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Application for Pension of John Boatwright
Born 1764, Amhurst County, Virginia

National Archives M805-0101, S. 5290

Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.


On this fifteenth day of April 1833, personally appeared in open Court before the Justices 
of the Peace of said County, now sitting, John Boatwright, a resident of said County and 
State aforesaid, aged sixty nine years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on 
his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of an Act of Congress 
passed June 7th 1832.  That he entered the service of the United States in the Virginia 
Militia as a private soldier some time in the winter of 1781, the particular date not recalled 
and served under the command of Capt Creed Haskins from Cumberland County, where he then
resided.  He marched from Cumberland County to Suffolk, thence to the Long Bridge, near 
Butsmouth, and in that neighborhood had several skirmishes with the British, thence to Gen 
Gregorys Station where the troops remained a few days and returned to Gen Muhlenbergs 
Station near Suffolk, from thence he marched up James River and was discharged at Chuckaluck 
mills, having served a tour of three months, , the field officers in command during this tour 
were Col Posey, Dalman or Dourman and Parker.  In a short time during the same year he was 
again called into the service as a private or soldier in the Virginia Militia in the same 
service and from the same County of Cumberland, under the Command of Capt William Merideth, 
marched to the _____ of Manchester, where they ____ and joined Bacon Station in Chesterfield 
County in said State and served a tour of two months where he was discharged in said State.  
After this last tour in the same year he was again called into the service as a private or 
soldier in the Virginia Militia in the United States service, from the same County of 
Cumberland in the said State and marched under Capt Seymore Scott to York and was there at 
the seige and engaged in that transaction, and served during this tour two months and was 
discharged near York in said State of Virginia.  He the said declarant further states that 
he was born in the county of Amhurst in Virginia as he believes in the year 1764, he has 
a ____ age in too popepion(?) in his bible.  He lived at the time he was called into service, 
in the County of Cumberland in Virginia, and has since the year 1797 lived in the County of 
Prince Edward, where he still lives, he was called into service each time and was drafted in 
his own place.  The names of the officers regulars he believes who were in command over the 
troops with whom he served in the first tour were Cols Posey, Dolman or Downman and Parker, 
Genl Muchlenburg and Gregory, in his second Baron Struben, in his third Gen Lawson Marquis 
Lafayette & Washington, he has no written discharge of his service, they were, he believes, 
verbal by the Captain who was in Command over him in each tour after his term of service had 
expired.  He names as persons who are acquainted with him in his present neighborhood and 
who can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief of his services as a soldier 
of the revolution, John Treggco, Nathaniel Pesciek, Edward Booker, Charles Fare, Joseph Todd, 
Joseph Bonford, Charles Balkison, William Nenuble, Samuel C Anderson and the Rev Wm Johnson.

  (All names questionable)

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever of 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.

John Boatwright

March 21, 1933 John Boatwright-S.5290 BA-J/AWF Mrs. J.W. Meehan 420 Fulton Street Mount Vernon, Washington Dear Madam: Reference is made to your request for information in regard to John Boatwright, a Revolutionary War Pensioner of Prince Edward County, Virginia. The data contained herein were obtained from the papers on file in pension claim, S.5290, based upon the Revolutionary War service of John Boatwright. He was born in the year 1764 in Amherst County, Virginia; the names of his parents are not given. John Boatwright enlisted, while residing in Cumberland County, Virginia and served as a private with the Virginia troops, as follows - in 1781, three months in Captain Creed Haskins' company, Colonel Posey's regiment, and was in several skirmishes with the British; in 1781, two months in Captain William Meredith's company under Baron Steuben; in 1781, two months in Captain Seymour Scott's company, and was in the siege of Yorktown. He was allowed pension on his application executed April 15, 1833, while a resident of Prince Edward County, Virginia, where he had lived since 1797. There are no data in this claim relative to his family. In order to obtain the date of last payment of pension, the name and address to whom sent and possibly the date of death of the Revolutionary War pensioner, John Boatwright, you should apply to the Comptroller General, General Accounting Office, Records Division, Washington, D.C., citing all the following data - John Boatwright Certificate No 12494 Issued May 3, 1833 Rate $23.33 per annum To commence March 4, 1831 Act of June 7th 1832 Virginia Agency Very truly yours, A.D. HILLER Assistant to Administrator

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