Revolutionary War Record
Reuben RIGGS of Giles County, TN who died on 06 Jun 1837.
State of Tennessee
Set on this 20th day of August 1832
Personally appeared in open court, before the justice holding the court of Pleas & Quarter Session for the county & state of service, at this August term of said court Reuben RIGGS of said county of Giles, resident therin aged eighty five years, who being first duly sworn according to law does on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832. The said Reuben RIGGS saith and declares that he first entered the service under one Col. Cleveland in Surry County, North Carolina, one Saunders being his Captain, the day not recollected but most probably in the month of June in the second year after the declaration of Independence and during that year served a tour of three months and also served a similar tour under the same officers during the year following. These tours were against the Indians committing depradations about the head of the Yadkin river. The declarant then moved into Washington County in North Carolina but now in East Tennessee where in the month of December 1780 he volunteered under Col. Sevier in an expedition against the Cherokee indians. They mustered at Stockdon's Mill & proceeded on the expedition until Col. Clark & Col. Campbell of Virginia overtook & joined Sevier. RIGGS was in Captain Previts company until its close, the declarant was present at several skirmishes between the whites & Indians, on Boyd's Creek of French & Broad river & at Echols________.Telleco & ________ what time that campaign closed he does not now remember, but supposes that some history or other record testimony in the public office of his county will show. He has no documentary evidence, having long since lost his discharge and that he knows of no person now alive who can testify to his services, the last man who could have done so to his knowledge, died during the last year, one Jesse Riggs of Lincoln County, Tennessee. The said Reuben RIGGS duly relinqueshes any claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on any pension roll of any state or territory whatsoever. Sworn and subscribed this day and year aforesaid.
Mr. Stephen Shelton, Clergyman residing in the county & state aforesaid & Thomas Martin merchant of the town of Pulaski, in the county and state aforesaid do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Reuben RIGGS,who has subscribed & sworn to the above declaration and we believe him to be eighty five years of age & that he is respected & believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution andthat we concurred in that opinion.
Sworn and subscribed
1. Interrogatories propounded by said court to the said Reuben RIGGS.
2. Where & what year were you born?
Answer: In Morris County, New Jersey in 1749 (some read it 1747)
3. Where were you living when called into service?
Where have you lived since the revolution?
Where do you now live?
Answer: In Surry County, North Carolina & Washington County as before stated when I entered the service & from Washington I moved to Grainger County in East Tennessee where I lived until about 1808 when I moved to Giles County, Tennessee where I have resided ever since.
4. How were you called into service?
Answer: In all the above campaigns I volunteered.
5. State the names of some of the Regular Officers?
Answer: I have stated all of the general officers whose names are now recollected
6. He further states that he received discharges from his said Captain Saunders &
Previtt but has no recollection of what has become of them.
Reuben RIGGS (his signature)
Sworn and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid
Submitted by Bobby Carwile