Thomas Williams of Caldwell County Kentucky
Revolutionary War Pension File
DEL Thomas Williams S35728
Of Caldwell in the state of Kentucky who was a private in the regiment commanded by Colonel Hazlets of the Delaware line, for the term of eighteen months.
Inscribed on the Roll of Kentucky at the rate of 8 Dollars per month, to commence on the 29th of September 1818
Certificate of Pension issued the 28th of June 1819 and sent to Matthew Lyon Eddyville, Ken.
Arrears to 4th of ?? 20.78
Semi-anl. All’ce ending 4th Sep 1819 48.99
Diff betwn ?? 68.78
Rev Pen: 4th Mar 1819 20.78
Act 18th March, 1818
State of Kentucky Caldwell Circuit
June Term 1820
In the record of proceedings in the Circuit Court aforesaid among others are the following towit, “On motion of Thomas Williams he produced the following affidavit in writing which having been sworn to by said Williams here in open court the same is ordered to be recorded and Certified which read as follows towit” “ On this 27th of June 1820, personally appeared in open Court being a Court of record for the said Circuit Thomas Williams aged 79 years resident in this County who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath declare, that I served in the revolutionary war as follows, One year in Col. Hazettets Continental Regt in the years 1776 & 1777 he thinks, and I was in the battle of Long Island where Lord Sterling was taken prisoner, that I was wounded in the arm in that battle. That afterwards in the militia I was in the battle of Shallow Ford & in one at Baldding Swamp and in another at Lilndseys Mills in north or South Carolina where I remained until Charleston was taken. That on account of my disability occasioned by my wound I was placed on the pension list of U.S on the 27th of July 1814 which pension ceased on my receiving a pension under the law of the United States of the 18th of March 1818. My certificate being numbered 12.181 and dated June 28th 1819 and I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States during the Revolutionary war passed on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not nor has any person in ??sh for me di?? Due to be nor have I any income other than is contained in the schedule annexed and by me subscribed. Two mares one about 12 years old and the other about 9. She is about 14 hands high the other about 13 not worth more than $50. Two cows and calves $20. five yearlings $20 and two, two year old heifers $12. 9 pigs $13. & 5 sheep $7.50. In all in the estimation of the court not worth more than one hundred & fifty dollars. My occupation is that of a farmer with very little ability to pursue it owing to my wound and to old age. My family consists of my mother 102 years old and helpless and my wife 68 years old.
Thomas X [his mark] Williams
A Judge of the District Court deposed Thomas Williams. He stated his battles. This was on the 7th of February 1814.
Joseph Greenwood gave a statement that he knew Thomas Williams and of his service in the Revolutionary War.
State of Kentucky Caldwell County
In the record of proceedings in the Caldwell County Court among others are the following towit.
Bet it remembered that at a County Court begun and held at the Courthouse in the town of Princeton the 25th day of May 1818 the following proceedings were had towit. Thomas Williams an indigent Revolutionary Soldier personally appeared in order to be heard respecting his being entitled to the benefit of the law of the 18th of March 1818 entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of theUnited States during the revolutionary war and being duly sworn deposeth and saith that sometime in 1776 he enlisted under Capt Nathan Adams in the first Delaware Regiment Commanded by Col John Haslet that he was in the batatle at Long Island where his Captain was killed and himself wounded that he was at the taking of the hessians at Trenton & Princeton where his Col was killed and that after having served in that regiment of Continental Eighteen months he was discharged which discharge he has lost that after serving several tours in the militia he joined Col Gibbs regiment of north Carolina Continental Troops in which he served three months and was discharged on account of his disability occasioned by his wound after which he served several tours in the militia. He further swears that from his reduced circumstances that he needs the assistance of his country for support….. 29 September 1818
In the Case of Thomas Williams of Caldwell County in the State of Kentucky a petitioner for a pension under the act of congress of ?? 18 March 1818 entitled “an act of provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War”
Office of the Secretary of the State of Delaware
Dover 3 June 1819
?? office ?? no pay rolls of Captain Nathan Adams company: but there is in it “a muster roll of Captain Nathan Adams company & Delaware Regiment of Continental Troops commanded by Col Dover the twelfth day of April 1776” from which it appears that a person named “Thomas Williams” enlisted into the said company on the 20 January 1776 and was serving therein as a private soldier at the date of the said muster roll. This is the only muster roll of the said company in this office, and the only paper to my knowledge that tends to prove the services of the said Thomas Williams as a solder in the revolutionary war.
