MIL-REV: 1833 John Ward Pension Application



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  • Title MIL-REV: 1833 John Ward Pension Application 
    Short Title MIL-REV: 1833 John Ward Pension Application 
    Author NARA, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, Roll M804 
    Call Number Case File W.1960 
    Repository NARA: National Archives and Records Administration (USA) 
    Source ID S201 
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    State of Virginia, Louisa County (to wit)

    On the 14th day of January, 1833, personally appeared in open court before the court of the county of Louisa now sitting, John Ward a resident of said county and State aged seventy three years, who being first duly sworn according to Law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.

    That he was born in the County of Louisa on the 9th day of January 1760. He has a register of his age in a Bible now in his possession. That he was living in Louisa County when called into service, and has lived there all his life. That he never received a written discharge at the end of any tour of duty. That he entered the service of the United States as a common soldier in the ranks and never served in any station higher than that. In guarding Burgoyne’s army made prisoners at Saratoga in the year 1777 he served his first tour of duty of two months in 1780 under Captain Richard Pollet or Paulet and Col. Taylor, at Albemarle Barracks as a substitute for John Watson of Louisa. He served his second tour in January 1781 at Richmond, Cabin Point, Smithfield, Westover &ca his officers were Captain Richard Phillips and Col. Thomas Matthews. He was called into service to repel Arnold's invasion of Virginia.

    He served his third tour of two months beginning April 1781 at Richmond when the Manchester warehouses were burnt by the British. His officers were Capt. James Watson and Col. Thomas Matthews and Gen. Lafayette. He served a fourth tour of two months in 1781 under Captain William Harris of Louisa, col. Harrison of the Artillery and Gen. Thomas Nelson, at Malvern Hills, Four mile Creek and Richmond. He served a fifth tour of three months before and at the siege of York Town, his officers were Captain Henry Johnson, Col. Mercer and General Weedon. He never was in any engagement. That he can prove his services by Thos. Badget, John Kersey and Nathaniel Snelson. That in reference to his character he refers to Timothy T. Swift and William Nelson, his neighbours. He hereby relinquishes all claim whatsoever to a pension except the present, or an annuity except the present, and 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 Ward (his mark)


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    We Timothy T. Swift a clergyman residing in the County of Louisa and William Nelson residing in the same County hereby certify, that we are well acquainted with John Ward, that we believe him to be seventy three years old: That his is reputed and believed in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion. Sworn to and subscribed this 14th day of January 1833.

    Timothy T. Swift
    Wm. Nelson

    Louisa County to wit:

    John Kersey this day made oath before me William Nelson an acting Justice of the peace in and for the County aforesaid, that John Ward served his first, second and fifth tours of duty in the Revolutionary War (as set forth in the said Ward’s declaration hereto annexed) in the same companies and under the same officers with him the said John Kersey, and that he knows that portion of said Ward's declaration to be true.

    Thomas Badget made oath before me William Nelson a Justice of the peace in and for the County aforesaid, that he was in the army of the Revolution at the same time with John Ward, and knows that he performed the fourth and fifth tours of military duty as set forth in the said Ward's declaration hereto annexed.

    Nathaniel Snelson made oath before me William Nelson a Justice of the peace in and for the county aforesaid, that he knows that John Ward performed his third tour of military duty as set forth in the said Ward's declaration hereto annexed, and well recollects the said Ward, sick in the Hospital near Richmond at the time the Manchester Warehouses were burnt by the British in April 1781. I further certify that the said John Kersey, Thomas Badget and Nathaniel Snelson have been my neighbours for many years, that they are persons of credibility and that I entertain the full belief that John Ward was a soldier of the Revolution. Given under my hand and seal this 14th day of January 1833

    Wm. Nelson
     
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  •  Notes 
    • According to the article in the Wikipedia, Albemarle Barracks were located near Charlottesville, Virginia, used as a prisoner of war camp for the captured "Convention Army" (held for the duration of the war).

      The Nathaniel Snelson who certifies John Ward's account was also a veteran of the Revolution and applicant for a Pension (Case Number W.6135). He is either the same Nathaniel Snelson, or else a close relative, of the same-named witness to the 1785 Will of John Ward's grandfather, William Darwin.