Pension Application of Allen Jeffers

Pension Application of Allen Jeffers: S1770: transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris


Declaration of Allen Jeffers, in order to obtain benefits of the Act of Congress passed

June 7 1832.

South Carolina}

Richland District}


On this second day of October (1832 omitted) personally appeared in open court before Jonah J. Evans one of the Judges of the Court of Special(?) & Common Pleas, Presiding at the Court now sitting Allen Jeffers a resident of the district and State aforesaid, aged seventy eight years on the twenty nineth day of December next, 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. He enlisted May the twelfth 1778 under Captain Brown in Col. Thomsonís regiment third Regiment Continentals, Col. Thomson had commanded the 3rd Regiment of Rangers before that. That he enlisted for three years. They went down to Charleston immediately upon being enlisted and joined the corps and lay in

Charleston nearly a year. They were stationed in the barracks out upon the green. The Regiment then marched out of Charleston to Savannah, at A Savannah he was in a brush before the first Battle, and afterward was in the first Battle of Savannah when the French came in to assist there and often saw Pulaski, who was wounded at this battle and his thigh cut off he died & was carried to Charleston afterward & was buried there. Before this battle he was placed under the command of Capt. Geo. Little who commanded the company for a while & there it was put under the command of Capt. Felix Worley. They were then marched up Savannah River to Purisburgh (sic: Purysburgh SC). Does not remember the date of the Battle of Savannah, but it was sometime before the Fall of Charleston. Gen. Isaac Huger commanded the attacking forces of Savannah. Lay at Purisburgh awhile & marched on from there to Charleston & was stationed there until the Fall of the city. He was there taken prisoner & parolled. Charleston was taken in 1780, he believes it was in May, but it has been so long. It was any how in the Spring of the year. He recíd a discharge, but it has been worn out or lost long ago. The applicant was born in North Carolina, but brought to South Carolina when a child & does not recollect the place but from hearsay, on Pamplico River (sic: Pamlico River), he has no record of his age. He was living in the district & state aforesaid when he enlisted, on the Fork of Congaree & Wateree, where he has lived ever since the war & where he now resides. He was drafted in Ď78 and served in the (illegible word) Camps, (illegible word) but other service he enlisted as stated above, he was never a substitute. In Charleston before Charleston was taken while deponent lay there, Col. Henderson commanded there after

Col. Thomson retired. At Savannah Col. Huger commanded his regiment & was afterward made a general. His discharge was given to him by Col. Henderson. Mr. Robert (surname illegible), Jr., Mr. John Scott, Col. W. (name

illegible) ones who lives in his neighbourhood know him & can testify as to his veracity. He hereby relinquishes every claim....

James S. Guignard (signed) Allen Jeffers




Allen Jeffers was apparently a free black who served with Berry Jeffers (see pension application W10145), Gideon Griffin (W8877), Morgan Griffin (S18844), and Edward Harris (R4649). If Allen Jefferís three-year enlistment expired while he was at the siege of Charleston in 1780, then the correct year of his enlistment would have been 1777 rather than 1778. His enlistment having expired, the British apparently paroled him as a civilian.