Person:Elisha Wallen (2)

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Name Elisha Wallen
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Overview

Elisha Wallen applied for a revolutionary War pension in September of 1851, while living in Warren County Ohio. He gives his age as 91, and his date of birth as March 1760. According to his application

he was called out at Washington County, Virginia in the year 1777 or 1778 to act as an Indian spy, or guard and ranger on the frontier. That he was commanded by Captain James Gibson, in the Virginia Militia. That he continued in said service about five years, being sent home during the winter months. That he was stationed at BLACKAMORES or BLACKAMORES FORT, at RYE COVE FORT, and MARTIN’S STATION, his business being to guard said places.

This Elisha Wallen is probably not Person:Elisha Wallen (3) "the Long Hunter", as "the Long Hunter" was an adult well before 1760. [1] This Elisha Wallen may be, however the son of the Long hunter, or conceivably a nephew. He states that his uncle Joseph Wallen was living in Hawkins County TN about 1830, and he could have been the brother of Elisha the Long Hunter. A John Wallens was also living in this area during the 1780's and this Elisha could have been his son.

Personal Data

See the talk page for Wallen Family in Southwest Virginia for data collection.

Personal Data
VitaDatumSource/Basis/Comment
DOB:6 March 1760Pension Application
POB:Henry Co. VirginiaPension Application
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Disambiguation

There are several related Elisha Wallen's, data for whom have been interchanged in some of the genealogical literature.

Person:Elisha Wallen (3) is said to have been born in 1734, and is the most likely candidate for being "The Long Hunter". Source:Redd, 1899 describes Elisha Wallens, the Long Hunter, as being about 40 years of age in 1774. (While Redd's assessment matches exactly with the 1734 DOB given by some, that DOB may actually be based on Redds assessment of his age, and doesn't necessarily serve to confirm this identification).
Person:Elisha Wallen (2) was born in 1760 (per his pension application), and is much too young to have been the "Long Hunter". It is not immediately clear who his father was, but it is clear that he was active in southwest Virginia during the Revolution.
Person:Elisha Wallen (4) gave a deposition in a court case in 1811, indicating that he was 27 years of age, hence born c1784. It is clear that he was familiar with persons in SW VA, and presumably lived there, if not at birth, then shortly thereafter. Who his father was is not obvious.


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person:Elisha Wallen (1)ActiveUser:Genealogist84 Mary Hughes
person:Elisha Wallen (2)ActiveUser:Quolla61760 Probably the son of Elisha Wallen, the Long Hunter
person:Elisha Wallen (3)ActiveUser:Quolla61734 AKA "the Long Hunter"
person:Elisha Wallen (4)EmptyUser:Quolla6 1784 appears in Court Records
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Bibliography

  1. Walling Archives, Rootsweb Pension Application
  2. Source:Wallin, 1990. Wallin, Carolyn D. 1990. Elisha Wallen: the longhunter. Johnson City, Tenn: Overmountain Press.

Footnotes

  1. While its possible that the DOB given in the pension appliaction transcription is in error, it is unlikely that he could have been much older than his stated age of 91 in 1851. In any case, an Elisha Wallens age 90, appears in the Warren County Ohio census of 1850, with a Lucy Wallens, age 56. This is presumably the same person who made the pension application the following year, and so we can be reasonably confident that this person was indeed a child at the time that the "long Hunter" was active in southwest Virginia.

Sources

Elisha Wallen may be a son of Elisha Wallen the Long Hunter. The following pension application indicates that he was born in 1760, and so would be too young to be the Long Hunter. However, it is clear from the statement that he was living in the lower portion of Washington County during the Revolution; this seems consistent with what might be expected for a son of the Long Hunter.

Revolutionary War Pension Application for Elisha Walling b. 1760

State of OHIO, Warren County On the third day of September A. D. 1851, personally appeared ELISHA WALLEN, (before me a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, in said County and State), a resident of said county and State aged (91 years) ninety-one years, who being first duly affirmed according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of congress passed 7 June 1832. That he was called out at Washington County, Virginia in the year 1777 or 1778 to act as an Indian spy, or guard and ranger on the frontier. That he was commanded by Captain James Gibson, in the Virginia Militia. That he continued in said service about five years, being sent home during the winter months. That he was stationed at BLACKAMORES or BLACKAMORES FORT, at RYE COVE FORT, and MARTIN’S STATION, his business being to guard said places. That no battle was fought in that quarter during his service so as to call him into battle. That hat and during his said service he had no intercourse with any other troops other than Captain Joseph Blackamore’s Company who were out on the same service and in the same district of country as he was. That he has no documentary evidence of any kind to prove his said service. That some eleven or twelve years ago, he employed one Alfred Newell, Esq. Of Claiborne County, Tennessee in Taswell Town to apply for a pension for him. That said Newell did nothing in the matter. That about nine years ago he employed one John Netherton, Esq. Of Hawkins county, State of Tennessee who processed the affidavit of one of his fellow soldiers, SANDER ( ).(bottom cut off)

1 st question: Where and in what year were you born? ANSWER: —I was born 6 March 1760 in Henry Co. Virginia.

2 nd question: Have you any record of your age and where is it? ANSWER: —I have no record of my age in my possession; my age was recorded in a Bible which belonged to my uncle JOSEPH WALLEN –was in his possession about 60 years ago.—said Joseph has deceased, died some sixty years ago—said record is the only one I know of, of my age; where it is now, I know not; when I knew of its being in possession of said Joseph he was living in Hawkins County, Tenn.

3 rd question: Where were you living when called into the Service, where have you lived since the Revolutionary War, and where do you now reside? ANSWER: I was living in Washington Co., Va. at the time I entered the service. Since the war, I lived in Washington Co., Va. a short time. The county was divided after the war so I lived in Lee County, Va. about 10 years. Then I lived near Lexington, Kentucky; Fayette Co.; then Madison Co., KY; then Claiborne Co., Tenn. about two years; then Knox Co., Ky; then Claiborne Co., Tenn. He left nine years ago to live in Warren Co., Ohio.

4th question: Where were you living when called into the service, were you drafted, did you volunteer or were you a substitute? ANSWER—When called into the service, I was living in Washington County, State of Virginia. I was not drafted, I was a Volunteer.

5th question: State the general circumstances of your service? ANSWER: —I was an Indian Spy or Guard and Ranger, my business was to guard Blackamores Fort, Rye Cove Fort, and some times Martin’s Station. The Indians frequently stole horses of the settlers during my said service during which time myself and others would follow after them & frequently retook the horses so stolen by them, and frequently dispersed and drove back the Indians when we had a knowledge of their killing the white settlers—which was frequently the case.

6th question: Did you receive a discharge from the service? ANSWER—: I never received a discharge from service.

7th question: State the names of person who can testify for you.

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He left the service April or May, 1782 at Knox Co., KY. He did not get papers. By: Regin B. Edwards – Judge