David Herron of White County, TN Revolutionary Soldier aged 103

by deb - September 19th, 2012.
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I found the answer to my 5th great grandfather’s Revolutionary War Service faster than I thought.   I already had a copy of his Revolutionary War pension application buried in my files of family research.

My grandfather was Morgan Jackson Saddler 1917-1986.  His mother was Mai Bell Tomberlain of Rutherford and Davidson Counties, TN, 1892-1972.  Her father was Gale Waymon Tomberlain of White and Rutherford Counties, TN, 1847-1933.  His father was George W. Tomberlain of White County,  born 1824, died during the Civil War as a POW in Camp Chase, Ohio.  His mother was Sarah Herron of NC and White County, TN, born ca 1801 and died Nov 1883.  Her father:  David Herron, born 1730, died in the 1830’s, probably McNairy Co. (west TN) TN.

David Herron, S4337, Service:  VA.   State of Tennessee White County:  On this 2nd day of October in the year 1833 personally appeared before William Irwin an acting Justice of the peace in and for said County and State David Herron a resident of the County of White and state of Tennessee aged one hundred and three years past 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 State under the following named officers and served as herein stated–

He entered the service under Captain William Danton in the year 1773 as well as he can now recollect.  He then resided in Albemarle County State of Virginia.  His lieutenants name was Robert Rhodes.   He was drafted this tour for three months.  The company met in Sharlotsville in Albemarle County, from thence he was marched to Richmond from there to Cabbin point on James River,  there crossed the river and marched to Petersburg where he was discharged and returned home to his fathers in Albemarle County having served out his three months. 

He remained at his fathers some months but how long he does not remember, tho a period less than one year, when he again was drafted for how long he does not remember under Captain John Miller.  His lieutenant’s name was Henry Austin.  His company met again at Sharlottsville.  From thence he marched to Richmond–from thence to Jamestown   at this place our troops had an engagement with the Brittish but this declarant was not in the battle–from thence he marched to Little York from thence to Fredricksburg and was here discharged and again returned home.

And so begins the service of David Herron, who would serve 4 tours of duty in the Revolutionary War.   I will continue his detailed service in my next blog of this elderly ancestor.



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4 Responses to David Herron of White County, TN Revolutionary Soldier aged 103

  1. Wow, 103 years old. To think of all the events that transpired during his lifetime is amazing. He lived through all of the pre-revolutionary strife with Britain, the revolutionary war, the drafting of the Constitution, and then presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Jackson, just to name a few.

    Am I understanding this correctly — the first time he applied for his pension was at age 103? Or was he merely re-applying in light of the 1832 act of Congress?

    How old was he when he passed away?

  2. Tennessee Pensioner David Herron was alive at least to March 1838, for he is recorded as still receiving his semi-annual pension payments until then.
    Subscribers to Ancestry.com can see the images filed in military records under the title “U.S. Pensioners, 1818-1872.” The record of semi-annual payments came out of the Third Auditor’s office, and is available on NARA microfilm series T718 and also in the LDS Family History Library as FHL US/CAN Film 1319384.
    “Ledgers of Payments, 1818-1872, to U.S. Pensioners Under Acts of 1818 Through 1858, Vol. D, Revolutionary War pensioners under acts of 1818 and 1832, 1833-48.”

  3. Lee Ann Tomberlain Hunter

    Dear Deb,
    I was wondering how Gale Waymon Tomberlain’s name was spelled? I am having trouble finding our last name spelled correctly. Thank you for your help.
    Lee Ann Tomberlain Hunter

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