Bourbon County, KY
Revolutionary War Pension Files
Samuel Batterton Revolutionary War Pension Records

Pension Claim #S.35803; Enlisted Loudon County, Virginia - June 22, 1777;

Private Captain Willis' Company; Length of Service 3 years; Died June 11, 1833 

File Jacket
August 11, 1818

Nicholas County Circuit Court
July Term 1820

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Thomas Hays Revolutionary War Papers

Contributed by Jody Netherton, 4/27/2006


·                                                                                            State of Kentucky
·                                                                                             Bourbon County

On the ninth day of November  in the year eighteen hundred and thirty-three, appeared in open court, before the Hon. Richard French, Judge of the Circuit Court for said county, now sitting.

          Thomas Hays, a resident of Bourbon County and State of Kentucky, aged Seventy One years, who being 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 and in the following named officers and served as herein stated.

          That he enlisted in the service of the United States under the command of Captain Richard Smith of the Maryland

line for the term of Two Months as a private soldier inthe year 1775__________month of_______.

In the fall, a detachment of troops, raised by the order of  General George Washington, to defend the city of Annapolis(in Maryland) from the attacks of the British,which  term of service he faithfully performed. That sometime afterwards in the year 1777, in the month of November or December ,he again enlisted as a private soldier in the service of the United States, under the command of Captain Thomas Sprigg, and marched to Fredricktown in the state of Maryland, and was of the guard at that place that had charge of the British prisoners,taken at the surrender of General Burgoyne. This enlistment was for one month and a half which was faithfully served by him.

That after the expiration of this last service, he on the _____day of ______in the year 1778, enlisted again as a private soldier for nine months under Captain Enos Campbell of the Minute Men or Flying Camp in a regiment raised and held as a Reserve to be ready at any time to take the field commanded by Colonel Campbell who was promoted, during which service he was ordered to march to the city of Annapolis, as it was supposed the British were about attacking that place, but before arriving there, information was received that the British had left the Bay and the regiment returned. Captain Enos Campbell was (about that time)promoted as Colonel, and Captain John Nichols took command of the company and marched to Fredricktown in Maryland with this assist; to guard a large body of British prisoners(3500) and 750 Hessians at which place he served out the period of his enlistment, making in all twelve months and a half.

         That he was born in Montgomery County in the state of Maryland on the 13th day of May 1762. On per Registry of his age and resided in said county during all his internments and until (1801 when he removed to Bourbon County and the State of Kentucky) where he has resided ever since.He has no discharge;but had them sent out,and has no documentary evidence, and that he knows no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service, but Benjamin Williett's deposition is wherewith forwarded. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity__________and declares that his name is not on a pension roll of an agency of any state, sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

                                                                                                                  Thomas Hays

We, Joshua Irvin, a clergyman, residing in the County of Bourbon, Andrew Bowodsky and James Barnett residing in the same County, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Thomas Hays who has suscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be 71 years of age(as he states)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 sworn to and suscribed to the day and year aforesaid..

                                                                                                                     Joshua Irvin
                                                                                                                     Andrew Bowodsky
                                                                                                                     James Barnett

And the court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting interrogatories prescribed by the war department that the above names, applicant(Thomas Hays) was a revolutionary soldier and served as he states and the court futher certifies that Joshua Irvin signed the preceding certificates


Revolutionary War Pension Application S46053

Transcribed and Submitted by Robyn Collins

Brief in the case of Thomas Jones, County of Bourbon in the State of Kentucky
(Act: 7th June, 1832)

Was the declaration made before a Court or a Judge?

       Open court.

If before a Judge, does it appear that the applicant is disabled by bodily infirmity?

How old is he?

       75 years.

State his service, as directed in the form annexed.

       Period   Fall in 1775
       Duration of Service  1 Year
       Rank Private
       Names of General and Field Officers Capt. Alexander
       under whom he served Col. Woodford
In what battles was he engaged?


Where did he reside when he entered the service?

       Frederick Co. Virginia

Is his statement supported by living witnesses, by documentary proof, by traditionary evidence, by incidental evidence, or by the rolls?

