Pension Application for Jacob Little - R 6383
The date of the letter below has been misinterpreted by many researchers and erroneously quoted in many sources as being dated Dec. 1835, thus causing most researchers to believe that this Jacob Little died before Dec. 1835. Pleasant Menon's statement that he was "of the Anson part of Union County" leaves no doubt that this letter was written well after 1835 since Union County was not formed until 1842.
Much of the copy of this application is worn or faded away and what remains is difficult to read. If anyone has a better copy or is able to correct the many omissions and mistakes, please forward the corrections to Jane Murtishaw Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whites Store NC 31st Dec. 1855
Capt. James E. Steuart Washington DC
Sir The Hon. Burton Craige MC will hand this to you. Pleas examine the case of Jacob Little heirs. I can send the Bible and other writings of Jacob Little to prove beyond doubt the identity of his hand writing on papers ready sent at the war department.
Your obedient servant N.M. Hubbard
Know all men by these present, that I Pleasant Menon Little of the Anson part of Union County do hereby constitute and appoint Capt. J.E. Steuart of Washington City DC my ture and lawful attor for me and in my name to examine all papers at washington City appertain to me as one of the children of Jacob Little Deceased who was a Soldier of the Revolutionary War for any ammount of pension that may be due said heirs and any duplicate certificate I want sent to Nealy M Hubbard White Store Anson Co. NC. Sworn to and Subscribed this 12th day of December 1855
PM Little (seal)
Wm Allen JP
State of North Carolina
County of Anson
Personally appears before me Pleasant Menon Little Son of Jacob Little Decd and acknowledges the foregoing powr of attorney to be his act and deed for the purposes therein expressed Given under my hand day & date above
Wm Allen JP
State of North Carolina Anson County
I Joseph White Clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the County aforesaid do hereby certify that William Allen before whom the above power of attorney was acknowledged is an acting Justice of the peace in and for said County and was at the time of the executence of the same and that the signature purporting to be his is genuwine and that due faith and credit is due to his official acts.
In testimony whreof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal of office at Wadesborough this first day of January AD 1856.
J. White Clk
State of North Carolina Anson County October Sessions 1833
On the 18th day of October 1833 personally appeared in open Court before the worshipful Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions now sitting Jacob Little aged 78 years a resident of the County and State aforesaid a soldier of the Revolution - who having been first sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Companys passed June 7, 1832 -
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as here in stated.
"I volunteered as a private in the Militiea on the 10 August 1780 - for three months in the County of Pitt, State of North Carolina under Capt. John Hodges and was marched to join the main army to go against Lord Cornwallis but Gen'l Gates defea (words missing) Camp (words missing) So. Carolina disappointed us - we joined col. Seawell's Regiment at Ramseys Mill on Deep River (words missing) all marched to the Yadkin (line missing) very troublesome to our Army We suffer ? (illegible) of provisions i e owing to sickness I was discharged on the (missing words) October 1780 by Robt Williams Surgeon by order of Genl Sum___ having? Served 2 months (looks like 12, but surely was 2) in the light infantry as a sergeant
I volunteered again as a minute man in December 1782 in the County of Pitt No Carolina for no stated time - under Capt. Not recollected Col James Gorum's (or Green's) Regiments to go against the British and Tories who were then marching & ravaging the Country from Wilmington to Newborn N Carolina. I was one of the guns under Lieutenant John Robinson in a skirmish with the enemy at night near Genl Bryan's Mills - the night on which Genl Bryan's house was burned (this part looks like it may have been written in by the transcriber later). Soon after this I was ordered together with others to go back to Pitt County for the purpose of getting more men and a force of reinforcements - as many as the neighboring Counties had a _______ become nearly all Tories - but before we effected ___ use for which we were ordered Col. Gorum and his regiment returned home to Pitt County where I was discharged having served nine months having served during both Terms - ten months & a half - most __________ but having mustered out as a private soldier - I only claim a pension as such.
I have in my possession a written discharge which I received from Robt Williams Surgeon by order of Genl Summers - which I enclose herewith -
I received no written discharge upon my last term of service nor do I know of any person whose testimony I can prcure to testify to my services - for this Term - I have no other documentary evidence of my services nor do I know of any person whose testimony I can procure to testify to my services
I hereby relinquish every claim whatever 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.
Sworn to & subscribed the day and year aforesaid
W. Dismukes Clk
1st Question by Court Where and in which year were you born?
Answer. I was born in Surry County State of Virginia March 28th 1755
2nd Question. Have you any Record of your ____ and if so whre is it?
Answer. A record of my age was entered ___ in my fathers family Bible but I do not know where ___
3rd Question. Where were you living when called into service; whre have you lived since the Revolutionay war and where do you now live (not legible, but standard question)
Answer. I lived in Pitt County No Carolina when called into service in every instance - where I continued to live after the Revolutionary War until the year 1795 when I removed to this County Anson - where I have constantly lived ever since and is the place of my residence at present
4 Question - How were you called into service; were you drafted; did you volunteer, or were you a Substittue, and if a Substitute for whom
Answers - I was a Volunteer in every instance - never drafted; or a Substitute
5 Question. State the names of some of the regular Officers who wer with the Troops when you served. Such Contintental and Militia Regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstnaces of your services.
Answer - In my first Tour Col Seawell & Col. Jarvis of the Militia and Genl Summer _______ In my last Tour, Col. Gorum of the Militia and Genl Bryant also a Militia Officer - In my Term of Services the Regiment to which I belonged Commanded by Col Seawell was __ to join the main army until the news of Gates defeat We then changed our __ of March towards Salsbury in Rowan County in which _______________ and Col William R. Davis (or Rorie) acted in conjunction to intercept ___fro rip of Lord Cornwallis through the middle counties of No Carolina. Soon after my discharge on the Yadkin on 22nd Oct 1780 - I returned home to Pitt County. In which part of our State - after the fall of Charleston So. Carolina - Gates defeat at Camden etc The Tories and Loyall party - became very bold & troublesome and it became absolutely necessary for us to be out almost constantly to protect the women & children from their plunder & savagry My services were confined to the Countyr between Wilmington and Newbern on the Neuse River.
6 Question. Did you ever receive a discharge from the Service and if so by whom was it given, and what has become of it?
Answer. I received a written discharge from Robt Williams Surgenon by order of Ge nl Summers which is now in my possession - and which I herewith enclose. I received no written discharge for my last service.
7 Question. State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for veracity.
Answer. The Rev. John S. Kendal a clergyman and Joseph White Esquire acquainted with me.
Sworn to & subscribed in open court
W. Dismukes clk
We John S. Kendal, a clergyman and Joseph White both of the County of anson and state of North Carolina hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Jacob Little who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration, thatwe believe him to be 78 years of age that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.
Sworn to & subscribed in open court.
W. Dismukes Clk
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