Pension Application of Low Brown: S5299

Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris



Tazwell [sic: Tazewell] County}

On this 25th day of September 1832 personally appeared before the Circuit Superior Court of law and chancery for the county of Tazwell aforsaid Low Brown a resident of the said county of Tazwell and State of Virginia aged seventy six 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 provision made by the act of Congress passed June 7th. 1832. That he enlisted in the year 1779 [sic: see note below]. with Capt. Jesse Evans, and served in the said Illinois regiment under the following named officers Captain [sic: Colonel] George Rogers Clark, Lieutenant Colo. John Montgomery, in the company of Captain Jesse Evans, that he remained in the service as a milistia [sic: militia] soldier for the term of eighteen months in the revolutionary war, and that he left the service on the first day of August in the year 1780. [three words illegible] a discharge of that date, which is produced here in court and inspected, and believed to be genuine, by which it appears to be under the hand of Lieutenant Colo. John Montgomery. certifying that his term of enlistment, which was eighteen months had expired at that time; that at the time of his enlistment he was a resident of the county of Montgomery in the State of Virginia, and enlisted in said county; that he marched through the country at present the state of Tennessee and Kentucky; by water from the mouth of Big Creek, which empties into Halsten [sic: Holston River] to the mouth of Tennessee river, and from there to Kaskaskia in Illinois; That he went from there to the Opost on the Wabash, from there to the Iron Banks on the Mississippi, and then he was discharged

That previous to the above enlistment in the spring of 1774 while he was a captain of Montgomery militia under Lieut. John Draper, that he served in Capt. Russell company under Colo. Christie [sic: William Christian], and General Andrew Lewis, that he was marched from Montgomery to the highlands of Greenbriar [sic: Greenbrier River in present West Virginia], and [word illegible] Gel. Lewis army, and from there to the mouth of Elk on the Kanawha [near present Charleston WV] and remained there a few days until canoes were made to transport the provisions down the river, and we then marched down the river to the point and that he was then in the battle called the Shawnee battle [sic: Battle of Point Pleasant] which was fought on the 10. day of October 1774. from there he was marched towards the Shawnee towns and met with Governor Dunmore near the town, and was by his order dismissed some time in the month of November 1774. but received no discharge.

That some time between the two terms of enlistment above stated, he was by the order of Colo. [William] Preston to Capt. James Moore, appointed by said Capt. Moore an Indian Spy. and that he acted as such for two years on the waters of Bluestone, Clinch, and New river, and was in company with William McGraw, David English, and Joseph Turner. 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 in any state; sworn to and subscribed, the day and year aforesaid. Low his X mark Brown


NOTE: Brown may have enlisted in 1778 rather than 1779. George Rogers Clark began his Illinois campaign in May 1778, and he captured the French settlement at Kaskaskia on 4 July of that year.