Duncan, E - Revolutionary War Pensions


Duncan research files of
Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug

Last revised September 23, 2000

Revolutionary War
Pension Applications

Revolutionary War Pensions, Bounty Land Warrant Application Files; National Archives Microfilm Publication, Microcopy 804, Roll 863 and 864 and 867
      Duncan, Alexander to Duncan, Jesse (FHL film 970,863; National Archives Roll 863)
      Duncan, John to Dungan, Thomas (FHL film 970,864; National Archives Roll 864)
      Dunikin to Dunlap (FHL film 970,867; National Archives Roll 867)
      Did not copy envelopes or most requests for copies of documents.

EDWARD DUNKAN, S-7384 (S-17268), MD, NC, IN: (FHL film 970,867; National Archives Roll 867)
      Edward Dunkan, Indiana, of Decatur, IN, who was a private in Company commanded by Capt. Crage of Regt. commanded by Col. Lock in NC line for 6 months. Inscribed on the Roll of IN at the rate of $20 per annum to commence 4 March 1831; Certificate of pension issued 6 April 1833 and sent to John Lest Jr. Gransbury, IN.
      Declaration of Edward (E) Dunkan, 23 Oct. 1832 in Decatur Co. IN Circuit Court, aged 73, resident of Decatur Co., in order to obtain benefit of Act 7 June 1832; that he was born in Frederick Co. MD in 1759; that he has no record of his age; that he was drafted into the service of the US in spring of 1778 in Rowan Co. NC where he was then living, under Captain Joseph Craig in the Reg. NC Militia commanded by Col. Francis Lock (Lick?) and under the immediate command of Gen. Rutherford; that his service was confined to the defence of that state; that he served out his draft which was for three months; has no knowledge of any regular officers because the state was defended principally? by militia; that he did not enter the service as a substitute. That afterwards towit in the spring of 1781 he was again drafted at the said County of Rowan near Salisbury and State of NC aforesaid, where he then lived, into the service of the US under Captain Thorp in the Reg. of NC Militia in the Brigade commanded by General Davison; that his service was again confined to the State; that he has no knowledge of any regular officers; that he received a discharge which is now lost; that he did not serve as a substitute and served out his second duty which was for three months, making in all six months; that he has no documentary or other evidence of service, and knows of no person whose testimony he could produce that would be beneficial; that he hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares his name is not on the pension roll or agency of any state whatsoever.
         Joint statement by James Loyed, Jesse McPherson and Hardin Loyd, residing in Decatur Co. IN, that they are well acquainted with Edward Dunkan, who has petitioned and sworn to the above declaration, and we believe him to be 73 years old; that he is reputed and believed in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a Rev. Soldier and that we concur in that opinion.
      (printed filled-in form) Brief in the Case of Edward Dunkan, Decatur Co. IN, Act 7 June 1832; the declaration was made before a Court; he age 73; service (as above); no battles; resided Rowan Co. NC; statement supported by traditionary evidence; papers correct; ....

