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from the research notes of Francis Thomas

S 21457
Service: N. C.
Born in Va. [Note: Richard Rushing probably was born near the Roanoke River in eastern NC.]

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 personally appeared before the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the County of Perry Richard Rushing a resident of Rushings Creek in Perry County & State of Tennessee aged 85 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 in Anson County North Carolina in the year 1776 under Captain John Jackson [but in consequence of extreme old and loss of memory occasioned thereby he can not with exactness state precisely the diferent tours and engagements under which he served but to the best of his memory he served as follows] Declarent entered the Service under Capt Jackson as above in the latter end of the year 1776 Declarent served this three months he was in a skirmish at Drowning Creek when this declarent's brother William Rushing was wounded of which he shortly afterwards died but not till after we returned home declarent here lost his horse & swam the creek with his gun in his hand The Whigs here were defeated by the Tories on this expedition he was a volunteer in the year 1777 he served under Capt Stephen Jackson in diferent tours not less than nine months. In the year 1778 he served not less than ten months under the same Captain. In the year 1779 he served under the same he served not less than eight months. In the year 1780 he served not less than six months. This declarent would here state that the events of the War of the Revolution are so conglomerated in his memory that he can not adjust them in proper order as they occurred at that time owing to loss of memory but on one of these latter tours he was in a skirmish with the British on Black River he was in another skirmish at Baties Bridge on Drowning Creek. Declarent can not tell owing to the above cause state at what time or on what tours he was commanded by officers that he was under he was part of his services under Col Wade he was one tour under General Sumpter and further he can not recollect. He has no documentary evidence by which he can prove his services nor does he know of any person except Philip Rushing by whom he can prove the same [who served most of the time with declarent]. 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.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year above writen

Richard ( X ) Rushing (his mark)

We William Woolverton a Clergyman residing in Henderson Cty and W. F. Doherty residing in Perry County do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Richard Rushing who has subscribed & sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be 85 years of age that he is reputed & believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a Revolutionary soldier.

I Jesse Taylor Clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the County of Perry do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of Richard Rushing for a pension--

In testimony whereof I have here unto 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.

Answer I was born in Virginia on Roanoak in the year 1749.

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

Ans I have it at my house in my bible

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

Ans I lived in Anson County North Carolina when called into service where I have lived ever since till about 15 years ago then from thence we moved to Perry County Tennessee where I now live

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

Ans I was always out as a volunteer

5th State the names of the Regular officers who were with the troops where you served with Continental & Militia Regiments as you can recollect & the general circumstances of your services

Ans I recollect Col Smith General Rutherford and Col Wade but owing to old age & the consequent loss of memory I can not tell whether they were Regular officers or no but I think Smith was a Regular & for the general circumstances of my service 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 applied for a discharge but was marched home by my officer & just dismissed till I should be wanted to go out again as I always held myself in readiness to go when called for

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

Ans William Woolverton and Col. W. F. Doherty and in fact all that know me. The reason that I called on Mr. Woolverton is that there is no other Clergyman that lives as near me and he lives not very far but in the adjoining County and preaches in my neighborhood & is well acquainted with me.


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," Richard 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,
of Perry Co. in the State of Tennessee who was a Private in the company commanded by Captain Jackson of the Regt commanded by 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 H. R.


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. 21457, that Richard Rushing was born in 1749 in Virginia "on the Roanoke".

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

In 1776, three months in Captain John Jackson's Company, was in a skirmish at Drowning Creek where his brother William was wounded and soon after died; in 1777, nine months in Captain Stephen Jackson's Company; in 1778, two months in the same company; in 1779, eight months in the same company; in 1780, six months in the same company. A part of the time he served in Colonel Wade's Regiment. He was in skirmishes on Black River, Bates Bridge, Lynch's Creek, Richardson's Creek and Thompson's Creek.

He was allowed pension on his application executed July 21, 1834, at which time he was living in Rushing Creek, Perry County, Tennessee, having lived there fifteen years.

He stated that his brother Philip served with him most of the time.

There is no reference to wife or children.

Very truly yours,
Acting Commissioner

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