Saturday, July 2, 2011

Roderick Craig, continued....

His Revolutionary War pension number is R2428. He was only in the American Revolution for four months, that is why he did not get any pension money, but he did get the opportunity to buy land in the Indian territories of Indiana. (you needed to have six months service to get a pension.)
Revolutionary War Pension Application of Rodrick (Roderick) Craig.
State of Indiana Henry County Court
In the Henry Probate Court, day of November AD 1834 personally appeared in Open Court before the Honorable Jesse Healey probate judge of the County of Henry and the State of Indiana Rodrick Craig resident of the said county of Henry and aged eighty four years who after being duly sworn according to Law doth on this oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of an act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
That he volunteered in the service of the United States in the fall of 1781 in the County of Randolph, State of North Caroline under Capt. Elija Williams and Colonel Belford the names of the other officers he cannot recall owing to his old age and bad memory. We marched in the said fall of 1781 after the Tories from said County of Randolph to Moore County in the State of North Caroline aforesaid we there remained one month watching the movements of the Tories and from there we returned to the said County of Randolph. We were then discharged by our said Capt. The Tories returned to the said County of Randolph and killed our Colonel. We then returned and in open suit of them the Tories and followed them back to the said County of Moore and followed them back and forward for the ? of two months after our said ? day of discharge during all which time we served ? he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity of pension except the present and he declares his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any state.
his mark
Rodrick Craig X
Court the day and year aforesaid.
Eli Murphy Clk.
Whereupon the Court Isic) prossounded the following interrogate
1. Ques. Where and when were you living when called into service, where have you lived since the Revolutionary War, and where do you now live.
An. I was living in the State of North Caroline when called into service and remained there for ten or twelve years after the Revolutionary War and from there moved to the State of Ohio and there remained for sixteen years and from there removed to Henry County, Indiana, and have there remained ever since.
Ques. How were you called into service, were you drafted, did you volunteer, or were you a substitute and if a substitute for whom.
Ans. I was a volunteer in Capt. William's Company.
Ques. State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops where you served and such Continental and Militia regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your service.
Ans. Our officers were Capt. Elija Williams & Col. Bedford & the general circumstances of my service is stated in my declaration.
2. Did you ever receive a discharge from service and if so by whom was it given and what has become of it.
Ans. Rec'd nothing but a verbal discharge.
Ques. State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood who can testify to your character for veracity and[sic] there belief of your services as a soldier of the revolution.
Ans. There are John Coleburn, William Hiatt and the neighborhood besides.
We John Coleburn a Clergymen resident in said County of Henry and William Hiatt a resident of the same place hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Rodrick Craig who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be eighty four years of age, that he is accepted and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution and that we concur in that opinion.
/s/John Coleburn
/s/William Hiatt
And the said Court d hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matters and putting the interrogations prescribed by the War Department that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier and served as he states adn the County further certifies that it appears to them that John Coleburn who has signed the preceeding certificate is a clergymen resident of the said County of Henry & State of Indiana and the William Hiatt who has signed the same is a resident of the County and State last aforesaid and is a credible person and that [sic] there statement is ?
/s/Jesse H. Healey
I Eli Murphy Clerk of the Henry Probate Court do certify that the foregoing contains the original preceeding of the said County in this matter of the application of Rodrick Craig for a pension.
In testimony where of I have herewith set my hand and seal of Office this Eleventh day of November 1834
/s/Eli Murphy Clk.

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