Private John JONES is shown as applicant for Pension for service in Revolutionary War while a resident of Maury County, Tennessee in 1833. The first page of his pension record shows that he was a private in the Company commanded by a Captain Leander JONES in the Regiment commanded by a Colonel COLE in the Virginia Militia. His application was approved and he was paid the sum of $80.00 per year. He received back pay of $240.00 to cover time through 04 March 1834. His application is as follows:
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress Paper June 7th, 1832; State of Tennessee, Maury County Circuit Court, October Term 1832.
On the 12th day of November in the year of our Lord 1832, personally appeared before William E. KENNEDY, Judge of Circuit Court in open court John JONES a resident of Maury County in the State of Tennessee, aged 82 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 Paper June 9th, 1832. That he enlisted in the Virginia State Line, the year he cannot exactly recollect but thinks it was about the year 1778. He enlisted under Captain Leander JONES in Albemarle County, Virginia for three years, Lieutenants William HOPKINS and Richard BRAVIS, Colonel John COLE commanding the regiment which he cannot recollect, but he knows that the regiment was and composed a part of General LAWSONS Brigade. LAWSON commanded a while, he was removed and MORRIS commanded the same regiment. During the three years he was employed marching to different places in Virginia, no battle took place. He never during this period left the State of Virginia. He got a Discharge but has lost it long since. The time he was discharged he cannot recollect.
He again enlisted in Albemarle County, Virginia after he was discharged from his former enlistment. This was under Captain Benjamin HARRIS. This tour he enlisted for life or during the war. Colonel COLE commanded the regiment, marched to Charlottesville, General LAFAYETTE there took the command, marched North until we met General WAYNE, marched thense to Yorktown where we took CORNWALLIS. We then return to Albemarle County, Virginia and was soon discharged.
We hereby relinquish every claim whatever to a pension except the present said declaration that his name is not on the Pension Roll of the agency of any State.
Sworn to in open Court, November 12, 1832.
And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion that the above named applicant was a soldier of The Revolutionary War and served as he states.
I, George W. MARTEN Clerk of the Circuit Court of Maury County do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of the application of John JONES for a pension. In Testimony where of I have herewith set my hand and my private seal, having no seal of office.
BRIEF IN THE CASE OF John JONES
(Act 7th June, 1832)
1. Was the declaration made before a Court or a Judge? Judge
2. If before a Judge, does it appear that applicant is disabled by bodily infirmity?
3. How old is he? 82
4. Enlistments: Enlisted in 1878 as Private under Captain Leander JONES
5. In what battles was he engaged? None stated
6. Where did he reside when he entered the service? Albemarle County, Virginia
7. Is his statement supported by living witnesses, by documentary proof, by traditionary evidences, by incidental evidence, or by the rolls? Traditionary evidence
8. Are the papers defective as to form or authentication? and if so, in what respect? Defective
I Certify that the foregoing statement and the answers agree with the evidence in the case above mentioned.
John G. ASHLON
Under the date of the 6th of April, 1838, entitled "An act directing the transfer of money remaining unclaimed by certain Pensioners, and authorizing the payment of the same at the Treasury of The United States,"
The administrator of John JONES deceased____________________
A pensioner on the Roll of the Nashville, Tennessee Agency, at the rate of Eighty Dollars and 00 Cents per annum, under the law of the 7th June, 1832 , has been paid at this Department, from the 4th of September, 1840, to the 16th of September, 1841.
To the Commissioner of Pensions, Present.
I, John SAUNDERS, a Clergyman of the County of Smith and State of Tennessee being called on by John JONES of Maury County in this State to say what I know and believe respecting his age and the general belief in his neighborhood relating to his Revolutionary Service, do hereby Certify and say that I have been acquainted with the said John JONES for upwards of twenty years. I first got acquainted with him while he lived in Virginia and I have been acquainted with him ever since I moved to this county which is upwards of twenty years, and from the old men in the neighborhood it is and always was believed that he was a Revolutionary Soldier and I believe him to be about 84 years old, and he has always supported the character of an honest man. And I believe his oath ought to be taken in any court in testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of July, 1833.
John SAUNDERS (Seal)
State of Tennessee, Smith County, I Sam LAWRENCE, a Justice of the Peace in the county aforesaid do hereby certify that John SAUNDERS, whose certificate is herewith made came before me in my said county and made oath that the above certificate contained truths and I do further certify that due faith and credit ought to be given to all his facts and such given from under my hand and seal this 31st day of July, 1833.
Sam LAWRENCE (Seal)
I, James M. JONES, of the County of Smith, and the State of Tennessee, being called on by John JONES of the County of Maury, in the State aforesaid, do say what I know about his Revolutionary War Service. I well recollect of living near the said John JONES in Albemarle County in the State of Virginia at the commensement of the War and as well as I can recollect it was about thirty or forty years after the war...................I think to the best of my recollection from..................He the said John JONES was called out................but in what regiment. But I well recollect that I had to go to the mill for the said John JONES wife very frequently in the time he was in the service and I do believe that he served about 3 years and seven months with exception of five weeks. I have always known the said John JONES from the time he entered the Revolutionary service unto this day and I believe him to be about 83 or 84 years old and he has always supported the character of a honest man and man of honor, and the reason I recollect the circumstances is that my father went into the service at the same time in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of July, 1833.
James M. JONES
I, Sam LAWRENCE, a Justice of the Peace of the County of Smith and State of Tennessee this day came before me James M. JONES and made oath that the above certificate contains the truth and I do further certify that I believe the said James M. JONES is a man of truth and honesty and that his oath ought to be taken in Circuit Court. Given under my hand and seal this 31st day of July, 1833.
Sam LAWRENCE (Seal)
THE FOLLOWING IS A COPY OF A LETTER IN PENSION FILE
Rev. and 1812
October 24, 1929
Mrs. J. H. TRAVIS
I advise you from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, S-1678, it appears that John JONES was born May 8, 1750, in Albemarle County, Virginia.
While residing in Albemarle County, Virginia, he enlisted and served a three months tour in the militia, no dates of this service given, nor officers names shown.
In 1777 or 1778, he enlisted and served three years as a private in Captain Leander JONES' Company, Colonel John COLE's Virginia Regiment.
Shortly after the expiration of this service, he again enlisted and served seven months as a private in Captain Benjamin HARRIS' Company, Colonel COLE's Virginia Regiment, was at the taking of CORNWALLIS.
In 1790, he moved to Franklin County, Virginia; in 1796, to Smith County, Tennessee, and in 1832 to Maury County, Tennessee.
He was allowed pension on his application executed November 12, 1832, at which time he was residing in Maury County, Tennessee.
It is stated that he had a wife, but her name is not given and there is no reference to children.
Very truly yours,
EARL D. CHURCH
Submitted by Bobbie Carwile