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Pension Application of Adam Goff S39594

                Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris


The declaration of Adam Goff of Leesburg in the County of Loudoun and State of Virginia declareth

That he belonged to the Army of the revolution, that he belonged to Cap’t. George Johnson’s company, that he enlisted in Sept’r. 1775 for one year, that he was discharged in Sept’r 1776, that he reenlisted in Jan’y 1777 in Cap’t. Peyton Harrison’s Company of the 2d Virg’a. Regiment – Virg’a. line for three years, that he continued in the same Company Two years and three Months, at which period he enlisted, during the war, and obtained a furlough for four months to return home, that at the expiration of his furlough he was ordered to join the Eighteen Months men under Gen’l. [Charles] Scott, and with them went to the South and continued till the peace, then I obtained a furlough and continued at home till I was discharged at Winchester by Gen’l. Mulenburg [sic: Peter Muhlenberg]

                And I do also declare that from my having a large Family to support, and being in reduced circumstances I need the assistance of my Country for support.

[11 Apr 1818]


Virginia, Loudoun County Sc:

                On this 16th day of June 1820 personally appeared in open Court being a Court of Record for the County aforesaid Adam Goff aged sixty four years next September – resident in Leesburg in said County, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath declare, that he served in the Revolutionary War in the 2d Va. Regiment, in the Company commanded by Capt. Harrison under Colo. [Alexander] Spotswood in the Virginia line, that the number of his pension certificate is 4,803, bearing date the 8th day of December in the year 1818 — And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident Citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818; and that I have not since that time, by gift, sale, or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof, with intent thereby so to diminish it, as to bring myself withing the provisions of an act of Congress, entitled “An act to provide for certain person engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War” passed on the 18th day of March 1818, and that I have not, nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities, contracts or debts due to me, nor have I any income other than what is contained in the Schedule hereto annexed and by me subscribed. No real estate. Personal estate as follows, One Iron Tea Kettle – 2 old skillets – 2 flat irons – one Axe – 2 old hoes – 2 Common water buckets – 3 pewter spoons – 3 chairs, two split bottomed, & one Windsor – 3 plates of the common kind, one green edged, & the other white – 1 tin Coffee pot – 1 common Tea pot, 3 Iron pots – 2 white common bowls – 1 quart glass tumbler – 1 washing Tub, 2 earthen pots – 1 earthen pitcher – potters ware – 1 Young Cow worth $10 & a calf worth $5 twelve weeks old – 1 pig 4 months old – 1 poplar Table, & some old knife blades with no handles. My employment was formerly a saddler. But I cannot now make scarcely any thing, nor have I made but very little for a long time at it; and besides this, it is hard to get work of that kind to do. my family is in number 10, A son named James, 16 years of age subject to fits, Catherine 13 – Elizabeth 10 – George 8. Hannah 6. Ellen 5, Margaret and Nancy twins 2 years old, and my wife Letitia who is 43 years of age, not healthy.                                          Adam Goff