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McWhorter Lives and Times

John McWhorter’s application for a pension

Declaration in order to attain the benefit of The Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832

State of Kentucky

County of Casey{SS}

On this Twenty-seventh day of July 1832 personally appeared before me John Riffe one of the Commonwealths Justices of the Peace in & for the County aforesaid John McWhorter a resident of the County of Casey & State of Kentucky aged eightythree years who being first duly sworn according to Law Doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to attain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832 That he Entered the Service of the United States under the following named officers and Served as herein Stated in Capt Thompson’s Company Regiment commanded by Colo Feair in 177(8?) when the British & Tories first appeared in Union District State of South Carolina. he turned out as a volunteer & served from the Commencement of hostilitys in that part of the State of South Carolina until the close of the War. He was at all times ready & stood(?) as a minet man & was in several small engagements with the Torys. Served the Snow Campaign as so called (?) 1778 & in the same state under the same officers served(?) what is called Birch(Bush? Brush?) River Campaign, & was (thro? also?) the same year at Fortainberry Station as (garde?) & upon the Conggeree River. Was at Nintysix in the year 1781 under General Morgan & was in the Battle at Bacon Bridge(Ridge?) & 1781 was on a tour of duty at Worfords Iron Works & at the Cherokee Forte on Reade River. He further states that all his documentary evidence is lost and that he knows of no person whose testimony he can (name? produce?) who can testify to his Services. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity (except the present?) and he declares That his name is not on the Pension Roll of the agency of any State.

Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid


John McWhorter

We Jesse C. Portman a Clergyman residing in the County of Casey and Jesse Coffey Residing in the same hereby Certify that we are well acquainted with John McWhorter who has subscribed and Sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be eighty three years of age that he is respected and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a Soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.

Sworn and Subscribed this 21st day of August 1832.

Jesse C. Portman

Jesse Coffey

And the said Justices[sic] of the Peace do hereby declare his opinion after the Investigation of the matter and after putting the Inturagatories prescribed by the War Department that the abovenamed applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier and Served as he States and the Justices of the Peace further Certify that the above named applicant is unable to attend in open Court on account of bodyly infirmities and the Justices of the Peace further Certify that it appears to him that Jesse C. Portman who has signed the preceding Certificate is a Clergyman Resident in the County of Casey.

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