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Revolutionary War Pension of Thomas Hargis
Posted by: Diane Jones (ID *****9902) Date: August 25, 2006 at 19:46:49
  of 1724

I have obtained from the National Archives the Rev. War pension for Thomas Hargis of Person County, NC. I have transcribed his declaration made in 1832 from the pension documents.
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Pension documents of Thomas Hargis' Revolutionary War service
Revolutionary Claim Act June 7, 1832
Certificate #13009, Issued June 24, 1833
Rate $48.50 per annum
Thomas Hargis of Person Co., North Carolina
Sergt. & Capt in the Regt commanded by Col. Ramsay in the North Carolina line for 7 mos. & 5 days.

Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress, passed June 7, 1832 ~

State of North Carolina )
Person County        )
       On the 18th day September 1832, personally appeared in open court before the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of the County aforesaid, now sitting, Thomas Hargis Sen'r, a resident of the County afores'd aged Eighty years on 26th day of April 1832, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed Jun 7th 1832. ~
       That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, & served as herein stated.
       The declarant volunteered for the term of three months in Militia of North Carolina some time between 1775 and 1778, the particular year he does not recollect. He then resided where he does now, but at that time the said County of Person formed part of Orange County in said State. His company was organized at Hillsborough N.C. under Capt Farquhar & Lieutenant Shadrach Hargis. Field officers were Col. Ramsey & Col. Moore. - He was marched on an expedition to the western part of North Carolina for the purpose of suppressing the Indians in that quarter. When he reached Sebrin? Creek, it was ascertained that their services were not required - whereupon he was marched back to Hillsboro. After his said Tour or term of service expired, he was discharged at Hillsboro afores'd - His discharge, if he obtained a written one, is lost. Afterwards the declarant having the wood works of a new waggon, John Douglas Esq'r then of Orange County, took it & secured it for the benefit of the American troops, in lieu of a three month's tour on the part of the declarant. When the British forces, under Lord Cornwallis, were pursuing Gen'l Green across North Carolina towards Virginia, - Col. Moore, of the North Carolina Militia, then of Orange, directed the declarant, who was a Captain of a militia company in his neighborhood, to raise a volunteer company, for a three month's tour, if possible - & proceed to reconnoiter the British in their way to Virginia under Cornwallis. The declarant accordingly held a call muster in his neighborhood and obtained some volunteers for the said service, & the next day his men were directed to meet at David Vanhook's, then in Orange County, now in Person, for the purpose of organizing & marching. In the forenoon of that day, when the declarant was engaged at the said David Vanhook's, in organizing his said company - the British Col. Tarlton rushed on him at the head of his troop of Horse and took the declarant & several of his men prisoners - then the British took from him his horse, bridle & saddle - his rifle - gun shot & etc and conveyed him on towards Hillsboro by the declarant's dwelling house. Then they took every thing of the declarant's that was considered useful to them, together with 13 or 14 head of cattle. He was carried to Hillsboro & there lodged in Jail for a few days: thence he was removed as a prisoner to the neighbourhood of the Battle of Guilford in March 1781; - was in hearing of that Battle; about eight days after that Battle, he was carried as a prisoner by the British, on to Bell's Mills on Dup river in Randolph County - when he, not being well able to travel, was discharged on parol & returned home. He was taken prisoner at Vanhook's, by Col. Tarlton's Troop of Horse, on the 14th day of February 1781, and got home from Bell's Mills aforesaid sometime in April following. How long he was prisoner, he cannot precisely recollect -
       Early in the Fall of that year, as soon as the news of the capture of Hillsboro & Governor Burke, by the Tories, was known - the declarant again volunteered for the Term of three months; - and marched in pursuit of the Tories for the purpose, if possible, of re-taking from them the Governor of his State - under Capt Shadrach Hargis. Field officers were Gen'l Butler and Col. Moore. They marched to the neighborhood of Wilmington, No. Ca. when they had a skirmish with the British. In that engagement, Gen'l Butler's horse ran off with the Gen'l as it was rumored - but this declarant then thought & still thinks that it was the General, and not the horse, that was the author of the blunder. Out of about five hundred Americans, nearly three hundred retreated before the Enemy, with Gen'l Butler and his horse - and after the falling back of the Americans, the declarant chose? several Guns - believing that if he again should fall into the hands of the enemy, that death would inevitably be his fate; as he had violated his parol, in again taking up arms in the cause of American Independence. - After the said term of service expired, the declarant was discharged on the 7th November 1781 - as will appear by the written discharge hereunto annexed - given to him by Col. Moore. -
       In the declarant's afores'd expedition against the Indians, the declarant was sergeant of his company. -
       He was born 26th April 1752, in Fairfax County in the State of Virginia - and was removed by his Father, when a youth, to the neighbourhood where he now resides - & where he hath ever since resided. He hath a Register of his age, which is a copy of his Father's Register of the ages of the members of his family - which copy is hereby appended. [Note: Register was not included in pension file so it may not exist anymore]
       He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present - and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State, so far as he hath knowledge.
       Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid.
Jesse Dickens [Clerk?]                            Thomas Hargis
We, Lewis Amis, a Clergyman of the County of Person & State of North Carolina, William McKissick & John Barnett residing in the same County & State, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Thomas Hargis Sen'r who hath subscribed & sworn to the above declaration, that we believe him to be eighty years old; that he is reputed and believed, in the neighbourhood where he resides, to have been a soldier in the Revolutionary War and that we concur in that opinion.
       Sworn to & subscribed that day & year afores'd. -
Jesse Dickens Clerk?                            Lewis Amis
                                          Wm McKissick
                                          John Barnett
And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion, after the investigation of the matter, & after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier, & served as he states. And the Court further certifies that it appears unto them that Lewis Amis who hath signed the preceding certificate, is a Clergyman, resident in the County of Person & State of North Carolina - and that William McKissack & John Barnett, who have also signed the same, are residents in the County & State aforesaid - & are credible persons - & that their statement is entitled to credit.
                                          R VanHook [CWP?]
I, Jesse Dickins, Clerk of the the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, of the County of Person and State of North Carolina, do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application of Thomas Hargis Sen'r for a pension.
       In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & seal of office this the 18th day of Sept and A.D. 1832. -        
                                          Jesse Dickins Clerk
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I will post other documents as I transcribe them.
Diane Jones


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