Bk II pg 159 Headrights from Orange County. VA. Feb 28, 1739 David Steavenson (Stevenson / Stephenson), James, Jane, Thomas, & Wm Steavenson; with them Agnes, Wm & James McKay, from Ireland Also listed in the Headrights were Samuel GIVINS, Sarah his wife; John, Samuel, James, Martha, Elizabeth, William, Margaret, Sarah & Jane Givens, his ch.
(Were these families connected to James Adair / Adare ?)
Pension, West Tennessee : James GIVENS S1879 West Tenn. #7172 $20/year issued 8 March 1833. 5 Sept. 1832 Franklin County James GIVINGS aged 68 states he was born in Mecklenburg County, NC, 8 April 1764. (was Mecklenburg Co sometimes said to be in VA about that time ?)
In Aug. 1780 he enlisted there under Capt. William ALEXANDER and LT. AIKEN(?), drafted for three months. He participated in the march against a fort called Rocky Mount near Catawba. Col. MILLER of the American army was killed there, along with four or five of the enemy. The balance of the enemy were taken prisoner.
In the winter of 1780/1781 James GIVENS volunteered as a private in Capt. David WILSON's mounted gunmen, serving under Capt. Robert CAMPBELL of AUGUSTA Co, VA, and Lt. Rich RANKIN. We were under the command of Gen. William CAMPBELL, who died while the army lay at Richmond, Va.
When Lord CORNWALLIS marched out of Lincoln County, NC, he crossed the Catawba River on 22 Feb.1781 at Cowan's Ford, where Gen. DAVIDSON was killed. His cannon and wagons crossed at BEATTY's FORD, "where my father resided. CORNWALLIS and his staff breakfasted in my father's house. My father was taken prisoner and marched off, he was then 65 years of age."
Although his father claimed exemption from the service on account of his age, he had at that time seven sons, including James, in the service, Major Samuel GIVENS who had been taken prisoner at Camden was on of them.
Affiant moved from Mecklenburg County to Kentucky in 1789 and in 1809 to this place. He can prove part of his service by Maj. John ARMSTROMG, who was born and raised in the same neighborhood as himself.
He was known to Rev. Robert DOUGAN, Rev. Mr. GWYNN, Col. James LEWIS and others. Maj. John ARMSTRONG aged about 65 stated he was born in Lincoln Co. and raised in Mecklenburg County, NC He was aquatinted with Cap. William ALEXANDER and recalls GIVENS' service. He has known Givens since boyhood, except the time GIVENS lived in Kentucky. Clergyman Robert DOUGAN and Col. James LEWIS vouch for GIVENS.
22 Sept. 1835 Gipson County, Tenn. James GIVENS removed to this place from Franklin County in February, 1833 4 March 1841 A note in the files indicates that the pension was paid to this date, probably GIVENS, date of death.