Francis Browning Pension Appl


Law Order Book 9, Page 395
Oct 2, 1832

Virginia: Russell County to-wit: On the 2d day of October 1832 personally appeared before the County Court of Russell and State of Virginia, Francis Browning a resident in the County of Russell and State of Virginia, aded about seventy-nine years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to abtain the benefit of the provisions made by the act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832 - That he entered the service of the United States in the State Line of North Carolina in the month of October in the year he thinks of 1778 at Hillsborough in the said state, under Captain William White and as he now thinks, Lieutenant Lawson and Ensign William Haney, and was attached to the State Regiment commanded by Col. James Saunders and Major Moore for a term of six months; and from Hillsborough the place of rendezvous, he, with the said Regiment marched to Salisbury, where they joined the Salisbury Regiment under the command of Col. Lock, and were then palced under the command of General Rutherford and marched from thence to a place then called Pine Tree, the same perhaps which is now called Camden in the State of S. Carolina, near the junction of the rivers Congaree and Waters, and from thence marched to the Ten Mile house, it being about ten miles from Charleston in the State of S. Carolina, and from thence to a little town called Dodgister, and from thence took up their line of march from Savannah in South Carolina, where they joined the main army under the command of General Lincoln at a town called Punensburgh upon the Savannah river. From which place the Regiment to which the said Francis Browning belonged, marched up the said river to a place called the "Two Sisters" where they remained nearly in sight of the enemy for about one month, and thence marched to the place called Briar Creek, where they joined General Ash in the time of the battle fought at that place, and took part in that engagement, and from thence he and his Regiment were ordered to make a forced march back to the Punensburgh to protect the magazine left there, which they affected by a most severe and fatiguing march, and remained there and in the vicinity of that place watching and following the varied movements of the enemy upon the vorder line of Georgia from Savannah to Augusta, which was exposed to the depredations of the British then in the said State of Georgia, and was then incessantly engaged, until about the 10th of April in the year he thinks of 1779, when he and the Regiment to which he belonged were dicharged, at a place called Black Swamp, about 500 miles from home, and obtained a regular discharge in writing, which has been since either lost or mislaid so that he cannot now produce it. The said Browning, although nominally belonging to the state line, performed continental service during the time aforesaid, and out of the nominal compensation received from the government for his services, he afterwards paid $100 thereof for one bushel of salt. The said Francis Browning furhter staes that sometime after his return homwe from the tour aforesaid, he removed with his family from Caswell County in the State of North Carolina near Jonesborough then at Carolina, but now SAtate of Tennessee, when he was again in 1781 drafted to go to the State of South Carolina under the commad of Col. Sevier for a three months tour, when the situation of his was such as to render it exceddingly inconvenient for him to leave home, and he employed one (name not recollected) as a substitute whom he paid, a horse valued at fifteen pounds in genuine currency, and also allowed him the wages of the said term, and that the said substitute was received as such by the proper officer and performed the duties of the said tour. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pnsion annuity, except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any state. Sworne to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

Francis Browning

We Nathaniel Munsey a clergyman, residing in the neighborhood of Francis Browning in Russell County in the State of Virginia and William price a justice of the peace residing in the neighborhood, county and state aforesaid, do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Francis Browning, who has subscribed and sworn to the foregoing declaration; that we believe him to be about severnty-nine years of age, 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 and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

Nathaniel Munsey
William Price

And the Court do hereby furhter certify, that Jessee Vermillion personally appeared before them this day in open Court and made oath, that he was personally acquainted with Francis Browning who has sworn to and subscribed the foregoing declaration, and that the said Browning served in the war of the revolution and that he believes that the foregoing declaration sworn to and subscribed as aforesaid, contains a correct recital of the services of the said Francis Browning in the war of the revolution. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

Jessee Vermillion

And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion, after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, and hearing the testimony of Jessee Vermillion who hath sworn to and subscribed the above affidavit, that the above named applicant was revolutionary soldier and served as he states. And the Court further certify it appears to them that Nathaniel munsey who has signed the preceding certificate is a clergyman resident in Russell County in the State of Virginia, and that William Price who has also signed the same, is a resident in the same County, are all credible and respectable persons, and that their statements are entitled to credit. and do hereby certify, that the said Thomas Large is a person of credit as a witness; that it was generally understood in the neighborhood of the residence of the said Thomas Large previous to the passage of the said Act of Congress that the said Thomas Large had served in the Revolutionary War; and that the said Thomas Large is in such reduced circumstances in life, as to need assistance from his country for support. All which is ordered to be certified to the Secretary of the Department of War.

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