Revolutionary War Pension Application
1833, Baldwin Co. Ga.
State of Georgia
On this 27th of February 1833, personally appeared in open court before Lucius
Q. C. Lamar, Judge of the Superior Court of said state and county now sitting,
Benjamin Talbert, a resident of the 319th district in said
state and county, aged sixty-eight years of the 18th day of November 1832, 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
passed June 7th 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named
officers and served as herein stated.
In the early part of 1780, to the best of his recollection, but he is not
certain of the year, he entered the service as a volunteer at Fredericksburg,
Va.. for a tour of three months under Captain White. He then marched to
where he remained three months. He was under the command of other officers not
remembered and the Marquis
He was afterwards, in the same year, drafted for a tour of three months and
joined the American forces at Davenport's Ford, on the south prong of the
Pomonky, under Capt. Nicolas Payne. He then marched to Williamsburg and had been
there but a short time, when the American forces retreated from Cornwallis and
Tarlton and joined Gen. Wayne at the foot of the Little Mountains, near the
Rappahannoc. He then marched with the army, to give battle to Cornwallis, who
retreated towards the Little York. He was then in an engagement, in which
Cornwallis was attacked in crossing James River,
just above old Jamestown. He then remained with the army, about 15-18 miles
above Williamsburg, while Cornwallis was in that town. While the army was at
this station, he formed one of an advanced party which was stationed during the
day at Bird's Tavern, at night, approached the British lines. During this
service, one morning just after daybreak, while the men were laying near Allen's
Tavern, their army in their hands, Tarlton's house, each having a fort soldier
mounted with him, made a sudden attack on the advanced party, who were much
inferior to the English in numbers. The English
infantry dismounted, reformed, and the cavalry charged. Col. Mathis, who
commanded the American party, called out to them to save themselves and fled at
full speed, being mounted. A number of the Americans were killed
and wounded and the rest were dispersed. The applicant could not rejoin the
army, until the next day. After this, he marched to where there was a magazine,
near Williamsburg. He then marched with the army to Springfield, about six miles
from Little York, and was there, when Gen. Washington arrived with his staff and
advanced guard. The three months for which he was drafted, having expired, he
was discharged a short time before Gen. Washington commenced his entrenchment at
Pigeon Hill, above Little York. During this tour, he was under command of Maj.
Hardy and Col. Merriwether and a part of the
time under Col. Mathis, especially at the route at Allen's Tavern . The army was
commanded by Gen. Wayne and LaFayette. In the same year, after the capture of
Cornwallis, he served as a substitute for Oswald Smith, a drafted militiaman.
This service commenced a Fredericksburg, VA.. And he marched as one of the guard
that conducted a portion of the English prisoners taken at Little York, to
Nolden's Ferry on the Potomac, where they were put under the charge of Maryland
troops and he was discharged at that place.
He has not preserved his discharge and he has no record of his age and he is not
able to prove his services by any witness who can be produced at court. He lived
in Virginia for five or six years after the War, and since that time, he has
resided in the counties of Wilkes and Baldwin in Georgia.
He hereby relinquishes any claim whatever to a pension or annuity, except the
present and declares, that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency of
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid....
We, Edward Brantley, a clergyman residing in the said county and Tomlinson Fort,
also residing therein hereby certify that was well acquainted with Benjamin
Talbert, who has sworn to and subscribed the foregoing declaration that we
believe him to be about sixty-eight years of age, that he is respected and
believed in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a soldier of the
Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.
Sworn and subscribed, in open court the day and year aforesaid....
Edmd. Brantley, M.G. (Minister of Gospel)
And the said court does hereby declare its opinion, after the investigation of
the matter, and after putting the interrogations prescribed by the War
Department, that the above married applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier, and
served as he states and the court further certifies that i appears to it, that
Edmond Brantley, who has signed the preceding certificate, is a clergyman,
resident in said county and that Tomlinson Fort, who also has signed the same,
is a resident in said county, and is a credible person and that their statement
is entitled to credit.
Lucius Q.C.Lamar, JSC (Judge Superior Court) Georgia
I, Ransom H. Smith, Clerk of the said court, do hereby certify, that the
foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court, in the matter of
the applicaiton of Benjamin Talbert for a pension. In testimony whereof
I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office, this 27th day of Feburary 1833.
Ransom H. Smith, Clerk.
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