Revolutionary War Petition
1756 - 1842
Submitted by David Hoffman
The following is verbatim. No quotation marks are used. No changes have been
made to spelling, capitalization and punctuation. Discrepancies occur; however,
no change has been made to the petition information. This is as I received it from
Ferne Buehler. (David Hoffman)
Petition of Almond Vaughan (1756-1842)
for Revolutionary War Pension
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
State of Virginia)
Culpeper County } SS
On this 16th day of August 1832 personally appeared
in open Court before the justices of the Court of Culpeper County, now sitting, Almond Vaughan resident in said
County and State, aged seventy six years on the 19th of
April last, so he being first duly 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 7, 1832, that he entered the services of the United States under
the following named officers and served as herein stated.
That he was born in the County of Caroline Virginia on
the 19th of April 1756 but at the age of fifteen removed to Culpeper and has lived there ever since. That he first entered the service in the year 1777 about the month of August and marched north under command of Col. James Barbour and Major Robuy, Captain Waugh, and Lieutenant Reuben Moore. That he marched through Maryland to Pennsylvania and joined Washington's Army, that he was then attached to Crawford's Regiment, Barbour among the troops in Maryland.
That he was discharged with the Company about the last of December 1777, making a tour of four months.
That at another time he was again drafted and marched
to Hunter's forge when the British had entered the Potomac, and burnt Brent's Buildings, and threatened the works at
the forge. In this expedition he thinks Col. William Thomten and James Thomas, Captain, commanded, that the occasion, ending the troops were discharged, but he recollects it was considered a turn, and was so considered in subsequent
That afterwards, he does not recollect whether in 1778
or 1779, he again went in the service as substitute for
Richard Waugh who had resigned his Captaincy and been drafted. That in this time Captain Bradley commanded
the Company he belonged to _____ does not recollect the
Col. _____ Colonel Hill and others now along _____ That
he marched toward Richmond and after some time was discharged, he supposed a tour of two months, as it called
for a tour. That he was not again in the service.
That he can prove the above service by Captain Reuben Moore who was Lieutenant and by Thomas Vaughan.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a
pension or annuity except the present, and declares that
his name isn't in the pension roll of the agency of any state
Sworn to and subscribed this day in open Court
I Reuben Moore a resident of the County of Culpeper Virginia do hereby certify that I had a Lieutenant's
command in Captain Waugh's company when I marched
to the north as stated in the Declaration above subscribed
by Almond Vaughan, and know that he performed the
said service as he sated - also that I was with him as a
private in the tour at Hunter's forge - I have known him
ever since and consider him entitled to full credence in
what he states.
Sworn to and subscribed this day in open Court
I, Thomas Vaughan of Culpeper County Virginia do
hereby certify that I was with Almond Vaughan who
subscribes the above Declaration in the two tours certified
to by Captain Moore - a further, that I know that he served
the tours as substitute for Richard Waugh as he states, as
I took him to Orange Courthouse on a horse to join the
troops, and know when he returned.
Sworn to and subscribed this day in open Court
And the Court then proceeded to propound the
following interrogations to the applicant, he being under
oath; and which he answered as is hereinafter recorded.
Quest. 1st: Where, and in what year were you born?
Ansr: In the County of Caroline Virginia on the 17th day
of April 1756
Quest. 2nd: Have you any record of your age, and if so
where is it?
Ansr: I have no other that what I made myself from what
my parents told me.
Quest. 3: Where were you living when you were called
into service, where have you lived ever since the Revolution-
ary War, and where do you now live?
Ansr: I lived in Culpeper at that time, and have lived so
Quest. 4: How were you called into service, were you
drafted, did you volunteer, or were you a substitute, and
if a substitute, for whom?
Ansr: I volunteered when I went to the north, was drafted
for the second tour, and a substitute for Richard Waugh
in the third tour.
Quest. 5: State the names of some of the regular officers
who were with the troops when you served, such Continental and Militia Regiment as you can recollect with the general circumstances of your service.
