The American Revolution Index

John McCowan Revolutionary War Pension Applications 1831
Transcribed by Robert L. Bailey

Note: This is a W.P.A. transcription.

Declaration. Original Claim.

In order to be placed on the pension Lists, under the act of the 18th March 1818, County of Roane State of Tennessee on this 26th of April 1831 - personally appeared in open Court, at a County Court for the county aforesaid it being a Court of record for the County aforesaid James McCOWN resident in said County aged 80 years who being first duly sworn according to law doth, on his oath, make the following declaration in order to obtain the provisions made by the acts of Congress of the 18th March 1818 and the 1st May 1820, that he the said James McCOWN enlisted for the term of twelve months on the __ day of ___ in the year 1777 in the State of Pennsylvania in the company Commanded by Captain IHRIES or IRIS or IRISH pronounced & spelled several ways Lieutenant WILEY in the Regiment Commanded by Colonel FLOWERS in the line of the State of Pennsylvania on the Continental establishment, that he continued to serve in the said corps until he was discharged in 1778, or 9 when he was discharged from the service in Carlile in the State of Pennsylvania that he hereby relinquishes any claim whatever to a pension except the present that his name is not on the roll of any state except ____ and that the following are the reasons for not making earlier application that until recently his children were able & willing maintain him but they are now neither able nor in health to maintain hum but without the aid of the Government, and in pursuance of the act of the 1st May 1820 I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress Entitled, an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States of the revolutionary War passed on the __ day of March 1818, and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me, any property or securities contracts or debt due me, nor have I any income other that what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed and by me Subscribed


One tract of land 100 acres very poor worth only fifty dollars and it cannot be sold for that, nor can it be rented - $50.00

1 old saddle - $6.00

2 old cows, say 15 years each - $6.00

Total - $64.00

James (his x mark) McCOWN

Sworn to in open court Apr. 24, 1831.


Samuel C. CHILDRESS makes oath that the above schedule is correct & true & that the property is not worth more than here represented to wit $64.00. The said McCOWN is sometimes called McEWIN and sometime McCOWN.


April 26th 1831, Sworn to in Open Court


Wm. EBLEN makes oath the land is hardly worth fifty dollars and he values the whole property not worth more than $64.


Sworn to in open Court Apr. 26, 1831


Sworn to & declared on the 20th day of April before the County Court and Clerk thereof.

I, Henry BREAZEAL Clerk of the County Court of Roane County & State of Tennessee do hereby certify that it appears to the satisfaction of the Court that the said James McCOWN did serve in the Revolutionary War as stated in the preceding declaration against the common enemy for the term of 12 months under one engagement on the continental establishment I also certify that the fore going oath and the schedule thereto annexed are truly copied from the records of the said Court that the total amount in value of the property described in the aforesaid schedule $56. In testimony whereof.