February 4, 2013. JOHN WILLIAMS. From Brenda Twiford.
John Williams is my GGGGG Grandfather and Thomas Williams is his brother. They were born in Virginia, but moved to Knotts Island during the Revolutionary War and the family line continued on Knotts Island.
State of North Carolina
On this 29th day of August 1832 personally appeared in open Court before John B. Jones, Benjamin T. Simmons, Caleb Etheridge, and William Bray, the Justices of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the county and state now sitting John Williams a resident of Currituck in the county of Currituck and State of North Carolina, aged eighty one years who being first duly sworn according 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.
Viz. I entered the service of the United States as a volunteer under Capt. Peter Singleton in the County of Princess Anne State of Virginia in September 1775 and was stationed at Kempsville Princess Anne County State of Virginia when the British made an attack on that place and preceded in taking possession of it. Col. Thomas Walker commanded our army which consisted of Militia or volunteers belonging to the County of Princess Anne. We had one man killed and two wounded, several drowned in attempting to cross the Eastern Branch. Our army was completely dispersed. The greater part of the inhabitants of Princess Anne went into the British and took the oath of allegiance. Under these circumstances I left Princess Anne for North Carolina procured a house for my family and joined the army near the Great Bridge Norfolk County Virginia and remained there untill after the Battle at the Great Bridge which took place the 9th day December 1775. The British commander Fordyce was killed and his army completely defeated with a very considerable loss the number not known. The officers that commanded at the Great Bridge was Col. Woodford of Virginia Col. Jarvis of North Carolina and Major Scott of Virginia. I joined the North Carolina line and was under Capt. Alexander Whitehall, we next marched for the North West River Bridge Virginia and erected a Breast work near the place. I remained with the North Carolina Militia during the War and was frequently sent in command of detached parties to detect refugees which were often committing depredations. I was also employed at other times as a Blacksmith made handcuffs for refugees. I also had fifty or sixty stand of arms to repair at one time. I was appointed Captain of a company and received a commission from his Excellency Governor Alexander Martin dated at Hillsboro the 26th day of April in the 6th year of our Independence which I now have and remained in that capacity untill after peace was proclaimed. He further says that he was in the service much more than two years in all the time he served during the Revolution. He can prove by Hosea Ball that he was in the American Army at the Battle of the Great Bridge at Fordyce defeat. He further states that he is a native of Princess Anne County Virginia but has lived in Currituck County North Carolina from the time herein before mentioned untill the present time and that he now resides in said County. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of the Agency of any State.
Sworn and subscribed the day & year aforesaid. (signed) John Williams
July 31, 1933
Mrs. W.C. Burnham
1525 West 33rd Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Dear Madam: Reference is made to your request for information in regard to John Williams, a soldier of the Revolution. The data furnished herein were obtained from papers on file in the pension claim W.18436, based upon the Revolutionary War service of John Williams.
(In Part)...In 1832 he was referred to as colonel. He was also referred to as major. The papers in this claim give no evidence of his having served as colonel or major. He died November 7, 1825 in Currituck County, North Carolina. The soldier married September 10, 1772, Abijah Morse. She was allowed pension on her application executed May 29, 1838 at which time she was eighty-three years of age and the application was made in Currituck County, North Carolina. Her pension commenced November 7, 1835 and her certificate number was 2126. In 1838 reference was made to children of John and Abijah Williams but no names were given. In 1838 one Thomas Williams stated that he was born in 1762 and that he was the brother of Colonel John Williams (the soldier). In 1838 the widow referred to her brother, Joel Morse.
State of North Carolina
On this 29th day of August 1832 personally appeared in open Court before Caleb Etheridge, John B. Jones, William Bray and Benjamin T. Simmons, Justices of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina now sitting Thomas Williams a Resident of the county and State aforesaid of the age of sixty years & eleven months who being first duly sworn according to Law doth on his oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the Benefit of the Act of Congress passed 7th of June 1832. He saith that he was born in Princess Anne County Virginia and turned out a volunteer under Captain Amos Wicks of that County some time in the month of May 1778 and marched to North West Bridge in Norfolk County Virginia and was placed under command of Colonel Thomas Matthews then Colonel of the Virginia Troops in the Continental line and remained in the Company for four months and was then discharged without writings and have no documentary evidence to prove this service but can prove I was a soldier at Northwest Bridge by John Williams, Jesse Perry and Joshua Ball. He further says that he in common with the other militia of Princess Anne County was called in the Years 1779 & 1780 to guard the Coast along the Princess Anne Shore and principally at Cape Henry. He says that this service was performed in regular Rotation of the different Companies of Princess Anne County and that in the 2 Years mentioned he was in service six months under Captain Thomas Old and Lieutenant Tully Moseley; that he has no documentary evidence to prove this service nor does he know any person living by whom he can prove it. He further says that he volunteered in said County of Princess Anne in January 1781 under the Command of Captain Amos Wicks and Lieutenant George Walker and marched to Norfolk Virginia and had a small skirmish in February and another soon after at Kempsville Princess Anne County Virginia and on the 9th of March 1781 was taken a prisoner and remained a Prisoner in Portsmouth Virginian untill the surrender of Lord Cornwallis in October of that Year by which surrender he was liberated. He has no documentary evidence to prove this service but can prove by John Williams his confinement as a prisoner and that he carried him clothing and that the family understood that he was a prisoner. He hereby relinquishes every Claim to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension Roll of the Agency of any State. Sworn and Subscribed the day and Year aforesaid signed Thomas Williams.
We Edward Hardy a Clergyman residing in the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina and Foster Jarvis of the same place do hereby Certify that we are well acquainted with Thomas Williams who hath subscribed and sworn to the above Declaration that we believe him to be of the age of 60 years that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion. Sworn and Subscribed the day and Year aforesaid signed Edward Hardy signed Foster Jarvis