Revolutionary War, National Archives, Affidavit from William Roberts for pension
State of Tennessee}Hamilton County}SS-- On this 28th day of August 1832, personally appeared in the Open Court before the Worshipful Justices of the Court of Pleasant Quarto Sissons(sic) for Hamilton County, now sitting. William Roberts a resident of said County and state aforesaid aged seventy...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 7th 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated, that is to say, as a volunteer under Col. Cleveland and was immediately under Captain Robert Cleveland and Lieutenant William Jackson, and was marched from Wilkes Courthouse North Carolina to Burke County from there to Lincoln County, N.C. from there to Rutherford County from where so returned to Wilkes C.(ourt) H.(ouse) and was discharged by Robert Cleveland our Captain, he served about six weeks or more this expedition, he entered this service again soon after as a volunteer in Rowan County, N.C. under Captain John Cleveland and Major Benjamin Herne and was marched to the old Trading Ford on the (Y)Adkin River where we were stationed about two weeks being stationed before about two months at Major Lewis in Wilkes County we returned to Wilkes C. H. and was discharged by Captain John Cleveland having served two months this tour. This applicant then volunteered under Major Lewis as a horseman on Deep River in Rowan County and was stationed at several places in Rowan, and was dismissed in Rowan County by Major Lewis having served about ten weeks this tour. This applicant then entered the service in Wilkes County under Capt. Roberts and Col. Benjamin Cleveland and was marched to Burke County N.C. from Burke into Rutherford Co. from there through Lincoln to Wilkes C. H. and was dismissed by Col. Cleveland, having served about four weeks this tour. This applicant volunteered shortly after under the same officers in Wilkes and marched for Guilford C. H. but on our march heard the battle that Guilford C. H. was faught, being below Salem on Abbeds(Abbott's) creek when we heard it, we were marched back and dismissed in Wilkes Co. by Col. Cleveland, having served about five weeks this tour. This applicant was then drafted for three months as he understood and entered the service under Capt. Alexander Gordon and was marched by him to Waxaw(Waxhaws) Creek, South Carolina where Colonel Malbury(Francis Malmedy) took command and who was a Colonel in the Regular Service, Colonel Locke who was expected to take the command being sick and at home in Rowan County, N.C. we were marched to the Eutaw springs where this applicant was in a battle since called the battle at the Eutaw Springs and where General (Nathaniel)Greene commanded The American Forces and as well as this applicant recollects Gen. Stewart(Lt.Col.) commanded the British and Tories, we were then marched back to Salisbury, N.C. guarding the prisoners taken at this battle and was dismissed at Salisbury by Capt. Alex. Gordon, having served about four months this tour. This applicant then volunteered under Capt. Robt. Cleveland to serve one year as a minuteman and Col. Benj. Cleveland ordered that this service should be equivalent to a six months tour this applicant was in service off and on during the year, in scouting against the Tories and believes he was in readiness at all times during the year to obey the call of his officers with the expectation of soldiers pay for six months but never got anything for this or any of his services. This applicant believes he served in all as stated before about eighteen months. This applicant was born on Nuse River in Johnson County, North Carolina as his parents informed him, but has no record of his age the record having been lost by accident about ten years ago he is not able to state the year when he was born but from reference to the past transactions of his life he believes himself to be seventy or seventy one years of age the 25th day of next month, September. He has stated where he lived when he entered the service. Since the Revolutionary war he first lived about two years in Wilkes County, N.C. he then removed to Washington County, Tennessee and resided their fifteen years he removed from there to Granger County, Tennessee and resided their eight years, he then removed and lived in Knox County one-year from their two Anderson County and lived there about twenty years and from Anderson to this County where he is still residing and has resided the last eighteen months. He has stated how he was discharged and now states that his discharges have been long sense lost he did not know that they would ever benefit him. He has stated the names of the Regular officers whom he knew and the general circumstances of his service. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to pension or monetary except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension role of the Agency of any state in the United States. his Sworn and subscribed} William X Roberts the day and year aforesaid} mark...
We Gilbert Vandegriff and John Howeth vesi ....In the County and state aforesaid hereby certify that we are well acquainted with William Roberts who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be seventy years of age and that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution and that we concur in that opinion. his Gilbert X Vandegriff mark (signed) John Howeth And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion of to the investigation of the matter and after her putting be interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he states. And the court further certifies that it appears to them that Gilbert Vandegriff and John Howeth........(page lost)
Application for Transfer County of Greene:On this 17 day of August 1842 before me the subscriber, a justice of the Peace for the said County of Greene, personally appeared William Roberts when on his oath, declares that he is the same person who formerly belonged to the Company commanded by Captain Alexander Gordon the regiment commanded by Colonel Locke, he (Locke) being sick his company was attached to a regiment commanded by the Colonel Malbury an officer in the Regular Army, in the service of the United States and that his name was placed on the pension role of the State of Tennessee where he has lately removed; that he now resides in the State of Missouri where he intends to remain, and wishes his pension to be there payable in future. The following is his reason for removing from Tennessee to the State Missouri that his Son with whom he lives and through personally supported him moved, as he came with him. his Sworn and subscribed to before me William X Roberts this day near aforesaid mark (signed) Neal Shammond. P.
