1839 – Pension Declaration of Jesse Evans

[transcribed from declaration included in Record S15826 (Jesse Evans), Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, Microfilm M804, Roll 939, National Archives and Records Administration]

A Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832.

State of Missouri
County of Gasconade } ss

On this fifth day of February 1839 Jesse Evans personally appeared before me a Judge of the Circuit Court composed of the Counties of Gasconade as aforesaid and others in the State of Missouri, who being first sworn as the law directs said that he is infirm and not able from body infirmitys to attend in Court at this time it being twenty miles from his residence, that he is seventy nine years old in [ ] last [ ] about the second day of  [ ] 1778 he was commissioned a Captain in the Illinois Virginia Regiment, having previously engaged a company to serve in said Regiment and went immediately into the service as an officer in the said Regiment, and some time afterward marched his company to the boatyard on Holston River, down that into Tennesse River, thence to the Ohio River & thence to the Mississippi River and up to Kaskaskia and took that place. He fell in with George R. Clark at the boat yard on the Holston River to who’s regiment he belonged, after taking Kaskaskia the regiment marched to and took Vincennes, the dates are such recollected some time after this. The said Evans with others was sent into the recruiting service, went back to Virginia to his residence, & shortly after commenced recruiting for the said Regiment there, and in the States of North and South Carolina, which in North Carolina he volunteered and fought at the race path on Haw River when Piles [Pyle] was defeated at Guilford Court House. Some time after this he started his recruits and returned to brig[ ] and when he was on his way back to his Regiment he was overtaken in the wilderness at a place called the Wolf hills where Abingdon in Washington County now stands but was then un[ ] by an [ ] or [ ] to disband his men after Peace was made between the United States and Great Britain. He then returned home. He states that he has lost his commission, and discharge but [ ] some time after the war he closed his accounts with the Government when he rendered an account of all the money he had drawn in the recruiting service, and the government stood indebted to him. He does not recollect sufficiently to [ ] dates of each transaction, but remembers the facts as stated. He remembers that Todd, Montgomery, Anthony Crockett were officers in said Regiment. Crockett was a Lieutenant in his Company.

At the time he received his commission he resided in Montgomery County, now called Wythe County in the State of Virginia and continued to reside there until the fall of 1815. He then moved to what is now called Callaway County in the State of Missouri where he resided until the year 1828 and then moved into Gasconade County in said State where he resides now about twelve miles from the City of Jefferson in Cole County Missouri.

This Petitioner does not now know of any living witness who could [ ] his service. The testimony of Josiah Ramsay was taken and filed in that office in proof on the application for [ ] who is now dead. The testimony of Anthony Crockett was taken in Kentucky in the same case and so were others. Whether they are now alive or not this petitioner does not know, but their testimony is on file there to which he refers.

[signed] Jesse Evans

Subscribed & sworn to before me
William Scott Judge of the Circuit Court
Within and for the County of Gasconade in the State of Missouri
[ ] of record this 5th day of Feby 1839

[signed] William Scott

[affidavit of Thomas Jackson, a clergyman]

[certification of Judge William Scott]