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John Robert Hefferlin Sr. Revolutionary War Soldier
Posted by: Phyllis Farmer (ID *****8041) Date: September 24, 2008 at 06:50:04
  of 1759

In an effort to arouse interest in this list again, I am posting my research on John Robert Hefferlin Sr., Revolutionary War Soldier. He and 5 of his sons also were in the War of 1812. If anyone is related to this John Hefferlin or his sons, I would like to communicate with you. Thanks, Phyllis

Compiled and Annotated by Phyllis Ann Heflin Farmer
600 Straffan Drive, Unit 502
Timonium, MD, 21093

June 10, 1998
Revised March 15, 2000



John Hefferlin b 1760 VA, d Mar 1837, m ca 1782

Note: Death from Will recording (Book 15, p 338 Fauquier Co. Courthouse VA).


Letter in Pension File at National Archives (Revolutionary War Pension Claim S. 38012), Washington, DC.
This is to certify that the bearer hereof John Hefferlin enlisted as a soldier in the latter part of 1776 for to serve the term of three years in Capt. John Mountjoy’s Company from Stafford County belonging to 10th Virginia Regiment commanded by Colonel Edward Stephens and that the said soldier served sometime under me, the Company to which he belonged being annexed to my command and to the best of my recollection he faithfully served the term of his enlistment and consequently obtained an honorable discharge.
                                                 Signed: Thomas Fox then Lt. In 10th
                                                 Virginia Regiment after the 6th in the
                                                 Revolutionary War.



       On the 25th day of April 1818, before me the subscriber, sole and presiding judge of the Superior Court of Law for the said County in the State aforesaid personally appeared John Hefferlin aged fifty six years, resident in the said County, State and District, who being by me first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the provisions made by the Late Act of Congress entitled “An Act to Provide for Certain Persons engaged in the Land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War. That he, the said John Hefferlin, in the latter part of the year 1776 enlisted as a private soldier in Captain John Mountjoys’s Company belonging to the tenth Virginia Regiment on Continental establishment in the County of Stafford in Virginia aforesaid, that he served out faithfully the term of his enlistment, which was three years, after which he enlisted in Captain Gun’s Regiment of Cavalry, afterwards attached to the Third Regiment commanded by Col. William Washington in which Corps he served until the end of the War when he was discharged in South Carolina. That he was in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, Paulus Hook, Hobkirks Hill, the second battle of Camden, Guilford Court House besides various skirmishes. That he has no other evidence of his said service except the ………certificate of Thomas Fox and his affidavit of William Ball. That he is in reduced circumstances and ………of his…………for a support ……..and declared before me this day and year aforesaid. Signed, Robert White.

       I Robert White Judge as aforesaid do certify that it appears to my satisfaction that the said John Hefferlin did serve in the Revolutionary War against the common enemy, as stated in the preceeding declaration. And forward transcript of the proceedings and testimony taken and had before me to the Secretary for the Department of War, pursuant to the Direction of the aforementioned Act of Congress Certified by me this day and year aforesaid. Signed Robert White.


District and State of Virginia Frederick County.

       Made oath before me Judge of the Superior Court of Law for the said County of Frederick in the said State of Virginia, William Ball. That he served in the Revolutionary Army in the 3rd Virginia Regiment of Dragoons on the Continental, 2nd enlistment, commanded by Col. William Washington. That he knew the aforesaid John Hefferlin who served in the first Regiment commanded by Col. White in the fourth troop commanded by Capt. Gun. That after words the first and third Regiment combined into one Regiment which was called the third Regiment and commanded by Col. Washington and that the said Hefferlin served in the said Regiment during the years 1782 and 1783. And that he understood that he had been transferred from the infantry to the cavalry. Sworn to before me this day and year aforesaid. Signed Robert White.

       I Robert B. White Clerk of the Superior Court of Frederick County Virginia, do hereby certify Robert White whose signature is subscribed to the annexed affidavit and certificate is the sole and presiding Judge of the said Superior Court of law. In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and annexed my seal, there being no public seal of office, this 25th of April 1818. Signed, R. B. White.


Frederick Co., Virginia.
       At a Court Continued and held for Frederick County the 2nd day of August 1820 personally appeared in open Court being a Court of Record for the said County, John Hefferlin aged about sixty years, resident in the said County of Frederick who being first duly sworn according to Law, doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War in the Company commanded by Captain John Mountjoy in the 10th Regiment commanded by Col. Edward Stephens in the Virginia line and that he hath received a certificate for a pension number 339 and I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 10th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift, sale, or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with the intent to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled “An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War” prepared on the 17th day of March 1818 and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me, any property or ………, contracts, or debts due to me, nor have any income, other that what is contained in the Schedules hereto annexed and by me subscribed, excepting necessary clothing and bedding, viz: One Broken Table, one cracked oven, one axe & one mattrach. Signed X his Mark. John Hefferlin.

