Pension Application of Low Brown: S5299

Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris

 

Virginia

Tazwell [sic: Tazewell] County}

On this 25th day of September 1832 personally appeared before the Circuit Superior

Court of law and chancery for the county of Tazwell aforsaid Low Brown a resident of the said

county of Tazwell and State of Virginia 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 provision made by the act of Congress passed June 7th. 1832. That he enlisted in the year

1779 [sic: see note below]. with Capt. Jesse Evans, and served in the said Illinois regiment under

the following named officers Captain [sic: Colonel] George Rogers Clark, Lieutenant Colo. John

Montgomery, in the company of Captain Jesse Evans, that he remained in the service as a

milistia [sic: militia] soldier for the term of eighteen months in the revolutionary war, and that

he left the service on the first day of August in the year 1780. [three words illegible] a discharge

of that date, which is produced here in court and inspected, and believed to be genuine, by

which it appears to be under the hand of Lieutenant Colo. John Montgomery. certifying that his

term of enlistment, which was eighteen months had expired at that time; that at the time of his

enlistment he was a resident of the county of Montgomery in the State of Virginia, and enlisted

in said county; that he marched through the country at present the state of Tennessee and

Kentucky; by water from the mouth of Big Creek, which empties into Halsten [sic: Holston River]

to the mouth of Tennessee river, and from there to Kaskaskia in Illinois; That he went from

there to the Opost on the Wabash, from there to the Iron Banks on the Mississippi, and then he

was discharged

That previous to the above enlistment in the spring of 1774 while he was a captain of

Montgomery mirlistia under Lieut. John Draper, that he served in Capt. Russell company under

Colo. Christie [sic: William Christian], and General Andrew Lewis, that he was marched from

Montgomery to the highlands of Greenbriar [sic: Greenbrier River in present West Virginia], and

[word illegible] Gel. Lewis army, and from there to the mouth of Elk on the Kanawha [near

present Charleston WV] and remained there a few days until canoes were made to transport the

provisions down the river, and we then marched down the river to the point and that he was

then in the battle called the Shawnee battle [sic: Battle of Point Pleasant] which was fought on

the 10. day of October 1774. from there he was marched towards the Shawnee towns and met

with Governor Dunmore near the town, and was by his order dismissed some time in the month

of November 1774. but received no discharge.

That some time between the two terms of enlistment above stated, he was by the order

of Colo. [William] Preston to Capt. James Moore, appointed by said Capt. Moore an Indian Spy.

and that he acted as such for two years on the waters of Bluestone, Clinch, and New river, and

was in company with William McGraw, David English, and Joseph Turner. He hereby

relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and he declares

that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any state; sworn to and subscribed, the

day and year aforesaid. Low hisXmark Brown

 

NOTE: Brown may have enlisted in 1778 rather than 1779. George Rogers Clark began his Illinois

campaign in May 1778, and he captured the French settlement at Kaskaskia on 4 July of that

year.