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William Deaver, Revolutionar War Soldier
Posted by: Margaret Nichol Date: February 20, 2001 at 09:16:25
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William Deaver is not my lineage but I had researched him and his line before I was able to confirm my lineage. The following is a record of his Revolutionary War Pension application that, if you do not have his application, you might be interested in. It was copied from Mississippi Genealogical Exchange, dated 3 Jan 1755-57, page 63:

Virginia, Deaver, William S.6, 791
North Carolina, Buncombe County...19 Oct 1832 appeared William Deaver, resident of Buncombe County, age seventy years, or now in his seventiety yr. Last of Oct. or first of Nov. 1780 was mustered into service and marched from where he lived in Amherst Co. to Albemarle Co., Virginia to guard Burgoyne's prisoners, 3 mos. His Lieut. this four was Bartlett Eades. About 1 Feb, or 1 March 1781, he volunteered in Capt. James Dillard's company. March from Amherst Courthouse, Va. and joined Gen. Greene at the Troublesome Ireworks in N.C. the day after the Battle of Guilford. Then, as a rifleman was attached to Col. Washington's Light Infantry; remained until Cornwallice took shipping. Dischgd; returned home. In June or July joined Militia on his own. Tour under Capt. James Loving. Joined Gen. Wayne on Mabbin Hill, Jaames River; there to Williamsburg, to York. There when Cornwallis surrendered. Dischged, went home.
Born on Susquenhannah River, Maryland 1763. Have record handed down by my parents. Lived in Amherst County, Va., when called into service. Since War in North Carolina, and now in Buncombe County.
Referred to Col. Robert Love and Robert Henry, who testified for him.
Haywood Co., N.C. Robert Love of said county...well acquainted with William Deaver since 1792 or 1793; lived near neighbor to him, but has now removed to adjoining county, a distance of 26 mi. 2nd April 1833.
Mississippi, Marshall County..William Deaver appeared, 5th March 1853. Reason for removing to Mississippi is that he was old and infirm, left destitute in North Carolina by death of his son, Reuben Deaver. Removed to Marshall Co., Mississippi to the residence of his son, Elijah Deaver.
Mississippi, Marshall Co.,...Asaph Willson made affidavit that he was acquainted with William Deaver before his removal from North Carolina, 5 Mar. 1853.
Elijah Deaver wrote from Early G. (Grove) Marshall Co., Mississippi, 25 Jul 1853 inquiring about transfer of pension.
On Mississippi Roll at $40 per annum from March 4th 1831.

An interesting footnote to the above is an article I ran across recently on the excavation that is being done at the site of the William Deaver House in Transylvania County, North Carolina. It is said to be one of western North Carolina's finest surviving examples of early mid ninetheenth century architecture. You might be interested in reading the page in more detail. (Transylvanie County was formed from Henderson and Jackson Counties. Henderson County was formed from Buncombe; and Jackson County was formed from Haywood and Macon)


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