Facts and Events
David Campbell 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. 1, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :
Campbell, David - entered service 1781 in Rockbridge County, Virginia; born 10/1/1761 in Chester County, Pennsylvania & moved at age 6 with family to Augusta County, Virginia; to East Tennessee in 1802, thence to McNairy County, Tennessee where granted Pension in 1833. R456.
Revolutionary War Pension Rolls
- DAVID CAMPBELL
- NAIRY COUNTY
- VIRGINIA LINE
- $23.33 ANNUAL ALLOWANCE
- $69.99 AMOUNT RECEIVED
- NOVEMBER 19, 1833 PENSION STARTED
- AGE 73
- David Campbell, b. 1 October 1761, Chester County, Pennsylvania, moved with his father about 1767 to Augusta County, Virginia. A short time before the Revolutionary War, Augusta County was divided, and “he fell in Rockbridge County.” He was drafted on January 10, 1781 marched across the Blue Ridge to Fredericksburg.
- [Source: http://www.ajlambert.com/history/hst_ltdr.pdf].
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ancestry.com/Ancestry Family Trees: Public Members Trees.
- Graves, William T. Southern Campaign Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters.
Pension Application of David Campbell S1504
Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris
State of Tennessee }
McNairy County } On this the 25 day of September th in the year of our Lord 1832
Personally appeared in open court before the Justices of our court of pleas and quarter sessions now sitting for said County, David Campbell a resident of McNairy County in the state of Tennessee age seventy one years, wo 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 States that he was Born on the first day of october in the year 1761 in Chester County State of Pennsylvania and settled in Augusta County Va a short time before the Revolution Augusta County was divided [in 1778] and I fell in a new county called Rockbridge and on the 10th day of January 1781 I was drafted and entered the service of the United States under Captain Andrew Moore Col John Boyer – and our Adjudent was John McCandless who was a regular soldier before that time but had returned to Rockbridge County and received the command of Adjudent, we Rendavoused immediately after I was drafted at a place called Red house in said Rockbridge County and on the 11th day of January 1781 we took up our line of march and went directly on to the Blue ridge crossing the same at a place called the rock fish Gap [Rockfish Gap] and marched directly on to Fredricksburgh [sic: Fredericksburg] Va. at Fredricsburgh we joined the militia of Augusta & Rockinham [sic: Rockingham] Counties who were commanded by Col. William Boyer. we then marched in the vicinity of Richmond where we joined Gen’l. Mullinburgs [sic: Peter Muhlenberg’s] Army. Said Mullinburg belonged to the Regular Army but I do not believe he had any regular soldiers with him when we joined him, but had some militia we then march to Petersburgh [sic: Petersburg]. from Petersburgh we went to a place called Sandy point or Sandy Hook on James River [Sandy Point in Surry County]. here Mullinburg and some of the Virginia Troops crossed to the north side of the River and we march on the south side to a place called Edmonds hill. We lay there for some weeks. Mullinburg on the north side and we on the opposite bank We encampted there for the purpose of cutting off Gen’l. [Benedict] Arnold belonging to the brittish. I remained at this place until the 10th day of April when I received a discharge from Captain Moore and went home having served three months this trip —
I staid at home until some time in July 1781 when I was again drafted and went out under Captain John Tilford [sic: John Tedford, pension application S3776], Maj [William] Long and Col. Samuel Lewis so soon as we were augernized we marched towards Richmond Virginia the Brittish Troops was lying at this time in the neighbourhood of Richmond. On our march we joined Gen’l. Mullinburgs Army. the Brittish having left Richmond and making their way towards Willimsburgh [sic: Williamsburg]. We marched in persuit and encampted near the army, a short time after the British encampted at Little York in Virginia, and our Army marched a short distance from Williamsburgh and encampted at a place called Burrells Mill [Burwell’s Mill], and there remained until we were joined by Washingtons Army and Gen’l. Layfayette Army who commanded the French Troops [sic: see endnote]. a few days after they joined us we marched directly to Little York and was in that Battle [Siege of Yorktown, 28 Sep - 19 Oct]. The Captain who I started under took sick and he went home on a furlough. after I had served two months under him, I was then commanded by Captain [David] Gray after the capture of Lord Cornwallis at Little York I was discharged by Captain Gray having served this Trip something like as well as he now recollects four months. I presented my discharges to the paymaster when I received my pay after the war. he detained them in his possession. after peace was made I resided in Rockbridge County Virginia until the year 1802 and then I moved to Washington County Tennessee and resided there about Two years, then moved to Blunt [sic: Blount] County Tennessee and resided there until the year 1813 and then moved to Maurry [sic: Maury] County Tennessee and resided there until the year 1821 and then I moved to Laudadale [sic: Lauderdale] County Ala. and lived there until the fall of 1826 and then I moved to McNairy County Tennessee
where I have resided ever since. that I know of no person by whom I can prove my services by.