       His own declaration & a living witness his Captain.  

Are the papers defective as to form or authentication? And if so, in what respect?

I certify that the foregoing statement and the answers agree with the evidence in the case above mentioned.

                                                                  Richard Butts (signature)
                                                                  Examining Clerk

State of Kentucky, Bourbon County

            On this the 1st day of October in the year 1832, personally appeared in open Court before the honorable Justices of the Bourbon County Court now sitting, Thomas Jones, a resident of said County of Bourbon & State aforesd.  Aged 75 years the 6th of March last past, who being first duly sworn according to Law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of an act of Congress passed June 7th 1832 – That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers & served as herein stated.  He enlisted in the second regiment of Virginia Continental Troops in the fall of the year 1775 in Frederick County, Virginia of the Term of one year.  He was commanded by Capt. Morgan Alexander, his Lieutenant was Marquis Calmes, whose deposition accompanies this declaration.  Col. Woodford commanded the regiment.  He marched from Frederick County to Hampden then to Little York, then to Williamsburg, at which place his term of service expired.  He served the full term of one year.  He lived at the time he enlisted in Frederick County, Virginia, in the fall of the year 1784 he moved to the said County of Bourbon & has been residing there ever since.  He states that he did not receive a written discharge.  He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present  & did answer that this name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.

            Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesd.

                                                                        Thomas Jones (signature)

            And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion that the written named applicant was a revolutionary soldier & served as he states.

            I, Thomas P. Smith, Clerk of the Court for the County of Bourbon, do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of the application of Thomas Jones for a pension.  In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & the seal of my office this 1st day of October in the year 1832.

                                                                        Tho. P. Smith (signature)
                                                                        Clerk of Bourbon County Court

Woodford County, State of Kentucky

            Personally appeared before me, one of the Justices of the peace for said county, Marquis Calmes and made the following statement upon oath that Thomas Jones enlisted as a soldier in Captain Morgan Alexander’s company in the fall of the year 1775 which company said Calmes afterwards commanded and was discharged in the fall 1776 having served as a faithfull Soldier one year, the term of his enlistment having expired.  General Calmes further states that he believes Thomas Jones to be seventyfive or seventysix years of age an the Regiment which we belonged to was commanded by General Woodford, then Colonel; afterwards by Colonel Alexander Spottswood who continued to command it being the Second Regiment of Virginia Continental Troops.

                                                                        Marquis Calmes (signature)

Woodford County Sct.

            The foregoing deposition of Marquis Calmes was subscribed and sworn to before me, one of the Justices of the peace in and for said County given under my hand this 14th day of September 1832.

                                                                        B. Stevenson Jp.  (signature)

Commonwealth of Kentucky  Woodford County Sct.

            I, John McKinney Jr., Clerk of the County Court for the County aforesaid do hereby certify that Benjamin Stevenson Esqr., Whose name is affixed to said written certificate is one of the Commonwealths Justices of the Peace in and for the county aforesaid duly commissioned and qualified as such and that his official acts are entitled to full faith and credit either in or out of this state.

            In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of my office at Versailles this 15th day of September 1832 and in the 41st Year of the Commonwealth.

                                                                        John McKinney (signature)


Contributed by John Glenn ( 4/12/06

Service - VA                            Henry Wigginton                     Number S. 31483

Kentucky 29593
Henry Wigginton
Bourbon Co. in the State of Kentucky
who was a Private in the company commanded
by Captain Trammel of the Regt. commanded
by Col Summers in the Virginia mil.
line for 6 months

Inscribed on the Roll of Kentucky
at the rate of 20 Dollars ¾ Cents per annum
to commence on the 4th day of March 1834

Certificate of Pension issued the 19th day of Dec.
1834 and sent to Hon. Robt. Johnson  H.R.
Arrears to the 4th of Sept. 1834                                 $70.00
Semi-anl. allowance ending 4 March 1835               $10.00                                                 $80.00

Recorded by D. Brown                            Clerk,
Book E 2 Vol. 7 Page 51 (57?)
reported to agent
23 May 35
Letter to Hon. John Chambers
2 June 1838

