William & Ann Hodge - Revolutionary Pension Application

William and Ann Hodge
Revolutionary Pension Application


State of Georgia
Clarke County

On this 20th day of November, personally appeared in open court, before Charles Dougherty, presiding Judge of the Superior Court of said County, now sitting, William Hodge, a resident of the county of Madison and State aforesaid, aged 70 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:

He was born on the 1st April 1762 in York County, Pennsylvania. His father kept the record of his children’s ages in a family Bible, which was so worn out that he had the ages copied upon a paper which deponent has & excepting which he has no other record. He was living in 96 district South Carolina & lived there till 1790, whence he removed to Georgia where he has lived ever since & where he now lives in Madison County of said State. He volunteered at 16 in & about the month of May 1778 & marched under the command of Capt. John Hayles in South Carolina Ninety six District to Packet River before the surrender of Charleston from thence he marched down near Charleston to Bacons bridge on Eddisto. About the 6th or 7th of October 1780 he served another tour as a volunteer under Genl Brannon, Col. Farr & Capt. John Thompson. They ranged about through the district but was in no engagement. In the winter Genl Morgan arrived on the Packet river in Ninety six district. Having heard of about 300 tories being at Hammonds store, Col. Washington & Lieut. Luck with about 100 men & a few militia went & took part of the tories prisoners & their baggage waggons & returned back to Genl Morgan at Grendol Shoals & give up the prisoners. In January 1781 Morgan marched up to the cowpens near the line of North Carolina & there prepared for battle, on the 16th of the same month & year above mentioned Capt. Thompson & his company joined Morgan & on the 17th we had an engagement where Col. Washington & a few us run the British to old Gandilocks & then returned back to Morgan. During the engagement he was slightly wounded & left to take care of the wounded. He was sent to Morgan in North Carolina at the Island ford to know what to do from whence Morgan sent him back with a flag in the Spring & there he enlisted for ten months under Capt. Jacob Barnett & from thence marched down to the Couganee to Friday’s Ferry near to the place where Columbia now stands & their joined Genl Sumpter & Col. Hampton & from thence they marched down & met the army under Brannon & Marion at Thompson fort on the Couganee, took the fort & from thence they went on & took Orangeburg, from thence they returned back towards North Carolina where deponent was taken sick & left the army nor did not join it, till the battle of Eutaw Springs & from thence they marched to Orangeburg & from thence to the fourhole bridge on Eddisto & remained there till they were discharged to go home. In the Spring of 1782 deponent volunteered & went down towards Charleston with an officer whose name he does not recollect, from Camden district, & joined Genl Wm. Harderson. From thence he was sent to Genl. Huger to be his life guard & was there wounded by a musket ball in his shoulder & has got the ball there yet & was afterwards discharged by Genl Huger after having served in all upwards of two years & six months. He mentions the names of M. W. Dobbins & A. L. Clayton who can testify as to his veracity & their belief of his services as a Revolutionary soldier.

As additional proof of this deponents being a Revolutionary soldier, he begs leave to refer to a statement of facts, some of which he has stated above, which was made out by this deponent several years ago, & at that time, he never for one moment believed that he should ever have it in his power to obtain a pension from his country, & when he would have had no motive for deception.

He would mention that some of the minor facts related in his narrative hereunto attached did not come under his immediate observation but he was informed of them by the soldiers with whom he associated, with the exceptions of those, & some corrections, which this deponent has made upon the papers. The balance came immediately under his observation & which this deponent swears are true.

This deponent attaches the only documentary testimony he now has in his possession, which are writings from under the hands of Daniel Morgan, Brig’r. Gen’l. & G. Huger, Br. Gen’l. All which are most respectfully submitted to the war department.

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

William Hodge

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
C. Dougherty, JIC WC

We, Moses W. Dobbins residing in Clarke County and A. L. Clayton residing in the same, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with William Hodge, who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration, that we believe him to be 70 years of age, that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution, and that we concur in that opinion.

M. W. Dobbins
A. L. Clayton

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
C. Dougherty, JIC WC

And the said court do hereby certify and declare their opinion, after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogations prescribed by the War Department, that the above applicant was a Revolutionary soldier, and served as he states. And the court further certifies that it appears to them that Moses W. Dobbins, who has signed the preceding certificate, is a resident in the county of Clarke, and that A. L. Clayton, who has also signed the same, is a resident of the same county, and is a credible person, that their statement is entitled to credit. 20 Nov 1832.

C. Dougherty, JIC WC

State of Georgia

On this twenty fourth day of July personally appeared before me, James Anderson, a Judge of the Inferior Court of Madison County (a court of record), Ann Hodge a resident of Georgia and County aforesaid age 72 years who being duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July the 7th 1838 entitled An act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows. That she is the widow of William Hodge who was a Militia soldier in the revolutionary war. Served in the South Carolina line, received a slight wound at the battle of the cow-pens, also a wound at ----- Huger on his right shoulder by a British dragoon, and was in service previous to the 12th May 1778, was discharged on the 29th of October 1782 by J. S. Huger Br. Gen’l, was constantly in service from the time he commenced discharged. Drew pension of Eighty dollars annual allowance, commencement of the pension 4th March 1831 and was place on the roll on the 22 of Dec 1832. She further declares that she was married to the said William Hodge on the    day of March in the year seventeen hundred and ninety, that her husband the aforesaid William Hodge died on the nineteenth day of Dec 1836 & that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the first day of January seventeen hundred and ninety four, viz, at the time above stated.

Ann Hodge

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year above written before me.
James Anderson, JIC

Madison County

Before me James Anderson a judge of the Inferior court of said county personally appeared James Thompson Senior and saith on his oath that he was present and saw William Hodge and Ann Hodge (formally Ann Say) married which took place in South Carolina and was legally done on the    day of     in the year seventeen hundred and ninety, also he saith that Ann Hodge is now a widow and has been ever since the death of William Hodge her husband. This 24 July 1839.

James Thompson Senr.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year above written.
James Anderson, JIC

Madison County
I do certify that James Thompson Senior is a respectable and creditable person.
24 July 1839
James Anderson, JIC

Madison County
I James Anderson a judge of the Inferior Court of said County do certify that Ann Hodge the within named applicant is not able to attend court owing to bodily infirmity. This 24 day of July 1839.
James Anderson, JIC

Madison County
I, John Sanders, the clerk of the Inferior Court of said county do certify that James Anderson is a presiding Judge in our court which is a court of record.
This 31st day of July 1839.
John Sanders, Clk

Family Record

John Hodge was born August 16th, 1790
James Hodge as born December 18th, 1792
Mary Hodge was born January 28th, 1795
Elizabeth Hodge was born April 4th, 1797
Caty Katharine Hodge was born January 7th, 1799
William Hodge was born April 20th, 1802
Richard Hodge was born October 20th, 1804
Allen L. Hodge was born February 18th, 1807
Madison Montgomery Hodge was born July 24th, 1809
Anna Hodge was born May 3rd, 1815
Sarah Ann Sanders was born May the 23 1818
William Hodge Sen. was born April 1st 1762, the father of the above named children

Family Record

John Hodge was maried August 6th day, year 1812
Mary Hodge was maried October 24th, 1815
James Hodge was married August 28th A.D. 1819
Elizabeth Hodge was married December 2nd, 1824
Richard Hodge was married October 18th, 1827
Katharine Hodge was married December 29th, 1836
Madison M. Hodge married 10th 1840
Elizabeth E. Sanders was married to James G. Wooten May 22nd 1839

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