Pension Application of Isaac Chapman: R1869

                        Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris

 

State of Virginia}

County of Giles} SS.

            On this 23d day of November 1833 personally appeared before the Justices of the County Court of Giles being a Court of Record Isaac Chapman a resident of the county of Giles and state aforesaid aged seventy One years on the 19th day of April last, 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 – viz –

            That in March in 1776 he together with others repaired to Munseys fort in the County of Montgomery (now Giles) for the purpose of their protection against the incursion of the Indians at which place he remained until December following engaged in the protection of the defenceless women & children, and ranging the Country in pursuit of the Indians and guarding against their attack and warlike operations. He was then discharged. He was engaged nine months. In the performance of this tour of duty the only officer attached to the fort was John Chapman Ensign in the Company Commanded by Thomas Burk Capt. and John Lucas Leutenant–

His second tour of service commenced in the year 1777 in the month of April he again repaired to the above mentioned Fort performing the duties specified in his foregoing tour of service – until the month of December following when he was discharged. He was engaged nine months in the performance of the duties of this tour. The only commanding officer at the Fort was John Chapman Ensign in Capt Burks Company

His third tour of service commences in 1778. In the month of April he again repaired to the above mentioned Fort for the purpose aforesaid and whilst in the performance of said duties a company of volunteers under the Command of Capt. Brice Martin and Lieutenant John Swanson arrived & took command of the said fort. The said applicant remained at the said fort until the 1st of July following & was then discharged. He was there stationed three months. John Chapman acted as Ensign.

His fourth tour of service was in 1779. In the month of April he repaired to Snidows Fort in the County aforesaid [near present Pembroke in Giles County] & performed the service [illegible word] in his first and second tour of service until the month of October following when he was discharged. He was engaged in the performance of this tour of duty Five months. The commanding officers were Christian Snidow Lieutenant & John Chapman Ensign –

His fifth tour of service commenced in 1780. In the month of march he repaired to the last mentioned fort, at which place he performed the duties and services as aforesaid until the 13th day of June when he was discharged. He was engaged in the performance of this tour of duty three months. The commander [one or two illegible words] was Lieutenant Christian Snidow – Ensign John Chapman

His sixth tour of service commenced in July 1781. He volunteered & served under Captn George Pearis at Pearis’s fort in the County aforesaid & there performed the services mentioned as aforesaid until the month of October following when he was discharged. He was engaged in the performance of this tour 3 months. His commanding officer was Capt’n. George Pearis –

If he rec’d any written discharges, which he does not now distinctly recollect – he has long since lost them –

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 an Agency or in any state whatever –

            Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid                 [signed] Isaac Chapman