On this 20th day of November 1832 John Slavins, aged 75 years, a resident citizen of the county aforesaid personally appeared to me O. Terrill, a justice of the peace in and for the county of Garrard, being too weak and infirm to attend the court and who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of an act of Congress ????? the 7th of June 1832.
That he engaged in the service of the ?? states as a drafted militia man in the county of Roan (Rowan), N. Carolina for three months as a Revolutionary soldier in the year of Gate's Defeat under Cap'n Samuel Red; his Maj'r was by the name of White. Lock was his Col. and Rutherford was his Gn'l. That he was first marched to Salsbury, the place of rendevous, in the aforesaid state of N. Carolina, and from thence to the Cheran? Hills, thence to near Camden in South Carolina where Gen'l Gates was defeated by the British. He was in that engagement, and having served out his time, he was regularly discharged. He has no documentary evidence of his service, having long since lost his discharge, but can establish his service by a living witness of high respectability, Ebenezeer Dickey of Simpson County, Kentucky. That some short time after the expiration of his aforesaid service to wit in the year of (blank) he volunteered as soldier in the same county of Roan (Rowan) N. Carolina under Cap'n John Bitherstaff(?) who was authorized to raise a company of rangers for three months, and was marched to the frontier of N. Carolina near the headwaters of the Catawba, and after serving some portion of the time, the company was allowed to disperse and return to their respective homes, holding themselves however in ????????? to march again at any moment when called upon. That they were very soon again called out, and the residue of his time, he served under Cap'n Timmons. His Col. was by the name of Graham, and he was attached to Gnl. Rutherford's brigade. He was in no battle of great importance during his last three months of service, but his company and another company commanded by Capn. Payne defeated a party of Torries low down in N. Carolina at a place called the Raft Swamp, and that night after the victory returned back to the army, and having again served his time, was regularly discharged but has no written evidence of the same, but he can also prove this tour of duty by the witness referred to.
He hereby relinquishes any claim whatsoever to a pension except the present, and declares his name is not on the Pension Roll of the agency of the state.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
In testimony whereof I have herewith set my hand and seal the 20th day of November 1832.
O. Terrill, J.P. (seal)
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