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BENJAMIN TAYLOR OF DAVIESS COUNTY KY

REVOLUTIONARY WAR RECORD RECITED IN COURT

 

On the 9 day of December 1833 personally appeared before Simpson Stout, Abner Lee, and William Medcalf Esquires Justices of the County Court of said County of Daviess now sitting Benjamin Taylor a resident of said County of Daviess and state aforesaid aged Seventy Seven years. who being duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. That in the year 1777 and on the 7th day of July he was enlisted in Springfield Township in Bucks County Pennsylvania for the Term of one year. and on the third day thereafter being the 10th day of July he Joined the army in sight of Philadelphia and took the oath of allegiance & Fidelity as directed by law reference being had to the Certificate hereto annexed & marked A the same will fully appear being signed by Joseph Hart and delivered to me on the 10 day of July 1777 the day I entered the army then under the command of General George Washington we marched across the Susquehanna river on to Chester Town where we had a skirmish with the British and from this we crossed over the Deleware river to the Jersey side and were stationed at the Red Bank fort which Fort I helped to Build haveing worked on it for 21 days and remained defending said Fort untill about the middle of November when the army retreated about midnight the said Fort being much shattered by the Cannon Balls shot from British shipping I here saw the floating batteries above the Chevaux- de frize’s which were sunk in the river to prevent the ships from ascending after said Fort was surrendered in November we marched up by land keeping on the Jersey side and were moveing from place to place untill we took up winter quarters in Elizabeth Town. and I remained with the army untill July 1778 when my term of enlistment (one year) had expired. when this applicant was honourable discharged which discharge is lost. this applicant here states that at the time of his enlistment he was young and very unexperienced and by reason of old age and the consequent loss of memory he cannot remember the names of any of the officers under whom he served. but that he did Serve for the Term of one year as above stated and for which he claims a pension This applicant states that about the 1st September 1778 he went on a visit to the Monongahela County ten miles below Brownsville and the third day after his arrival he was drafted out of Captain David Ritchey’s Company and placed under Captain John Crow and on the 15 day of September marched from Pittsburg under General McIntosh on a Campain against the Indians on a river then called Tuskeraway. the history & sufferings of which campaign is too well known to need a recital we returned to Fort McIntosh and was there discharged on the 13th day of December 1778 makeing a tour of three months lacking of two days. for proof of which Service he here annexes the discharge given him and signed by David Ritchey out of whose company he was drafted.

This applicant states that in the month of May 1779 he descended the Ohio river to the Falls now Louisville and settled & lived on Bear Grass For near five years in which time he engaged in many Scouts with the Indians. one of which tours was in the fall of 1782 this applicant volunteered out of Peter Stergus’ Company and was on the Campaign of the Autum of 1782 under the Command of General G. R. Clark. my Captain was named MCracken. and my Col was named Andrew Hynes. we marched from the Block house built where Cincinnati now stands and had a skirmish with the Indians at the old Shawnee & Pickaway Towns on the West side of the Big Miame river. My Captain MCracken was wounded & brought in to Cincinnatte. and buried under the block house. this tour was Six weeks . for this tour I received a discharge which I have long since lost. since which period this applicant has resided in Kentucky and at his present residence. now in Daviess County for near thirty eight years. This applicant was born in Bucks County Pennsylvania in the year 1756 and on the last day of March in that year. that he has lost all his discharges & vouchers except These annexed and knows of no living person by whom he can prove his said Several tours performed as a soldier. this appicant is known to the reverend John Pinkston & to Remis Griffith whose corroborateing testimony is annexed. he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any state. sworn to and subscribed in open Court

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JSMcfarland

Benjamin Taylor

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His Revolutionary War Pension claim W.28006.

Pension allowed.

He died April 23, 1842 in Daviess Co KY.

June 28, 1843 his widow Catherine Taylor appears before the court to request his pension.

Included with military records is a copy of the family pages in their Bible, listing births of Benjamin and Catherine’s children.

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Submitted by Barbara Locker <swinfield9@aol.com>

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