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1263 William Robertson's Deposition of October 3, 1832
|State of Tennessee ||Court of pleas and Quarter sessions October |
Be it known On this the 3rd day of October in the year of our / lord 1832 personally appeared in Open Court before the
|Hardeman County ||term 1832 |judge justice / of the Court of Hardeman County now sitting William Robertson a / resident of Hardeman County aforesd. aged about 73 years 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 was born on Peedee river but he does not know / in what county he does not recollect what year he was born in / he has no register of his age but from what he has heard his / mother say of his age he must have been born in the year / 1759. When the revolutionary war commenced he resided in what / is now called Washington County Tennessee the Indians became / troublesome and my father Charles Robertson who was the first Colo. / of
Robert Washington County was compelled to abandon his home / with his family and take shelter in the Watauga fort. he then / entered the service under the Captain James Robertson since / Gen. Robinson of Tennessee as a volunteer to fight the Indians / & tories. he does not recollect what time he volunteered under Capt. / Robertson but it was about the first of the breaking out of war. After serving in guarding the fort for some time / Col. Chester from Virginia came on with some troops and / relieved us. sometime afterward  he  enlisted under / Captain Thomas Price as a mounted dragoon to guard / the frontiers of Washington County for the term / of one year after he had served out his twelve months under / Price the Indians still continued hostile he was then / drafted under Capt W. Parker for three months during / which time he acted as Lieutenant and marched under / Genl Evan Shelby against the Cherokee indians. my father / Charles Robertson was Colonel we went to an Indian town / called Chickamauga the Indians fled before battle us / we burnt burned their town and returned home shortly after / he returned home he was again drafted to march against / the tories and British he was under Captain Robert Lieu / tenant Christopher Cunningham. My father & Col John / Sevier commanded the regiment. we were Patrolling the / Country near Musgroves Mill when we came in contact / with some of Fergusons dragoons they urged us to retreat / we then joined Col McDowell and marched against
Pat. Moores fort on
the Thickety Creek in Spartinburgh / County S. Carolina the fort surrendered without firing a gun / their was about 90 tories in the fort then we returned home / was not home very long until McDowell sent for Col / Sevier to return to fight the tories and Maj Ferguson / he returned under Capt Robert Sevier and was in the battle / of Kings Mountain by Captain Robert Sevier was wound / =ed he desired to be carried home he this affsaid under / took to assist in getting him home but Sevier died at WS / Sam Brights on Tar river before he got home / The next campaign he was in was under Captain James / Richardson commanded by Genl. Joseph Martin for the term / of three months we march [sic] against the Cherokee Indians / and was in the battle of lookout mountain Maj. / Joseph Bullard was killed in that battle and he buri / =ed him in his blanket Capt Gibson was also killed / this was after the war He received no discharge in writing / Captain William Walker of Hardin County has known me / for sixty years and can testify as to my Services Major / Christopher Bullard has known me for 50 years and / can also testify as to my services
Sworn to in open court the 3rd Oct 1832
 I William
Robert Walker hereby certify that I am / well acquainted with William Robertson who has subscribed / & sworn to the above declaration and have known him for / upwards of sixty years I have frequently seen him in the / army of the North Carolina Militia during the revolu / =tionary war I saw him in the battle of Kings Moun / tain and I believe that he has served as above & by him stated
|Sworn to supported in open ||William Walker |
I Christopher Bullard a citizen of Hardeman County Tennessee / do hereby certify that I am well acquainted with William / Robertson who has subscribed & sworn to the above declara / tion, and have known him for fifty years I saw him / and was with him in the expedition to
Kings lookout / mountain and was with him in that battle in the year / which was some years after the revolution but I do not recollect in
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Source: National Archives of the United States, Revolutionary Pension File S4790. Also available at United States Veterans Administration, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application Files, Robertson, Joseph Robertson, Zachariah, FHL microfilm 972062. Document images courtesy of Pollye Calvery.
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