Pension Application of Elijah Meacham: W2318

                        Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris


State of Virginia Towit

            On this sixth day of October in the year one thousand eight hundred eighteen before me the subscriber, one of the Judges of the General Court of Virginia allotted by law to the thirteenth Court, which comprehends the county of Montgomery, personally appeared Elijah Meacham, resident in the County, & State aforementioned, aged sixty six years, who, being by me first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the late act of Congress, entitled, “An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land & naval service of the United States in the revolutionary war”, that he the said Elijah Meacham about the first of January in the year 1778 enlisted, as a private, in the service of the United States, with Captain John Harman, of Suffield, in the State of Connecticut, and belonged to the first Regiment of Light Infantry, of the Connecticut line, on Continental establishment, commanded by Colonel Duggie [sic: Durkee]. That the said Regiment composed a part of the Brigade commanded by General Joseph B. Varnum. that he entered to serve in the said Corps, or in the service of the United States, until the close of the revolutionary war in the year seventeen hundred eighty three, when he was regularly discharged: that he was in the battles of Monmouth [NJ; 28 June 1778], & Springfield [NJ; 23 June 1780], at the taking of Stoney Point [sic: Stony Point NY; 15 July 1779], and at the capture of Lord Cornwallis, at YorkTown in Virginia [19 Oct 1781]: that he has long since lost his discharge & has no other evidence of his said services now in his power: & that from his reduced circumstances he stands in need of the assistance of his country for support.


[A printed form, parts filled in by hand shown in italic.]


District of Virginia SS.  Montgomery County

            On this 3rd day of October, 1820, personally appeared, in open court, (a) being a court of record (b) for the said district, [circuit, county, or corporation, as the case may be] Elijah Meacham a pensioner[?] aged sixty five years, resident in said County in said district, [circuit, county, or corporation] who, being first duly sworn, according to law, doth, on his oath, declare that he served in the Revolutionary war as follows: (c), that he enlisted in the war of the revolution in the town of Suffield, Hartford County Connecticut on the first day of January 1778 under Capt. John Harman of Col. Durgy’s regiment, which he believes was called the first Connecticut Regiment on Continental establishment  That he served in the same Company & Regiment [word illegible] 1780 when he was drafted in the light infantry [two words illegible] Capt. John Burwell some time about the year 1781 he transferred under Capt. John Hart. I marched to Virginia & was engaged in the [word illegible] at the siege of York when Cornwallis was taken. Some time in 1782 he was placed under Capt. Samuel Cliff of ___ Regiment commanded by Col. Durgy [word illegible] in the said Company & Regiment [word illegible] some time in June 1783 when he was discharged at New York.. he was in the battles of Monmouth, Springfield He is in such reduced circumstances as to need the assistance of his Country for support. he has received a pension under a certificate No. 12733

And I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be,) that I was a resident citizen of the United States, on the 18th day of March, 1818; and that I have not, since that time, by gift, sale, or in any manner, disposed of my property, or any part thereof, with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress, entitled “an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States, in the Revolutionary war,” passed on the 18th day of March, 1818; and that I have not, nor has any person in trust for me, any property, or securities, contracts, or debts, due to me; nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed, and by me subscribed. (d) One mare, two yearling steers  five hogs  five sheep  two pr. Iron braces, one plow &sear[?]  one axe, one pot, one broken oven  six old chairs. that he has a son named Elijah who is diseased aged 19 or 20 years and is afflicted with a white swelling as to be unable to do any kind of labor and that his occupation that of a common labourer                       [signed] Elijah Meacham

            Sworn to, and declared, on the 3rd day of October 1820 before the Court of Montgomery County


NOTE: On 8 March 1853 in Montgomery County VA Frances Meacham, 58, applied for a pension, stating that as Frances Miles she married Elijah Meacham in Montgomery County on 9 March 1837 and that he died on 26 Oct 1851.