BENJAMIN TOWLER IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
SOLDIERS AND PATRIOTS OF THE
BURIED IN TENNESSEE
LUCY WOMACK BATES, Chairman
The State Regents Bicentennial project
Tennessee Society NSDAR
THIS ENTRY EXTRACTED FROM PAGE 391 OF THE ABOVE DOCUMENT
TOWLER, BENJAMIN (b 1752 Richmond, VA/d 1837 Gibson Co.) Lived Dinwiddie Co., VA during the war. Served under Capt. Lewis in VA. Troops. Age 82 in1832 pen. list Rutherford Co., TN; 1834 P.L.W. moved to Gibson CO., TN aft 1832. m c1773 VA Martha Darby. ch.: Mary b. 1800/d. 1855 married William* Elder bur. at Trenton, TN. Marys grave DAR marked. Sallie m. Isaac Dancy. Ref.: DAR #200019; Pen. Bur.; A 1: TN DAR 1933 Yearbook p. 93.
* Note: Record changed from Henry L. to William
We greatly appreciate MICHAEL SCRAPE providing this document of the service, of his 5th great-grandfather, BENJAMIN TOWLER, in the Revolutionary War.
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BENJAMIN TOWLER'S STATEMENT TO OBTAIN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION
This Declaration in order to obtain benefit of the Act of Congress papers 7th June 1832.
State of Tennessee /
Benjamin Towler a resident of said county and state afore said age eighty years, who first being duly sworn according to law, doth On his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress papers 7th June 1832.
That he is eighty years of age, and was born in the county of Charles City, state of Virginia, and moved afterward to Dinwiddie County, Virginia, when he was drafted and in the company commanded by Capt. William Lewis. ____ at Petersburg and after being encamped here for some time, he was taken sick, and was placed in the hospital at Petersburg. Dr. Lyon and some other physician or surgeon, he thinks Dr. Levington had charge of the sick at this time. After remaining here for some time he with the other sick Was moved up the county through Chesterfield and into Powetan And was there stationed until his tour expired, which was three months or ____ and was dismissed and went home. In the same year He thinks, this he can not say with certainty he was again called out, and joined the company commanded by Capt. Baker Pegram in the county of Dinwiddie, and ________ at Petersburg and marched through Prince George County to the City Point here we met the enemy and there was a ______ for a good part of the month, there were other troops there but who commanded them or what troop, they was in he does not recollect.
After his commander he ___ by his Capt. marched back to Petersburg and then to ___ and Mackeys Wells and the Hundre_ on James River and was marched to a place called Smithfield, he thinks he was in the service under Pegram these months in 1781. He was again called into service before the ___ of Wallace at York under Capt. Baker Pegram and ____ at Petersburg and kept on duty and was moved to York and was there three months at this ____ of Cornwallis. He cannot recollect his Capt. Who commanded at York. After his tour of service had expired he was discharged by his Capt at York and returned home. He thinks he was in service Of this Capt for two or three months.
He is old and inform he can not recollect, who in ___ the service or this uncertainty or circumstances, what according and having lost his discharge, he has no document or record in his possession to___ his memory or to call to his recollection the scenes of which he was speaking .
He knows of no person now living by whom he can prove his said______ which was with him in the service. If ever declarent got discharged for his different periods of service he has lost them. He ___ ____ every claim what ever to a pension or annuity except the present and __ that his name is not on this pension roll of the agency of any state. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
We John Loves clergyman residing in the neighborhood and William Elder and Joseph Farmer residing in the same hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Benjamin Towler, that We believe him to be eighty years of age, which he is reported and believed in the neighborhood, which he resided, to have been a soldier of the revolution, and this we concur in that opinion
Sworn to and subscribed this day and year aforesaid.
John Loves clergyman
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Wm. H. Smith JP
State of Tennessee /
Rutherford County / October 16, 1832
I John R. Laughlin clerk of the court ___ and Justice of the Peace for the county and state aforesaid hereby certify that Wm. H. Smith who his ___ also the story certified and his ___ ____ justice of the peace for said county at the ___ of ____ the ___, and I further certify that for my declaration of Benjamin Towler is the original
Preceding ____ in my office as for a ___ ion behalf of said Benjamin Towler by the said Wm. Smith testimony where of I have here to set my hand and affixed my seal of office this 16th day Of October 1832 Certified.
Jn. R. Laughlin
We greatly appreciate MICHAEL SCRAPE providing this application document, of his 5th great-grandfather, BENJAMIN TOWLER, for a Revolutionary War pension.
BENJAMIN TOWLER was the
father of SARAH TOWLER DANCY, first wife of
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Posted April 5, 2001
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