Ansr: I have given the names of my officers. I knew Washington in Pennsylvania, Crawford at the north and
saw many others; I might ____many circumstances of my service but it would be tedious.
Quest. 6: Did you receive a discharge from the service and
if so by whom was it given, and what has become of it?
Ansr: I never did in writing, we were discharged all together
Quest. 7: State the names of persons to whom you were
known in your present neighborhood, who can testify as to your character for veracity, and belief of your services as
a soldier of the Revolution.
Ansr: I have lived ever since the Revolution in this county
and the Court may call again any man they see for the character I have sustained.
State of Virginia )
Culpeper County ) SS
On this 20th day of Dec 1832 before the undersigned
a justice of the peace in and for said county, personally appeared Almond Vaughan resident of said county and
state and being duly sworn deposeth & saith that he is
perfectly satisfied that the service of which he speaks in
his declaration as being with Washington in Pennsylvania
was as he states for four months as when he started he
went first to Bowling Green and returning went on without
loss of time to Pennsylvania.
That the second service of which he speaks in the said declaration (which was made on the 16th August last in
open Court) he supposed he would get paid for as it was
rated (2 months) - That he cannot recollect precisely the
length of that service but remembers enough to say that
it was at least one month. That he does not recollect what
year that service was rendered, but thinks it was early in
1776 because Dunmon was in the river below and it
was on that account that troops were called to Hunter's
Forge; Brent's buildings having been just burnt.
That the third tour, the one as substitute for Richard Waugh, was to be a two months tour but did not extend
quite to that period. He was in service at that time more
than 1 month but cannot say precisely how much more.
That he is well satisfied that his whole service amounted
to nearly seven months, certainly over six.
Given under my hand and seal.
F. J. Thompson, J.P.
[Almond was inscribed on the Roll of Virginia at the rate
of $20.00 per annum, commencing on the 4th day of
March 1831. Certificate of Pension issued the 3rd day
of Jan 1833 and sent to Hon. J. S. Barbour, House of
(Almond's son-in-law, Reuben Vaughan, petitioned the
court on June 21, 1847, after the death of Almond's
On this 21st day of June, 1847 personally appeared
in open court before the justices of the county of Culpeper sitting, the same being a court of record, Reuben Vaughan (son-in-law of Almond Vaughan & Joanna Vaughan, he having married their daughter Polly Vaughan), who being
first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make
the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of
the provision of the Act of Congress passed July 7th 1838 entitled "An act granting half-pay & pensions to certain widows; that Joanna Vaughan(widow of Almond Vaughan,
a pensioner on the Virginia agency, and for revolutionary services in the said War), departed this life on the sixth day
of May 1845 leaving the following children now and then
living, to wit, Polly Vaughan wife of Reuben Vaughan,
Nancy Stone (a widow), Harriet Cooper wife of Leroy
Cooper, Sally Coppage wife of John Coppage, Fanny
Herring wife of John Herring, Martha Coppage wife of Augustius Coppage, and Amelia Vaughan, that these are
all the children of the said Joanna Vaughan widow of
Almond Vaughan & children also of said Almond
Vaughan, a soldier of the Revolution & pensioner for
that service, that they are now living & were living at her
death & entitled to her pension or arrears of pensions
& that this declaration is made for the purpose of drawing such arrears of pension.
Sworn to & subscribed in open court the day and year
first above written
and the court order it to be certified that it was proved to
their satisfaction that the said Joanna Vaughan died on
the sixth day of May 1845, that she was the widow of said Almond Vaughan, soldier and pensioner aforesaid, that
the persons named in the foregoing declaration are
children & all the children of Joanna Vaughan and
Almond Vaughan living at her death, that they are the
persons entitled to her arrears of pension & that W.
Emison is the administrator of said Joanna & entitled to
draw such arrears of pension due her for the use of her children named in said declaration.
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