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Holloway Pass (1762 - abt. 1845)

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Holloway Pass
Born in Halifax, Colony of Virginiamap [uncertain]
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Holloway Pass participated in the American Revolution


Holloway Pass in his will names Children: Nathaniel Pass, richard Pass, Martha Gileby, James H Pass, Catherine (Kitty) Wilson, John A Pass ,Thomas Y Pass, Lucy Burton, Mary Pass. SIL's as Noel Burton, John Burton, George Wilson. Names slaves as Jane (Jenny) her daughters Abby and Elizabeth. Mentions other slaves, but does not name them.

Holloway Pass Declaration for a Pension for Service in the Revolutionary War State of North Carolina County of Caswell On the 11th day of January 1836 personally appeared in the open court before John P. Harrison, Abner Miler & Benjamin C. West, Esquires the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of the County and State aforesaid, now sitting Holloway Pass, a resident of the County of Caswell and the State of North Carolina, aged seventy four years on the 4th day of March next. Who being duly sworn according to the law, doeth on His oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7, 1832: That he entered the Service of the United States under the following named Officer and served as herein stated; that on the 15th day of September 1780,. this declarant volunteered under Captain James Wilson in the County of Caswell and State of North Carolina and was march (sic) on the same day to Caswell old Court House (now Seasburg ) and there joined themselves to the Regiment under the command of Col. William Moore, and was thence marched to Hillsborough, North Carolina and there continued some two or three days (perhaps a week); from there we march (sic) to Bells Mill on Deep River and was there stationed some few week (sic), during which time of the stay of the troops at Bells Mill, James Rainey , Esq.. (Who is now the Chairman of our County Court &) and who was one of the volunteers of the same company was taken sick & this affiant was appointed to wait and attend upon him. From Bells Mill on Deep River this declarant with the Regiment commanded by Col. William Moore as aforesaid was march (sic) to the Yadkin River near Salisbury N. C. and there stationed some two or three weeks. At this place, Dempsey Moore was appointed Major of the Regiment. From this place this Declarant with the Regiment was marched through Salisbury and Charlotte N.C. to the neighbourhood of the War Saw Settlement to a place called the Six Mile Creeks or the Three Mile Creeks and was there again stationed, watching the enemy and cutting off their supplies. At this place we met with Col. Washington who commanded a company of Horse____(illegible). Whilst we were here also Gen l Morgan joined us with his infantry. Whilst at this place and in this neighbourhood, this Declarant, with the company to which he belonged, went with Col. Washington to a place called Rugley s Fort and there lay a stratigem (sic). Captured all the Torries and enemy of the place and took the fort. This Declarant was thence ordered as one of the guards which brought the prisoners to Salisbury and confined them; at Salisbury this Declarant was discharged, his time having expired and he returned home, & he arrived home a few days before Christmas 1780, the discharge was given by the Colonel of the Regiment as well as this Declarant now recollects. This Declarant remained at home until the fall of 1781 when the Torries came to Hillsboro and took our Whig Governor (Burke) prisoner and carried him off to Willmington . Upon the hapening (sic) of this event there was great excitement in our Country and particularly in our County (Caswell) and all the men of the County was called upon to take up arms; accordingly this Declarant volunteered under Captain Adam Sanders of Caswell County and was marched & reorganized(?) in the woods in Caswell County on County Line Creek where they were met by two other Volunteer Companies of the said County, all under the command of Col. William Moore (Our Col.) And Major Dudley Reynolds (Our Major). From there we were marched through a nigh heag , all on horseback, in great speed with a view to overtake the Torries before they got to Willmington ( & it should be borne in mind that our Officers promised us that if we would find our horses and start immediately (which we did) that we should be discharged at the end of two months and that the tour should be accounted to us as a tour of three months, which promise was not kept, and instead of two months we were kept out for three months and half starved at that). We were marched a strait (sic) course leavings Hillsboro to the left and went directly to Cross Creeks (now Fayetteville) and we got on the trail of the Torries at Lindleg s Mill(?) and we followed on down to in sight of Willmington expecting every Hour to overtake them. But they escaped into Willmington before we came up with them; before we reached Willmington we joined Gen l Butler with his company. From near Willmington we retreated back up the Cape Fear River Some 18 or 20 miles out of Danger and there stayed for a little time until we heard of a collection of Tories at a place called the Brown Marsh to which place we immediately was marched at this place we met the Tories and some Brittish and had a severe engagement and was defeated by the bad management of Gen l Butler - and if it had not been for old Col. Mebane of the Orange Regiment we would have been all taken prisoner. From this place (Brown Marsh) we retreated to Fayetteville (which was then Cross Creeks). At this place our horses were taken away from us and sent home, and the Volunteer Company to which this Declarant belonged was put under the command of Capt. Spillsby Coleman. From this place we were again marched back again toward Willmington in the Tory regions from place to place with a view to keep them in check. Whilst maneuvering and scouring through the Country after the