       I am a labouring man very infirm and almost blind. I have two small children who are put out for I have lately lost my wife and have no person to take care of them. Signed, X his mark. John Hefferlin.

Sworn to in open Court this 3rd day of August 1820. I James Keith Clerk of the Court of the County aforesaid do solemnly swear that the foregoing oath and the Schedule annexed are truly copies of the Records of the said Court and I do further certify that it is the opinion of the said Court that the total amount in value of property exhibited in the aforesaid Schedules is five dollars.

       In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said Court on this 12th day of August 1820 and the 45th year of the Commonwealth. Signed, James Keith.


       In the VA. Revolutionary War Records, Selected Final Payment Vouchers for 1818-1864, abstracted by Alycon Pierce, Page 263, John Hefferlin, Frederick Co., VA, 5 March 1827, John Hefferlin (X his mark) former private, resident of this county for many years, appoints William Nekeruis attorney to collect pension due from 4 September 1826 to 4 March 1827. Witnesses Leml. Bent. Recorded Richmond, VA 12 March 1827. William Nekeruis collected $48.00.


       Certified that John Hefferlin enlisted in December 1776 for the term of three yrs & that he faithfully served that term & was properly discharged. Given under my hand July 19, 1783. Signed, Samuel Hawes, Lt. Col. A copy to Philip Southale (Auditor’s Office).


Record in the Files at National Archives, Washington, DC.

It appears from the size Roll of the 5th Troop that John Hefferling enlisted for the War in the 1st Regiment of Dragoons 20 March 1781 and served until May 1783. Signed, William Barret, late Capt. Of Baylor’s Dragoons, May 17, 1787. Copy in file of Auditor’s Office May 31, 1787, signed by P. Southale.


First enlistment:
Enlisted in Stafford County, Virginia, December 7, 1776 for three years in Captain John Mountjoy’s 10th Virginia Regiment as a Private. In September 1778 the 10th Regiment was designated as the 6th Virginia Regiment. John received an Honorable Discharge December 7, 1779.

Battles in Which the 10th/6th Virginia Regiment Were Engaged:
       Brandywine, Sept. 11, 1777
       Germantown, Oct 4 1777
       Monmouth, Jun 28, 1778
       Paulus Hook, Aug 18, 1779

Second Enlistment:
March 20, 1781 he enlisted in the 1st Regiment of the Light Dragoons of Fauquier County Commanded by Colonel White, in the Fourth Troop Commanded by Captain Gunn. Afterwards the First and the Third Regiment were united to form one Regiment which was called the Third Regiment Commanded by Colonel William Washington. He served in this enlistment until May 1783. Discharged in South Carolina.

Reference the above from John Hefferlin’s Oath before Judge Robert White April 25, 1818 in Fredericksburg open Court. Although, in the affidavit John Hefferlin Sr. attested that he was in the Second Battle of Camden, the Certification for his service in Baylor’s Dragoons by Capt. William Barrett states the John Hefferling enlisted on 20 March 1781 which was after the battles of Camden and Cowpens.

Battles in Which the Dragoons Were Engaged:
       The Second Battle of Camden, Aug. 16, 1780
       Cowpens, Jan 17, 1781
       Guilford Court House, Mar 15, 1781
       Hobkirks Hill, Apr 25, 1781


Soldier No. S-38012

May 5, 1818. Pension No. 339 Virginia. Sent to Henry St.George Tucker in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia.

Virginia Pension Roll of 1835, Report of the Secretary of War:

       John Hefferlin
       Frederick County, VA
       Virginia Line
       $96.00 Annual Allowance
       $898.66 Amount Received
       May 5, 1818 Pension Started
       Age 76


Virginia (339), John Hefferlin, (Col. Stevens), Private Virginia Line, in the army of the United States during the Revolutionary War.
       Inscribed on the Roll of Virginia at the rate of 8 dollars per month, to commence on the 25th of April 1818. Certificate of Pension issued 5th of May 1818 and sent to Hon. Henry St. George Tucker, Winchester, Virginia.
       Arrearages to 4th Sept. 1818. 4 11/31 mo. $34.83 Revolutionary claims Act 18th March 1818.
       Notification sent October 2nd 1820 to Lemuel Bent, Winchester, Virginia.