Anthony B. Lambert of McNairy has known me for some time and can testify as to my General Character and his belief of my servises and neighbourhoods belief as to my servises Col. John T Burtwell has known me for some time and can Testify as to my varasity and belief of my servises
— I Hereby relinquish every claim whatever to a pention or annuity except the present and declair that my name is not on the pention Roll of any agency of any state
[signed] David Campbell
State of Tennessee } Ss
McNairy County } On this the Twenty third day of September in the year of Our Lord
One thousand Eight hundred and thirty three, Personally appeared in Open Court before the County Court of pleas and quarter sessions for McNairy County in the State of Tennessee now sitting David Campbell, a resident of McNairy County in the state aforesaid Aged seventy two years next October 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 was Born in Chester County State of Pennsylvania on the first day of October in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty one. When he was six years old his father moved from Pennsylvania and settled in Augusta County Virginia, which was afterwards divided and I fell in a new county called Rockbridge. Here I entered the service of the United States as a Drafted Soldier on the 10th day of January 1781 under Captain Andrew Moore. We Randavoused at a place called the red house Tavern in said county and was there attached to Col. John Boyers Regiment. the next day after I joined the army which was on the 11th of the month we took up our line of march and went to the rock fish Gap. there we met a Regiment from Augusta County. We here crossed the mountain and marched directly on to Fredericksburgh Virginia at this place we lay two days. then we marched to James River. on our way joined General Mullinburghs Army. On the Armys arrival at James River in Virginia at a place called Sandy Hook or Sandy point. here my Regiment, the Troops from Botatot [sic: Botetourt] County and Two more Regiments crossed the River, and marched directly on to a place called Edmonds Hill. here we lay for some time wating the British. General Mullinburgh remaining on the opposite side of the river, from Edmonds Hill we marched to the Great Bridge [in present Chesapeake City] in Virginia. we lay here for some time watching the Brittish who was then in Norfolk. from here we took up our line of march on the 18th or 20th day of April 1781 for Rockbridge County my place of residence and arrived home by the time my Term of four months the length of time I was Drafted for was out. here I was discharged after having served four months I do not believe I received any writen discharge nor do I believe any of the company did I will also mention that my Adjutant was a man by the name of John McCandless before that time a Regular soldier in the northern Army.
On the 6th day of June in the year of Our Lord 1781 I again entered the service of the United States in Rockbridge County Virginia as a Drafted Soldier under Captain Gray here we was attached to a Betalion commanded by Maj. Long and marched to a Widow Tayes [Widow Teas’s at present Waynesboro] not far from the Rockfish Gap where we met some Troops from Augusta County Virginia commanded by Col Samuel Lewis we was attached to his regiment, from here we marched directly to Richmond. from there pretty much through that section of the country. On our march we met the Brittish at James Town where we had a skirmish [Battle of Green Springs Plantation, 6 July]. We also had an other skirmish with the Brittish at a place called Hot watter [Battle of Hot Water Plantation 6 mi NW of Williamsburg, 6 June] then we went to Richmond there joined other Troops and marched to the neighbourhood of Williamsburgh.
Cornwallis and his army at this time was in Williamsburgh) here we lay for some weeks. then the Brittish marched to Little York, and we went to Burrells Mill one mile below Williamsburgh.
here we lay for a long time. dureing our stay at this place my term of four months the time I was Drafted for was out. which was on the 6th day of October 1781. About this time General Washinton and General Layfayette was expected to arrive with their Troops [sic], so I volunteered together with our whole company for one month, so I again entered the service of the United States as a volunteer soldier On the 6th day of October 1781 at Burrells Mill near Williamsburgh Virginia for the Term of one month, under Captain Gray Maj Long and Col Lewis.
a few days afterwards Genl Washington and Layfayette arrived we was joined to his army and marched to Little York. We besieged that place and on the 19th day of October 1781 the Brittish surrendered. I was in this engagement. after the surrender of Cornwallis we marched directly back to Rockbridge County at which place we arrived by the time my Term of service was out and was the re discharged. I do not think I received any written discharge nor do I know why I did not. I have no Documentary Evidence and that he knows of no person whose Testimony he can procure who can Testify to his services. 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
Question. Where and in what year were you Born
Answer. I was Born in Chester County State of Pennsylvania on the first day of October 1761
Question. Have you any record of your age and if so where is it.
Answer. I have my age recorded in a Bible now at my house in McNairy County. the same was taken from my Fathers Bible
Question 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 Rockbridge County State of Virginia when I entered the service of the United States and lived there after the revolution until the year 1802 then I moved to East Tennessee and lived there until the year 1826 then I moved to McNairy County where I now live
Question. How were you called into service were you drafted did you volunteer or were you a substitute and if a substitute for whom
Answer. I served Two Trips of four months each as a Drafted soldier and one month as a volunteer soldier.
Question. State the names of some of the Regular Officers who were with the Troops where you served such Continental and Malitia Regiments as you can recolect and the general circumstances of your services
Answer, I saw General Washington & Layfayette at the Seige of Little york I also was acquainted with John McCandlass who had been a regular soldier, but afterwards was my adjutant the first tour I performed – the balance of the Question I have answered in the body of my Declaration–
Question. Did you ever receive a discharge from the service and if so by whom was it given and what has become of it
Answer. I do not recolect of ever receiving any discharge from the service I do not know why, nor do I think any of the soldiers did at the time I served –
Question State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighbourhood and who can testify as to your character for veracity and their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution
Answer – I am well acquainted with Parson Anthony B Lambert and Col. John T. Burtwell both of my neighbourhood. they can Testify as to my character for veracy and their belief and the neighbourhoods belief of my services in the Revolution – [signed] David Campbell
NOTE: Lafayette commanded Virginia militiamen and Continental troops under Gen. Anthony Wayne. Rochambeau commanded the French land troops. Rochambeau and Washington arrived at Williamsburg on 14 Sep 1781.