State of Georgia
County of Madison
Court of Ordinary Adjourned Term Monday 8th July 1833
On this Eighth day of July in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirty three, personally appeared before Robert Groves, Noah W. Pittman, John Meroney and James Long, Justices of the Inferior Court now sitting as a Court of Ordinary, Samuel Warden, a resident of Capt. Morgans Company District of Georgia Militia in the County of Madison & State of Georgia, aged Seventy three 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 enlisted as a volunteer in October 1779 as a private under Capt. John Foster as a guard against the British and Torys and served under Sumpter and Marion and was stationed on Twelve Mile Creek in McKlenburgh County North Carolina and continued in this service untill April 1782, being a term of two years and six months. In April 1782 he joined Capt. Thomas Shelbys Company under Genl Sumpter, Col. Wade Hampton of the third regiment North Carolina and Maj. Blueford and Maj. Moore and continued in this service untill the fifteenth day of February 1783, being a tour of service of ten months. During this service Capt. Shelby was wounded and Capt. Nathaniel Martin took the command. He was at the taking of a Tory fort on the Congarce. He was at the taking of another at Buckhead commanded by McGirth, also at the taking of a Tory fort at Orangeburgh. He was at the battle of the Eutaw Springs, in this engagement Capt. Shelby was there wounded and went home. He was then placed under Capt. Nathaniel Martin. He was marched after the British and Torys to a place called the Stawberry where Cols. Lee and Washington engaged them. He was marched to a place called the four hole swamp where they routed and killed a parcel of Torys. He was marched after McGirth who commanded the Torys on by Spirit Creek in Georgia to near the Florida line. He continued in this service as aforesaid untill the 15th day of February 1783 when he received a discharge which he has since lost. He knew Genls Greene and Marion. He has no documentary evidence and he knows of no evidence he can procure who can testify to his services ~ and that this is the best showing he can make of his services. In answer to the Interrogations prescribed by the War Department and propounded by the court, he answereth as follows, to wit,
In answer to first Interrogatory: He was born in the County of Londonderry in Ireland the 17th day of March 1760.
Answer to second Inter: He has no record of his age ~ but from his fathers statement to him he believes he was born as aforesaid.
Answer to third Inter: He was living in McKlenburgh County North Carolina when he entered the service, and made that his place of residence untill the year 1798 when he removed into Union South Carolina ~ from thence to Franklin County Georgia, from thence to Madison County where he now resides.
Answer to fourth Inter: He Volunteered.
Answer to fifth Inter: He was acquainted with Col. Lee and Col. Washington, being frequently with their regiments ~ also with Genl Greene and Genl Marion.
Answer to sixth Inter: He received a discharge signed by Maj. Blueford which has been long since lost.
Answer to seventh Inter: He refers you to Robert L. Tait, Robert Groves, William Sanders, Augustus Crawford, Col. Gabriel Nash and William Meroney.
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.
Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid.
I, Benjamin Brown, a clergyman residing in the County of Madison, and William Meroney residing in the same, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Samuel Warden who has subscribed & sworn to the above declaration, that we believe him to be seventy three years of age and 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 to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid.
Benj. Brown, MG
And the said Court do hereby declare this opinion after the investigation of the matter - and after putting the interrogation prescribed by the War Department that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier and served as he states - and the court further certifies that it appears to them that Benjamin Brown is a clergyman resident in the county of Madison and that William Meroney who has also signed the same is a resident of the same and is a credible person and that this statement is entitled to credit.
James Long, JIC
John Meroney, JIC
Robert Groves, JIC
Noah W. Pittman, JIC
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