Revolutionary War Pension Application
Floyd County State of Kentucky
Richard Cains an old Revolutionary soldier sixty five years of age states that he Enlisted In the service of the United States against the common Enemy in the year 1779 (he thinks) under the command of Col. Moffett, was taken to Stantown, there rec. his bounty from Col. Samson Mathews he was under the command of Captain adam Wallace the No. of his regiment he does not recollect.
States he was in a small skirmish at Monks Corner, that he was in the Battle at Blufords Defeat at the hanging rock South Carolina where he was taken prisoner and received fore [sic] wounds, one by a Bayonet through his arm one in his head ___ and right rist [sic] by a sword, in a few days was paroled signed by Col. Benjamin Tarlton
States he Enlisted for Eighteen Month and served about twelve Month befor[sic] taken a prisoner, some time after he returned home he recd. a Cirtificate [sic] of his Enlistment from Col. Samson Mathews, by virtue of which he obtained and Honourable discharge he give the Cirtificate [sic] and Discharge to a Mr. Sincklere in Stantown to draw his soldiers pay he rec. his pay but not his discharge, and from age and infermety [sic] and the wounds received and his reduced circumstance of property is not able to support himself and family By Manual Labour and needeth the assistance of his country agreably [sic] to an act of Congress approved the 19th of March 1818.
This is to certify that Richard Cains who it appears now and has been for many years a resident of Floyd County in the State of Kentucky, joined my detached [?] Regiment in Virginia as a private Soldier on continental establishment in the spring of the year 1779. That he marched to the south and continued with the Regiment until the latter part of May 1780 when that Regiment under my command was defeated at Waxsaws in South Carolina, where it appears from many sword wounds and other circumstances that he Richard Cains was badly wounded, from which wounds he has in a great measure lost the use of his right hand. He appears to be well entitled to a pension. From Waxsaw he Cains says he returned home to Augusta county Virginia and that he has never received any pension or Compensation from his Country except his pay and depreciation.
Given under my hand
in Scott county state of Kentucky, this 14th day December A.D. 1818
A. Buford late
Col. 11th Virga. Regt.
Note: Richard Cains lived on Cains Creek, near Blaine, Lawrence Co. KY. This area was, until the formation of Lawrence County in 1822, a part of Floyd Co. KY. He is buried in the Cains Cemetery on Rt. 3394 [Cains Creek], Blaine, KY.
Transcribed from the original pension papers on microfilm
by Marlitta H. Perkins [December 2005]