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Robert Shaw
b.abt. 1754
 
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Name Robert Shaw
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1754
Marriage 20 May 1779 Guilford County, North Carolinato Elizabeth Hamilton



Pension Application

Pension Application Of Robert Shaw, Natl Archives Microseries M804, Roll 2162, Application #W6006
Elizabeth, widow of ROBERT SHAW, a resident of Sumner County, Tennessee, aged 85 years in July 1840:
That…ROBERT SHAW entered the service in the year 1775 as an enlisted soldier in the regular army for a tour of two years in Captain SMITH’s company of the 4th regiment and was discharged on the tenth of August, 1777…ROBERT SHAW was then living in Guilford County, NC and that in the year 1779, he again entered the service in what was called the New Levees, for a tour of nine months, but this declarant does not recollect whether it was as a volunteer or as a militiaman…She was informed by her husband…ROBERT SHAW that whilst he was out in the tour, he was at the Battle of Briar Creek [per Heitman, March 3, 1779].”
He, after this tour, returned home to Guilford Co. and in the year 1780… ROBERT SHAW entered the service as a substitute for one MOSES MCLAIN for a tour of three months as a militiaman, but she does not recollect his officers names, but understood from him that he was at the Battle of Charlotte [per Heitman, September 26, 1780] and after he returned home from this tour and remained some time during which… ROBERT SHAW and this declarant was married and immediately after we were married, the said ROBERT SHAW entered the service in a light horse company commanded by Capt. DANIEL GILLESPIE, and that her husband was then living in Guilford Co., and was shortly afterwards marched to Guilford Courthouse and was in that Battle [per Heitman, March 15, 1781], after which time ROBERT SHAW was continued in service until after CORNWALLIS was taken, after which time he returned home.”
JOHN RANKIN-“South Union, Logan County, KY, January 1841:
Friend Jones, I received your letter of the 4th instant, by which you request me to give all the information I can respecting…said [ROBERT] SHAW’s war services in the Revolution…I know that he took an active part under the militia officers of Guilford County against the Tories in Randolph and other adjacent counties. In the month of March 1780, I volunteered to serve a three months tour in Charleston. Said SHAW was in the same company which was commanded by Capt. WILLIAM BETHEL. The regiment was commanded by Colonel BRANNON, the brigade by WILLIAM CASWELL. After marching and counter-marching on the British lines in hearing of the siege in order to keep the Tories from flocking to the British. On the 12th day of May, Charleston was surrendered and we returned home in June with SHAW in company…The claimant’s [Elizabeth’s] brothers, JAMES, THOMAS, and ROBERT HAMILTON, if alive, can give a better statement of the things in question than that above.”
WILLIAM RYAN-“That he…WILLIAM RYAN served with him (ROBERT SHAW) as a soldier under Col. DONNELL, DANIEL GILLESPIE in the American service when the British come into this state, and he served with him several tours under GILLESPIE in the horse in 1781 and 1782, the length and time he served in all I cannot recollect, but we served in ’82 a good deal, I well recollect, for in them two years we was called on very often for service, for by the time we would get home, we was called out again. The British and the Tories was in the south part of the state and we had to go whenever we were called on and as to his service in the regular army, I cannot say anything about that, I only heard that he served either one year or more…”
THOMAS CUMMINS-That he knew ROBERT SHAW in the time of the Revolutionary War. He said that SHAW was a soldier under Captain JONATHAN GILLESPIE, and thinks to the best of his recollection that ROBERT SHAW served three months at that time, and he, the said THOMAS says that he only served with GILLESPIE that one tour…”
THOMAS HAMILTON-Gallatin County, Illinois, aged 80 years in July 1840: “That he was well acquainted with ROBERT SHAW and Elizabeth Shaw his wife and that said Elizabeth Shaw is a sister to this affiant…The first acquaintance that this affiant had with ROBERT SHAW was in the year 1778, and that said SHAW was a soldier in the War of the Revolution. That he served his first tour as a regular soldier for two years, which was in the early part of the war, as he was informed by said the ROBERT SHAW, and that the said ROBERT SHAW then lived in Guilford County, North Carolina and that in the latter part of the year 1780, the said SHAW joined the service with this affiant as a volunteer in Captain DANIEL GILLESPIE’s light horse company and that he continued in service until after CORNWALLIS was taken, and that we was at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse together. This affiant further states that the said ROBERT SHAW was also at the Battle of Charlotte and at Wahabs Lane [per Heitman, September 21, 1780]…”
BENJAMIN STARRITT, a citizen of Fayette County, Tennessee, being now near 78 years of age...“That he was a soldier in the army of the Revolution and served in the Colonel LEE’s regiment of horse…That he was well acquainted with ROBERT SHAW who was enlisted in the army of Revolution in the North Carolina line for the term of three years by Lieutenant JAMES STARRETT and Captain JOHN NELSON’s company in Colonel ALEXANDER MARTIN’s regiment. This regiment was ordered to the north, in which ROBERT SHAW was an acting sergeant in the recruiting department and while this regiment was in the north, ROBERT SHAW was discharged and returned home to Guilford County, NC the same settlement were he enlisted.” “Some time after his return home, the same ROBERT SHAW again enlisted for the term of nine months in ?company of troops called the New Levees in the North Carolina line, and while this same ROBERT SHAW was in the line of his duty in this nine months tour, ROBERT SHAW and I, B. STARRITT was both engaged in battle against the enemy at Briar Creek, and I know he served this nine months tour fully out.” “And afterwards, I, BENJAMIN STARRITT met with the same ROBERT SHAW in the army and in Colonel DAVIE’s regiment of horsemen and in Captain GILLESPIE’s company. This army of men engaged in battle with the enemy at Wahab’s Lane in Mecklenburg County, NC. We again engaged in battle with the enemy at Charlotte in the same state and county. The enemy was commanded by LORD RAWDON…” “…Afterwards General GREENE engaged in battle with LORD CORNWALLIS at Guilford Courthouse, and said ROBERT SHAW was there engaged in battle and acted bravely. Also the same ROBERT SHAW was again engaged in battle at the Raft Swamps [summer or fall of 1781]. In all of the above named battles, this soldier ROBERT SHAW was both brave and obedient and generally acted in the army as an uncommissioned officer…”

[Source: http://files.usgwarchives.org/nc/guilford/military/revwar/pensions/shaw260gmt.txt]