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VA                           SILAS DOUTHIT                   NO. S16368


Silas Douthit of Franklin Co. in the State of Kentucky who was a Private in the Company commanded by Captain Richardson of the Regt. commanded by Col. Lucas in the Virginia Military line for six months from 1780, Inscribed on the Roll of Kentucky at the rate of 20 Dollars 0 cents per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1831. Certificate of Pension issued the 12th day of February 1833 and sent to Hon? R. M. Johnson H.R.

Arrears to 4th of September 1832       $30
Allowance ending 4 March 1833          $10

Revolutionary Claim Act June 7, 1832
Recorded by Wm. L. Allison
Book D?  Vol. 9  Page 36

No. 16368
Silas Douthit
Pvt. Rev. War
Act June 7, 1832
Index Vol D  Page 151

State of Kentucky, Franklin County

On this 17th day of September in the year of our Lord, One Thousand, Eight Hundred, and Thirty two, personally appeared before the following Justices to wit; Edward S__ Coleman, Alexander Wilson?, Asaac (Isaac) Wingate, John Morris?, and Samuel B. Crockett Esqrs. composing the County Court of Franklin and now in session as a Court, Silas Douthit, a resident of the County of Franklin, and State of Kentucky, aged 69 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. That he entered the service of the United States and served as herein stated.

That on the First of October 1780, sometime after the Battle of Guilford Court House in the County of Hampshire in the State of Virginia, he was drafted to serve a tour of three months in the Army of the Revolution, that he went accordingly into the service of the Virginia State Line, a military soldier under Captain Daniel Richardson, that Capt. Richardson's company met or Rendezvoused in the aforesaid County at Rumney and marched from that place to Hillsborough in North Carolina where his Captain Richardson's Company formed a part of Col. Lucas' Regiment of Virginia Militia, that General Stephens commanded several Brigades of the Virginia Militia at the place called Hillsborough; that from this place Col. Lucas' Regiment marched to Salisbury;. That at Salisbury, his term of service expired and ___ ___ ___ of the officers and a number of the soldiers volunteered for three months more and marched from this place to Charlotte under the same Capt. Richardson; that from this place Col. Lucas' Regiment marched towards Camden in South Carolina; that whilst he was in South Carolina, he was taken sick and sent to the hospital at Charlotte. That whilst he was in the hospital at Charlotte, Genl. Morgan took some persons in South Carolina to Virginia, to Albemarle Barracks under the command of the Virginia Militia, commanded by Col. Lucas. That whilst he was sick, he was moved from Charlotte to Salisbury and whilst he was sick, his term of service for six months expired. The Sergeant discharged him by writing under his hand. That from this place he went home, having an order from an officer who was in Salisbury to draw provisions as he went home from any store or commissary of provision. That he went on his way home and drew no provisions from any store. That from this service, he had no discharges except the one the Physician gave him. That he has no documentary evidence. That he knows of no witness by whom he can prove the aforesaid services positively except one brother who is about two years younger than he is, who
knew of his absences and who saw him once when under march in the service whose testimony he will attach hereto in due time.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the Pension Rolls of any Agency in the United States.

Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
(Signed) Silas Douthit

Questions put to the Applicant by the Court

Court: Where and in what year were you born?
Answer: I was born in Virginia, Hampshire County on the 29th of December 1763

Court: Have you any record of your age and if so, where is it.
Answer: I have no record of my age, but my father had and I recollect to have seen it and recollect it to be the day and year aforesaid.

Court: Where were you living when called into the service, where have you lived since the Revolution, and where do you now live?
Answer: I lived when called into the service in Hampshire County, Virginia and came to Kentucky in 1786, settled on Clear creek in Lafayette County. I now live in Franklin County, where I have lived thirty years and more.

Court: How were you called into the service, were you drafted, did you volunteer, or were you a substitute, & if so, for whom?
Answer: I was drafted the first tour, the second, I volunteered.

Court: State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops where you served, such Continental and Militia Regiments as you can recollect.
Answer: When I got to Hillsborough, there was some Regiments of Regulars at that place but I do not recollect anything about them. I recollect only our own Commander and Genl. Stephens.

Court: Did you receive a discharge, and if so, where is it?
Answer: I got a written discharge from Doctor McCan. This I have lost.

