Pension Application of John McCalla W1450

                        Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris


State of Tennessee     }

Knox County               }           April Sessions 1829

            Declaration in Order to be placed on the pension list, under the act of the 18th March 1818.

            On this 7th day of April 1829 personally appeared in Open Court it being a court of record for the County of Knox John McCalla a resident in said County, aged about Seventy Nine years who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth on his Oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the provisions made by the acts of Congress of the 18th march 1818, and the 1st of May 1820, that he the said McCalla entered for the term of three years in April 1777 in the State of Maryland in Capt Hopkin’s Company in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Stephen Moylan, in the line of the State of Maryland, on the Maryland Continental establishment, that he continued to serve in said Corps until discharged on the 14th day of April 1780 in the State of Connecticut in Colechested [Colchester?]. That he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension except the present; that his name is not on any roll except Maryland as he believes; and that the following are the reasons for not making an earlier application: that Declarant was placed on the pension list on the fifth of Oct 1819 at which time he had his Original discharge, and his Attorney giving him a copy which is here set out

            “John McCalla who is discharged has per mission to act in the Regiment as a Volunteer until further Orders. Colechester 14th April 1780

            Stephen Maylon Colo Com LD”

That I was stricken from the pension roll in 1820 as he now believes, and only lately was informed of the late regulations in the War department in these cases.

            And in pursuance of the Act of the 1st of May 1820 I do solemnly swear that I was a resident Citizen of the United States, on the 18th 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 the 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 during 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. that there has been no changes in his property except what time has made  Declarant has only himself and his wife  his Children are all married – his wife is about 73 years old and very feeble as well as declarant. neither are able to work and is a farmer by occupation

                        Schedule of John McCalla’ property

258¾ Acres of land third quality worth per year in money      }      $37.50

One Man about 20 years old worth per year                           }

Two Cows worth per year                                                                $2 —

Two beds a little furniture & nothing more                             }           5 —


Sworn to in Open Court 7th April 1829                        John McCalla


State of Tennessee}  SS

            On this the twenty ninth day of May eighteen hundred and thirty nine, 1839, personally appeared before me Leonard Wood a Justice of the County Court of Blount County and State of Tennessee aforesaid, Margaret McCalla a resident of East Tennessee and County aforesaid aged 83 eighty three years who being first duley sworn acording of law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the act of Congress passed July 7th 1838 entitled an act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows That she is the widow of John McCalla who was an enlisted soldier and served under Captin David Hopkins in a regiment of Light Dragoons commanded by Cornel Stephen Moylan as shown by his Discharge

The deceased was a pensioner as the documents in the office of the War Department will show under the provisions of the act of the 1st March 1823

She further declares that she was married to the said John McCalla on the 19th of February, 1789, Seventeen hundred and eighty nine in Montgomery County State of Virginia [see note below] and from thence moved with the said John McCalla to Knox County and State of Tennessee aforesaid and that her husband the aforesaid John McCalla died on the 16th day of June eighteen hundred and thirty five in the said County of Knox and State of Tennessee aforesaid aged about 86 years  that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred and ninty four viz at the time abov stated and that she has not been since married

                        Margaret herXmark McCalla


NOTE: The file contains a copy of a bond signed on16 Jan 1789 by John McCalla and John McElmain of Botetourt County VA for the marriage of McCalla to Margaret McBeath of Botetourt County.