Amanuensis Monday: The other one: Nicholas Long of Caroline County, VA, and KY, Rev. Pension Application

Last Monday I provided the transcript of Nicholas Long of Culpeper, VA, mentioning he was one of two Nicholas Longs who frequently get confused in genealogical research of the area. Today I provide the transcription of the second Nicholas Long. (This Nicholas Long can be viewed on the wiki here.)

What follows is the Revolutionary War Pension Application file transcription of Nicholas Long of Caroline Co., VA, and later Kentucky, who served as Brigade Major in Col. Spottswood’s Virginia Militia.


Nicholas Long, Service in Va., File number S31222—
Kentucky-Nicholas Long of Fayette Co. in the State of Ky. He was a sergeant, adjutant and Brigade Major of the Regt. Commanded by Col. Spottswood in the Virginia line for 2 years.
Inscribed on the roll of Louisville at the rate of 220 Dollars per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1831..13th October 1846
Certificate of Pension issued the 16 day of April 1851 and sent to — Addison Esq.
Arrears.. $193.33
Recorded Book E2 Vol. 7 Page 31—
State of KentuckyCity of Lexington

On this 17 day of August 1832 personally appeared in open court before C. Hunt Esq. Mayor of said City, now sitting, Nicholas Long, a resident of the county of Fayette & state aforesaid aged 78 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 act of Congress of 7th June 1832. That he was born on the 15th of May 1754 in Caroline County Virginia. There was a record of his age kept in a church prayer book, which was sold by mistake at the sale of his father personal estate and never recovered. He resided in the same county when he entered the service during the revolution, and afterward until the year 1795 when he removed to Kentucky, where he has resided ever since. That he entered the continental service in the month of February 1776 in Capt. Samuel Hawes company in the 2nd Virginia regiment commanded by Col, Alexander Spotswood. He entered the service as a sergeant which post he held during his whole term and was  legally discharged but he has lost that discharge. He was directed to carry the colors in his regiment by regimental order, which was in fact an honorary appointment as ensign, although he never received additional pay for said service. His company remained in and about Williamsburg from about the last of February 1776 until the next winter, when his company marched to Pennsylvania and joined the army under General—Washington. His reginment was a part of Gen. Weedon brigade and Gen. Greene’s division. He marched with the troops across New Jersey in the year 1777 and into the border of New York, from where the troops returned by a forced march to meet the British army under Lord Howe, and was with them in the Battle if Brandywine. He was afterward in the battle of Germantown where he carried the colors of his regiment, and afterward, remained with the army until it entered winter quarters at Valley Forge where he was discharged by General Weedon the 3rd or 4th of February 1778. He lost a brother at Germantown, but he was never wounded himself although engaged in several skirmishes besides the two general actions above named. He remained in Caroline County after the forgoing service except some small expeditions until 1781 when he entered Col. Thos. Matthews’ 3d regiment of militia as Adjutant, in which he served 2 months, and again as adjutant in same regiment when commanded by Col. Samuel Temple for 2 months; and again as Brigade Major to General Weedon for 2 months, which term expired during the siege of York. He had commission as adjutant , but was appointed in general order as Brigade Major. He has no written documents to support his claim, and refers to such documents as are in the War department. He hereby relinquishes every claim to a pension of annuity except the present, and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any state. Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid. Nicholas Long—State of KentuckyCampbell County
Personally appeared before me one of the acting Justices of the Peace in and for the said State and County Hunt H. Mayo who is now in the 40 year of his age and first being duly sworn according to law. He states that he has lived the near neighbor of Old Nicholas Long who was a pensioner of the General Government and drew at the rate of $195.00 per annum.And that he has been acquainted with him and his family for the space of more than ten years before the death of Nicholas Long. He states that he cannot call to mind the particular time of the death of the said Nicholas Long but to the best of recollection he died about four years since. He further says Nicholas Long deceased left no wife but had three children Gabriel Long, William Long and Mary H. Colwell late Mary Mary H. Long. his son Gabriel Long emigrated to Texas in which state he very soon sickened and died. his brother William Long left this county and went to the State of Texas in search of the interest of his brother Gabriel Long’s interest or property but took sick there and dies likewise leaving Mary H. Colwell late Mary H. Long the only surviving child and heir of Nicholas Long decd. Said Nicholas Long was a very aged and infirm man and lived a number of years in the family and with his daughter Mary H. Colwell who still lives in this County. Mary Colwell took all charge and care of her now decesed father Nicholas Long up to the time of his death and burial.Sworn to and subscribedthis 3d day of January 1851H. H. Mayo
State of KentuckyCampbell County
I do hereby certify the foregoing depposition of Hunt H. Mayo was this day sworn to and subscribed to before me. And I further certify the deposant Hunt H. Mayo is a man of as respectable standing as any man in this county and in all case entitled to full credit.Given under my hand this 3d day of January 1851.Wm. DeCourcy J.P. C. Co. Ky.—
Commonwealth of KentuckyCounty of Campbell
I Benjamin D Beall Clerk of the County Court of the County of Campbell in the State aforesaid, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing signautre of Wm. DeCourcy is genuine and that the aforesaid Wm. DeCourcy was at the date of signing his name and now is, an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the county and state aforesaid, fully empowered by law to take oath depositions — and full faith and credit should be given to his official act.In testimon whereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed the seal of the county court this —— D. 1851. Benjamin D. Beall clerk  Wm. DeCourcy J.P.

State of OhioHamilton County
Personally appeared before me one of the acting Justices of the peace in and for said State and County Samuel Cobb who is now in the 44 year of his age and first being duly sworn according to law. He states he is and has been a resident of the City of Cincinnati for the last twenty years and during that space of time he has been undertaker and coffin maker and have done a heavy business in that business. He states that in all casesd he has kept a record of the sale of all coffins that he made also the dates of such sales whether paid for at the time of getting the coffin or not paid for. He further states that hw was called on by Mr. John M. Colwell from the Kentucky side of the Ohio for a coffin for his Grandfather then deceased whose name was Nicholas Long.—Mr. John M. Colwell stating at the same time his Grandfather Nicholas Long was a revolutionary soldier which statement struck me with waxen? affectation?.. He further states that on the request of John W. Colwell this day I turned to my Book of entries and charges and find I amde and delivered to John M. Colwell the coffin for his Grandfather Nicholas Long on the thirteenth day of October in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty six which time or date appears plain and in proper place as to time and date in my book of Charges now before me and from which I make this statement of facts as set fourth in this my deposition.Sworn ot and subscribed to Samuel CobbState of Ohio Hamilton County} I hereby certify the foregoing deposition of Samuel Cobb was this day sworn to and subscribed before me and I further certify that the aforesaid Samuel Cobb  is a highly respectable worthy and good citizen of this City — and Hamilton County and is entitled to full credit. Given under my hand this 3rd day of January 1851 Mark P. Taylor
[There is one summary correspondence of two pages included in the pension file that is not reproduced here.]
Transcribed by Greg Lamberson 29 September, 2010


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