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Rev. Pens. File 11898 for Joseph Wright
Posted by: Robert Grant (ID *****4175) Date: October 17, 2009 at 11:08:33
  of 1832

Dear List:

Attached below are portions of Revolutionary Pension File 11898, Rejected Claim for Joseph Wright. These are literal transcriptions without corrections for spelling or grammar.

The documents in the file establish the following genealogical information:

1. _____ Wright resided in 1754 in Frederick County, Maryland, resided during the Revolutionary War on Hickory Creek, Randolph County, North Carolina, and had the following children:
(1) John Wright,
(2) Joseph Wright,
(3) James Wright, and
(4) Joshua Wright.


2. John Wright, the son of _____ Wright, resided on Hickory Creek in Randolph County, North Carolina, and had the following child:
(1) John Wright.


3. John Wright, the son of John Wright and grandson of _____ Wright, resided in about 1823 or 1828 in Cumberland County, Kentucky, and resided on January 2, 1843, in Clinton County, Kentucky.


4. Joseph Wright, the son of _____ Wright, was born on January 13, 1754 in Frederick County, Maryland, enlisted in December 1780 in Chatham County, North Carolina, resided in December 1780 & in 1782 in Randolph County, North Carolina, then in Rowan County, North Carolina, then in Randolph County, North Carolina, then in 1796 in Sullivan County, East Tennessee, then in 1799 in Washington County, Tennessee, then in 1806 or 1807 in Blount County, then in 1810 or 1812 or 1813 in Cumberland County, Kentucky, and resided on September 17, 1832, in Cumberland County, Kentucky, and died in January 1843, in Clinton County, Kentucky, that the wife of Joseph Wright died before January 1843, and that Joseph Wright and _____ (_____) Wright had the following children:
(1) Isaac Wright,
(2) Abner Wright, and
(3) Betsy (Wright) Wallace.


I would be happy to exchange information with other researchers interested in this line.

Robert N. Grant
15 Campo Bello Court
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RNGrant@grantandgordon.com


Excerpts from Rev. Pens. File 11898:

Revolutionary War Pension Records
N-67: Joseph Wright - Rejected Claim
1832/09/17

"State of Tennessee
Fentress County

On this the 17th day of September A.D. 1832 personally appeared before me Robert H. Richardson a Justice of the peace in and for the County of Fentress State of Tennessee, Joseph Wright, a Resident citizen of the county of Cumberland State of Kentucky aged 80 years the 13th day of January last, agreeable To his record now in his possession he was born the 13th day of January 1754 in Frederick County in the State of Maryland, and after being Duly sworn according to Law on his oath makes the following Declaration in order to attain the benefit of the act of Congress of the 7th June 1832;

He states that he lives in the remote part of the County of Cumberland next to the State line near Fentress County and that from Extream old age and bodily infirmity he is not well able to attend a court of Record and for this reason he has his business Transacted in Fentress County in the nessee side of the State Line it being the most convenient To him; and he being waited on by an attorney so that he wishes to avail himself of the present opportunity of geting his business done and said friend and attorney states that it will Tend greatly to his convenience to arrange this business on the Tennessee side he for these reasons Transacts his business on the Tennessee side of the State Line, he having the advantage of an extensive acquaintance on both sides of the State line to wit in the County of Fentress, and in the County of Cumberland: he states that some time ago about a year or Eighteen months ago he had papers made out To send to the department of War, but he thinks his business has been greatly neglected by those that arranged the same he knows not whether the same are at the Department or not he is inclined to suppose that the same are destroyed or mislaid, he knows nothing certain and is not able To ascertain himself he has made Enquiry.

He states that he entered the service of the United States in the Revolutionary War in Chatham County North Carolina some time in the month of December 1780 he is not certain as to the certain day of the month he distinctly Recollects being in the service at Christmas day he is not certain how many days before he entered as a private Volunteer militia soldier Captain James Robinson and Col. Littrell and went on and stationed at Hickory mountain some time and thence to Peder and of the same to the Yadkin and Sallesbery and having Servd the full Term of three months it being the Term of his Engagement he received a written discharge from his said Capt Robinson he was discharged in Guilford County in the Early part of the spring of 1781 the precise date not Recollected.

