Thomas Jefferson Witten, II

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Thomas Jefferson Witten, II

Birthplace: Frederick, Maryland, United States
Death: Died in Tazewell, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas J. Whitten III and Elizabeth Bean Witten
Husband of Eleanor Witten
Father of Rebecca Graham; Thomas John Witten; Samuel Cecil Witten; Lewis Austin Whitten; Hiram Witten and 5 others
Brother of Elizabeth Cecil Greenup; Susannah Dickerson; Jane Stratton; Philip W. Witten; Jeremiah Witten and 6 others
Half brother of Gov. Christopher Greenup and Thomas Greenup

Occupation: Revolutionary War Soldier
Managed by: Richard Arthur Neary
Last Updated:

About Thomas Jefferson Witten, II

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA with the rank of ENSIGN. DAR Ancestor # A125487

Rev War Pension Application of Thomas Witten 1832

Southern Campaign American Revolution Pension Statements

Pension Application of Thomas Witten: S6407

Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris

State of Virginia

Tazewell County to wit

On this 15 day of th October 1832 personally appeared in open court before the County Court of Tazewell County in the state of Virginia, now sitting Thomas Witten a resident of

Tazewell County and State of Virginia aged Eighty years in the month of January next who being

first duly sworn according to law, doth, on his oath make the following declaration in order to

obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and

served as herein stated. That he was Ensign, regularly Commissioned, and belonged to the

company commanded by Captain Thomas Martin, and Lieutenant James Maxwell when he first

entered the service in the early in the month of June in the year 1776 and was attached to the

state Regiment commanded by Col William Preston, and Major Walter Crockett, who was

afterwards promoted to the appointment of a Colonel. That the duty which as Ensign aforesaid

during the remainder of the year 1776 which devolved upon the said Thomas Witten, and the

company to which he belonged, was to perform frequent scouting expeditions as Indian spies, to

defend the western frontier of Virginia lying along the Valley of Clinch river from the head

waters of Blue Stone [Bluestone] river to the forks of Clinch river within the now limits of Russell

County in the state aforesaid, from the massacres of the Indians by whom the whole western

border was then infested. That he resided in the now county of Tazewell in the state of Virginia,

then perhaps Montgomery. That he does not now remember whether he was drafted or not, but

thinks, that he was called out by an order of the commanding officer Col William Preston. That

he was engaged in no general battle, or engagement, during his scouting expeditions in the year

1776, but partook in several little skirmishes, and was an eye witness to some of the many

instances of inhuman butchery and massacre committed upon the frontier families within the

range of his marches. That none of the regular soldiers were quartered in the western frontier

for the protection and defence of the settlers, but that the militia was occasionally drafted and

sent to the relief of the frontier from the then counties of Montgomery and Washington

embracing all that section of Country now comprised in the counties of Lee, Scott, Russell,

Tazewell, Giles, Grayson, Monroe &c &c. The said Thomas Witten further states, that he

continued to act as an Ensign as aforesaid untill the close of the revolutionary war. That he

thinks he was engaged as an Indian spy aforesaid fully six months in each year, and the balance

of each year were permitted by their commanding officers to return to their families, and remain

at home during the winters of each year from the year 1776 until the termination of the

revolutionary war, when the Indians ceased to annoy and murder the settlers upon the said

frontier. That he does not now know what has become of his commission as Ensign, but thinks

upon resigning, he surrendered it to his commanding officer, so that it is not now in his power

to produce it. That he knows of three persons now living who can testify to his service aforesaid,

by William Cecil, Nancy Cecil, and Joseph Oney.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an 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 the day and year aforesaid [signed] Thos. Witten

Thomas Witten was an ensign in the Virginia militia during the Revolutionary War.


THOMAS JEFFERSON4 WITTEN, JR. (THOMAS J.3, THOMAS2, THOMAS1) (Source: Kozee, Early Families of Eastern And Southeastern Kentucky, 119, Thomas Witten, Jr., was b. in Maryland, January 23, 1753, and d. in Tazewell County, Virginia. Served in Captain Daniel Smith's Company of Virginia Militia and fought at the battle of Point Pleasant (October 10, 1774); also served in the Revolutionary War as ensign in the Washington County, Virginia company of mounted riflemen under the command of then Colonel William Campbell, and fought at the battle of King's Mountain (October 7, 1780); was elected as one of the first members from Tazewell county to the General Assembly of Virginia and served as such from 1801-1802 and 1802-03; m. his cousin, Eleanor Cecil, niece of his mother, Elizabeth Cecil Witten, and daughter of his uncle, Samuel Cecil. They had children, one of whom a daughter, Rebecca, m. John Graham and removed to Eastern Kentucky.) was born January 23, 1753 in Frederick, Maryland, and died October 06, 1841 in Tazewell, Co., VA. He married ELEANOR 'NELLIE' CECIL March 29, 1774 in Belt Co., MD, daughter of SAMUEL CECIL and REBECCA WHITE. She was born July 29, 1754 in Prince George Co., MD, and died April 10, 1836 in Tazewell, VA.



