Person:Thomas Ussery (1)

Thomas Ussery
m. 1754
  1. Christian Ussery1754 - 1825
  2. Mary Ussery1756 -
  3. Richard Ussery1757 -
  4. Thomas Ussery1759 - 1834
Facts and Events
Name Thomas Ussery
Gender Male
Birth? 25 Jan 1759 King William County, Virginia
Death? 4 Mar 1834 Granville County, North Carolina


Note: several Internet Trees, including claim (in error) that this Thomas Ussery married Sarah Williams in Lunenburg County, Virginia in 1797. Lunenburg County Marriage Records prove that it was actually a William Ussery that married Sarah Williams, and this William Ussery died in 1809 in Lunenburg County, with wife Sarah named in his estate records with their four young children. Additional research is needed on this family.

American Revolutionary War Veteran

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. :

Ussery, Thomas - born 1/25/1759 in King William County, Virginia; entered service 1777 in Hanover County, Virginia, where he resided, in Virginia company; moved to Lunenburg County, Virginia, where entered service 1779 in Virginia company; query letter in file in 1934 from Edna M. Wylie, Palestine, Texas, says she was a descendant of Revolutionary War soldier Robert Ussery, who was born in Virginia abt. 1759, son of Thomas (came abt. 1730 from Scotland or England to America)[Note: this is referring to a different person]; query letter in file in 1934 from descendant Mrs. O.L. Fletcher of Temple, Texas. F-S7778, R2437.
  1.   Revolutionary War Pension Application

    Revolutionary War Pension Affidavit of Thomas Ussery
    State of North Carolina
    Granville County

    On this 5th day of March 1833 personally appeared in open court before his honor
    Tomas Settle of the Superior Court of Law and Equity for the County of Granville
    aforesaid Thomas Ussery, a resident of said county, aged seventy four years who
    after 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 Jun. 7th 1832.

    This declarant has no knowledge of the existence of any record of his age, but
    from the accounts which he has always received and believed to be correct, he
    was born on the 25th day of January 1759 in the County of King William in the
    State of Virginia. Before his recollection his father moved to the County of
    Hanover and carried this declarant with him. At the commencement of the
    Revolutionary War this declarant lived in the County of Hanover. In the year
    1778 or 1779 he removed to the County of Lunenberg and at the close of the
    Revolutionary war he removed to the County of Granville, State of N.C. where he
    has resided ever since.

    By reason of old age and consequent loss of memory the declarant cannot swear
    positively as to the precise length of his service, but according to the best of
    his recollection he served not less than the periods mentioned before and in the
    following grades. For eight months and a half, I served as a private in the
    ranks except a short time that I was made a fifer and for which service he
    claims a pension. About the month of September 1778 while he served in the
    company of Capt. William Johnson. He was called into service as a private in the
    Militia and placed under Capt. Stark who marched to Williamsburg and remained
    there about three weeks and then to Yorktown for about the same time and then
    returned to Williamsburg at which place the declarant was discharged and went
    home after having been in service for six weeks.

    In the Spring or Summer of 1779 as well as the declarant can recollect, after he
    had moved to Lunenberg County, he was called into service as a private in the
    Militia company commanded by Capt. Anthony Street who marched to Petersburg, Va.
    and there abouts for about one month when he and the rest of the company were
    discharged at or near Petersburg.

    In the fall of 1780, he believes, this declarant was again called into service
    as a private in the Militia company commanded by Capt. Mackey who marched to
    Petersburg, Richmond and to Ruffin's Ferry on Pamunkey River where Capt. Mackey
    being taken sick the company was put under Capt. Ruffin who marched them to
    headquarters where he thinks one Lawson commanded. After being in service about
    two months he was discharged near Ruffin's Ferry together with the rest of the

    Early in the net year, 1781, he was called into service as a private in the
    Militia company commanded by Capt. William Ragsdale and marched to Price Edward
    Court House where he joined the troops commanded by General Lawton. From there
    he marched under the command of Major Overstreet to the Point of fork on the
    James River which they crossed at Carter's Ferry and being pursued by the
    British went to Goochland Courthouse and joined Gen. Wayne's army at the
    Wilderness Bridge on the Rappahonnock? River and marched under him to
    Williamsburg where he was discharged after being in service about two months.
    Shortly after he returned home he was called into service as a private in the
    Militia company commanded by Capt. Fisher and marched towards Yorktown where
    Gen. Washington was besieging Cornwallis. This declarant was in camp during the
    siege but was most generally employed on forage guard. After being in service
    about two months he was discharged about the time that Lord Cornwallis

    The dates stated in the forgoing declaration are such as this declarant believes
    to be true, but the time has been so long that it is impossible to remember
    dates with any precision. He may therefore be mistaken in times but the
    circumstances which are in the different years enable him to remember the
    different tours he served and he believes the length of the different tours as
    stated about is rather less than he actually served. He knows of no person now
    living by whom he could prove his active services. At the end of each tour he
    received a discharge paper from his commanding officer to go home but these were
    document now care of and are long destroyed and he knows of no written document
    now in existence which would show his service.

    He therefore relinquishes all claims to any pension or annuity whatsoever except
    the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency
    of any state.

    Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid. Thomas (his mark) Usury

    We, Thomas I. Cook (a clergyman) residing in the county of Granville, State of
    North Carolina and Richard Ussery Lemay residing in the same county do hereby
    certify that we are well acquainted with Thomas Ussery who has been subscribed
    and sworn to above declaration. We believe him to be seventy four years of age,
    that he has reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have
    been a soldier in the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion. Signed:
    Thomas Cook - Richard Ussery Lemay

    And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of
    the matter and after putting the interrogation prescribed by the War Dept, that
    the above name applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he states.
    And the Court further certifies that i t appears to them that Thomas Cook who
    has signed the preceeding certificate is a clergyman resident in the county of
    Granville and that Richard U. Lemay, who has also signed the same is a resident
    in the same county and is a creditable person, and that their statement is
    entitled to credit. Thos. Settle

    North Carolina 16.919
    Thomas Ussery, Granville County, in the State of North Carolina, who was a Pt.
    in the Company commanded by Captain Stark of the Regt. commanded by Col.------
    in the Virginia ------- for 8 1/2 mo. Private $25.00. Inscribed in the Roll of
    North Carolina at the rate of 25 Dollars per annum to commence on the 4th day of
    March 1831. Certificate of Pension issued the 15th day of October and sent to
    the Pensioner 1833 Ford Creek P. Cert.

    Arrears to the 4th of Sept. 1833.......62.50
    Semi-annual allowance ending 4 Mar 1834.....17.50
    Recorded by John T. Sprague, Clerk, Book E. Vol 6 1/2, page 77.

  2.   Greenville, South Carolina, United States. 1790 U.S. Census Population Schedule.

    1790 United States Federal Census
    Name: Thomas Ussery
    Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Greenville, South Carolina
    Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 1
    Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 1
    Free White Persons - Females: 4
    Number of Household Members: 6

  3.   Granville, North Carolina, United States. 1830 U.S. Census Population Schedule.

    1830 United States Federal Census
    Name: Thomas Wery
    [Thomas Ussery]
    [Thomas Usry]
    Home in 1830 (City, County, State): South Regiment, Granville, North Carolina
    Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
    Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
    Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
    Free White Persons - Males - 70 thru 79: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 2
    Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1
    Free White Persons - Under 20: 2
    Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 4
    Total Free White Persons: 8
    Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 8