James Towns - Revolutionary Pension Application

James Towns
Revolutionary Pension Application


State of Georgia
County of Madison
Court of Ordinary Adjourned Term October 1st 1832

On this first day of October in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirty two personally appeared in open court before John Meroney, Noah W. Pittman, James Anderson and James Long, Justices of the Inferior Court now sitting as a Court of Ordinary, James Towns, a resident of Capt. Morgan’s Company District of Georgia Militia in the County of Madison and State of Georgia, aged seventy 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 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 in March 1781 as a private under the command of Captain Hunt Macon to throw obstructions in the road designed to impede the progress of the British in the march to Guilford Court House North Carolina. He entered the service in Warren County North Carolina where he then resided. The British army having taken a different direction from the one anticipated, the volunteers were discharged in a short time, but what time they were on duty he does not recollect. He was afterwards called into service by draft upon a three months tour under the command of Captain White and was transferred to the command of Captain Sessions, the regiment commanded by Col. Leaton, all of North Carolina. We joined a detachment of Gen’l Greene’s army at Chatham Court House in said State and was thence stationed as a guard. Having served thus about a month, the army was ordered to march to the South, and his health being very bad, having only partially recovered from a severe spell of sickness, employed a substitute by the name of Bird Perry to perform the balance of the tour and received a discharge previous to the duty heretofore detailed. The legislation of North Carolina required the Militia of the State to be drafted and classed, and that he was assigned to the fourth class, and by the provision of the same act it was permitted that if twelve drafted men should hire a man to enlist in the regular service, that those twelve should be discharged from duty for the span of three years, and that he with eleven others availed themselves of that provision, and that he has lost those evidences of duty with other useful papers long since. He has no documentary evidence and he knows of no evidence that 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 anwereth as follows, to wit,

Answer to 1st Inter ~ He was born in Brunswick County Virginia in the month of March 1756

Answer to 2nd Inter ~ He has no record of his age

Answer to 3rd Inter ~ He was living in Warren County North Carolina when he was called into the service. About twenty four years since he moved to Greene County in Georgia and from thence to Madison where he now resides

Answer to 4th Inter ~ He was first called into service by draft, then as a volunteer, and again by draft

Answer to 5th Inter ~ As a volunteer I recollect none of the names of officers but Captain Hunt Macon. When upon three months tour, Colonel Leaton’s regiment, the officer commanding the detachment he cannot recollect. As to the ------ of the service, it is before mentioned that they were employed as a guard and afterwards marched to the South.

Answer to the 6th Inter ~ He received a discharge first from the officer commanding the fourth class of drafted Militia, as well as he can recollect, whose name he has forgotten. From Captain Hunt Macon as a volunteer, and he thinks from Captain Sessions when he left the regiment at Chatham Court House .

Answer to 7th Inter ~ He refers you to James Long, JIC, Robert Groves, JIC, William Sanders, Clk, Col. Gabriel Nash, Augustus Crawford and William Meroney of this County, Armistead Atkinson and William and Robert Simpson of Green County of this State, and Frederick Hawk, now of this County, formerly of Warren County in the State of North Carolina.

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 & year aforesaid.

James Towns


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