On the hillside to the south stood Big Crab Orchard Fort, also known as Witten’s Fort. Thomas Witten obtained land here in 1771 and built the fort as a neighborhood place of refuge. It was garrisoned in Dunmore’s War.

The old restored fort is now part of the Crab Orchard Pioneer Park and Museum, which is located at the intersection of Route 460 Bypass and Business Routes 19/460 west of the Town of Tazewell.

Thomas married his cousin, the daughter of his mother's brother, Samuel Cecil.

ID: I61

Name: Thomas J. WITTEN

Given Name: Thomas J.

Surname: WITTEN

Sex: M

Change Date: 29 MAR 2009


He served as an Ensign(Second Leiutenant) in the Virginia Militia of Ta zewell Co., VA during Rev. War, fought at the battle of Kings Mountain. H e was placed on pension roll in 1833, pension #55113, for which he rece ived a pension of $24 per month. He was also a noted scout and Indian f ighter.

I removed the "Jefferson" from Thomas Witten (b.1719). I have seen no c ontemporary records to indicate he was named such. After all, how woul d the Wittens of Maryland even known of Thomas Jefferson? After T.J ca me to prominence in the mid-1700s, maybe so, but President T.J. wasn't e ven born until 1743, and his namesake uncle and grandfather were not pr ominent to have been known outside the central Virginia planter circles . And I think the same can be said on Thomas Witten (b.1753).

DAR Patriot Information

WHITTEN Jr, Thomas

Birth: MD 23 Jan 1753

Service: VA

Rank: Ensign, Patriotic Service, Spy

Death: VA 6 Oct 1841

Patriot Pensioned: Yes Widow Pensioned: No

Children Pensioned: No Heirs Pensioned: No

Spouse: Elenor Cecil

Birth: 23 JAN 1753 in Frederick Co., MD

Note: from Phillip Witten's "Cyphering Book", 1776.

Emigration: 1772 MD to Clinch River (now Tazewell Co.), VA

Event: Military 10 OCT 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant (Lord Dunmore's War) - VA militia

Event: Military BET 1776 AND 1780 VA -- Militia


pension #55113 (1833), receiving $24per month.

He served as an ensign in one of the companies that protected Montgomer y Countty from Indian raids.

Event: Member, Virginia General Assembly Elected BET 1801 AND 1804 Tazewell Co., VA

Occupation: farmer, Sheriff BET 1821 AND 1823 Tazewell Co., VA

Death: 6 OCT 1841 in Tazewell Co., VA

Note: His death also listed as 1836.

Residence: at east end of Paint Lick Mountain Tazewell Co., VA

Father: Thomas J. WITTEN b: 10 SEP 1719 in Fredericktown, Prince George's (now Frederick) Co., MD

Mother: Elizabeth CECIL b: 15 MAR 1720 in Prince George's Co., MD c: in New Scotland 100, Prince George Co., VA

Marriage 1 Eleanor "Nellie" CECIL b: 29 JUL 1754 in Prince George's Co., MD

Married: 29 MAR 1774 in Fincastle, Botetourt Co., VA


Rebecca WITTEN b: 20 JAN 1775 in Tazewell Co., VA
Elizabeth WITTEN b: 8 JUN 1776 in Tazewell Co., VA
Samuel Cecil H. WITTEN b: 24 MAR 1778 in Tazewell Co., VA
William Mitchell WITTEN b: 4 JUN 1780 in Tazewell Co., VA
Thomas John WITTEN b: 23 SEP 1782 in Tazewell Co., VA
Malinda "Linney" WITTEN b: 1 JAN 1784 in Tazewell Co., VA
Keziah WITTEN b: 1786 in Tazewell Co., VA
James WITTEN b: 21 FEB 1786 in Tazewell Co., VA
Hiram WITTEN b: 14 AUG 1787 in Tazewell Co., VA
Thomas S. WITTEN b: 14 DEC 1789 in Tazewell Co., VA
Zachariah WITTEN b: ABT 1791 in Tazewell Co., VA
Lewis Austin WITTEN b: 1794 in Tazewell Co., VA
John WITTEN b: 8 JAN 1794 in Tazewell Co., VA
Tabitha WITTEN b: 20 JAN 1796 in Tazewell Co., VA
James Stanley WITTEN b: 2 JAN 1798 in Tazewell Co., VA

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Thomas Jefferson Witten, II's Timeline

January 23, 1753
Frederick, Maryland, United States
January 29, 1775
Age 22
March 24, 1778
Age 25
Montgomery, VA
June 4, 1780
Age 27
August 14, 1787
Age 34
Tazewell, Virginia, United States
December 14, 1789
Age 36
Age 40
Allegheny County, Virginia, United States
June 20, 1796
Age 43
February 8, 1815
Age 62