Mathew Armstrong

Mathew Armstrong

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Death 21 Jun 1838 (aged 75–76)
Burial Gaston County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 14358421 · View Source
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Matthew Armstrong was one of the Heroes who fought at the Battle of King's Mountain.

Southern Campaigns American Revolution Pension Statements & Rosters
Pension application of Matthew Armstrong S8035 f15NC[SC] Transcribed by Will Graves 1/6/07 rev'd 7/30/14 [Methodology: Spelling, punctuation and/or grammar have been corrected in some instances for ease of reading and to facilitate searches of the database. Where the meaning is not compromised by adhering to the spelling, punctuation or grammar, no change has been made. Corrections or additional notes have been inserted within brackets or footnotes. Blanks appearing in the transcripts reflect blanks in the original. A bracketed question mark indicates that the word or words preceding it represent(s) a guess by me. The word 'illegible' or 'indecipherable' appearing in brackets indicates that at the time I made the transcription, I was unable to decipher the word or phrase in question. Only materials pertinent to the military service of the veteran and to contemporary events have been transcribed. Affidavits that provide additional information on these events are included and genealogical information is abstracted, while standard, 'boilerplate' affidavits and attestations related solely to the application, and later nineteenth and twentieth century research requests for information have been omitted. I use speech recognition software to make all my transcriptions. Such software misinterprets my southern accent with unfortunate regularity and my poor proofreading skills fail to catch all misinterpretations. Also, dates or numbers which the software treats as numerals rather than words are not corrected: for example, the software transcribes "the eighth of June one thousand eighty six" as "the 8th of June 1786." Please call material errors or omissions to my attention.]
State of North Carolina, Lincoln County: Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions 1834 On the 29th day of April 1834 personally appeared in open Court before the Court of Lincoln County now setting, Matthew Armstrong a resident of Lincoln County and State of North Carolina, aged seventy one years who being 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 7th 1832. That he enlisted for ten months in the Army of the United States with Captain William McKinsey in April 1781 at Nicholas Leeper's in Lincoln County. That he was mustered into service at the time and was marched to Turkey Creek in now Chester District South Carolina, where his company joined the Regiment then commanded by Colonel William Hill that the Regiment was marched to Belville on the Congaree [River] and from thence to Brown's old field at this place his Regiment was placed under the command of Colonel William Polk and they were joined by the Regiments commanded by Colonels Middleton and Wade Hampton all under the command of General Sumpter [sic, Thomas Sumter] from this place the army under General Sumter were marched to the Eutaw Springs and were in that Battle [September 8, 1781], after the Battle of the Eutaw Springs they were marched back to Brown's old field and from there to Orangeburg where he remained until a short time before his time of Enlistment Expired, he was sent with a detachment to Santee [River] where he remained until his time expired which was in February 1782, that he was offered a discharge by his Captain but he had been promised a Negro if he would enlist and was told if he took a discharge he would not get a Negro he returned to his residence in Lincoln County North Carolina. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and he declares that his name is not on the pension list Roll of any agency. Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year above stated. S/ Mathew Armstrong, X his mark Questions propounded by the Court:
1st. Where and in what year were you born[?] Ans. I was born in the year 1762 in Lincoln County then called Mecklenburg
2nd. Have you any record of your age and if so where is it[?] Ans. I have at my residence in an old Bible
3rd. When & Where were living when you were called in to service, where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and Where do you now live[?] Ans. I lived in this county when called into service and ever since.
4th. How were you called into Service were you drafted did you volunteer or were you a substitute and if a substitute for whom[?] Ans. I enlisted as I have stated in my declaration
5th. State the names of some the officers who were with the troops where you served such Continental and Militia Regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your service[.] Ans. I recollect General Green [sic, Nathanael Greene] at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, Colonel Howard [John Eager Howard] and Colonel Lee [Henry Lee, “Light Horse Harry Lee”] who led the charge of Cavalry near the close of the Battle at Eutaw Springs, and the troops he acted with followed and were marched off the Battle ground he was one of the rear guard near the Battle ground the day after the Battle. One of Colonel Washington [William Washington] [illegible word] was officer of the guard.
6th. Did you ever receive a discharge from the service, if so by whom was it given and what became of it[?] Ans. I received no discharge as stated.
7th. State the name of persons to whom you are acquainted to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution[.]
Matthew Leeper a citizen of said County aged 79 years lived a neighbor to Mathew Armstrong at the time he enlisted for ten months with Captain McKinsey well recollects his leaving home as he has stated and remembers when he returned from the army and believes from the time he was absent that he served ten months as he has stated that he has known the said Armstrong ever since who resides in his neighborhood at this time Sworn to and Subscribed in open Court 29th April 1834 S/ Math Leeper
Samuel Caldwell aged 75 years was a neighbor to Matthew Armstrong in the time of the Revolution and ever since and believes he served as he as stated has often heard him speak of his service and recollects the time he was from home in service. S/ Sam Caldwell [Veteran was pensioned at the rate of $33.33 per annum for service as a private for 10 months in the North Carolina [sic South Carolina] militia.] _______________________________________________________________
