Contributed by Dan Agnew
This Indenture Made the Ninth Day of February in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred & Eighty Eight - And in the twelfth year of the Sovereignty and Independence of America, Between Peter Wiley of the County of Chester of the one Part and George Agnew of the County Aforesaid of the other part. Witnesseth that & in by a Certain Grant bearing Date the twenty sixth day of September in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & Seventy two & in the twelfth Year of his Majesties Reign Under the Hand of this Excellency the Right Honorable Lord Charles Greville Montague Capt General Governor & Commander in Chief in and over the province of South Carolina & the Great Seal of the Province for that purpose appointed Did give & grant unto Caleb Smith A plantation or tact of Land Containing one Hundred acres and by the same Caleb Smith for the Consideration of the sume of one Hundred Pounds Lawfull Current Money of the Province of South Carolina have Granted Bargained Sold aligned Promised Released Conveyed & Confirmed by and Indenture bearing Date the first Day of January in the Year of our Lord one Thousand seven Hundred and Eighty three unto Peter Wiley all the said plantation or tract of Land Containing one hundred acres Situated Lying & being on both sides of Big Rocky Creek & Bounding S.W. by Land laid out to Hugh Wilson & all sides By vacant land & Hath such Shape & form & Marks as Appears By abate their of to the same Grant Annexed as in & by the same Plat and Grant Duly Recorded in the Secretarys Office difference being thereunto had my more fully Appear Now This Indenture Witnesseth that the said Peter Wiley for & in Consideration of the Sum of one Hundred pounds Sterling to him in hand well & truly paid at & before the Sealing & Delivering of these presents by these George Agnew the Receipt Whereof he Doth hereby acknowledge and to be well Continded Satisfied & Paid Have Granted bargained & sold allined Promised Released Conveyed & Confirmed & by these presents Doth Grant Bargain and Sell unto the same George Agnew in hie actual Decision now being by Virtue of a Bargain & Sale to him things made for one whole Year and by force of the Statute for transferring of ____ into _____ & to his heirs & assigns & or ever all that plantation or tract of Land Containing one hundred acres with all and Singular the promises and appurtenances Belonging to the Houses, Out Houses, Edifices, Buildings, Horse Stables, Yards, Gardens, Orchards, woods, under woods, timber & timber trees, Meadows, pastures, Ponds, Lakes, fishing, Way water, water Courses, paths, pavages, Liberties privileges profits & intitlements Rights Members appurtenances Whatsoever Thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining and Reversion & Reversions Remains and Remainders unto to just and ____ thereof and of every part and pacel thereof and al the Estate right title Interest _____ ______ benefit claim and Demand of him the said Peter Wiley of into & out of the same Promises & of every past Thereof Deeds, Evidences ______ and Writings touching or concerning the same to Have & to Hold the sad or tract of one Hundred acres of Land as aforesaid & _____ the promises & appurtenances thereunto Belonging before Granted Released and Conveyed unto the said George Egnew & is ____ & assigns to the only Proper Use and ____ of the same George Agnew his heirs & assigns & the same Peter Wiley Doth hereby for himself his Heirs Executors Administrators and assigns Convenent do and with the said George Agnew his heirs and assigns in Manner & from following that is to Say that the said Peter Wiley now is and untill the Execution of this Present shall stand _____ of a good sure perfect and Indefensable Estate of inheritance in fee simple of all the aforesaid plantation or tract of Land Containing one Hundred Acres with the Rights Members thereunto without any Manner of Condition trust Mortgage Judgements Execution or incumbrance Whatsoever to alter Change. (Rest of Deed Missing)
Deed Book J, Chester County, Pinckney District, South Carolina, June 17, 1798.This indenture made the Seventeeth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred ninety eight & of the American Independence, the twenty-third year. Between George Eggnew & Jean His wife of the State of South Carolina, Pinckney District, County of Chester, planters of the one part & Joseph Johnston, Merchant of the State District & County aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that for & in Consideration of the sum of one Hundred Guineas to him, the said George Eggnew & Jean his wife in Hand will & likely paid the Receipt whereof they do hereby Acknowledged have Bargained, sold & align & enforce and Confirmed & by these presents Both Bargain Sell Align Enforce & Confirm unto the same Joseph Johnston a Certain plantation or tract of land Containing one Hundred acres situated in the same District & County aforesaid on Both sides of the Big Rocky Creek Bounding SW on Land ____ out to Hugh Wilson & all other sides vacant Land when laid out to ___ such shaped forms & Marks as ____ _____ fully Appear by the Platt thereof to the Grant annexed & being originally Granted unto Caleb Smith Under the Hand of his Excellency the Right Honorable Lord Charles Grasville Montague Capt. General & Governor & Commander in Chief in & over the then province of S. Carolina but now State of S. Carolina Bearing Date the Twenty Sixth Day of September in the year 1772 and by the same Caleb Smith Granted & Released unto David Nickels by Indentured Bearing Date the Twenty Third Day of February in the year of our Lord (1774) and by the same David Nickels Granted & Released unto Peter Wylie & By the same Peter Wylie Granted & Released unto the same George Eggnew by Indenture Bearing Date the Ninth Day of February in the year of our Lord - (1788) and Recorded in the Clerks office of same County in Book A & page (430) To Have & To Hold the aforesaid Plantation or Tract of Land Containing one Hundred acres unto the same Joseph Johnston & to his Heirs and Assigns for Each ____ in ____ Common Lineage. Together with all the promises and appearances ____ Belonging or in any wise appertaining ___ from all Bearers _____ ____ Mortgages Judgements _____ or any manner of Incumbrances Whatsoever Either in Law or Equity to Enter occupy _____ & Enjoy the same as any time without any ___ hindrances Molestations _____ or Denial from them the said George Eggnew and Jean His wife their Heirs Executors Adminstrators and assigns and that the same George Egnew & Jean his wife doth for themselves their Heirs Executors Administrators & Assigns for Each Warrant & Defend the same Plantation or Tract of Land Containing one Hundred acres as aforesaid unto the same Joseph Johnston his Heirss Executors Adminstrators and assigns against the Lawful Claim & Demand if any person or persons whatsoever In witness whereof the same George Egnew & Jean his wife hath Hereunto let their Hands & Seals the Day & year first above witness Signed Sealed & Delivered in the presence of James Nasbitt George Agnew David Martin Jean Eggnew (Her Mark) Andrew Hemphill
