The following is the text of an affidavit made by William Drennan (1768-1847) of Sangamon County, Illinois in 1846 on behalf of Rachel Laughlin in order to help her obtain a pension based on the Revolutionary War service of her husband, James Laughlin. The pension file number is R6184. There is also an affidavit made by William's wife, Mary Thomas Drennan, in the file. I will post that later.
William's affidavit, in which he states that he was in Abbeville District during the Revolution and only moved up into Pendleton in 1789, supports the supposition that his father was the older William Drennan who was in Abbeville during the Revolution but in the 1790 census of Pendleton with a large family- the younger William was still an unmarried man in 1790, and undoubtedly in his father's household.
James B. Easley, the justice who wrote the affidavit, was a son-in-law of Joseph Dodds, William Drennan's character witness. Likewise, Joseph Dodds was a son-in-law of William Drennan.
State of Illinois}
Be it known that on this 28th day of Nov. 1846 Before me James B Easley a Justice of the Peace in and for said county personally appeared William Drennan of the county & state aforesaid aged 78 years next April and made oath in due form of Law That During the time of the Revolutionary war he lived in Abbeyville [sic] below Pendleton S. Carolina and moved up into Pendleton about 1789 and on the 1st March 1790 he booked the the [sic] first charge [?- not sure if "charge" is correct, but "booked" is- REC] for Blacksmith work, and was personally acquainted with James Laughlin and Rachel Laughlin his wife then living in Pendleton District so called in South Carolina
That he lived only three miles from them where [sic- probably "when" was intended]they were married This was from the year 1789 to the year 1801 say ["ten" is written and struck out] or [sic- no doubt James intended to strike out "or" with "ten"] 12 years when they moved from that Neighborhood to Calwell [sic- Caldwell] County Ky. where he lived near Neighbot to him during the remainer of his life saving one year say to 1816 when the said James Laughlin Died and left a widow who he believes is still living in Osage County in the Sate of Missouri That The Reason he is positive in Relation to the time and fact of their marriage is from the following facts That when he was young he was put out to learn the Black-smiths trade he afterwards worked Journeymans work about seven montha and then he set up for himself in a shop and the first work he booked after he set up a shop for himself was on the 1st day ["in" was written and struck out] March Seventeen hundred and Ninety (1790) [sic] and he was acquainted with James Laughlin and Rachel Dalrymple at that time and they were not then married. -and in the year 1792 he the said William was married to Mary Thomas the same person with whom he is now living - and between the month of March in the year 1790 and September 1792 when he married Mary Thomas the said James Laughlin and Rachel Dalrymple got married and he recollects distinctly another fact that it was a great gathering, they were married at her Fathers Samuel Dalrymple's it was a common sized House with Porch and there were a great many more than could get into the House and Porch - That the said James Laughlin and Rachel his wife had lived Neighbors to him since they were married to the time of said Laughlins Death That his wife was with the said Rachel Laughlin at the time she had ["several children he believes" was written and struck out- no doubt William's wife corrected him on that] her youngest child That he distinctly remembers seeing James Laughlin and Rachel Dalrymple married as he stood within four feet of them when they stood up to be married That he is not Positive as to the day or month but from the fact of his being single and on the lookout [for a wife, probably- REC] and having an invitation to the wedding he cheerfully accepted and went-
Relative to James Laughlin being in the service he cannot state he actually served one day - But is as certain he was in the war and at the Battle of Hanging Rock as anything that he did not see with his eyes - That he fully believes that the said James Laughlin served at least two years ["at least two years" is underlined] in the war but in making up the two years or more he was out in different times during most of the war That Sumpter was his General, Moffitt was his captn. or col. That he was acquainted with Col. Moffitt who lived in York and afterwards moved into [start page 3] into [sic] Pendleton District = Furthermore the deponent says not. All of which the said William Drennan distinctly recollects and can testify to without reserve this 28 day of November 1846
Sworn to before me}
James B. Easley A Justice} [signed] William Drennan
of the Peace}
witness [signed] Nch Weight
I Joseph Dodds of Sangamon county Illinois do certify that I have been acquainted with William Drennan whose affidavit appears above now above 40 years that he was one of the County Court [sic] of this Sangamon County Ills for some years when it was organized say about 22 or 23 years ago [the county was organized in 1821- REC] and that he is a a [sic] Respectable citizen and his statements entitled to full credit- That he has heard him often years ago related many all that he has stated in the above affidavit [sic]
Sworn to this 28 day of Nov 1846.
James B.. Easley [signed] Joseph Dodds
A Justice of the Peace
witness [signed] Nch Weight
State of Illinois}
I Noah W Matheny Clerk of the County Commissioners Court in and for said county do hereby certify that I am personally acquainted with William Drennan and Joseph Dodds whose affidavits appear above and know them to be men of the first respecability and know them to be of the early settlers of this Sangamon County and their statements entitled to entire confidence
Also I certify that James B Easley before whom they testified is a magistrate duly qualified to act in that capacity
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal of office at Springfield Ills this 7th day of December 1846
[The following is written vertically across the bottom of the last page]
Rachel Laughlin (Case)
N W Matheny clerk
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