ELIJAH ALVERSON, Rev War Soldier
Elijah Alverson - Virginia
Born: 8 March 1864 Fairfax Co Va
Died: 23 May 1857
White Co. Tn
15 apr 1824: Comes Elijah Alverson, sometimes written Albertson or Albison. Aged 70 years.
Enlisted 1780, then a resident of Fairfax Co Va. Private 3 months in Capt. Sanfords Co.
Married 27 May 1827 Spartanburg Dist., SC by Wm. J. Morgan, JP.
Widow - Wina Alverson, of White Co Tn, 3 Aug 1857, aged 46 years.
After the revolutionary war Elijah moved to Caswell Co NC, then to Union Dist. SC, then to Spartanburg, SC, then to White Co TN
Elijah Alverson was born 8 March 1764 Fairfax County Virginia, and died the 23rd day of May 1857 in White Co. Tenn. This information was given in his widow Winey's statement when she applied for a widow's pension. He is buried in the Bethel Church cemetery of White Co. Tenn . His 1st wife was Hattie Ames who died before May 1827 probably in Spartanburg Co., S.C. It is said that Elijah and Hattie had 12 children. Elijah married his 2nd wife Wina Couch on the 27th day of May 1827 at Spartanburg, S.C. when he was aged 63 and she was only 16 years of age. She gives her age as 46 in her statement for a widows pension, W. 10-365, on 3 Aug 1857. By this 2nd wife Elijah had 5 more children, 17 children in all.
Pension Bureau, Washington, D.C.
State of South Carolina, Spartanburg Dist.
On this the 9th day of March AD 1858 William S. Morgan, aged 63 years, a resident of Spartanburg Dist. and state of South Carolina appeared personally before me Jno. Bonkerton Davis and made oath that he was personally acquainted with Elijah Alverson deceased of Tennessee formerly of N. Carolina and with his wife Winney Alverson, that he knew them before their marriage in South Carolina and that he married them in Spartanburg Dist. S.C. about the year 1829, that he was the justice of the peace and duly authorized to perform the marriage right for that said marriage was done in accordance with the law of said state.
Finding the trail of Elijah Alverson:
Born 1764 Fairfax Co. Va.
Not listed on the list of Virginia Tax Payers 1782-87
Not found in the 1790 census of Virginia or North Carolina
Need to check the 1800 census of Virginia and North Carolina.
In 1802 appeared on a tax list in Caswell Co. N.C.
In 1808 sold land in Laurens Co. S.C.
Union Co. S.C. Need to check the 1810 census of S.C. Need to check the 1820 census of S.C. 1830 census of Spartanburg Co. S.C. 1 male 60-70 1 male 20-30 1 male 5-10 2 females 15-20 1840 census of White Co. Tenn 2010000001-02001 [Elijah, Hattie, & 5 ch.] 1850 census of White Co. Tenn Alverson, Elijah 88 Winny 39 Thomas J. 18 Lavina 15 James M. 14 1860 census of White Co. Tenn Alverson, Winney 49 [spelled Albers] Amanda 28 Serena 24 A. J. 21 1870 census of White Co. Tenn Alverson, Winey [69?] [spelled Alberson] And don't take anyone's word for what the census says, order the film and transcribe it yourself. Sometimes it reads altogether different than what the transcriber thought it to be. Elijah Alverson in the Revolutionary War: Part 3. Alverson, Elijah Va. W.10.365 BLWT. 26122-160-55 Wife Wina or Nina War Department Pension Office May 8, 1836 A statement shewing the service of Elijah Alverson. Served 3 months in 1780 as a private under Capt. Sanford, Va. Served as a private under Capt Reardon. Age at present 70 Proof, traditionary The applicant alleges to have voluntiered to serve six months in 1781. There were no engagements to serve as a militiaman for that length of time in continuation. If he was a militiaman the time in actual service should be stated.
State of Tennessee
On this 15th day of April 1834 personally appeared in open court before the Justices of the Court of Pleas and quarter sessions for said county now setting. ELIJAH ALVERSON (sometimes written Albertson, and frequently pronounced OLBISON) a resident of the County of White and state of Tennessee aforesaid, aged seventy years who being first duly sworn according to law doth upon his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.
