Revolutionary War Pension Application
United States of America, Lawrence Co., State of
On the 1st day of March, 1834 personally appeared before
me one of the Justices of Peace in and for the county
aforementioned and state of Kentucky, George Perkins
resident of the county of Lawrence aged eighty years, who
being sworn before me Justice of the Peace his being so
infirm that he cannot attend the court of his county for
the purpose of making application for a pension under the
act of Congress of the 7th day of June 1832; states on
his oath makes the following declaration in order to
attain a pension under the act of Congress of the 7th
That he entered in the service of the United States of
America under the several following named officers and
óó as hereinafter stated . He entered the
service as a private soldier under Capít James Gragg
as a substitute for William Harris and served one month
in the militia at Charleston in South Carolina in the
month of May 1776 under the command of Colonel Cree, his
Major he has forgotten. Then he entered the service as a
private soldier under Capít Ellis Lebush is the
month of June 1776 as a substitute for James Johnson at
Hadwell s Point
opposite Fort Moultrie. He thinks that Col Cree his
commandant in this service which was for one month in the
militia which he served. When he entered the service
under Cap't Evans in the month of July 1772 in his own
place a tour at Hadwell's Point as a militia man and
private soldier and served five months. Then he entered
the service as a private soldier in the militia under
Lieutenant Daniel Lebush sometime in February of the year
1777 as a volunteer and served 3 months.
Then he entered the service in August 1777 as a volunteer
private soldier in the militia at A____ in North Carolina
(having removed to this state) under Cap't John Cade and
was stationed at ___ place under Col. Thos. Brown and
served three months.
He then entered the service under Cap't Peter Robison in
the year 1778 and the month of March and was stationed
near Wilmington. He thinks that Col. Robison commanded
there; served two months as private soldier. Then he
entered the service under Cap't William Moore as a
private soldier under the command of Col. Thos. Brown and
served as a horseman covering the country against the
tories. He first served five weeks and obtained a
discharge for that time from Cap't William Moore which
discharge is here enclosed. After receiving his discharge
news came before the troops left the army for home that
the tories were plundering the citizens of the country.
Cap't Moore then requested us not to leave him. This
appointment then continued with Cap't Moore until the
time together with the aforesaid five weeks amounted to
three months. This service was performed in the year 1780.
He then entered the service in the month of May 1780 as a
private soldier in the militia under Cap't Moses Parson/Ranson
in South Carolina at Bundy/Bushes Mill and was placed
under Gen. Francis Marion and served 6 weeks.
Then he served in the militia under Lieut. Richard
Whittington four tours of ten days each against outlying
obstinate tories in the year 1780. Those who refused to
join the Americans and lay out in ambush and would burn
houses, destroy stock and other property. I was, by above
stated, under the command of Cap't Wilmington in subduing
He states that the service performed under Cap't James
Gragg in Charleston, Gen. Lincoln was there and he
supposes as commander of the troops. He was there in no
battles, being stationed in Charleston. In services
performed under Cap't E. Lebush he was stationed at
Hadwell's Point under Gen. Lee. In the services performed
with Cap't Evans at Hadwell's Point he supposes that Gen.
Lincoln was the commanding Gen. During his tour he went
first from Hadwell's Point to Lewis Bay, then to Monks
Corner thence to Stans Bridge thence back to Hadwell's
Point and thence back to Stans and was there discharged
which discharge has been lost. He was at the Battle of
Sullivan's Island. In the services under Cap't Cade he
acted as a guard against the Tories. In the services
under Lt. Dan Lebush he acted as a executor against the
Tories. In the service under Peter Robison at Wilmington
he was in no engagement. He has forgotten the superior's
name. In the services performed under Cap't Moore he was
placed under Col. Thos. Brown. Cap't White and Cap't
Moore formed the troops. This service consisted in
operations against the Tories. The same kind of service
was performed under Cap't Moses Parson and General
Harrison. All the aforementioned services were as a
I hereby relinquish every claim whatever to a pension or
an annuity except the present. I declare that my name is
not on the pension roll of any state in the United States.
His service in all totals 1 year, 8 months, and 27 days.
Signed George Perkins [shaky handwriting]
1. Where were you born?
Ans.: South Carolina, Liberty Co. in the year 1754 on the
22nd day of March
2. Have you any record of your age? If so what is it?
Ans.: It is recorde in my old bible which is now in my
possession. It was my father's old bible and the record
of my birth therein was written by his own hand.
3. Where were you living when you went into the service,
where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and
where do you now Live?
Ans.: When I first entered the service I lived in South
Carolina, then I went into the State of North Carolina.
Since then I lived on the Watauga River about 26 years
and I live now in this County of Lawrence and the State
of Kentucky and have been living here about 21 years.
4. How were you called in the service, were you drafted,
did you volunteer or did you enlist and if substituted
for whom did you substitute?
Ans.: I first substituted for Wm. Harris and secondly for
James Johnson. The other services were performed as a
volunteer, private militiaman.
5. State the name of some of the regular officers who
were with the troops when you served. Show Continental
and regimental as you recalled and the general
circumstances of your service.
Ans.: Gen. Lincoln, Gen. Lee and Gen. Marion, Col. ___
Brown, and Major Stafford. My service in general
consisted of operations agaisnt the enemy and Tories as a
militiaman from time stationed.
6. Did you ever receive a discharge from service? If so
by whom was it given and what has become of it?
Ans.: I received a discharge from the service which from
length of time and ____ ___ from the country to another
have been a ___ except am___, the ___ Cap't Moore which
is enclosed. For the balance of the time under Cap't
Moore we were totally discharged.
7. State the names of persons to whom you are known in
your neighborhood and who certify to your character and
veracity their belief belief of your service as a soldier
of the Revolution.
Ans.: Henry Burgess, Esq; John Burgess, John Borders,
Hezekiah Borders and as to my services in the Revolution
Lewis Perkins of Floyd Co. KY, John Boyd, Clinch River,
___ Co. VA if he is still alive and as for the officers
under who I served I believe they are all dead. If they
or any of them are alive I refer those before mentioned
as evidence of my services.
Witnessed by a Justice of the Peace named John Stafford
on the 15th of March 1834.
Transcribed from Earl P. Otto's research papers by
Marlitta H. Perkins [September 2002]
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Blaine, KY 41124-0142