Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

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George…house burner, horse thief, Tory…liar

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I looked at this guy as possibly the nephew of George Anderson d. 1757 of Granville.  The timeframe works; however this deposition states:

“his Parents moved from off of Potomac River in the State of Virginia when he was about five years of age into North Carolina” and “my father

died when I was a Small Boy after his removal to North Carolina”.  The brother of George of Granville is William who died well after the timeframe mentioned.

But then again… he is a liar.  (see George d. 1757 of Granville under “Pages” to the right)

Pension application of George Anderson S29141

Transcribed by Will Graves

State of Tennessee, Henderson County: Circuit Court October Term 1832

On this 9th day of October 1832 personally appeared in open Court before the Honorable John

C. Hamilton one of the Circuit Judges in and for the State of Tennessee and now presiding as Judge of

the Circuit Court now sitting in and for the County of Henderson in the State aforesaid George

Anderson a resident of the State of Tennessee in the County of Henderson aged about seventy eight

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 the 7th 1832.

This Declarant states that he entered the service of the United States from the County of Person

in the State of North Carolina as a Drafted Militia private but was immediately promoted to the rank of

Orderly Sergeant in the Company commanded by Captain Morehead.  This Company marched from

Person County and joined the American Army on the South of Catawba River then under the Command

of Major General Green [sic, Nathanael Greene] which was lying at the Indian Town – this Declarant’s

company became attached to the Regiment commanded by Colonel Tennett.  This Regiment as well as

the company to which this Declarant belonged was composed altogether of Drafted nine months men.

The name of his Major is not now recollected.  The name of his Lieutenant was Cato Parker.  After

joining the Army as before stated and after being for a short time attached to the Regiment commanded

by Colonel Tennett This Declarant’s company with several others of the same Regiment were

withdrawn therefrom and attached to the Regiment commanded by Colonel Malbere [sic, Malmedy?] a

Frenchman.  This Regiment belonged to that Division of the Army which was under the command of

General Lincoln.

This Declarant now states that General Greene ordered General Lincoln with his Division to

March on the 10th day of June 1781 on Stono a distance of about 6 miles from the Main Body of the

Army and attack the British Army which was then lying there.  This order was promptly obeyed and

the Battle commenced on the same day but the enemy being too strong for us after sustaining

considerable loss in killed and wounded we were compelled to retreat back to head Quarters.  The next

evening the British abandoned Stono and the American Army marched on to Charleston at which place

after having served out his nine months tour this Declarant was discharged and which discharge he has

long since lost.  This Declarant should here state that when he first joined the Army of the Catawba

under General Greene that the Army moved from that place on to South Carolina and at the plantation

of one Galpins fell in with the Division under the command of General Lincoln from this place the

whole Army marched to within 6 miles of Stono where they Battle was fought by the Division under

General Lincoln and which was the head Orders of General Greene.

This Declarant states that his Regular officers attached to this Army were General Nathaniel

Greene, General Lincoln, Count Pulaski who fell at the Battle [of] Savannah in Georgia and Colonels

William Washington and Harry Lee.

This declarant further states in their return home his Lieutenant Cato Parker was killed in a

skirmish with the Tories just after they had crossed Yadkin River by a [illegible word, looks like

“Yawzer”] Ball.

After the expiration of this tour of service this Applicant again entered the service of the United

States in the same year (1781) in the months of July or August as a Substitute for his half Brother John

Cosh [Cash?] in the North Carolina Militia Regiment from the County of Orange commanded by

Colonel William Moore but the names of his Captain, his Lieutenant or Major are altogether forgotten

by him.  This Regiment was stationed at Hillsborough in order to protect the Legislature of North

Carolina against the incursions of the Tories who were numerous parties were hanging around the City

during the sitting of the Legislature.  This tour of service was only for 3 months which this Declarant

faithfully served out and was regularly discharged and which Discharge he has also since lost.  In this

term of Duty this Declarant was attached to no regular Army no regular Officers consequently he

cannot state the names of any.

