Clatterbuck Reuben
      Reuben Clatterbuck

      Reuben Clatterbuck was born on December 20, 1759 in Caroline County, Virginia, near Mount Church in St. Mary's Parish on the Rappahannock River, the son of Richard "Dick" Clatterbuck and Elizabeth "Betty" Massey. He had at least three siblings, John, Sally and Lucy. Some reasearchers say that he had a brother, Henry who was a 14 year old drummer boy in the Revolutionary War and died of pneumonia. I have not found evidence to connect him to Reuben.

      Reuben served as a private on three separate occasions during the Revolutionary War. His pension hearing was held in 1833 and a pension was granted.

      Reuben married Martha "Patsy" Griffin in 1782 at St. Mary's Parish, Mount Church in Caroline County, Virginia. She was the daughter of LeRoy Griffin and Elizabeth "Betty" Jeter. Together they had 9 known children: Mary Elizabeth Clatterbuck, Nancy Clatterbuck Dorton, Caroline Clatterbuck Griffin, John C. Clatterbuck, Leroy Clatterbuck, James Clatterbuck, Micagor Cageby Clatterbuck, Richard Clatterbuck,and William Getter Clatterbuck.

      In about 1810 Reuben and his children moved to Shelby County Kentucky. During this time his daughter, Mary Elizabeth and her husband, John Allen Standley, were supposedly killed in a house fire. The census data in 1830 shows several younger children living with Reuben and Martha. They may have been Mary and John's children.

      Reuben and Martha lived in Shelby County Kentucky until about 1829 when he followed his sons to Callaway County, Missouri and received a government track of land on November 26, 1829. He received a second land grand on January 31, 1831. Reuben established a farm there, and his descendants populated the area around Cedar Creek, in both Callaway County and Boone County. Some still live in that area today.

      Reuben died on October 12, 1838. It is unknown where he was buried, although it was probably somewhere in the vicinity of Dry Fork Church-- one source says on the old "Baxter-Hudson" farm. But to this date it remains a mystery.

      Martha recieved a $30 a year pension for Reuben's service during the war. She died in 1848. Her burial place is unknown.

      The History of Callaway County County Missouri

      Reuben Clatterbuck of Virginia, settled first in Shelby County Kentucky and removed there to Callaway County Missouri in 1826. Reuben married Martha (Patsy) Griffin of Virginia. Their children were John, Leroy, James, Cageby, Richard, William Getter, Nancy and Caroline. John married Martha Reynolds, Leroy married Mary Gray, James married Permelia Howard, Cageby married Margaret Howard, Richard married Anna Reynolds, William married Caroline Leford, Nancy married Reuben Gordon, and Caroline married George W. Griffin. All of the above settled in Callaway County and adjoining counties.

      Reuben, while residing in Caroline County, WA enlisted and served as a private with the Virginia troops as follows: In the Spring of 1776 three months in Captain Philip Buckner's Company; Colonel Philip Johnston's Regiment, in the fall of 1776; a little over three months in Col. Matthew's Regiment; in 1781 three months under Major Payton Stern. He was in an engagement at Glouchester, VA after which he guarded the prisoners taken at the surrender of Cornwallis.

      A History of North East Missouri
      by Walter Williams, 1913

      Reuben Clatterbuck, had served most gallantly as a soldier in the War of the Revolution, and upon coming to Missosuri he served a large tract of government land in Callaway County, where he reclaimed a productive farm and where he and his wife passed the residue of their lives.

      Reuben Clatterbuck's Revolutionary War Pension Transcription

      November 19, 1833

      On this 19, November 1833 personally appeared in open count, before the County Court of Callaway County now setting, Reuben Clatterbuck, a resident of Round Prairie Township in Callaway County, Missouri, age about 78, who first being duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress.

      Dated 7 June 1832...that he was born in December 1755, but has no record of his age, according to his computation which he has no doubt is correct he will be 78 years old on the last day of December next. he was born in Caroline County, Virginia where he resided until about 1810 when he removed to Shelby County , Kentucky and resided there until October 1810 and resided there until October 1829 when he moved to Callaway County Missouri where he has continued to reside until this day.

      He further states that in 1776 being then about 21 years old, in the spring of that year (the date he cannot recollect) he volunteered to serve as a private soldier in a company commanded by one Captain Philip Buckner (none of the other CO. Officers recollected) and marched from Caroline County in company with their forces, the whole of which was under command of one Co. Philip Ironton to Richmond, Virginia then crossing the James river marched up and down the country on that side until three months has expired from the day of their marching where and when he was discharged by word of mouth and returned home.

      In the fall of the same year this applicant was drafted in the Militia of Caroline County and marched again but in a Company, the name of the Captain and officers he does not recollect, but he recollects that he be in company with a considerable force under the command of one Colonel Mathews marched from Caroline to James River and after having scoured the country round and about and passed through Gloucester, Williamsburg and other places they were discharged in that county, at what place precisely he does not recollect. He remembers that t hey had been drafted for three months and that the time had expired sometime before he was discharged. He was discharged verbally. The forces with which he acted amounted to four or five hundred men, but he has forgotten the names of may of the officers who were along.

