Joel Ramsey who resides in the County of Russell in the State of Virginia, wishing to become a pensioner pursuant to the provisions of an Act of Congress of the United States, passed on the 18th day of March, 1818, entitled "An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War," personally appeared in Court and declared on oath that he enlisted as a private soldier in the 4th Regiment of the North Carolina line, commanded by Colo. Thomas Clark and served in Captain Goodmans company, he does not recollect the year, but he was in the first detachment that marched to Wilmington he enlisted for three years and served his time faithfully. He went from Wilmington to Philadelphia, from thence to head quarters at Valley Forge, and wintered there. He served frequently as guard to General Washington, he was also at the battles of Mammouth - Brandywine - Germanton and Trenton, and was also present when Genl. Washington caprured General Howe's horse. Howe himself having taken to his scrapers. And from the knowledge which some of the members of the Court themselves have as well as from the satisfactory evidence, the court are unanimously of opinion and do hereby certify that the said Joel Ramsey is a person of credit as a witness; that it was generally understood in the neighborhood of the residence of the said Joel Ramsey previous to the passage of the said Act of Congress that the said Ramsey had served in the Revolutionary War, and that the said Joel Ramsey is in such reduced circumstances in life as to need assistance from his country for support. All which is ordered to be certified to the Secretary of the Department of War.