This Declarant states that in the latter part of the same year shortly after the capture of Lord

Cornwallis at Little York in Virginia he again entered the service of the United States as a Volunteer

Militia Private of Cavalry from the County of Person as before stated in the Company commanded by

Captain White in the Regiment commanded by Colonel William Moore his Major was by the name of

Elijah Moore and Brother to the Colonel.  This Regiment was ordered to the Town of Wilmington in

order to dislodge the British from that City and who retreated from thence upon the approach of this

Regiment – this tour of service lasted for about two months and a half when this Declarant was finally

Discharged and which discharge he has likewise lost.  General Butler was the commander in chief at

Wilmington.  This Declarant states that his Parents moved from off of Potomac River in the State of

Virginia when he was about five years of age into North Carolina and that at the time he served as

stated in this Declaration he was a resident of Person County in the State of North Carolina.

This Declarant states that he has no documentary evidence nor does he know of any person

whose Testimony he can procure who can testify to his service.

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 of any State.

S/ George Anderson, X his mark

Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid in open Court.

S/ E. H. Tarrant, Clerk

Questions By the Court

1st: When and in what year were you born?

Answer.  I was born on the Potomac River in the year 1754 in the State of Virginia I was so young

when I left that state that I do not know the County of my nativity.

2nd Have you any record of you age and if so, where is it?

Answer.  I have none my father died when I was a Small Boy after his removal to North Carolina.

3rd Where were you living when called into service? Where have you lived since the Revolutionary War

and where do you now live?

Answer.  I was living in the County of Person in the State of North Carolina during my Service from

that County I moved into Smith County afterward into Sumner and lastly into Henderson County where

I now reside in Tennessee.

4th How were you called into service; were you drafted; did you volunteer, or were you a substitute and

if so for whom did you substitute?

Answer.  In the first tour I was drafted for nine months in the second Tour I was a substitute for three

months for my half Brother John Cash in the third Tour I was a volunteer.

5th State the names of some of the Regular Officers who were with the troops where you served, such

Continental and Militia Regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your service.

Answer.  The Regular Officers of the Field were first General Nathaniel green General Lincoln Colonel

Malmedy of my Regiment Colonel Washington and Colonel Lee of the Cavalry and the Count Pulaski

fell at the battle of Savannah the The general circumstances of my service are set forth in full detail and

this Declaration – the Continental or Militia Or regiments I do not recollect.

S/ Edward H. Tarrant, Clerk of the Circuit Court

Lexington Henderson County Tennessee April 20, 1834

Dear Sir

I hold it to be my indisputable duty to inform you that I have recently learned and believe the

fact is true that George Anderson for whom I obtained a pension under the act of Congress passed June

7th 1832 was a Tory in the war of the Revolution.  I am authorized in this by the assertions of several

respectable Citizens who knew him in North Carolina and when Anderson first applied to me for a

Declaration Stark and Steerman said his family was of house burning memory and horse stealing

memory they were in the revolution and are since dead.  I then refused to draw his Declaration but

Colonel Samuel Dickens wrote to me on the subject stating that from his acquaintance with Anderson

he would believe him upon his oath in consequence of this I drew his Declaration and obtained for him

his pension – Yet Sir even under the high respectability of Colonel Dickens whose [illegible word] and

goodness might have been imposed upon yet I was not satisfied as to his fidelity and patriotism in the

service of his Country – but a subsequent remark made in the presence of my wife and Daughter now

the wife of Mr. Gladen given [?] of this place merchant in conversing with an old Soldier of the

revolution (William Lacy) for whom I had just obtained a Pension, he Anderson observed that it would

have been better for the people of America if they had never separated from King George because he

could obtain salt, iron and every other article cheaper than even at this Day.

You can submit this letter to the War Department for further advisement of the payment of the

Pension of George Anderson.  Every thing in this letter detailed can be substantially established..

Respectfully yr Obt. Svt.

S/ Hugh W. Wormeley

Will Graves note:

1 The claimant’s statement is very disoriented.  He appears to be relating service during the time of the battle

of Stono which occurred in 1779 when the Southern Department of the Continental Army was under the sole command of

Benjamin Lincoln. Yet he states his service was rendered in 1781 under Nathanael Greene who then commanded

Lincoln.  Benjamin Lincoln did not serve under Greene at any time during ever 1779, 1780 or 1781.


Anderson’s pension was suspended in the spring of 1835, his last payment having been paid him in September 1834.

(William Lacy, born May 25, 1755,Orange County, North Carolina, a North Carolina militia-man in the Revolution, had lived in several Carolina counties before moving to Henderson County where he applied successfully for a pension in August 1834. S21342.)


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November 7, 2010 at 10:04 pm

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