Some time ago I looked at the microfilm from the National Archives, Revolutionary war pension and bounty-land-warrant application files available on FHL film #'s 972513-972516 (I understand these may also now be available on the internet through HeritageQuest).I wanted to see for myself what was in the pension application cited as that of James Webb of Letcher Co., KY who married Lettie Nelson by so many rootsweb gedcoms and internet genealogies.As it turns out there is nothing in this pension application that applies to James Webb of Letcher Co., KY.In fact it applies to a James Webb of Cumberland and Johnston Co., NC.
Since so many incorrectly cite this pension application and use its information I have abstracted some of the more important information.Note the names of his children, date of birth would be abt 1751 and the date of death (which coincidentally is the exact same date of death attributed to James Webb of Letcher Co., KY):
Pension Application for James Webb, S42062:
a) On the 2nd page is noted the death of James Webb on Dec 31, 1825
b) 28 Apr 1819 Cumberland Co., NC deposition: “James Webb (now of Cumberland County) a private; drafted April 1778 for nine month tour in NC regiment under Joshua [or Geehew] Bradley at Petersburgh Virginia; “in the month of July 1778 and marched from there under Co. Hogan of the 2nd No. Ca. Regt to the White Plains to join General Washington but did not join the General until he deponant arived at West Point in the State of New York”; discharged May 1779; 68 yrs old.
c) 27 Sep 1820 Johnston Co., NC deposition: James Webb; age about 69; resident of Johnston Co., NC; enlisted for 9 months in April 1778 at Spikes in Dobbs Co., NC and served under Gee Bradley Company in Col. Hogans 10th Regiment North Carolina Line. Discharged May 1779 at Halifax, NC. Fought in no battle while in the regular service but while in the militia fought at Moors Creek under Col. Caswell.
d) 9 Mar 1821 Cumberland Co., NC deposition: James Webb “aged 70 years, resident in this county, but formerly of Johnson County”... “Inlisted in Capt J Bradleys Company sometime in April 1778, of the tenth Regiment commanded by Col – Hogan of the North Carolina line - & was discharged from Sd Regiment then at Halifax N.C. sometime in May 1779”... “was at the battle of Mouse Creek or Bridge”... “he has three sons named Marida age 43 years, Redding aged 35, & Josiah aged 21? yr, all in such indigent circumstances as to be unable to contribute to his support. - & one daughter named Polly 25 yrs”. Note that this James Webb would have been born about 1751.
e) I found no reference to James Webb having been shot in this pension application, however, there are parts that are extremely difficult to read.