Pension Application of Adam and Margaret Clapp Lugar: W8066
Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris
State of Va. Giles County To Wit
On this 1st day of November 1834 personally appeared before Robert M. Hutchinson a Justice of the peace for said County Adam Lugar a resident for the last 40 years of said county and state aged 96 years the first of last March 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 7, 1832
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.
that he was born in Frankfurt in Germany and left home when he was 33 years old and first enlisted in the town of Lancaster in Pennsylvania under a French man whose name he has forgotten for the term of 18 months. he recollects that he was a Major though, Celroe of Selroe [probably Chevalier Jacques de Segon de Sederon] was the first Captain that he recollects who marched him from Lancaster to Baltimore. Baser or Parker was our Col. Pulaski was our General [see note below]. from Baltimore we were marched to Philadelphia. from thence to Elizabethtown [NJ] and from thence to New Kirby[?] at which place we had an engagement with the British in which our Col Barker or Parker was killed and Fry made Col. at this place we drove the Yagers [sic: Jägers or Yaegers: Hessian riflemen] and British over a Bridge which they tore up and stoped our march. several of the enemy were wounded. from New Kirby we were marched to Minising [Minisink?] where we staid during the winter in quarters. from thence in the Spring we were marched to Charleston S. Carolina 11 hundred miles, and went down Cooper River he recollects. at Charleston he remained 3 months defending it from the enemy. at which place he had an engagement with the British [skirmish at Old Race Track, 11 May 1779] who took nearly all of us Prisoners. this applicant having been sent with others in all 44. about a mile from town to reconnoiter in this encounter Col. Cowatch [Michael de Kowatch] of the light hors was killed. Pulaski was still our General and Celroe or Selroe our Capt. at Charleston he received his discharge. which was lost with his chest during the War. He canot recollect the year he enlisted. He recollects though that the British occupied New York [after 15 Sep 1776] under whom he enlisted in Germany and from whom he deserted about 4 weeks after he reach New York. He cannot recollect the year He left the Army. This applicant belonged to the Light Infantry under Pulaskie. He afterwards [illegible word] under Capt. ONeal and Capt. D[?] for the term of 6 months. [Griffith] Rutherford was our General and his son [John Rutherford] Major. the Col. name he cannot recollect. this was in the militia service in North Carolina he was marched from 3 miles below Salsbury [sic: Salisbury] to the Great Pedee [sic: Pee Dee] where he remained some time at Big Lances[?] Creek when the British were too strong for us though we had 9 man to one [see note below]. soon after which we were discharged. This applicant can [not?; page torn] recollect the day year or month in which he served at any time. Gen. Pulaskie gave us a warrant or certificate[?] for 300 acres of land which he never got, it having been taken with his discharge. he was not in the Army when Gen’l. Pulaskie was killed [mortally wounded at Savannah, 9 Oct 1779]. It was to have been located in Kentucky or Tenessee on Green River.
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. This applicant has no evidence of his service unless his name is found on the Rolls in the Department.
In the spring of 1778 Gen. Kazimierz Pulaski of Poland was directed by Gen. Washington to form a force of cavalry and infantry called Pulaski’s Legion, which was recruited mainly from Hessian deserters at Baltimore.
The last engagement described may have been the Battle of Camden SC on 16 Aug 1780, where Gen. Rutherford was captured. Patrick O’Kelley estimates that the American forces numbered 4100 against 2239 British.
On 4 Feb 1840 Margaret Lugar, about 84 years old, applied for a pension stating that she married Adam Lugar in 1777, and he died 9 March 1837. A typed summary adds that the marriage occurred in Orange County NC, that her maiden name was Margaret Clap or Clapp, and that she died 22 Feb 1844. Her application was supported by a deposition from Adam Lugar, their “youngest child with the exception of one,” who stated that the oldest child, then living in Indiana, had been born before their father rendered his last term of service.