William McGehee Revolutionar War Pension File (5 of 36)


William McGehee pension file from NARA Microfilm M804-1683, S32.399

State of Alabama
Jackson County
On this the 4th day of January 1833 personally appeared in open court before 
me Thompson M Rector, Judge of the County Court for said county now 
(siting?) William McGehee resident of the county and state afore mentioned 
aged about seventy eight years who being first duly sworn 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 entered the service of the United States under the following named 
officers and served as herein states that he entered the service as well as 
he recollects in the year 1777 as a volunteer  (? ) man under Captain 
William Dicks? and Col. Peter Perkins that he then resided in Pittsylvania 
County Virginia that he was marched from (there?) to (Guinns?) Island that 
he arrived there on the day before a battle was fought between the Americans 
and British and that he was posted as a Centenal at the time the battle was 
fought---shortly after which battle he was marched back to Pittsylvania 
County Virginia from there he was marched to Cumberland Gap on Yellow Creek 
when/where he had a battle with the Shawne(sic) Indians where upward of 
thirty Indians were killed from there he was marched home the six months for 
which he volunteered having expired. At which time he  received a discharge 
but believing that it would not be of any use to him he has lost . After 
which time he moved to Henry County Virginia and in the year 1780 he 
volunteered under Captain Lyfus Shelton and was marched to the (waters?) of 
(Town? )Creek and Fisher's River where there were a number of Tories who 

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themselves amongst the quakers and (?) when they took about seventeen of 
them prisoners (?)  then marched back home to Henry County Virginia 
He states that he has no documentation of (?) in (?) and that he knows of no 
person whose testimony he can  (procure?) and who can Testify to his 
services and that (several undecipherable words)  has every claim whatsoever 
a pension or annuity except the present? and declares that his name is not 
on the pension Roll of the agency of any state in the United States.

1st:  Where and in what year were you born?
An. I was born in New Kent County State of Virginia and I think in the year 

2nd.:  Have you any record of your age and if 
so where is it? 
An. Any I have (?) the record of my age in my Family Bible.

3rd:  Where were you living when called in the service; where have you lived 
since the Revolutionary War and where now live/living?
An. I lived in (unreadable/marked out) Pittsylvania County and State of 
Virginia when called in to the service. I moved from the State of Virginia 
to (Seusqlouisa?)---[I have looked at maps all afternoon trying to figure 
this one out---in Karen Groce's transcription it says Sullivan, but it does 
NOT look like Sullivan to me]  North Carolina now/near E. Tennessee where I 
resided about Twenty (three?) (years?) going from (thence?) to Lincoln 
county Tennessee where I  resided about (about repeated?) nineteen years 
(thence?) to Jackson County Alabama where I now reside.

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4th:  How were you called into services were you drafted did you volunteer 
or were you a substitute and if a substitute for whom.
An.  I Volunteered in every instance.

5th:  State the names of some of the (Regular?) officers who were with the 
troops when you served such continental and militia Regiments as you can 
recollect and the general circumstances of your service.
An. Col Peter Perkins, Capt. William (Dicks?) Col William Trigg, Capt Lewis 
Roberts,Lieut. Trimble

6th: Did you ever receive a discharge from the service and if so by whom was 
it given and what has become of it?
An: I received a discharge from Col. (Titus?) Perkins and have since lost 

7th:  State the names of persons to whom you are known in (your?) present 
neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for veracity and good 
behavior your services as a soldier of the Revolution.
An.  John Reed, George Reed, (James?) (Hall?),  Samuel McDavid, Job 

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        William  X Magehe

We, John Williams a clergyman residing in the County of Jackson State of 
Alabama and John (A?) residing in the same County certify that we are well 
acquainted with William McGehee who has subscribed and sworn to the 
(annexed?) declaration that we believe him to be seventy eight years of age 
that he is (?) and believed in the neighborhood where he resided and have 
been a soldier of the revolution and that we (concur?) in that opinion.

                                John Williams
                                John  (?)

Transcribed by Janice Arnall on February 5, 2006


Collection: Revolutionar War - M804-1683 - S32.399


Created: 2/4/2006 11:57:00 AM