Chesterfield District Chapter
of the
South Carolina Genealogical Society

Chesterfield District Chapter, S.C.G.S.
P.O. Box 167 
Chesterfield, South Carolina 29709

John Hunter

The State of South Carolina }
Chesterfield District }

On this twenty first day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty, personally appeared in open court before the Court of Ordinary now sitting, John Hunter a resident of Chesterfield District, in the State of South Carolina aged eighty-five years, 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 early in the war of the Revolution, he was drafted for one month, as he believes and served under Captain John Blakeney, but the year month or day of the month when he was drafted he does not recollect, nor does he recollect the names of Captain Blakeney’s subultin officers; that he started with Captain Blakeney’s company from a place called the Old Cross Roads in the aforesaid District of Chesterfield and marched through Georgetown in the State of South Carolina to SeeWee Bay and joined the forces there, and was under the command of Colonel Murphy, but he does not recollect whether there were any other field officers at that place; that he remained there, as he now believes, two weeks, but he cannot speak positive as to the time; that Captain Blakeney’s Company was then marched to Haderal’s Point but he does not recollect who had command of the forces at Haderal’s Point; that he remained there until the expiration of the month for which he entered the service and then returned home to Chesterfield District.

That he afterwards, but the day month or year he cannot recollect, volunteered for one month under Captain Stephen Jackson (called Killing Stephen Jackson)---John Jackson Colonel, that they made their headquarters at the house of the said Colonel John Jackson near the North Carolina line, but whether in Chesterfield District South Carolina or in Anson County North Carolina, he cannot say positively, and scoured the county round about for Tories; that he served out the month for which he had volunteered and returned home.

That afterwards, but the day, month, or year he does not recollect, he was drafted for two months and served under the aforesaid Captain Stephen Jackson, that he does not recollect the names of Captain Jackson’s subultim officers; that they started from Chesterfield District and marched through Camden and joined General Marion at his headquarters in the Swamp between Georgetown and Charleston; that he served out the two months for which he was drafted and returned home; that he was near Georgetown the whole time he was with General Marion as aforesaid; that he never was in any battle or fight during the Revolutionary War; that during the time he was with General Marion as aforesaid, the British near Sullivan’s Island fired their Artillery at them.

This deponent further saith that he was born in Orange County, North Carolina, that his father removed from Orange County to Chesterfield District before the Revolutionary war and brought this deponent with him; that he has no record of his age, but from the best information he can obtain he believes he is of the age above stated; that he is illiterate; that he never received any discharge from the officers under whom he served and has no documentary evidence of his service; that besides the service above stated, he was out several times for a week or two at a time, as one of scouting parties, but was not regularly organized; that he resided in Chesterfield District at the time he first entered the service and has resided there ever since except one year that he resided in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; that he knows no person who can testify to his service except his brother James Hunter.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whether 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 the day }
and year aforesaid, before me }                His
Turner Bryan Judge of the }              John X Hunter
Court of Ordinary, C.D. }                          Mark

James Hunter personally came before me and being duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath say, that he is brother to John Hunter who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration; that he is illiterate and has no record of his age, but believes from the best information he can obtain that he is eighty years of age, and has always been informed and believes, that the said John Hunter is five years older that this deponent; this deponent further saith that he believes that the said John Hunter served as stated in the above declaration, this deponent served with him during the one month when they made their headquarters at the house of Col. John Jackson as in the declaration stated.

Sworn to and subscribed before }           His
me this 21st February 1840 }        James X Hunter
Turner Bryan Judge }                               Mark
of the Court of Ordinary C.D. }

We, Joseph T. Copeland a clergyman residing in Kershaw District and Henry Funderburk in Chesterfield District hereby certify that we are well acquainted with John Hunter who has subscribed and sworn to the above Declaration; that we believe him to be eight-five years of age; that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a soldier of the Revolution; and that we concur in that opinion.

Sworn to before me }                   Joseph T. Copeland
Turner Bryan }                               Henry Funderburk
Judge of the Court of }
Ordinary Chesterfield District }

And the said Turner Bryan Ordinary of Chesterfield District does hereby declare his opinion after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogations prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier, and served as he states; And the said Ordinary further certifies that it appears to him that Jos T. Copeland who has signed the preceding certificate, is a clergyman resident at the District of Kershaw and that Henry Funderburk who has signed the same is a resident in the District of Chesterfield and is a credible person, and their statement is entitled to credit.

I do further certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the aforesaid Court of Ordinary in the matter of the application of John Hunter for a Pension.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, there being no seal of office, this twenty eighth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one.

Turner Bryan {Seal}
Ordy Chesterfield Dist