Pension Application of Joseph Hundly: S5581

                        Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris

 

State of Virginia}

County of Franklin}  S.S.

on this 4th day of September [1832] personally appeared in open Court, before Pleasant Dickenson  Henry Couper  Moses Green Jr and Richard M Taliaferro the Court of Franklin County now siting Joseph Hundly a Resident of Franklin County and State of Virginia who is aged eighty five years on the tenth of March eighteen hundred and thirty two and was born in Gloucester County, Virginia 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 June 7th 1832

            That about the year of seventeen hundred and seventy five, or six, as well as he can now recollect

That he entered the Services, of the United States, about the first of May in one of the above dates that he enlisted as a Volunteer under the Command of Captain Thomas Bufort of Bedford County Virginia, that he marched from Bedford County to the levels of Greenbrier River; (now Greenbrier County) the place of General Rendezvous of the army; that when they arrivd there General Andrew Lewis took the Command of the army as commander in of said army; That the army under General Lewis, was marched from Greenbrier to the great Kanawha, and down the Kanawha to the ohio River, that the army encamped, between the junction of Kanawha with the ohio River, that the next morning after their arrival there they were attacked by the Indians, about Sun rise, and that the Battle lasted untill Sun Set [10 Oct 1774], before the indians retreated from us; that the Captain Lieutenant and Ensign under which I enlisted and marched under were all killed in said battle; that I was then put under the command of Captain Pawlin from Bedford County Virginia, that after the battle at the point, the army built a stockade, at point pleasant to put the sick and wounded in, and there was men left sufficient to protect the garrison at that place;

That from point pleasant the balance of General Lewis army pursued the indians, untill they got near to the indians Town; that they then understood that Governor Dunmore of Virginia was there with the indians and had made peace with the Shawnee indians; that this was called the Shawnee expedition [now Lord Dunmore’s War]; That General Lewis army was discharged near the indians Towns; That from the time he entered the service untill his return home again he believes to be five months and a half during that tower of duty:

            That he again enlisted under Captain Christopher Irvin of Bedford County Virginnia about the month of May 1777 and marched from Bedford County in the month of June following against the Cherokee indians; that there place of general rendezvous was at the long Islands on holstein River [sic: Holston River at present Kingsport TN]; That Colonel Christey [sic: William Christian] and Colonel Madison were our colonels, but he believes that Col. Christey was our commander in chief of the army at that plain; That the army marched from the long Islands on holstin River to French Broad River, where they crossed the French Brad River and marched to the Tennesee River, and crossed the Tennesee River and took possession of an indian Town, and remained there untill the indians came in and surrendered to us, from there we marched to another Indian Town and staid there untill they Also surrendered to us, that the army continued to go on from Town to Town untill we met with the north Carolina Troops, when we was informed that the whole of the Cherokee Towns had surrendered and sued for peace; [Treaty of Long Island, 20 July 1777] that he was discharged on the Tennesee River; That from the time that he entered the service untill his return home from service he believes to be upward of six months;

That he was drafted about the last of April or first of May 1778 and marched from Bedford County Virginia under the command of Captain Robert Adams from the County of Bedford to Chiswell lead mines on new River [in present Wythe County VA], for the purpose of guarding those mines, that when they arrived at the lead mines, Colo Charles Lynch was the Commander in Chief of that army. That from the time he left home untill his return back from said Tower of duty he thinks was three months and half during that Tower.

That he again volunteered his services under Captain Nathaniel Tait [or Tate] to go to the South from Bedford County Virginia about the last of May or first of June seventeen hundred and eighty. That he was marched from Bedford County under the said Capt. Tait to hills Borough [sic: Hillsborough] in North Carolina, the place of general rendevous; that General [Horatio] Gates was the commander in Chief at that place, that we remained there some time  that we marched from hillsborough under General Gates to Camden in South Carolina and was at the battle at Gates defeat [16 Aug 1780], and from the battle he returned back to hillsborough in North Carolina, at which place Captain Tait was taken sick, and returned home again,  I was then put under the command of Captain Slaughter a regular officer who belonged to Colo Abraham Buforts [sic: Buford’s] Regiment; that I remained with Captain Slaughter untill about the first of October at which time I was put under the Command of Captain John Graves from Culpepper [sic: Culpeper] County Virginia. the army was again marched from hillsborough to Charlott Town [sic: Charlotte] in North Carolina, at which place General Green [sic: Nathanael Greene on 2 Dec 1780], took the Command of the army; from there General Green marched us to the Cheraw hills in South Carolina, at which place we went into winter quarters; Some short time afterwards, General Stephens [sic: Edward Stevens] was sent off from the Cheraw hills to guard the British and Tory prisoners [captured at Cowpens SC on 17 Jan 1780] into Virginia, that I marched from there Also under General Stephens to guard said prisoners, to Pittsylvania old Court House in Virginia, at which place I was discharged on the 14th day of February 1781. That from the time I entered the service untill my return back home was eight month on the Tower of duty

That he was drafted from the militia of Bedford County about the last of April or first of May 1781 and marched from Bedford County under the command of Captain Chattin Doggitt [or Chatton Doggett] and crossed James River at Carters Ferry and marched to Dandridges old field which I think was in Hanover County Virginia; where the Troop met at that place for general rendevous [16-19 June 1781]; That he believes he was attached to Colo. Holcomb Regiment, and General [Robert] Lawson Brigade  That General Lafayette was the commander in chief at that place; from Dandridges old field, we pursued the british to botoms bridge [sic: Bottoms Bridge on Chickahominy River about 10 miles east of Richmond, 23 June], where we attacked the british, and pursued them on to old James Town on James River; at which place we again fought the British [6 July] untill they got on board of there shipping at that place, from there I was marched to New Kent Court house, under General Lawson at which place I was discharged; that from the time I left home untill my return again was about three months and a half on said Tower of duty. That I received discharges for all my Towers of duty but have lost them all not expecting that they would ever be of any service to me after the war was over; That he took the affidavit of Captain Skelton Taylor of Franklin County Virginia about 1828 or 9 who proved that I was in the battle at the point under General Andrew Lewis, against the Shawnee indians; which affidavit I put in the hands of Capt. James Adams of Pittsylvania with the affidavit of [blank] Nichols who served with me in the South, and was with me at Gates defeat for the purpose of obtaining from the Virginia assembly a pention for me which papers I am informed by said Adams was forward to General B. W. S. Cabell of Pittsylvania county, Va, which affidavits I am informed by said Adams is lost or mislaid, and both of the men whose affidavits I had taken is since dead, that all the officers whom I served under in the revolutionary war is I believe is dead or if any are a living I am not acquainted with their place of residence;

That he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state, Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid            Joseph hisXmark Hundly

 

NOTE: A typed summary states that Hundly lived for many years on his farm in Pittsylvnia County VA until he moved to Franklin County about 1830 with his wife, who was then more than 75 years old.