Revolutionary War Pension Declaration
(Transcribed & Abstracted by Jerry McCorkle & Dave Woody)
On this 4th day of September 1832 personally appeared before David Campbell a Justice of the Peace in and for Green County Kentucky Samuel McCorkle a resident of the county and state aforesaid, aged 72 years February last, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain of the provision made by the act of Congress on the 7th of June 1832. He states that he had been drafted in Augusta County Virginia in October 1777 to serve a tour of three months in the company under the command of Capt Thomas Smith and in the regiment under command the command of Col Dickerson and they had then marched to to the junction of Kenhaway and Ohio Rivers, in pursuit of the Indians. The said pensioner served for a tour of three months duration and he stated that he had received no written discharge.
The said Samuel McCorkle further states that he again entered the service in October 1780 to the best of his recollection, that he was drafted for three months in Augusta County Virginia, to serve under command of Captain Patrick Buckhanon and in the brigade under command of General Morgan and they then marched to Hillsborough in North Carolina and then from there they marched to Charlotte Courthouse, there he joined the army and from thence he marched under the command of Capt P Buckhanon in Gen Morgans Brigade against the tories near the Catawba River. On this tour of duty said pensioner also served for a tour of three months and again received no written discharge.
The said pensioner was again drafted in the year 1781 at Augusta County Virginia for a tour of two months to serve in company under the command of Captain Patrick Buckhanon and in the regiment under command of Col Huggart and Major Wilson. The said pensioner served in battle of Hot Water and in all he served for a tour of two months had again received no written discharge. He further states that he has no documentary evidence of his service and he is unable to attend court by reason of bodily infirmity, he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any state. Sworn to and subscribed the day and date aforementioned. Samuel McCorkle
The affidavit of Katherine Buckhannon was also given at the same time and in the same place as the foregoing. The said deponent stated and swore that she was both well and favorable acquainted with the said pensioner during the war of the Revolution in the said county and the said deponent also stated and swore that the said pensioner had served three tours of duty and she further added that she resided near Capt Thomas Smith and Capt Patrick Buckhannon and she stated that she had heard from them that the said pensioner had served as had been stated.
The affidavit of Archibald Buckhannon was also given at the same time and same place as the foregoing. The said deponent stated and swore that in the neighborhood in which the said pensioner resided he was reputed to have severed in the war of the Revolution on the side of the United States of America and this deponent swore that he believed this.
On April 29, 1833 in Green County Kentucky, the said pensioner again appeared in open court and stated that he was born in Augusta County Virginia 1759 on February 25. This pensioner also stated that he had been raised there and the said pensioner further stated that he had removed to the state of Kentucky about thirty two years ago and that he had resided in Green County Kentucky for thirty years. He also stated that he had served as a second sergeant during his last tour of duty during which he took part in the battle of Hot Water and he also stated he had received no commission. The said pensioner himself, Samuel McCorkle, was on the Kentucky roll on pensions at the rate of $96.66 per annum and his certificate of pension for that amount was issued August 9 1833 and it was then sent to William T. Willis at Greensburg Kentucky.
Revised Jan 12, 2012