11 October 1923

To: Mrs. J. O. Wilson
1441 Second Avenue
Columbus, GA.

I have to advise you that from the papers in the Revolutionary War Pension claim S.38012, it appears that John Hefferlin enlisted in Stafford County, Virginia in the latter part of 1776 and served three years as a private in Captain John Mountjoy’s Company, Colonel Edward Stevens’ Virginia Regiment, after which he enlisted as a private and served to the end of the war in Captain Gunn’s Company, Colonels White and William Washington’s Regiments of Dragoons.

       He was in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, Paulus Hook, Guilford and Hobkirk’s Hill.

       He was allowed pension on his application executed April 25, 1818 while a resident of Frederick County, Virginia aged fifty-six years. In 1820 his wife had lately died and he had two small children, no names stated.

                                   Respectfully, Commissioner

26 December 1925

Commissioners of Pensions
Washington, DC

Dear Sir: My ancestor John Heflin, as shown by the records of the Adjutant General, Washington, DC served in the Revolutionary War as private of Captain John Mountjoy’s Company 10th Virginia Regiment, which regiment was designated the 6th Virginia Regiment about September 1778, and was commanded successively by Colonel Edward Stevens, Major Samuel Hawes, Colonel John Green, Colonel William Russell, and Colonel John Green. He enlisted for three years, date shown as December 12, 1776, and December 7, 1776; was transferred in September 1778, to Captain Hughes Woodson’s Company, same regiment; was transferred in May, 1779 to Captain John Gillison’s Company, same regiment, and was discharged December 7, 1779.

       Kindly give me all information your records may show about his family, the maiden name of his wife, the names of his children, the name of his father and mother, home, and where born.

       Should there be any expense connected with getting this information, let me know, and I will pay it. Thanking you, I am
`                                   Very Sincerely,
                                   Reuben Woodford Heflin
                                   U.S. Internal (Revenue) Service
                                   Albuquerque, New Mexico

(The records show the name spelled in the following manner;--John Hefferlin, surname also borne as Heferlin, Hefflin, Heffilin, Hefferling, and Heflin.)

Chicago, Ill
July 22, 1933

Bureau of Pensions and 1812 Wars
Washington, DC

       Will you kindly send me the transcript of records and all information available about the following:

       John Haflin, S 38,012
       James Hefferlin Auditors Acct. XV 532
       William Heffiton, Aud. Acct. XVIII 572
       John Dawson of Stafford, VA said to have been an officer

       If you will be so kind, I should appreciate it if you would include the names and addresses of
those persons who have written in regarding the above men. If there is any charge in connection with the above, I shall of course be glad to pay it.

              Very truly yours,
                            1446 Hudson Avenue
                            Chicago, ILL

Mr. A. P. Heflin
1433 Hudson Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Dear Sir:
Reference is made to your letter in which you request the Revolutionary War records of John Heflin, James Hefferlin, William Heffiton, and John Dawson, also, that names and addresses of persons who have made written requests for the same records.

       A search of the Revolutionary War records has been made and no claims for pension or bounty land found based upon service in the Revolutionary War of James Hefferlin or William Heffiton. Such claims are the source of Revolutionary War data furnished by this office.

       The records of John Dawson and John Hefferlin are furnished you herewith. No charge is made for the service.

       This office does not furnish the name or addresses of correspondents.

                                   Very truly yours,
                                   Assistant to Administrator

July 27, 1933

Mr. A.P.Heflin
1433 Hudson Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Dear Sir:
The data which follow were obtained from the papers on file in pension claim, S.38012, based upon the Revolutionary War service of John Hefferlin (the spelling of the surname under which he was pensioned).
The date and place of soldier’s birth and names of his parents are not shown in the claim.
John Hefferlin enlisted in Stafford County, Virginia, in the latter part of 1776 and served three years as a private in Captain John Mountjoy’s company, Colonel Edward Stevens’ Virginia regiment, after which he enlisted and served to the end of the was as a private in Captain Gunn’s company, Colonels White’s and William Washington’s regiments of dragoons. He was in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, Paulus Hook, Guilford and Hobkirk’s Hill.
He was allowed pension on his application executed April 25, 1818, while a resident of Frederick County, Virginia, at which time he stated he was fifty-six years of age.
In 1820 the soldier was still residing in Frederick County, Virginia, and stated that he was aged
sixty years (no explanation of the discrepancy in age). He also stated that his wife had lately died and that he had two small children; names of wife and childred not stated.

