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Summary of William Abney Revolutionary War Pension Request

Submitted by Joe W. Hardiman

September 7, 1818 - Rockcastle County, KY
William Abney signed a Revolutionary War Pension request form stating he had served in the Virginia Continental line for three years in Col Francis Taylor's Regiment. William then signed up for two more years in Col Armand's Corp of Horse. William stated that he was not in any battle of cause except at the taking of Corn Wallas at York.

James Chasteen, about 57 years old, signed a statement on William Abney's Pension Request stating he had served in the same Regiment with William Abney and saw him receive his discharge at the end of his term.

James Clark, Circuit Judge, signed the statements of William Abney and James Chasteen.

David Irwin, Clerk of Court, signed a statement verifying the signature of James Clark.

September 8, 1819 - Rockcastle County, KY
James Clark, Circuit Judge, signed a statement declaring that James Chasteen is a man of good character for truth and honesty.

October 25, 1819 - Rockcastle County, KY
Certificate of Eligibility (#15390) for Revolutionary War service issued to William Abney

September 26, 1820 - Rockcastle County, KY
William Abney appeared in Circuit Court stating that he is sixty-four years of age. He further stated that he enlisted in the service of the United States under Captain John Roberts for a term of 3 years. About six or seven days after he enlisted Capt Roberts was promoted to major and James Pervis was promoted to captain in the same company of Col. Francis Taylor's regiment belonging to the Virginia Line. After serving his term of three years he enlisted a second time for three years in the Horse Company commanded by Captain LeBrown, in the Regiment commanded by Col Armond. He was at the battle of the Siege of York the time the Americans captured Cornwallace. He served two years two months of his second enlistment before he attained his discharge. William further stated that he did not conceal any property or securities on debts owed him in order to obtain his pension.

His assets as listed:

One Horse worth twenty five dollars no more

Six head of cattle worth twenty five dollars no more

Three sows and piggs worth fifteen dollars no more

Household furniture worth twenty dollars

Farming tools five dollars

Fowles worth fifty cents.

William stated he had fifteen children with his first wife, of which eleven were still alive, Dicey, Betsey, Charley, William, Jane, Polly, David, Milly, Sally, Elisha, and Joshua. He further stated that he had five children with his second wife, four of which were still living, Amanda, America, Andrew Jackson, and Elijah (Elisha had smallpox and has never cleared). His wife Judith was about 47 years old.

John L Bridges, Circuit Court Judge, signed the statement.

James Terrill, Clerk of Court, signed a statement declaring that the true worth of William Abney was ninety five dollars fifty cents.

November 3, 1834 - Bourbon County, KY
James Busby aged eighty years on the 2nd day of May next declared to Justice of the Peace Robert Leorgin that William Abney entered the legion of horse as a private soldier commanded by Col Armond in the month of January 1782, and that he James Busby had served with William under Captain Le Brown (a Frenchman*), and was discharged with said Abney at the conclusion of the war at Little York in the state of Pennsylvania. (*William Abney, James Busby, and James Chasteen served under the French command of Captain Le Braun who reported to Col. Armond who reported to General Lafayette.)

November 21, 1834 - Bourbon County, KY
Robert Leorgin, Justice of the Peace, signed a statement that he had witnessed James Busby swear to the above, and further certified the James Busby was entitled to credit given.

William Abney signed a statement that he had served with James Busby in the same regiment at the same time. William further stated that he would be 78 years of age August 12th next.

Porter Smith, Deputy Clerk of Court, signed a statement (for Clerk of Court Thomas P Smith) that Robert Leorgin is a Justice of the Peace, and that it is Robert's signature regarding James Busby.

February 4, 1835
William Abney sent a letter to the pension board with the deposition of James Busbey showing that he was entitled to additional money for services under Armond Legion. (Note - Even though William Abney had the sworn statements of two fellow soldiers he never received an increase in pension for his Calvary service. The dates as remembered by James Busbey came after the siege of York.)

February 10, 1853 - Rockcastle County, KY
Judith Abney, age 79, appeared before Justice of the Peace George Porter and stated that she was the widow of William Abney whom she married in Estill County in August of 1811 and that her name was Judith Clark before she married William Abney. William Abney died the 31st day of January 1845. She swears that she has never remarried and remains a widow of William Abney and requests the Revolutionary War widows pension.

George Proctor, Justice of the Peace, certifies the genuine MARK of Judith Abney, and the testimony as sworn before him, and that she is not of able body to attend court to request her pension.

February 14, 1853 - Estill County, KY
Thomas H. Carson, Clerk of Court Estill County, letter to Clerk of Court Rockcastle County with copy of Marriage Bond for William Abney and Judith Clark. Mr. Carson also stated that in the lower part of his county lived a very old man named Zachariah King who is probably the man named as security to the marriage bond.

Robert P Clark, C.E.C.C., witnessed Marriage bond for William Abney, security Zachariah King. The marriage bond was dated July 29, 1811.

Thomas H. Carson, Clerk of Estill County Court, statement of true copy of marriage bond of William Abney copied from his original records. He did not find a return of said marriage in his office.

February 28, 1853 - Rockcastle County, KY
Milton J Miller, Clerk of the Court, attests to genuine signatures of Judith Abney and George Proctor on February 10, 1853 document.

Alfred Smith, attorney, note to Mr. John L Neely of Washington City to take charge of this claim for Judith Abney.

Judith Abney signed a statement to the Pension board at Washington City that her pension certificate should be forwarded to Alfred Smith of Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County KY, and as her agent he will forward it to her.

George Proctor, Justice of the Peace, wrote the sworn statement of Wallace Clark and known by Mr. Proctor as a respectable man.

Wallace Clark stated that he was 57 years old and had known the petitioner Judith Abney and William Abney, deceased, as husband and wife for 32 years up to the time of William's death 31 January 1845. Wallace also stated that he was present at William Abney's death.

Milton J Miller, Clerk of the Court, attested to the genuine signatures of George Proctor and Wallace Clark.

December 1, 1920 - Louisville, KY
Letter from Miss A.D. Campbell requesting Revolutionary War record of William Abney.

June 28, 1923 - Washington City, United States Senate

Letter from Senator of Georgia William J Harris to Pension board requesting that records of William Abney be forwarded to Martin J Abney.

June 30, 1923 - Athens, Georgia
Letter from Martin J Abney requesting Revolutionary War record of William Abney through William J Harris.

April 24, 1924 - Athens Georgia
Letter from Howard T Abney requesting all of records for William Abney, Judith Abney, and Paul Abney, and War of 1812 record for William Abney. (Due to small staff in archives only two records could be sent to any one individual, and Howard T Abney did not receive all of the requested records through his attempts.)

May 22, 1924 - Washington City, D.C.
Letter with abstract of Revolutionary Pension file for William Abney.

July 18, 1928 -A. D. Y.
Photocopies to E. V. Martindale

June 30, 1933 - Washington City, D.C.
Letter from Washington Gardner, Commissioner of Pensions, to Senator William J Harris, Georgia advising Senator Harris that only two records were allowed per individual.