Rev War Ancestors - Wayne Co, KY

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July 4th 2006


Nicholas Tuttle                Submitted by: Andrea Sizemore
My ancestor, Nicholas Tuttle, was also a Revolutionary War soldier. Here is some information about him:
MILITARY: Wayne Co, Kentucky, Marriages & Vital Records, 1802-1909, Vol. 2, by J.B. Bork, 1972, p. 497, is a full page sketch on Nicholas Tuttle, Sr. "Nicholas Tuttle, Sr. , a resident of Salt Spring Twp, Randolph Co., Missouri , age 73 years, made the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the Act of Congress, passed 7 Jun 1832.
States that he enlisted in the U.S. Army in the spring of 1778 or 1779 under Capt. James Newell, a recruiting officer. Served in the ___ regiment of the Virginia Line under Lt. Thomas Wilson, Capt. John Paley, and Thomas Quirk and Col. John Montgomery, Maj. Crittenden and Gen. George Rogers Clark. States he enlisted for 3 years and was discharged from the service in April after Cornwallis' surrender at York, in the state of Virginia. He was first marched from Montgomery Co, VA, from that part now called Wythe Co, near the lead mines of Kaskaskia in the new state of Illinois. The army under the said officers stayed at Kaskaskia some 5-6 months and then to a small French town on the MIssissippi River called Cowhal. Had no engagement there; then returned to Kaskaskia again. Then went on an expedition against the Indians of the Potowanamies Nation. Went in boats up the Mississippi and the Illinois Rivers. Before reaching the Indian village, the indians cleared out with all their moveables. They burned the Indian town and destroyed their crop of corn. All of this was in August, 1779. Then marched back to Kaskaskia again, stayed a month or two, the marched to Vincennes in what is now the state of Indiana. The army took up winter quarters there and stayed the greater part of the next summer with no fighting. Then marched to the Falls of the Ohio River, where Louisville is now situated, staying about two months and returned to Vincennes. Before the Army returned to Vincennes, as last stated, we went on an expedition against the Shawnee Indians to what is now called Cincinnati, the metropolis of the state of Ohio. Went out to them towns by land, had a little skirmish with the Indians and drove them from it. Got 6-7 skalps of the Indians and took 4- 5 prisoners. Then the army returned to Vincennes; this was in the fall of the 2nd year of service. Stayed in Vincennes til the spring following. The army was now divided, part left at Vincennes, and part taken to the Falls of the Ohio River. I spent time on Express to Fort Chissell in the State of Virginia, where there was a post office. Got there in the fall of the year that Cornwallis surrendered York . Returned to the Falls of the Ohio, same fall of the year , then sent from thence again on Express in January following to the state aforesaid. Col. Montgomery told me before I started on this last Express to stay in Virginia till he himself should come and discharge me, as peace was then made or about being made with the enemy of the country." Tuttle states that he got a written discharge from Col. Montgomery in the spring after Cornwallis surrendered, but he has lost it 'several years later fording a stream'. He states that he has never received one cent of wages for his said services, nor has he ever received any military bounty land. 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 or any state. Signed, Nicholas (X-his mark) Tuttle. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.. .....
This data was sent to this source by Reuben Bates, probably in the 80s or 90s. He wrote in his letter: "The pension application was sent to the Chronicle-Herald in Macon, Missouri, on Friday, Dec 10, 1965, by Mrs. M.B. Kelso of Arlington, Indiana. The following is an excerpt from her letter: "Nicholas Tuttle, Sr., and sons, Nicholas and Pleasant, lived in the Co. before Macon Co. was organized from Randolph Co.. He came to Missouri in the 1820s from Wayne Co, KY and settled on a farm south of Bevier between there and College Mound. He died in 1848 and is buried on the Old Homestead, south of Bevier, near Antioch Church."

Boston Graves                 Submitted by: Marilyn Gregory Fisher
Boston Graves was born Oct. 10, 1747 in Berks Co, Pennsylvania. He married Sarah Efland in June of 1769. Boston Graves was drafted in 1781 for a term of 3 months under Capt. Wm. Rogers, Col. Wm. McNeil, Gen. John Butler and Joseph Albregt. He was first ordered to work out his tour of duty in Orange Co, NC at the blacksmith business. After one month he was sent to Hillsborough to help protect the townspeople. There he was taken prisoner by the British along with Lt. John Campbell, Col. Little and Governor Buck and was sent to Wilmington where he was put on board a ship and taken to Charleston, SC. He was eventually exchanged and returned home having been away for eleven months.
Boston Graves was pensioned in 1832 (#R4213). His wife was rejected as she could not prove marriage. Boston died April 1, 1840 in TN.  His grave is marked with a Revolutionary War military marker located in the old Graves Family Cemetery, Knox County, TN.
His daughter Catherine Graves married my 3rd great-grandfather William Sharp in May of 1789 in VA. Wm & Catherine's son Henry Sharp moved to Pulaski Co, KY from Claiborne Co, TN abt. 1840.  Henry's granddaughter, Sophia Sharp (my grandmother) married Jefferson Gregory of Wayne Co, KY in 1907.
My other ancestors who fought in Rev War include:  Joseph Bell Sr,  Isaac Chrisman, George Decker,  & Anthony Gholson.
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Isaac Stephens               Submitted by: Phil Crowther
Isaac Stephens (a relative to your Isaac Chrisman).  He joined the Army in Montgomery County, VA and fought at the Battles of Guilford, Camden (where his brother was killed) and the Siege of '96.  He later moved to Wayne County and became a Baptist minister.

Charels Lee Dibrell       Submitted by: Phil Crowther
Charles Lee Dibrell lived in Buckingham County, VA.  He enlisted, along with his father and brother (Anthony, Sr. and Jr.) and fought under Lafayette.  When Anthony Jr. was wounded he and Anthony Sr. traveled to Yorktown to be with him and the family was there at the surrender.  Since Anthony Sr was a fifer, I like to think that he joined in serenading Cornwallis.  After the war Charles fought at the Battle of Fallen Timbers under "Mad" Anthony Wayne.  After moving to Wayne County, he was made a Col. in charge of the "Cornstalk Militia" (our first Kentucky colonel).
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Charles Cocke              Submitted by: Phil Crowther
Charles Cocke - He lived in Washington County, VA and fought at the Battle of Point Pleasant and was made Capt in charge of a company of Rangers stationed at Rocky Station Fort.  After the war he was made a Col. in charge of the Militia and served in the VA legislature.  He moved to KY, AL and AR and at the age of 88 traveled from AR to VA to file his pension claim.  It was denied because he was merely protecting the frontier, not fighting the British.
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James Mahan              Submitted by: Sue Hasty
James Mahan, a Revolutionary War veteran. James volunteered for the Continental Army in 1774, he was stationed at Ft. Pitt, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He later moved to Greene County Tennessee, and served under General Sevier as a Captain. James applied for his pension in Whitley County, Kentucky on October 19, 1833.   It is noted that General Sevier was instrumental in the formation of the now defunct state of Franklin.
James Mahan states that he was born in 1755 in Virginia somewhere between Winchester and Warm Springs, in Frederick County. He lived for awhile in the Monongahela Valley Region. James stated that while living in this area he enlisted and served as a spy for the Continental Army.  James Mahan served two years and seven months with the Continental Army and received pension 17563 for Revolutionary War service. (D.A.R. Pension Volume #158) James and his brother John Mahan, with whom he served in the War,  appeared in Greene County, Tennessee in 1787, this area was then part of North Carolina. James and his family then moved to Whitley County, Kentucky, then to Alabama and to Missouri, where he died.

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