Facts and Events
John Crawford 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. :
Crawford, John - born 10/29/1762 seven miles below Staunton, [Augusta County], Virginia; moved with father from Augusta County, Virginia to Surry County, North Carolina, where entered service 1778; after Revolutionary War moved to Washington County, Tennessee, thence to several Tennessee Counties, lastly to Rhea County, Tennessee, where granted Pension in 1833; died 1/31/1841 leaving children mentioned but not named; query letter in file 1910 from great grandson H.A. Crawford, Dayton, Rhea County, Tennessee, states soldier had son W.A. [Crawford], born in South Carolina & had two brothers who were Revolutionary War soldiers. R687.
- CRAWFORD, JOHN, born October 28, 1762 near Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia; died January 31, 1841 at Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee. Married Mary Vernon in Spartansburg, South Carolina, 1782. She was born in Spartansburg in 1761 and died in Tennessee, 1831.
- SERVICE:Private, served in Battles of Brier Creek, Eutaw Springs and others. Served in 1780 under Captain Gibson, Major Joel Harris and in 1784 under Captain Edmond Hickman and Colonel Rutherford, Surry County, North Carolina.
- 1. William Ayers, born September 2, 1783, married Martha (Matty) Blakely.
- 2. John, Jr.
- 3. Polly, married Silas White.
- Probably other children.
- MEMBERS:Elizabeth Crawford Livermore, No. 546956.
- Mary Catherine Crawford Vincent, No. 546956.
- Lois Vincent Boone, No. 509314.
- Marybelle Crawford Buchanan, No. 563626.
- [Citation: Roster of Revolutionery Ancestors - Texas Society, http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CRAWFORD/1999-07/0932324803].
- Graves, William T. Southern Campaign Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters.
Pension application of John Crawford S3226 fn25NC
Transcribed by Will Graves 12/18/10
State of Tennessee Bledsoe County: County Court November Session in the year of our Lord 1833
On the 11th day of November 1833 personally appeared in open Court before the worshipful Justices of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions in and for the County and State aforesaid now sitting John Crawford a resident of Rhea County Tennessee aged 71 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 7th 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein after stated (to wit) That he entered the service of the United States in Surry County in the State of North Carolina as a volunteer some time he thinks about the 10th of November 1778, his officers were Captain Smith 1st Colonel Matthew Locke 2nd Colonel Pervard [sic, Alexander Brevard] and General Rutherford. Marched to Pyrusburg [sic, Purrysburg] in South Carolina there he turned out as a volunteer in a scouting party and was put under the command of Captain Shepherd, Colonel litle [sic, Archibald Lytle] and Major Nelson marched to Augusta and joined General Nash [sic, General John Ashe] crossed Savannah River marched to Briar Creek where he was in a battle against the British. After the battle recrossed Savannah River and joined his old Company under General Rutherford at a place called the two Sisters in South Carolina from there marched to Turky [Turkey] Hill from there marched to Salisbury in North Carolina where he was regularly discharged by his Captain Smith after having served five months the term for which he volunteered. His discharge has been lost or mislaid.
Some time in December 1780 he volunteered for six months in Surry County State of North Carolina his Officers were Captain Gibson Woodridge and Major Joel Lewis rendezvoused at Surry Court House marched to various places through the State of North Carolina was in no particular engagement but was in active service until his six months had expired the time for which he volunteered when he was regularly discharge by his Captain after having served out his six months. His discharge has been lost or mislaid.
Sometime in August 1781 he volunteered in Surry County North Carolina for three months his officers were Lieutenant James Adkinson Captain Edmond Hickman, Colonel Rutherford marched to the High Hills of Santee where he joined General Greene from there marched to the Eutaw Springs where he was in a battle against the British. After the battle returned to Salisbury North Carolina remained in Salisbury guarding some prisoners until the time for which he volunteered had expired when he was regularly discharged by his Lieutenant William Fletcher after having served three months. This discharge is also lost or mislaid.
He was acquainted with Generals Greene and Lincoln and Colonel Vance and Maj. Lewis all of the regular line he was also acquainted with the officers named above of the militia.
He has seen a record of his age in his father's Bible which is since lost. He was born on the 29th day of October 1762 seven miles below Staunton in Virginia moved with his father to Surry County North Carolina where he resided during the revolutionary war from there moved to Washington County Tennessee then to Greene, Knox, Anderson, Bledsoe, Hamilton, Marion and Bledsoe [Counties] again all in the State of Tennessee then to Rhea County in the State of Tennessee where he now resides and has resided for the last six months.
The reason that he did not make his declaration in Rhea County that he had not resided there sufficiently long to get his neighbors to testify for him and that he had resided longer in Bledsoe.
He has no documentary evidence nor does he know of any person by whom he can prove his services in the revolution. He is acquainted in Bledsoe County his former neighborhood with William Nail a clergyman and Colonel Samuel C Lowe and Colonel William Brown who can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief of his services as a soldier of the revolution.
He hereby relinquishes every claim 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.
Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
S/ John Crawford, X his mark
[William Nail, a clergyman, Samuel C Lowe and William Brown gave the standard supporting affidavit.]
[Veteran was pensioned at the rate of $46.66 commencing March 4th, 1831, for one year and two months service as a private in the North Carolina militia.]