MIL-REV: 1833 Ralph Rodgers Pension Application

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  • Title MIL-REV: 1833 Ralph Rodgers Pension Application 
    Short Title MIL-REV: 1833 Ralph Rodgers Pension Application 
    Author NARA, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, Roll M804 
    Call Number Case File S.4788 
    Repository NARA: National Archives and Records Administration (USA) 
    Source ID S200 

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    State of Tennessee
    Jackson County

    May County Court 1833

    On the 14th day of May 1833 appeared in open Court before the worshipful John Graham, John McCarver & Tandy R. Witcher Presiding Justices of sd. Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions for sd. County of Jackson, Ralph Rodgers aged Seventy three years in March 1833 who being first duly sworn according to Law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of an Act of Congress passed June 7 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named Officers & served as herein stated. In 1777 in the latter part of July he volunteered under one Captain Robert Lusk for a two month tour in that Part of South Carolina now called Pendleton District & proceeded from home to a part called Seneca Fort on Seneca River, afterwards called Fort Rutledge about 140 miles from where he lived & remained at the Fort until about the first of January – while at this place was beneifically engaged in building the fort called fort Rutledge – He thinks there was a Capt Fall & Capt Moore at this fort – from thence he was discharged and went home after serving five months (although he ___ only for two months) & received no written discharge from any Officer. In May 1778 he substituted for his brother Clayton Rodgers under Capt Lacy and started for Florida when he got as far as Amsterdam River they were overtaken by Capt Lusk, whose company then at the sd. River he was attached to Browns Regiment Gen. Williamson commander – After getting as far as St. Marys River there were over 600 men chosen to go on to Browns Breast works, he thinks about 25 miles distance commanded by Maj. Pickens – remained there but a few days before they started home again – he rec’d no discharge that he recollects of & got home sometime in September making

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    four months service. In January 1779 he had gone to Charleston, about 220 miles with his waggon & team to go to Bufords Island 60 or 70 miles South of Charleston, stayed there about a month & returned to Charleston, then after remaining at Charleston two or three weeks went to Orangeburg with about twenty two waggons in Company. After remaining at Orangeburg sometimes hauling provisions in for the Army he went home about the first of June after serving five months. Gov. Rutledge was at this place with the upper country malitia – Applicant was in the service during almost the whole of the year 1780 in Sumpters Army. He volunteered this year under Capt. Barnett & Col. Neal the latter was killed at Rocky Mount in which battle he was, he thinks, in August, from thence he went to Hanging Rock. Another battle under Gen. Sumpter, Col Hill & Maj. Wynill & Capt Jamison he now recollects were wounded at Hanging Rock with whom he was acquainted. He was not at Sumpter’s defeat, but after going home for clothing joined him, at Charlotte, & was with him in a battle in October at a place called Black Stock, on Tiger River, here Gen. Sumpter was wounded and retreated or crossed the Tiger River. After this he still remained in Sumpters Army – went awhile over to N. Carolina to wait on Gen. Sumpter while wounded. Soon as he was able to ride perhaps in the forepart of the year 1781 went on to Congri’s fort on Congour River, from thence to ____ Thompson's, then through by the Big Savanna & took 16 waggons from the British generally firing & scouting the country, from Thompsons went down to the Santee followed by Lord Rowden & forced to swim the River at Hoods from thence proceeded towards Rytts Bluff

    ["Capt. Barnett" likely to be the same Capt. Humphrey Barnett referenced in John Darwin's Pension Application

    "Capt. Jamison" = Captain Joseph Jamieson; see 1844: Affidavit of Joseph Jamieson

    "Congour River" = Congaree River, South Carolina

    "Rytts Bluff" = Wrights Bluff, Clarendon County, SC; skirmish was on 27 February 1781.

