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State of Tennessee, County of McMinn, on this 4th day of June personally appeared in open Court, before the Justice of the County Court of said county, William Crye, a resident of said county and state, aged about seventy nine years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth, on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress, passed June 7, 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated.  In the year seventeen hundred and seventy six, he joined a volunteer company commanded by Capt. William Hagan.  (Hearn Alexander or He and Alexander) were  Colonel Commandant.  This was in the county of Mecklinburg and state of North Carolina.  During the service, declarant was marched to Cross Creek, when the company was distained for some and marched to the encampment of Col. Martin.  When a number of the Volunteers were selected and sent to Wilmington - from this place declarant was sent home, having charge of the wagons as issuing commissary, this over a service of three months.  Declarants next service was in an excursion against the Indians in South Carolina commanded by Capt. John William Hagan, Capt. John Drummond of S. Carolina with a company formed a junction and marched with us.  They first stopped at Princy Fort in what is now called Granville District.  Our next place of stopping was at Woffords Fort, whence our companies made frequent excursion.  Near the last mentioned fort we were discharged.  Our high officers when discharged was Col. Neil, Leiut.  Ezikiel Polk, and General Williamson.  Declarant received no written discharge, nor does he recollect his precise time of service, but believes it more than two months.  He received from the Lieutenant Col. Polk (_______) dollars and a half and was informed by him then was still some due, but he never received it.  In Seventeen hundred and eighty, declarant was drafted to join General Gates army but procured a substitute who was received in his stead who served three months under officers not recollected.  Declarant was next drafted and entered the service as a horseman under Capt. John Foster/Fostis who was in company with Capt. Robert Daves whose business it was to scour this country in search of Tories and outlaws (out-liess), this was also a service of three months.  In eighteen hundred and eighty one he was drafted for the East Wilmington expedition under Col. Erwin, Leiut. William Fagan & Mag Harris from which he was discharged by furlough with but a few days service.  Declarant was born in the Isle of Man, raised in Chester County Pennsylvania, removed thence to Mecklinburg Co. NC, then to Burke in the same state, thence to Granville Dist, SC, thence to Burke again, then on to Hale County in GA and thence to where he now resides.  Declarant was born in seventeen hundred and fifty four.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever 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.  Sworn to and subscribed the 4th day of June, 1833, signed Wm Crye

We, Drummond Dorsey, a clergyman residing in the county and state aforesaid, and Samuel Blackburn residing as aforesaid, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with William Crye who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration; and we believe him to be about seventy nine 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 and subscribed the 4th day of June 1833

And the Court do hereby declare their opinion, after  investigating the matter, and putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above applicant was a revolutionary soldier, and served as he states.  And the Court further certifies, that it appears to them that Drummond Dorsey who has signed the preceding certificate, is a Clergyman, that he and Samuel Blackburn who has also signed it, are resident as they therein state, and that their statement is entitled to credit.

Sarah Crye, widow of William Crye, deceased, a pensioner, Act 7 June 1836, who died on the 29, August 1835 of McMinn County, state of Tennessee, who was a private in the company commanded by Captain Drummond of the Regiment commanded by Col. Stouter in the NC line for 5 months Infantry, 3 months Cavalry, inscribed on the Roll of Knoxville at the sase of 29 dollars, 16 cents per  _____ to commence on the 29th day of Aug 1835.  Certificate of Pension offered the 16 day of April 1840, guest ot Hon. J. W. Blackwell, H. Reprt. 


This 18th day of December in the year 1839, personally appeared before me John McGaukey as acting Justice of the Peace in and for said county, Sarah Crye, a resident of Bradley County of McMinn aged 80 (seventy seven) about eighty years, who being first duly sworn according to laws doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by acts of Congress, passed July 4th 1836 and May 3rd 1837 and also of all other acts of congress upon the same subject.

That she was married to William Crye who served sometime as a soldier during the War of the American Revolution and was receiving at the time of his death a pension of about (as she believes) twenty nine dollars from the government of the United States.  Said sum of money being paid him by the pension agent of East Tennessee at Knoxville; and that all the papers which evidenced her husbandís right to said allowance from Government are filed in the pension office at Washington City owing to which circumstances it is out of his power to specify with exact certainty the time when he entered or how long he continued in service, so which information, she supposes can easily be requested by referenced to the public records at Washington, her husbandís name, William Crye, and the Agent of East Tennessee who paid him the sum allowed by Government being known.  She further declares that she was married to the aforesaid, William Crye, on the 8th day of April in the year 1779 after which time he became a soldier in the War of the American Revolution, and that she was a widow on the 4th day of July in the year 1836 and still remains a widow is with more fully appears by reference affidavit this day made by John Crye which she hopes will accompany this declaration.  She further states that she believes her husband served in a Captain Fortis Company under the command of General Martin if she mistakes not, in the State of North Carolina, sworn to and subscribed before me day and year above written, interline before signed, J. McGaughty, Justice of Peace,  Sarah Crye, her mark

State of Tennessee I, J.B. Jackson, clerk of McMinn County, the county court for the County and State of aforesaid certify that John McGaugly whose name appears the written is an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said county and was at the time of signing the same, duly elected sworn and commissioned full faith and credit is due all his official acts as such given under my hand and seal of officer at office in Athens, this 25th day of 1839. 

I Julius W. Blackwell, a representative in the 26th Congress of the U.S. from the fourth Congressional Dist of Tenn do certify that, J.B. Jackson is Clerk of the County Court of McMinn Co. TN and that he signature to the above certificate is in my opinion the proper hand write of his depenty, given under my hand and seal this s20 January 1840

State of Tennessee, McMinn County, this day, December 18th in the year 1839 personally appeared before me, John McGauhey and acting Justice of the Peace in and for said county, John Crye, who after being duly qualified, disposed and says first, said Cry deposes that his brother William Crye, a soldier in the War of the American Revolution and for several years before his death, which took place in the 30th day of August in the year 1835 a pensioner upon the Governments of United States was married in the year 1779 to Sarah Higgins with whom he lived till the day of his death.  Said John Crye, the affiant further says that he was present at the marriage of his brother William and the aforesaid Sarah and that it took place in the County of Mecklinburg, State of North Carolina and was good and legal as the records of that county will show if they have not been destroyed, that his brother William died whilst a pensioner on the 30th day of August in the year 1835, leaving his wife a widow now residing in the county of Bradley, and state first aforesaid, sworn to and subscribed before one day and year above written, inter tinso before signed, J. McGauhey, Justice of Peace.  Signed, John Crye