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THOMAS GREGORY, Pension Application

Chesterfield County, Virginia

On this 11th day of February in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty then personally appears before the county court of Chesterfield in the State of Virginia bang a court of record: THOMAS GREGORY, SENR., aged eighty two years, a resident of the county and State aforesaid, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the pension made by an act of congress passed the 7th day of June 1832 –

That he entered into the service of the United States in the Revolutionary War under the following named officer, and served as herein stated – That sometime in the year 1780 he was called out in a company of Militia in Chesterfield county, commanded by Captain Bernard Markham (the battalion not recollected) and marched down to the  - of Virginia in the neighbourhood of Smithfield and Cabin point, Va, and after serving a tour of three months was discharged.  Colo. Robert Goode and a Colo. White had command of the Regiment to which he was attached, that he was not engaged in any battle during this tour, nor did he become acquainted with any Regular officers belonging to the Army.

That sometime in the month of January (believed to be the sixth) 1781, he was again called out in a company of Militia in Chesterfield, namely, commissioned by Capt. Bernard Markham and marched to Manchester, where he was impressed or drafted by Colo. Robert Goode who had command of the Regiment, as an Officer for the purpose of repairing and moving the arms, that he was continued and remained so employed for the term of at least five months, when he was discharged.  That during this tour as he was constantly engaged in repairing the arms he was in no engagement and contracted no acquaintance with any of the Regular Officers.  That he has no hesitation in saying according to the best of his recollection that he served eight months as mentioned above in the Revolutionary War, viz: three months as a private, and five months as an Artificer, and for such services he claims a pension.

That it appears by a Register in his Bible at home that he was born in Chesterfield county on the second day of August 1750, that he has resided in said county ever since, except for about six or seven years when a child, he is told that he resided in the county of Halifax.  That he was always called out in the Militia, that he never received any written discharge from service, and that he is known to many persons in his neighbourhood who can testify to his character for veracity, and their belief in his services as a soldier of the Revolution, particularly to Leonard Nunnally a Clergyman, and Allen Whitworth(?) and  Philip H. Vest, two old soldiers of the Revolution residing in said county of Chesterfield.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not in the pension roll of the agency of any State.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid before the court aforesaid.

S/ Thomas grigory

We, Allen Whitworth, aged seventy five years, and Philip H. Vest, aged seventy nine years, residents of the county of Chesterfield and State of Virginia, do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Thomas Gregory Senior who has subscribed and sworn to the above Declaration; that we believe him to be eighty two years old; that we personally known he was drafted or impressed as an artificer for repairing and mending the arms in the Revolutionary War; that we believe he was so employed for several months; that we also believe he performed a tour of duty in the year 1780 as stated in his Declaration; that it is reported and believed in the neighbourhood where he resides that he was a Soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion, and that we believe that the said Thomas Gregory Senr. is a person of truth and viracity.

Subscribed and sworn to before the county court of Chesterfield aforesaid the day and year aforesaid.

S/ Philip Vest X his mark,
    Allen Whitworth

We, Leonard Nunnally a Clergyman residing in Chesterfield county, and Martin Laprade residing in said county, do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Thomas Gregory Senr. who has subscribed and sworn to the above Declaration, that we believe him to be eighty two years of age, that he is reported and believed in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.

Subscribed and sworn to before the county court of Chesterfield aforesaid the day and year aforesaid.

S/Leonard Nunnally
   Martin Leprade

And the said 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 Thomas Gregory, Senr. was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he states.  And the court further certifies that it appears to them that Leonard Nunnally who has signed the preceding certificate is a Clergyman residing in Chesterfield county, and that Allen Whitworth, Philip H. Vest and Martin Laprade who have also signed the preceeding certificates are residents of the same county, are credible persons, and that these statements are entitled to full credit.

I, Parke Poindexter, Clerk of the county court of Chesterfield, in the State of Virginia, do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of the application of Thomas Gregory Senr. for a Pension.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of Office this 12th day of FebruaryAD one thousand eight hundred and thirty three and in the 57th year of our Independence.

S/ Parke Poindexter, Clk.”    

No. 9162: ELIZABETH GREGORY’s Declaration for a Pension.
Chesterfield Co VA, Act 7 July 1838

In order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress of July 7th 1838 entitled ‘An Act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows.’

Chesterfield County, State of Virginia, to wit: On this fifth day of May 1843, personally appeared before me, Samuel H. Royall, a justice of the peace of said county, Elizabeth Gregory a resident of said county, aged seventy three years, who, first being sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed July 7th, 1833 entitled ‘An Act granting half-pay and pensions to certain widows.’  That she is the widow of Thomas Gregory late of the County and State aforesaid, who died on the 5th day of March 1843.  That the said Thomas Gregory was a soldier in the Revolutionary war in the militia and was a pensioner to the day of his death.  And, with regard to the services he performed, she begs leave respectfully to refer to the declaration made by her deceased husband when he applied for a pension.

She further declares that her deceased husband, the said Thomas Gregory, received an annual sum of twenty-six dollars and sixty six cents by way of pension as aforesaid.

She moreover declares that she was married to the said Thomas Gregory on the 27th day of December 1789, that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service, but that the marriage took place afterwards and before the first day of January 1794 to wit; at the time above stated and that she is still a widow and has not been married since the death of the said Thomas Gregory her husband as aforesaid.

S/Elizabeth Gregory X her mark.

Sworn to and subscribed before me, Saml. H. Royall, a justice of the peace for the County of Chesterfield aforesaid and I further certify that the above named George and Frances Adkins the affiants are persons entitled to full credit. S/S. H. Royall JP (seal).

The affidavit of George Adkins and Frances Adkins witnesseth; that the affiants have known Elizabeth Gregory the declarant for many years; that she is actually the widow of Thomas Gregory as above stated; that she was for many years his wife, and to the best of our knowledge and belief was married to him about the time stated above.  And further that the said Thomas Gregory died on the day and year above written and that his widow, the said Elizabeth Gregory, has not since been married; and moreover that the said Geo. Adkins is aged seventy nine and the said Frances Adkins sixty eight years.

S/George Adkins X his mark; Frances Adkins, X her mark.

At a court of Quarterly session held for Chesterfield county at the courthouse thereof on the 5th day May AD 1843:

The declaration of Elizabeth Gregory, (widow of Thomas Gregory, deceased, of Chesterfield county, as pensioner of the United States) made in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress of July 7th 1828, entitled “An act granting half pay and previous to certain widows together with the affidavits of George Adkins and Frances Adkins being read;

The Court doth order it to be certified as the opinion upon the facts in the said declaration alledged, that the said Elizabeth Gregory is unable to make her declaration in open court by reason of age and infirmities; that Samuel H. Royall (before whom said declaration was made) is an acting Justice of the peace in and for said county, and that full faith and credit is due to his act as such, and to his statements; That George Adkins and Frances Adkins are inhabitants of said county and are persons to whom full faith and credit is due; and the court doth further order that the clerk certify the date of the marriage license of Thomas & Elizabeth Gregory, and a copy of the certificate of marriage, and annex the same bonds, as the best evidence of the fact, and date of the said marriage.

I, Parke Poindexter, Clerk of the county court of Chesterfield county hereby certify that the above transcript is truly copied from the minutes and records aforesaid; I further certify that it appears from the certificate of the Revd. Elezar Clay, filed in my said office dated Augt. 1790, that he celebrated the rites of matrimony between Thos. Gregory and Elizabeth Baker.

In testimony whereof I have hereto subscribed my name & affixed the official seal this 10th day of May 1842, and in the 67th year of the Commonwealth. S/P. Poindexter, C.C.