Henry Garner Revolutionary War Pension Records
State of Tennessee
On this the sixteenth day of December in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and thirty four, personally appeared in Open Court before this Justice of our Court of Pleas and quarter sessions now setting for said county, Henry Garner as resident of Hardin County State of Tennessee aged about seventy five years 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 June the 7th 1832 – That he was born in Rowan County State of North Carolina in the year 1760 as he is informed and believes having no record of my age cannot say what day and month, whereas I resided before the Revolution – and in the year 1780 as well as he now recollects, he was hired by Sixteen Man to server a tour in the Militia. So I entered the service of the United States as a volunteer soldier and for the Sixteen Man, in Rowan County State of North Carolina under Captain Peter Hetrick and Col. Haynes. Then we marched to Salesberry (Editors Note: Believe this is Salisbury) and there joined Genl. Rutherfords Army. After our joining Genl. Rutherford we marched to Camlet hear we ___ for a long time then we marched to the neighborhood of Charleston, the British having possession of that pace at this time. So we turned our course and marched about forty miles from Camlet where we camp during the winter. So soon as the winter broke up we marched directly back to Salesberry and staid (sp??) there for some time. Then we marched into the state of Virginia where I was discharged. I served in this tour not less than eighteen months. I received a written discharged signed by my Captain but it is now lost or destroyed.
I again entered the service of the United States as a drafted soldier some time in the year 1780 the day and month when I entered not now recollected in Rowan County North Carolina under Captain Frederick Smith and Col. Hayes after our rendezvous which took place in Rowan County we marched to Deep river and there joined General Butler (or Butlis) after our junction with him we marched a within twenty miles of Wilmington North Carolina hear we staid a short time while hear we understood the British was marching to make an attack upon us. So we retreated from this battle & from hear I understood the British marched back to Wilmington and we went to Cross Creek in North Carolina and lay there a short time where I was alas discharged, this was about the time Genl. Washington fought the Battle of Little York from the great length of time can not say the precise time. I cannot say positively how long I served in this campaign but I am certain I served net less than six months for which services I claim a pension. I received a written discharge signed by my captain but it is now lost or destroyed. That he has no documentary evidence and that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his services but he is well acquainted with Charles B. Neilson & Bowan Davy both of my neighborhood they can testify as to my character for veracity good behavior and their belief and the neighborhood belief generally of my being a soldier of the Revoution. He also states that no clergyman resides in his neighborhood consequently can not procure one to testify for him. I hereby relinquish every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity accept the present and declare that my name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state. I continued to reside in Rowan County North Carolina two year after the Revolution and then I moved to the state of Virginia there I lived about eight years then I moved to the state of Kentucky and lived there three months then I moved to East Tennessee and lived there three years then I moved back to Kentucky and I lived there about twenty four years then I moved to Hardin County, Tennessee where I now lives. Given under my hand. Henry (his mark) Garner
Sworn to and subscribed in open court the day and dates aforesaid
Jn. Houston Clk
We Charles B. Nelson and Bowan Davy residing in Hardin County Tennessee and in the neighborhood of Henry Garner hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Henry Garner who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be seventy five years of age that he is respected and believed in the neighborhood where he resided to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion
Sworn & subscribed this day C P Nelson
And year aforesaid B. Davy
Jn Houston Clk
And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogations prescribed by the War Department that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he stated and the court further certifies that it appears to them that Charles B. Nelson and Bowan Davy who signed the preceeding certificates is residents in Hardin County Tennessee and is credible persons and that their statement is entitled to credit
Wm K Blakely JP
Saml Houston Clk
John Buie JP
I John Houston Clerk of the Court of Pleas and quarter sessions for said county do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the Original proceedings in the matter of the application of Henry Garner for a Pension.
In testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and applied my seal of office in Savannah this 16th day of December 1834
John Houston Clerk
Savannah 17 Dec 1834
Enclosed you will receive the Declaration of Henry Garner of Hardin County for a pension, please have the same attended to immediately and inform john Houston Clerk of the County Court of this county the result by doing so you will obli(??) your
Old Friend H. Garner
I am yours respectfully
Savannah Tenn June 6 1835
Hon L. Cross
I have been requested to address an inquiry to ascertain whether or not the amended declaration of Henry Garner an applicant for a pension has been rec’d. He infor rec’d he put it sin the post office some time since but has heard nothing of it since . I promised to make the inquiry & you can answer it if certainly erroriant.
Inclosed you will find two declarations for pension in Galation to which you will please address now. They are anxious to hear from than early(???).