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South Carolina pension application of Andrew Hughes, 1826

Posted in Genealogy by tahughesnc on February 18, 2013

In my last post, I mentioned both the federal and South Carolina pension applications filed by my 4th great grandfather Andrew Hughes (1755-1843) for his service as a militia soldier in the American Revolutionary War.

Partial transcripts of his federal pension application are available online in at least two different locations that I know of, and there may be others. However, I have never seen a transcript of his South Carolina pension application online anywhere. So, below I am posting my transcription of a photocopy of the document. (I purchased my copy of the document from the S.C. Department of Archives and History.)

To the President and other members
of the Senate and to the Speaker
and other members of the House of
Representatives of the State of
South Carolina.

The Petition of Andrew Hughes
Humbly Showeth
That your petitioner
was a volunteer and turned out to defend
his Country against the British Tories
and Indians during the Revolutionary
War. He went a tour of duty against
the Cherokee Indians. The next tour
of duty he went a volunteer in Capt.
Waddy Tate troops of light horse to
Cross Creek where the Scotch were
defeated. The next he was at the
Battle of Camden under the same
Capt. Tate. The next tour of duty he
did was a tour of 9 months. He was
at Charleston, from there to Purysburg
Capn. Jameson. He went from there
up to Augusta and pursued the British
to Briar Creek where he was in
the Battle there. He did four tour,
One of six months, one of nine months
and two of three months each.
He was out from the time he was three
and twenty years of age until the
close of the war. Was in the
Minute Service during the whole
time. Always was ready & went
when called on. Was almost constantly
out on duty. He found himself most of
the time. Found his own horse and
equipage. He says he never received
any pay or anything for his services.
He says he is now seventy one years of
age last April. He has a wife aged
about sixty one years. He says he is poor
and now needs the assistance of his country
for support.

He therefore prays your Honorable
Body to grant him a pension or such
other relief as shall to your
Honorable body seem need.
And he will ever pray.
Andrew Hughes (signature)
11th Nov. 1826

The State of South Carolina        Before me personally
Pendleton District                         came Andrew Hughs

a very respectable citizen of
the District and made oath that
he has resided in the District
constantly for the last thirty-
nine years. That all the
facts stated in the annexed
petition are substantially true.

Sworn to 11th Nov. 1826 Andrew Hughes (signature)

Before (?) Grisham
Not. Pub.
Ex Off
G.W. 2

State of South Carolina     Personally came John
Pendleton District              Wilson before me the

subscribing justice, and being sworn in due form of
law, and on his oath saith, that he knew Andrew
Hughs to serve a tour of duty in the Revolutionary War
of six month, under General Rutherford, and that he
himself served with him; and at another time, he
served another tour of duty of nine months with the
said Hughs, under General Aash, and was with
him in the battle at the mouth of Brier Creek.
And that he knew the said Andrew Hughs to
serve in two other campains in the same war.

Sworn and subscribed to
before me this 11th day of (Belden?) 1826
John Wilson (signature)

A. Douthit Qu.

South Carolina               We the undersigned have
Pendleton District         for a number of years

been acquainted with Andrew Hughes of this
Dist. and know him to be an honest
endusterous good citizen, now far advanced
in life and not in circumstances to procure
a livelihood without hard labour and
as we believe he rendered important services
in the American Revolution we think
he aught of right to be placed on the pen-
sion list. Sept. 20th 1826

(Signed)      Ja. Osborn
William Wilson
James Douthit
John Wilson
Andrew Hamilton

The committee on pensions to whom was reported
the petition of Andrew Hughes praying for
a pension, respectfully report
that they have considered the same, and
recommend to this house that the prayer
of the petitioner be granted and that the said
Andrew Hughes be allowed a pension.

December 1826
John McComb

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  1. […] applications he filed for his service as a militia soldier in the American Revolutionary War.  He applied for a pension from the state of South Carolina in 1826 and received payments from the state until 1834, when he applied for and was awarded a federal […]

  2. […] name at all. In all of the official records I have seen for him, including land deeds and the records related to the pensions he received for his service in the Revolutionary War, his name is given simply as Andrew Hughes […]

  3. Trina Wilson said, on March 30, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Andrew Hughes is my 4th g-grandfather, and John Wilson who witnesswd this pension application was my 5th ggrandfather.

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