Tories, we joined Gen s Rutherford and his troops and was with him until our time of three months had expired and afterwards until we had reinforcements and then this Declarant was discharged by Capt. Coleman as well as this Declarant now recollects, and he returned home; which he did sometime about Christmas 1781 after having been out this tour some few weeks over three months. This Declarant states that thus he served two tours of duty in the Revolutionary War. The first tour of three months, and the second of something over three months as has been stated above - that he rec d discharges both times; But that some eight or nine years ago, his discharges was burnt up. That he can prove his first tour of duty by James Rainey Esq.. Who is the chairman of our County Court & who was with him in the tour; and that he can prove his service in the second tour of duty of Francis Ray, his neighbour who was with him in his second tour of duty, and who will also prove for him, as he hopes and believes, a good moral character. This declarant states that he was born in Halifax County in the State of Virginia and moved to Caswell County North Carolina in his fourteenth year. - Was born on the 4th day of March 1762. That he has no record of his age in his possession...the old Family Record which contains his age is in the possession of his younger brother, Thomas Pass of Georgia as well as he now recollects - That he was living in Caswell County, State of North Carolina when he was called into service - and that since the Revolutionary War he has lived part of his time in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and part of his time in Caswell County in North Carolina. The State line dividing the State of Virginia and North Carolina running through his plantation & dividing it about equally and that he now lives on the Carolina side in Caswell County. This Declarant states that he Volunteered both times when he was called into service - That he cannot recollect all the Regular officers who were with the troops where he served; but he remembers Col. Washington, General Morgan, Col Henry Dixon, General Butler, & General Rutherford - But he is inclined to think that Butler & Rutherford were Militia officers - That he remembers the Orange Regiment Commanded by Col. Mebane & a brave officer he was - & the general circumstances of his service he has attempted to give above - That he received two discharges one from Col. Moore, & the other from Capt. Spillsby Coleman, as well as he can now recollect, both of which were burnt up some eight or nine years ago. He hereby relinquishes every claim to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State that he knows of - Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid Holloway Pass (Signature) We George Stevens a clergman (sic) residing in the County of Caswell and State of North Carolina, and John P. Harrison residing in the same County and State aforesaid, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Holloway Pass who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration, that we believe him to be seventy four years of age in March next, that he is reputed and believed in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a Soldier of the Revolution and we concur in that opinion. Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid 11th day of January 1836 George Stevens (Signature) John P. Harrison (Signature) I, Francis Ray of the County of Caswell and State of North Carolina (?) Certify that I am well acquainted with Holloway Pass who has Subscribed and Sworn to the above Declaration; and that the facts set fourth in his said Declaration as to his Second tour of Service in the Revolution are true, that I served in the said Tour of Duty with him and was one of the Volunteers of the said Company with him, was his neighbour when he entered the service & have been his neighbour ever since - & that he is a man of truth & credit. Sworn & Subscribed this 11th day of January 1836 Test: Paul A. Haralson , Clk (Signature) Francis Ray (Signature) State of North Carolina Caswell County Be it __________ that on this 2nd day of January 1844 personally appeared Holoway Pass before me Stephen Dodson one of the Justices of the Peace for the County and State aforesaid and make Oath in due form of law, there was a tour of six months of the Militia of the State of North Carolina for the County of Caswell and further declared that he the said Holoway Pass was drafted in said tour of six month, but he being very young his father substituted in his place. Stephen Dodson J P (Signature) Holloway (X) Pass I Stephen Dodson a justice of the peace as aforesaid do hereby certify that Holoway Pass is entitled to full 4 _________ credit. Given under my hand this 2 day of January 1844 Stephen Dodson JP (Signature) ********** Notes: Holloway Pass was awarded a pension of $20 per annum. In the above declaration, Holloway does not name his father. The will of Nathaniel Pass (Recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court of Caswell County, North Carolina - Book of Wills G page 131) names Holloway Pass as his oldest son. ======================== USGENWEB NOTICE: In keeping with our policy of providing free information on the Internet, data may be freely used by non-commercial entities, as long as this message remains on all copied material. These electronic pages cannot be reproduced in any format for profit or other presentation.


Holloway Pass was awarded a pension of $20 per annum. In the above declaration, Holloway does not name his father. The will of Nathaniel Pass (Recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court of Caswell County, North Carolina - Book of Wills G page 131) names Holloway Pass as his oldest son.


  1. "United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 24 January 2018), North Carolina, Roster of soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution image 599 of 726; citing various published state rosters. Image 599 of 726.

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