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Jeremiah Searcy, Pension Application

Jeremiah Searcy, S 25,811, South Carolina

Washington County, Kentucky.  The petition of Jeremiah Searcy, formerly a citizen of South Carolina and a citizen of Madison County, Kentucky, showeth your petitioner was a soldier in the 2nd regiment South Carolina Continental Troops, commanded by General William Moultrie during the Revolutionary War and was present and assisted in the defense of Fort Moultrie in Sullivan’s Island in 1776.  Received an injury in his left leg and was discharged September 1778 as incurable and his leg was amputated by Dr. James Davis of Union District, but now a resident of Columbia.  Your petitioner hath come from Kentucky to South Carolina where he removed sometime since in order to collect proof of his services to support his claim.  He thinks all of the officers under him he served are dead except Captain DuBoise of Camden, whose testimony accompanied this petition.  By Captain R. B. Baker, who lives on the sea-coast of South Carolina Union District.  We the subscribers do hereby certify that we have been acquainted with the Jeremiah Searcy and we believe him to be upright and endeavoring to support himself and family and we believe him to be honest.  This June 6, 1814.

Signed by William Rice, William Long, David Johnson, John Mochell, Joseph Hughes, Colonel James Moag, Major Joshua Palmer, McMeans, Colonel B. Babe, Elijah Dawkins, John Thompson and Daniel White.

Affidavit of Isaac DuBoise, former lieutenant, made in Camden, South Carolina, said he did not remember the said Jeremiah Searcy during the Revolutionary War, but is convinced after conversation with him that he was in the said war.  Some very large papers, very difficult to read is filed – made in South Carolina.

State of Kentucky.   Anderson County, Kentucky, personally appeared on May 19, 1853, before J.P. in this county, one James Searcy, who being sworn according to law, states that he and Jeremiah Searcy, John Searcy, Richard Searcy, the children and the heirs of Jeremiah Searcy and Sarah Searcy.  States that his father was a Revolutionary War soldier under Captain Harleston and Colonel Moultry, and while in said service was wounded and received an invalid’s pension on that account.  His father Jeremiah Searcy died 1830 and his father Jeremiah Searcy was married to Sarah Martin, his mother, as appears by the family Bible, on July 11, 1790.  She died September 11, 1853.  He makes this application for the pension which was still due his mother when she died and for the land which was still due his father.

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