1st. To the best of his recollection, he entered the service at or near about the comencement of the autumn in the year of 1780. He then resided in the County of Fairfax, in the State of Virginia. He was drafted and served as a private for three months in the Company Commanded by Captain Sanford. His sub altern officers, attached to the Company to which he belonged, he does not recollect.
From Colchester in Fairfax, the troops to which he was attached, went to Dumfries, where they remained a short time, drew some provisions, and marched from there to Fredericksburg where they remained about three weeks. (He begs leave here to state that on reflection, he remembers the name of his Lieutenant. It was Archibald Johnson.) He states, that while they remained at Fredericksburg, the enemy was daily and hourly expected, but did not come, although he was near at hand. From Fredericksburg, they were ordered to Williamsburg, where they remained, according to his recollection, a few days over three weeks. They were then required to go, with all possible expedition, to a place called "the half way house", which he thinks was about twenty five miles from Williamsburg, and still further down the Country. at this latter place he remained, until his time of three months expired. He did not receive any written discharge, but had permision to return home, which he accordingly did. This Declarant was very young, and does not remember to what Regiment, brigade or Division he belonged during this tour of duty.
2nd. His second tour was six month's, and on this occasion he Volunteered. His residence was still in Fairfax. He cannot remember with certainty, the name of his Captain, but believes it was George Rearden. He cannot give with accuracy, the date of the commencement of his second engagement, nor can he definitely say, what was the interval between the expiration of his first term, and his entering upon the one which immediately followed it, but he does remember, that his time of service was near about to expire, or had expired, at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis.
He will now give as much as he can recollect of his movement and the duties he was called on to perform during his second tour. From Colchester, he went to Alexandria where he remained considerable time, how long he cannot say, but was very often engaged in scouting parties, endeavoring to watch the movements, and counter act the operations of similar parties of the enemy. After the British left Alexandria, he returned to Colchester where he was again frequently engaged on scouting parties, performing nearly the same round of duties as had been performed at Alexandria. On the expiration of this, his second and last tour of duty, he has no recollection of having received a formal, or written discharge. He states that the troops to which he was attached were "dis banded", or dismised, and their services no longer required.
Thus terminates his services, comprising in all, Nine months, for which he respectfully asks a pension. He hereby relinquishes any claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state. He knows of no living witness on whom he can prove his service.
Answers to the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, and propounded by the court.
1st According to information, he was born in Fairfax County Virginia on the 8th day of March 1764.
2. He has, at this time, no record of his age.
3. When called into service, he lived in Fairfax County Va. [a word here I can't make out]
4. When called into service the first time he was drafted. The second time, he Volunteered.
5. He cannot state the names of any of the Regular officers with certainty. Nor can he be more special, than he has already been in giving "the General Circumstances of his Service".
6. He never received any written discharge.
7. He refers to the following persons to whom he is known in his present neighborhoods and who can testify as to his character for veracity, and their belief of his services as a soldier of the Revolution. Viz; Captain George Cline, John Wallis, Esq., David Mitchell, Esq., William Bruster, Esq., Jabez G. Mitchell, General John [W?] Simpson, and the Rev'd Mr. Melvin & David [S or L]. Mitchell sheriff of White County.
