On Sept. 18, 1832 in Gallatin Co., IL, William Allen, resident of Hamilton Co., IL filed Application #S30822 for his Revolutionary War pension.His rather thorough application details not only his war experience, but also the events of his life that are of considerable genealogical interest.He states his age as 73 and that he volunteered as a private in the militia of the state of North Carolina about the first of September, 1781.At the time he entered the service he lived in Orange Co., NC.He states he was born in the state of Pennsylvania (abt. 1759) and went to Orange, NC at an early age. (bef. 1762) After his capture by the British and his release in August, 1782, he returned to Orange, NC, but some five years later he moved to Virginia above Abingdon. From there he moved to TN where he lived 12 or 13 years.From TN he moved to Hamilton Co., IL about 12 or 13 years prior to the date of the pension application (1832).The full text of the application was transcribed by Nancy Poquette [firstname.lastname@example.org].It is located on the web at:www.usgwarchives.net/nc/ncfiles.htm . Search under William Allen and Orange County.