R11048 Mathias Walker

Declaration of Mathias Walker
in order to obtain the benefit of the Act
of Congress passed 7th June A.D. 1832

Submitted by Leatha A. Betts, descendant of Mathias Walker



State of Alabama,
Wilcox County
On this seventeenth May A.D. 1834 personally appeared before me Samuel
Pitts, a justice of the peace in and for the county and state
aforesaid.  Mathias Walker a resident of the county and state
aforesaid}he being unable to attend Court by reason of bodily infirmity,
and being nearly blind}aged 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 provision made by the Act of
Congress passed June 7th, 1832.  Says that he entered the service
sometime in year A. D. 1777 or 1778 as a volunteer.  And he served as
aforesaid under the command of Capt. Benjamin Odum in Col. Sivy
Hammond's Regiment and afterwards under the command of Capt. Odum.  he
was present at the seige of Augusta on the Savannah river and before the
surrender of Augusta, he was marched under the command of Col Sivy
Hammond and General Lee to Golfin's Fort which surrendered in a few days
after his arrival.  He returned to Augusta and was present at the
surrender of General Brown, the commander of the British.  he was
afterwards employed in watching the movements of the Tories and defend
the frontiers.  While in this employment, he was at an engagement with
the Tories on Windy Hill Creek, a branch of South Edisto.  The Tories
attacked them before daybreak and killed sixteen men. He served at
various periods in the years 1778, 1779 and was principally employed in
protecting the settlements from the ravages and depredations of the
Tories.  He received no written discharge and has no documentary
evidence of his services.  When called into service he lived in Barnwell
District in the State of South Carolina.  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 in any state.
Interrogatories proposed by the Court to Mathias Walker and answers
thereto--
Question 1st. Where and in what yeare were you born?
A. I was born in the state of North Carolina, March 15, 1759.
2nd. Have you any record of your age and if so, where is it?
A. I have no rcord of my age.
3rd. Where were you living when called into service, where have you
lived since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live?
A.When called into service, I was living in Barwell District in the
state of South Carolina after the revolution, shortly after the war, I
moved to Buncombe County, North Carolina, thence to the barrens of
Kentucky, thence to Duck river and from thence, I moved to Bupit's Creek
in Clark County in the state of Alabama and from that place, I removed
to Wilcox County, where I now live.
4th. How were you called into servied, were you drafted, did you
volunteer, or were you a substitute and if a substitute, for whom?
A. I volunteered in the militia-and acted as such when occasion
required-the whole term of my service was six months and upwards, as I
believe.
5. State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the
troops when you served such continental and militia regiments as you can
recollect and the general circumstances of your service.
A. I recollect General Lee of the regular service and Capts. Odum and
Roberts and Col. Hammonds of the Militia.  I was at the Seige of Atlanta
at the surrender at Golfin's Fort and at the surrender of Genl. Brown at
Augusta and at an engagement at Windy Hill creek and for further
particulars, I refer to the preceeding declaration.
6th. Did you ever receive a discharge from service and if so by whom was
it given and what has become of it?
A. I never received a discharge from service.
7th. State the names of person to wom you are known in your present
neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for veracity and
their belief of your servies as a soldier of the Revolution.
A. I know Robert C. Dunnam, a minister of the Gospel and James A. Edens
and Martin Pruit who reside in my immediate neighborhood in this County.


Sworn and Subscribed
May 17 1834
Sam. Pitts. J. P.


The State of Alabama
Wilcox County
Personally appeared before me the undersigned Justice of the Peace in
and for the Court aforesaid Mathias Walker, who being duly sworn deposes
and says that by reason old age and consiquent loss of memory, he cannot
swear positively to the precise lenth of his service but according to
the best of knowledge and recollection, he served not less than the
periods mentioned below. Viz:   For the period of six months, I served
as a volunteer in the milita and for such service, I claim a pension.
Mathias (his X mark) Walker
Sworn and subscribed
May 17, 1834
Sam.Pitts J.P.


State of Alabama
Wilcox County
We, Robert C. Dunnam a clergyman residing in the County aforesaid and
James A. Edins and Martin Pruit, residing in same, hereby certify that
we are well acquainted with Mathias Walker who has subscribed and sworn
to the preceeding declaration that we believe him to be seventy five
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 concer
in that opinion.
Robert C. Dunnam
James A. Edins
Martin (X) Pruit
Sworn and subscribed
17 May 1834
Sam. Pitts, J.P.
And the said Justice of the Peace does hereby declare his opinion that
the said Mathias Walker is unable to appear before a court of Record as
the law requires by reason of his infirmity and blindness--And also the
said Justice of the Peace does hereby declare his opinion that the said
Mathias Walker is unable to appear at Court as the law requires by
reason of his bodily infimity and blindness--and also the said Justice
after the investigaion of the claim of the said Mathias Waler for a
pension and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the war
department is fully convinced that the said MathiasWalker was a
revolutionary soldier and served as he states--and the said Justice
further certifies that it appears to him that Robert C. Dunnam who has
signed the preceeding certificate is a clergyman resident in Wilcox
County and state of Alabama--and the said James A. Edins and Martin
Pruit who have also signed the same are residents of Wilcox County and
state aforesaid and that they are credible persons and their statement
is entitled to credit.
In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal, May 17 A.D.
1834
Sam.Pitts J. P Seal


The State of Alabama
Wilcox County
I, Duncan C. Smith, Clerk of the County Court of Wilcox aforesaid hereby
certify that Samuel Pitts, Esq. whose signature appears to the above
certificate is and was on the 17th day of May 1834 an acting Justice of
the Peace in and for the County of Wlilcox aforesaid and as such Justice
faith and creit are due to his official acts of that date.
Under my hand and seal of Office at Office at Wilcox C.H. this 26th day
of May, A.D. 1835.  D.C. Smith, Clk.


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