Thursday, May 29, 2014

1742 Augusta County, Virginia Colonial Militia List

Taken from the book Virginia Colonial Militia, 1651-1776, by William Armstrong Crozier, 1905, Richmond, VA, p. 94. Note Looney and Renfro/Ranfro names. 

Augusta County Militia 1742

Company 8
George Robinson, Captain
Jas. McFeron, Lieut.
Pat. Shirky, Ensign
Jas. Ranfro, Serj.
Dan. Mananghan
Mark Eval
Peter Ranfro
Georg. Draper
Rob. Roland
Edm. Smith
Fran. Kelly
And. Gaughagall
Henry Stiles
Hen. Philip
Ths. Looney
Rob. Looney
Dan. Looney
Adm. Looney
Mark Joans
Jno. Smith
Jno. Adkins
Hugh Caruthers
Jno. Flower
Wm. Bradshay
Jas. Coal
Jno. Coal
Bryan Cass
Wm. Craven
Cornel. Dougherty
Simon Acres
Wm. Acres
Nicol. Horsford
Josh Tasker
Hen. Brown
Sam. Brown
Jas. Burk
Wm. Bean
Sam. Martin
Peter Kinder
Stevan Evens
Peter Watkins
Stephen Ranfro
Benj. Davis
Wm. Clark
Wm. Sheperd
Benj. Dearon

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Will of Peter Morgan (1769-1851), 5 Jun 1849 York District, South Carolina

The will of Peter Morgan (1769-1851) written 5 Jun 1849 York District, South Carolina and probated 25 September 1851. He names his 9 children, the daughters' husbands, and 1 granddaughter (who he disowns). He lived in the part of York District which is now Cherokee County, SC.

Will of
Peter Morgan
State of South Carolina

South Carolina
York District, in the name of God Amen. I, Peter Morgan, of the state & District before mentioned being infirm in body & of a good old age, but of a sound and disposing Mind and memory, do make, constitute, and appoint the following, my last will and Testament in a Maner and form following: To wit.

1. I will and bequeath that my Executors herein after appointed shall as soon after my death as may be convenient, pay all my Just debts.

2. I will & bequeath that my Executors herein after appointed, (as soon after my decease, as may be consistant with the best interest of my Estate) shall sell all of my property of every description both real & personal, at public auction, on a credit of Twelve months, and they are hereby authorized & directed to make good & sufficient titles for the same and when my Executors shall collect the monies arising from the sale of my Estate, and shall collect all other monies due me, from all other sources, and have paid all my just debts, as above directed, they, shall divide the whole balance constituting the neat amount of my whole Estate both real & personal Equally between my nine children, share and share alike; namely, Equally between my children mary, the wife of Thomas Camp John Morgan Anthony Morgan Delilah, the wife of Saml Lister Elias Morgan, Spencer morgan, Louisa, the wife of Wm. Griffin, Samuel Morgan and Adeline, the wife of Noah Daffin--but I will and bequeath, that my Executors in dividing the whole Estate, amongst my children above named, shall so divide my Estate among them, as to Justly & Equitably, Equallise amongst all my said children, all advancements made by me, or on my account during my life to them.

3d. I also will and bequeath, that my Executors in paying out the Legatees, shall pay the share of John Morgan, to his wife

(Luisa A Morgan in trust for the children of the said John Morgan; and she the said wife of John Morgan (Louisa A. Morgan) shall hold the said share in trust for the children of John Morgan, and She shall permit the said John Morgan to receive and enjoy the profits of said share during the Joint lives of herself & the said John Morgan, but at the death of either her or the said John Morgan, then the said share, be the same "choses in action" or property Either real or personal shall go absolutely and unconditionally to the children of the said John Morgan, and it is my express will and bequeth that my Executors so arrange, and convey this share, in trust, to the wife of John Morgan, for the children of the said John Morgan that the present and future creditors of the said John Morgan, shall not, be able to reach it for the satisfaction for the liabilities of the said John Morgan.

4th I will and bequeth that my granddaughter Vince, the wife of Hiram Mayner, shall not receive any part of my Estate:

5th I will and bequeth that the share of my daughter Luisa, the wife of Wm. Griffin shall go to hur, during her natural life and at her death to her children, and in default of children living at the time of her death then absolutely to her brothers & sisters in fee share & share alike.

