Thank you for the reply to my query; I am trying to determine the year that Captain Benjamin Few was at Ramsour's Mill in North Carolina - see below:
TIMELINE MICAJAH BROOKS
25 December 1761: Birth - Orange (now Chatham County, North Carolina
1775: "He was an orphan boy age 14 years hired to to the Widow Locklin when he went to Ramsour's Mill in North Carolina... and enlisted with Benjamin Few to go to Georgia."
1775-State of Georgia - Served as a Scout under Few in Wilkes, now Warren. "fites"
Chased Indians who were stealing horses near Joe's Creek.
Entered service under George Barber, Elijah Clarke was second in command.
Clarke sent Barber and Thomas Ramsey as spies to ascertain the number of Tories, they went and returned to the main body and reported that there were seven or eight hundred Tories and after hearing the probable number Col. Elijah Clark after haltingfor sometimeonaccount of the number of Tories he thensaidCol. Clarkfollowed on after them and came up on them (after darkin the first part of the night) where Kettle Creek and LittleRiver runtogether and after coming on them, Col. Clark firedonthe Tory Sentinels and they run off in every direction and left their horses provisions and plunder in the hands of Col. Clark andhis men during the time, there were three Tories killed and they shot backand killed a Captain belonging to Col. Clark'scommandby thenameof Anderson from South Carolina he thinksthoughnot certainas to his name or place from whence he was;Anderson from SC was killed.
2-3 weeks at Kettle Creek and Newsom's Fort and discharged.
PENSION TRANSCRIBED BY CYNTHIA FORDE SEPTEMBER 2004:
Born in North Carolina
# W.27, 694
Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Application Files.
State of Georgia
County of Paulding
On this nineteenth day of August in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and fifty personally appeared in open court before the Inferior Court of Paulding County and State of Georgia, now sitting Micajah Brooks, Sr., a resident of the County of Paulding, and State of Georgia, in the County of Paulding and State of Georgia aged eighty-nine 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 7 1832:
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.That he was an orphan boy (and his mother said was in his fourteenth year of age) and was hired out to widow woman by the name of Locklin (sic)in the State of North Carolina and was sent by her to Ramsour's Mill and while he was at the mill Benjamin Few came then in company with twenty or thirty others, and came to him, and slapped him on his head, and said to him (? my "brick or buck" don't you want to go with me and serve your country and he answered gladly if he had the chance and then told the said Few his situation, said Few then got the Miller to send the horse and bug. back to the widow Locklin and he then came on with Few to the State of Georgia and served under the said Few as a scout for a considerable length of time, but does not now know orrecollect how long on the frontiers of Georgia and was sometimes in fites (sic) that while he served as a scout under said Few in formerly Wilkes, but now Warren County in said State of Georgia,they got after some Tories, who had been stealing horses and clothing and they had a spy or head of the main body of scouts after the Tories by the name of Mclarty, who overtook them upon the waters of Joes Creek, then were two Tories and when the rest of the scouts came up with Mclarty he had killed both of the Tories, the Tories had stopped. (?Came then had been a vain)? and even drying them when Mclarty overtook them.
After he leftFew he entered the service, but does not recollectat the time he entered nor the time he left the services, that he never had received any education; he was a young and wild boy and never paid any attention to dates.
Next, he entered the service under George Barber Captain and Elijah Clark was second in command.He entered the service in the County of Wilkes in the State of Georgia as a volunteer, that while he was under the last mentioned officers in said County of Wilkes they got in pursuit of some Tories and said Clarke sent Captain George Barber and Thomas Ramsey as spies to ascertain the number of Tories, they went and returned to the main body and reported that there were seven or eight hundred Tories and after hearing the probable number Col. Elijah Clark after haltingfor sometimeonaccount of the number of Tories he thensaidCol. Clarkfollowed on after them and came up on them (after darkin the first part of the night) where Kettle Creek and LittleRiver runtogether and after coming on them, Col. Clark firedonthe Tory Sentinels and they run off in every direction and left their horses provisions and plunder in the hands of Col. Clark andhis men during the time, there were three Tories killed and they shot backand killed a Captain belonging to Col. Clark'scommandby thenameof Anderson from South Carolina he thinksthoughnot certainas to his name or place from whence he was;
After he entered the service under the above named officers hemarched from Tugaloe River to the mouth of Kettle and Little River in the saidCountyof Wilkes and from there to Newsom's Fortinnow WarrenCounty said State of Georgia and after remainingtwo or three weeks at said Fort, he was discharged.