                                          Very truly yours,
                                          Assistant to Administrator

by G. Wathmey

*Heferlin, John (Hefferlin) 6 CL (Continental Line)
Hefferlin, James E.
*Hefferlin, John 6 CL, 10 CL, also Hefferling, Heffilin
*Hefferlin, John, 1st Light Dragoons; awarded 100 acres. Frederick pension
Heffiton, William, E.

*These are all John Hefferlin that enlisted in Stafford Co., VA. His second enlistment was in
the Light Dragoons.


       John Hefferling is entitled to the preparation of land allowed a private of The Continental Line who enlisted for the War. Signed T. Merriwether. Council Chamber, dated May 31, 1787 and signed by Beverly Randolph.

by Lloyd Dewitt

Hefferling, John. VA Private. 31 May 1787.

Warrant No. 4289-200 acres, Virginia Continental Line.
Source: Virginia Land Bounty Warrants-Page 39. (Urbana Ohio Library).

       Warrant No. 3595-100 acres, Virginia Continental Line.
Source: 1913 Year Book, Kentucky Society S.A.R., Lexington, KY, Page 226

WAR OF 1812

       Listed in the Pay Rolls and Muster Rolls for the War of 1812 are the following names that are the same identical with John Hefferlin Sr. and his sons. It is significant that John Hefferlin Sr. and his sons are missing from the Fauquier Co., VA Personal Property Tax List for the years 1812 and 1813.

       William Hefflin 5th Regiment, VA Militia; 45th Regiment Peyton’s VA Militia
       Alexander Heflin 16th Regiment, Waller’s VA Militia; and 45th Regiment Peyton’s VA Militia.
       Berdett Heflin 25th Regiment Smith’s VA Militia
       James Heflin 16th Regiment Waller’s VA Militia; 45th Regiment Peyton’s VA Militia
       James Heflin Jr. 45th Regiment Peyton’s VA Militia
       John Heflin 16th Regiment Waller’s VA Militia; 45th Regiment Peyton’s VA Militia

       There is also a listing from the INDEX TO WAR OF 1812 PENSION FILES as follows:
Heflin, Alexander or Alexander Heflin, Sarah, (Widow’s Certificate_ WC-21932, (Survivor’s Certificate) SC-18415. Served Capt. Thomas Hill’s Co., VA Militia as a Pvt. This Sarah is identified as Sarah Westbrook who married Alexander Heflin in October 1814.


Note: The Population Census Records need to be investigated since they do not lend themselves to the fact that he was in Fauquier Co. as evidenced by the Fauquier Co. Personal Property Tax Lists which identifies the children by name as tithes when they were between 16 and 21 years of age.

1800 Winchester, Frederick Co., VA

1755-1774       John Hefferlin
(f) 1755-1774       Wife
(m) 1774-1784       Child (John Hefferlin Jr. was born ca 1781)
(m) 1784-1790       Child (Reuben Hefferlin was born ca 1782)
(m)        1784-1790       Child (William James Hefferlin was born 1783)
(m) 1784-1790       Child (James Hefferlin was born 1786)
(f) 1790-1800       Child
(m)        1790-1800       Child (Berdet was born 1789)
(m) 1790-1800       Child (Alexander was born 1790)

The above 1800 census needs to be verified since the source is secondary. Note, his pension document of 1820 that states that his “ wife had lately died and that he had two small children in the household” would indicate that at least two more children were born after 1800.

1810 Winchester, Frederick Co., VA

(m)        <1765       John Heferline
(f) 1765-1784       wife
(m)        1800-1810       Child       
(m) 1800-1810       Child              
(m)        1800-1810       Child              

The above will also be verified at FHC. Note, this lends itself to the pension document dated in 1820 that states that “his wife had lately died and that he had two small children in the household”.

1820 Winchester, Frederick Co., VA

(m)        <1765       John Hefferlin

No other persons are listed for the household. Note this does not lend itself to the pension document that states that “his wife had lately died and that he had two small children in the household”, unless the two small children were sent to one of the older children’s home to live.


       The Fauquier Co., VA Personal Tax Lists for 1782-1850 reveal some interesting information and identifies some of the children of John Hefferlin Sr. See the Tax List for 1835.

       John Hefferlin Sr.       b 1760
       John Hefferlin Jr.              b ca 1781 Listed in 1802 (FPPT 14)
       Reuben Hefferlin              b ca 1782 Listed in 1803 (FPPT 16)
       William Hefferlin       b ca 1785 Listed in 1802 (FPPT 15)
       James Hefferlin              b ca 1786 Listed in 1806 (FPPT 20)
       Berdet Hefferlin              b 1789 Listed in 1807 (FPPT 18)
       Alexander Hefferlin       b 1790 Listed in 1809 (FPPT 19)


Index to Wills A to Z 1759-1920, Fauquier Co., VA WB 15:338.