6th. I will and bequeth, that the share of my daughter Adeline the wife of Noah Daffin, shall go to her during her natural life and at her death to her children absolutely.

7th. I hereby constitute my two sons John Morgan and Elias Morgan, the Executors of this my Will. given under my hand & seal this 5th June 1849.
Peter X Morgan (Seal)
Signed, sealed and declared in the presence of
W.C.Black   L. Nance      T.M. White
Probated September 25, 1851
Will book "3" P-240
Case No. 16 File No. 1584

[Transcribed 18 May 2014 by Teresa McVeigh]

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Joseph McNeil Statement (c. 1805, NC)

This statement about Rev. George W. McNeil (1720-1805) was included in the 1907 SAR Application of Robert H McNeill (b. 1877). The statement was written by Joseph McNeil (c. 1772- 1855) in his own handwriting shortly after his father's death on June 7th, 1805. It is quoted and certified as a valid copy in the SAR application and at that time was in the possession of James Vannoy, friend of Joseph McNeil.

"The Revd. George McNeil was bornd in or about the year 1720 and ordained some time before the year 1777 but the exact time I cannot tel and he was frequently as Corresponding messenger to Different associations frequently apointed a help to Churches where Difficulties arose in Churches them and was Calld to ordain preachers and Constitute Churches and was Moderator of the yadken asson for a number of years and he and the Revd. John Cleveland went in the Revolutionary war with the army as they went to kings mountain and preached to them until they for out up in to Burk county him and the Revd. Mr. A. Baker used to preach a great deal together he departed this life June the 7th 1805 this is as Correct an account as I am able to give.

Joseph McNiel"

Sunday, May 4, 2014

John Looney (1754-1848) Revolutionary War Pension Application 1833

John Looney (1754-1848) received a pension for his Revolutionary War service from 1808 until he died in 1848. This is a copy of his 1833 Pension Application filed in Anderson District, South Carolina  5 Mar 1833. He swears under oath that he was born in 1854 in Bedford County, Virginia and was wounded during the Siege of Savannah, Georgia ( 9 October, 1779). Also included is a copy of his 1813 Certification, since a fire had destroyed some previous records.

The State of South Carolina
Anderson District--On this 5th day of March One thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty Three
John Looney
personally appeared in open court during the Court of Sessions and Common Pleas now sitting for said District and being duly sworn declares an oath as follows in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832 This deponent was born in Bedford County, Virginia in 1754. Was living in that part of South Carolina now known as Spartanburg when he first entered the service which was as a volunteer under Captain Nickol, during the Snow Camps and when he served forty two days. He was afterwards engaged under various militia officers for short term of service but cannot now recollect very distinctly the term or officers. On the 24th of December (he thinks in) 1777 he enlisted under Capt. Benjamin Tutt in his independent company for three years, with whom he continued in active service until his captain was called on for a detachment and furnished Twenty five men of whom this deponent was one and under his Lieutenant Thomas Farrar and marched to Savannah and in the siege there was wounded in the ankle which disabled him for service. Asked for a discharge having been there attached to Col. Laurens[?] Infantry but was informed he had his discharge without having it in writing. Was never after in service. His wound ulcerated. Suffered for forty four years when to save his life his leg was cut off and he now goes on a wooden leg. He has long since made proof of his service

and has received many years of pension of twenty one dollars and forty two cents from the General Government afterwards increased to thirty four dollars. His certificates are in the possession of a friend but will be procured and more particularly inferred[?] If the Department can be satisfied of the service & give him the benefit of the late Act of Congress he will cheerfully relinquish every claim whatever to his pension from the United States or from his own State from which he has also been for some time in receipt of a pension. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
On Open Court          John Looney
 5 March 1833
[Jared? Lawhon?] CC

Copy Certificate
War Department
I certify that in conformity with the 3rd Section of an Act of Congress of the 25th of April 1808 entitled "An Act Concering Invalid Pensions" John Looney was placed on the Pension List of the United States and Roll of the South Carolina agency at the rate of One Dollar and Seventy Eight and an half cent per month to commence on the First Day of March One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eight.
Given at the War Office of the United States This 24th Day of June 1813
John Armstrong

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