[Note: In the interest of readability, I have cleaned up the spelling and punctuation to some extent.]
Jackson in the State of Georgia who was a Private in the Compy. commanded by
Captain Moore of the Regt. commanded by Col. Armstrong in the Pensylvania line for 6 mos.
Inscribed on the Roll of Georgia at the rate of 20 Dollars per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1831.
Certificate of Pension issued the 13 day of March 1833 and sent to Hon. A. S. Clayton, Athens, Ga.
|Arrears to the 4th of March 33||40.00|
|Semi-anl. allowance ending 4th Sept. 33||10.00|
Act June 7, 1832
Recorded by G. C. Stiles, Clerk,
Book I, Vol. 8, p. 145
Brief in the case of Robert Taylor
of Jackson County in the state of Georgia
Act 7th June, 1832
1. Was the declaration made before a Court or a Judge?
2. If before a Judge, does it appear that the applicant is disabled by bodily infirmity? [blank, no response]
3. How old is he? 88 years
4. State his service, as directed in the form annexed
|Period||Duration of Service||Rank||Names of General and Field Officers under whom he served|
|Years, Months, Days||As a||Gen.|
|not stated||about 4 months||private||Col. Joseph Armstrong, Genl. Starling|
|not stated||about 3 months||private||Capt. Andw. Moon, Col. Boyer|
|not stated||about 3 months||wagoner||Capt. Hugh Hayes|
|not stated||not stated||same||same|
States that he served in all 13 months
5. In what battles was he engaged? [The only response to this question is a dash.]
6. Where did he reside when he entered the service? Cumberland County Pennsylvania
7. Is his statement supported by living witnesses, by documentary proof, by traditionary evidence,
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? Yes, the clerk’s certificate is not on the same sheet of paper, nor properly attached to it.
B. F. Pleasants, Examining Clerk
State of Georgia
On this day 9th of November 1832 personally appeared before me, Robert Smithwick, one of Judges of the Inferior Court for this county being a court of record, Robert Taylor of the County of Jackson and State of Georgia aged 88 years who being duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of an Act of Congress passed Jun 7th 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following officers and served as herein stated. Was drafted in Cumberland County state of Pennsylvania in December after the Battle of Brandywine year not recollected under Col. Joseph Armstrong of the Militia under the immediate command of Lieutenant Guthrey acting as Captain & was march[ed] to Philadelphia and remained at Philadelphia nine days then were marched to the State of New Jersey to a place called Rocky Ridge there joined Genl. Starling who was commanding at that station & we were chiefly employed in watching the maneuvers of the British as Scouting Parties had no engagements with the British during our stay at Rocky Ridge at which Station we served four months or thereabout after returned home. We(?) moved to the State of Virginia Rockbridge County was drafted again for three months under Col. Boyer and under the immediate command of Captain
Andrew Moor march to Suffolk where a part remained & part were marched to Portsmouth. I was one who were marched to Portsmouth. We had some skirmishes with the British but no general engagement. When we marched to Suffolk we were put under Col. Parker and Genl. Greggery do not know whether they were regular officers, or know our term for which we were drafted [–?–] we returned home. Received no discharge for that service the date of entering service & returning not recollected.
Some time there after I was drafted the third time lived at the same place for three months under Col. Boyer who informed me he wanted
wagons for transportation of provisions & baggage & I should be acquitted of my service if I would furnish a wagon & team & should be paid for my team extra. I went with my team & served the tour above of three months under the immediate command of Captain Hugh Hayes but never received any pay for my service as soldier or for my team returned home.
Some time after returning home was drafted the fourth time I lived at the same place Virginia Rockbridge County under Col. Boyer who still informed me that I should be acquitted as a soldier if I would again furnish a wagon & team & be paid extra for my Team. I did a second time go with my wagon & team under the immediate command of Captain Hugh Hayes but never received any pay for my services as a soldier or for my wagon and team. Was employed in hauling provisions & baggage for the Army. Served out my last tour for which I was drafted. Peace was then or shortly thereafter made returned home never was called on any more.
