Robert Carithers - Revolutionary Pension Application

Robert Carithers
Revolutionary Pension Application

 

State of Georgia
County of Madison
Court of Ordinary September Term 1832

On this third day of September in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirty two personally appeared in open court before James Anderson, John Meroney, Noah W. Pittman and James Long, Justices of the Inferior Court now sitting as a court of Ordinary, Robert Carithers a resident in Capt. Seal’s Company District of Georgia Militia in the County of Madison and State of Georgia, aged Eighty eight years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth 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, to wit, he entered as a volunteer on the twenty fourth day of December seventeen hundred and eighty as a private under the command of Capt. Robert Anderson, Alexander Noble as Major and Andrew Pickens as Colonel, and continued to serve as a private until about the last of May seventeen hundred and eighty one, when he received a Captains commission and continued in the service as Captain until the end of the war between England and America, and also continued to hold said command until some time in the Fall season of the year seventeen hundred and eighty four for the purpose of protecting the frontiers of South Carolina. And he joined General Morgan’s army a short time before the battle of the Cowpens ~ he was ordered with a party of men to guard some public property, which duty he was performing when the battle of the Cowpens took place and by that means was deprived of being in the battle. He resided in the District of Ninety Six in the State of South Carolina when he entered the service under the command of Colonel Pickens. He was not in any regular engagement with the British army but in several skirmishes with the Torys and Indians ~ in one of them he was wounded in the thigh ~ those skirmishes were principally on the Frontiers. After joining Col. Pickens regiment as aforesaid he marched until he joined the army under Genl. Morgan (when he was detached to guard as aforesaid). After the battle of the Cowpens he again joined General Morgan and marched with the army to Guilford North Carolina, when by orders from General Green the troops under the command under Col. Pickens returned to guard South Carolina from the depredations of the Torys and Indians. He was also at the siege of Ninety Six. He was not acquainted with any of the regular officers, only those before stated. He has lost or mislaid his Commission so that it cannot now be procured ~ he has no documentary evidence ~ but submits the affidavit of James McClesky herewith annexed. He has no discharge. In answer to the interrogations presented by the War Department and propounded by the court he answereth as follows to wit ~

Answer to first Interrogatory ~ he was born in Lancaster County Pennsylvania the 30th day of March 1744

Answer to second Inter ~ he has a record of his age at his house

Answer to third Inter ~ he was living in the District of Ninety Six in the State of South Carolina, he removed to Wilkes County in Georgia about the Seventeen hundred and ninety, which now forms a part of Madison County and has resided in said County of Madison ever since.

Answer to fourth Inter ~ he volunteered

Answer to fifth Inter ~ he has stated in his declaration all he recollects on that subject

Answer to sixth Inter ~ he never received a discharge, and he has either lost or mislaid his Commission. He received his Commission from Governor Rutledge of South Carolina.

Answer to seventh Inter ~ he refers you to James Thompson, Robert Griffith, William Thompson, Robert Groves, James Long, Stephen Groves, &c.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State.

Sworn to & subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

Robert (x) Carithers


State of Georgia
County of Madison

This twelfth day of November Eighteen hundred and fifty one, be it known that before me, Benet Sims, a Justice of the Peace in and fore the county aforesaid, personally appeared Amos Carithers a resident of said county aged thirty-six years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision of the act of Congress passed 7th July 1838 entitled an Act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows. That he is the administrator of Mary Carithers widow of Robert Carithers deceased who was a private and captain in the war of the Revolution and served as such in the State of South Carolina.

He further declares that she was married to the said Robert Carithers in Abbeville District State of South Carolina on the 18th day of April in the year seventeen hundred and eighty two, that her said husband the aforesaid Robert Carithers died on the fourth day of October eighteen hundred and thirty two in the aforesaid county of Madison and State of Georgia, that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place prior to the first day of January 1794, viz, at the time above stated as will fully appear by the family record hereto annexed in the handwriting of the aforesaid Robert Carithers.

He further states that the aforesaid Mary Carithers widow of Robert Carithers died on the Eight day of February 1842 leaving the following children, to wit, Mary F. Carithers and Margaret Carithers.

Amos Carithers

Sworn to & subscribed on the day and year first above written by me
Bennet Sims, JP


Elizabeth Carithers was born the 30th Day of January 1783
James Carithers was born the 25th Day of October 1784
Mary Carithers was born the 11th Day of September 1786
---- Ciay Carithers was born the 21th day of September 1788

Robert Carithers was born the 30th Day of March 1744
Mary Luckie was born the 24th Day of September 1758
Robert Carithers and Mary Luckie was married September April the 18th 1782


State of Georgia
County of Madison

I, Richard B. Gholston, clerk of the court of Ordinary for said county do hereby certify that the leaf herewith enclosed containing two pages of entries and upon which is made an entry of the intermarriage of Robert Carithers and Mary Luckie on the eighteen day of April seventeen hundred and eighty two appears upon examination to have been taken from the Family Record of said Robert Carithers.
Given under my hand & seal of office this eight day of January eighteen hundred and fifty two.
Rich’d B. Gholston
Clerk of said Court


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