Jesse Dodd's Pension Claim

Transcribed by Joann Holdbrooks.

Jesse Dodd
Service: NC

Sixth Judicial Circuit

This day personally appeared Jesse Dodd a Revolutionary Soldier before me Alfredall Harris one of the Circuit judges of the state aforesaid, who being duly sworn in pursuance of an act of the last session of Congress producing a pension for poor & indigent Revolutionary soldiers who deposeth and saith that he is about sixty-two years of age, that he is in advanced indigent circumstance & standing in need of assistance of his country. That in July 1776, at Wilmington in the State of North Carolina he enlisted in the regular service of the United States as a private in a company of infantry commanded by Capt. Thos Harris, which composed a part of the fourth North Carolina regiment commanded by Colonel Thos Polk, which regiment composed a part of the North Carolina line of Continental troops, that he enlisted for the term of three years & continued to serve faithfully in behalf of the United States against the common enemy until the expiration of the term of service for which he enlisted. When he was regularly discharged from service by Colonel Thomas Clark at Peramus in the state of New York on the 10th day of May 1779. This discharge he is at this late day unable to produce, having been lost through this lapsed time or destroyed by accident. That during the time of his service he was actively engaged in behalf of the United States and was at the battle of Monmouth. That although had served for some time in the company commanded by Capt. Harris he was transferred on 28th day of June 1778 to a company of infantry commanded by Capt John Summers which belongs to the first North Carolina regiment of Continental troops. This applicant further states that he has never secured a pension from the United States & he hereby releases all right & claim that he may have to a pension except to the one now requested for the services herein stated in this affidavit.

He states that he is a citizen of the United States & of the State of Tennessee and in the county of Lincoln & prays to be placed on the pension list that he may receive a pension according to the provisions of an act of the last session of Congress providing a pension for poor & indigent Revolutionary soldiers.

Jesse X (mark) Dodd

Subscribed & sworn to before
Me this 28th Sept 1818 Alfredall Harris Judge

State of Tennessee Lincoln County

This day personally appeared David Dodd before me Alfredall Harris who being duly sworn by me assureth & saith that he enlisted a short time before the above applicant and served with him in the same company and knows that the facts stated in the above applicant are true.

David Dodd

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 28th
September 1818
Alfredall Harris Judge

To the Honorable Secretary of the Department of War for the United States of America.

Alfredall Harris one of the Circuit Judges in and for the State of Tennessee do hereby certify that the foregoing application of Jesse Dodd and David Dodd were taken & subscribed before me this day and I am satisfied that the said Jesse Dodd did serve in the War of the Revolution against the Commonwealth of Great Britain in manner & for the term mentioned in this said application. In testimony where as I have hereunto taken same & seal this 28th Sept 1818.

Alfredall Harris----Seal

Judge of the Circuit Court
of the state of Tennessee

State of Tennessee--------
To the Honorable Secretary of the
Department of War of the United States

I Alfredall Harris, Judge of the sixth Judicial circuit of the State of Tennessee do hereby certify that I am tolerably well acquainted with the general character of the within named David Dodd and Jesse Dodd----that they are fair and unimpeachable ----and that I would have no reservation in believing either of them on oath-------& I do further certify that I do most confidently believe that the within named Jesse Dodd who has petitioned his country for a pension, is in indigent circumstances & stands in need of assistance from his own governmental support.

29th July 1819

Alfredall Harris
Judge of the 6th Judicial
Circuit Dist. State of Tennessee

State of Tennessee
Lincoln County, Court of pleas and quarter sessions, July term 1820

On this 25th day of July 1820 personally appeared in open court being a court of no said practice by statute of limitations and jurisdiction in the law side of said county for the said county Jesse Dodd, age sixty-three years on the 12th day of this month, resident in said County, who being first duly sworn according to law on his oath discloses that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows to wit, that he enlisted for three years on the 6th day of May 1776 in Captains Thomas Harris Company in the Fourth North Carolina Regiment on the Continental Establishment commanded by Colonel Thomas Polk & was discharged the 11th of May 1779. He was at the battle of Monmouth, and I do solemnly swear that I have been placed on the pension act roll of West Tennessee agency by pension certificate being number #16,877 and that I made my original declaration for a pension on the 25th day of September 1818 and that I have no particular trade or profession and my family consists of my wife of 58 years and infirm said son named Curtis aged 16 years unable to provide for himself and I do solemnly swear that I was a sworn citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1878 and that I have since that time by gift, sale or in any other medium disposed of any property or any part thereof within and thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provision of an act of Congress entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land naval Service of the United States in the Revolutionary War passed on the 18th day of March 1878 & that I have not, was, nor has any primary interest for in any property, in securities contracts as duly due to me, nor have I any income other than what is contained in this schedule here to answer and by me subscribed.

