Facts and Events
Peter Van Pelt was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Land Grant Surveys in Virginia:
- Page 66 - Peter Vanpelt, 100 acres, Linvils Creek. Adjoining Tunis Vanpelt', John Ewin, Mesicks. April 6, 1786. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 120
Revolutionary War Pension Information
Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 6, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :
- Van Pelt, Peter - entered service 1777 in Amherst County, (area later Rockingham County) Virginia, in Virginia company to fight Indians; entered service 1778 in Virginia regiment; died 4/4/1831 in Rockingham County, Virginia; married there 3/13/1778 Agness who was granted Pension there in 1847 age 76, per Court Justices Jacob Rush, Samuel H. Lewis, Isaac Thomas, Richard Fletcher & P Fletcher; Edward H. Smith made affidavit there then age 70-71 that he was born near soldier's home, per County Justice of the Peace Richard P. Fletcher; David Ralston made affidavit there then age 76-77 that he was a Revolutionary War pensioner, born there & resided near soldier there; James Blain made affidavit then in Monroe County, Indiana, he entered service 1777 in Rockingham County, Virginia, with soldier; widow's 4th child mentioned but not named resided 1838 abt. age 51 in Harrisonburg, Virginia; widow died 8/25/1840. F-W18198, R2449.
- ↑ 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 Peter Van Pelt W18198
State of Virginia Rockingham County: SS
On this 17th day of April 1837 personally appeared before the Justices of the County Court of said County, Agnes Van Pelt, a resident of the County of Rockingham and State of Virginia, aged Seventy-six years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath, make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision may by the act of Congress passed July 4th, 1836: That she is the widow of Peter Van Pelt, who was a private in the militia service of the United States during the Revolutionary War; and served as follows, viz. In the fall of the year 1777 and before she was married to said Peter Van Pelt, he was drafted as a private in the Rockingham militia, and marched against the Indians in Tyger's or Tygart's Valley in Virginia, under Captain Robert Cravens [Robert Craven], and served a three month tour, as she has always understood from her husband, and believes.
On the 13th of March 1778, this applicant and her husband were married and in a very short time after their marriage, she thinks it was not more than three weeks afterwards, he marched as a private militia man under a draft, made upon the Rockingham militia; he marched directly to General Washington's head quarters at Valley Forge as she has always understood and believe; and entered the service of the United States in General Washington's Army, under the immediate command of Colonel Neville, Captain John Steed and Lieutenant Benjamin Kinley. She cannot be very positive as to the exact time of his return, owing to her advanced age, and partial loss of memory, but she believes it was some time in the year 1779 after an absence of not less than twelve months, and perhaps more. She understood from her husband that he was with the Army at the time of the battle of Monmouth [June 28, 1778] took place although he was not immediately engaged in the battle himself, he having been appointed one of the guard for the baggage wagons on that day; but he was within hearing of the whole engagement: and she has often heard him speak in strong terms of censure of General Lee's [General Charles Lee] conduct on that occasion. If she ever heard him speak of having been in any other engagement with the enemy during this tour, it has escaped her recollection.
She has no documentary evidence of her husband's services that she is aware of. She further declares that she was married to the said Peter Van Pelt as already stated on the 13th of March 1778, that her husband the aforesaid Peter Van Pelt died on the 4th day of April 1831, and that she remained a widow ever since that period, as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.
S/ Agness Van Pelt, X her mark
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