Person:John Puckett (15)

John W. Puckett
b.26 February 1764 Augusta County, Virginia
d.30 September 1844 White County, Tennessee
m. 4 May 1762
  1. George Puckett1762 -
  2. John W. Puckett1764 - 1844
  3. Rosanna Puckettabt 1766 - abt 1812
  4. Judith Puckett1768 -
  5. Phebe Puckett1770 - 1808
  6. Drury P. Puckettabt 1777 -
  7. Robert Puckett1779 - 1860
  8. Nancy Puckett1781 -
  • HJohn W. Puckett1764 - 1844
  • WRhoda Lidyabt 1784 -
m. 4 December 1809
Facts and Events
Name John W. Puckett
Gender Male
Birth? 26 February 1764 Augusta County, Virginia
Marriage 4 December 1809 White County, Tennesseeto Rhoda Lidy
Death? 30 September 1844 White County, Tennessee

John Puckett was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Revolutionary War Pension Information

Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 4, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :

Puckett, John - born 12/26/1764 in Botetourt [then Augusta*] County, Virginia; entered service 1779 in Washington County (area later Russell County), Virginia, various times for frontier guard duty & in scouting parties; resided after Revolutionary War in Knox County, Kentucky thence to Pulaski County, Kentucky, then to White County, Tennessee, where granted Pension in 1834 when residing there for abt. 23 years; died 9/30/1844; married 12/25/1806 to Rhoda Lida/Lidy (Marriage Bond 12/4/1806 with Rhoda Lydy) in White County, Tennessee; widow applied for Pension age 71 in DeKalb County, Tennessee, 1855, & Pension Application was rejected. F-8511, R1983.

  1.   Graves, William T. Southern Campaign Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters.

    Pension application of John Puckett R8511 Rhoda f40VA
    Transcribed by Will Graves rev'd 12/4/12

