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Matthew Keykendall, Pension Statement

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Pension statement of Mathew Kuykendall - S30518
Revolutionary War Pensions
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Declaration, In order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed 7th 1832. State of Kentucky, County of Butler.

On this 12 day of November 1832, personally appears in open court, before the Court of Butler County now setting, Matthew Kuykendall, a resident in the County of Butler and State of Kentucky, aged 74 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress, passed Jun 7th. 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated. That, same time in the month of June 1776, he volunteered in an expedition, ordered by the Governor of North Carolina against the Cherokee Towns from that state, but he resided in what was called York District in South Carolina when he entered the service, and was persuaded to do so, by his uncle who commanded the company in which he served in said expedition. That he served under Captain Joseph Hardin (of Cavalry) Lieut. Peter Sides (or, Sites).

There was also another company of cavalry on said expedition, commanded by Capt. Maben [sic, Robert Mebane], but does not recollect any Field officers taking the command of the ten companies. The expedition was commanded by Genl. Rutherford [Griffith Rutherford], who lived near Saulsbury, N. C.

That he was rendezvoused on Henry Whitmire's [?] on the South Fork of the Catawba River, and joined the main army under Genl. Rutherford, at what was called the head of Catawba River, and marched across the French Broad and Pigeon [River] into the Cherokee country, where they burned their villages and destroyed their corn, and returned to North Carolina, having served about four months from the date he volunteered until his return, when he returned to York District in S. Carolina, where he resided.

That during the expedition he was in no battle, the Indians always avoiding them, but killed some and took some prisoners. There were no Continental companies on this expedition being entirely militia men.

That he afterwards moved to Burke county, N. C., where he resided, when he was ordered by Colonel (afterwards General) Charles McDowell, in February or March, 1780, to raise a company for the protection of the country against the Tories, which he did, and thus served with his company between three and four months.

That about June 1780, he volunteered under Capt. Joseph McDowell of the Burke County Militia, where he resided, and served until after the battle of Kings Mountain [October 7, 1780], as a private, but does not recollect the day. That he served in said company under Col. Charles McDowell (afterwards General) and joined him at the head of Cane Creek, in Burke County, where he was in an engagement with a party of British and Tories under Dunlap and was defeated by them.

That after the defeat, he marched up Catawba River, to Catha’s where he remained a few days, until they heard of the British and Tories under Ferguson [Patrick Ferguson] being in pursuit, when he crossed the Blue Ridge to Yellow Mountain, and thence to Watauga River, where he remained until joined by the troops of Cols. Campbell [William Campbell], Shelby [Isaac Shelby] and Sevier [John Sevier] and then marched back across Catawba River to Kings Mountain, where Ferguson was defeated, but was not in the engagement in consequence of having gotten leave of absence to see his family as he passed through the county, and as he returned to rejoin his company, he met Col. Charles McDowell, who informed him that he need not proceed, as there would be no fighting until his return.

He, Col. McDowell, was then on his way to see Gen. Rutherford to procure an appointment for one of the said Colonels to command the expedition, but in his absence they attacked and defeated Ferguson at Kings Mountain, about eight miles from which place, and after the battle, he re-joined his company under Capt. Joseph McDowell.

That he marched with the prisoners through Burke County to Wilkes County, where some of the Tories were hanged, and others paroled, when the troops were disbanded, he having served about four months, but will not be certain as to the precise time.

That previous to the last mentioned expedition, he volunteered under Capt. Joseph McDowell, in an expedition of between three and four weeks, against the Tories, and met them at Ramsour’s Mill [June 20, 1780] on the South Fork of the Catawba River, in N.C. under John Moore, a distinguished Tory, and defeated them.

That in the early part of December 1780, he volunteered, for five weeks to join Gen. Morgan [Daniel Morgan] He does not recollect the day, but recalled distinctly that his five weeks were out the day after the battle at the Cowpens [January 17, 1781]. That he served as a private under Capt. Murray and Major Joseph McDowell, who had been promoted.

That he joined Gen. Morgan at Pacolet River in South Carolina, and retreated to the Cowpens, where he arrived on the 16th of January 1781, and on the next day, about sun rise, this engagement commenced, which resulted in the defeat of the enemy and in which battle he was wounded in the right arm, which has ever since disabled him from using it to advantage. After the battle, he was discharged, and returned to Burke County, N.C. where he resided.

That he was born in Mecklenburg county, N. C., the 24 day of October 1758. He is not certain that he has any record of his age, he had one, taken from the record made by his father but does not know where it is.

That he lived a few years after he was wounded at the Battle of Cowpens, in Burke County, N. C., when he moved to Washington county in said state, and lived there three or four years, when he moved to Davidson county, Tennessee, and lived there eight or ten years, when he moved to Logan county (that part of which is now Butler county Ky), where he now resides.

That on his return from the first expedition against the Cherokee Towns, he received militia discharge, which was lost, but does not recollect by whom signed, and does not recollect whether he received any other. That he received no commission, but was called upon by Col. Charles McDowell of Burke Co. N. C. and directed to raise his company for the protection of the county, as before stated, for which service, he received his pay certificate, as well as for the men who served under him.

That he is acquainted with Rev. Joseph Taylor, Thomas Lawrence, in his present neighborhood, who can testify as to his character for veracity, and their belief of his services as a soldier of the Revolution.

He hereby relinquished 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 on the day and year aforesaid.

s/ Matthew Kuykendall


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