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Revolutionary War Pensioners in Williamson County

The original Revolutionary War pension application files are housed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Selected Rev Wardocuments from these files have been digitized and are available to view as part of the Heritage Quest database, available to anyone with a Brentwood Library card.


History of Revolutionary War Pensions

The first Revolutionary War pensions were offered in 1818 to officers and enlisted men in need of financial assistance. Veterans had to prove they had served in the Continental Army (not in a state militia) for at least nine months.

In 1820 pensioners on the roll were required to submit a list of the property they owned, in order to prove need. Pensioners who could not prove need were dropped from the roll. Many were later restored under a subsequent act.

In 1832 Congress passed an important new law, providing pensions for Revolutionary veterans who had served two years in either the Continental line or a state militia. They were entitled to an annual payment equal to their wartime pay. Those who had served between six months and two years were also eligible, but for less than full pay.

In 1836 widows of veterans who would have been eligible under the 1836 act could apply to draw their husband\u2019s pension, provided their marriage had taken place before the expiration of his last term of military service.

In 1838 the provision for widows was expanded to include all those who had married their veteran prior to Jan. 1, 1794. In 1848 the marriage date was changed to January 2, 1800, and in 1853 all restrictions on the date of marriage were removed.

Those who want to find a file of interest on this web site should first view the original documents on Heritage Quest using their Brentwood Library card number for access. Remember that Heritage Quest only includes selected documents from the original application file. To view the entire file, visit the L.D.S. (Mormon) Church library in Franklin, where you can request the microfilm containing the entire pension file for a small fee.


Pensioners From Williamson County

  • Charles Allen
    Born March 8, 1758 in Culpepper County, Virginia
    Resided in Warren County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1819
  • John Andrews
    Born April 4, 1764 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia
    Resided in Lunenburg County, Virginia, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1804
  • John Atkinson
    Born September 18, 1755 in Cumberland County, Virginia
    Resided in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1813
  • David Bazwell
    Born 1759 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia
    Resided in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1822
  • William Byers
    Born April 6, 1747 in York County, Pennsylvania
    Resided in York District, South Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1810
  • Henry Cook
    Born 1760 in Lunenburg County, Virginia
    Resided in Lunenburg County, Virginia, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1807
  • John Cooke
    Born June 25, 1765 in Lunenburg County, Virginia
    Resided in Lunenburg County, Virginia, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1822
  • Henry W. Davis
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
    Resided in Virginia, when he enlisted
  • William Deakins
    Born 1739 in England
    Resided in Hartford County, Maryland, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1811
  • William Dobbins
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
  • Robert Donaldson
    Born 1765 in Orange County, North Carolina
    Resided in Orange County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1805 or 1806
  • Guiford Dudley
    Born 1756 in Carolina County, Virginia
    Resided in Halifax County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1807
  • John Freeman
    Born 1763 in North Carolina
    Resided in Jones County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1810
  • Isaac Furgurson
    Born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina
    Resided in Halifax County, Virginia, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1806
  • Henry Garrett
    Born March 18, 1754 in Fairfax County, Virginia
    Resided in Fauquier County, Virginia, when he enlisted
  • John Gates
    Born February 1759 Chesterfield County, Virginia
    Resided in Chesterfield County, Virginia, when he enlisted
  • Charles Gordon
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
  • Jacob Grammer
    Born 1756 in Pitt County, North Carolina
    Resided in Pitt County, North Carolina
    Came to Williamson County in 1815
  • Robert Guthrie
    Born 1757 in Kershaw County, South Carolina
    Resided in Kershaw County South Carolina, when he enlisted
  • William Hope
    Born June 28, 1761 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
    Resided in York County, Pennsylvania, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1810
  • William Hughes
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
  • George Hulme
    Born October 25, 1761 in Amelia County, Virginia
    Resided in Amelia County, Virginia, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1803
  • James Hungerford
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
  • Henry Iradon
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
  • John Ivins
    Born in Halifax County, North Carolina
    Resided in Dobbs County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
  • David Ivy
    Born June 11, 1752 in Brunswick County, Virginia
    Resided in Brunswick County, Virginia, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1826
  • Gideon Johnson
    Born November 7, 1754 in Amelia County, Virginia
    Resided in Guildford County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1826
  • George Jones
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
    Resided in Virginia, when he enlisted
  • Henry Jordan
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
    Resided in Virginia, when he enlisted
  • John Krystar
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
  • Alexander Lester
    Born August 8, 1754 in Lunenburg County, Virginia
    Resided in Charlotte County, Virginia, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1811
  • Tapley Lightfoot
    Born February 15, 1761 in Hanover County, Virginia
    Resided in Hanover County, Virginia, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1828
  • Moses Lindsey
    Born in Fredrick County, Virginia
    Resided in Newberry County, South Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1810
  • Roger Mallory
    Born 1755 in King William County, Virginia
    Resided in King William County, Virginia, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1825
  • John Marion
    Born October 14, 1760 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
    Resided in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
  • John McBride
    Born 1752 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
    Resided in Orange County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1833
  • Daniel McMahon
    Born 1751 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Resided in Orange County, North Carolina, when he was drafted
    Came to Williamson County in 1799
  • George Neely
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
    Resided in Camden, South Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1786
  • Robert Osborne
    Born 1755 in York County, Pennsylvania
    Resided in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1805
  • Robert Parrish
    Born ca. 1756 in Lunenburg County, Virginia
    Resided in Augusta, Georgia, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1826
  • George Peay
    Born January 19, 1757 in Carolina County, Virginia
    Resided in Guilford County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1810
  • Joshua Perre
    Born December 22, 1757 in Maryland
    Resided in Montgomery County, Maryland, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1812
  • James Potts
    Born 1757 in Salisbury County, North Carolina
    Resided in Burke County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1812
  • Thomas Ragain
    Born 1753 in New Jersey
    Resided in Cross Creek, North Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1817
  • Benjamin Ragsdale
    Born 1759 in Chatham County, North Carolina
    Resided in Chatham County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1801
  • Thomas Reynolds
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
  • George Ridley
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
  • Abedgeno Rutland
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
  • Thomas Scott
    Born August 12, 1762 in Entram County, Ireland
    Resided in Lawrence County, South Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1814
  • John Secrest
    Born 1758 in Culpeper County, Virginia
    Resided in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1816
  • W. J. Shumate
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
  • Zachariah Smith
    Born 1757 in Halifax County, North Carolina
    Resided in Halifax County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1810
  • Robert Stewart
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
    Resided in Maryland, when he enlisted
  • Martin True
    Birth Date and Place are unknown
    Resided in Halifax County, Virginia, when he enlisted
  • James Turner
    Born October 9, 1756 in Culpeper County, Virginia
    Resided in Culpeper County, Virginia, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1808
  • Richard Vernon
    Born October 18, 1758 in Charlotte County, Virginia
    Resided in Guilford County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1825
  • William Watkins
    Born 1755 in Chester County, Pennsylvania
    Resided in Chester County, Pennsylvania, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County in 1818
  • Samuel White
    Born 1755 in Iredell County, North Carolina
    Resided in Iredell County, North Carolina, when he enlisted
    Came to Williamson County 1812

 

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