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The State Regent’s Bicentennial project

Tennessee Society NSDAR


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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. Mary’s 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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This Declaration in order to obtain benefit of the Act of Congress papers 7th June 1832.

State of Tennessee /
Rutherford County /

County Court, October Term 1832, on this 2nd day of October 1832 Personally appeared in before me. Wm. H. Smith and __ Justice of the Peace for said county.

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.

Benjamin Towler


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
William Elder
Joseph A. Farmer


~1st Where and in what year were you born
Answer-I was born in the county of Charles City state of Virginia, but in which year I do not recollect this. I believe that I am eighty years old.

~Question 2nd Have you any records of your age and if so where is it.
Answer-I have none.

~Question 3rd Where were you living when you were called into service, where have you lived since the revolutionary war and where do you live now
Answer-I lived in the state of Virginia Charles City County when I was called into service and since then I have lived in the state of Virginia and Tennessee in which ___ state I now live

~Question 4th How was you called into service was you drafted, or was volunteer or were you a substitute and if so substitute for whom

~Question 5th State the names of the regular officers or some of them who were with you where you served such ___ and ___ Regiment as you can recollect and the circumstances of your service
Answer-I was drafted and was attached to company commanded by Capt. Lewis and marched to Petersburg and was latter sick and put in the hospital in Petersburg, Afterward drafted and attached to Capt Baker Pegram, was at City Point, I was at Broadaway,at Mackey Wells and at the ___ and Smithfield and I was at York In the taken of Cornwallis

~Question 6th did you ever receive a discharge from the service and if so by whom was it given and what became of it
Answer-If I ever did receive a discharge it was from Capt Lewis and Capt Pegram, but I have no recollection of ever having received discharge, if I did they are lost

~Question 7th State the names of persons to whom you are known In your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for vicinity and their behalf of your service as a soldier of the revolution
Answer __ and Posey, William Smith, Isas H. Benhall

And the said testimony of the person do hereby declare his _____ after ___ the ___ ____ by this was apparent that the above name applicant was a revolutionary soldier and said of ___ and the said Justice of the Peace further certifies that the __to that ____ Love Who has signed the preceding certificate is a clergyman, resident in the neighborhood and that Wm. Elder & Jos. Farmer who has signed the same is resident in the same and credible persons, and that their ___ is credible to credit and this said ____ and ___ and that the applicant is old and that he is not able to attend court.____ under my hand at this order of the applicant this 20th day of October 1832.

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  ISAAC  DANCY.

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Posted  April 5, 2001
Updated  April 8, 2001