C?? for the United States War Department . ? M Ridgely
I Edward B Gaither practicing physician in Washington do certify ??? on the 27th July 1814 agreeable to appointment by the judge of the KY district have examined Thos Williams relative to a wound ?? to be [sic] have been rec’d in the revolutionary war find a scar on the carpus of the left hand & ranging along the joint of the wrist to the lower end and about the middle of the radius where is to be seen another scar, which wound has distroyed [sic] all distinct motion of the wrist and has so contracted the fingers as to render them of but little use. He states on oath that in cold weather the motion of the fingers are so intirely [sic] lost that he is unable even to draw his cloaths [sic] & I find on examination that his left arm is rather smaller.
Given under my hand the date above written.
[signed E B Gaither]
I hereby certify that on the day of the date hereof Doctor Edward B Gaither of Washington County Kentucky made oath before me that the above certificate bearing his signature is true – turther that I am authorized to say, as well from public fame, as from his sole attendance on a large family of my own for ten or twelve years, that the said Gaither in the line of his profession ranks amongst the first in Kentucky and further that the above named Thomas Williams on his examination took an oath ?? before me well and truly to answer such questions as should be put to him by the said Doctor on his examination. Given under my hand and ?? this 27th day of July 1814.
In pursuance to the annexed commission to me directed John Reed of the aforesaid county do hereby certify that on the 27th day of July 1814 at the request of Thos Williams caused Ephraim Townshend of said county personally to appear before me, who being first duly sworn by me on the holy Evangelists of Almighty God to depose of an concerning a wound said to be received during the revolutionary war between the United States of America and Great Britain by Thomas Williams late a soldier in the Delaware Regiment commanded by Colonel John haviselott – Deposeth and said that he (Townsend) served and soldier in the Delaware Regiment in the before mentioned War was in the battle of Long Island in the month of August 1776, the particular day of that month he can not recollect – that he was well acquainted with Thomas Williams (the man now present and under examination by Doctor Edward B Gaither) that said Williams was then a fellow soldier with him in said Regiment – was in the said Battle of Long Island where and at which time he said Williams received a severe wound in the wrist of the left hand about the joint which appears now to be entirely stiff and further saith not
Ephraim (X his mark) Townshend
Another affidavit from Mississippi Territory, Madison County
Dr Joshua Prout also testifies as to the damage to the wrist of Thomas Williams on 7 February 1814
State of Kentucky Barren County
By virtue of a commission to ?? from the Honorable Harry Innis Judge of the District Court for the United States for the District of Kentucky. I have proceeded to examine Henry Williams with respect to Thomas Williams the claimant (as pensioner). The said Henry Williams being sworn deposeth and saith that he was well acquainted with the claimant Thomas Williams before the Revolutionary War with great Britain and since that the said Thomas Williams served in said War as a soldier until the time for which he enlisted expired. He then returned to the place of his residence in Kent County State of Delaware where he resides about two years. He then removed to Orange County State of North Carolina where he resided a number of years and in the time of his residence there he served two tours of duty in the militia service before the expiration of the Revolutionary War from there he removed to Barren County Kentucky where he has lived upwards of ten years, which is still the place of his residence, this deponent further states that the said Thomas Williams for the support of himself and family has been honestly employed (from appearances) in the business or occupation of a farmer and further saith not
Henry [X his mark] Williams
15 April 1814
William Roark deposeth and sayeth that he was well acquainted with the claimant Thomas Williams when he lived in Kent County in the State of Delaware. That after the said Williams returned from the service in the army said Williams and myself with others removed to the County of Orange in the State of North Carolina and that during his residence there he served a tour with him in the militia service before the expiration of the Revolutionary War and this deponent afterwards removed to the State of Tennessee and from there to Barren county Kentucky where I now reside and that the said Williams since my arrival in Kentucky moved from North Carolina to Barren County and has lived in the same neighborhood about ten or eleven years and that the said Williams always supported the character of a good Republican Citizen and has for the support of himself and family been employed in the way of a farmer and further this deponent saith not.
William Roark; 2 June 1814