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Johann Jurg "George" Silver, Jr
Birth: Oct. 28, 1753
Frederick County
Maryland, USA
Death: Jul. 8, 1839
Mitchell County
North Carolina, USA

Husband of Nancy Ann Griffth
Son of George Silver and Elizabeth Margaretha Schmieden

Submitted to by Kelly Courtney

The Declaration of George Silver (Jr.) in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress of the 7th of June 1832.

State of North Carolina, County of Burke.

On the twenty third day of January 1833 personally appeared before me David D. Baker one of the acting justices of the peace in and for the county of Burke aforesaid, George Silver, a resident of Toe River in the county of Burke and state of North Carolina aged about eighty 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 provisions made by the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832.

The first tour he served was with the Maryland troops at Annapolis in that state for a term of six months under Captain William Norris.

After his term of service was out he returned home to the neighborhood of Fredericktown in Maryland.

Not long after he returned he enlisted in Fredericktown under Captain Ralph Hillory in what was called the Flying Camp for a term of eighteen months.

The dates when he enlisted he cannot state but recollects very well that he was in the Battle of Germantown (Pennsylvania) in 1777 while under this enlistment and that in that battle a bullet grazed the skin of his neck.

And when his enlistment was up he received his discharge in Fredericktown in Maryland.

And that shortly after he was discharged he enlisted again in Fredericktown in Maryland under Captain Boyer for three years in the German regiment.

Soon after he enlisted he was marched to Northumberland and from there to Wyoming (Wyoming Valley, PA). This he believes to have been about the year of 1779. This he says was against the Indians and others which they dispersed.

Afterwards he was marched to West Point and while he was there he was sent out with a detachment and had a skirmish with some British Draggoons, and he says he was present and under arms when Major Andre, the British spy, was executed in 1780. Afterward he was marched to Philadelphia and from there to Baltimore and we lay sometime at a fort on the Slatistone point not far from Baltimore.

When we marched from this place we went to Annapolis and after harvest we were marched to Yorktown where we besieged the British under Lord Cornwallis in 1781.

After the surrender of Lord Cornwallis and the British army at Yorktown he was ordered to the south and was attached to the Army under General Green.

And while in South Carolina he was sent out with a party against a party of mounted Negroes near Charleston which the British had sent out.

Of this party they killed and made prisoners of the whole party.

And he further states that he continued in South Carolina till about the close of the war.

(Then) he was marched back to Annapolis and then to Fredericktown in Maryland where he received his discharge from Captain Winchester.

But (he) says this (discharge) and all his other papers are lost or destroyed.

He further states that after his term of enlistment expired he was induced to stay with the Army until he was discharged in Maryland.

He says he believes he served under his enlistments and other ways upwards of five years.

And he says that his memory is bad and that he has forgot the names of many of his officers, but says his first tour to Annapolis his captain's name was William Norris.

The rest of their names he has forgotten except a Sergeant Shoemaker.

And in the 18 months enlistment in the Flying Camp his captain was Ralph Hillory. He says General Smallwood and Colonel Will Luckett was with them and many others that he has forgot.

But (he) says General Washington was chief commander at the Battle of Germantown.

And he says Captain Huff was wounded in the engagement and Lieut. Michael Thrush was killed.

And in his three years enlistment under Captain Boyce, Wettner was the name of his colonel in the German Regiment.

He recollects the names of the following officers--Captains Crawford, Rice and Winchester and Major Oxburg.

But Washington and Green was mostly the generals he was under.

He says there was one John Gordon, a quartermaster sergeant, and he says he knew one Lieut. Bettis and says he knew a Sergeant Low that deserted to the enemy.

He thinks these are names enough to mention, and he further says that he is not on any pension roll in this state nor any other state or United States and that this is the first time that he ever made application to be put on the pension roll of the United States or any other state.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
George Silver, X, his mark.
I, the aforesaid David D. Baker, one of the acting justices of the peace in and for the county of Burke aforesaid do hereby certify and declare that in my opinion that the above named applicant, George Silver, was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he states--and also that the above named applicant from age and infirmities is not able to attend at the courthouse in person to make application without great bodily pain. He lives at least forty miles from the court house. --David D. Baker 
Family links: 
  Nancy Ann Griffith Silver (1766 - 1849)*
  John Jackson Silver (1786 - 1883)*
  George Silver (1788 - 1870)*
  Jacob Silver (1791 - 1887)*
  Greenberry Silver (1795 - 1883)*
  Henry Gilbert Silver (1801 - 1880)*
  Thomas Silver (1803 - 1896)*
*Calculated relationship

Enlisted in the Revoluntionary war under Washington and served faithfully until its close
Kona Baptist Church Cemetery
Mitchell County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: April May
Record added: Dec 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45794177
Johann Jurg George Silver, Jr
Added by: April May
Johann Jurg George Silver, Jr
Added by: April May
Johann Jurg George Silver, Jr
Added by: April May
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My 4 times great grand father, you are remembered.
- Debbie Wyatt Salyer
 Added: Apr. 4, 2016
According to a note from Irene Wheeler Merrill dated Nov. 18, 2012: George is my 4th G-Grandfather. His birth year is indeed 1753, as attested by therecording of his christening (along with his twin sister Elizabeth) at Augustus Lutheran Church in Montgom...(Read more)
- J Wiese
 Added: Feb. 3, 2016
My 6th great grandfather.
- Chris Williams
 Added: Aug. 25, 2015
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