Landrine Eggers documents  

Landrine Eggers was my gr gr gr gr grandfather on my mother's side of the family.

     1 Landrine Eggers b: 11 MAR 1757 d: 24 JUL 1837
       + Johannah Greene b: BEF. 1755 d: 17 MAR 1840
         2 Mary Eggers b: ABT. 1782 d: BET. 1859 - 1860
           + John S. Ford b: BEF. 1780 d: BEF. 1859
             3 Nineveh Ford b: 15 JUL 1815 d: 3 MAR 1897
               + Martha Jane Simpson b: 19 FEB 1830 d: 8 MAY 1892
                 4 Martha Jane Ford b: 8 SEP 1859 d: 16 SEP 1933
                   + George A. Rulaford b: 7 DEC 1848 d: 17 JAN 1914
                     5 Cecil Clark Rulaford b: 18 JUN 1881 d: 21 AUG 1963
                       + Edna May Anderson b: 10 NOV 1888 d: 7 JUN 1913
                         6 Helen Edna Rulaford b: 23 JAN 1908 d: 11 JUL 1997
                           + George Douglas Houk b: 4 JUN 1909 d: 6 NOV 1966
                             7 Douglas Raymond Houk b: 1 Jan 1938 d: 6 NOV 1997
                             7 Cecil Charles Houk b: 1939

This material  has been provided to me by Darlene and Candy.  Darlene provided the documents; Candy the transcripts.  I
edited the transcrips, and resized the JPEG images to fit an 800x600 pixel display.  (Darlene is a gr gr gr gr granddaughter of Landrine Eggers, and lives just a few miles from me!)

2:30 PM   1-12-2002

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Three Forks Baptist Church Watauga Co., NC 1790
Note: Watauga County was created in 1849 from Ashe, Caldwell, Wilkes & Yancey Counties
click on the church image to read its history

     I'm starting this page with  the Three Forks Baptist Church in Watauga County, North Carolina because many of the people who's names you have seen, and will see here, were members of this church.   John & Mary Eggers Ford (the parents of my great great grandfather Nineveh Ford 1815-1897), and my great great great great grandfather Landrine Eggers were also members of this church.


Hull vs. Eggers
(the original documents  page 1--page 2--page 3--page 4--page 5)
(spelling errors were NOT corrected)

State of North Carolina
Wilkes County               To Shadrack Brown Esq.

One of the Justices of the Peace for the County of Ashe & State aforesaid.

Know ye that in confidence of your fidelity have appointed you and by these presents do give unto you full power and authority to cause Nathan Horton Esq. to come before you at such time and place as you shall think fit to examine him in a certain Matter of Controversy in our said Cout depending between Moses Hull Plaintiff and Landrine Eggers Defendent and his examination so taken as will on behalf of the Plaintiff as Defendant in writing from under your hand you are to return seated up into the Clerks Office of our said County Court to be held for the County of Wilkes on the fifth Monday of October next, together with this writ.  Witness William B Lenoir Clerk of said Court at Office the fifth Monday of July AD 1804. I found by special order of the Sept 2 AD 1804.
                              (signed Wm. B. Lenoir)

State of North Carolina
Ashe County

 In obedience to a communincation sent to me directly - I have caused Nathan Horton Esq to appear Before me at my dwelling now this 20th of September 1804 he being duly Sworn deposeth and Sayeth first a question ast [sic] By the plaintiff

Did you or did you not hear Landrine Eggers Say that he could prove that there was mony (sic) at Wm. Eggers Deseast(sic).