Sworn to and subscribed by the declarant the day and year aforesaid. his Elijah X Alverson mark Jacob A. Lane, Clk. By A. Oldham, DC Part 3 cont. William Melvin, a clergyman, residing in the County of White and State of Tennesee, and David L. Mitchell, residing in the same, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Elijah Albertson, or Alverson, who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be seventy years of age, that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid. his William X Melvin SEAL mark David L. Mitchell SEAL Jacob A. Lane, Clerk By A. Oldham, [?] And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he states. And the Court further certifies that it appears to them, that William Melvin who has signed the preceeding certificate is a clergyman, resident in said county and that David L. Mitchell who has also signed the same is a resident of the county aforesaid and is a credible person,and that their statement is entitled to credit. Thos. Eastland SEAL David Snodgrass SEAL Joseph Cummings SEAL "___ently he removed to Caswell Co. N.C., from there to Union District S.C., from there to Spartanburg S.C., and from there to White County Tennesee." I, Jacob A. Lane, Clerk of the court of pleas and quarter sesions for the County of White in the State of Tennesee do hereby Certify that the foregoing contains the original proceding of the said court, in the matter of the application for a pension by Elijah Alverson. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal of office at Sparta this 15th day of April 1834. Jacob A. Lane, Clerk By N? Oldham, DC. State of Tennesee
County of White
On this 2nd day of January A.D. 1851 personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace, within and for the County and State aforesaid Elijah Alverson aged 88 years, a resident of White County, in the state of Tennesee, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Elijah Alverson who was a Private in the Company commanded by Capt John Sanford in the 3rd Regt. of Virginia Regular Soldiers commanded by General Weden in the war of the Revolution, that he enlisted at Colchester Town 18 miles from Alexandria Va. on or about the day of A.D. 17[ink smear] for the term of during the War and continued in actual service in said war for the term of Eleven Months and was honorably discharged at Half way house 25 miles below Little York on the day of A. D. 17-- at the expiration of the Revolutionary War, that he has never rec'd any land from the United States and has lost his discharge. He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land to which he may be entitled under the "act granting bounty land to certain officers and soldiers who have been engaged in the military service of the United States," passed September 28th, 1850 or any other act of congress allowing land to Revolutionary Soldiers that his name was placed upon the pension roll at Washington City on the 12th May 1834
his Elijah X Alverson mark Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year above written. And I hereby certify, that I believe the said Elijah Alverson to be the identical man who served as aforesaid, and that he is of the age above stated. Wm. Clayton SEAL Justice of the Peace [Correction, the clerks name was Jacob A. Lane and not Jacob Alan.] to be cont. Children of Elijah Alverson: part 4 By his 1st wife Hattie Ames who died some time before the date of Elijah's 2nd marriage to Winey Couch of 27 May 1827, probably in Spartanburg Co., S.C. 1. William of Inman, Spartanburg Co., S.C.. His will was dated in Spartanburg Co. S.C. 20 Oct 1905 and names his wife and children. It was filed for probate 16 Feb 1907. Ch: Furman F.; Martha F. md. a Ballenger; Sallie D. md. a Hutchings; John Belton; Augustus Julius; 2. Pleasant born c1783 in Va., based on his age being 67 in the 1850 census. He md. Catherine King 22 March 1831 in Breckenridge Co. Ky. Ch: Joel K.; Benjamin C. md. Olive J. Cain; James P.; Jesse M. md. Mary Eliza Reeks; Jabez H.; Lucy C.; Charles A.; 3. Benjamin of Union Co. S.C. Birth estimated at c1795 based on the age of his first child. He died in 1825 intestate of typhoid in Union Co. S.C. He married Polly Addis, dau of Richard and Elizabeth Addis. Polly also died of typhoid in Union Co. S.C. in 1825. See note later on Richard Addis "in consideration of the good will and affection". Ch: Nathaniel Greenberry "Berry" md. Mary Giles?; Netty/Newton md. Robert Palmer Smith and d. in Scott Co. Ms.; Benjamin md. Sarah Rose Hall; Avaline md. Older Neal; 4. Milton born c1797 based on the age of his first child, d. bet 1870 - 1880 Greenville Co. S.C. He md. Mary "Polly" Anne Austin or Grogan who was born c1805 Union Co. S.C., d. after the 1880 census of Greenville Co