He again entered the service a private Volunteer soldier under Captain Hill To serve a _____ months Tour and Joined Col Colyers Regiment he is not certain the precise time of Beginning and Ending said Tour but recollects that said Tour ended in the arly part of march 1782, during said Tour he was marched to various places on river at Peder and Kings mill and Ranged against the Tories and after having served out the same he had a written discharge from his said Capt he was discharged in Randolph County he afterward at several times during the year 1782 Ranged out a few days at the time at Various times under capt Hill for which he had no other discharge but mere verbal order at which different times over and above his two first Tours spoken of he is not certain certain how long he was in actual Service but agreeable to his best Calculation he servd not less than Two months - he lost his written discharges a great may years ago he is not certain in what way he them he states there is no person by whom he can prove his service by he states that he has no written or Documentary Evidence of his Service he has no doubt but he can prove his character for Veracity. by his intimate acquaintance generally he has no doubt he can prove by all his intimate acquaintance that he is generally Reputed as having been a soldier of the Revolutionary War. there is clergyman handy to him at this time he will name some of the persons of his neighborhood by whom he can prove his reputation as having been a soldier and a man of Veracity, to wit Col Ambrose Bramlette, George Swope Esquire John Woods William Woods and in fact he thinks all his acquaintance generally he continued to live in Randolph a great many years after the thence to Rowan and then moved back to Randolph; thence to East Tennessee Sulivan County thence Washington County Tennessee thence to Blount county said State near Knoxville thence to the county of Cumberland Kentucky near the Tennessee Line where he has lived Twenty Two years. He hereby relinquishes Every claim to a pension or annuity except the present and declares his name is not on the pension Roll of the agency of any State.

                     Joseph Wright

Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid before me.

                     Robert H. Richard, JP

We _____ George Swope & Jabez Dabney _____ residing in the County of Cumberland State of Kentucky hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Joseph Wright who has subscribed and sworn to the foregoing Declaration that we beleive him to be Eighty years of age that he is reputed among his acquaintance as a man of Veracity and that he is reputed among his acquaintance as having been a soldier of the Revolutionary War: and that we concur in the same opinion

                     Geo. Swope
                     Jabez Dabney

sworn and subscribed before me the day and year aforesaid

                     Robert H Richardson J.P.

I Robert H Richardson Justice of the peace in and for the county of Fentress State of Tennessee hereby certify that after the investigation of the matter and after puting the interrogatories prescribed by the war department that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he states and I further Certify that George Swope & Jabez Dabney who has subscribed by the the foregoing certifficate and sworn to the same are resident citizens in the County of Cumberland in the neighborhood of applicant, that I am well acquainted with them that they are men of Verracity and Entire Respectability and that their statement is entitled To credit and that applicant is unable to attend a court of Record from bodily infirmity

                     Robert H Richardson JP

State of Tennessee       )
Fentress County              )

I Johyn H. Richardson Clerk of the County Court of said County of Fentress hereby Certify that Robert H. Richardson is a magistrate as above and that the foregoing signatures purporting to be his are genuine

In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal of office this 3rd day of October 1834

John H Richardson Clerk of Fentress County Court by his Deputy John Albertson"


Revolutionary War Pension Records
N-67: Joseph Wright - Rejected Claim
1833/05/13

"State of Kentucky Cumberland County Sct

On this 13th day of May 1833 personally appeared in open Court before the Justices of the Cumberland County Court now sitting Joseph Wright a resident of said County of Cumberland and State of Kentucky aged 79 years 13th Jany last, who being first duly and legally 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 entered the service of the United States under the following named Officers and served as herein stated. He joined a Volulnteer company from the County of Chatham in the State of North Carolina and as a private soldier entered the service in the year 1781 under Captain James Robertson and marchd from that County to Pedee River Colo Letrel commanded the Regiment to which I belonged. we were horse men We marched up Pedee River to Sloans Ferry near Salsberry North Carolina from thence marched down to Randolph County We went for the purpose of joining Genl Greens troops we met him retreating from the British his orders as I learned was for us to persue the Enemy as we were horse men which we accordingly done and marched on as stated after meeting Gen Green with the veiw of meeting with the British We did not meet with or overtake them and was in no engagement during my term of service in said Regiment he served a tour of three months in said Company and Regiment and received a discharge in Randolph County North Carolina in the year 1781 as well as he can now recollect.

