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Duncan, T - 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.

THOMAS DUNCAN, widow Rhoda, W-1577, VA, NC, TN: (FHL film 970,864; National Archives Roll 864)
      Thomas Duncan, (East TN) of Monroe Co. TN, who was a private in the company commanded by Capt. Dyx of the regiment commanded by Col. Stephens in the VA line for 6 months; Inscribed on Roll of East TN at rate of $20 per annum, to commence 4 March 1831; Certificate of Pension issued 2 Aug. (no year) and sent to J?.A. Coffin, Madisonville; Arrears to 4 March, $40.00; semi-anl. allowance ending 4 Sept. $10.00; total $50.00; Rev. Claim Act 7 June 1832.
      Rhoda Duncan, widow of Thomas Duncan, who served in Rev. War as a Private in VA Line; Inscribed on roll at rate of $50 per annum to commence 4 March 1848; Certificate of Pension issued 18 April? 1856? ... Handwritten note at side: Died Mar. 31, 1852. (very dark copy)
      Declaration of Thomas (X) Duncan, 19 Sept. 1832, before Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of Monroe Co. TN; resident of Monroe Co., aged 68 years lacking perhaps one or two months; in order to obtain benefit of Act 7 June 1832. He was born in Pitsylvania Co. VA where he entered service of US early in 1781, being in his 17th year, as a volunteer for 3 months in Capt. Wm. Dix's Company of Militia Volunteers. The company collected at and marched from troublesome iron works in (crossed out: Guilford County) under command of Col. Stephens and passed thro Hillsborough to Guilford Court House where they met with and joined Genl. Greene's Army; shortly after which the battle of Guilford took place, in which applicant was engaged, being attached to a rifle company from Botetourt Co. VA, as he carried a rifle; he received a slight wound in one of his arms by a musket ball at the battle of Guilford; on the day after the battle he joined his own company and was marched back to Troublesome iron works, 7 hilles, where the company remained 5 days. It then marched to Ramshowers mill on Deep River and shortly afterward, his time expired, he recd. his discharged, and returned through Hillsborough, home, 3 months; he disremembers the name of the Capt. of the rifle company in which he fought at the battle of Guilford; the Capt. and all the company were entire strangers to him as no one besides himself of the company in which he volunteered had rifles, so well as he remembers. Very shortly after Applicant returned home, his father was drafted for three months to go on to Little York against Cornwallis, and he served the campaign in his father's stead. He was placed in Capt. John Winn's company which collected in Pitsylvania Co. VA and marched to Halifax Court House where the company remained some weeks collecting prisoners and then marched with them on to Winchester VA. The company to which he belonged was detained to guard the prisoners and he in this service remained at Winchester till the term for which his father was drafted expired, when he returned home. Soon after his return home he heard that Cornwallis had surrendered. At the expiration of the term of service applicant recd. a discharge. Ten months service in all. He has lost both his discharges and has no documentary evidence of his services, neither does he know of any person he can procure who can testify to his service, except what is hereinafter stated by Charles Price. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on any pension roll of the agency of any state.
         Statement by John Selvidge, a clergyman residing in Roane Co. TN, and Charles Price residing in Monroe Co. TN; we are well acquainted with Thomas Duncan ...; that we believe him to be beyond 67 and nearly if not 68 years of age; that he is reputed in the neighborhood in which he resides to have been a soldier of the Rev. and that we concur in that opinion; Charles Price furthermore certifies that he is 60 years of age and was too young to know any thing particularly respecting Duncan's service, but he was well acquainted for many years with Duncan in Caswell Co. NC where it was notorious that Duncan had served the two campaigns of which he has made the foregoing statement; Charles Price also knew intimately Capt. Dix under whom applicant served and has heard Dix frequently speak of the service of said applicant, and highly commend? him as a good soldier.
         Statement by court that it concurs ...; certification by Clerk of Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions 19 Sept. 1832; certification by Senator in Congress 8 June 1833 re Clerk of Co. Court.
      Statement by Thomas (X) Duncan, 3 June 1833, before Landon C. McKeehan, JP of Monroe Co. TN; he is same Thomas Duncan who made declaration hereunto attached before Court 19 Sept. 1832, to which he now makes following amended declaration; that he was born in Pitsylvania Co. VA in 1765? (1766?); that he has no record of his age; he forgets who he recd. his discharges from; the following persons are at present his neighbors and can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief in his services as a soldier of the revolution, viz, Landon C. McKehan, Thos. McGivins, Abraham Gooden? and Pleasant Edw. He resided in Pitsylvania Co. VA, where he lived some? till after he had rendered all his military services, till he was 21 years of age, then he moved to Caswell Co. NC where he resided till about 30 years ago, then he moved into Anderson Co. TN where he lived till 22 years ago, or thereabouts, when he moved into Roane Co. TN where he resided till a year and some few months ago, when he came into Monroe Co. where he now resides.
