Friday, March 28, 2008

William Gholson of Caldwell County Kentucky

Revolutionary War Pension Application

Was a sergeant in the regiment commanded by Capt Spotswood of the 10th Regt Virginia Line for the term of 3 years.

Rec’d $8/month
Certificate of Pension issued 10th of Sept 1819

[There were TWO William Gholson’s receiving Revolutionary War Pensions for service in Virginia. The other William Gholson was living in Greenup County Kentucky. The Greenup County William Gholson died 14 Sep 1843. He left no widow; and three children – James H of Lawrence County, OH, Elizabeth Rigg and Cynthia of Greenup County Kentucky]

Died 2 January 1837
Order to pay to J Fickling March 1838
File mentions a son and a daughter.

25 May 1818, Caldwell County Kentucky Court
William Gholson an indigent Revolutionary Soldier of the old continental army personally appeared.
Testified that in January 1777 he enlisted in Capt John Spotswood’s company tenth Virginia Regiment of continental troops for three years and that he continued with the army until Charleston fell into the hands of the British and that he made his escape from the enemy the 14th day of June 1780 when he returned home having duly served the time of his enlistment. He further swears that from his reduced circumstances he needs the assistance of his country for support.

26 July 1819 Caldwell County Court in Princeton Kentucky
Claim was resubmitted. Originally did not state place of residence.

24 July 1820 Caldwell County Court
William Gholson age 62
Resident of Caldwell County Kentucky
Enlisted January 1777
Served in Virginia Regiment commanded by Colonel Edward Stevens in Capt John Spotswood’s Company
Pension certificate number 14592
He states he has “no property of any description whatever except the sum of about $30 which is due me from T C Gholson. My occupation at present is that of teaching a small country school, and am not able to labor for a living which is the reason of my engaging in my present occupation. I have one son named Richard D Gholson aged about sixteen years who is unable to render me any great service in procuring subsistence.”

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