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State of Kentucky Pulaski County
On this 20th day of November 1832 personally appeared before the worshipful Justices of the County Court in Pulaski County, State of Kentucky, now sitting as a court in oten court. James Purvis aged about sixty nine years. A resident of Pulaski County, State of Kentucky, who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth on his oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress, passed June 7, 1832, that he enlisted in the Army of the United States in Pitt County, North Carolina, where in his sixteenth year as well as he now recollects, with Captain Joseph Gray for the term of one year and served in the Regiment of Cob. John Heritage. John Allen, Major, in the North Carolina state line, in the 4th Regiment was durina the period. stationed sometime at Fort Tazwell below Newburn. North Carolina. and when not at the station was marched to different places for the purpose of keeping down the Tories and such other duties as the situation of the country might require. Was some times on Cape Fear River, sometimes on Peedee and on Drowning Creek and the expiration of the twelve months was regularly discharged at a town called Kingston in North Carolina and received a discharge signed by the said Major Allen which has long since been lost, mislaid or destroyed. Afterwards the time not known in the County of Martin, State of North Carolina he undertook as a substitute for brother William Purvis to perform a three month tour in the Militia of the State of North Carolina and served in the Company' of Captain Williams in the Regiment of Col. Ascurn. Was rendezvoused at Kingston and marched to the army under the Command of General Gates and was engaged in the Battle that resulted in the defeat of General Gates after the Defeat the army was scattered and he returned home after having served two months. Afterwards in Martin County, North Carolina, the time not known, he became again a substitute for his brother Lewis Pervis for a three month tour and he rendezvoused at a town called Halifax, North Carolina and the day after the rendezvous he was ordered with a detachment in all 300 to be placed under the command of Capt. Coats and Capt Coalman signing officers under them he was marched along on New River and was awhile stationed at a place called New River Chapel and at that place was discharged and received a discharge signed by Capt. Coalman which has long since been lost1 mislaid or destroyed. He further states that in addition to the above Militia Service he served two other small tours. Afterwards while a resident of Pitt County. North Carolina the time not now recollected, he enlisted for the period of eighteen months in the regular armv on continental establishment as he understood under Cart Benjamin Coalman in the Regiment of Archibald Lyth, Robert Blont Major. as marched to Charleston? South Carolina and joined the army of General Green and continued with the army until after the peace was made and concluded. He was engaged in the service under this last enlistment about one year after the proclamation of peace. He received a writing from the orderlv Sergeant, signed by the Captain as he was on loan , authorizing his return home. He was not in the Battle fought with the British by General Green near Camden. being on guard that day to protect the baggage wagon. He was born in Martin County, North Carolina. He does not know the date. There is no record of his age That he knows of and all he is enabled to state as to age is from what his parents told him when a boy. He is himself entirely illiterate, being unable to read or write. He continued in North Carolina after the war until he removed to the State of Tennessee residino there about years and about twenty since he removed from Tennessee to Pulaski County, Kentucky, where he now resides. He has no documentary evidence of his service and knows of no person by whom he can prove it. unless he can prove some portion of it circumstantially by Francis Aldridge of Pulaski County, who was in the same armv with the applicant under the last enlistment, but he has no positive recollection of the service rendered by the applicant, not being the same company. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension ar an annuity except the present and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any state.
Sworn to and subscribed this day and year aforesaid.
State of Kentucky Pulaski County
The affidavit of Francis Aldridge aged between sixty seven and sixty eight years. a resident of Pulaski County, made in open court, before the Pulaski County Court, on this day of November 1832, he states thet he was in the Regiment of Archibald Lyth, Major Blount was also an officer, as mentioned in the the within Declaration of James Purvis, and was marched to Ashley Hill South Carolina. and joined the main Army under General Greene and he upon oath states that he recollects to have then heard that a man by the name of Purvis belonged to the army and h~ well knew that Caot. Coalman belonged to the regiment as stated by the said Purvis in his declaration and the said Francis Aldridge further states that between eighteen and twenty years anterior to this he met with the said James Purvis and after conversing about the last war and hearing the name of Purvis, he thought he recollected the name of Purvis of having been engaged in the service under General Greeneas stated by Purvis and mentioned his recollection to Purvis and this affiant and Purvis then talked over and conversed about the events and transactions of the service under Gen. Greene and he has no douby that James Purvis was in the Regiment of Lythe as stated by him under Gen. Greene and served as he states.
Sworn and subscribed to in open Court this day affirmed.
We James Cooper, a clergyman and Francis Aldridge and John Newbyin the County of Pulaski! State of Kentucky and in the vicinity fo the applicant James Purvis hereby certify that we are well acquainted with James Purvi,s who has subscribed and Sworn to the above and foregoing Declaration. that we believe him to be of the age he states. That we heard him talking and conversing about and relate the events and transactions mentioned by him in his Declaration upwards of
ten years anterior to this and that he is reputable ano belived in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldIer of the revolution and that we concur in that opinion and believe he served as he states.
Sworn and subscribed the day and year above.
James Cooper Stephen Hail
John Newby Francis Aldridge