James Sanders - Revolutionary Pension Application

James Sanders
Revolutionary Pension Application


State of Georgia
County of Madison

Court of Ordinary October 2 1832 Adjourned Term

On this second day of October in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirty two, personally appeared in open court before James Anderson, Noah W. Pittman and James Long, Justices of the Iferior Court now sitting as a Court of Ordinary, James Sanders, a resident in Capt. Sae’s Company District of Georgia Militia in the County of Madison and State of Georgia, aged seventy years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on this 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 was drafted in the year 1778 or 1779 to serve a three months tour. His father hired a man who took his place and performed said service. He afterwards entered as a volunteer in pursuit of the Torys in June seventeen hundred and eighty ~ himself and a few others started in pursuit of the Torys and followed them in Rowan County North Carolina. He joined a considerable number of volunteers and became organized ~ he was attached to Capt. Reed’s Company shortly after Maj. Lewis, a Continental officer, took the command of said troops, then within a few miles of a large number of Torys. The Torys from some cause fled ~ he was then marched with said troops in pursuit until coming near Cornwallis’ army when it was considered imprudent to march further. This command then returned to their homes. Himself, with others, as soon as they returned joined Lieutenant John Blalock as rangers for the purpose of pursuing the Torys and also what was called delinquents ~ men who had been outlying and deserting . It was understood that the taking of one of those would relieve a man from a tour of duty. These men, when taken and given up to a Continental officer at Salisbury, they were to be considered as soldiers during the way, and received certificates for such ~ which certificates were placed in the hands of Col. William T. Lewis but what has become of them since he does not know. He went with others to Salem in North Carolina and there joined some troops from Virginia, and remained as rangers for taking the Torys and protecting the country when Cornwallis marched through North Carolina ~ this applicant joined Gen’l Pickens’ army and pursued Cornwallis when a party was detached (of which he was one) to return for the protection of the country against the Torys &c which duty he was performing as County Ranger under the command of Lieutenant John Blalock until the treaty of peace in 1783 and while in service ----- his own horse ~ he was sick at the times of the battles of the Shallow ford on Adkin and Guilford Courthouse. He has no documentary evidence, and he knows of no evidence he can procure who can testify to his services. In answer to the Interrogations prescribed by the War Department and propounded by the court he answereth as follows, to wit,

Answer to first Inter ~ he was born the 18th of March 1762 in Johnston County, now Wake County, North Carolina

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

Answer to third Inter ~ he was living in Surry County North Carolina when called into service. He resided in said County until about 1788 when he removed to Wilkes County Georgia where he resided until Oglethorpe County was formed ~ when Madison County was formed it included him in the bounds, where he now resides.

Answer to fourth Inter ~ he was a volunteer

Answer to fifth Inter ~ Maj. Lewis was a Continental officer ~ he recollects of no other regular officers ~ the general circumstances are already in his declaration

Answer to sixth Inter ~ he never received a discharge

Answer to seventh Inter ~ he refers you to William Hodge, Hawkins Bullock, Edward Ware, James Pittman, Nathan Meroney, James Griffith, &c

He hereby relinquishes every claim 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.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

James Sanders

We, Benjamin Brown a clergyman residing in the County of Madison and Archer Norris residing in the same hereby certify that we are well acquainted with James Sanders who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration ~ that we believe him to be seventy 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.

Sworn & subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
Benj. Brown, MG
Archer Norris

And the said court do hereby declare their opinion ~ after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogations prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as above stated. And the court further certifies that it appears to them that Benjamin Brown is a clergyman resident in the County of Madison and that Archer Norris who has also signed the same is the resident of the same and is a credible person and that their statement is entitled to credit.

James Anderson, JIC
Noah W. Pittman, JIC
James Long, JIC

Family Record


James Sanders   March 18th 1762
Elizabeth his wife   Feby 18th 1754
Daughters of the above (viz)
Tabitha Sanders   November 14th 1786
Elizabeth Sanders   September 2nd 1789
Sally Sanders   May 16th 1791
Melinda Sanders   June 2nd 1793
Melintha Sanders   June 2nd 1793 (Twins)
Eleanor Riley Sanders   April 11th 1795

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