      In the year 1781 he was again drafted for a three month campaign and marched from Caroline, under the command of Peyton Stevin (?) who was promoted to the rank of Major while in service to Gloucester. There we had a fight with some of the troops while Washington was fighting the main body across the river at Little York- Cornwallis and his army surrendered while I was there- we guarded the prisoners to Fredricksburg, where we delivered them up to other troops and our three months having expired we were verbally discharged at that place- while at Goucester I saw General Weeden and Col. Mathews and stood guard by the Marquee of Gen'l. Lafayette- while at Goucester we marched up to meet the forces of Wayne and Lafayette-We met them at Raccoon Creek and returned with them to Goucester following the retreating British- I have now no recollection of any other officer than those I have named on that expedition- it seems to me that my last campaign mentioned about commenced on the first of April 8 but my memory has so entirely failed of late years that I have no confidence in it and may be mistaken both as to the day of the month and the year- I refer however for the year to others who know by history the date of the taking of Cornwallis-

      I am very confident that I served in the several expeditions above mentioned; when taken together something over nine months that I have never yet received the first cent of pay of pension for or on account of my services. I know of no living person by whom I could prove my services in the Revolution, except it be the General Lafayette himself whom I met in Kentucky whilst on his late tour thru the United States and who recognized me and gave me the hand of a brother soldier. I know I am known to several persons who live in this County now and who have known me some twenty years and who can testify as to my reputation as a Revolutionary soldier among them I name Welden Major, Reuben B. Overton, William Tureman, and Lewis Overton ,I am know to the Reverend James Sugget who lives in my neighborhood and who could testify as to my character or veracity and other particulars, but he lives at some distance from this place and I do not know that he is there.

      I hereby relinquish every claim to a pension or annuity, except the present and declare that my name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State.

      Reuben Clatterbuck's Will Transcription

      Reuben Clatterbuck’s Will

      In testimony wherefore I have hereunto set my hand and affix the seal of said Court at office this 1st day of October, A.D.1838. and in the 19th year of the State.

      Unreadable signature

      State of Missouri, County of Callaway, I as clerk of the County Court within and for the County aforesaid, Do hereby certify that these letters of Administration were duly committee to receive as directed a law. Given under my hand as clerk of--------this 1st day of October 1838.

      Another signature

      I, Reuben Clattebuck of the County of Callaway in the State of Missouri, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to s----

      First: It is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid by my Executor.

      Second: I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Martha Clatterbuck the north part of my land, that is to make the branch --- the live on the south side of where I now live, together with all my stock of horses, cattle, hog and sheep and of my household and kitchen(?), plantation tools and to have and to hold make sale of and dispose and distribute as she pleases.

      Third: I give to my daughter Nancy Doughton (Dorton) One Dollar to her and her heirs to be paid by my wife.

      Fourth: I give to my son Leroy Clatterbuck, one Dollar to him and his heirs to be paid by my wife.

      Sixth: I give to my son Mica (Micagor-Cageby) Clatterbuck one Dollar to him and his heirs to be paid by my wife.

      Seventh: I give to my son James Clatterbuck one Dollar to him and his heirs to be paid by my wife.

      Eighth: { (this part is missing L) although there is something about James and William…..and then on the next page….}to him and his heirs to be paid by my wife.

      Ninth: missing

      Tenth: I give to my Grand daughters Martha and Jane Griffin one dollar to each of them to be paid by my wife.

      Eleventh: I give to my grand daughters Mary and Martha Standley one Dollar to each of them to be paid by my wife.

      Twelfth, and lastly, I appoint and nominate my wife Martha Clatterbuck and my son John Clatterbuck my lawful Executor to this my last will and testament also it is my will and desire that this my will go to the record without taking out letter of Administration.

      As witness my hand and seal this first day of June in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight, in the year of our lord on thousand eight hundred and thirty eight, signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of Robert Brandon and Smith A. Brandon.

      Reuben Clatterbuck (signed with and x)

      State of Missouri, County of Callaway, In Vacation (?) 30th October 1838. Israel B. Grant (?), Clerk of the County Court of Callaway County and State of Missouri, do hereby certify that the within paper instruments of writing, purporting to be the last will and testament of Reuben Clatterbuck, deceased was this day produced to me in my office for probate and thereupon appears before me at this time and place Robert Brandon and Smith Brandon the subscribing witnesses thereto both of whom are known and persons known to me to be the persons whose names are subscribed to so paper of instrument of writing as subscribing witnesses to the same who after being duly sworn deposed and said that they were present and did see the said Reuben Clatterbuck sign said paper or instrument of writing and heard him acknowledge, publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament and at the time of so doing he the said Reuben Clatterbuck was of sound mind and memory to the best of their knowledge, observation and belief and that they the deponents the subscribing witnesses to the said Reuben Clatterbuck and in the presence of each other.

      It is therefore considered that said paper or instrument of writing is duly proven to be the last will and testament of Reuben Clatterbuck Dec’d and that the same be admitted to record as required by law. In testimony whereof I have ..

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      Children of Reuben Clatterbuck