The above and foregoing are all the service that he recollects of performing in the Revolutionary War and that he rendered the two first tours or terms of service as a militia man amounting in both to seven months & the last two tours or terms of service as he has above declared that is as a soldier and wagoneer amounting to six months both added together. These are all the services he recollects to have performed during the Revolutionary War.
To the following interrogatories propounded to him he answers as follows to wit:
First, where and in what year were you born?
Answer – I was born in the State of Maryland believe Baltimore County in the year 1744.
Second, have you any record of your age and if so where?
Answer – It is in or was in my father’s family Bible.
Third, where were you living when you entered into service and where have you lived since the Revolutionary War & where do you now live?
Answer – I lived in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania state from whence I removed to the State of Virginia Rockbridge County remained there until peace was made then removed to Georgia Elbert County & from thence to Jackson County where I now live.
4th, How were you called into service?
Answer – I was called into the service of the United States each time by draft.
5th, State some of the names of the regular officers who were with the troops where you served such continental and militia regiments
as you recollect & the general circumstances of your service.
Answer – I never had any acquaintance with any of the regular officers of the United States. I have heard of Genl. Green & Washington
& others who were said to be regular officers. I was acquaint with Genl. Starling & Col. Armstrong & Col. Parker but do not know whether
they were regular officers or no & I was acquainted with Genl. Greggery.
6th, Did you ever receive a discharge & if so by whom was it given & what has become of it.
Answer – I received a discharge for the first tour of my service from Col. Armstrong which was burnt in Mark Doss’ house in Jackson
County, Georgia. Never received any other discharge that I recollect of.
7th, State the names of persons to whom you are known in your neighborhood & who can testify as to character and good behavior your
services as a revolutionary soldier.
Answer – Joseph T. Cunningham, Middleton Brook, Andrew Cummingham, James Leddell, Samuel Knox, Levi Deckens
I served seven months in the two first tours as a militia soldier and in the third and fourth tours, I served as a soldier with my wagon and team six months making in all thirteen months and have no documentary evidence to establish my claim nor do I know any person
whose testimony I can procure who can testify to that service. I have no claim whatever except the present to any pension or annuity and
name is not upon the pension roll of any state agency.
Sworn to & subscribed the day and year aforesaid
(signed by mark)
Robt. Smithwick J.I.C.
Joseph Hampton J.I.C.
Aug J. Brown J.I.C.
We Giddeon Shockley a clergyman residing in the county aforesaid Joseph Whorton residing in the same county that we believe Robert Taylor who was sworn to and subscribed the foregoing declaration is of the age he represents himself to be and that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood in which he resides to be a soldier of the revolution and that we concur in that opinion.
Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid
Robt. Smithwick J.I.C.
Aug. J. Brown J.I.C.
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 Gideon Shockley who has signed the preceding certificate is a clergyman resident in the county of Jackson and that Joseph Whorton who has also signed the same is a resident in the county of Jackson and is a creditable person and their statement is entitled to credit.
I Sylvanus Ripley clerk of the Inferior Court of Jackson County do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the application of the matter of Robert Taylor for a pension in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office
this 7th day of November 1832.
I certify that the paper whose authentication is made by the signatures of the persons purporting to be the Justices of the Court is genuine inasmuch as I know said Justices & their handwriting & that the said declaration is attested by their true signatures.
A. S. Clayton MC[Member of Congress. Augustin Smith Clayton was a member of the House of Representatives from 1831-1834.]
[form summarizing service omitted]
[Letter from William H. Taylor of Norfolk, VA, dated 1 Feb 1900, omitted. Deals primarily with two men named Robert Taylor from Delaware]
[letter from Mrs. Walter(?) Scott of Macon, GA, dated 15 May 1910 omitted. Requested information on Robert Taylor of Jackson County, GA and
Uriah Hudson of Tyrrell Co, NC]
Submitted by Cheryl Chasin