Joseph Henry Rev. War

Rev. War Pension App. Of Joseph Henry transcribed by Donald R. Cole Mar. 25th, 2007

My initials DRC appear beside notes I have made during the transcription.


Service                                                        Henry, Joseph                                                    Number

N.C.                                                                                                                                        S. 8705


State of North Carolina Court of Records quarter Session {Session? DRC} Buncombe County Oct. Term 1832

On this the 17th day of Oct. 1832 personally appeared in open Court before the Justices of the County Court now setting, Joseph Henry a resident of North Carolina in the county of Buncombe aged between Sixty Eight and Seventy years who 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 {passed ? DRC} June 7th 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated First entered under Col. William Graham, Major John Carrooth and in Capt. Wm. Chronicle’s Company in the year 1780, in June, & served three months.

Then under Capt. Mattock, Chronicle being advanced to Major and Carrooth to Lieut. Col. Then Capt. Mattock resigned and he then became under Capt. Samuel Martin and served three months. That he then was drafted shortly after Fergusons defeat in the fall of 1780, and became under the command of Col. Frances Locke, in Capt. Thos. Loftin’s company and Jas. Robertson Lieut.

That he at the time of entering the service resided in the County of Lincoln in the state of North Carolina.

The first part of his service he was marched through York District in South Carolina, and Lincoln & Rutherford counties in No. Co.  He then after being drafted marched through Lincoln, Mecklinburg, Rowan, & Guilford counties and was finally discharged on the Haw River in Guilford County in No. Co. and that he never was in any engagement.

He further saith that he did receive a discharge signed by Thos. Loftin Capt. And kept the same for a number of years but at length he has lost it. (Signature of Jos. Henry) Sworn to and Subscribed in Open Court October the 17th, 1832 List [List ? DRC] John Miller Clk. By [unreadable name looks something like A.N. or A. W.Woodsin DC?  maybe  for District Clerk ? DRC]

And the following is the affidavit of [Jesse ? looks like Jefse… but will be interpreted as Jesse …DRC] Palmer (Signature of Jos. Henry)

I Jesse Palmer certify that I entered the Service the 22nd day of January 1781 and shortly after that time I became personally acquainted with this identical Joseph Henry who was there in the service in Capt. Loftin’s company and had been there some time previous to my entering the service, and I recollect very well that he Joseph Henry was in the same company with myself and was discharged before I was which was shortly before the battle at Guilford.  Jesse Palmer (his mark) sworn to and subscribed in open court.

Test John Miller Clk by A.N. Woodsen DC [ ?? DRC]

And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting forth the interrogations prescribed by the War department that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier and served as he states and the court further certify that it appears to them that Jesse Palmer who has signed the preceding certificate is a credible person and his statement is entitled to [credit ?…DRC]

We John Clayton Esqr, Andrew Wilson residing in the County of Buncombe aforeseaid hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Joseph henry who has subscribed & sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be between Sixty Five & Seventy years of age that he is respected & believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier in the Revolutionary War That we concur in that opinion

Sworn to & subscribed in open Court.  John Clayton, Andrew Wilson Test. John Miller Clk by A.W.Woodsin D.C.

I John Miller Clerk of the Court of Pleas & quarter sessions in and for the County of Buncombe in the State of North Carolina Do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings in the matter of the application of Joseph Henry for a pension In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and public seal of Officer at Asheville the 18th day of Oct. 1832  John Miller Clk. By A.W. Woodsin D.C.

( The below part is badly faded and the writing is much smaller so blanks will fill spaces for words I’m not sure of …DRC )

North Carolina Buncombe County, County Court of Pleas and quarter sessions August session 1833

Joseph Henry appears in open court & made oath in — — — of law

In addition to his – – – made on another part of this paper — — he so states that from lapse of time and frailty of memory he — — state previously that he entered the service or was discharged but to the best of recollection that he first entered the service under Col William Graham in June 1780 shortly after Ramsours battle which was as he believes was before the fourth & – – – of June 1780 & served three months as before that.  The second tour he believes to  the best of his recollection was in December 1780 having been drafted some time before he was called to serve under Col. Locke as before mentioned when he served again three months in both terms of service he served as a Private.

Sworn to in open court 30th day of Aug. 1833  (Signature appears ) Joseph Henry

Jno. Millier Clerk

—–NOTE by DRC….

Following the above then his character witnesses all had to reaffirm their oath’s, so there are 2 paragraphs more following the above statements in which they all testify and swear and all that kind of good stuff and then the court accepts  their statements.

Joseph Henry is buried in the Old Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery near Etowah North Carolina.

His  original tombstone was located by a Henderson County Historical Society and their report states that his original tombstone does have Revolutionary War service noted on it.

Joseph’s WILL was probated in 1840 in Henderson County North Carolina and is already posted elsewhere online.

I am descended from Joseph through his son Ephraim who removed to Dade County Missouri and appears there on the 1850 census.