After his said discharge from under said officers he went to the State of South Carolina with the intention of returning to his Mother in North Carolina and while in the State of South Carolina in Edgefield District Stephanis Creek, Abraham Redick was drafted, and he the said Micajah Brooks entered the service as a substitute for the said Abraham Redick does not recollect the day nor the year, but it was in the month of March, he entered the service as such a substitute three months, he entered as such a substitute under the following named officers To Wit, Bartley Martin was his Captain, Nobles was his Major does not recollect said Nobles Christian name and Leroy Hammons was his Colonel, they marched from Stephanis Creek in Edgefield District South Carolina to Orangeburg in Edish River and remained there for several days and there were joined by Robucks and Fane with two companies, they then marched to General Greens camp on Podyister River twenty two miles from Charleston in said State of South Carolina belonging to General Greens Army at that time were General Lee and Colonel Washington, he remained there with General Greens Army until the expiration of the three months and was discharged.
At that time, then he was with General Greens Army he understood that British were in possession of Charleston in South Carolina and Sullivan Island after he was discharged out of Captain Martin's Company, he the said Micajah Brooks returned to Wilkes county in the State of Georgia he there joined Captain John Hills Company, who were in possession of Hills Fort on Long Creek then Wilkes County but now Warren County in the State of Georgia.Does not recollect the day, month, or year that he joined Captain John Hills Company after joining said last mentioned company, he remained in said fort for some length of time and said Captain John Hill resigned and Joseph Mimms succeeded him in the command of said company, he then remained in said Fort under Captain Joseph Mimms for some time, does not recollect how long, and Captain Mimms started out of the Fort to get his horse to go to Colony.Samuel Alexander who was stationed on the head waters of Oguche River in Wilkes County in said State for the purpose of getting some ammunition, and said Captain Mimms went out of said fort and got his horse and so wore (sic) as he the said Captain Mimms got his horse and the Indians rose up between the said Captain Mimms and the Fort and ran him a little around the fort and shot and killed him and scalped him.
He saw Captain Martins (sic) shortly after the death of said Captain Mimms, Captain John Wilson came by said Fort with a draged company on his way to join Col. Elijah Clark of the State of Georgia and General Andrew Pickins of the State of South Carolina at Washington Wilkes County in the State of Georgia and when said Captain John Wilson came to said last mentioned fort there was a man in his company by the name of Dempsey Toler, who was very much opposed to going on with Captain John Wilson and by the amount of said Captain Wilson he the said Toler took place of him the said Micajah Brooks and the said Micajah Brooks went on with said Captain Wilson and at now-Washington- in said Wilkes County in said State joined said Colonel Clark and said General Pickins and marched thence through the Cherokee Country in the State of Georgia and marched as far as Tennessee River and up and down said river and through said nation of Indians and burnt all most all of their houses and towns and got a great deal of property such as Negroes, horses, blankets and killed all the cows they saw, killed five Indians and three white men and brought back a good many prisoners; after marching through said Nation of Indians they returned to Gernel's (?_) fort on Sandy Creek in said State of Georgia, there General Pickins left with his Command for South Carolina and Captain John Wilson marched to Columbia County in the State of Georgia and there discharged his company.They were all mounted men that went as above stated through Cherokee Nation.
After the said Micajah Brooks was discharged in Columbia County from the said Captain John Wilson and company, he the said Micajah returned back to Hills Fort in the said County of Wilkes and then resumed his place in said fort and discharged the said Dempsey Toler, Stephen Bishop was then Captain in (voine ?) of the said Joseph Mimms.
