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Peter B. F. Adams, Pension Application

Peter B. F. Adams, Pension Application

Pension number S30.814 Virginia

Made application for pension on December 7, 1835, in Fayette County, Kentucky, age 75, states that he was born in Rowan County, North Carolina, March 11, 1759, but was a resident of Washington County, Kentucky, at time of application, and his age is according to a record which was last in the possession of his brother John Adams, a resident of North Carolina.  He remained at the place of his birth until 1779 when he came to Kentucky with his uncle, Jacob Hunter, and remained at Boone’s Station until he settled in what is now known as Washington County, Kentucky, where he has resided ever since.  He resided at Boone’s Station when he entered the service as a volunteer under Captain Hays, who was a son-in-law of Col. Daniel Boone in Col. Logan’s regiment and in that regiment he marched to the mouth of the Licking where it was joined with other troops under the command of General George Rogers Clark who ascended the Ohio in boats from Louisville, Kentucky, to the place of rendezvous.  Col. McGary was with the troops but whether he commanded the other regiment, which was in the expedition, he does not remember.  The army under the command of General Clark crossed the Ohio at that point and marched to the Old Chillocothe Town on Mad River where a severe battle was fought in which this affiant shared.  He was not wounded there or since.  The expedition did not leave the Indian country until the towns were all destroyed and their corn cut down when the troops returned to the mouth of Licking, at that point the regiments separated – General Clark descending the river to Louisville and Col. Logan’s regiment to returning to Boone’s Station and other stations from whence it had been collected.  On that expedition he served to the best of his recollection and believes at least four months.  The troops marched about the first of June 1780 on the above expedition.

As your affiant was first enrolled in Captain Hays Company, he was always reliable and liable to be called to duty.  He was frequently called out during the remainder of the year 1780.  Served five months tour 1780.  He was ordered to Bryants Station 1782 where he remained until the seige of that station by the Indians in August of that year.  He remembers all the circumstances of the seige which continued until the third day when the enemy retreated, but he refers from their detail as being unnecessary here.  During the seige a reinforcement of about 40 men came to the station from Lexington, who remained in it until it was raised.  Cap. Craig commanded in the station by the request of Garrison, although he had no commission as an officer.

About 180 men under Cols. Logan, Todd, Trigg, Boone, McGary and other officers, came up and immediately pursued the enemy to the Blue Licks, where the unfortunate battle took its name from that spot was fought.  This affiant was not in that battle because he did not have a horse.  In a few days 400 men were gathered to bury the dead.

This affiant served at least 17 1/2 months.  He has one living witness, John Hunter, who is his cousin and whose deposition is given herewith and who lives in Jessamine County, Kentucky, and who came with him to Lexington to help him prepare his claim.

It is shown in the record that this John Hunter lived in the home of the said soldier Peter B. F. Adams family until after the Revolutionary War and having served with him in almost every instance referred to.  He was a private in the same company in his tour to the Indian towns.  This witness is also a pensioner.

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