Transcribed by Wayne Rhodes , a descendant of Hezekiah Rhodes
North Carolina, Surry County
On this the 14th of August 1832 personally appeared in open court being a court of record and opened and held as such this day for the County and State aforesaid, Hezekiah Rhodes of the County of Surry aforesaid, who aged sixty-eight years in February last, 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 the 7th of June 1832:
That he the said Hezekiah Rhodes entered the militia service of the United States in the fall of the year before the capture of Cornwallis at Yorktown for two months in the company commanded by Capt. William Dalton, in the Regiment commanded by Col. Hiatt Richardson in the County of Albemarle in the State of Virginia for the period of two months; that they marched from Albemarle County aforesaid to Cabin Point below Richmond; that on leaving the service he did not obtain a written or regular discharge.
And the said Hezekiah Rhodes further states that he again entered the service in the Spring of the year Cornwallis was taken, in the month of May as a drafted soldier under Capt. John Miller, in the Regiment commanded by Hiatt Richardson for the period of two months; that they marched to Richmond in Virginia, from thence to Four Mile Creek below Richmond; and at Four Mile Creek he turned out as a volunteer and marched to the lines of the British Army below the Mablin Hills; that on leaving the service the second time he did not receive a regular or written discharge.
And the said Hezekiah Rhodes further states that he again entered the service as a drafted militia soldier in August of the year Cornwallis was taken, he thinks in 1781, under Capt. John Miller of the County of Albemarle, and in the Regiment commanded by Col. Hiatt Richardson, Major Macklehaney, for the period of two months; the Brigade commanded by General Hugh Nelson; that they marched from Albemarle to Williamsburgh where they were encamped till General Washington was ready to march to Yorktown before the siege of that place; that they remained before Yorktown til Cornwallis was captured, and there he the said Hezekiah Rhodes was ordered to Fredericksburgh to guard the prisoners taken at the surrender of Yorktown; that he was taken sick at this place and was carried thence in a wagon to Albemarle; that on leaving this his third period of service he did not obtain a written or regular discharge; that having moved since 1819 from Albemarle in Va to Surry County in North Carolina the day not known that it is in his power to offer any proof of his said service except his own declaration as aforesaid.
And the said Hezekiah Rhodes further states that he would refer to the following persons as his neighbors capable of testifying to his character: Thomas Williams of the County of Surry; Peter Clingman merchant and postmaster of Huntsville in said County; The Revd William Jean of the Methodist Church and the Revd Joshua Carter of the Baptist Church, whose statements are hereto annexed.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid. Teste: John Wright, Clk (Signed) Hezekiah Rhodes
And the Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after pulling 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 certifies Thomas Williams and Peter Clingman; the Rev. William Jean and the Revd Joshua Carter referred in the foregoing declaration are credible persons and their statements are entitled to credit. J. Whitaker Chm
BRIEF in the case of Hezekiah Rhodes of Surry Co. in the State of NC, (taken from Pension File S-7385)
Below was transcribed by Autumn Rhodes
(Act 7th June, 1832)
1. Was the declaration made before a Court or a Judge? Yes, Court.
2. If before a Judge, does it appear that the applicant is disabled by bodily infirmity?
3. How old is he? 78 years.
4. State his service, as directed in the form annexed.
|Period||Duration of Service||Rank||Names of Generals and Field Officers Under Whom He Served|
|Autumn 1780||2 months||As a Private||Gen. Buchanan
Col. Holt (Heath?), Capt. William Daltow (Dalthow? Dolbow?. and Julian Miller
Total: 6 months
5. In what battles was he engaged? (blank)
6. Where did he reside when he entered the service? Albemarle, NC
7. Is his statement supported by living witnesses, by documentary proof, by traditionary evidence, by incidental evidence, or by the rolls? Traditionary
8. Are the papers defective as to form or authentication? And if so, in what respect? Defect is in the hurry the ______of the property attached to the other papers.
I certify that the forgoing statement and the answers agree with the evidence in the case above mentioned.