THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
David Andress (Andrews)
This gentleman is someone's IMMIGRANT. His declaration is chock full of residency information.
Mr. Andress' pension application was rejected. Probably due to the spelling of the gentleman's surname on the pay rolls, which appeared as "Andrews." It is unknown if service has been satisfactorily proven according to SAR/DAR requirements. It is clear this man did serve in the 1st Co., Georgia Battalion, under Lachlan McIntosh, for one month in 1782. Then for eleven months in the same unit, under Capt. John Lucas, between 9 Jun 1782 and 4 Nov 1783. His service record appears on Footnote.com
State of Georgia, Fayette County
On this 24th day of November one thousand eight hundred and thirty four, personally appeared in open Court before Samuel SWANSON, E. P. NIXON and William PACE Justices of the Inferior Court of the County aforesaid now sitting David ANDRESS a resident of the County of Fayette and State of Georgia aged 74 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 provision made by the act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated. That under the command of Capt. Charles WILLIAMS in the month of March or April in the year 1778 in the County of Richmond in the State of Georgia in the Regiment commanded by Col. MCMURPHY which was commanded by General [James SCREVEN he was drafted by authority of the State of Georgia on a tour of three months and was marched by said officers to Midway Meeting House near Sunbury, thence to Reid's Bluff on the Altamaha River below Fort Barrington thence to the St. Mary's River to attack a British Post near that River who on our approach fell back to Trout Creek where we (about 70 or 80 of us in number being a detached company of Horsemen placed under General Screven under the command of Capt. WILLIAMS) overtook them and had a fight at Alligator Bridge on that Creek in which Battle he was slightly wounded, thence we returned to the Main body of our Army on the St. Mary's River and at that place we were Joined by Genl WILLIAMSON from South Carolina, and thence he was detached by Capt. WILLIAMS and placed under the command of Capt. BARTON to drive and guard some Beef Cattle near to Savannah which was considered at that time very hazardous which we accomplished and returned and were marched into Savannah where he was verbally discharged by Captain Barton which was in July or August 1778 having
served the said three months tour as a private soldier was not during said tour engaged in any civil pursuit. That in the month of April 1783 in the County of Richmond in the State of Georgia, he enlisted as a Regular soldier under the Command of Captain William McIntosh [David appears on muster rolls under Lachlan McIntosh, not Wm. McIntosh for two years, or during the War, and was marched to the City of Savannah which was under the Command of Genl Anthony Wayne, who was stationed under the Command of said officers and remained four months when Capt. MCINTOSH gave him a furlough to visit his family in Richmond County State of Georgia where he had scarcely reached when news came to him that peace was made consequently he was never called on nor returned to the Army anymore which was in September 1783, that he served the said four months, at the least, as a private soldier and that during the said time he was not engaged in any civil pursuit. That he has no record of his age, was born in the year 1760 in the County Antrim in Ireland, was brought with his parents and their family when quite young across the Ocean and settled and was raised in Richmond County State of Georgia, where he lived when he entered the service of the United States, that after the Revolutionary war was over he removed and settled near Orangeburg C. H. South Carolina where he resided until the year 1816, when he removed to and settled in the County of Putnam State of Georgia where he resided until the year 1828, when he removed to the County of Fayette State of Georgia where he is now a resident, that he is 74 years of age, that from his first tour he received no written discharge but was discharged verbally, from his second tour he received a furlough which was in his possession for several years but is now lost, or mislaid so that he cannot find it, that he has no documentary evidence, that he actually served as a private soldier at the least seven months, that he knows
of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his services, that Edward S. Duke and Joseph S. Johnson are persons residing in his neighborhood and who can testify to his character for veracity, that he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares his name is not on the pension roll of any agency of any State.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
\s\ David X Andress
To the first Interrogatory he answers:
In the County Antrim in Ireland in the year 1760
To the 2nd Has none.
3rd. In Richmond County State of Georgia has since lived & now lives as stated in his declaration.
4th Was drafted on his first tour, and enlisted on the other tour.
5th he directs to the body of his declaration where the answer to this may be found as fully as he now remembers.
6th Was first discharged verbally, and next by furlough.
7th Edward S. Duke and Joseph S. Johnson
We Edward S. DUKE a clergyman residing in the County of Fayette and state of Georgia and Joseph S. JOHNSON residing in the same place hereby certify that we are well acquainted with David ANDRESS who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be seventy four years of age, that he is respected and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a solider of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion. Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
\s\ Edward S. DUKE, Clerg.
\s\ Joseph S. X JOHNSON
Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, Footnote.com (Online: iArchives, Inc., 2008), <http://www.footnote.com>, subscription database [Digital copy of original microform records in the National Archives, Washington, D.C. , accessed June 2008. Pension number R. 219.
Transcribed & Submitted by Keith Giddeon - July 2008
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