Facts and Events
John Davis 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. 2, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :
Revolutionary Pension Declaration
JOHN DAVIS was born about 1758 in Virginia. He later moved to Kentucky.
John died after 1832 in Kentucky.
John DAVIS Virginia
September 14, 1832, personally appeared before Robert Belshea, J. P., the above named soldier, age 74, December 12, next, states that he first enlisted 1776, just after New Years under Roby Madison, the 2nd Lt. of the company in Botetourt County, Virginia, and served in Col. McClanahan, Maj. Polston? & Capt. Thomas Posey. I served about 10 months & got sick. In the mean time my brother Thomas Davis, came down to the army to see me & finding me sick, agreed to stay in the army in my place, with my Captain until I might go home & recover & return but before I got well he wrote me that he could serve my 2 Years out & did so & he then enlisted for 3 years longer. I received a furlough to come home from my officer or Captain, when I was sick & my brother took my place as aforesaid. In this term of enlistment I was in no battle except at Guinns Island, against the British commanded by Lord Dunmore. From Botetourt County, Virginia. We first marched to Glancester? courthouse & joined part of the regiment & thence to Augusta, thence through Albemarel, thence easterly to the sea shore, we then marched to Williamsburg & was there stationed for sometime when & where my brother Thomas Davis came to see me, & by the consent of my officer & Captain & good of the service took my place as specified. After 12 months after my first enlistment, was out I again enlisted for 3 years in Botetourt County, Virginia, sometime in the winter before the Battle of Little York, under Capt. Balomes Smith & served under Col. Frebecker, & Col. Ghaskins, first Christian name not recollected & I think in the 12th regiment of Virginia. We had many generals in the time of service, Gen. Wayne, Gen. Stuben, Gen. Sinclair, LaFayette & Washington, at the siege of York in Virginia, started & marched through Augusta, Albermarel, down James River & joined the main army following * pursuing Lord Cornwallis - his army in every direction he marched. & I was at the siege of York & there one night while on guard had my gun barrel in my hand about halfcut off by the bursting of a bum shell. It set my clothes on fire. I was much stunned & shocked & remained speechless & senseless for sometime until the balance of the guard came to my relief * put out the fire burning my clothes. I then recovered, not experiencing much injury from the shock. After the Battle of York, I was discharged by Nathaniel Lamb. I served 9 months of my last enlistment, I served 19 months as a private, for which I claim compensation. This application made 1832.
A statement from the Treasury Dept., Second Comptroller's Office, Sep 29, 1842, shows that the children of John Davis, dec'd a pension on the rolls of Ky. agency at $63.33 per annum, under the law of June 7, 1832, has been paid, at this Dept. from Sep 4, 1841 to Sep 30, 1841. [the names might possible be obtained by writing to the Treasury Dept., 2nd Comptroller's Office, Washington, D.C.]