Revolutionary War Pension Application
State of Kentucky
County of Lawrence
On this 2d day of Feby. 1834 personally appeared before the undersigned a Justice of the Peace for the County of Lawrence, now sitting, Bazle Castle resident of Kentucky and the County of Lawrence, and State of Kentucky, aged seventy three years, who having first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benfit of the act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
That he entered the Service of the United States under the following named Officers and Served as herein stated under Col. Preston, Capt. Lewis, Lieut. Robinson in the state of Virginia and the county of Montgomery, formerly called Fincastle in the month of April 1779 as an indian spy for one year. he left the service after this engagement April 1780. he was a drafted man - he was in no battle or battles during this years service. indian spies was not so organized as to engage in battle. there was some several engagements, but none denominated battles - the county through which he marched was the head of holstein river, on Blue Stone. Clinch [?] empties into new river - he is not certain that he new [sic] any regular officers in the Continental Service. he is certain that he never served under a Continental officer or with a Continental regiment. or a Company . he however believes that Col. Montgomery, Col. Camel who he has seen, but never served under either were regular officers. -
when he entered for the above period (one year) he marched in the first instanse [sic] to the head of blue Stone under his officers above stated. the indians had committed several murders in that neighborhood, and some on Walkers creek and had taken away one Jenny Wiley and her children and taken them down Big Sandy River. She afterwards escaped from them -the way the service was performed was this way. two of the spies would take a certain __ and spie and a Place was appointed to meet at night. the first four months of the above service was rendered by him on Blue Stone, in September at which time the Indians were allways [sic] the most Troublesome. the whole Company had to march a great distance down Clinch river to the fort, called Blackamore's fort. he arrived here late in September 1779. and scouted out from the fort until december in this month he staid [sic] pretty much in the fort and in Feby. about the first Chance of his Company had to march back to blue Stone he arrived on the head of the river in March 1780. and from there went to fort [?] Chapel [?] Hill and was disbanded and received a discharge from service for one year April 1780
- Fort Chapel Hill in Montgomery County = the late part of this year his father Jacob Castle went with the Virginia Volenteers [sic] to South Carolina, and was under Campbell at the battle of Kings Mountain, in consequence of which he had to stay at home until his return in the winter of 1780.
in the month of Feby 1781 in the State of Virginia in the County of Montgomery, he entered the service as a volunteer for six months in the millitia [sic] of the State line, under Col. Sayers, Capt. Newell, and Lieutenant McGavock. he left the army in July 1781. he was a volunteer for six months and he was in the battle of the Reedy Fork of Hawe river - he was in the battle of Guilford in Carolin and in the skirmish at Wh___ mills. he marched through Pyttsylvainia [Pittsylvania], and stoped [sic] at the Court house thereof, from there to the little Bannister river in Halifax County. at the place the company remained until Genl. Greene retreated into Virginia and from this place he marched to Guilford Court house in North Carolina from this place he returned and crossed the Dan, and through Pyttsylvainia, to. Campbell Court house, at a place called New London and New ___to Campbell Court house. from this place he marched to Charlottsville in Virginia at the barracks and was then disbanded and received his discharge from the Service for six months in July 1781.
he knew Col. Bufort, Continental regt. Col. Johnstons. Col. Birds. Col. Davis. Col. May. Col Haney. Col Hungerford. Gen. Lafayette. Gen. Muhlenburg. Gen. Lawson. Col. Johns. Mayor Johns - Lieutenant Burkes. Mayor John Barter - Lieutenant Charles H. Allen, Mayor Henry George. Col. William Fitz-Patrick. Col. Alex. Wilson. Capt. H. S. Fountain. Col. Robenson. Capt. Prion were millitia [sic] officers in the Service during the six months tour aforesaid -
after his engagement for the six months aforesaid he marched forewith as before claimed [?] to Pyttsylvania court court house. Gen. Greene was then marching from Lord Cornwallis and Col. Tarleton, and great numbers of millitia [sic] was collecting and marching to join Gen. Greene on the borders of North Carolina and about Haw river the tories now collecting in great bodies, and a skirmish took place between the american troops and the tories and the tories were all cut to pieces - he marched to the battle of Guilford in March or April 1781 and was in that battle and was then wounded and which has occasioned the great disibility [sic] under which he now labours. it did not lay him up for any time and was in his arm, but for many years it has increased until it has continuely [sic] disabled him along with old age.
he ___ states he has long since lost his discharge for it has been so long he does not know what has become of them - he he served the whole year [?] as a soldier in the State troops of Virginia (not the Continental service). he has no documentary evidence in his favor but believes he is enabled to produce of his service by summing soldiers at least of this service of an indian spy - and ____ _____ the last service,
He hereby relinquishes any claim whatever to a pension or annuity in the pursuit and declares his name is not on the Pension Roll of this agency of any state . sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid .
Note: Bazle Castle died Oct. 8, 1846. He left no widow and one living child, John.
Transcribed from the original pension papers on microfilm
by Marlitta H. Perkins [December 2005]