I strongly suspect that John Folsom listed below was represented by my ancestor, Dr. David Cooper in obtaining for John Folsom some amount of compensation arising from the destruction of the fort built by his father Benjamin Folsom in what was Wilkes County Georgia, and was subsequently destroyed during the Revolutionary War.
I’ve assembled the following which commences in 1834 and finished in 1835. Hope this helps.
Muscogee County, August 4, 1834.Affidavit of John Folsom names David Cooper to act as his agent and attorney in all matters and claims before the court.Official Anthony Levie, Justice of the Peace.
Note: the above found in: Georgia Indian Depradation Claims by Donna B. Thaxton. ISBN 0-931739-00-4. See page 301.
Creator:Cooper, David, fl. 1834
Title:Letter, 1834 Aug. 11, Columbus, G[eorgi]a [to] Wilson Lumpkin, [Governor of Georgia], Milledgeville, Georgia / David Cooper
Date:1834 Aug. 11
Description:Letter dated August 11, 1834 from David Cooper in Columbus (Troup County), Georgia to Wilson Lumpkin, Governor of Georgia (1831-1835). Cooper discusses an unnamed man whose father was allegedly killed by Creek Indians in 1779 at the mouth of Folsom's Creek, a tributary of the Ogeechee River, which was named for the slain man. He inquires about land that was due to the man for his military service and requests guidance from Lumpkin.
Document ID: tcc543.
Digital image and encoded transcription of an original manuscript, scanned, transcribed and encoded by the Digital Library of Georgia in 2001, as part of GALILEO, funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Columbus Aug 11, 1834
Dr [Dear] & respected Sir
I hope you will pardon the liberty I take in addressing [added: you] & that the intrusion may find a palliation to some extent in the circumstances of the Case, as an agent I am seeking to obtain the rights of an old man in this County whose father was Killed in the year 1779, by the Indians (Creeks) at the mouth of Folsom’s Creek in Hancock County, from which murder the Creek bears his name to this day. He was a Captain in command at the time, & served till Killed, His captaincy entitled him to Two Bounties of Land of 287 Acres each, which he never recd [received] nor his son, now an old man -- He has empowered me to seek to obtain, this poor remuneration for [unclear: privation] & [added: the] blood of his Father, From your general Knowledge & ample sources of information, I am induced to ask you how I may proceed.
very res[document damaged: pectfully]
[Signed] David Cooper
[[Note: the above most likely refers to Benjamin Folsom, reportedly killed at Folsom's Fort an early settlement in Hancock County, Georgia. R W Klebs Jul 18, 2005. ]]
Found this at Pensacola Florida Genealogy Library, Sept 3, 2005, the following:
BENJAMIN FULSAM’S FORT – Colonel Samuel Elbert visited this fort in 1777, which was built by Benjamin Fulsam of North Carolina. Captain Fulsam and his company were ambushed by Indians near this fort in 1778.This fight occurred on present-day Fulsam’s Creek with Fulsam and seven of his men being killed.Taitt’s Indians destroyed this for in March of 1779 as they did Well’s and Roger’s Forts. The Indians used the ruins of this fort as a camp until they learned of the approach of a large party of Georgia and South Carolina militia under Colonels Andrew Pickens and John Dooly forced them to withdraw.For sources see Davidson, Wilkes County, I, 19: Revolutionary War Pension Statement of James Wood (Ga. W 4405); South Carolina and American General Gazette, 9 April 1779; and “Fulsom’s Fort,” Goff Collection.
The above found in: Georgia Citizens and Soldiers of the American Revolution by Robert S. Davis Jr. p.165.
From: Georgia Indian Depradation Claims by Donna B. Thaxton , (ISBN 0-931739-004)
“Appendix Document #267
D. D. Cooper as agt of John Folsom, presents addl test for items for prop. Dest. On the gd. That J. F. Could not before the acto of 1832, recov. For prop. Dest. & that he had subm. No evid. Of such fact heretofore.
Memor. Of affid of J. Folsom withdrawn
The additional testimony enlarges the claim $680 – For this purpose the testimony of Benjamin Powell & John Folsom are relied on.When the claim was presented in 1821, to Govr. Preston, it was sustained by the testimony of John Folsom, Arthur Fort, & Samuel Beckham, & no reason is given to explain why Benjamin Powell should know the extent to the losses of Benjamin Folsom better in 1835, than those persons did in 1821.John Folsom presented one affidavit, by his agent & assignee, David Cooper, in 1835, in which he states, that the additional items, being for property destroyed, were not included in the claim presented in 1821, because he did not then know, that indemnity would be allowed for property destroyed.This was in direct conflict with his oath in 1821, in which he claimed indemnity for property destroyed.This affidavit of 1835, has been withdrawn, & another presented in which he swears, that his testimony in 1821 was a mere suggestion.Such a witness cannot be credited.
August 3rd 1835—
John a. Cuthbert Comr.
1777 Claim for Horses & C – 1210
Deduct for House
Burnt not admissible200
To be allowed under the treaty of Augusta S. P. 1777 One house burnt $200
Provided for by the treaty of the Indian Springs, & the Act of Congress of June 30th 1831 Allowed. May 13, 1835 John A. Cuthbert, Comr.