ELIJAH DUNCAN, S-3309, VA, NC, TN (FHL film 970,863; National Archives Roll 863; Declarations in Smith Co. TN very blotted and difficult to read):
      Elijah Duncan, W. TN, of Smith Co. TN, who was a private in the Com. commanded by Capt. Wilson of the Regt. commanded by Col. Lytle in NC line for 1 year and 6 months; Inscribed on Roll of W. TN at rate of $60 per annum to commence 4 March 1831; Certificate of Pension issued 5 Feb. 1834 (sent) to Jonathan Pickett, Carthage.
      Declaration 6 Sept. 1832 by Elijah (V on its side) Duncan, age 76 next April, resident of Smith Co. TN, before Justices of Court of Smith Co.; in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by act 7 June 1832; that he enlisted? (blotted) in the army of the US in 1776 he thinks but has no ... remembrance of the year it being so long since, with Capt. James Wilson and served in the 10th Regiment of NC Line of Regular troops for three years, the Regt. commanded by Col. Arch. Lytle; he enlisted in Caswell Co. NC and marched with Genl. Rutherfords army to Peytonsburg in VA, then back to Halifax in NC, thence to Wilmington; he was then transferred to the 9th Regt. under Capt. Tayler and after that to the 5th Regt. under Capt. Donoho; he was marched to SC and was there discharged on Savanah River after serving himself about 18 months and furnishing a man named John McKinly to serve the balance of his enlistment, (blotted) was for three years he got a written discharge but has since lost it; he received a land warrant from the State of NC; he hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity except the present ...
      Certification by William Hill, NC Secretary of State's Office, 23 April 1833, that it appears from the musterrolls of the continental line of this State in the revolutionary war, that Elijah Duncan a private soldier in Capt. Taylor's Company of the 10th Regiment was mustered February 1779, deserted April 1779, that he obtained a warrant for 3 years service on 23 October 1783, on the certificate of a Field Officer.
      Amendment to Declaration, 15 Oct. 1833, Elijah Duncan appeared in Smith Co. Circuit Court; that he served the term of 18 months as a private soldier in the Rev. ... aforesaid ... original declaration; applicant has no documentary evidence and he knows of no person whose testimony he can now produce ... can testify to his service except the testimony herewith and he hereby relinquishes any claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity except the present ... (1) Where and in what year was you born? I was born in Fairfax Co. VA but I do not know in what year. (2) Have you any record of your age if so where is it? I have none but it is recorded on the Bible primarily? (formerly?) the property of John Davis of VA. (3) Where were you living when called into the service, where have you lived since the Rev. War and where do you live now? I lived in Caswell Co. NC when I enlisted; I lived in the same State and Co. of Rutherford for some time; I then removed to the State of TN & Co. of Smith where I now reside and have resided here about 26 years. (4) How were you entered into the service, were you drafted, did you volunteer, were you a substitute and if a substitute, for whom? I enlisted as stated in my declaration. (5) ... persons to whom you are known who can testify to your ... and their belief of your service as a soldier of the Rev. Refer to Col. David Fite and Leonard File, John File & Augustine Robinson Esq.
         Certification by Jacob Fite, Augustin Robinson and John J? Bennett who are acquainted with Elijah Duncan that they believe him to be about 76 years of age, that he is reputed in the neighbourhood where he lives to have been a soldier of the Rev. and we concur in that opinion.
         The applicant has not obtained the ... of a clergyman since he resides in a remote part of the county and is principally confined at home and his acquaintance with the clergy very limited; his acquaintance being generally with eterimant? since? .. home. /s/ Elijah (V upside down) Duncan.
         Statement by Thomas Terry? that he had some acquaintance with Elijah Duncan; he remembers distinctly of hearing it reported that the applicant enlisted as a soldier in the army of the Rev. in the regular service & never heard the report contradicted.
         Statement by A.B?. Caruthers, Judge of the court, that after investigation of the matter and after taking? the interrogatories prescribed, that the applicant was a soldier of the Rev. and served as he states, and the court further testifies that it appears to them that John J. Bennett who has signed the preceeding certificate is a clergyman, resident in Smith Co., and that Jacob Fite and Augustine Robinson and Thomas Terry who has signed the foregoing certificates are also resident citizens of said county and that they are all credible persons and that their statements are entitled to credit.
      Revolutionary Claim, 5 Feb. 1834, In conformity with the law of the US of 7 June 1832, Elijah Duncan of State of TN who was a private in the Army of the Rev. is entitled to receive $60 per annum during his natural life, commencing 4 March 1831 ...
      Oath of Johnathan Fuson, 6 July 1846, before DeKalb Co. TN JP, that he is administrator of Elijah Duncan, the identical person who was a pensioner and is now deceased (quote of Cert. of Pension); that the deceased pensioner resided in DeKalb Co. TN for the space of about 30 years before his death and that previous thereto he resided in NC.
         Appointment 6 July 1846 by Jonathan Fuson, Administrator of Elijah Duncan a Rev. Pensioner, of Jubal Richardson as attorney to receive from agents of US for paying pensions in Nashville, the balance of said pension from 4 Sept. 1840 the time to which he was last paid to 14 Dec. 1840 the day of his death.
         Statement 9 July 1846 by Jubal Richardson, the attorney named in the foregoing power of attorney, that the same was not given him by reason of my sale transfer or mortgage of the pension or arrears of pension therein authorized to be received by him.
         Statement by Clerk of County Court of DeKalb Co. TN held at the court house in the Town of Smithville, 6 July 1846, that satisfactory evidence has been exhibited to said Court that Elijah Duncan was a pensioner of the US at the rate of $60 per annum, was a resident of the Co. of DeKalb in TN and died in Co. of DeKalb in TN in the year 1840 on the 14th day of Dec., that he left no widow but the following children and only heirs, viz, Elijah Duncan, Jane Kimbil formerly Jane Duncan, Nancy Ban formerly Nancy Duncan, Catharine Oweing formerly Catharine Duncan, Abby Davis formerly Abby Duncan and Richard Duncan and that Johnathan Fuson is the administrator of said Elijah Duncan deceased duly qualified as such; ...
      Letter from Jubal Richardson, 4 Aug. 1846, South Harpeth, TN. Enclosed you will receive the application of Jonathan Fuson administrator of Elijah Duncan a Rev. Pensioner for the arrearages of his pension up to the day of his death. The amount you will please remit to me at South Harpeth, Davidson Co., TN.
      Letter from Treasury Department, 14 August 1846, to the administrator of Elijah Duncan, Pen. on Nashville TN Roll for Act 7 June 1832: For his pension from 4 Sept. 1840 to 14 Dec. 1840 the day he died, being 102 days at $60 per annum, as per vouchers filed herewith, $14.88.


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