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    This was no regular march of the army but a confined state of things through the country and proceeded through the country crossing Black River & turned up to Rattiffs where we were attacked by the British & forced them to retreat, from thence went home. These tours was twelve months or more but he will only say twelve months as he cannot particularly distinguish them. In the Spring of 1781 in the months of March and April he served a tour of two months and a receipt from Lieut. Carr. Went to fort Mott & from thence to Orangeburg & was at the taking of Orangeburg, from thence to Dorchester to near Jacksonboro. Then went towards home. In the year 1782 was in another two months tour under a Lieutenant Darwin & a Capt. Hannah who commanded the Regiment. Gen. Henderson commanded the Army – This was in Orangeburg District engaged altogether in scouting the Country – Cannot recollect the month but is confident of his service of two months.

    In the year 1780 & for part of the year 1781 where applicant has given twelve months certainly he cannot from his infirmity & loss of memory give the dates & separate tours – he knows that he served upwards of twelve months in that time but for great caution & certainty he has put it for twelve months only – In all his services as a soldier of the Revolution he was in actual service thirty months for which he claims a pension was a volunteer or a private in all his services except the tour of 1778 when he substituted for his brother Clayton Rodgers, He was born in the State of New Jersey near Trenton in March 1760 & has a record of his age he made from the information of his parents while living in South Carolina which he has in his possession. From the State of New

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    Jersey his parents moved to South Carolina where he lived the whole time he was in this service. In 1805 he moved from South Carolina to Jackson County Tennessee where he now lives. He has stated as many facts as he can recollect as to his service he was acquainted with Col. Hampton who was attached to the State troops – never rec'd any discharge from any officer for any of his tours. Jonas Griffith and George C. Darwin are acquainted with him, believe him to have been a Revolutionary Soldier (they living his neighbors & will testify to his character for ? , has no documentary evidence nor does he know of any living witness by whom he confirm his service in this country or elsewhere to his knowledge.

    He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity except the present & declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any state to his Knowledge.

    Sworn to & subscribed
    day & year aforesaid

    Ralph Rodgers (his mark)

    William Gailbreath Clark
    Of Jackson County Court

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    We Jonas Griffith a clergyman residing in Jackson County Tennessee & George C. Darwin of sd. County hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Ralph Rodgers who has subscribed & sworn to the above Declaration – that we believe him to be Seventy three years of age, that he is reputed & believed in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a Soldier of the Revolution, that we concur in that Opinion

    Sworn to & subscribed the
    day & year aforesaid

    Jonas Griffith
    Geo. C Darwin

    William Gailbreath Clark of Jackson County Court
    And the sd. Court do hereby declare their opinion after an investigation of the matter & after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department that the above applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier and served as he states, & the Court further certifies that it appears to them that Jonas Griffith who has signed the preceding certificate is a clergyman resident in the county & state aforesaid & that George C. Darwin who has also signed the same is also a resident in sd. County & state & that their statement is entitled to credit.

    John McCarver
    John Graham
    Tandy K. Witcher

    I William Gailbreath clk of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions for Jackson County do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the ___ Court in the matter of the Application of Ralph Rodgers for a Pension

    In Testimony whereof I have hereunto
    set my hand & applied by seal
    of Office at Office this 14th day
    of May 1833

    William Gailbreath
    Clerk of Jackson County Court
    Linked to George Cowan DARWIN
    John McCARVER 

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  •  Notes 
    • Filed from Jackson County, Tennessee, a year before the similar 1834 - Revolutionary War Pension Application of John Darwin 2.8, the document is of note not only for mentioning Rodger's service under Lieutenant Darwin (on page 3), but was also witnessed and signed by George Cowan Darwin (3.12), a son of James Darwin (2.5) and nephew of John Darwin (2.8). Moreover, it is possible (but not yet demonstrated) that the John McCarver , named herein as a Justice of Jackson County, is the same John McCarver who was husband to George Cowan Darwin's sister, Margaret Darwin (3.17).

      Additionally, Rodger's Pension Application makes reference to Captain (James) Jamieson, whose brother Joseph Jamieson also refers to Lieutenant Darwin in the 1844 Affidavit of Joseph Jamieson.

      Uncertain readings in the transcription are underlined .