REVOLUTIONARY WAR RECORD of
ELISHA BAILEY - W. 8344
Submitted By: Sharon Bell
On this 1st day of July 1833 personally appeared in open court,
before the county court for the County aforesaid now sitting Elisha Bailey a
resident of Adair County and state aforesaid, aged 69 years, who being first
duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declarations, in
order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 1st 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the
following named officers and served as herin stated.
That he entered the service in the spring of 1781 under Capt. Leak
in the County of Albemarle and state of Virginia, where he then lived, in the
month of April, but does not recollect the particular date of the month. The
regiment and number thereof he does not recollect, but the Commander was either
General Nelson or Lawson. He was however under the command of both in
this tour and the other in a subsequent term, which he will speak about.
That he marched from Albemarle County to Richmond Virginia, then
to Cabinpoint, lay there sometime, then marched to Fredericksburg, and was then
discharged by Capt. Leak in writing but his discharge has been long since lost.
This tour was three months.
That in a short time after he was discharged and returned home, he
engaged as a substitute for
Zackariah Roberts under Capt. Barnett who was under
Colonel Campbell and marched to York and lay there sometime and then
marched about through the country to avoid the enemy as we were not at that time
strong enough to go into action and then returned to York and there remained
until after Cornwallis was taken, at the taking of whom he was present, after
which he with others marched to the Maryland line to guard the prisoner's that
far. He was then discharged but by whom he does not recollect the discharge is
however lost. He would here state that the time under Capt. Barnett when he was
a substitute for Zackariah Roberts was two months an he got only a verbal
discharge, if any. That when he was at the taking of Cornwallis he was under
Capt. Leak, the Col. under whom he was he does not recollect, but
Layfayette and General Washington were the Commander-in-Chief, that this last
tour under Capt. Leak was about three months and he received a verbal discharge
but from whom he does not recollect.
He states that in the first tour under Capt. Leak he served three
months. The second tour he was under Capt. Barnett & Col. Campbell two
months. The third tour under Capt. Leak three months, making in all eight months
That he was born in the year 1764 the month not recollected. He
has no record of his age. He lived in Albemarle County, Virginia after his
service several years, the exact
time he cannot recollect. He then removed to the County of Lincoln in the State
of Kentucky lived there sometime, then removed to the County of Adair where he
That he is known in his neighborhood to
Harrison M. Gill, Alex Walker & Jackson Atkins. That he has no
documentary evidence that he knows of, no person living by whom he can prove his
service. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension &
annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension
Rolls of the agency of any state.
Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid
We Samual Wilson, a clergyman residing in the County of Adair and Charles
Scaggs, residing in the same county, hereby certify that we are well acquainted
with Elisha Bailey, who has subscribed & sworn to the above declaration.
That we believe him to be 69 years of age, that he is respected and believed in
the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and
that we concur in that opinion.
Sworn & subscribed the day & year aforesaid
And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after the
investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogations prescribed by
the War Department
of Pension was issued September 23,1833 at $26.66 per year.
in Book 6, Volume 7, Page 4