After his return to said fort he the said Micajah went to the siege of Augusta under the command of Samuel Beckam as Captain.Augusta in the State of Georgia was then in possession of the British (sic) commanded by General Grierson (sic) and Colonel Brown, after he the said Micajah went to the siege of Augusta he was called off to go into the upper part of Wilkes County in the state of Georgia to take care of women and children and collect them together at Robert Harpress(sic) in said county, he remained as said Harpress until just before the surrender of Augusta and returned just before the surrender of Augusta in the state of Georgia and was there at the surrender, the British marched out after the surrender and left the Tories in the hands of the Whigs who slaughtered them without mercy.
He there saw the Brittish General Greeson killed, he was shot in the upper part of a loghouse in a place something like a balcony by a Whig whose name was James Alexander, who had been a prisoner of General Grierson and during his imprisonment mistreated by him, said James Alexander was in disguise when he shot General Grierson.
After the surrender of Augusta Micajah remained in Augusta for a considerable length of time as a guard under Captain David Miller and Major Collins ( not not recollect his given name_.
In answer to the interrogatories proposed by the Justices of the Inferior Court.
To the First Interrogatory, Micajah Brooks answers that he was born in Chatham County in the State of North Carolina.
To the Second Interrogatory,he answers that he has no Record of his age, his mother told him that it was burnt up with his grandfather's house and she informed him that he was born on the same day that Dennis (sic) Mc Sevin was born and in the same settlement and that if he could see him he could tell him his age,He saw him and from what said Dennis Mc Sevin told him he will be eighty nine years old the twenty fifth of next December.
To the Third Interrogatory, he answers that he was living in Chatham County North Carolina when he entered the service of the United States.After he left the service of the United Stated he lived three years in the State of North Carolina since which time he has lived in the State of Georgia in various counties.That he is not a resident of Paulding County in the State of Georgia.
The answer to the Fourth Interrogatory, he has answeredin the foregoing declaration - and also he has answered the Fifth in the foregoing.
In answer to the Sixth he states that he was always a private soldier.
To the Seventh Interrogatory, he answers that Augusta Young, Silas Mccrady, John Strong, Wilson Whatley, Brooks M. Willingham, Joseph Morgan, Sr.Woodson Hubbard, Barnaby Pace, David Griffin and Elias P Hightower.(?)
To the best of his recollection he the said Micajah states the he served doing the Revolutionary War in the service of the United States at least two years but cannot as before stated being an illiterate man recollect the dates he served, the dates he left the service, but whilst he was in the service of the United States the Brittish had possession of Charleston in the State of South Carolina and Savannah and Augusta in the State of Georgia .He also states that he has not documentary evidence to establish his claim.The certificate of the comptroller General of the State of Carolina of his having received pay for his time of service whilst a substitute for Abraham Redick in the United Statesservice in said State of South Carolina as before stated and he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity, except this present and disclaims that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state,
Sworn and subscribed to me by this day and year aforesaid, Micajah X Brooks. Source: Brad Jones
Name: Micajah Brooks 1
Birth: 25 DEC 1761 in Chatham County, North Carolina
Death: 15 JUN 1862 in Polk County, Georgia
Burial: Hubbard/Brooks Cemetery, Morgan Valley, Polk County, Georgia
Served the American Colonies during the American Revolution.
MICAJAH BROOKS was a soldier of the Revolution. His pension claim W. 27649, shows that he was born in Chatham County, claim. C., 12-25-1767 The Bible left by his daughter says he was a son of 'John and Jane (May Brooks, and a grandson of John Brooks who was born in England John Brooks appeared in Bladen County, N. C., in 1735. From there he moved with his wife, Susan, and sons, to Orange, now Chatham County, N. C. In 1771 John Brooks, Jr., and his wife, Jane, sold their land in Chatham County, N. C., and later moved to Georgia.
Micajah served in the Revolution under Captain Few, George Barber and Col. Elijah Clark in the Georgia Troops. When returning home North Carolina, he enlisted in Edgefield District, South Carolina, March 1780 or 81 and served three months as a private under Capt. Bartley Martin, Col. Leroy Hammond in the South Carolina Troops. He served in the Georgia Troops under Captains John Hill, Joseph Mimms, John Wilson, Stephen Bishop, Samuel Beckam, David Miller and Col. Elijah Clark, and he was in an expedition to the Cherokee Nation and was at the surrender of Augusta, Georgia..