State of Missouri} Greene County} SS On the 17 day of August 1842 before me Thomas Shamman a justice of the Peace for the County and State aforesaid personally appeared John Wesan, with whom I am personally acquainted and Know to be a respectful person who on his oath declares, That William Roberts who he.......(page lost)
The following is a letter from the War Department, 7 Feb 1934: Mrs. A. N. Walling James Roberts -s. 4147 Robel Hill William Roberts -s. 17054 McMinnville, TN...Dear Madam: Reference is made to your letters in which to request information in regard to James and William Roberts and John Howard, soldiers of the Revolutionary War. The Revolutionary War records have been searched and the records found of James Roberts and William Roberts, these histories are furnished you herein, the data for which were obtained from the papers on file in their respective claim for pension, S.4147 and S.17054, based upon their military service in that way. With the meager data given by you, it has not been possible to identify the record at the particular John Howard. James Roberts S.4147 The date and place a birth and the names of the parents of James Roberts are not shown in the papers in the pension claim. James Roberts Enlisted in Surry County, N.C., July 14th, 1777, and served as a private in Captain Answell Harron's Company. Col. Abraham Shepherd's N.C. Regiment, length of service , three years. He was allowed pension on his application executed June 27th, 1855 at which time he was aged 96 years and resided in Bradley County, Tennessee. In 1857, he stated that he was aged over 100 years. It was stated that he had been a member of the Baptist Church for sixty years and was a deacon of that denomination. There are no data as to wife and children. In 1857, one J.M. Roberts made affidavit in Bradley County, Tennessee: no relationship to the soldier, James Roberts, was shown. In order to obtain that date of last payment of pension, the name and address of person paid and possibly the date of death of the Revolutionary War pensioner, James Roberts(S.4147), you should address The Comptroller General, General Accounting Offices, Records Division, this city, citing the following data: James Roberts, Certificate No.35412, issued May 6, 1858, rate $80 per annum, commenced March 4th, 1831, Act of June 7th, 1832, Tennessee (Knoxville) Agency.
William Roberts S.17054 William Roberts was born "on Nuse River in Johnson County, North Carolina", on September 25th, 1762 or 1763. The names of his parents are not shown in the papers in the pension claim. He volunteered, date not given, at Wilkes Court House, North Carolina, and served at various times on tours of from one month to four months each, as a private and horseman under Captain's Robert Cleveland, John Cleveland and Alexander Gordon, Major's Benjamin Herne, and Louis, Colonel's Locke, Benjamin Cleveland and Malbury in the North Carolina Troops, and was in the battle of Eutaw Springs: no dates are given for any of the above noted tours of service. After the Revolution, he resided in Wilkes County, North Carolina, for about two years; then moved to Washington County, Tennessee, and resided 15 years; thence to Grainger County, Tennessee and resided eight years; thence to Knox County (state not given) and lived twenty years; thence to Hamilton County, Tennessee, of which County had been a resident for about 18 months when he was allowed pension on his application executed Aug. 20, 1832. In 1842, he had moved to Greene County, Missouri and was residing with his son; the name of the son was not given nor to the names of his wife or any other children appear. In order to obtain the date of last payment of pension, the name and address of person paid and possibly the date of death of the Revolutionary War pensioner, William Roberts(S.17054), you should address The Comptroller General, General Accounting Office, Records Division, this city, citing the following data: William Roberts: Certificate No.25130, issued November 28, 1833, rate $43.33 per annum, commenced March 4th, 1831, Act of June 7, 1833, Missouri Agency. Very truly yours A.D. Miller Assistant to Administrator.
William Roberts, Hamilton County, Private, North Carolina Line, $43.33 Annual Allowance, $129.99 Amount Received November 28, 1833 Pension Started Age 72
Edmund Roberts, McMinn County, Private, North Carolina Line, $20.00 Annual Allowance, $50.00 Amount Received, September 30, 1833 Pension Started Age 77
Joshua Roberts, Morgan County, Private, Virginia Line, $40.00 Annual Allowance, $120.00 Amount Received June 3, 1833 Pension Started Age 73
Mark R Roberts, Hardiman County, Private, Tennessee Volunteers, $60.00 Annual Allowance, $336.50 Amount Received, June 27, 1827 Pension Started $48.00 Annual Allowance $120.00 Amount Received September 4, 1831 Pension Started
Reuben Roberts, Warren County, Private, North Carolina Cont'l Line, $96.00 Annual Allowance, $1,141.86 Amount Received June 1, 1819 Pension Started Age 79 Dropped May 1, 1820 Restored October 7, 1823
Thomas Roberts, Jackson County, Private, Virginia Line, $20.00 Annual Allowance, $60.00 Amount Received, April 3, 1834 Pension Started Age 95