Posts Tagged ‘Pension Files’

The Revolutionary War File of John Burgess

March 1, 2017

I just don’t know how there can still be a stack of stuff that needs to be scanned and added to the blog. Because the blog? Is my scrapbook.

If I haven’t mentioned it before, there is an excellent, excellent, website called Go have a look. Go now; I’ll wait. There are thousands of transcribed pension applications and/or bounty land claims plus more.

Are you back yet? Wasn’t that amazing?!

Here’s another file that I have had for what – twenty years? I don’t know. And I keep finding more things like this, even when I thought I had finished. So now the past and the present can join together. I trot out my dog-and-pony show of old pension files, and you can read a very good transcribed version on another website.

Here are the images for John Burgess. I purchased this file in the hopes that I could find a link to tie my father’s line back to the Revolution. No such luck.


Dear Patron: We regret that the enclosed photocopies are the best we were able to obtain using our normal reproduction process.


John Burgess, N.C., S9295


St. Lawrence Post Office, N.C.



Witnesses William Burgess and John Kivett, Randolph County, NC


David Campbell and Hugh McCain



Declaration of John Burgess


John Burgess (his X mark)


Thomas Ragland, Clerk of Court, May 16, 1833


I wrote a good bit about Revolutionary William Rawls. I can’t link him to my family.

Recently I got the results of my autosomal cousin-finder DNA test. One fellow that I matched verrrrry distantly has a certain William Rawls in his family tree as the brother of the his ancestor. Because you just can’t make this stuff up…

The Pension File of James Packett, Revisited

September 3, 2016

I wrote about this pension file before, about 4 years ago. Today’s post is just the images, presented in a better format, since now I know how to scan with a document feeder. Baby steps.

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The Pension File of Eliza Derreberry Webb

September 2, 2016

Eliza married Daniel S. Webb on July 13, 1847.

He served as a private in the Company G, 8th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry Volunteers.

They had 4 children: Juletta P., born October 27, 1853; Benjamin B., born September 4, 1855; James F., born October 11, 1860; and Rachel T., born March 1, 1862. The midwife, Catherine Porter, certified that she attended Eliza Webb professionally when the children were born, and she is able to fix the dates of birth by her book accounts which bears the dates. She also remembers “the names from an intimate acquaintance with the family”.

Back in the day, when I was obsessed with finding all the family pension files, I ordered this one for Daniel S. Webb. I also ordered his widow’s death certificate. As it turns out, I couldn’t prove that there is any relation to all the previous Webbs that I’ve written about.

Still, this is another pension file that is rich in information. There are some conflicting statements.

On September 14th, 1868, while living in Sweetwater, Tennessee, on her widow’s claim for pension, Eliza states:

“that said Daniel S. Webb, her husband, died in the service of the United States as aforesaid at Sallisberry in the State of North Carolina on or about the 12th day of July 1864 of disease and starvation contracted in the service and in the line of duty while a prisoner of war.”

On April 27, 1871, while living in Loudon, Tennessee, Eliza states:

“that said Daniel S. Webb, her husband, died in the service of the United States as aforesaid at Andersonville in the State of Georgia on or about the 12th day of July 1864, of Disease. She (refuses? refurrs?) to the proof filed with her claim.”

Another official form reports the proof of Daniel’s death:

Surgeon General reports that “It appears as reported by the Commissary General of Prisoners that Private D. Webb Co. G. 8th Reg’t, Tenn. Vol. Cav., died July `12th 1864, at Andersonville Ga. of Scorbutus.”

Eliza’s daughter Mrs. Mizell reported to the Commissioner of Pensions on October 3, 1917, that her mother had died on August 26, 1917.

On the death certificate, the informant is listed as Mrs. Docia Mizell.

But who is she? Juletta? Rachel? Or someone else…

Let’s go with the theory that Docia is shortened from Theodosia, which is what the middle initial T. stands for in Rachel T.

Thoughts, anyone?


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