John Carter, Revolutionary War Soldier
Be it remembered that heretofore to wit at a court held
for the county aforesaid at the courthouse in the town of Madisonville
on the 8th day of October 1832 the following entry among others was made
in the minutes of said court Viz;
John Carter a soldier of the Revolution & applicant
for a pension this day produced in court his declaration under an act of
the Congress of the United States passed June 7th 1832 & subscribed
and made oath to the same and the certificate of William Bishop and Christopher
Jackson thereunder written was also subscribed and sworn to in open Court.
Whereupon the Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation
of the matter & putting the interrogations prescribed by the War Department
that the above applicant was a soldier of the Revolution & served as
he states and the Court further certifies that it appears to them that
the said William Bishop & Christopher Jackson who subscribed the certificate
above names are residents of the County of Hopkins and are credible persons
and that their statement is entitled to credit.
I Samuel Woodson clerk of the Court for the County
of Hopkins aforesaid do certify that the foregoing is a full &
complete transcript of an entry in the minutes of said court as the same
now remaining in my office. I further certify that the paper hereto attached
marked A is the original declaration mentioned in said entry as having
been subscribed & sworn to by the said John Carter and that the certificate
thereunder written subscribed by William Bishop and Christopher Jackson
is the original certificate mentioned in said entry as having been subscribed
& sworn to by them.
In Testimony whereof I have here unto subscribed
my name & affixed the seal of my said office the
8th day of October 1832 and in the 41st year of the
State of Kentucky
County of Hopkins
On the 8th day of October 1832 personally appeared in
open court before the Justices of the County Court of the County aforesaid
now sitting JOHN CARTER a resident in the County and State aforesaid aged
eighty four 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.
That I entered the service of the United States under
the following named officers and served as herein stated.
He states that he was born in Chester County in the
State of Pennsylvania and removed when about sixteen years of age to Chester
District in the State of South Carolina where he was drafted in the last
of February 1778 and served a term of four month under Lieut. W. Collum
of the South Carolina Militia, that he rendezvoued said District and marched
thence to Orangeburg where he encamped about two weeks after which he marched
to the Black Swamp where he joined the American Army that he remained at
Black Swamp about two months and then marched to Coosawhatchie Ridge where
he was in a skirmish with the enemy. Col. Laurens was there he was wounded
in the wrist and had his horse shot in the thighs. Col. Laurens was a Continental
Officer. Colonel Simmons had the command of the militia on that occasion.
He states that after this affair at Coosawhatchie is he marched to Charleston
where he served out the residue of his term of four months and was discharged,
returned home he received no written discharge. He states that when he
was at Charleston the Army ______ a feint of attacking the city. The Americans
in the City were commanded by Governor Rutledge _____ Count Pulaski was
there. In the year 1779 he was drafted in Chester District aforesaid for
one month under Capt. Hardridge and marched thence under Col. Lacy of the
South Carolina Militia to Congaree river where the road from Chester District
to Charleston crosses the river where he joined General Sumpter. He marched
thence to Col. Thompson's at which place he was in a skirmish with a parcel
of the enemy who occupied the upper story of Thompson's house. The enemy
were ______ dislodged. The Americans had one person killed. That he marched
thence to the Congaree Fort thence occupied by the enemy - exchanged some
long shots with the Fort which was returned. Some of the Americans were
wounded. He marched thence to the plantation of General Sumpter and aided
in guarding Mrs. Sumpter, other slaves and other property of the General.
(A part of the application is missing from copies sent
from the archives)
to the Catawba River on the way to North Carolina. At Catawba he
was discharged, returned home having served out his full term. He received
no written discharge.
He states that he was afterwards drafted for one month
in Chester District aforesaid under Captain _______ & Major Adair,
marched directly to Orangeburg where he was stationed until his term expired,
he can't remember his captains name. Col. Long joined at Orangeburg about
the time the applicants term expired. He was positive whether this was
in the year 1779 or 1780.
He states that afterwards (the date not recollected)
he was drafted in Chester Districct aforesaid for one month under Capt.
Steele and Lieut. Simms, marched thence to Orangeburg where he was placed
with the regiment of Col. Richard Winn and remained at Orangeburg at Oglica
Swamp until his term expired where he was discharged nd returned home.
He received no written discharge. He stated he continued to reside in Chester
District, S. Carolina until he removed to Hopkins County, Kentucky where
he now resides.
He has no documentary evidence & knows of no person
whose tesimony he can produce who can testify to his services.
He hereby relinquished every claim whatsoever to a
pension or annuity except the aforesaid and declares that his name is not
on the pension roll of the agency of any State.
Sworn to & Subscribed
We William Bishop residing in the County of Hopkins,
State of Ky. & Christopher Jackson residing in the same, hereby certify
that we are well acquinted with John Carter who being subscribed and sworn
to the above declaration that we beleived him to be eighty four years of
age that he is respected and beleived in the neighborhood where he resides
to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.
Sworn & Subscribed
I Crittendon Lyon do certify that the Declaration in
the case of John Carter is in the hand writing of Samuel Wooten who is
the clerk of Hopkins County Court and he is well known to me and that he
would not attach any improper paper to his authentification.
Feb. 4, 1833