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Adair County Kentucky Revolutionary Pensions

Soldiers of the Revolutionary War Who Received Pensions While Residing in Adair County Kentucky

ABRAHAM AARONS – Private, Virginia Line, born March 17, 1759, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  When he was twelve years of age his father moved to Pittsylvania County, Virginia, where he lived until after the war.  He then moved to Botetourt County, Virginia, where he lived until 1816 when he moved to Green County, Tennessee.  He remained there until 1824 when he settled in Adair County, Kentucky.  He entered the service in March 1780 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  His pension began March 4, 1831, certificate issued April 12, 1833.

JOSHUA ATKINSON – Private, Virginia Line, born in 1755.  Entered the service in 1780 in Amelia County, Virginia.  Pension began March 4, 1831, certificate issued June 7, 1833.

HENRY ARMSTRONG – Private, Virginia Line, born February 28, 1754.  Entered the service January 1, 1778, in Rockingham County, Virginia, where he lived.  Later he lived for a time in Botetourt County, Virginia.  In 1807 he removed to Adair County, Kentucky.  His pension began March 4, 1831, certificate issued November 12, 1833.

ELISHA BAILEY – Private, Virginia Line, born November 20, 1763, died November 30, 1841.  Entered the service in the spring of 1781 in Albemarle County, Virginia, where he lived.  Several years after the war he removed to Lincoln County, Kentucky.  Later he settled in Adair County, in 1801.  His pension began March 4, 1831, certificate issued September 23, 1833.

Hannah Bailey, widow of Elisha Bailey, Bible records:

  • Elisha Bailey, son of John and Mary Bailey, born November 20, 1763
  • Hannah Gay, daughter of Thomas and Peggy Gay, born March 11, 1764
  • Elisha Bailey and Hannah Gay married December 19, 1782

Children of Elisha and Hannah (Gay) Bailey:

  • Thomas T. Bailey, born April 3, 1784
  • Polly L. Bailey, born April 1, 1786
  • John Bailey, born July 22, 1788
  • Betsy Bailey, born December 31, 179? (blotted and torn)
  • Samuel B. Bailey, born January 19, 1796
  • Hiram Bailey, born August 18, 1798
  • Terry Bailey, born December 27, 1800
  • Blane Bailey, born January 13, 1803
  • Benjamin Bailey, born August 25, 1809
  • Thomas T. Bailey and Polly Atkinson married July 12, 1809

Pension of Hannah Bailey began March 4, 1843, certificate issued April 17, 1844

ROBERT BUSBY – Private, Virginia Continental, born July 1759 in Hanover County, Virginia, entered the service October 1776 in Hanover County, Virginia.  During his service his father moved to Goochland County, Virginia.  After the war he settled in Amelia County, Virginia, where he lived for several years, then moved to Bedford County, Virginia, where he lived until 1815 when he moved to Adair County, Kentucky.  Mentions his brother, James Busby, also a Revolutionary soldier.  Pension began March 4, 1831, certificate issued January 28, 1834.

CHARLES BETTSWORTH – Private and Corporal, Virginia Line, born November 23, 1761, in Washington Parish, King George County, Virginia, and lived there until the winter of 1777-8 when he entered the service there.  From 1779 to 1782 he lived with his father in King George County, Virginia, then he settled in Westmoreland County, Virginia, until the spring of 1807 when he moved to Botetourt County, Virginia, where he lived until the fall of 1814 when he moved to Green County, Kentucky.  He lived there until 1817 when he settled in Adair County, Kentucky.  Mentions his children, but not by name, excepting one son, Evan Bettsworth.  May 26, 1834 he says, “Most of my children have removed to Illinois.”  Pension began March 4, 1831, certificate issued August 22, 1833.

 

 

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