Declaration of Stephen Jackson
Nancy Jackson, Widow of Stephen Jackson
State of TN }
Humphreys County }
On This Fifteenth day of June one thousand eight hundred and forty personally appeared before me
William McCasland an acting Justice of the Peace for the said County, Nancy Jackson a resident of
Tennessee and County of Humphreys, aged 86, eighty-six years, who being first duly sworn according
to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 4th 1836; that she is the widow of Stephen Jackson deceased who was a militiaman in the service of the United States and that the aforesaid Stephen Jackson entered into the service in the Spring of the year of 1777 in South Carolina having been drafted and sent on a tour of duty to Charleston in South Carolina (name of the Captain or Regiment not recollected) some time in the same year he was again called on and performed a second tour of duty at Charleston (officers not recollected) and returned home, just before the defeat of Gen. Gates at Camden, after said defeat the aforesaid Stephen Jackson together with many others fled from South Carolina with their families, and sought protection in North Carolina in the month of August in the above date, the aforesaid Stephen Jackson together with many others returned to South Carolina in pursuit of the Tories, and continued to serve until near Christmas of the same date. Sometime in the year of 1778, Captain Joseph Griffy from being disabled, became unable to perform his duty incumbent upon him as Captain, and the aforesaid Stephen Jackson was appointed in his stead as Captain of a Company and acted in that capacity until the seize of York and surrender of Cornwallis in 1781. Having been during the time of the aforesaid service in many parts of South Carolina in a part of North Carolina in many skirmishes with British and Tories at the battle at Ramsours Mills and many other places this statement having been made to the deponent by her husband the aforesaid Stephen Jackson deceased, and after surrender of Cornwallis, the aforesaid Stephen Jackson was honorable discharged by Gen. Green, which discharge is lost or mislaid so that the same cannot be obtained. Deponent further states that agreeable to the best of her recollection, that her husband the aforesaid Stephen Jackson was again commissioned as Captain by Gen. Green to aid in the supervision of the Tories in South Carolina, and that the aforesaid Stephen Jackson did faithfully act the part assigned him until the consummation of the definitive treaty of peace in the year 1783. She further declares that she was married to the aforesaid Stephen Jackson on the 16 day of February 1771 in the State of South Carolina and that her husband the aforesaid Stephen Jackson died in South Carolina on the 10th day of September 1832 and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, as will more fully appears by reference to the proof hereto annexed. Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written before the word Jackson interlined before assigned
William Leaz Nancy x Jackson
William McCasland, JP mark
The above deponent Nancy Jackson not knowing how long her husband the aforesaid Stephen Jackson was in the service of the United States has in order to amend her declaration made the following affidavit. Personally appeared before me the undersigned Justice of the Peace for said County Nancy Jackson who being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith, that by reason of old age, and consequent loss of memory she cannot swear positively as to the precise length of the service of her husband the aforesaid Stephen Jackson, but according to the best of her recollection, after so long a lapse of time, that he served faithfully for the term of five years and for such service I claim a pension. She hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that she further declares that she does not know of any person by whom she can prove the services of her husband the aforesaid Stephen Jackson.
Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written.
William Leaz her
William McCasland Nancy x Jackson
State of TN }
County of Humphreys}
On this 6th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four personally before me an acting Justice of the Peace, duly appointed and commissioned, Abel Jackson aged about 68 years appeared who being duly sworn days that he is the son of Stephen and Nancy Jackson late of County and State aforesaid and that he was born in the month of August 1786. That he had a brother named William who was ten years older than himself, who is now dead, and that there were two children older than this said brother William, both of whom died during the War of the Revolution, as he has always heard from his parents during their lifetime. That his mother Nancy Jackson applied for a pension under the Act of Congress of 4th of July 1836, during her lifetime but that she died before receiving it to wit on the 9th day of May in the year 1843 and not in the year 1853, as erroneously and by mistake written in his affidavit of the 5th of December 1853.
Abel x Jackson
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 6th day of February in the year 1854 and I do hereby certify that Abel Jackson who has sworn and signed the above is a man of truth and credibility and that his statements are entitled to full faith and credit. In testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal the day and year last above written.
William Hendrey JP (seal)