06 December 2012 ~ 1 Comment

War of Revolution, act of June 1832 for service pensions

Merry man Webster: A pension declaration is a poorly written, often illegible, document with phonetic misspelling of misprounounced improper words and nicknames by old illiterate soldiers with faded memories, often misfiled by DC clerks, degraded and with pieces lost over time.
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Somewhere a soldier and a widow carefully preserved a very legible discharge certificate.
With a little correspondence to DC, they tried to verify the dates with the colonel.
It ended up filed with a different John Watson in a different state.
There it remained to the day it was photograped and refiled in the folder of a different John Watson eight score and some odd years later.

John 11Dec1759 Watson left PA at the beginning of the war. Perhaps 1774, perhaps as late as 1776, age 15 to 17.
The 1777 discharge could not have been his. If in fact it was in his possession, it was perhaps his dad’s from service in PA and they didn’t leave until after the 1777 discharge. Note the 01Dec1759 Watson did not claim service in PA. His first was 1780 at Watauga when he was age 20.

KK White says her Watauga BKM John Watson was pensioned in Rockbridege Co.
She lists neither a James Wilson nor a James Wilkins.

Was there also a 90 year old John Watson penion applicant in Fleming Couty KY, the father of the 72 year old Watson??

Now, my dear Sherlock, will the real Watson please stand up?

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