Family:John Clayton and Hannah Kyle (1)

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Marriage? 1788 Greenville (district), South Carolina, United States
Other? 1809 Hawkins, Tennessee, United States
14 Mar 1881
AFT 9 Jul 1881
  1.   Hannah Evans, in Southern Campaign Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters.

    Pension application of John Clayton R2031 Hannah fn22SC
    Transcribed by Will Graves 5/27/11
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    State of Tennessee Monroe County: SS
    On this 8th day of April 1845 personally appeared before me Alexander Sloan an acting
    Justice of the peace, and one of the Justices of the County Court of said County, Hannah Clayton,
    a resident of the County and State aforesaid now in the 76th year of her age, who being first duly
    sworn according to law, doth, on her oath, make the following Declaration, in order to obtain the
    benefit of the Act of Congress passed the 7th July 1838, entitled "An act granting half pay and
    pensions to certain widows," (and an act approved the 23rd day of August 1842, amendatory
    thereof, and a resolution approved the 16th day of August 1842, entitled, A resolution declarative
    of the Pension Acts of July 7th 1838) and the act of the 3rd of March 1843 granting one year's
    pay and pensions to certain widows, and the act of the 17th of June 1844, continuing certain
    persons on the Pension roll four years longer; that she is the widow of John Clayton who was a
    Lieutenant in a company of South Carolina State Troops under the command of Captain Motley
    of Greenville District, and in a Regiment commanded by Colonel __ Earl [Earle] of said District;
    her husband the said John Clayton entered his Country's Service soon after the commencement
    of the Revolutionary War to wit early in the year 1776 and continued in service, at different
    times, as in his lifetime he has often related to the said Hannah Clayton, until after the capture of
    Cornwallis in the fall of 1781 and she verily believes that her husband served as aforesaid in said
    company and Regiment, at different periods more than two years, between the date of his
    entering this service and his leaving it, and that she relies on her late husband's statements to her
    in his lifetime for the truth of her declaration that his service was principally rendered in the
    Carolinas and mostly in the country immediately around Earle's Fort on North Pacolet River; that
    owing to her great loss of memory and infirmities of age, she is unable to name any other officers
    with whom her husband served, or to relate minutely the particular incidents of his service she
    has heard him rehearse, or to state the Countries through which he marched or the engagement or
    skirmishes he was in, but that she remembers to have heard him say that he was in active service
    during the 2nd invasion of the Carolinas by the British in the year 1780 and 1781; that she knows of no living witness by whom she can prove the service of her husband, nor has she any written
    or documentary evidence in her possession to establish the fact; that about the year 1809 her
    husband's mill on War Creek in Hawkins County Tennessee where he then resided, was washed
    away, and all his books and papers being in the mill, including the evidence of his service in the
    Revolutionary war, were lost and destroyed. She further declares that she was married to the
    said John Clayton on the __ day of __ in the year 1788, in Greenville District, South Carolina;
    that her husband the aforesaid John Clayton died on the 15th of November 1828 then aged about
    94 years; that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service, but that the marriage
    took place previous to the first day of January 1794 to wit, at the time above stated.
    Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written before me.
    S/ Alex Sloan S/ Hannah Clayton, X her mark

    [fn p. On April 10, 1845, in Monroe County Tennessee, Lucinda Avans, 68, gave testimony that
    she is the sister of Hannah Clayton, formerly Hannah Kyle; that she was not present at the
    marriage of her sister to John Clayton but believes they were lawfully married and lived together
    as man and wife; that John Clayton was reputed in Greenville district South Carolina to have
    been a Lieutenant in the revolutionary war.]

    [fn p. 16: Certificate from the South Carolina Comptroller General's office dated July 3, 1845
    showing an indent to Mister John Clayton for 21 pounds 19 shillings and 3 ¼ pence sterling for
    duty in Roebuck's Regiment per audited account.]