Listed in Bobby Moss' "South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution" is George Agnew.The reference is as follows. "Agnew, George b. 1762/63, County Antrim, Ireland He emigrated to Winnsboro at about the age of seven and resided in Fairfield District. After enlisting, during June or July 1779, he served under Capts. Edward Martin and John Gray, Cols. Winn and Lacey and Gen. Sumter. At some time, he was under Col. William Washington and Gens. Marion and Greene. He was in the battles at Friday's Fort, Orangeburg, Eutaw Springs, Monck's Corner, and in a skirmish with Tories at Pee Dee River. (Moved to Ky., Tenn. and Ala.) A.A. 47\; Q407"
Follows are documents George Agnew submitted for Revolutionary War Pension Application, and were obtained from the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
"Declaration of George Agnew
On the 27th day of November in the year AD 1833 Personally appeared before me Josian D. Lester Judge of the County Court of Washington County and State of Alabama George Agnew a resident of said County aged seventy one years how being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration on order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. That he entered the service of the United States as he believes in June or July in the year 1779 as a light horseman and that he was belonging to the State troops of South Carolina and he served from then until January 1783. as this declarant believes but the length of time, the defects of age and consequent loss of memory renders impossible for him to state the day on which he entered the service or the day on which he was discharged. That he first entered the service under Captain Edward Martin Regiment Commanded by Col. Wynn of the North Carolina line, that Thomas Sumter was General, that the Company to which he belonged was cancelled from one place to another and that while he was in the service he was under General Greene and General Marion as also under General Sumpter that he resided at the time he entered the service in Fairfield District South Carolina near Winnsboro that he marched from that place to Friday's Fort on _______ which was captured from thence to the Eutaw Springs from thence to Monks Cornder Captured a British Sloop and burnt it, that he was in an engagement with the Torries on PeeDee River and them and later those Battles herein mentioned was in Several light engagements with Small parties of British Torries that he was marched to and fro in the State of South Carolina as the nature of the service required and was discharged at Orangeburg in that State. Then the questions as required by law was asked to wit 1\st Where and in what year were you born As. In the County Antrim in Ireland (interjected note: County Antrim is the county in which Belfast is located) in the year 1762 and come to South Carolina at about seven years age and was raised near Winnsboro. Question 2\nd Have you any record of your age and if so where is it. As. I have no record of my age and only know my age by what me parents has told me 3\d Where did you live when called into the service where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live Ansr. At the time I entered the Service I resided in Fairfield District South Carolina and moved from there to the State of Kentucky where I resided eight years and from thence to the State of Tennessee where I resided eight years and from thence to the Mississippi Territory (now State of Alabama) where I have been living for the last seventeen years. 4th How were you called into Service were you drafted did you volunteer, or were you a substitute Ansr. I enlisted in the State troops 5th State the names of some of the regular officers who were whith the troops where you served. Continental and Militia Regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your services. Ansr. Generals Marion, Green and Sumpter and Col William Washington and as to the number of any particular regiment he has no recollection that he entered the service under Capt Edward Martin Major _________ And Col Wynn Commanded the Regiment under General Thomas Sumpter that he served in the horse troops & furnished his own horse that at one time he was attached to the horse troops under Col. Washington but afterwards returned again to Col. Wynns Regiment, that during the term of service (which to the best of his recollection was two years & seven months) he marched over South Carolina and was in many skirmishes with the Torries & British besides the Battles mentioned on this declaration-- 6\th Did you ever receive a discharge from the service and if so by whom was it given and what has become of it Ansr. I received a discharge from General Thomas Sumpter which has long been destroyed 7\\th State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your Character for veracity and their belief of your services as a soldier of the revolution Ansr. Samuel Frisbie & Joseph Black besides I have a general acquaintence with the citizens of my county & country any or all of which will testify their belief of my services. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and he declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of Any Agency of any State Sworn and subscribed this dy and year aforesaid George Agnew A similar affidavit was executed on October 21, 1834, basically repeating the above. On September 7, 1836, William Grimes of Washington County, Alabama wrote a letter to J.L. Edwards, Commissioner of Pensions, supporting George Agnew's pension application.
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