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Depositions of William Price, Thomas Gist, and Abel Person
Affiant states that in the year of 1780 he living there a / Citizen of the County of Burk in the State of North / Carolina, Volunteered under his father Captain / Thomas Price, and marched from thence to what / is now as he believes Carter County Tennessee. From / Carter County he marched in pursuit of Col. Ferguson / and came up with him at Kings Mountain where / he was encamped. Affiant was in the Battle of / Kings Mountain, and knows that said William / Robertson was also in said Battle. Said Robert / =son at the time of which he speaks lived on / Watauga River at or near the mouth of Buffalo / Creek in what was then North Carolina. Affiant / was well acquainted with said Robertson and / believes he belonged to the company commanded / by Capt Robert Sevier who was his Robertsons / Brother in Law. The troops with whom himself / and Robertson served were under the command / of Colo Sevier, Robertson, Shelby and Campbell
Affiant is unable to state how long said Robertson / Served during said engagement. He saw him / no more after the Battle spoken of until the close / of the War and believes that he returned home after the Battle.
Thomas Gist a resident of the County of White and / State aforesaid, also appeared before the Court and / being first duly sworn, states that he was well acqu / =ainted with William Robertson in relation to whose / services as a soldier of the Revolution William / Price has just deposed. Affiant and said Robert / =son lived within twenty miles of each other in / what is now Washington County Tennessee. The / affiant volunteered in said County for three / months under Captain James Stinson, but as to / the precise period at which he volunteered he / cannot now remember. During said engagement / he was in the Battle of Boyds Creek, and states / that said William Robertson was also in said / Battle. Affiant does not recollect whether said / Roberson was under Capt Stinson or not. The / principal officers with the troops with whom / himself and Robertson served under were, Colo John / Sevier, Jesse Walton and John Tipton. Affiant from what he has always understood from / the neighbors of said Robertson, has no doubt / but that he Robertson was in the Battle of / Kings Mountain and in the Chickamauga / expeditions. The affiant and Robertson lived
neighbors in the County of Washington, Knox / and White in Tennessee, until he Robertson moved / from the latter county to the Western District / of Tennessee, and frequently heard his neigh= / =bors speak of said Robertson's Services aforesaid.
Abel Pearson of said County being also duly sworn / and examined states that he, then, living on Nolichucky / river, in what was then North Carolina but now Tennessee / volunteered for a tour of three months under Capt James / Stinson. that during
were during this tour in the battle at Kings Mountain. / The commanding officers were Campbell, Sevier, Tipton, / Walton, Shelby, Williamson, Robertson and Cleveland. / Capt. Robert Sevier was wounded in said Battle and / some short time thereafter died of the wound. / Capt. Sevier was the Brother in law of said William / Robertson & affiants recollection is that he Robertson / stayed with and attended on said Sevier until his / death. The next campaign, this affiant was / under Capt. George Dougherty. He marched to and / found Genl. Marion at Nelson's ferry on Santee River. / Robertson was also along, but he cannot state who was his captain. Cols. Sevier and Robertson Maj. / Tipton and he thinks Walton had the command / of the troops under Genl. Marion. The battle at / Eutau Springs was fought about eight days prior / to his joining Genl. Marion as above stated. / Said William Robertson his three months and / was mustered out of service, shortly after which / peace was made. Affiant cannot state of his / own knowledge that a.said William Robertson was / in the first Chickamauga campaign but frequently / heard his Robertsons officers and neighbors say that / he was. He affiant has no doubt he was. Robertson's Capt. in said campaign was John Sevier. / When affiant speaks of the campaign against the / Chickamauga Indians, he means a part of the / Cherokee Indians.
I Abraham Carruthers Judge / of the Circuit Courts of Tenn / in and for the state of Tennessee presiding in the fourth / Judicial Court in said state which is composed [---] / of the County of White. Do hereby certify that / the foregoing and annexed affidavits of William / Price, Thomas Gist, and Abel Pearson were sworn / to and subscribed before me in open Court by / the said Price, Gist and Pearson on the 8th / day of June A.D. 1836 and that said Price / Gist and Pearson were then entitled to full credit / as witnesses upon their oaths.
Given under my hand and seal / the 2nd day of October A.D. 1837.
I William G. Sims clerk of / the Circuit Court of Law in and / for the County of White and state aforesaid hereby / certify that Abraham Carruthers Esquire where / names subscribed to the above certificate is / now and was on the 8th day of October A.D. 1836 / the acting Presiding Judge of the fourth Judic
ial circuit of said state as set forth in said certificate / and that his signature is Genuine.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto / subscribed my name and affixed the / seal of said Court at office in Sparta / the 4 day of October AD 1837 / and of the Independence of the United / States of America the sixty second year.
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 Pat Schmitz.
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