John Dysart's Revolutionary War Pension Application
John Dysart of Bedford Co. in the State of Tennessee who was a Sgt and Priv in
the company commanded by Captain Moore of the regiment commanded by Col McDowell
in the N Carolina line for 9 months private, 12 months sergeant.
Inscribed on the Roll of West Tennessee at the rate of 90 Dollars 0 Cents
per annum to commence on the 4th day of March, 1831.
Certificate of Pension issued the 1st day of March 1833 and sent to? McKollick
(or McCossick) (or ???) Shelbyville
Arrears to the 4th of March 180.00
Semi-anl allowance ending 4 Sept? 45.00
Act June 7, 1832
Recorded by Danl Boyd Clerk
Book E Vol. 7 Page 76 [could be 16]
Brief in the case of John Dysart, of Bedford County, in the State of Tennessee
(Act 7 June, 1832)
1. Was the declaration made before a Court or a Judge? Before an actg J. P.
2. If before a judge, does it appear that the applicant is disabled by bodily
3. How old is he? 82 years and 7 months
4. State his service, as directed in the form annexed.
Period Duration of Service Rank Names of General and Field
Years, Months, Days As a Officers under whom he served
About the 10th Volunteered to guard the Genl. Rutherford
of July in 1776 frontiers of No.Carolina Capt. Moore
till about 1st Oct
1777 Same service Capt. Patton
1778 Was drafted for 3 months but Genl Davidson
hired a substitute
1779 Principally engaged Served as Col. & Maj. McDowell
agt. the Tories Orderly Capt. Sam Wood
1780 Believes he spent upwards Sergeant Col. Campbell & Col. Sevier
of 2 years in the service— about a year & Col Shelby
5. In what battles was he engaged?
6. Where did he reside when he entered the service? Burk (Burke) Co ty
7. Is his statement supported by living witnesses, by documentary proof, by
traditionary evidence, by incidental evidence, or by the rolls? By traditionary
evidence & by living
8. Are the papers defective as to form or authentication? And if so, in what
I Certify that the foregoing answers agree with the evidence
in the case above mentioned.
Declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress posted June
the 9th 1832.
State of Tennessee Seal?
On this 2nd day of August in the year of our Lord 1832 personally appeared before
me James Ewing an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said County John Dysart
a resident of the county & state aforesaid aged eighty-two years & 7 months, 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 dated June 7th
1832. That he entered the service of the United States under following named
officers, & served as herein stated.
I then lived in Birk [Burke] County North Carolina on Muddy Creek. About the first
of July 1776 I volunteered & was called into service under Capt. Moore, who Moore
was under the controll of General Rutherford, in order to guard the frontiers of
North Carolina from the Cherokee Indians till about the first of October following.
During the summer of 1777 I volunteered to guard the frontiers of North Carolina
under Capt. Patton. In the spring of 1778 I was drafted for three months to go
against the British who were then in South Carolina. I hired a substitute in my
place & took the hireling to Col. McDowel who gave me a receipt for the To--. I
also at that time took the Oath of Allegiance on the 26th of May 1778 agreeable
to law before McDowell. I have got his receipt to prove the same at this time.
In the year of 1779 I was principally a volunteer engaged in driving the Tories
out of our state under Capt. Sam. Wood, Col. & Major McDowell, & General Davidson.
In the year 1780 I was a volunteer under Col. & Major McDowell & Capt. Woods &
had an engagement on the head of Cane Creek in Burke County with Furgerson & his
army about the 20th Sept. & were routed by Furgerson & had to retreat over the
Blue Ridge on Holston River where we were joined with Col. Campbell Col. Sevier
& Col. Shelby with an army of eleven hundred men in all. This army returned back
about the last of Sept. to Burke County & went on to Kings Mountain where with our
army we defeated Furgerson & his army. I then returned home & stayed at home till
the spring of 1781. I volunteered under Col. McDowell to pursue Lord Cornwallis
in his march from Charlotte North Carolina to Salisbury in Rowan County & went
about eighty miles with Col. McDowell till we came to the bank of the Catawba
(marked through) Yadkin (written above) River where Cornwallis had killed General
Davidson, my father James Dysart and my brother William Dysart. In 1779 or 1780
there were seven men of us hired one man betwixt us for eighteen months to defend
our country from the British & Tories and delivered said hireling into the hand of
Col. McDowell. Said Dysart saith also saith that Mr. James O Niell can certify that
he saw him at the Battle of Kings Mountain. 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 the agency of any state.
Said deponent saith that he believes that he spent two years & upwards in the
service of the United States. Sworn to & subscribed to the day & year aforesaid,
also further states I served as orderly sergeant about a year under Capt. S. Woods.
Jas. Ewing (signature & seal symbol)
John Dysart (signature)
We Thomas I. Hall a clergyman residing in the County of Bedford, Tennessee, &
neighbourhood of John Dysart; & John Orr, residing in the same hereby certify that
we are well acquainted with John Dysart who has subscribed & sworn to the above
declaration, that we believe him to be eighty-two years of age; that he is reputed
& believed in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the
revolution & that we concur in that opinion.
Sworn & subscribed, the day & year aforesaid.