In the year 1782 he again entered the service under Capt Elijah Williams in the Regiment commanded by Colo John Colier and served some time in the limits of the County of Randolph and some of the adjoining Counties and was very actively engaged in routing the British & Torries which were then in that Country and was engaged in some Battles with them One of little River Waters of Pedee called Little Pedee and the other engagements in the same neighbourhood in which engagements we were successful and drove the British and Tories from that part of the Country he again received a discharge having served a tour of One month in that company and Regiment under the Officers aforesaid and again in that Country entered the service under Capt Aaron McPhee(?) Colo Coliers Regiment compelled at all hours to be in a State of rediness to march commonly called minute men to _____ the British and Tories and rout them whenever they might be attempting to embody themselves in that Country and continued as such until the close of the War

He was born in Fredrich County Maryland in the year 1754 has a recording of his age now in his possession taken from his fathers family Register he was living in Randolph County North Carolina when he was called into the service of the United States he moved from Randolph County to Sullivan County in the year in 1796 from thence to Washington Ten in 1799 then moved to the Blunt Cty Ten 1806 or 7 lived there about 6 years thence moved to Cumberland County Kentucky in 1812 or 13 where he now lives and has lived ever since

he knows of no person in this Country by whom he can prove his services as a soldier in the Revolutionary War his discharge he has lost he is known to Daniel L Myers(?) John Noland in his present neighbourhood who can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief as to his services as a soldier in the Army of the Revolution

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension list or Rolls of the agency of any State.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid

                     Joseph Wright

We Daniel L Myers and John Noland residing in the County of Cumberland and state of Kentucky (then being no Clergyman(?) in his neighbourhood) hereby Certify that we are well acquainted with Joseph Wright who has subscribed and sworn to the foregoing declaration that we believe him to be seventy nine years of age that he is reputed and believed generally in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution and that we concur in that opinion Sworn to and Subscribed this 13th day of May 1833

                     John Noland
A. King JPCC              D L Myers

State of Kentucky Cumberland County Sct

And the said Cumberland County Court Do hereby declare their Opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he states And the said Court further Certifies that Daniel L Myers and John Noland who have signed the preceding Certificate are residents of the County of Cumberland State of Kentucky and are credible persons and that their Statements are entitled to credit Given under Our hands this 13th day of May 1833

                     Joel Owsley
                     Geo C. Craft CC
                     Obadiah Baker CC

State of Kentucky Cumberland County Sct

I Milton King Clerk of the County Court for said County of Cumberland Do Certify that Joel Owsley George Craft and Obadiah Baker whose signatures are to the foregoing Certificate are and were at the time of executing the same acting justices of the peace in & for said County of Cumberland duly & legally Commissioned and qualified as such and were the Justices composing the County Court of Cumberland at the time the foregoing proceedings in relation to the claim of Joseph Wright for a pension were had in said Court and that their Signatures to said Certificate are genuine

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of my said Office at Burksville this 21st day of May 1833

                     Milton King"


Revolutionary War Pension Records
N-67: Joseph Wright - Rejected Claim
1843/01/02

"State of Kentucky       )
Clinton County       )

County court January Term 1843 on this the 2d day of January 1843 personally apeard in open Court John Wright of this County whose statements are entitled to full credit and after being Duly sworn for that purpose on his oath maks the following affidavit to wit that his father John Wright lived in Randolph county N Carolina on hicory and lived a part of the time on the farm of the the fathr of Joseph Wright and will recollects that Joseph Wright the presant applicant for a pension was often out in in the minute or light horse service & that the sd Joseph Brothers to wit James Wright and Joshua ware often going and returning from the service he affiants father lived with the father of the sd Joseph some considerable Time During the war afiant - Does not recollect the length of the Time the sd Joseph served at any one Tower as he was quite young He thinks about from 6 to seven or Eight years of age well Recollects of the sd Joseph being in service as he understoo by the family and from the said Joseph he having a clear Recollection of the sed Joseph and of he being absent and returnning from the service as was said by the sd Joseph and the family that affiant has been well acquainted with the sd Joseph ever since and has lived withe the sd Joseph and learned a Trade under him that he affiant has lived in the neighborhood of the sd Joseph in the County of Cumberland now Clin County Ky for about 15 or Twenty years that he has often heard the sd Joseph takl of his serving a great many Towers in the revolution and serving a considerable time as light horse or minute man and so understood from the family affiant has no clear recollection of the officers under whome he served his minute or light horse service but thinks under Capt Night or Capt Worrel or probly some under Both and Recoll of there Being another office But cannot now Reccollect the name

                     John Wright

Sworn to and subscribed on Open Court

                     Rice Maxey Clk

Kentucky Clinton County Sct

I Rice Maxey Clerk of the Clinton County Court Certify that at the January Term thereof 1843 the foregoing affidavit of John Wright was subscribed and sworn to in open Court after all the interlineations were made

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and private seal, there being no seal of office provided at office this 3rd day of January 1843

                     Rice Maxey Clk"


Revolutionary War Pension Records
N-67: Joseph Wright - Rejected Claim
1858/02/05

State of Kentucky       )
County of Clinton       ) S.S.