Paid at the Treasury under
the act of the 6 April
1838 from 4 Sept 1835 to the
4 Sept 1837.¾ Agent
notified 13 June 1838.
Letter to Hon. G. Davis 13 Aug. (?) 21
Feb. 1844
Paid as above from 4 March
to 4 Sep 1842.  Agt. notified
24 April 1844

State of Kentucky

On this ¾ day of May 1833 personally appeared in open court before the Justices of the County Court for Bourbon County in the State aforesd. Henry Wigginton a resident of sd. County aged seventy seven years who being first sworn according to law doth on his part make the following declaration in order to attain the benefit of the provisions of (the act of?) Congress passed June 7 1832.

That in the spring of the year 1776 I was drafted to serve a tour of four months as a private soldier in the Militia.  That I was drafted in Loudoun County State of Virginia and served out my tour for (?) Captain Robert Freyer’s Company of Virginia militia.  That Capt. Freyer’s Company belonged to the Battalion commanded by Major Cox.  The Regiment was commanded by Col. Levin Powell.  Was marched from Loudoun to Alexandria in Fairfax County, Virginia where we stayed the greater part of the time which we served.  When at Alexandria we were principally employed in building breastworks of gray sod(?) to protect the town from the Cannon of the Enemy.  At the expiration of the time for which I was drafted I was discharged at Alexandria I received a written discharge but it has been long since lost and I do not know where it is.  In July 1781 I was again drafted to serve a tour of four months as a private soldier in the Virginia militia.  I was drafted in Loudoun County State of Virginia and served out my tour in Capt. Sampson Trammel’s Company of Virginia Militia, which belonged to the Battalion commanded by Major Thomas Respass.  The Regiment was commanded first by Col. George Summers until we marched to Head Quarters at a place called Mobbin(?) Hills near Richmond Virginia where we joined the main army.  We were there put under the command of Col. Meriweather who commanded the Regiment of regulars.  We then marched from that place to Williamsburgh & from there towards York Town in Virginia.  I was discharged after having served out my tour at [part of line missing] near the place called the drinking Springs within about twelve miles of York Town.  I was discharged on the 13th of October 1781 and Cornwallis surrendered on the 19th of the same month.  I received a written discharge but have lost it long ago & I do not know where it is and I know of no living witness in this State from whom I can prove my services in the last mentioned tour and I know of none by whom I can prove my services in the first Tour except Thomas Rogers of Bourbon County who can prove sd. services if they are living.  I hereby relinquish every claim whatever to a pension except the present and I declare that my name is not on the pension Rolls of any agency in any State.

The following questions were propounded by the Court 1st Where and what year were you born?  2nd Have you any Record of your age? 3rd Where were you living when you were called into the service, where have you lived ever since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live?  4th How were you called into the service, were you drafted, did you volunteer, or were you a substitute?  And if a substitute for whom?  5th State the names of the Regular officers who were with the Troops where you served and such Continental and Militia Regiments as you can recollect and the General circumstances of your services?  6th Did you ever receive a discharge from the service and where was it given and what has become of it?  State the names of the persons to whom you are known in your neighborhood and who can certify as to your character for veracity and their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution.

To the first question I answered that I was born the same year of Braddocks defeat, To wit on the 19th of Nov. 1755 in Loudoun County, Virginia.  To the second I answered that the time of my birth was recorded in my father’s family Bible from which I had it transcribed into my own Bible.  To the 3rd I answered that I was living in Loudoun County State of Virginia when I was called into the service.  Since the Revolutionary war I lived in the same County until I came to Bourbon County, Kentucky in the year 1788 where I have resided ever since.  To the 4th I answered that I was drafted and was not a substitute.  To the 5th I answered that General ¾ Stevens, Col. Meriweather, and Col. Matthews (?) were with the troops where I served.  To the 6th I answered that I received a written discharge at the expiration of each Term of service but I do not recollect by whom I was discharged but I suppose I was discharged each time by my Captain.  To the seventh I answered that I was known to Peter Clarkson & John Hedges [other names crossed out, including the Reverend Lewis Corbin, Samuel Muir, Percy Griffith, Nicholas Warfield] who can testify as to my character for veracity and their belief of my services as a soldier of the Revolution.

