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John Bell
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Birth: 1758, Ireland
Death: May 28, 1836
Chester County
South Carolina, USA

Revolutionary War Patriot
Aged 78 years.
Southern Campaign American Revolution Pension Statements
Pension Application of John Bell S21068
Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris

State of South Carolina }
Chester District }

On this 17th day of October 1834 personally appeared in open court before me Peter Wylie Judge of the Court of ordinary of said District John Bell a resident of State & District a foresaid aged between seventy six and seventy seven years who being duly sworn according to law said upon oath and makes 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 State under the following named officers and served as herein stated.

Enlisted in the state of Georgia in he thinks the year 1777 in Capt Michael Dixon's Company, Major Maxfield, Lieut. Col. Ford, Col. Lock. Regiment marched from August to the other side St. Mary's River to guard the frontiers being enlisted for two years. The regiment was taken before the time of service out when he was regularly discharged. He served not less than one year when discharge by Col. Lock at Midway meeting house.

Second Tour substituted for Josua Yerbrough [probably Joshua Yarborough] in Capt. Alexander's Company in the State of North Carolina, Gen'l. [Griffith] Rutherford Bridgade. Joined Gen's [Benjamin] Lincoln at Puresnburgh [sic:Purysburg] South Carolina [illegible word] the retreat of Gen'l [John Baptist] Ashe when defeated at Briar Creek in the State of Georgia. [3 Mar 1779], marched then to a place called the Two Sisters [on Savannah River] then discharged at Purensburgh. This Tour Sirvice five month and the servise was in the year 1779.

Third Tour, volunteered in Capt. Polk's Company in the State of North Carolina. Marched to join Gen'l [Horatio] Gates at or near Cambeden [sic: Camden] South Carolina and arrived there at the time of the defeat or flight of the army [16 Aug 1780]. Then the [illegible word] service one week. This last tour was in the year 1780.

Fourth Tour in 1781. Substituted in Capt. Alexander's Company for or instead of Wm Philips. Joined Gen'l Green's [sic: Nathanael Greene's] Army at Batty's ford on the Cawtaba River [sic; Beatties Ford on Catawba River] in the State of North Carolina. Marched to Tuckesege [sic: Tuskasegee Ford] and to stop the British from crossing then march in the [illegible word] of the British. Green being before them crossed at Shallowford of Yadkin. Joined Green there. Gen'l Green dispatched or detached about three hundred of whom delarant was one as Infantry to act with Col. Washington [Lt. Col. Washington]. Col. [William] Polk was Col of Infantry. Marched to Hillsborogh to check some Torys from joining Cronwallis [sic: Cornwallis]. From thence marched to haw River where skirmished with British at haw river [probably skirmish at Wetzel's Mill on Reedy Fork of Haw River, 6 Mar 1781] in time to be in the lines but was in time to carry off the wounded. Marched to a place called Iron works [on Troublesome Creek in present Rockingham.
County] when discharged. This last Tour Served three months.

Fifth Tour Drafted in South Carolina in what is now called Chester District in Capt. John Steel's Company. Col. Winn marched to the forks of Edisto. Was in Gen'l Henderson's Brigade {one or two illegible words] having served not less than a month this tour.

Declarant says further that he had forgotten one tour that he was under Col. Few of Georgia. Marched to Fulsom's fort to keep down the Indians. This tour served not less than two weeks, in all Twenty-one months and four weeks.

Ans. to 1 Int. I was born in the Kingdom of Ireland in the year 1758.

Ans to 2 Int. I have seen a record of my age in a bible my father give me which bible I left in Georgia

Ans. to 3 Int. I was living in Georgia when first called into service. Have lived in South Carolina Chester District ever since the revolution where I now live.

Ans. to 4 Int. I was Enlisted. Volunteered. Drafted. & Substituted on[ce] for Joshua Yarbrough and one for Wm. Phillips.

Ans. to 5 Int. I will name [as regular officers where he served] Gen'l Green, Gen'l Lincoln, Gen'l Henderson, Col. Winn, Col. Lask [?], Col. Lasey and other named in my declaration which declaration mentions the circumstances.

Ans to 6 Int. I received one [discharge] from Col. Lack, one from Capt. Alexander & one other from Capt. Alexander - and dismissed. The discharges are all lost.

Ans to 7 Int. Joseph Servsi, Joseph Morrow, Alexander Pagun, John Rossborough, Esqr, Col. George Gill, John McKee, Thomas McClain [are neighbeors who could swear to his character for veracity and belief of his services]

He Hereby relinquished every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state (except a pension from the State of South Carolina)

[signed] John Bell 
Family links: 
  Mary Ann Bradford Bell (1762 - 1836)
  Mary Bell (1783 - 1856)*
  Jane Bradford Bell Beggs (1799 - 1876)*
*Calculated relationship
In Memory of John Bell who died May 28, 1856 in the 78th year of his age. Footstone: JB
Omelveny Burying Grounds
Chester County
South Carolina, USA
Maintained by: Vera McCullough
Originally Created by: Chester District Genealo...
Record added: Oct 14, 2011
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John Bell
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John Bell
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John Bell
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5th great grandfather. Thank you for your service during the Revolutionary War. Rest in peace.
- Susan Meadows
 Added: Jun. 4, 2015
5th Great Grandfather
- Stanley Nicodemus
 Added: Jan. 18, 2014
God Bless 4th G Grandfather
- Vera McCullough
 Added: Apr. 16, 2012
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