Charles Carter

Revolutionary Pension Application

Oglethorpe County

On this _______ day of ________ eighteen hundred & thirty two, personally appeared in open court before the justices of the Inferior Court while sitting for ordinary purposes, Charles Carter, a resident of the county & State aforesaid, aged eighty 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 act of Congress passed the 7th of June of the present year entitled an act supplementary to the act for the relief of certain surviving officers & soldiers of the Revolution. That he entered the American service in the Revolutionary struggle under the following named officers & served as hereinafter stated. That he was born on the 19th April 1752 in Goochland County Virginia according to the account which he has always received from his parents ~ he has no record of his age ~ that he lived in Granville County North Carolina when he entered the militia service as the substitute of one O’Brian whose Christian name he does not now recollect ~ that as the substitute of O’Brian on this occasion he performed a tour of five months ~ his colonel part of the time was a gentleman by the name of Moore & another gentleman by the name of Yancey also commanded the regiment part of the time ~ his company was commanded by Captain Taylor & Lieutenant Henderson ~ he marched from Granville courthouse through Salisbury to Charlotte where he was stationed about a week ~ from here he marched to Camden South Carolina ~ thence he crossed Santee at Nelson’s Ferry & moved toward Charlestown but he never got nearer that place than the ten mile house ~ he only had one skirmish during his tour & that occurred at Brier Creek in Georgia not more than thirty or forty miles below Augusta ~ he entered upon this expedition in the Fall of 1778 ~ he cannot distinctly state the date & was discharged in April 1779 after performing the entire five months service ~ he has lost his discharge & indeed all the documentary evidence he ever had concerning his services.

In the Fall of 1780 he was drafted for three months during the whole of which he performed marching & guard service under the command of Colonel Joseph Taylor & one Captain Guillam ~ his services in the tour were confined almost entirely to his own State & principally to his own county ~ no skirmishes or fighting during the tour & the most irksome service he had to perform on the whole expedition was that of a guard. He lived in Virginia a short time after the close of the war & moved to the State of Georgia about thirty years ago & has lived here ever since. He knows of no person living by whom he can establish these services. He thinks he can appeal with confidence to any neighbor he has for his character as a man of truth & honesty. He will refer to the following of his neighbors ~ Captain Richard Gregory, who is himself a Revolutionary character according to common report & a gentleman of high standing in this county ~ Major Joseph J. Moore & Lewis J. Deupree, Esquire, both formerly justices of the Inferior Court of Oglethorpe County & gentleman of deservedly high reputation. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present & declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State in the Union.

Sworn to & subscribed the day & year first above written.

Charles (x) Carter

William H. Smith, Clerk

We, the undersigned residents of the county of Oglethorpe and State of Georgia do hereby certify that we have been well acquainted with Charles Carter who has sworn to and subscribed the foregoing declaration for many years, that we believe him to be a man of strict truth & honesty & that he has served in the Revolutionary war as he has stated.

Sworn in open court the day & year aforesaid.

John Landrum
Lewis J. Deupree

William H. Smith, Clerk