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Pension Record of David Lawson

David Lawson - he married Elizabeth on 18 Oct. 1794 and lived in Hawkins Co. for 5 years - from there he ended up in Campbell/Scott Co. Thought this might be of interest to someone.

Julie Chitwood

Following is a copy of the Pension files for David Lawson - North Caroline Militia - Record: R6200

State of Tennessee Campbell County

On this 28th day of October 1843 personally appeared before the subscriber a Justice of the Peace for said County Mr. David Lawson a resident of said County and State aforesaid aged eight five ____ and after being duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provision made by the act of congress paper June 7th 1832.

That he entered the service in the North Carolina Militia in the War of the Revolution at Gilford Court House in the State of North Carolina in the year 1780 under Captain Johnson and was in the battle of Cowpens in this campaign. He served six months. After the battle at the Cowpens he volunteered and went to the head waters of the Riv[er] Holston to defend the western frontier and was under Captain Campbell for six months. After his discharge from Capt. Campbell he was retained as an Indian spy under the command of Col. Dickison and Captain Lewis. He was upwards of eight months in this service and encountered a great many hardships. He further ____ that that owing to the laps[e] of time and the lap[se] of memory he has forgotten a great many of the particulars of his campaigns and nothing but the [reverse?] of his fortune has caused him to ask of his government that which he knows to be justly due him. He relinquishes any 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.

Allen McDanald David (his mark) Lawson Justice of the Peace

Sworn to and subscribed before me on the day and year before written a Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid. I further certify that the said David Lawson is from [?] basically infirm and unable to attend court. I further certify that full .... [page ends and no further information.]


For ascertaining whether any increase or arrears of Pension are due to the widow or heirs of Revolutionary Pensioners, etc. State of Tennessee County of Scott W.W. Cottan, a Justice of the Peace, personally appeared Elizabeth Lawson aged 79 years who, being duly cautioned and then sworn in due form of law, states that she is the widow/wife of David Lawson, deceased, who was a revolutionary soldier in the State of North Carolina and that he died on the first day of March 1852 and that they were married on the 18 day of October in the year 1794 and that they were residents of Hawkins in the State of and that they resided there five years and that resides in and that furthermore BY THESE PRESENTS, constitutes, appoints, and fully empowers and authorizes, irrevocably and with powers of substitution, F.E. Hassler, of Washington city D.C., as my true and lawful Attorney of me and in my name and stead, to examine into, to prosecute, to demand, and to receive from the U.S. Government and State my rights in all and in any manner of claim for increase or arrears of Pension or Land that may be due me as the widow of David Lawson who died, leaving the same undrawn, as in right of law and may be entitled.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, has on this 22nd day of September 1852 hereunto signed name, and affixed seal.

Elizabeth (her mark) Lawson SEAL Witness: Wm. H. Ryan Witness: S.G.[?] Smith

Signed, sealed, acknowledged, and sworn to before me; and I further certify, that has always by the community been known as the of Dated on this day of 185 W.W. Cottan, J.P. State of Tennessee County of Scott to wit:

I HEREBY CERTIFY, That, W.W. Cottan Esq., before whom the foregoing affidavits and acknowledgement were made, and who has thereunto subscribed his name, was at the time of so doing, a Justice of the Peace in and for the County aforesaid, duly commissioned and sworn, and that his signature above written is genuine. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the seal of County Court, this 22nd day of September one thousand eight hundred and fifty two. Allen McDanald Clerk

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