Declaration by Adam Rickabaugh for a Revolutionary War Pension (September 1832)

Transcribed from microfilm record group M804: Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application Files, National Archives.

The State of Ohio
Gallia County

On this twenty fifth day of September in the year 1832 personally appeared in open Court before the judges of the Court of Common Pleas for Gallia County aforesaid now [sitting] bring a Court of Record Adam Rickabaugh a resident of Raccoon Township Gallia County aforesaid aged seventy one years, the third day of January 1832 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 4 1832--

That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers namely that on or about the first of February 1777 [___] the said Adam Rickabaugh was drafted in the County of Shenandoah State of Virginia for three months and was mustered in a company commanded by Captain John Sceton Lieutenant Obrey Keener Ensign Isaac Gose and were attached to a Regiment under the command of Colonel Brown and the company after being mustered was [__] led to Frederick County Virginia to [____] the British [_____] take[] at the [______] [__] service out the three months and was discharged by Colonel Brown which discharge is lost by time and accident. In a very short time after he was discharged as aforesaid a call was made by the Country for volunteers to guard British prisoners to Philadelphia to be sent from thence to New York, for exchange, by [___] the Company was commanded by Captain Reynolds the company volunteered for three months and served out the tour and on his [____] [____] was discharged by Colonel Brown which discharge is lost by time and accident. Some time in the fall of 1778 volunteers were called for and he volunteered under Captain Michael Reeder the name of the Lieutenant and Ensign by reason of the great length of time that has passed since are not remembered, to dislodge a body of about 300 or 350 Tories at that time collected in the Capon Mountains in the State of Virginia the company was attached to a Regiment commanded by Colonel Abraham Bind[?] and the call was for three months and this force marched to the place and drove of [sic] and dispersed the Tories and returned home, and after serving [?] out his time he received an honorable discharge from the Colonel which is lost by time and accident.

In the spring of 1781 he was drafted in the County of Shannandoah County for three months and mustered under the command of Captain George Prine [?] Lieutenant George [____] and Ensign Frederick Comer and was attached to a Regiment commanded by Colonel McCoy and were ordered to Little York to assist in the attack upon General Cornwallis where he served out his time and was honorable discharged after his return home to the County of Shannandoah by Colonel McCoy which discharge is lost by time and accident.

Soon after the [surrender] of General Cornwallis this [____] was again drafted for eighteen months upon which he hired a substitute by the name of James Goodwill to whom he gave 100 L and received a discharge from General [___] Mullenburgh He was never in any engagement or battle with the enemy

He was born on the third day of January 1761 in Shannandoah County Virginia and resided there until the fall of 1792 when he moved to Lincoln County North Carolina where he lived until the fall of 1795 when he moved to Stokes County North Carolina where he lived until the fall of 1798 when he moved to Rockingham County Virginia where he lived until the fall of 1801 when he moved to Ross County Ohio where he resided until the spring of 1804 when he moved to Raccoon Township Gallia County Ohio, where he has resided ever since and still resides.

He has no record of his age but has always been told by his parents that he was born at the time and place as stated above. He has no documentary evidence and knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify of his service.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension annuity except the present and declares his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.

[Adam's signature]

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid--Francis Selberg Clk.c.c.p.g.c

[for] [John Rickabaugh named crossed out] Robert Safford and [Henry Rickabaugh name crossed out] Reuben Rambo (there being no clergyman residing in the neighborhood with the said Adam Rickabaugh hereby certify that we are well acquainted the said Adam Rickabaugh who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be seventy one years of age that he is reputed and believed to be in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution and that we [concur] in that pension.

[Robt Safford's signature]
[Rueben Rambo's signature]

Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid--Francis Selberg Clk.c.c.p.G.c.

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