William Blackburn of Fairfax Co., Virginia

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William Blackburn's Revolutionary War Pension Application

State of Kentucky, Caldwell County

On this 15th day of October 1832 personally appeared in open court before B. Caldwell, M. D. Rucker, J. C. Livingston, N. Oliver & John W. Marshall Esquires, justicies of the county court of said county and state now sitting in the town of Princeton, William Blackburn a resident of said county and state, aged seventy five years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit after act of Congress issued June 7th 1832.

That he enlisted in the army of the United States in the year 1776 with Captain Andrew Russell for one year and served in the Regimentof the Virginia State line under the following named officers. The regiment was commanded by Colonel Scott and Major Richard Parker (who was afterwards killed at the siege of Charleston). That his Captain was the said Andrew Russell and the Lieutenants of his company were McElhaney and William Lane His ensign was William Smith and he, the applicant was Second Sergeant of the Company

That at the time he enlisted he resided in the county of Fairfax, state of Virginia and entered the service in that county. That the place of rendovouze was Newgate, now Carterville in Fairfax County, and we marched from thence to Dumfries, from thence Falsmouth thence to Fredericksburg, thence to Richmond thence to Williamsburgh where we were stationed awhile, after which we were marched to old Jamestown and crossed the river to a place called Hog's Island, from thence we were marched t o Suffolk & Smithfield, from thence to Portsmouth and across the river to Norfolk and were stationed there awhile from thence we proceeded down the bay to watch the motions of the British, tories and negros, after remaining there awhile we were ordered back to Norfolk and to Williamsburgh. At this time many of us were sick and we remained for a time those that were not sick were ordered Northward to join Gen'l Washington.

After serving out the full tour of the enlistment he was discharged, by his Colonel, but which he has long ago lost. He states that he knows of no person in that county by whom he can prove his service, but there is one Charles L. Broadwater living in the county of Fairfax, state of Virginia if he is not dead since July last, by whom he could prove it, but he has no means of proving his evidence at this time. The said Broadwater went into the Marine Service, but we were well aquainted in the same county and I once in 1826 proved his affidavit to that effect ( which is herewith transmitted) with view to get a pension under the act of 1818 but was afterward informed by a lawyer in Fairfax (Wm. Burton) that I could not suceed unless I was worth less than a (can't read) which then was not the case so the matter lay until now.

He further states that again in the year of 1787, he was still living in the same county of Fairfax and started out to view the Western Country, and after arriving at Pittsburgh, he volunteered and was appointed a sergeant under Captain prince to guard the public stores from Pittsburgh to the falls of the Ohio. That apart is nearly all of Col. Crocketts regiment was in the expedition.. That he was commanded by Col. Zachariah Morgan and Gnl. Clark

That he volunteered for two months but when this time was out, the expired condition of the stores required the further aid of the corps to which he belonged to at least in guarding them and he with others volunteered to remain until they could be spared with safety to the public stores and he remained in the service for five months longer making in allseven months as a volunteer and twelve months as a regular.

He declares that he has no documentary evidence in his possession which would prove his service and he does not know of any person living by whom he can prove his volunteer service but must rest that claim in his character for truth. He hereby relinquished evry claim whatever to a pension or annunity except the present.

He declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state whatever.

And the court so provided the following interrogatories to the applicant as required by the War Department to which he made the following answers.

Question by the Court 1 ---Where and in what year were you born?

Answer - I was born in the county of Fairfax, State of Virginia on the 12th day of Febuary 1757

Question 2--- Have you any record of your age and if so where is it ?

Answer - I had a record of my age in an old Bible in my native county but when I was last there I could not find it.

Question by the Court 3 ---Where were you living when called into service .. where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live?

Answer- I was living in the County of Fairfax when I entered the service. Since then I lived in North Carolina a good many years in Wilkes County and in Tennessee several years and I now live in Caldwell Co., Ky.
I have for the last few years.

Question by the Court --- How were you called into the service were you drafted , did you volunteer or were you a substitute and if a substitute for whom ?

Answer - I enlisted as a regular soldier the first -time and the next I was a volunteer

Question 5 --- State the name of some of the regular officers who were with the troups when you served, (can't read) Contineal Volunteer Regiment, as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your service

Answer - Besides those I have named there were Capt. Sobriggs?, Lt. Watkins - I do not remember particalarly the militia regts. in Virginia there was some drafted militia in the expedition in the falls of Ohio, but where from I do not now know.

By the court Question --- Did you receive a discharge from the service and if so by whom was it signed and what has become of it?

Answer - I did receive a discharge from the regular service, given by Colonel Scott, but which is long ago lost. I received a discharge from the volunteer service.

By the Court 7 --- State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for honesty, and their beliefe of your service as a soldier of the revolution.

Answer - I am known to Rev. James W. Mansfield, Spencer Calvert, Anthony Laughton, William Asher & many others..

Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid         (signed ) William Blackburn
Ja L. Dalland, DC   CCC

Mr. James W. Mansfield clergyman, residing in the county of Caldwell, state of Kentucky and Sam'l Black & John Weeks residing in the same County do hereby certify that we are well aquainted with William Blackburn, who has sworn to and subscribed the above acelamation that we believe him to be seventy five years of age that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood in which he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution, unto that we concur in that opinion.

Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforsaid

Ja L. Dalland    Dc   CCC


J. W. Mansfield

Samuel Black

John Weeks

Kentucky Pension Roll of 1835


William Blackburn



Annual allowance


Sums received


Description of service

Virginia militia

Placed on pension rolls

March 13, 1833

commencement of pension

March 13, 1833



Notes on William Blackburn

William Blackburn signed a petition in 1799 to Establish Wilson Co., Tn. from Sumner Co., Tn.
along with Zebulon Baird and others.


From the book "Corn Stalk" Milita of Kentucky 1792-1811 by G. Glenn Clift

Faced with Indian attacks and the exposed stitution, of the country , the framers of the Constitution, many of them veterans of the Revolutionary War, immediately caused to be written into the document a provision that "The freeman of this Commonwealth shall be armed and disciplined for its defence.

Adjutant General    $100 per annum
Brigade Inspecter    $2 per day
Division Judge Advocate    $2 per day
Brigade Judge Advocate    $2 per day
Regimental Judge Advocate    $2 per day
Provost Martials    $2 per day
Adjutants of Regiments
Drum and Fife Majors
and Clarinetists    $2 per day
Expresses    $1 per day

Livingston County Regiments
24th Regiment first commissions July 1, 1799
Blackburn, William    Adjutant,    24th Regiment August 15, 1799