He was allowed a pension on an application executed 8-19-1850, while a resident of Paulding County. He died 6-15-1862. He married second, about 1839, Margaret T. Carter and she was allowed a pension in 1877 while living in Polk County, Georgia. In 1869 she stated that she was sixty years old. Micajah Brooks is the only Revolutionary soldier by that name found in the Revolutionary records. For his services he was granted land in Henry County, Georgia in the Land Lottery of 1827.
Micajah Brooks lived to be 100 years old, and was a well known person through several generations. Jennie Lynne Wingard of Rockmart, Georgia., said, I remember my grandmother, Mary Eudora Hubbard Carpenter, telling about her grandfather, Micajah Brooks. She remembered him quite well. She loved to tell how his mother sent him to the mill when he was an overgrown boy of fourteen. "He met up with a recruiting officer, left his horse and meal, joined the Army, and wasn't heard of for several years. They thought he was dead." Evidently Micajah was remembering his old home in Chatham County, N. C., and the girl he left behind, as this was an opportunity to get back to the land of his nativity. The trek back was long and hard. He stopped in South Carolina where he had kinsmen living, and enlisted for more service. Then went on to Chatham County, N. C., and married before returning home.
When he returned to North Carolina in about 1785 during the Revolution he married Mary Hunter of Chatham County, N. C., daughter of Elisha Hunter, a German Seaman, whose wife was Margaret Stute. They settled first in Wilkes County, Georgia. (now Warren County) then moved to Putnam County, then to Jasper County and finally settled in Paulding County, a part of which is now Polk County, Georgia. He moved to Paulding County soon after the territory was surveyed in 1832.
Micajah Brooks and his son John Brooks and wife, Elizabeth, and his daughter Nancy and her husband, Woodson Hubbard, received land grants now known as the Everette plantation in Polk County, Georgia. The original grant and deeds are now in the possession of Mr. and Mrs. James Everette. Some of the original rooms of the Micajah Brooks home are now a part of the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Everette. These rooms are made of brick that were made near the home and they were not destroyed when the home burned several years ago. These two rooms are said to be the first brick building erected in the county. The deed by which John Brooks, son of Micajah, deeded the property to Hosea Camp in 1849 is also in the possession of Mr. Everette. Hosea Camp was the great grandfather of Mr. James Everette.
The cemetery in which Micajah Brooks is buried was given by his son-in-law, Woodson Hubbard, as a family burying ground about 1850 and in 1851 Nancy Brooks Hubbard, wife of Woodson Hubbard, was the first person to be buried there.
After the home place was sold to Hosea Camp, Micajah Brooks moved to Fish Creek and settled on a hill above a large spring. Here he lived with his second wife, Margaret T. Carter. This last homestead was sold by his widow, Margaret, and their son, Green L. Brooks to L. W. Harris in 1868. On Sept. 19, 1878 L. W. Harris sold it to William Phillips, husband of Caroline Frances Wilson Phillips, a granddaughter of Micajah Brooks. William Mitchell Phillips gave this place to his eldest daughter, Nancy Jane Phillips Blissette and after her death her youngest daughter, Jane Lillian Blissette Thacker, bought the old home at public auction and it is now in her possession.
The William Witcher Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, unveiled a marker, with appropriate ceremonies, at the grave of Micajah Brooks, Revolutionary Soldier, on May 31st, 1950. The marker was rededicated by the Chapter and the descendants of Micajah Brooks on February 21st, 1999.
Father: John Brooks , Jr. b: 1725
Mother: Jane May
Marriage 1 Mary Hunter b: ABT. 1765 in Chatham County, North Carolina
Married: 1784 in Chatham County, North Carolina
Elisha Brooks b: 27 MAY 1786 in Columbia (Wilkes) County, Georgia
Laney Brooks b: 1787
Ruth Brooks b: 1790
Elijah Brooks b: 1792 in Putnam County, Georgia
Jane Brooks b: 1793
John Brooks b: 1795
Mary Brooks b: 1800
Elizabeth Brooks b: 1802
Nancy Brooks b: 1807
Temperance Brooks b: 9 NOV 1804 in Wilkes County, Georgia
Marriage 2 Margaret T. Carter b: 1807