Jas. Ewing Thos. Hall
State of Tennessee John Orr
I James Ewing an acting Justice of the Peace of ____ & quarter sessions of B. County
do hereby certify that Thos. I. Hall who ?? The above probate? is a clergyman of the
Presbyterian Order and is in good standing in the Society in the neighbourhood
from my acquaintance with him for sixteen years. Also John Orr has been the c_______
of this r_____ for several years and a man of trouth and veracity & respectability .
Given under my hand & Seal March 8th 1833.
Jas. Erving Justice of the Peace of Bedford County.
Questions 1st Where and in what year were you born — Answer
I was born in Chester County in Pennsylvania
Dec. 25 in the 1749 -----
Quest. 2d Have you any record of your age & if so, where
is it. Answer–
I took it from my father’s record in his Bible
& entered it in my own family Bible record place.
Quest. 3d Where were you living when called into service.
Where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and where
do you now live. Answer–
I was living in Burk County North Carolina.
& some time after the war I moved to Fayett
County in Kentucky & from there I moved to
Tennessee. Williamson County [smudges &
cross-outs] in 1800 & in the year 1808 I moved
into Bedford County on Rock Creek & live
Quest 4 How were you called into service, were you drafted.
Did you volunteer or were you a substitute & if a substitute
for whom. Answer
I first volunteered against the Indians to
guard the frontiers on the head of the Cataba
under Capt. Wm. Moore under Genl Rutherford
& all my service was a volunteer only once
I was drafted for 3 months & I hired a
substitute & got Col. McDowel’s receipt for
Quest 5th State the names of the regular officers who were
with the troops where you served. Such continental and
militia regiments as you can recall etc. and the general
circumstances of your service. Answer--
Col. McDowell & Maj McDowell were our officers
& were my officers the most of the time I was
in the service. I served under Capt. Wm.
Moore & Captain Rbt. Patton & also Capt. Saml
Woods, I was in a skirmish at the head of Cane
Creek where Col. McDowell got defeated
by Fergeson.We then went over the Blue Ridge
where we collected more forces Col. Campbell
Col. Shelby & Col. Severe returned with Col.
McDowel & followed Fergeson & overtook him
at Kings Mountain where we defeated him,
which battle I was in. Col. Campbell was
commander & he held a court martial and
hung nine of the Tories & twenty which
was condemned was released from being hung.
Quest 6th Did you ever receive a discharge from the service.
& if so by whom was it given, and what has become of it. Answer –
I did not receive any discharge(s). My services
were volunteer. I continued untill the end of
the war nor much if any pay for the services....
Quest 7th State the names of persons to whom you are known in
your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your
character for veracity and their belief of your service
as a soldier of the Revolution. Answer–
James Neill Sen was with me in the Battle of
Kings Mountain (Turn Over.
Francis H. Woods, Revd. Thos I. Hall, Allen
Leiper, Wm. Martin, Gashom Bills? (Frederick
Fisher was also at the Kings Mountain Battle).
Robert Hunter, John Orr, John Ramsey John Donner
David Appleby Jos. Appleby, Albert Anderson,
James Miller, John Irwin, Jonathan Brown,
Wm Bri___ Sen, Josiah Bresham? & numbers more
who might be named.
Signed, John Dysart
Sworn to & Subscribed before me August 2d 1832 –
Jas. Ewing, J.P.
State of Tennessee
We whose names are hereunto annexed, do certify that John Dysart
Sen has been confined to his house & bed for about four years or
upwards. Has lost the use of his limbs so that he cannot attend at
the court house in Shelbyville nor even leave his bed or house
without being carryd (on hands?) (or hauld?).
Given under our hands August 2d 1832
Jas. Ewing J.P.
Thos. I Hall
State of Tennessee
Bedford County I J. Ewing as acting Justice in & for
said County do hereby certify that John Orr, Richard McRee,
Thos. I Hall, Allen Leeper, & John Ramsey whose names are assigned
to the above certificate are men of veracity & of trouth and
respectability. Given under my hand & seal this 8th March 1833
Jas. Ewing J.P.
Of Bedford County
Rev. and 1818 War Section. January 21? 31?, 1926
R. Place Montgomery
F. & M. Bank Bldg
I have to advise you from the papers in the Revolutionary War
pension claim, 8. 3315, it appears that John Dysart was born
December 25, 1749, in Chester County Pennsylvania.
While residing on Muddy Creek, Burke County, North Carolina,
he enlisted and served in the North Carolina Troops, as follows–
From July 1 1778, three months as private in Captain William
In 1777, six months as private in Captain Robert Patton’s
In 1779, six months as serveant in Captain Sam Woods’ Company,
Colonel McDowel’s Regiment
In 1780, six months in same company and regiment, and was in
the battles of Cane Creek and Kings Mountain.
He served in 1781 in Colonel McDowel’s Regiment, length of service
He was allowed pension on his application executed August 2, 1832,
while a resident of Bedford County, Tennessee. He died September
It also appears in said claim that soldier’s father James, and
brother William were killed in an engagement on the Yadkin River,
when General Davidson was killed.
The Revolutionary War records of this Bureau fail to afford any
data in regard to pension or bounty land having been claimed on a
ccount of the services of James and William Dysart.
There is no further data on file as to family.