John Dysart's Revolutionary War Pension Application



West Tennessee

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
Revolutionary Claim,
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
infirmity? Yes

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 No. Carolina

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 respect?

         I Certify that the foregoing answers agree with the evidence in the case above mentioned.
                                                           Examining Clerk.

Declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress posted June the 9th 1832.

State of Tennessee Seal?
Bedford County

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 
            Bedford County

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 
                here still.

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 
                my substitute.

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
Bedford County		

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.
                                             John Orr
                                             Richard McRee/McKee?
                                             Thos. I Hall
                                             Allen Leeper
                                             John Ramsey
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
Hobart, Okla.

    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 
Moore’s Company.
     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 
not stated.
    He was allowed pension on his application executed August 2, 1832, 
while a resident of Bedford County, Tennessee. He died September 
10, 1842.

   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.

                                              WINFIELD SCOTT