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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