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Private John Knight, Revolutionary War Soldier of North Carolina

by deb - January 16th, 2013.
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John Knight of Smith County, Tennessee is my great-great-great-great-great grandfather on my grandmother’s side:  Ivorene West, daugther of Leatha Florence Sutton, daugther of Martha Eveline Russell, daugther of Eliza Knight, daughter of Henry M. Knight, who was son of John Knight.   John Knight was married to Martha Montague.  

The soldier’s application, S1992, John Knight, NC had this information:  John Knight of Smith Co Tennessee who was a private in the company commanded by Captain Taylor of the Regiment commanded by Col Lock in the N.C. line for 8 months.   Inscribed on the Roll of West Tennessee at the rate of 26 dollars 66 cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March, 1831.   Certificate of pension issued the 20 day of April 1833.  Arrears to the 4th of March 1833 of $53.32 plus semi-anl allowance ending 4 Sept $13.33= $66.65.

State of Tennessee Smith County Court August Term 1832

On this 28 day of August 1832, personally appeared in open court before justices of said court now sitting, John Knight, a resident of said county of Smith and state aforesaid aged seventy-two 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 7th 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States as a volunteer in the year 1778; that he was then a citizen of Granville County and state of North Carolina; that he was first attached to Captain Richard Taylor’s Company and afterwards to Capt William Gills company; the field officers of the Regiment was Col Mathew Lock, Majr Hugh Brevard and Majr McCallor McCawly; the company rendavoused at Granville court house and marched from thence through person and caswell counties; applicant served five months on this tour; never received a written discharge that he now recollects of, if he did it is either lost or mislaid so that is cannot now be found; applicant served in this tour in the same regiment with Phillip Day and William Jones, both of whom are now living and are residents of Smith County, and no doubt will testify to my service as above stated.

Applicant also served a tour of three months as a volunteer shortly after the one of five months as above stated; that he resided in Granville County North Carolina at the time of entering the service on that tour also; that he was attached to Captain John Hendersons company, and belonged to the Regiment commanded as well as now recollects  by Col Malmudy; that he was in no engagement during this service, and was not out of the State of North Carolina during this tour as well as he now recollects; has no recollection of having received any written discharge, if he did it is either lost or mislaid–has no written evidence whatever of services during the revolutionary war, nor does he know of any person now living by whom he can prove his service of three months as above stated.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever 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 an subscribed the day and year aforesaid         John Knight

We Miles West, a clergyman residing in the county of Smith and state of Tennessee and Philip Day residing in the county and state aforesaid do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with John Knight who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration; that we believe him to be seventy-two years of age; that he is reputed and believed in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution, and that we concur in that opinion.  Sworn, and subscribed, the day and year aforesaid.  Miles West Phillip Day

And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the war Department, that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he states.  And the court further certifies that it appears to them that Miles West who has signed the preceeding certificate, is a clergaman, resident in the county of Smith, and that Phillip Day who has also signed the same is also a resident of the same county, and is a credable person, and that their statements is entitled to credit.     John Chamber  Chairman of Smith County C..?

Miles West, clergyman of Smith County, was another gr-gr-gr-gr-gr grandfather of mine, again on my grandmother Ivorene Cleveland West’s side–Ivorene was daughter of Irl Cleveland West, who was son of Ira Stokes West, who was son of Claiborne Wright West, who was son of Jesse West, who was son of Miles West and Lucy Parker.

Though his application was eventually approved, this first set of papers and witnesses was not sufficient.    

 

 

1 Response to Private John Knight, Revolutionary War Soldier of North Carolina

  1. Private John Smith of Granville NC,
    What can you tell me about John Smith ????

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