As(?) your deponant deposeth & Sayeth that he and Landrine Eggers fell in to a descord(?) about the despute (sic) Between him & Moses Hull &Moses Hulls taking of mony (sic) at the house of Wm Eggerses (sic) deseast(sic).  & that Eggers said that he Cold (sic) prove there was mony (sic) there By said Philip Williams But he Should not Be a witness for nor against him for he knew that he wold (sic) Sware (sic) falce (sic) for he Swore fals (sic) against him.

question 2 did you not hear Landrine Eggers say that he did not Believe that Hull stole any mony (sic)

Your deponant farther Sayeth he heard Eggers Say he did not Believe that Hull thought Stealing of the mony when he took it. question did you or did you not hear Hull Say that he took money from the house of Wm Egg deseast(sic) farther your deponant Sayeth he Even heard him deny it.  Subscribed and Sworn before me test Shadrach Brown

           Nathan Horton

Moses Hull maketh oath that in the suit which was tried this court between himself and Landrine Eggers he was deceived by the repeated declarations of Charles Riggan one of his witnesses in said suit to prove the word spoken by said Eggers of this deponent- that he the said Riggan repeatedly told this deponent before the trial and even before the commencement of the suit that he had heard the said Eggers speak (the words as said in?) and utter in a public manner at the said Eggers's old plantation in the time of wheat harvest and in the time of oat harvest in the year 1802(?) and at the time of gathering the peaches of the same year- which this deponent thinks was about the last of August- or the first of September of the same year and that the said Riggans's wife told this deponent that she had heard the said Eggers speak the same words repeatedly as laid in the declaration and within six months before the bringing of said suit; but in consequence of the said Charles' declaration aforesaid he this deponent together with the advice of his counsel thought it unnecessary to subpoena the said Mr. Riggan but relied on and fully believed that the testimony of the said Charles would support his declaration - but as it appeared in trial, the testimony of the said Charles was variant and fell far short of his former declarations to him - and further- this deponent saith not.
               Moses Hull his mark

Sworn to in open Court
the 3rd of May 1804
               Wm. B. Lenoir CC
                                                  M. Hull
                                                  Lan. Eggers

Note attached: In Jan 1804 summoned as witness for Moses Hull- Uriah Morphew and Sally Eggers (believe this note may have been written by Sanna Gaffney)


Landrine Eggers in the
Revolutionary War
(the original document  page 1--page 2--page 3--page 4)

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State of North Carolina                                                                                  Court of
Ashe County                                                                                      ______Register______
                                                                                                          November Ten 1832

On the 13th day November officially appeared in open court before the Justice of the court of pleads and near to Jefferson County, Landrine Eggers of the county of Ashe in the state of North Carolina, who about being age seventy five years, the eleventh day of last March 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 papers, June 7 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officer and served as herein stated.

He was born in New Jersey near the valley of Freehold and when he was age nine years old his father removed to the Highlands of New York in the neighborhood of Goshen. He worked there and in the army until his twenty first year when  he removed to Rowan County, near Salisbury where he resided ten years & upwards when he removed to the county where he has resided ever since. He has no record of his birth, the family bible in which it was having been carried to Indiana upwards of twenty years ago.

His first service was in the State of New York, a volunteer in the Militia under Captain Smith as the regiment commander, by Col. Benj. R. Thurston under General Clinton.

He was at the building & helped to build a fort below Fort Montgomery called the (Burst ?) Region fort or Fort (Lyon?).  Each term of service was two months. The corps was called The Minute Men, but he continued to serve all the time for between two and three years under various Captains, Miller, Smith, and others but he thinks the same Colonel was General.

He had various discharges on paper for this service as the periods would expire, but they were lost by his house having been "burnt" and the discharges in it.  He was near New Windsor when the battle took place on Long Island and remained until Fort Montgomery was evacuated,  just before which he went home being discharged. He then got a ___________ and came to North Carolina  to Rowan. His first tour of service in the south was from Rowan County under Capt.Saap afterward made colonel, went down Pee Dee river toward Canideis when the battle of Colson took place which he was not engaged in but was in the skirmish with the Tories at the _________ Island. Colonel Fanning commanded the Tories, Colonel Childs commanded our troops and was wounded, this tour was about six weeks.

On their return he volunteered under Captain Cunningham.  When they went to Lynch Creek in South Carolina for two months. When he was discharged he was continued under the same Capt.Cunningham as a ranger for about six months more but did not go far from home.