Court: State the names of some persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for veracity and their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution.
Answer: I state as persons to whom I am known in my present neighborhood, John Huff, John D. Graves, William Forsee, and William Hickman, a Clergyman of said County.

We, Willie Hickman, a clergyman of said county, and John Huff, John D. Graves, William Forsee, residing in the County of Franklin hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Silas Douthitt who has subscribed and sworn to the above Declaration. That we believe him to be 69 years of age. That he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution, and that we concur in that opinion.

Sworn to & Subscribed the day & year aforesaid.

John Hough
John D. Graves
Wm. Hickman Jr.
William Forsee

And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogations prescribed by the war department, that the above named applicant is a Revolutionary soldier and served as he states. And the Court further certifies that it appears to them that William Hickman who has signed the preceding Certificate is a Clergyman resident in the County of Franklin and that John Huff, John D. Graves, and William Forsee who have also signed the same, are residents in the County of Franklin are credible persons and that their statements entitled to credit.

I, Alexander Rennick, Clerk of the County aforesaid do hereby Certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the Application of Silas Douthit for a pension. In Testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & seal of office this 21st day of September in the year of our Lord, One Thousand, Eight Hundred, and Thirty Two.

Signed: A. H. Rennick, Clk CC

The Deposition of Caleb Douthit taken in Franklin County on the 18th Day of September 1832, to be laid before the Honorable Secretary of War on behalf of Silas Douthit an application to be placed on the Pension Roll of the United States as a Soldier of the Revolution, Deponent being by Silas Douthit, produced before me a Justice of the Peace and in and for the County of Franklin and living near to and well known  by me for the last twelve months as a man of reputable standing in society and being by me duly Cautioned, Charged and Sworn and being of full age toward? Sixty Seven as he avers and as I believe from his appearance, Deposeth and Sayeth that somewhere about the year 1780, his brother, Silas Douthit, was drafted as a militia man in Hampshire County Virginia and that after he rendezvoused he saw his said brother with the troops marching towards South Carolina. That his said brother was gone from home six months or longer and he knows him to have been in the Service aforesaid and has no doubt that his Declaration is true. He also knows that after his brother returned he received his pay in money called Continental money which he saw, and knows his brother then claimed credit for two tours of duty which he believes true and it was then so accredited to him by the public and his neighbors.

Signed: Caleb Douthitt

Franklin County

The foregoing Deposition of Caleb Douthit was Taken, Subscribed, and Sworn to by the said Caleb before the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace for said County at the time and for the purpose mentioned in the ___ writing. Given under my hand the 18th day of September 1832.

Signed: I. Wingate JP {Seal}

State of Kentucky
Franklin County

I, Alexander H. Rennick, Clerk of the County Court of Franklin do hereby Certify that Isaac Wingate the Justice of the Peace before whom the Deposition of Caleb Douthitt was taken, was at the time and now is a Justice of the Peace of the County of which I am clerk and as such authorized to administer oaths and the foregoing Certificate is in due form of law.

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand as Clerk aforesaid and affixed the seal of my office this 19th day of Sept AD 1832  

Signed: A. H. Rennick CFC
By R. Long DC

The Secretary will please communicate to me at Frankfort in this case.

Signed: Wm. H. Todd

I state that the within Declaration of Silas Douthitt as in the hand writing of John C. Herndon, a young and honorable man of Frankfort, Ky., and I know it is in substance what Douthitt states to me. Feb 11, 1833

Signed: Wm. H. Todd

I am acquainted with Wm. H. Todd, having been many years and declare him to be a young man of honor and veracity.

Signed: ___ Johnson
11 Feb 1833

Silas Douthit
From 1780 Private
6 months

Jul 3, 1928
Mrs. G. C. Parks
505 Hain
Anna, Ill.


I have to advise you that from the papers in the Revolutionary War Pension claim S.16386, it appears that Silas Douthit was born December 29, 1763 in Hampshire County, Virginia.

While a resident of Hampshire County, Virginia, he enlisted October 1, 1780 and served six months as a Private in Captain Daniel Richardson's Company, Colonel Lucas' Virginia Regiment.

He moved to Kentucky in 1786 and was allowed pension on his application executed September 17, 1832 while a resident of Franklin County, Kentucky.

It is not stated whether he was ever married.

Winfield Scott

(Handwritten on left bottom corner)
Brother Caleb living in 1832