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John March - Revolutionary Soldier Pension




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State of Virginia          }
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County of Nansemond }

On the 12th day of May 1834 personally appeared before Josiah Riddick, James Corbede, Howell Riddick, Harland E. Pope the court of Nansemond now sitting, John A. March, a resident of the aforesaid County and state, aged 38 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 provision made by the act of Congress, passed June 7th, 1832 ~ That in the year 1777 or 1778, his father John March, as he has often heard him say, enlisted in the Army of the United States, under Captain John Washington, and served two years under that officer on the Continental line; that he frequently heard his father speak of Gen'l Washington and Gen'l Lafayette; that he has heard his father say he enlisted under Capt John Washington, as a Private, for the term of two years, at Suffolk, Virginia,


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and that he served the term of two years on the Continental line and was honorable discharged at the expiration of his term of enlistment ~ that his father resided in the county of Nansemond and state of Virginia when he entered the service, as he has heard him say~that he has heard his father speak of being in sevral battles, but does not now was that the name ~ that he has heard him speak of being engaged in a battle in the state of New Jeresy and that he performed the principle part of this term of service at the north ~ that when he returned from the north, having served two years in the Continental line, he again entered the service of the United States, he thinks in the militia and served until the Capture of Cornwallis at Little York, and was at or near that place at the time the battle was fought.

He hereby relinquishes every claim what - was to a pension or annuity, or account of his father's services during the Revolution,except the present, and declares that his


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fathers name was not on the Pension Roll of the Agency of any State ~
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

Jno A March

And the said court do hereby declare their opinion that John March, the father of the above named applicant, was a Revolutionary Solder and served as the said applicant states.
And the said court do hereby certify, upon satisfactory evidence, that the said John March died on the 22nd day of April 1832.

I John T Kilby, Clerk of the County Court of Nansemond do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application of John A. March for a pension in consideration of the Revolutionary service of his father John March ~ In testimony whereof I hereunto sit my hand and seal of office this 13th day of May 1834.

John T Kilby, Clk.


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In Nansemond County Court 13th January A. D. 1834

The Court certify that John A. March, David Howell, Senr, John Langstun, Sally Babb, Susan Babb, Mariah Babb, and John Babb are the only heirs at law of John March deceased who was a soldier in the Revolutionary war; upon the evidence of Elijah Jones, sworn in court.

State of Virginia, County of Nansemond ~

I John T. Kilby, Clerk of the County Court of Nansemond, in the state aforesaid, do hereby certify that the foregoing certificate is a true copy from the records of my office. In testimony and faith whereof, I hereunto subscribe my name and cause the seal of my County to be affixed this 16th day of April A.D. 1834 and in the 58th year of the Commonwealth.

John T Kilby  Clk

By James P Griffin, DClk.

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May 17, 1834


Honb. J. L. Edwards

Commissioner of Pensions

Washington City




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Land Office Virginia
Richmond Apr 12  1834

I certify that on the 5th of Feb last I

paid to John A March, David Howell

Sr, John Langston, Sally Babb &

John Babb ~ Heirs of John March

a _______ Land bounty to ____ _____

No 7580 for 200 acres of Land.


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Nansemond County
State of Virginia to Wit~

This day came before me Wm Sumner Justice...


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a Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid who being sworn doth and sayeth Henry Harrison, Esq., presiding Justice for the County of Nansemond, aged 77 years, who being duly sworn deposeth and sayeth.

That he well knew John March who was a Soldier in the Continental Line in the War of the Revolution, that the said John March of the aforesaid County and State enlisted as a Private for three years in the Revolutionary War and served out the Term after which term was out he the said March again entered the Army and served to the end of the war.~
Given under my hand and seal as a Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid this 14th day of June 1833.

Wm Sumner {SEAL}

State of Virginia

County of Nansemond

I John T Kilby Clerk of the County Court of Nansemond do hereby certify that William Sumner whose name is subscribed to the foregoing certificate is a Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Nansemond duly commissioned qualified, and authorized to act as such and that due faith and credit is and ought to be given to his official acts as Justice of the Peace aforesaid.

In testimony and faith whereof, I thereunto subscribe my name and cause the seal of my county to be affixed this 15th day of June A.D. 1833 ~ and in the 57th year of the Commonwealth.

{SEAL}                                    John T Kilby  Clk.           

Executive Department
Richmond Va. 12 Apr 1834

The foregoing are true copies of papers filed in this Department

Wm H Richardson   Sec'y Com'th




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Suffolk, Va. May 14, 1834

Honb  J. L. Edwards

Sir ~  Arguably to the _____ given in your letter of the 28th Act:

John A March, the eldest son of John March, who was a soldier of the revolution, has made a declaration in court which I herewith enclose ~

The Court certified at the same time that a John A. March made the declaration that his father John March died on the 22nd April 1832 ~

I also enclose herewith a copy of the evidence upon which John March was allowed county land and the certificate of the Register that he _____ a warrant to the heirs.

The name of John March will be found upon the Virginia Continental Register, and it will be seen that his certificate of pay was drawn by Willis Riddick in 1784, who was then a member of the Assembly from this County. ~  ___ of this, if it be necessary to ___ the heirs to the trouble and expense, I know they can obtain the



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widower of more than half a dozen persons now living in the county, that John March was a Continental soldier, and that his first term of service in that line war for two or three years. ~ The widower of Henry Harrison, (the presiding Justice of this county,) however, I presume will be amply sufficient in this case, together with the hard evidence of the services of this revolutionary soldier.

I also enclose the certificate of Court as to the heirs of John March.

.        I have the honor to be

.        your obt. servant,

Rich c Durbb.