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Jody, Thanks for your reply. Evelyn Deere Buck was born in Henderson Co. and last time I heard from her about 2 yrs. ago, still lived there. She knew many of the descendants of our James Hardy Deer, Sr., and had accumulated her data over a period of several years. I found her genealogy pamphlet in the library at Lexington. The following is from "War of 1812 Service in South Carolina for James Deer" (also found in the library): "A request made to Military Service Records, National Archives, Washington, DC for all documents in the pension, bounty land and military file for James Deer War of 1812 service in South Carolina produced results. The following information which would interest genealogists was obtained from the requested reproduced records: James Deer, Sr. was born ca. 1786 (aged 65 yrs. 4 Jan. 1851); died 9 Jan. 1851, Henderson Co., Tenn.; married by unnamed justice of the peace on ___ Jan. 1810, in (no place shown) South Carolina to Mary Rodgers, born ca. 1787 (aged 68 yrs. 2 April 1855); resided as an unmarried widow in Henderson Co., Tenn. on 31 Jan. 1856. James Deer resided 65 miles from Georgetown, South Carolina, when he enlisted at Marion Courthouse, SC, as a private on 29 June 1812 in Capt. Samuel Bigham's Co. of Inf., Major John Keith's 5th Detachment of SC State Troops during the War of 1812. He was honorably discharged in Dec. 1812 at Georgetown, SC. John Dyer and B. H. Wheeler residents on 31 Jan. 1856 of Henderson Co., Tenn. knew James and mary (Rodgers) Deer before 1837. James Deer received an 80 acre bounty warrant No. 20-534 (Act 28 Sept. 1850) and mary Deer received an 80 acre bounty warrant No. 25-462 (Act 3 march 1855). No information about children, dates of removal from SC or prior places of residence was found."
I have copies of these bounty land applications. Which of James children are your ancestors? I have some info. for most of them. Would be glad to share. Bettye