They continued so until the British came into Rowan; but before this he was with Capt.Cowas as a volunteer guarding the prisoners taken at Canides as he believes he was engaged in this six weeks or two months when the prisoners were delivered to the other corps in Virginia.

From that time he was out as a volunteer with Captain Headrick as a Minute Man as long as troops were called for. He believes his service at the South was two years.

I hereby relinquish all claims to a pension except the present and declare that my name is not on the pension rolls of any state.
                                                              sig: Landrine Eggers

We Jesse Coffey, a clergyman residing in the county of Ashe,and Bedent Baird of the same  hereby certify that we are well acquainted with the applicant, Landrine Eggers who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration, that we believe him to be aged seventy five years and that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a revolutionary soldier and that we do concur in that opinion.

Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
                                                                            Sig. Coffey

And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department that the above applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he states and the court further certifies that it appears to them that Jesse Coffey who has signed the preceding certificate is a clergyman resident in Ashe County and that Bedant Baird who signed the same is a resident in Ashe County and is a credible person and that their statement is entitled to credit.

                                                                            GIDEON LEWIS _________
                                                                             B. BAIRD
                                                                         __________Testaman _________

The Declaration of Jeremiah Green
(about the above)
(the original document page 1)

State of North Carolina
 Ashe County

                                On the 21st day of February 1835 personally appeared before me Jeremiah Green resident of said county who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration--------"That when there was a requisition in the county of Rowan, N.C. for men to serve in the Continental service he, with two others, John Green and Landrine Eggers hired and paid Samuel Love to serve nine months, who as he believes went, as was always reported,and served his time out as stipulated.
                                                                              Sig. Jeremiah Green
s.g. B.Baird

State of North Carolina
Ashe County

                                     I John Ray Clerk of the court of pleas and quarters ______ for Ashe County do certify that Bedant Baird is an acting justice of the peace for the county of Ashe and that due faith and credit should be given to all his official acts as such in testimony where of I have put my hand and applied the seal of my office.

                                                       Sig John Ray

The Will of Landrine Eggers
(the original document  page 1--page 2 )

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Landrine Eggers Will

In the name of God Amen, I Landrine Eggers of the County of Ashe and [state of] North Carolina being of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be God for his mercy  this the 26th day of June AD 1834  do make and publish this my last will and Testament in the words following to wit;  First, I give and bequeath my soul to God who gave it hoping that at the great day of the dissolution of all things on earth that he will cause both Soul and body to eternal ______.  Secondly I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Johana [sic] all my house hold furniture except one Clock & Bureaw.  I also bequeath to said Johana [sic]
the debt comeing [sic] from Valentine Reece for her support [for] her life time.  I also ordain that at her death she dispose of what property she leases at her own discretion.  Thirdly,  I give and bequeath to Johana [sic] Reece
(section missing) belong to her daughter ______  _______.  Fourthly I give and bequeath John Reece [,] Valentines son, one set of black smith Tools.  Fifthly I request and by this will ordain that all of my just debts be paid, out of the debts that is owing to me and the over ______ if any I want divided in the following manner first , ten Dollars in cash to each of Mary Fords Eleven Children & each of Valentine Reece Children have each Ten Dollars in trade  3rd  I will and bequeath that the _____  if any be equally divided between my wife's six children ____ Hanah, Sarah, Mary, Hugh, Joana, & Lydia.  4th I will and ordain that my worthy friends Valentine Reese & G W Benghaw/Bingham be my Executors to execute the above will and make the distribution of my effects as I have prescribed in writing  where of I have   ___  set ______  _____ day & date first above ______.
Signed Sealed & ordained in presance
of ___ E. B. Musgrave
       Danl Stout. ____                                                                Landrine Eggers

The Declaration of Hugh Eggers November 30, 1852
In the matter of his deceased father's pension
(the original document page 1)

