Affidavit of Ann Warren

State of Ohio

Ross County


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Ann Warren, widow of Peter Warren deceased, being first duly sworn, deposes and says as follows:


That, she was born August 21, 1820, near Kingston, Pickaway County, Ohio; that her maiden name was Ann Saylor, and that she was a daughter of Micah Saylor and Elizabeth (Monnett) Saylor.


That, she was married to Peter Warren upon August 11, 1842, and that of such marriage the following children were born: (1) Elizabeth Ann, born November 19, 1843, and (2) John, born November 29, 1848, and with whom affiiant is now making her home.


Affiant further says that her mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Monnett, and that the latter was a daughter of Abraham Monnett and Ann (Hillery) Monnett; that Abraham Monnett was born March 16, 1748, in either Virginia or Maryland, and died near Kingston, Pickaway County, Ohio, December 7, 1810; that Ann Monnett was born June 11, 1748, in Virginia or Maryland, and died September 20,1833, near Kingston, Pickaway County, Ohio.
 

That, Affiant was thirteen (13) years old when her grandmother died, but that the latter spent the last eight years of her life in the home of affiant's parents, Micah and Elizabeth Saylor, and affiant was in constant companionship with her grandmother, and remembers accurately what she told affiant, her condition of health and state of mind: that said Ann Monnett often talked
with her about the Monnett family, her husband Abraham Monnett, and the events of their lives; that, during such conversations, Ann Monnett was clear in mind "and had a definite and positive recollection of all that she communicated to affiant.

 

That, said Ann Monnett told her the following facts, upon many separate and distinct occasions; that, Abraham Monnett and his family had lived in the state of Virginia, near Ft. Cumberland and in sight of Knobly Mountain, prior to coming to the state of Ohio in 1802 when he located on Pike Hole Prairie, Pickaway County, Ohio; that, the family had not lived in that part of Virginia but ten or fifteen years, and that they had come from some other part of Virginia or Maryland to the location near Ft. Cumberland; that, said Abraham Monnett had served in the Revolutionary War, as a Colonial patriot, for seven years, but affiant does not remember whether the family lived in Mars'land or Virginia at the time; that, her grandmother told her many times that she had a hard time of it while Abraham was away in the war because she had the little children to look after and had to do the hard work of the farm, i. e.. look after the sheep, sow and raise flax, shear the sheep, wash the wool, card it by hand and spin it—that she was left at home alone with her three children, Isaac, John and Margaret, and when Abraham returned from the war, Isaac was just old enough to chop wood and plow a little in the field, but that the women had to do the work while the men were away
at war.


That, Abraham obtained a cloak, cut circular fashion, from a British officer, scarlet in color, of the brightest red, which was trimmed in white fur—that this was in the family for a great many years, affiant's mother having fallen heir to it, and that it was used for years as a baby wrap for all the children That, affiant's grandmother told her how the Indians were employed by the British, during the war, what black eyes they had and black hair, and how they would come around the old home and stare at every one, as she said, "set eyes on you and look you through and through."


That, her grandmother told her how a British officer and some men came to the house of a neighbor woman and made her take a turkey, clean, dress and cook it; that they left their guns outside, and lay down on the floor to sleep while the turkey was cooking; that the woman motioned to the girl helping her, and slipped outside and got the guns, and shot three of the British soldiers through the crevice of the wall of the log house; that, the woman then sent Sucky, the girl, to call some help, and together they dragged the dead British soldiers out of the cabin.


That, in case of another woman, a Tory came up and peeked through a crack in the wall of the log cabin at a woman making soap. She took up a ladle full of soap and threw it through the
crack at him. It struck him full in the face, nearly blinding him, and he went staggering away. The woman said "she guessed he had had enough."


That, affiant's grandmother told her how hard the women had to work, while the men were in the army, how they would break up the ground, and hoe—the boys thought it was so much fun, as they would plow it up with a maddock—that the women were so ambitious and so loyal, that they would do almost anything to help the cause along, while the poor men in the armies went barefooted, wearing out their shoes and stockings, so that it was literally a trail of blood wherever the armies followed the British.


Affiant further says that her grandmother said to her on many occasions, with much seriousness, and speaking from her own experience, that "you ought to enjoy this liberty and stand up for it as long as you live. I tell you it cost blood and treasure."


Affiant further says that her grandmother was an absolutely truthful woman, and that there was and could not be any reason why she should miss state any of the foregoing facts, or falsify
in any particular, and that affiant verily believes that her grandfather, Abraham Monnett, did serve, as aforesaid, in the war of the American Revolution.

 

And further affiant saith not.                                                                                 ANN WARREN.


Sworn to before me, and subscribed in my presence, this 18th day of April, A. D. 1907.

                                   

                                                                                                                                    JOHN T. JACK,
                                                                                                                    Notary Public Ross Co., O."