On motion of Isaac Wright, Ordered that he be and he is hereby appointed administrator of Joseph Wright deceased, Whereupon said Isaac Wright together with James Johnston jr his surety executed & acknowledged covenenant to the Commonwealth of Kentucky conditioned as the law directs which is approved by the court and ordered to be filed & said Wright took the oath required by law as admr. afsd"

And at the same time the following order was made viz:

"Ordered that it be certified that the Declaration of Isaac Wright administrator of Joseph Wright decd for Pension was read, subscribed & sworn to in open Court by said Wright, and the court being personally acquainted with Said Wright is of the opinion that he is a man of undoubted veracity"

Also at same the following order was made viz:

"Ordered that it be certified that it was proven in open Court by the oath of Joseph L Wright that Isaac Wright, Abner Wright and Betsy Wallace are the only living children of Joseph Wright decd that he knows of"

State of Kentucky       )
County of Clinton       ) S.S.

I J A Brents Clerk of the county court of the county aforesaid do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and complete Transcript of the record now on file in my office in the cases therein set forth.

In Testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal of office at office in Albany this 5th day of February 1858

                     J. A. Brents Clk"


Revolutionary War Pension Records
N-67: Joseph Wright - Rejected Claim
1858/00/00

"State of Kentucky Clinton County

County Court February Term 1858 personally appeared in Open court Isaac Wright administrator of Joseph Wright deceased and being first duly sworn according to Law on his Oath makes the following Declaration To wit in Order to obtain the arrears of Pension Due said Joseph Wright at his death on account of his Revolutionary services Declarant states that he is the son and administrator of said Joseph Wright that Joseph died in Clinton County Kentucky Intestate in the month of January 1843 and left no widow, and left the following & only surviving Children To wit this Declarant Isaac Wright Abner Wright & Bitsy Wallis That these are the only surviving Children Known to be living of said Joseph Wright that said Joseph in his lifetime applyed for Pension under the act of 7th June 1832 and furnished Proof of same to some Extent Enclosed the affidavit of John Wright now deceased, Declarant states that his said father served for a long time, in the Revolutionary war making in all that he Served some several years according to his account of it and Drew wages Declarant states that Evidence of the service of his said Father he believes is on file in the Executive office in North Carolina

Declarant states that his said Father often Talked frequently of his service and of his receiving payment in pounds shillings &c for his service that his said Father moved from North Carolina to Sullivan County East Tennessee and from there to Blount County Tennessee and from there to Cumberland County Kentucky the place where he died now included in Clinton County he states that a letter is before him from C H Brogder Comptroler North Carolina Shewing his said fathers service but he will if required produce a certificate of the service or of payments all of which he thinks will shew & fully satisfy the Department of said service Said letter from the Comptrooler is of Date Sept the 7th 1857 Directed to James Johnston, and a letter from the Comr of Pensions of Date June 3d 1857, is also before him Directed to said Johnston. Declarant makes all heretofore done in said Case by said Joseph Wright part hereof he makes William J Dabney his attorney in no this Case he asks for a reexamination of the Claim and that it may be allowed & in the event the Claim is not allowed on the proof enclosed he asks for such further instructions as are consistant with the rules of the Department he statess that his said Father served as he always under Stood from him in the Revolutionary War

Declarant states that his said father was Eighty three years of age at his death, he encloses a letter from the Comptroller of North Carolina in his case he desires the Claim investigated and the Department to Corespond with W J Dabney at Albany Ky.

Sworn to and subscribed in        )       Isaac Wright       
open Court this 1st day of        )
February 1858 before me       )
Wm Vann PJ C.C.C.

Clinton County Court
February Term 1858

On motion of Isaac Wright Ordered that he be and he is hereby appointed Administrator of Joseph Wright deceased Whereupon said Isaac Wright together with James Johnston jr his surety executed & acknowledged Covenant to the Commonwealth of Kentucky Conditioned as the law directs which is approved by the Court and ordered to be filed & said Wright took the Oath required by law as Admr afsd

                     A Copy attest
                     J A Brents Clk
                     By C. P. Gray DC

State of Kentucky       )
Clinton County SS       )

I J. A. Brents Clerk of the County Court of the county aforesaid do ceretify that Wm Vann who has signed the foregoing Declaration is and was at the time of signing the same Presiding Judge of the County Court of the County aforesaid duly commissioned and qualified as such and the foregoing Signature purporting to be his is genuine I also certify that the foregoing Declaration of Isaac Wright was sworn to in open Court and also signed by him in court and that he was at the February Term 1858 appointed Administrator of Joseph Wright decd.

In Testimony whereof I have hereto Set by hand and affixed my Seal of Office at office in Albany the 3d day of February 1858.

                     J A Brents Clk
                     By C. P. Gray Cl."


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