Revolutionary Pension Application of James Berry

Law Order Book 6, Page 45
June 2, 1818

The following persons who reside in the county of Russell wishing to become pensioners under the act of Congress of the 18th of March last, entitled "An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval services of the United States", declared on oath as follows:

James Berry declared that he enlisted as a private soldier in the 10th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line command by Colo. Richard Butler, and in Capt. Robt. Samples Company, in which regt he served two years; that he was in the battle of Germantown, at the battle of Brandywine and James Town; that he went from thence to Little York and was at the taking of Cornwallis; that he was discharged by Capt. Lary at Philadelphia having served in the whole seven years, He also declares that he is in indigent circumstances.

It also appears to the satisfaction of the court that the afforesaid applicants are persons of good credit as witnesses, and that they served in the Revolutionary War against the common enemy; and it was also satisfactorily proven to the court that the said John Ferral, Leonard Pigman, Carlton Keeling, John Sykes, Abraham Childers, James Berry, Charles Sexton and Jacob Hess according to the report of their neighbors previous to the passage of the said Act of Congress had served as soldiers in the Revolutionary War; All which is ordered to be certified to the Secretary of the Department of War.

Law Order Book 6, Page 125
June 1, 1819

This day came into court James Berry who at a court held for this county the 2d day of june, 1818, made a declaration on oath for the purpose of obtaining the pension allowed by the Act of Congress of the 18th of March, 1818, and in addition thereto declared on his oath that he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Line on Continental Establishment as stated in his first declaration some time in the month of March after the defeat of the Hessians at Trenton, (the year he cannot recollect) with Capt. Robert Samples, of the tenth regiment then commanded by Colo. Cook, served in said regiment about 2 years, was then transferred to the 6th commanded by Colo. Richd. Butler, and that he was discharged by Capt. Lary at Philadelphia about 18 months after the defeat of Lord Cornwallis, which as well as his statement first made the judge of this court believes to be substantially true; whereupon it is ordered by the court that the same be certified to the Secretary of the Department of War.


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