Pension Application of Stephen King: S5551
Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris
State of Virginia}
County of Franklin} S. S.
On the 3rd day of December 1832 personally appeared in open court before the justices of the county court of Franklin now sitting Stephen King a resident of said county in the state aforesaid aged about eighty 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 act of Congress passed June 7th 1832
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated. –
that he volunteered under Capt. James Shelton of the County of Henry where he then resided to perform a tour of three months against the Tories, the time not recollected, And was marched through the western part of said county (now Patrick) and was stationed at the Flower Gap [now in Carroll County], where he served out the term of his enlistment and was discharged.
That he afterwards substituted for one John McGee [sic: McGhee] for a tour of eighteen months and joined General Green’s [sic: Nathanael Greene] army between Salisbury [North Carolina] and Peedee [sic: Pee Dee River] a short time after Gates defeat [at the Battle of Camden, 16 Aug 1780] and was placed under Kosciusko [sic: Col. Thaddeus Kosciuszko] who commanded a company of Pioneers [sic: probably “engineers” was intended] and marched under him to the Cheraw Hills where they were joined by the army and he was placed under the command of Capt Daniel Richardson. That he remained with the army at the Cheraw’s during the winter & marched with it the following spring on its route to Virginia, but was discharged as he believes in North Carolina and returned home, when he was drafted to serve another term of three months, and marched from the same county under Capt. Shaw [probably Samuel Shaw of Henry County VA] with the design of joining Genl Green’s army, which they did the day after the battle of Guilford [sic: Battle of Guilford Courthouse, 15 March 1781], and marched down Deep River & was stationed at Ransour’s Mill [sic: Ramseur’s Mill, now Lincolnton in Lincoln County NC]. His company left the army at that point and returned to Virginia & he was discharged as well as he now recollects at Pytsilvania [sic: Pittsylvania] Court House after having served about ten week’s. He was in no engagement except a slight skirmish at the crossing of Peedee and was near the battle of Guilford but not in the engagement. He received his discharges regularly after serving the several tour’s before mentioned which have since been lost or mislaid, and he has no certain recollection of their dates or the names of the individuals by whom they were signed. He served in all about fifteen months –
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present & declares his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state
The testimony of Lewis Franklin, Phillip Anglin and John P. Pyrtle prove the above services as he has been able to do the same at this distant period. [signed] Stephen King