of the UnitedStates against Great Britten of 1812 that he volunteered at Spartanburg District in the State of South Carolina and was mustered into service at Union Distric South Carolina on or about September AD 1814 for the term of six months and continued in actual service in said war for the term of five months and was honorably discharged at Orangeburg South [Carolina] on or about March AD 1815 on account of having served the full term required by the officers in command of said company (having in the mean time been attached to the Battalion Command by Major William Shields and was discharged with the Battalion under his command) and will appear by the muster rolls of said company he not having his original certificate of discharge now in his possession.
He makes this declaration for the purpose ofobtaining 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 [before?] September 28th 1850 never received or knowing that he is entitled under any former act of Congress . But this is the second application for bounty land for the afore service but for some cause unknown to him no certificate for land has ever come to his hands and he further declares that he never sold or conveyed nor authorised any other person to sell or convey the same.
[apparently signed in John's own hand with the "d" somewhat obscured but obviously there]
John L. Redman" --------- End of transcription of original copy from NARA There follows the signature of the JP, Andrew Melton, and then several others attesting to the authority of Mr. Melton, etc etc. ---------- Points of interest 1866 John L's traditional death date age about 71in AR 1853 Age 58 makes birth 1795 assume in SC per his AR census 1850 John L. Redman family Searcy Co AR, two Redman children 1840 First Redman (Sterling) Searcy Co AR census. Other adult male in household might be John L. 1820 No Redmans Spartanburg census 1818 A John and "Starling" Redman sell land to Bennett Wilson 1814 Age 19 when enlisted 1814 is year a John Redman died and widow Rachel is administrator. Deeply in debt. Perhaps reason John enlisted? 1810 One John Redman family Spartanburg census. Assume this is John L's family. 1800 Two John Redman families Spartanburg census. Both have two males five or younger. Assume one family is John L's. 1790 One John Redman family Spartanburg Co SC census