James Davis




State of Tennessee, Hamilton County.  On this 28th day of August 1832 personally appeared in open Court before the Worshipful Justices of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for Hamilton County now sitting James Davis a resident of said County and state aforesaid, aged seventy one years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on this oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress, passed June 7th 1832.


That he enter the service of the United Stated under the following named officers and served as herein stated that I to say, as a volunteer under Captain John Keys a militia Captain in Wilkes County North Carolina under whom he served three months in scouting, being at home a few days during said three months with leave of the Captain, he next entered the service under Capt. Smith as a ranger he believes in Burke County North Carolina and was posted except when ranging about five months, Capt. Smith was highest in command at this fort who discharged this applicant at the fort the name of the fort not recollected.  This applicant next entered the service under Capt. Gorden in Wilkes County NC as a drafted man, having been classed and served under said Capt. Gorden and Lieutenant Witherspoon who marched the Waxhaw Creek where Col. Malbury met us and took command of the Regiment and marched from Waxhaw Creek to the high hills of Santee where we joined headquarters under General Greene where the army lay some time and the British on the opposite side of the river.  This applicant then marched with the army to the Eutaw springs and was engaged in the battle at that place where General Greene commanded about the close of the battle this applicant recollects that he assisted in carrying out a Capt. Wolford who was shot through the thigh and who soon afterwards died.  This Capt. Woolford was of the Virginia line as this applicant understood.  He understood him to be a Captain in the regular service at any rate; this applicant after the battle of Eutaw springs was marched as one of the guard over the prisoners to Cambden (or Camden) and then to Salisbury in NC where this applicant was discharged by Col. Locke.  This applicant knows he served three months this term, and thinks he served six months but will not be certain.  This applicant soon after being discharged by Col. Locke volunteered under Capt. Pendleton Isbel and marched under him down the Adkin river to below the shallow ford sixty or seventy miles from whence we returned without effecting any thing this expedition lasted about six weeks and this applicant was dismissed by Capt. Isbel.


This declarant further states that before the expedition to the Eutaw springs he volunteered under Col. Cleveland in Wilkes County NC and served an expedition under him to Cryders Old fort in Burke County NC and perhaps twenty five or thirty miles further to Catawba River and down it and then returned home destroying the property of the Tories in our route by order of Col. Cleveland.  He served this term about six weeks his Lieutenants name was Jesse Coffee, his Captains name he does not remember.  This applicant was in several scouting parties during the Revolution about which he has no distinct recollection.  He believes that during the Revolutionary War he actually served in all about thirteen or fourteen months, and was in but one general engagement at the Eutaw springs but was in several skirmishes at different times. 


This applicant says he was born in Fauquier County in Virginia but has no record of his age.  From the best accounts by his father and mother at the time of his marriage and the time since will make him seventy one years of age at this time.  This applicant has stated where he was living when he entered the service, after the war he removed to Greene County in the state of Tennessee, where he resided about fourteen or fifteen years perhaps not so long he moved from there to Knox County state aforesaid, where he resided between ten and fifteen years.  He removed from there to Campbell County Tennessee and resided there about two years.  He removed from there to White County Tennessee where he resided about twelve years.  He then removed to Jackson County Alabama and resided there two years, from there to Marion County Tennessee and resided there five years from there to Hamilton County Tennessee where he still resided and has resided for about the last nine years.


He has stated all he recollects about the regular officers and all the general circumstances of his services.


He has long since lost his discharges and has no documentary evidence to produce.  He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is no on the pension roll of the Agency of any State in the United States.



Sworn and Subscribed                                           James X Davis

The day and year aforesaid                                      Mark


We George McGwier and Asahel Rawlings resident of the County and state aforesaid hereby certify that we are well acquainted with James Davis who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration, that we believe him to be seventy-one years of age.  That he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.


Sworn and subscribed                                            George McGwier

The day and year aforesaid                           Asahel Rawlings


And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier.



State of Tennessee, Hamilton. On this 4th day of March 1844, personally appeared before the court of said county now in Session (which court is a court of record, Mary Davis a resident of Hamilton County aforesaid aged seventy eight years to be the best of her knowledge she having no record of her age and being entirely illiterate cannot state the date of her birth, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provisions made by the acts of

Congress passed July 7th 1838 and the 23rd if August 1842 granting pensions to widows of persons who served during the Revolutionary War, that she is the widow of James Davis who was a private in the army of the Revolution that he served under Captain Gorden of the ___ Regiment commanded by Col. Malberry and that the annual amount of pension which he received was forty three dollars and thirty three cents.  She also declared that she was married to said James Davis at about the age of sixteen years or about sixty two years ago.  She recollects that her said husband served in one campaign under Col. Cleveland after her marriage with him, but his service under Col. Malberry was before.  She also states that her said husband James Davis died on the 9th day of December 1843 that she was married to him prior to his last service but not prior to his first service the marriage took place previous to the first of January 1784 to wit as above stated.   She further declares that she has not married since the death of her said husband James Davis but still remains and now is a widow.


Sworn to and subscribed                                                        Her

In open court the 4th day                                            Mary   X   Davis

Of March 1844                                                                        Mark

Test.  Asahel Rawlings, clerk


State of Tennessee Hamilton County.  I Cornelius Millikan an acting justice of the Peace in and for the county aforesaid do certify that I am and have been for about twenty three years during all of which time personally acquainted with Mary Davis named in and to the foregoing declaration and that she is the reputed widow of James Davis late of this county now deceased who was a Revolutionary Pensioner of the United States.


Sworn to and subscribed                                            Cornelius Millikan

In open court this 4th                                                  Justice of the Peace

Day of March 1844

Test.  Asahel Rawlings, clerk


State of Tennessee, Hamilton County, March Session 1844.  I Asahel Rawlings clerk of the county court of Hamilton County aforesaid held at Harrison in and for said county.  Do herby certify that Satisfactory evidence has been exhibited in said court that James Davis was a Revolutionary Pensioner of the United States at the rate of forty three dollars and thirty three cents per annum and was a resident of this county.

Submitted by Phebe Morgan