About Thomas C. Higgason
As a boy or a very young man, Thomas Higgason served in the Army of the American Revolution. His brother Samuel also served.
Documents were filed in Shelbyville, the county seat of Shelby County, Kentucky, for Thomas’ pension in 1832, when he was 72 years old. Most of it is difficult to read. Following is my interpretation, with the word "unreadable" inserted at some points:
Page 1, the card:
Shelby County in the State of Kentucky
who was a Sergeant unreadable in the company command
by Captain Dabney* of the Reg 2 command
by Col. Meredith# in the Virginia line for
4 months Sergeant
10 months private
Inscribed on the Roll of Kentucky at the rate of 55 Dollars 33 Cents per annum to commence on the 4th day of March, 1834.
Certificate of Pension issued the 24 day of March 1835
Arrears to the 4th of March 1833 $110.66
Semi-annual allowance ending 4 Sept. $27.66
Revolutionary Claim Act, June 7, 1832
Recorded by Daniel Boyd, Clerk
Book 6 Vol. 7 Page 12
Explanatory notes added by me to explain some of the names mentioned above:
"Captain Dabney" was * James Dabney, 1736-1802, who commanded a company of Louisa county minute men, 1776. He was born and died in Louisa Co., Va. - page 57 of the 1906 book "Lineage Book, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Vol. XXI"
"Col Meredith" was # Samuel Meredith, 1741-1817, who was a delegate for Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress from 1786 to 1788
Back to the pension documents:
State of Kentucky, Shelby County
On the 20th day of August in the year 1832 personally approved before the County Court of said County, Thomas Higgason, a resident citizen of said county who being duly sworn according to law unreadable on his oath make the following accertation in order to obtain the benefit of the unreadable of the Act of Congress of the 7th June 1832 providing for certain surviving officers and soldiers of the Army of the Revolution saith that he was born in Hanover County in Virginia about the 21st of April in the year 1760, that he saw his birth registered in an old family Bible which was left by his father John Higgason, and after came into this dependent's possession after the death of his father. The Registry of this birth he always believed to be in his father's hand writes that he unreadable this Registry of his birth so made into a Bible which he now has. He states that at the age of a little upwards of sixteen years old he entered as a substitute in the minute service for Bartlet Anderson and served one month for turning out then served one month more for John Dickerson and then was dismissed and returned home. My Captain during the time of the above named service which was in the year 1776 was Capt James Dabney and I believe John Crutchfield was his Lieutenant. Col. Samuel Meredith who was a brother in law I think to Patrick Henry, commanded the minute men with whom I served. The tale of my next service I cannot recollect, I was drafted in
the Militia under Capt John Stark and marched to Williamsburgh and was stationary there about two months, returned home. Some time after this I marched under Capt Elisha White sent to Williamsburgh and from there to York, and back to Williamsburgh and was unreadable counting two months. In the next tour I marched under Capt. Jack Thompson who I believe was under Col William Dandridge to Williamsburgh.
Col. Ennis was in my Company. We marched from this place to York from thence to Rick Nack and back. I then marched under Capt Edward Bullock as a substitute for my brother and acted as orderly sergeant in this tour we were detailed for nine weeks, I believe under Maj. Thornton. I then went as a substitute for David Crenshaw under Capt. Willliam Hughes and served one tour by marching from point to point as ordered. I then marched as a substitute under Capt Samuel Richardson of unreadable County Virginia and served a tour as orderly sergeant at the Alternate Barracks. Col William Fountain commanded the Regulars at the time. When the period of our service terminated, the men were just called into line, wheeled to the night about and dismissed. This was the only unreadable of discharging the militia that ever I observed. The only man that I knew up in this state who knew that I rendered any service in the Revolution was Valentine Meriweather, unreadable lives in Oldham County. On last Wednesday I sent my son Thomas Higgason to Oldham to see him
and get him to come up to this term of the Shelby County Court to make his affidavit, or to get him to give it in Oldham as he would unreadable. But when my son got there he had just died, and was buried just two days before my son got there. Unreadable Valentine told me that he was commissary unreadable service with me. I do not recollect the different regiments to which I was attached. Unreadable time I served was in two months, making I unreadable believe fourteen months service in the militia and minute services.
He states that he never received a pension or annuity from the United States or from any state. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and he declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of the United States or any state, and that he never received a pension from any service whatever.
I, Thomas C. Higgason residing in Shelby County (several unreadable lines) ...but when he got there the said Valentine had died just two days before he got there.
Unreadable Higgason (this must be the signature of Thomas Higgason's son Thomas Higgason)
We, Samuel Waddy, Stephen H. Maddox are residing in Shelby County and state unreadable certify that we are well acquainted with said Thomas Higgason who unreadable and was sworn to the above declaration.