S.C. Ch: Jane; Mary; Jesse G. md. 1st Harriett Matilda Pearson, md. 2nd a Chapman, md. 3rd name unknown, md. 4th Nancy V. Tollison; Benjamin "Perry" md. Minerva; Marilda; James B. md. Nancy A.; Elizabeth; William "Billy" Barney; md 1st Mary J., md. 2nd Nancy V. Tollison, his brothers widow; Maberry [male] md. Keziah Norris, dau of John; Harvey dy; Henry dy; David dy; 5. Elijah Jr. born 8 Apr 1801 S.C., d. 11 Nov 1862 near prospect, Spartanburg Co., S.C., md. Frances "Fanny" Ramsey b. in S.C., dau of Polly (Cox) Ramsey. Ch: William; Pleasant md. Frances E. Robb; Madison; Benjamin md. Margaret; James Elford md. Mildred; Mary J. md. Joseph Wall; Sarah md. J. M. McClure; Angeline F.; John L.; 6. Zarah "Zerry" of near Campobello, Spartanburg Co., S.C. in 1880 at the age of 71. Born 1806, died 30 Dec 1880 Spartanburg Co., S.C., buried in the Landrum Cemetery in Spartanburg Co., S.C. He md. 1st Frances who had no children. He md. 2nd Phatama/Fatama (Ballenger) Gentry, born 1 Feb 1811, died 17 March 1889 Spartanburg Co., S.C. and is also buried in the Landrum cemetery. She had md. 1st William Gentry. Ch: Rev. Edward md. Rebecca Ann and moved to Celina, Texas area; 7. Mary md. a Sanders; 8. Sarah md. a Wood; 9. Lacy md. a Green; 10. Nancy md. a Burlington 11. Elizabeth md. James Payne 12. James? Elijah md his 2nd wife wife on 27 May 1827 in Spartanburg Co., S. C. She was Winey Couch, born c1811 based on the fact that she was aged 46 when she applied for a widow's pension in 1857. She died after the 1870 census of White Co. Tenn. She is probably also buried in the Bethlehem church cemetery of White Co. Tenn. Winey was the mother of 5 children. 13. Thomas Jefferson born c1832 based on the fact that he was aged 18 in 1850, md. Martha J. Kerr 2 Jan 1851. 14. Amanda born c1832 based on the fact that she was aged 28 in 1860. 15. James Madison born c1836 based on the fact he was aged 14 in 1850 and age 23 in 1860, md. Martha J. Green 15 Sept 1856. 16. Lavina or Serena ? born c1835/6. Aged 15 in 1850 and called Lavina, aged 24 in 1860 and called Serena. 17. Andrew Jackson born c1839, aged 21 in 1860, md. Pertina Ann O'Connor 24 Sept 1872. Wills, sworn statements, etc.: Pension Bureau, Washington, D.C. State of Tennesee, White Co. Be it remembered that on the third day of August in the year eighteen hundred and fifty seven Wina Alverson aged forty six yers, a resident of said county, personally appeared in open court in the county court of said county this day and made oath in due form of law that she is the widow of Elijah Alverson deceased who was a pensioner of the United States and who died in the county of White on the twenty-third (23rd) day of May eighteen hundred and fifty-seven (1857). Spartanburg, S.C. Probate Records IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN I, William Alverson, of Inman Route No. 2 County of Spartanburg State of South Carolina,being of sound mind (blessed be almighty God for the same) do make and publish this my last will and testament. I will that my body be decently buried and that my just debts be paid. Whereas I have given to my son Furman F. Alverson and two of my daughters, now Martha F. Ballenger and Sallie D. Hutchings, each a feather bed and bedding, now in order to make all of my children equal share and share alike I give and bequeath to the balance of my children a feather bed and bedding. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Rebecca Ann the balance of my household furniture after the above beds and bedding has been laid off, also one choice milk cow. I will that all my personal property (after the above legacies have been laid off) be sold to the highest bidder by public auction. I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Rebecca Ann thirty acres of land more or less, it being the lot on which I live and adjoining lands of Thos. Hall, S. M. Caldwell, the Toney lands and being separated from the balance of my land by a line beginning on a Maple on the east side of one prong of the Dangard branch and running to a pine in Thos. Halls line, to have and to hold the same so long as she remains unmarried and my widow. I give the above thirty acres to my beloved wife and for and in liew of dowrie on my real estate. I will that all of my real estate, except the thirty acres given to my wife as above, be sold at my present residence by public auction to the highest bidder and that the terms of said sale be cash. I will that after deducting expenses and paying off debts that the proceeds of my estate both real and personal be divided equally share and share alike among my children. I will that after the death or marriage of my beloved wife Rebecca Ann that the thirty acres of land given by me to her be sold on the premises by