Parties                     Kind              Recorded              Date              Date Recorded

Heflin, John              Will              Bk 15, Pg 338              23 Nov 1837       23 Jan 1838
                     Appraisment        15 377              1 Mar 1838       27 Mar 1838
                     Admr. Acct.        15 379              1 Mar 1838       27 Mar 1838

Will Book 15 Page 338
       I John Heflin of Fauquier County do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say,

1st. I desire that my sorrel horse be sold after my decease and out of the money arising therefrom all of my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.
2ndly. I give to my grandson John Heflin Jr. the son of my son John Heflin, a pair of sheets, a counterpan, and a feather bed and bedstead.
3rdly. I give to Catharine Ann Embrey for the benefit of her child Sarah Ann Embrey all of the residue of my property consisting of household and kitchen furniture, a bed, crop of corn, hogs, cattle, etc.
In witness whereof I have herunto set my hand and affixed by seal this 23rd November in the year of our Lord 1837.
Signed, sealed, published and delivered as the last will and testament.
                                                 John Heflin

Attested by: William A. Bowen, William J. Hefflin, and Elijah Finks.

Note: It is believed that the William J. Hefflin that witnessed the above will is William James Hefflin the son of John Heflin Sr.

       From my research, the following document by Arnold Paul Heflin is in error in that the two John Hefferlin’s that he mentions are not related. One is of the Irish Line and one is of the German Line. This confusion arose from what I consider a misinterpretation of the Overwharton Parish Records for the birth of Simon as the son of William Heffernon & Sarah Martin, rather than the s/o William Heaflon & Margaret. A number of the early researchers proliferated this error and this has resulted in a major mixture of all three lines (German, Irish, & English).


The General Services Administration of the United States Government, which is in charge of the records of the Revolutionary War Veterans, has a large and complete file on John Heflin (123 61) of Fauquier County, Virginia. (The number 123 61 is the Clan Number in the Heflin family; it shows he was of the fifth generation in America.) However, it has nothing at all on his first cousin, John Heflin (123 21) of Orange County, North Carolina, nor of any of the other men who served in the armies of North Carolina. This may be because few records were kept in the North Carolina armies.

Both of these John Heflins had a brother James who served in the Revolutionary Armies. This can be proved by their being mentioned in certain Auditors accounts and certain rosters of North Carolina soldiers; but the General Services Administration has no records on either man.

Neither John Heflin (123 21) nor his cousin John Heflin (123 61) could write his name. Hence, the scribes and clerks who wrote their rather unusual name for them, spelled it phonetically in a variety of ways. Photostatic examples of this are submitted herewith. There are two instances where John Heflin (123 21) is spelled “John Heffeman” and another instance where he is recorded as “John Efland”. Other variations of the name are Hefferlin, Hefling, Hefron, and Heffernon. The family had decided about this time, that the correct spelling of the name was “Heflin” which has remained the accepted spelling ever since. The name in the original Gaelic is Ifernain, or O’Ifernain, signifying “fierce fighter” which gives a clue as to why there were so many of the Heflin cousins in the army of the Revolution. John Heflin (123 21) lived in Orange county, NC near a tiny village which was and is called “Efland”. It used to be said of this village that there were more churches in it than there were people. The Heflins were Primitive Baptists, teetotalers, and very religious people.

John Heflin (123 61) of Fauquier County, VA was a member of Baylor’s Dragoons, and fought with this famous cavalry regiment under General William Washington at the Cowpens and Yorktown. After the war was over, he went to Orange County and Granville County, NC to visit his cousin John Heflin (123 21), and his numerous other relatives. We know this definitely from our family history. The Herflins were famous sharpshooter riflemen; it is said they always came home from a turkey-shoot with a turkey. So it would not be at all surprising if the four cousins were actually fighting together at the Cowpens against the British and the hated Tarleton. John Heflin (123 21) was a member of the Granville Militia in 1771 in the company of Colonel Sol Alston; per the North Carolina Colonial Records, Volume
22, pages 161 and 161, which shows the John, James, Charles, and William were all enlisted in the
Militia. Two of these, John and James went on to enlist in the North Carolina Continental Line, and fought in the Revolution. The Heflins always kept in touch with each other, and used the same names. We feel that the Revoltuionary Pay voucher alone is proof positive that John was a Revolutionary Soldier. Arnold Paul Heflin, S.A.R. No. 84,649, affirms that the statements here are correct and factual. Signed, Arnold Paul Heflin (123 613 264).

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