Jesse Dodd

25 acres of land worth two dollars per acre,
Two small mares worth about forty dollars,
Two cows & calves, fifteen head of hogs, large & small,
shaver Axes, Two hoes, two ploughs, one table, one chest, one
pair receiving chairs, two pots, one Dutch oven and skillet,
One cupboard, one loom, four chairs, one pitcher and
Four pewter plates, six delft plates, two basins, six cups &
Saucers, two bottles, four small jugs, one decanter, one
Case knives & forks, three spoons, and one pitcher and
One mug.
A list schedule of my property, Jesse Dodd

Jesse X (mark) Dodd
And by me subscribed
Sworn to and subscribed
In open court this 21 day of
January 1822, before, John T Smith Clk. C.C.

State of Alabama
Winston County

Jesse Dodd makes oath that some time in August 1821 by the aid of his sons Jesse and John Dodd he was removed from Lincoln, Tennessee to Marion County Alabama where he now resides, that was sometime in 1817 or 1818 he bought a horse there being without one, on a credit for one Hundred dollars that he has since been sued and judgment removed against him for this debt. Interests and costs & execution issued under which this horse, two cows and such few farming utensils as he had now sold, also twenty-five acres of land being all his property real and personal and that the whole amount of this sale did not satisfy the judgment as he has been informed and believes.

Jesse Dodd
(his X Mark)

Sworn to & Subscribed
This 21st day of Jany. 1821
Before John Smith Clk. C. C.

State of Tennessee
Lincoln County

On this 5th day of November 1836 before me the subscriber, a Justice of the Peace in and for said County personally appeared Jesse Dodd who on his oath declares that he is the same person who formerly belonged to the Company commanded by Captain John Summers in the Regiment Commanded by Colonel Clark in the service of the United States that his name was placed on the pension roll of Tennessee, that he was afterwards transferred to the State of Alabama from when he has lately removed, that he now resides in the State of Tennessee, Lincoln County where he intends to remain and wishes his Pension to be there payable in future, His reasons for removing from Alabama to Tennessee are that his wife having recently died, he has concluded to quit house keeping and to live with his son in Tennessee.

Sworn to & subscribed before me this day & year afore stated.

Jesse Dodd
(his X Mark)

Samuel Buchanan
Justice of the Peace

State of Tennessee
Lincoln County

On this 5th day of November 1836 before the subscriber an Justice of the Peace in & for said county personally Joel Dodd and made oath that he is well acquainted with Jesse Dodd who has subscribed & sworn to foregoing affidavit & that he knows him to be the person described in his said affidavit.

Sworn to & Subscribed this
Day & year afore stated.
Samuel Buchanan
Justice of the Peace

Jesse Dodd

(his X Mark)

State of Tennessee
Lincoln County

I Samuel Buchanan a Justice of the Peace in & for said County do certify that Joel Dodd is a credible witness and that his statement in the forgoing affidavit is entitled to full faith & credit—Given under my hand this 5th day of November 1836.

Samuel Buchanan
Justice of the Peace

State of Tennessee
Lincoln County

I Charles Boyles clerk of the County court of said County do certify that Samuel Buchanan is an acting Justice of the Peace in & for said county & that the forgoing signature purporting to be his are genuine.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal of office this 5th of November 1836

Charles Boyles Clk.

Lydia Colby
315 S. Henry St.
Genesee, Illinois

Dear Madam,

I advise you from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, S. 39453, it appears that Jesse Dodd was born July 12, 1757, place not stated.

He enlisted in Wilmington, North Carolina, , May 6, 1776, served as a private in Captains Thomas Harris and John Summers Companies, in Colonels Polk’s and Clark’s North Carolina Regiments; he was in the battle of Monmouth and was discharged May 10, 1779.

He was allowed pension on his application executed September 25, 1818, at which time he was a resident of the Lincoln County, Tennessee.

In 1820 he referred to his wife her name not given as being fifty-eight years of age, and he also referred to his son, Curtis, aged sixteen years.

In 1822 he was living in Marion County, Alabama, and he referred to his sons Jesse and John.

In 1836 he stated that his wife had recently died and that he was living with his son, his name not given, in Lincoln County, Tennessee.

One Joel Dodd was living in Lincoln County, Tennessee, in 1822 but his relationship to the soldier was not stated.

The above is the history of the only soldier by the name of Jesse Dodd that is found on the Revolutionary War records of this bureau.

Very Truly yours,
Earl D. Church