public auction to the highest bidder and that the terms of said sale be cash and that after deducting expenses that the balance be divided equally among my children and making them share and share alike. I do nominate and appoint two of my sons John Belton Alverson and Augustus Julius Alverson to be the executors to this my last will and testament. The word "public" in the ninth line on the second page of this my last will and testament was enterlined before signing. In testimony whereof I here unto set my hand and seal, and publish and decree this to be my last will and testament in presence of the witnesses named below, this the twentieth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and five. his William X Alverson mark Signed, sealed and published by said William Alverson, as and for his last will and testament, in presence of us, who, at his request and in his presence and in presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses here unto. M. E. Johnson; S. M. Caldwell; Croell M. Caldwell; State of South Carolina County of Spartanburg: The foregoing instrument of writing was this day proved before me in common form upon the testimony of S. M. Caldwell, one of the subscribing witnesses hereto, as and for the last will and testament of Wm. Alverson, deceased, and ordered to be filed and recorded. Given under my hand and seal this 16th of Feb 1907. J. J. Gentry, Probate Judge Union, Union Co., S. C. Book S. pg 390 State of South Carolina Union District Know all men by these presents that I Richard Addis for and in consideration of the good will and affection which I have and do bear for my grand daughter Avaline Neal and also for the further consideration in that the said Avaline Neal and Older Neal her husband shall support and maintain myself and my wife Elizabeth Addis during our natural lives in good wholesome diet and clothing and do all things necessary for the support and maintenance of myself and wife for which consideration I have granted bargained sold and released and by these presents do grant unto Avaline Neal the wife of Older Neal and the lawful heirs of her body the following tract and parcel of land lying on Hughes Creek waters of Broad River containing 215 acres. Witness my hand and seal this 25th day of January 1827. Richard Addis SEAL In presence of Rich'd Thomson James Savage, Jun'r Union County South Carolina Court of Ordinary Older Neal, Petitioner vs. Thomas Sanders, adm. citation Dec'd account filed 14 Aug 1846 J. J. Pratt, Judge The humble petition of Older Neal shewith that Benjamin Alberson departed this life sometime in the year 1825 leaving a certain quantity of personal property that he also at the time of his death left four children surviving him to wit: Berry Alberson, Newton [fem] Alberson who afterward inter married with Robert P. Smith, Benjamin F. Alberson, and Elizabeth Jane Alberson who has lately married your petitioner, Older Neal. That shortly after the death of Benjamin Alberson who departed this life intestate, Thomas Sanders administered upon his estate has disposed of the effects belonging to the estate of the intestate and refuses to account to his heirs at law of whom your humble petitioner is one. Your petitioner therefore prays that you may issue such citations and issue such orders as may compell Thomas Sanders to come to an account before you with the heirs at law, and your petitioner will ever pray and etc. Older Neal References for proof: Rev War Pension papers of Elijah and Winey (Couch) Alverson Additional pension records copied by Barton & Housh found in S.C. manuscript Leaves From The Family Tree, by Penelope Johnson Allen Census records IGI Tennesee Marriages Hand written manuscript of the twin Alverson sisters, Mrs. Hettie C. Barton and Mrs. Hattie W. B. Housh Union County Cemeteries by Mrs. E. D. Whaley, Sr. South Carolina Genealogical Register, V. 3 No's 1,2,3, & 4 Spartanburg County / Districk South Carolina Deed Abstracts Books A - T, 1785-1827 (1752-1827) by Albert Bruce Pruitt Ansearchin News, Winter of 1981 Family group sheets of Mrs Barbara Sudduth Lyle Caswell County North Carolina Will Books 1777-1814, 1784 Tax List, Guardian's Accounts 1794-1819, abstracted by Katharine Kerr Kendall, index by Mary Frances Kerr Donaldson. An Alverson Family History, compiled by Barbara Alverson Morris and published by James Gibson Alverson. The family records submitted by Alverson List members. Finish This represents my best effort at piecing together the family history of Elijah Alverson and his two wive's and seventeen children. I'm sure there are probably mistakes in it. We all need to work at collecting additional information to further prove or disprove it.
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