Facts and Events
John Neal Blair was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
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. :
- Blair, John Neal; entered service 1775 in Augusta County, Virginia; granted Pension age 76 in Greenbrier County, Virginia, 1818. R257.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - John Neal Blair's Declaration, June 23d, 1818: Age 76; enlisted in Augusta in Capt. Michael Bowyer's Rifle Company of the Twelfth Virginia Regiment under Colonel Wood.
- Virginia Pension Roll of 1835
- Report from the Secretary of War
- JOHN NEAL BLAIR
- GREENBRIER COUNTY
- VIRGINIA LINE
- $96.00 ANNUAL ALLOWANCE
- $736.70 AMOUNT RECEIVED
- DECEMBER 1, 1818 PENSION STARTED
- AGE 84
- DIED FEBRUARY 23, 1826
- Pension Application of John Neal Blair S37779
Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris
Greenbrier County (Towit)
At a Court Held for Greenbrier County on the 23rd day of June 1818.
On the 23rd day of June in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred & Eighteen personally appeared before the County Court of Greenbrier the same being a Court of Record John Neal Blair aged about Seventy Six years resident in the County of Greenbrier & State of Virginia who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the late Act of Congress entitled and act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and navel service of the United States in the Revolutionary War.
That he the said John Neal Blair enlisted in the County of Augusta in the State of Virginia in a Rifle company commanded by Capt. Michael Bowyer of the 12th Virginia Regiment Commanded by Colo. Woods [sic: James Wood] in the year 1775 to serve two years but that under that enlistment he served three years
That he continued to serve in the service of the United States untill the end of three years when he was discharged from Service at Stoney point [sic: Stony Point] in the State of New York in the year 1778.
That he was at the Battles of Trenton [26 Dec 1776] Brandywine [11 Sep 1777] Germantown [4 Oct 1777], Monmouth [28 Jun 1778], Siege of Amboy [possibly Battle at Amboy, 8 Mar 1777] and the takeing of Stoney point [16 Jul 1779]. And that he is in reduced circumstances and stands in need of the assistance of his Country for support
That his discharge which was signed by Colo. Russle [sic: William Russell] was placed by him in the hands of Capt. Jacob Lockheart [Jacob Lockhart] to procure for him his land and back pay but he never got back either the discharge from Lockheart or anything else
NOTE: A document dated 27 June 1820 states that Blair had been “for some time past in a deranged state of mind that he is not Capable of taking care of himself that he is not possessed of any visible property or any property in trust for him,” and that others had been appointed to draw his pension.