                                                Sworn to and declared the day and year aforesaid
                                                                                 Henry       X     Wigginton

And the Court doth certify that Peter Clarkson and John Hedges two respectable persons came into personally into Court and certified that from their acquaintance with the above mentioned Henry Wigginton they believe him to be at least seventy-seven years of age and that they believe from information he was a soldier of the Revolution.

Sworn to and subscribed day on the day and year aforesaid.

                                                                                    Peter Clarkson
                                                                                    John Hedges

I Thomas Rogers of Bourbon County State of Kentucky do certify that in the hear 1776 I served a tour as a private soldier in the Virginia militia That I served in the company of Capt. Radican.  That I was drafted for four months and served until I was discharged a short time before the expiration of the Term.  That during the time of my service I frequently saw Henry Wigginton now of Bourbon County, Kentucky, and I know that sd. Wigginton served as a private soldier in Capt. Robert Fryer’s company during the time that I served and that we both served in the army of the Revolution in the war with Great Britain until we were regularly discharged.

            Signed and sworn to this in open Court this 3rd day of Sept. 1833.
                                                                                                Thomas Rogers

I Spencer Buchanan of Bourbon County Kentucky do certify that in the year Lord Cornwallis surrendered I resided in Loudon County Virginia.  That Henry Wigginton and myself both mustered in Capt Sampson Trammel’s Company and the Company was arranged in three classes every class being compelled to do militia duty.  I am satisfied that every person who belonged to the Company was called upon to do militia duty in the army of the revolution, and I have always understood from the conversation of the neighborhood that sd. Wigginton served a tour in the Virginia militia in the war of the Revolution.

Signed and sworn to in open Court this 3rd day of Sept 1833

                                                                                                Spencer Buchanan
                                                                                                WAR DEPARTMENT
                                                                                                      Pension Office


The evidence in support of your claim, under the act of June 7, 1832, has been examined, and the papers are herewith returned.  The following is a statement of cour case in a tabular form.  On comparing these papers with the following rules, and the subjoined notes, you will readily perceive that objections exist, which must be removed, before a pension can be allowed.  The rules and the regulations will show what is necessary to be done.…

A Statement, showing the Service of Henry Wigginton

Period|Years|Months|Days     |Rank |Name & rank of     |Age at present,   |Proof by which
                                                               |Field officers          |and place of         |the declaration  
                                                               |under whom           |abode when         |is supported
                                                               |he served               |he entered
                                                                                                |the service
1776                   4                      Pe.    Capt. Fryer                   77                   Traditionary &
                                                            Col. Powell                    Va                  two witnesses

1781                   4                      “        Capt. Trammel                                   None of the
                                                            Col. Simmons                                     witnesses
                                                                                                                           certified by the
                                                                                                                           court to be
                                                                                                                           credible, see
                                                                                                                           note …

[Note is not included in file.  This last remark may refer to earlier witnesses.]

                                                                        I am respectfully,
                                                                                       Your obedient servant,
                                                                                                  J. L. Edwards,
                                                                                                      Commissioner of Pensions


No. 31483                                      BUREAU OF PENSIONS

In reply to your request of ¾¾, received ¾¾, for a statement of the military history of Henry Wigginton, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, you will find below the desired information as contained in his (or his widow’s) application for pension on file in this Bureau.

Dates of           |Length of    |Rank |Officers Under Whom Service Was Rendered              |State
Enlistment      |Service                         Captain                            Colonel

1776                4 months      Private      Richard Fryer                  Levin Powell                      Va
1781                4 months                        Sampson Trammell       {George Simmons

Battles engaged in none stated
Residence of soldier at enlistment  Loudoun County, Va
Date of application for pension  Sept. 4 ’33.  His cl.[aim?] was al[lowed?]
Residence at date of application  Bourbon County, Ky.

Age at date of application  born Nov.19, 1755 in Loudoun Co. Va
died Sept. 4, 1842

Remarks  There is no data on file as to his family.
There is no bounty land claim on file.



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