Revolutionary War Soldier Private Tobias Williams of Caswell County NC and Smith Co TN

by deb - October 12th, 2012.
Filed under: Genealogy. Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

Tobias Williams of Smith County, TN was my great, great, great, great, great (5) grandfather, who served 6 months as a Private in the Revolutionary War.

I am descended from Tobias through my grandmother, Ivorene Cleveland West, daughter of Irl Cleveland West, son of Ira Stokes West, son of Claiborne Wright West and Frances Williams, daughter of James Clarde Williams, son of Tobias Williams and Jemima Claridy.

I found this information on fold3, which has military pensions, service records, etc.     Tobias Williams’ packet included both his pension application and the widow’s pension application of his wife ,Jemima, W6516.

Smith County TN 25 August 1832, personally appeared before me, David Hog, an acting Justice of the peace for the state and county …Tobias Williams, a resident of Defeated Creek in the aforesaid state and county; aged 86 years next October, who being first duly sworn according to law doth in 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 by draft in the militia of North Carolina October 1778 under the folowing named officers–my Capt, William White, Lieut Lawson, Ensign Wm Hanie.  Rendevouzed at Hills Borough in the state of North Carolina, marched from thence to Charles Town South Carolina, from thence to Puris Burge, from thence to the two Sisters on Savana River from thence to Brier Creek near Ash’s defeat and then marched back into the state of Northa Carolina to Hills Borough and there mustered out of service in the month of May 1779.  I was in no battle or engagement during the time.

Where and in what year were you born?  I was born in the state of Virginia Chesterfield County 1746.

Have you any record of your age?  No, not by me, my register was kept by my parents and I only have it from the information that they gave me.

Where were you living when called into service?  In the state of North Carolina, Casswell County.

Where have you been a living since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live?   I continued to live in Caswell County, North Carolina for some few years after the war then emigrated into Person County, the same state.  From thence I emigrated into the state of Tennessee and now I am a living in the same in Smith County on the defeated Creek.

How were you called into service?  By draft into the militia.

Who were your principal officers in the field?  General Butler, Col James Sanders

Did you ever receive a discharge from the service?  Yes, a verbal discharge, was the order of my discharge.

Have you any documentary evidence of your services?  No, only by my recollection.

Do you know of any person whose testimony you can procure to make proof  of this(?) ?  I believe I can  There is one a living in this county on the waters of Dixons Creek by the name of Philip Day.

How long were you in actual service?  I was in actual service six months and some few days.

Do you believe yourself able to attend court to make your declaration before the court?  I do not.

And I do here by relinquish every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declare that my name is not on the pension roll of any state.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid

                                                                                   Tobias X (his mark) Williams


David Hogg

On the 28th day of August 1832, Phillip Day of Smith County, TN, gave his statement that he was acquainted with the said Tobias Williams and that the said Williams was on a tour of five months under the above named officers.

There was also a statement by another 5th great grandfather of mine, Miles West.  Miles West, a clergyman residing in the state of Tennessee and County of Smith and Elam Russell (I had a 4th great grandfather by this name) residing in the same hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Tobias Williams…that we believe him to be Eighty six years of age that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood to have been a Soldier of the Revolution and that he is not able to attend court on account of his age and bodily infirmity and that we concur in that opinion.   This was signed by both Miles West and Elam Russell. 

David Hogg, Justice of the Peace, then declared that both Miles West and Elam Russell were credible witnesses and he concurred with their statments as to the age,  Revolutionary War service and bodily infirmity of Tobias Williams.

Tobias Williams was granted a pension at the rate of $20 per annum.  His certificate of pension was issued 9 January 1833.  Tobias Williams died  17 April 1834.



Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /home/forge/ on line 399

1 Response to Revolutionary War Soldier Private Tobias Williams of Caswell County NC and Smith Co TN

  1. Hello,
    It is reported that William Parker Jr. of Smith Co. Tenn married a Elizabeth Betsy Williams. Said to be daughter of Tobias Williams.
    Do you know anything about this William Parker Jr. and their family
    Parker/Hudson researcher.

Leave a Reply