    State of Tennessee, White County
    On this 16 day of January A.D. 1834 personally appeared on open court before the Justices of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of said County and State now sitting in the town of Sparta John Puckett a resident of White County Tennessee aged Sixty nine years past, 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. In the year 1779 as well as he now recollects he resided in Washington County in that portion of it which is now Russell County, in the Western part of Virginia, which was then a frontier settlement. He entered the service of the United States under the following circumstances. The Indians, about the period above mentioned became remarkably troublesome and dangerous to the inhabitants. The county contained four forts to wit: Richland, Elk Garden, Glade Hollow and Castlewoods. The depredations of the Indians rendered it necessary to guard these forts into which the inhabitants had fled for safety. There was also a fort called Rico fort, further West that any of the others. This Declarant among others volunteered his services under Captain Thomas Price and went to Rico fort under Charles Hays, who had a temporary command of the troops who went to that fort. Captain Price had the regular command at Elk Garden fort. At Rico fort this Declarant and the little band to which he belonged only remained a very short time -- He thinks about two weeks -- when he returned to Elk Garden fort where he was stationed under Captain Price and remained guarding the fort in all about seven years to the best of his recollection. During the whole of this period, it was customary for Captain Price to send out scouting parties every week or nearly so all the soldiers taking that service in turns. There were something like three hundred families in that fort. In the Winter Season, they could return to their homes, the Indians being generally at those periods far removed, and no danger being apprehended. In the summer season occasionally some would work in raising crops, while others would guard those at work. They were however required to hold themselves ready for service at a minutes warning. This Declarant can say with entire certainty that during this period, he was in actual and active service, either guarding the frontier or on scouting parties, two years. 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 any agency in any State. He has no documentary evidence, nor does he know of any living witness whose testimony he can procure to prove his service.
    Answers to the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department and propounded by the Court--
    1st. He was born in Bottetourt County [Botetourt County Virginia] Virginia in the year 1764 on the 26th day of February.
    2nd. He has a record of his age.
    3rd. He was living in Washington County Virginia when called into service as above stated. Since the Revolutionary War he has resided in Knox County Kentucky, Pulaski County Kentucky, and White County Tennessee where he now resides and where he has resided for twenty three years past.
    4th. He volunteered when called into service.
    5th. He has stated the name of the only officer who was with the troops where he served. He was in no Battle during his service. Nor was there anything very remarkable that occurred, except what was usual on the frontier.
    6th. He received no written discharge but what dismissed from service, as were all the remaining troops by Captain Price.
    7th. He refers to the following individuals to whom he is known in his present neighborhood and who can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief of his service as a soldier of the Revolution, to wit. Turner Law Esq. William Glenn. James Davis Esq. Rev. Henry Burton.
    Sworn to in open Court, 16th January A.D. 1834
    S/ Jacob A. Law, Clerk of White County Court
    S/ John Puckett, Seal
    We Henry Burton a clergyman residing in the County of White and John Jett residing in the same County hereby certify that we are well acquainted with John Puckett who has subscribed and sworn to the foregoing Declaration, that we believe him to be sixty nine years of age, that we believe him to have been a soldier of the Revolution. We have never heard it even disputed or doubted.
    S/ Henry Burton, Seal
    S/ John Jett, Seal
    Sworn to in open Court, 16th January A.D. 1834
    S/ Jacob A. Law, Clerk White County Court
    [f p. 18]
    State of Tennessee White County: Sct.
    On this 21st day of November 1834 George Smith personally appeared before me the
    undersigned justice of the peace for which County and made oath in due form of law that he is well acquainted with John Puckett who now resides in the County of White and who appears to be placed on the pension roll of the United States. He states he has known John Puckett since a boy, was raised in the same neighborhood in the State of Virginia, and from that knowledge can say with the utmost confidence that he never was a soldier of the revolutionary war. Their acquaintance and conversations sense said war confirms this opinion.
    S/ George Smith
    [f p. 39]
    State of Tennessee Smith County Sct.
    This day Edwin Pickett [sic, signed by "Jeremiah Pickett] personally appeared before me an acting justice of the peace for the County of Smith aforesaid and made oath in due form of law that he is intimately acquainted with John Puckett who now resides in the Northwestern part of White County in the State of Tennessee – that he knew him in the County of Washington in the State of Virginia during the revolutionary war, and that he can speak with great confidence and say that he was not a soldier of the revolution. In this he does not believe he can be mistaken.
    Sworn to and subscribed before me the 5th of October 1834
    S/ John P Williams, JP S/ Jeremiah Pickett, E his Mark
    [f p. 26]
    In the case of John Puckett Pensioner John Jett is one of the witnesses who establishes his claim George Smith & Jeremiah Picket impeach it. I would believe John Jett Statement in preference to two thousand of the others as to anything he may state. December 13th 1834
    (Signed) John B. Forester 1
    M. Congress [member of Congress]
    [f p. 8]
    State of Tennessee, DeKalb County
    On the 16th day of May 1855 personally appeared before the undersigned a Justice of the Peace and Justice of the County Court of said County (which is a Court of record) Rhoda Puckett a Resident of DeKalb County State of Tennessee age Seventy one years who being duly sworn according to law doth as her oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the act of Congress passed 3rd Feby 1853 2nd Session.
    That she is the widow of John Puckett, dec'd who was a Revolutionary Pensioner of the United States at the rate of Twenty dollars per annum under act of 7th June 1832 and drew his pension at the Nashville Tennessee agency. She further declares, that she was married to the said John Puckett on the 25 of December in the year Eighteen hundred and nine in White County in the State of Tennessee by one Isaac Glenn a Justice of the Peace. That her name before marriage was Rhoda Lida. That her husband the aforesaid John Puckett died on the 30th day of September 1844. That she was married to him at the time above stated. She further swears that she was a widow at the passage of the Act and is still a widow and that she has never before made application for a Pension under said Act and that she has in her possession no record or other documentary Evidence in support of her claim.
    (Signed) Rhoda Puckett, X her mark
    Sworn to and subscribed on the and year above written before me
    S/ W. H. Meggerson, JP
    DeKalb County
    [f p. 11: Copy of a marriage bond dated December 4, 1809 issued in White County Tennessee to John Puckett and Caleb Fraley conditioned upon the marriage of John Puckett and Rhody Lydy.]
    [Veteran was pensioned at the rate of $20 per annum commencing March 4th, 1831, for service as a private for 6 months in the Virginia militia.]

    1 FORESTER, John B., a Representative from Tennessee; born in McMinnville, Warren County, Tenn., birth date unknown; received a limited schooling; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress and reelected as an Anti-Jacksonian candidate to the Twenty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1837); died August 31, 1845.