About Joseph Bobo (Baubeau)
Joseph Bobo was the son of Gabriel Baubeau (or Bobo) and wife Elizabeth Garner. He was born c.1760 in Prince William County, Virginia, and lived there all his life. He died after April 6, 1846.
He appears on the 1800 and 1810 US Censuses for Prince William County, but most of what we know about Joseph can be found in his application for a Revolutionary War pension, made on April 6, 1846. He stated under oath that he was then 86 years old, had been born in Prince William County, Virginia, and had lived there all his life. He stated that his first service in the war had been a six-month enlistment in the Virginia Militia, in September 1780. He served under Capt. John Britt, also from Prince William County, Lt. William Farrer from Dumfries and Sergeant Solomon Ewell, who had lived not far from Joseph. His friends from the county, Daniel Cole and Daniel O'Rear enlisted about the same time.
His militia company had orders to march to North Carolina. By October they had reached Fredericksburg and quartered there for a few days before marching to Richmond. After a few days they marched to Chesterfield Court House, and from there, to Roanoke, where they waited for orders. His company joined another company led by Capt. William Mason of Fairfax County. After a few weeks in Roanoke, his company marched to Hillsborough, North Carolina, and from there to Cheraw Hills, South Carolina and to 96 District in South Carolina. During this six months he saw no battle action. He was discharged at the end of his term and returned home in April 1781, along with four others from his county. He did not have the discharge document. He swore under oath that the papers were given to John Henderson, one of those four, for safe-keeping, and he did not know what had become of the document.
It should be noted that Joseph was illiterate and signed his pension application with an "x."
It was determined that there was not enough evidence that Joseph had served in the Revolutionary War and his request for a pension was denied. As Joseph's pension relied upon the testimony of his friends, when this testimony was found insufficient to grant Joseph's request, it had unhappy consequences for these friends. Daniel O'Rear's request was also denied for insufficient proof. Their friend Daniel Cole, who had been granted a pension, had his pension suspended on the same grounds.
If Joseph married or had children, it was not noted in his pension application.