Facts and Events
Alexander Elliott was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
American Revolutionary War Veteran
Revolutionary War Pension Information
Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 2, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :
- Elliott, Alexander - entered service 1776-7 in area now Rockbridge County, Virginia, in Virginia sea service aboard the galley SAFEGUARD, which was commanded by father George; Bounty Land Warrant issued 6/1/1788' moved to Kentucky abt. 1789, & resided near Danville to 1799 when moved to Adair County, Kentucky where granted Pension in 1832 at age 69; died 8/23/1852; query letter in file states soldier's father George was born in Virginia & died in Adair County, Kentucky. F-S31008, R913.
- Pension Application of Alexander Elliott S31008
Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris
State of Kentucky Adair County Sct
On this 10th day of August 1832 personally appeard in Open Court before the worshipful Justices of the County Court of Adair now sitting Alexander Elliott a Resident of The County of Adair afs’d aged 69 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 the 7thh June 1832
That he entered the naval service of The united states in the Virginia Navy line as midshipman in the year of 1776 or 7 under Capt. George Elliott Commander of the Safeguard Gally [the galley Safeguard] – David Larkin first mate and Christian 2 mate his first name not recollected. he resided in the state of Virginia in what is now Rockbridge County at the time he entered the service [formed from parts of Augusta and Botetourt counties in 1778]. the vessel to which he belong’d was attached to Commodore Unter’s[?] Squadron, the principle time he was in service he was stationed at and near the mouth of York Potomack [sic: Potomac] and Rapahanoc [sic: Rappahannock] Rivers, But mostly at the Latter. While lying at the latter the British Robuck [sic: Roebuck] came up and took a long Boat & a few men, who had gone out for water toward the end of his services in the Summer 1779 he was sent with Morris Loyd gunners mate to Fredericksburg for a Boat belonging to the publick which they got and took her to Gloucester and delivered her to the proper officer Soon after That time he was discharged from Service having served three years he states that about the year 1789 he came to the State of Kentucky and settled near Danville and remained there untill 1799 when he came to the County of Adair where he has resided ever since he further states that about the year 1805 his house was Burnt in which his trunk he had while at sea containing his Commission Log book & all papers relating to his Services in his possession was consumed as a farther Evidence of his services he refers the department to the public Record shewing that a land warrant issued from the Register of Virginia for 2666⅔ acres for his services as above stated he knows of no witness by whom he can prove his service or any part thereof nor has he any documentary Evidence for the Reason before stated
He hereby Relinquishes every Claim whatever to a pention or annuity except the present and declares That his name is not on the pension Roll of the agency of any state
NOTE: On 6 Mar 1833 John Anderson, born 11 May 1780 in Augusta County VA, deposed that he had always heard that Alexander Elliott served as a Midshipman under his father, Capt. George Elliott.