MYTH BUSTED: This William Rogers was a separate, distinct and unrelated William Rogers from the William Rogers born abt. 1740 in Hampshire Co. VA., whose father was Matthew Rogers of Frederick (Later Hampshire) County, VA. is reinforced by the Revolutionary War pension application by the William Rogers in this profile wherein it states he was born in Culpeper Co. VA in 1748.
24th day of May 1748 Culpeper Co., VA. (Revolutionary War Pension Application)
REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION APPLICATION
William was mustered into service during the Revolutionary War on May 1, 1779, and served as a Private in the Virginia Line. He had a Revolutionary War pension #13674.
The following document was typed as it appeared in the Revolutionary War Pension file in the National Archives. Kept the original spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation. The notes within the parentheses have been added for clarification.
"State of Kentucky
Adam County (Adair County)
On this 1st day of October 1832 personally appearing in open court, before the justices of Adam County Court William Rodgers ... a resident of Adam County aged 84 years who being duly sworn according to law on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 4th 1832 -
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served herein stated
That he entered the service of the United States about the 1st May 1779 as a drafted Militiaman under Capt. Henry Francis and was marched to the lead mines in Montgomery County VA and was left with 19 others under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Ewing to guard said mines, but in a short time received orders and marched to the Moravian Towns in North Carolina and joined the Company to which they formerly belonged and which Company made part of the Regiment Commanded by Col. Preston, Leut. James Ward and Maj. (John) Floyd. Capt. Francis was killed by the Tories before we reached our old Company.
We took about 20 Tories as prisoners. Some of these were whipped and some sent to the regular service, We were something over three month on this town and were discharged but whether he received a written discharge or not however he did he does not recollect what has become of it.
A short time after he reached hence he thinks August 1779 he volunteered for a three months tour to North Carolina. Marched through the Moravian Towns to Guilford Courthouse NC (the battle of Guilford Courthouse actually took place 15 Mar 1781. At least five Rogers from Montgomery Co VA are documented as being at that battle. William was not one of them.) and at the expiration of the tour were discharged but does not recollect to have received a written discharge if he did however he does not recollect what has become of it.
Tn 1780 he volunteered and serviced six months duty which time he was marched to Greenbrier County Virginia (now WV) saw ? Tories surrounded them and drove them into a house and this applicant with others chosen by the officers as true 2 ordered to guard and safely keep said Tories until further orders and the others marched to where he does not recollect. Sometime after his tour expired he was discharged but does not recollect to have received a written discharge if he did however he does not recollect what has become of it. He was at that time under William Montgomery Capt., Samuel Ewing Lieut., Col. (William) Campbell, James Ward Lieut Col., and Maj. (John) Floyd.
About the last of March 1781 he again volunteered as a scout in a company of Rangers to guard the frontier about the head of the Clinch River and other frontier parts and places (this was the time when Col Campbell and Preston took a party of men to join Gen Greene in NC at the battle of Guilford Courthouse.) and continued in said service until sometime in July 1781. Still continued under some or all of the last mentioned officers during this service we had frequent skirmishes some of our men killed and we killed some Tories and Indians. He states he serviced about 19 months in all. He further states that when he enter the service he lived in Montgomery County Virginia and remained there about 46 years. He then moved to Adam County in the state of Kentucky where he now resides. He was born in Culpeper County Virginia on the 24th day of May 1748. He has a record of his age at his residence in Adam County (Adair County).
He states that he has no documentary evidence that he knows of. No person now living in Kentucky who can testify to his service. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever 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.
Sworn to and subscribed this day and year aforesaid.
(his mark) William Rodgers
William Ma, a clergyman residing within the County of Adam and Francis A. Browning residing in said County hereby certify that we are will acquainted with William Roger Sr. who has scribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be 84 years of age that he is trusted and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.
Married Velleta Downing 1770 in Cripple Creek, Wythe County, VA
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