State of North Carolina
Watauga County

Be it known that before me Benjamin Councill Justice of the Peace in and for the said County duly authorized by law to administer oaths personally appeared Hugh Eggers and made oath in due form of law that he is the son of Landrine Eggers the identical person who was a pensioner and is now dead and  Landrine Eggers to whom a certificate of pension was issued which is herewith, surrendered bearing date at the war department the 17th day of January 1833 and signed by Lewis Cass as a secretary of war and  J.L.Edwards at the rate of 41 dollars and 66 cents per annum that my father Landrine Eggers dead on the 24 day of July 1837. Leaving a widow which is my mother who died on the 17th day of March 1840. Her name was Johannah Eggers. This declaration is in order to obtain the benefits of the provisions made by the act of congress passed June7, 1832  [this area is blank on the document] which makes provisions for children of soldiers of the Revolutionary War after thier deaths for the errors of pension due up to the time of their deaths and that I have been often informed that my father Landrine Eggers was or might have been entitled to a increase of pension. My father lived in this county,it formily being Ashe County and state above mentioned 50 years and previous there to in Rowan [spelled Roan on the document] County North Carolina.
There is living at this time of children of Landrine Eggers and Johannah Eggers five children Sarah Reece, Mary Ford, Hugh Eggers, Johannah Reece, Lydia Swift, which are now all the surviving children that is living. Sworn and Subscribed 30 Nov 1852
                                                                                       Hugh Eggers

Gordon Councill Comments About Landrine's Pension
(the original document page 1--page2)

State of North Carolina

       Watauga County

Be it known in that before me Benjamin Councill, Justice of the Peace in and for the said county, Duly Authorized by law to administer oath, personally appeared Gordon Councill and made oath in due form of Law that he the said Gordon Councill is in the 54 year of age and that he was well acquainted with Landrine Eggers from my boyhood up to this time of his death and was also well acquainted with his wife Johannah Eggers up to the time of her death, that I acted as the Agent of Landrine Eggers,
myself to draw from the agent of the United States for paying pensions in Fayetteville North Carolina all amounts due him for his pension up to the date of the last draw previous to his death, his certificate of pension has been in my possession ever since his death until the present time, and I have no doubt from the personal statements of Landrine Eggers in his life time but what he aught have an increase of pension as he always told me that his first Declaration was made out that more than half of his service
was not taken and he frequently told me in his life time that, -that he intended to file another declaration and send on to the war department but he never did so and that I am well aware that Johanna Eggers which survived after him was his lawful wife and his only wife he ever had as I was intimately acquainted with them both and their children.

Also I can further say that the statement made in the foregoing declaration by Hugh Eggers as to the date and time of the death of Landrine Eggers and wife Johanna Eggers although I was not present at the County of their  Deaths but examined the tomb stones at their grave sites.  Their deaths and the day and date of is according to the declaration set forth and the arrears of pension will be due from the 4th day of March 1837, up to which date was the last draw made for him prior to his death.
        Sworn and witnessed before me this 30th day of November 1852.

                               B.Councill  J.P.                            Gordon Councill

Application For A Marriage License
(the original document  page 1)

State of North Carolina
County of Rowan
     Know all Men by these presents, That We Landrine Eggers and John Green of the County and Province aforesaid, are held and firmly bound to the State in the just and full sum of (         ) Proclamation Money; for the true Payment whereof, we jointly and severally bind ourselves, our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, and each of them, firmly by these Presents.  Sealed with our Seals and dated the Sixteenth Day of April Anno Dom. 1779.

The Condition of the above Obligation is such, That whereas the above named Landrine Eggers hath made Application for a License for a Marriage to be celebrated between him and Joanna Silvers of the County aforesaid, according to the Direction of an Act of Assembly of this Province, ratified the Fourth Day of April, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty One.  Now, if it shall not appear at any Time hereafter, that there is any lawful Cause to obstruct the said Marriage, then this Obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full Force and Virtue.

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered  (signature)  Landrine (his mark)
In the Presence of                                         Eggers
 (Signature)?                               (signature) John Green


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