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Absalom's Application for Pension as a Revolutionary War Soldier
Caudel, Absalom W 10,589
State of North Carolina, Anson County, October 1832
On this 11th day of October, 1832 personally appears in open court before the worshipful Justice of the Peace, now sitting Absalom Caudle, a resident of the county and state aforesaid was for 3 years a Soldier of the Revolution who does make the following declarations in order to obtain the benefit.
I entered the service of the United States under the following circumstances. I enlisted in the xx of xx, state of North Carolina at Cross Creek, now Fayetteville on xx, 1775 for twelve months under Capt. Robert Roane in the 10th Regiment commanded by Col. Thomas Clark. Was marched to xx, same state. From there to Charlston, South Carolina where I was stationed for some time. Then I was marched to xx in the state of Georgia then to xx.
Question: Where were you living when called into service? Where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live?
Answer: I was living in the County of Bladen, state of North Carolina at the time I entered into service. There I continued to live for a few years after the revolutionary war. From which I moved to the county of Anson where I have continued to live and where I now live.
Question: How ere you called into service? Were you drafted or did you volunteer or were you a substitute and if so, a substitute for whom?
Answer: I enlisted on the first occasion. I becaqme a subsitute for John Ellwell in the second instance. And in the third and last case I was a volunteer.
Question: List the names of some of the regular officers. Who were with the troops, officers you served; both continent and militia regiments and the general circumstances of your services.
Answer: Col. Thomas Clark of the militia. I do not know whether he belonged to the xx or not.
After the march to Sansbury to xx, we marched back to Wilmington, North Carolina where I was discharged by Col. Clark in December, 1776.
I became a substitute for one John Ellwell in the militia in the county of Bladen, served under Paul? Caswell? for 3 months in the xx xx xx xx. Was marched to South Carolina under Paul? Caswell to Souter? River. Then onto xx, Georgia where we took our guard for some time upon the Souter? River until the new of the surrender of Charleston by the American arms in May, 1780 reached us. Then we took the xx of march to xx county of North Carolina where I was
discharged by Paul? Caswell? in July, 1780. Having served the term of three months for which I substituted.
I entered the Light House company under xx Wilkes under whom I continued until the end of the war. I served at intervals in all to the best of my recollections three months and was discharged at the announcement of peace.
Question: Did you receive a discharge from the service? If so by whom was it given and what has become of it?
Answer: For my time in the regular service my discharge from Col. Clark. For my time as a substitute for John Ellwell I received my discharge from Paul? Caswell. For my time in the Light Horse cavalry I cannot proffer from whom I received my discharge. All my discharges are gone.
Question: State the names of person to whom you are known and can testify as to your character or sincerity and good behavior, and their beliefs of your services as a soldier of the Revolution.
Answer: The Rev. John Culpepper and James Benton are well acquainted with me.
Question: Where and in what year were you born?
Answer: I was born in the county of Halifax, state of Virginia in the year 1757.
Having served at least 18 month in all during the three terms of service - twelve months in the regular army and six months in the militia and cavalry. I have lost all my discharges. I declare that I have no documentation left of my services. And I know of no person living by whom I can offer as proof of my services, except William xx? whose deposition I have taken and which is
held to enclosure.
Note: "xx's" denote indecipherable words in the orignial transcript. Some ambiguities seem to exist. However, it must be remembered that these statements were made over 50 years after the war ended. Absalom was 75 years old at the time.
The court awarded him a pension of $62.50 per year.
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