      Declaration of Rhoda Duncan (signed), 5 May 1849, before C.T. Davis, JP of Monroe Co. TN; resident of Monroe Co., aged 78 years; to obtain benefit of Act of 17 June 1844; she is the widow of Thomas Duncan who was a private and late a pensioner of US and received a pension of $20 per annum at Knoxville, TN; she was married to Thomas Duncan in year 1786 in Pittsylvania Co. VA by Esqr. Robarts; that her husband Thomas Duncan died on 28 Dec. 1845; that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to 1 Jan. 1794, viz, at the time above stated; she has no record of her marriage nor knows of no person in this county by whom she can prove the same.
         Certification by JP that Rhoda Duncan is a person of credibility and that full faith and credit are due her statements.
         Statement by Beryman Duncan, 5 May 1849, before Monroe Co. JP; he was well acquainted with Thomas Duncan whose widow has filed the within Declaration; that Duncan died on 28 Dec. 1845 in this county.
      Statement by Rhoda (X) Duncan, 8 March 1850, before Adam Mourey, JP of Monroe Co. TN; widow of Thomas Duncan late a Rev. Pensioner, a resident of Monroe Co.; she was married to Thomas Duncan in Pittsylvania Co. VA on 3 July 1786 by Esq. Roberts; she has no record of her marriage but is certain of the time from the birth of her first and only child Berriman Duncan who was born the October come 12 month after her marriage; that this affiants father, George Whitten, recorded the birth of her child Berriman Duncan in an hymn Book which has been in the possession of this affiant ever since and which is herewith annexed and is in the hand writing of George Whitten father of this affiant as before stated; that many years since Berrimans age was recorded in said Book the age of his (Berrimans) wife has been set below it.
         Statement by JP that I am aquainted with above affiant and believe her to be a person of unquestionable veracity.
      Small page: (top too faint to read) Thomas Duncan this? ... 24th October in the year of our Lord 1787 (bottom of page very faint). (MAD: did not copy reverse of this page, which was the name of a hymn book)
      Transmittal letter from J?.A. McAnally, 15 March 1850. I here with send you additional evidence to show that David and Rhoda Duncan was married previous to 1794. If satisfactory please send her certificates to me at Rulledge, TN.
      Declaration by Rhoda (+) Duncan, 24 Aug. 1850, before C.J/T.P. Davis, JP of Monroe Co. TN; resident of Monroe Co. TN, aged (blank) years; to obtain benefit of Act 29 July 1848; she is the widow of Thomas Duncn who was a private in the army of the Rev. and received a pension of $20 per annum, for his service, at the Knoxville Agency, TN; she was married to Thomas Duncan on 23 July 1786; that her husband Thomas Duncan departed this life 28 Dec. 1845; that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took previous to 2nd Jan. 1800, viz, at the time above stated; that she is now a widow and for proof of the above facts she refers the department to her declaration and proof exhibited in her application for a pension under Act 17 June 1844, as will fully appear.
         Statement by JP that Mrs. Rhoda Duncan is a person of truth and credit, also that she is old and infirm and unable to attend the court of this county.
      Transmittal letter from James K. McAnally, 4 Oct. 1850; Inclosed you will find the declaration of Mrs. Rhoda Duncan, widow of Thomas Duncan, for a pension under Act 29 July 1848. I suppose as she was ruled off by Tom Ewings constructions from the benefit of Act of 1844, she would still be entitled to a pension under regulations for 1848. You will please refer to the papers in the former case for proof &c direct her certificate to me, RedWood P.O., Grainger Co. TN.

THOMAS DUNCAN, Rev. War Service, NY (FHL film 970,864; National Archives Roll 864)
      Bounty Land Warrant Record Card: Duncan, Thomas; Private; NY Line, Warrant 7026, 100 acres, July 7, 1790, "to - not shown -"

THOMAS DUNCAN, Rev. War Service, NY (FHL film 970,864; National Archives Roll 864)
      Letter 12/3/1918 to Mrs. Fred King, 17-1/2 Chestnut St., Binghamton, NY: in the list of Invalid Pensioners printed in 1835, who had been inscribed on the roll of the NY Agency, and whose residence could not be ascertained in consequence of the destruction of the papers of the War Office in 1800 and 1814, appears the name Thomas Duncan, sergeant in the Rev. Army, who was allowed $60 per annum. There are no papers on file relative to his claim owing to their destruction as above stated when the War Office was burned.
         Thomas Duncan recorded in Pensioners and Applicants in NY in the Rev. quoted by you was pensioned by the State of NY under Act of the Legislature dated April 22, 1786; see State Archives of NY Vol. 1, page 551, edited by Berthold Fernow in 1887. For data in regard to him you should consult the NY State Librarian at Albany, NY.


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