Battle of Kings Mountain Roster
Here is a copy of a letter that Isaac Thrasher of Hawkins Co., Tennessee wrote to The Commissioner of Pensions in January, 28, 1860. According to the letter he was 95 years old at time, and the last living survivor of the King's Mountain Battle.
28 January, 1860
To the Commissioner of Pensions
The Application of ISAAC THRASHER of Hawkins Co, Tennessee would respectfully show that his military service for the United States is as follows:
1. ISAAC THRASHER , (as I have been informed) was born two days sail from land, when my parents came to the United States, and my parents first settled near Harper's Ferry, at a place called Bullskin; from thence they removed, taking me along with them to Builford Co. North Carolina and settled on Little Buffalo Creek in that county. I was in that County, and in my sixteenth year, when the British was ravaging western Carolina, and by the advice of grandfather I served in my father's (William) name in Capt. Hugh Fabush's foot compy and under his command. I was in the battle of Kings Mountain, and shot at the enemy four or five times; this was in October 1780, as I now remember. Ned Whit, after this battle took my place in the compy. ( in consequence of by being injured by sticking a thorn thru my moccasin ) and I was released from further duty in that war.
After the Revolution and my father's death, I came to what was then as now Washington Co, Tennessee, 50 years ago, or thereabouts; and was in said County on the breaking out of the War of 1812. In October 1813, I volunteered under Capt. Jacob Hartsell of said County, and served a four months campaign in that war, and was honorably discharged. This service was mainly performed at and near Ft. Armstrong, which fort I helped to build.
After this campaign I resided in said County, until September of the year 1814, when I was drafted in a detachment of infantry under Lt. Peter Miller (was one of 40 men) and was marched to Knoxville, and then mustered into service for a six months campaign under Capt. Lawson & Wm. Johnson.
After Remaining at Knoxville a short time, we
took up the line of March for Mobile, Alabama. We arrived at LOOKOUT
Mountain, on the Tennessee River below Knoxville, and then was about that
was about the 1st October, Lt. Miller was detailed from said compy with
about 25 men to transport munition to between that place and the
Forts on the Coosa River in Alabama. I was marched and we reached
Ft. Strother, where we rested, the march being very fatiguing and injurious
to the health of the soldiers. We then started on. After having
remained a few days, but the labor and the fatigue of the march were to
great for me, and I gave out on the way from exhaustion, sickness, and
the pains induced from exposure and fatigue. This was about the last
of October or 1st Nov. 1814; nd when we had reached within about
10 miles of Ft. Claiborne, the Captain sent me, with one Wm. Gunn to act
as nurse, to the Fort to be put in the hospital at that place. I
remained in the hospital, lying on my back and almost on the ground, (for
the hospital was merely an open shed built of pine logs) for about two
months. There were about 66 men in these quarters; with little attention
or doctoring; and had it not have been for a strong constitution, and a
cheerful spirit I would have died, as many other did. As it was I
somewhat recovered and when Lt. Miller, about the 10 January 1815 came
along, collecting the recovering soldiers, I concluded to go on, for I
disliked to stay at such a hospital; and in compy. With Lt. Miller, I went
to Mobile, and there remained, and did some duty, and remained there until
the 2nd March 1815, when we were furloughed for discharge to Jonesboro
Tennessee. Whilst at Mobile, my right knee swelled up, and I was
again rendered probably unfit for duty. I was taken with pains
in my right hip, in fact I found that I was afflicted generally with rheumatism.
When I was discharged I was still afflicted with these pains; and I have
been afflicted more or less with it ever since. I resided in Washington
Co. about 12 years after the service & then re-moved to Green County
where I live some years; when I removed to Hawkins Co adjoining,
and near Washington, where I have ever since resided, over about 25 years.
To the Commissioner of Pensions Continue:
I state further that my affliction began to cripple me so much that I mostly followed the business of a shoemaker being less exposed; but the rheumatism gradually increased upon me until for over 25 years I have been a complete cripple; have to hobble about with a staff, my right leg and thigh are most disabled but I am ore or less afflicted all over my body with pains of a rhematic character; live in a valley beyond Bay's Mountain, and own not a particle of property out of which I can make a living. Some eight or ten years ago, I had some papers drawn up to apply for a pension, but I was taken bery low and lay some time, and I neglected to have case fully drawn up. I was also determined to get along as long as I could without making application from a feeling of pride. I was in the Revolution & twice out in the war of 1812, and I had some cause to boast; but now I am utterly helpless, and being in my 95th year, and likely to become a burden upon the support and kindness of my friends, I ask a pension an account of the disabilities I now suffer, and which were originally contracted whilst a soldier in Capt. Lawson's Compy. In the War of 1812; and I herewith present the best proofs I can adduce of my injuries, for my officers, and comrades being either all dead, or removed to parts unknown. I cannot furnish any additional proof at present that the statement of Lt. Miller & Jos"h Brill which are herewith filed.
I therefore most respectfully ask that the Commissioner of Pensions will put my name upon the Pension List, Roll of the Jonesboro Tennessee, Agency, at such dates as shall be certified and that he will recognize A.G. Graham of Jonesbore Tennessee as my agent and file this claim, & present it to the consideration for the proper department.
Sworn & subscribed before me 28 January 1860. I certify that I believe that Isaac Thrasher is the identical person he represents himself to be as above; and that I am not interested in this claim.
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2002
Burn, John Corpl.
|Farnes, John Lientt.
Johnson, Saml. Ensign
|Johnson, Wm. Sergt.
Lenoir, Wm Capt.
Overstreet, Wm Sergt.
Whitaker, John Corpl.
From: "John Norvill Jones" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2002 4:07 PM
William Lenoir, of French descent, moved with his parents to Tarboro,
North Carolina. In March 1775 he moved to Surry (later Wilkes) County
and served as a lieutenant in Rutherford's Cherokee Indian Campain.
He also served as a captain of rangers that same year. From August
1776 he was a lieutenant under Capt. Benjamin cleveland and Col. Armstrong.
He served as a captain on an Indian expedition under Col. Armstrong.
In 1780 he was a captain under col Benjamin Cleveland in the battle at
Kings Mountain. He received a wound in the arm and the side during
the battle. Lenoir was in Pyle's Defeat. After the war he became
a major-general in the militia and was a magistrate, clerk of court, county
registrar, county surveyor, trustee of the state university, member of
the House of Commons, and a member of the state senate. For many
years he was speadker of the senate. A county in North Carolina perpetuates
his name. Lenoir was allowed a pension on his application executed
May 1, 1833 while residing in Wilkes County, North Carolina. His
wife, who was born July 11, 1751, died on October 9, 1833.