Application for Revolutionary War
Pension made By James Bradford
- Unk. no.

State of North Carolina
Court of Pleas

This the 16th date of April, One Thousand, eight Hundred and Thirty-Three, formally appeared in open court before the Justice of Said Court, one sitting, James Bradford, a resident of the County and the State aforesaid, aged of 71 years, who being first duly sworn according to the law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress _______ June 7, 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served herein stated.

The respondent sayth that he resides in that part of Mecklenburg County that is now called Cabarrus, that in the year 1779 in February, he entered the service of the United States as a volunteer under Captain James Barr and Colonel Alexander in an expedition against the Tories and said to be collected at Moses Moore, S. C., and served four weeks and was dismissed and returned home. He further states that in March 1780 he enter the service as a volunteer under Captain Stephen Alexander and Colonel Phifer and served under said officers five weeks and immediately at the end of the five weeks was drafted for a three months tour and served the three months under Captain Samuel Givens and Torrence_____     General Rutherford's Army at the Battleground of Ramseur. The second day after said battle of Ramseur, ___________ and marched from there to Salisbury, N.C, from there marched down the Yadkin River to Carleton Ferry on said river, there crossed the said river over to the east side, marched down said river opposite to a small village now called Cheraw. There said river to the south side and marched towards Camden, S.C., and in a few days fell in with General Gates Army and marched on towards Camden, S.C., until we came within a few miles of Camden where we met the British at a small creek called Granes Quarters where both armies engaged and the Americans were defeated. The battle is called Gates's defeat. I was in said battle, My Captain and Lieutenant being taken prisoner at said battle. I served the balance of the tree months under Captain McFalls and at the ______ of the three months he was discharged by Captain McFalls and returned home.

He further states that in the year 1780, the month not recollected, he again entered the service as a volunteer under Captain Stephen Alexander and Colonel Irwin and served undersaid officers four weeks. He further sayeth that in the same year (1780), the month not recollected, he entered the service as a substitute for Joseph I. __________ under Captain James Reep and Colonel Phifer. Served the Whole of the three months in the County of Mecklenburg, N.C. frequently on scouting parties but the main________ on Six Mile Creek in said county, and at the end of this three months was discharged by _______________ and released with others.

He further states that in the year1781, sometime in the month of February, he entered the service as a volunteer under Captain Stephen Alexander and Colonel Williams and marched to Guilford County, N.C., and served two months under said officers and was dismissed and returned home sometime in April, making the whole of his service eleven months and one week to the best of his recollection.

He further states that he got a written discharge for two ________ of service but has lost them. He further states that he has no documentary evidence and that he knows of no person except William Carrigan, Esq., of Cabarrus County, N.C., whose testimony he can ___________ who can testify to his service.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.

I was born in the State Of Pennsylvania, York County, in the year 1762. I have no record of my age. My age was recorded in my father's family Bible, which was lost many years ago.

I refer to John Robinson, Clergyman, and William Carrigan, Esq., both of the County of Cabarrus and state of N.C. for my character_________.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year first above written.

(Signed) James Bradford

Mr. John Robinson Clergyman, William Carrigan, both residing in the County of Cabarrus, State of North Carolina, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with James Bradford who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be 71 years of age, that (he) is respected and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that (we) concur in that option

(Signed) John Robinson
(Signed) William Carrigan

And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogation prescribed by the War Department that he above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier and served as he states and the Court further certifies that it appears to them that John Robinson who has signed the _________ certificate is a clergyman resident in the County of Cabarrus, State of North Carolina, and that William Carrigan who has signed the same is a resident in the County of Cabarrus and State of North Carolina \, is a credible person and that their statement is _________.

(Signed) B______J. Black

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA I, James G. Spears, CABARRUS COUNTY Clerk of Court of pleas and __________ sessions for Cabarrus County in the State of North Carolina, do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceeding had in said court in the matter of the application of James Bradford for a pension.

In witness whereof, I have
Hereunto set my hand and affixed
The seal of my office at Concord
This 17th day of April 1833

    (Signed) James G. Spears

    The original of this document is in the National Archives, Washington D.C. The handwriting is faded and the words along folds are illegible making it extremely difficult to translate. Six Mile Creek starts in southeast Mecklenburg County and flows southwest on Mecklenburg-Union County line in into S.C. where it enters Sugar Creek.

    Source: Dee Bradford, BBIDEE

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