Revolutionary War Pension Application
of
Joseph Seward

State of Virginia, Brunswick County (unreadable, looks like Oct.)

On this 22nd day of October 1832 personally appeared in open Court before the Justices of this County Court of Brunswick now sitting Joseph Seward a resident of Brunswick County and state of Virginia aged seventy two years, who being first duly sworn according to law, (does?) on his Oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated. That he was drafted as a Militia man in the year 1780, and served a tour of three months, in the company whereof Howell Eldridge (or Eldredge) was the Captain, the regiment was commanded by Col. Fleming, Gen. Muhlenburg was the Commanding Officer, Cols. Boyce and Matthews also commanded regiments. He was discharged in April of the same year (and?) that in the year 1781 he served as a substitute for James Ba__ a tour of six weeks in a company commanded by Lawrence, H__ise, a! nd G en. Steuben who was the Commander in Chief. That he served a tour of six weeks as a substitute for _____ Jones in a company commanded by Thomas Maclin; and also a tour six weeks under Captain (text obliterated), that he was at the siege of Yorktown at the surrender of Cornwallis, and was discharged at Fredericksburg after guarding the prisoners by that place, that he resided in the County of Brunswick and State of Virginia at the time he went into the service. The only battle he was in, was at York Town, that he was (illegible) of the State of Virginia, never higher up than Lynchburg or lower down than York--that he knew Gen. LaFayette by sight, as one of the Regular Officers, That he has no documentary evidence of any time of service, but recollects that Joseph Maclin, Thomas Delbridge (or Dellridge), David Wallton and John Parish of the County and (illegible) aforesaid who are now living were in the service with him. He hereby relinquishes every Claim whatsoever to a pens! ion or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension Roll of the Agency of any state. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

Joseph Seward, his mark

Mr. John Pritche_ (looks like Pritcher) a clergyman residing in the County of Brunswick and John Parish residing in the same, hereby certify, that we are well acquainted with Joseph Seward who has subscribed and sworn to the foregoing declaration, that we believe him to be seventy two years of age; that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a revolutionary soldier and that we concur in that opinion. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

John Pritcher--signature (but looks like Pritchell here) Joseph Parish, his mark

And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of this matter and after putting the (illegible) prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier, and served as he states--and the Court further certifies, that it appears to them that John Pritchell (illegible) who has (illegible) the preceding certificate, is a clergyman, resident in the County of Brunswick, aand that John Parish, who has also signed the same, is also a resident in the County of Brunswick, and is a credible person, and that their statement is entitled to credit--I Robert Turnbull (?) Clerk of the County Court of Brunswick, in the State of Virginia, do hereby certify that the foregoing (containing?) the original proceedings of the said Court (?) is the maker of the application of Joseph Seward for a pension--In testimony whereof, I here do set my hand and (make?) the seal of the said Court this twenty third day of October one thousand eight-! hund red and thirty two, and in the fifty seventh year of our foundation.

R. Turnbull

Transcribed 27 Nov 1997 from a photocopy of the original by Adam Seward