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from the research notes of Francis Thomas

S 21458
Service: N. C.
Born in N. C.

A declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June the 7th 1832

State of Tennessee
Perry County
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions July Term 1834

On this 21st day of July 1834 personally appeared before the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the County of Perry Philip Rushing a resident of Rushings Creek in Perry County State of Tennessee aged 78 years who being first 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 entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as hereinafter stated

This declarent entered the service of the United States under Captain John Jackson the declarent being the Ensign of said Company in Anson County in the State of North Carolina from thence marched to Gilbert Town N. Carolina from thence to Pleasant Garden at the head of the Catawba from thence into the Indian Nation on the Hiwassee River from thence to the Vally Towns where some of our men were out fowling and the Indians came upon them and killed three of them [one of whose names was Turner he believes] from thence was marched home by way of Pleasant Garden declarent served this tour the term of three months as Ensign the declarent thinks this tour was performed in the latter end of the year 1776 but owing to old age he cannot recollect precisely his

Major's name was Davidson Col. David Lane his col. and General Rutherford was his general. This declarent again volunteered under Captain Stephen Jackson in the year 1777 and was employed on the frontiers guarding the property of the Whigs and their lives from the ruthless hands of the Torys and British Again in this he served this year seven months as a volunteer guarding the frontiers again in the year 1778 he volunteered under the same Captain and was employed on the same service that is ranging along the frontier and served this year nine months as a private in 1779 under the same Captain the declarent served eight months still protecting the frontiers in these several last tours he does not recollect particularly owing to old age and the consequent loss of memory the events of this period of his services as he did not crowd(?) his memory with minor events but in fact he nearly always was out in the service of his country from the year 1776 up to this time which was 1780 he recollects an anecdote of his Capt that is Capt Jackson that he the Capt usualy said that he had killed 19 Tories & that he must kill the 20th before he stoped that is with his own hand he killed the nineteen. The declarent in the year 1781 entered the service under Capt Bogan Col. Wade was his colonel declarent was marched from Anson County N. Carolina to Cape Fear where he was attached to Col Smith's Regiment & to Capt Smith's company this declarents own Capt & Col having left the Army this tour we had an engagement with the Tories on Cape Fear not far from Wilmington and defeated them after which we marched up and attacked the British in a large brick house some time not long after this we heard that Cornwallis was defeated at little York & went home This declarent states that on this tour he served two months He has no documentary evidence by which he can prove his services nor does he know of any person except Richard Rushing by whom he can prove the same he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or anuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state Sworn to and subscribed the day and year above written

Philip ( X ) Rushing (his mark)

W. F. Doherty who has undersigned the same is a resident in Perry County and is a credible person & that their statement is an attest to credit

William Wright {LS}
J. L. Houston {LS}
J. Williams {LS}

I Jesse Taylor Clerk of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions for Perry County do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application Philip Rushing for a pension In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal of Office this 21st day of July 1834

Jesse Taylor
Clerk of Perry County Court


Questions by the Court

1st where and in what year were you born.

Ans I was born in Anson County N. Carolina in the year 1756. [Note: Perhaps an arithmetic error on the part of the court clerk in a conversion of age to birth year, this year may be off by 10. Birth circa 1746 fits census data better.]

2 have you any record of your age & if so where is it

Ans my Bro Richard Rushing has it at his house

3rd where were you living when called in to service where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live

Ans in Anson County when called into service where I continued to live till about fifteen years ago I moved from there to the County of Perry in the State of Tennessee where I now live

4th how were you called into service were you drafted did you volunteer or were you a substitute and if a substitute for whom

Ans 1st I was drafted I was called out in Capt Jackson as an Ensign whether we were drafted or whether we the company just rose (?) and went out with out a draft I do not now recollect all the rest of the tours I was a volunteer I know

5th State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops where you served with Continental & militia Regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your service

Ans Gen. Rutherford Col Wade & Col Smith whether they were Regular Officers or State Officers I do not now know as I old & forgetful but I think at least Col Smith was a Regular as for the general circumstances of my service &c see my Declaration

6 did you ever receive a discharge from the service & if so by whom was it given & what has become of it

Ans I never received a discharge for in the past where I was we were just dismissed by our officer I was commissioned Ensign but I can not tell certainly by whom it was assigned but think Gen Caswell it has long ago been lost

7th state the names of persons to whom you are [acquainted] known in your present neighborhood & who can testify as to your character for veracity and their belief of your services as a Soldier of the Revolution.

Answer Bascom Woolverton I have who is the nearest preacher & W. F. Doherty & could bring in all my neighbors I would also refer to Honl W. C. Dunlap


Second Comptroller's Office
January 14th, 1839

Under the act of the 6th of April, 1838 entitled "An act directing the transfer of money remaining unclaimed by certain Pensioners, and authorizing the payment of the same at the Treasury of the United States," Philip Rushing, a Pensioner on the Roll of the Jackson, Tennessee Agency, at the rate of Twenty Dollars and _____ Cents per annum, under the law of the 7th June, 1832, has been paid at this Department from the 4th of Sept., 1835, to the 4th March, 1838.

Respectfully, yours,
Albion K. Parris


To the Commissioner of Pensions,

PHILIP RUSHING of Perry Co. in the State of Tennessee who was a Private in the company commanded by Captain Jackson of the Regt commanded by Col. Lane in the No Carolina line for 6 months


Inscribed on the Roll of West Tennessee at the rate of 20 Dollars _____ Cents per annum to commence on the 4th day of March, 1834.


Certificate of Pension issued the 17th day of Decr, 1834 and sent to Hon. W. C. Dunlap


Arrears to the 4th of Sept. 1834 70.00

Semi-anl. allowance ending 4 March '35 10.00/$80.00


{Revolutionary Claim,} {Act June 7, 1832}
Recorded by D. Brown Clerk
Book E - 2 - Vol. 7 Page 103


July 31, 1930
Rev. and 1812 Wars Section

Miss Edna Rushing
924 - 38th Street
Sacramento, California

Dear Madam:

You are advised that it appears from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, S. 21458, that Philip or Phillip Rushing was born in 1756 in Anson County, North Carolina.

While residing in Anson County, North Carolina, he served with the North Carolina troops, as follows:

In the latter part of 1776, three months as ensign in Captain John Jackson's Company; in 1777, seven months in Captain Stephen Jackson's Company; in 1778, nine months in the same company; in 1779, eight months in the same company; in 1781, two months in Captain Bogan's and Smith's Companies, under Colonels Wade and Smith's, and was in an engagement on Cape Fear near Wilmington.

He also stated that part of the time he served in Colonel David Lane's Regiment.

He was in skirmishes with the Tories at Thompson's Creek, Lynch's Creek, Hill's Creek, Richardson's Creek and Drowning Creek.

He was allowed pension on his application executed July 21, 1834, at which time he was living at Rushing Creek, Perry County, Tennessee, having moved there from Anson County, North Carolina.

He referred to his brother Richard as having served with him.

There is no reference to wife or children.

Very truly yours,
Acting Commissioner

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