Another Version Pension Application of Mathew Armstrong, Natl Archives Microseries M804, Roll 82, Application # S8035 Annotated and Transcribed by Nancy Poquette State of North Carolina
Lincoln County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1834 On the 29th day of April 1834 personally appeared in open Court before the Court of Lincoln County now setting, Matthew Armstrong a resident of Lincoln County and State of North Carolina, aged seventy one years who being 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 7th 1832.
That he enlisted for ten months in the Army of the United States with Captain William McKinsey in April 1781 at Nicholas Leepers in Lincoln County. that he was mustered into service at the time and was marched to Turkey Creek in Chester District South Carolina, where his company joined the Regiment then commanded by Colonel William Hill that the Regiment was marched to Belville on the Congaree and from thence to Brown’s old field.
At this place his Regiment was placed under the command of Colonel William Polk and they were joined by the Regiment commanded by Colonels Middleton and Wade Hampton all under the command of General Sumter. From this place the army under General Sumter were marched to the Eutaw Springs and were in that Battle. After the Battle of the Eutaw Springs they were marched back to Brown’s old field and from there to Orangeburg where he remained until a short time before his time of enlistment expired. He was sent with a detachment to Santee where he remained under his time expired which was in February 1782.
That he was offered a discharge by his Captain but he had been promised a negro if he would enlist and was told if he took a discharge he would not get a negro. He returned to his residence in Lincoln County North Carolina --illegible---relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and he declared that his name is not on the pension list roll of any agency Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year above stated. Mathew Armstrong Interrogatory by the court: 1st. Where and in what year were you born? Ans. I was born in the year 1762 in Lincoln County then called Mecklenburg
2nd. Have you any record of your age and if so where is it? Ans. I have at my residence in an old Bible
3rd. When and where were living when you were called in to service, where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and Where do you now live? Ans. I lived in this county when called into service and ever since.
4th. How were you called into Service were you drafted did you volunteer or were you a substitute and if a substitute for whom? Ans. I enlisted as I have stated in my declaration
5th. State the names of some the officers who were with the troops where you served such Continental and Militia Regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your service. Ans. I recollect General Green at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, Colonel Howard and Colonel Lee who led the charge of Cavalry near the close of the Battle at Eutaw Springs, and the troops he acted with followed and were marched off the Battle ground he was one of the rear guard near the battleground the day after the Battle. One Colonel William Washington was officer of the guard.
6th. Did you ever receive a discharge from the service, if so by whom was it given and what became of it? Ans. I received no discharge as stated.
7th. State the name of persons to whom you are acquainted to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution.
Matthew Leeper a citizen of said County aged 79 years lived a neighbor to Mathew Armstrong at the time he enlisted for ten months with Captain McKinsey well recollects his leaving home as he has stated and remembers when he returned from the army and believes from the time he was absent that he served ten months as he has stated that he has known the said Armstrong ever since who resides in his neighborhood at this time Sworn to and Subscribed in open Court 29th April 1834. Mathew. Leeper
Samuel Caldwell aged 75 years was a neighbor to Matthew Armstrong in the time of the Revolution and ever since and believes he served as he as stated has often heard him speak of his service and recollects the time he was from home in service. Sam. Caldwell
Treasury Department, Second Comptrollers Office October 9th 1838 Sir: Under the act of the 6th of April, 1838, entitled "An act directing the transfer of money remaining unclaimed by certain Pensioners, and authorizing the payment of the same at the Treasury of the United States, The widow of Matthew Armstrong, deceased, a pensioner on the Roll of the N. Carolina Agency, at the rate of thirty three dollars and thirty three cents per annum, under the law of the 7th June 1832 has been paid at this department from the 4th of Sept 1834 to the 4th of September 1837. Respectfully yours, Allison K. Parris, Comptroller
June 22, 1928 Mrs. J. C. McBrayer 223 Forest Road Raleigh, North Carolina
Madam: I advise you from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim S.8035, it appears that Mathew Armstrong was born in 1762 in Lincoln County, North Carolina (then called
Mecklenburg County). While residing in said county, he enlisted in April 1781 and served ten months in Captain William McKensey's Company, Colonels William Hill's and William Polk's North Carolina Regiment, and was in the battle of Eutaw Springs.
He was allowed pension on his application executed April 29, 1834, while a resident of Lincoln County, North Carolina. He died June 21, 1838, leaving a widow, her name is not stated, and there are no further data as to family. The above noted Mathew (Matthew) Armstrong is the only soldier of that name found on the Revolutionary War records of this bureau.
Owing to the very large number of inquiries similar to yours and a lack of clerical force available for the purpose, the bureau is unable to make immediate reply to inquiries pertaining to soldiers of the Revolution, and only two histories are furnished each inquirer. Respectfully, Winfield Scott, Commissioner
Inscribed on the Roll of North Carolina at the rate of 33 dollars 33 cents per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1831. Certificate of Pension issued the 12th day of May Letter to 3 Audt. 25 Sept 1838 DEAD Paid at the Treasury under the act of the 6th April 1838 from 4 Sept 1834 to 4 Sept 1837. Agent notified 22 Oct 1838 (written on sleeve) He died June 21-1838 .


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