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United States

Pension

State of Pennsylvania

County of Lycoming

 

              On this 11th day of December A.D. 1834, personally appeared in open court, before the President and Associate Judges of the Court of Common Pleas now sitting Robert King[1]- Mifflin Township[2], in the County of Lycoming[3] and State of Pennsylvania, aged 80 years, who being duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress June 2, 1832-

            That he entered the service of the United States and served under the following named officers- He first volunteered as a Militiaman in the month of August 1777, while living in Lycoming Township[4], Northumberland County now Lycoming County and served until September A.D. 1778 under Henry Antes[5], Captain Simon Coole[6], and Lieutenant Brawning- He marched with Colonel Antes to Antes Fort[7] until the defeat of Lycoming in July 1778[8], when they received orders from Colonel Hunter[9] to vacate the Fort and they took the women and Children to Northumberland and Sunbury and then took provisions to Northumberland Town and stayed there for 5 or 6 weeks- and there they received orders to march back to the Big Island and Bald Eagle to the cattle away from the Indians- and they gathered a great number of horses, cattle, and sheep and drove them back to Northumberland and soon after was discharged- He was engaged in no battle of skirmish during the time, but was of in scouting parties-

Question 1: Was born in the County of Derry in Ireland in 1753

Question 2: I have record of my age in a family Bible in my possession

Question 3: When called into service I was living in Northumberland County now Lycoming County and have lived there ever since

Question 4: I volunteered

Question 5: I can state nothing more fully than the above declaration

Question 6: I received a discharge given by Captain Coole

Question 7: I am personally known to Samuel Stewart, Abraham Leiper, and Asher Davidson residing in Lycoming County who can testify to my character and veracity and their belief of my services as a soldier in the Revolution-

There is no Clergyman residing near me who can testify-

 

 Endnotes

 

[1] Robert King, Presbyterian, was born of Irish descent on 1753 in Derry County, Ireland. Robert married Susanna Pierson of Ireland in 1792 and together, conceived nine children. Robert relocated to Northumberland County in 1773 along the West Branches of the Susquehanna. According to the tax records of Northumberland County, Robert was considered lower class along with the majority of the population. Towards his death, Robert settled on a track of land in Mifflin Township and soon became blind. William Henry Egle, Notes and Queries: Historical, Biographical, and Genealogical: Relating Chiefly to the Interior of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: State Printer, 1883), 4th Series, Vol., 1, 179; Robert King, June 2, 1832, Revolutionary War Pension Application, R5965; Tax Records, Northumberland County, 1786, in Pennsylvania Archives ed. William Henry Egle (Harrisburg, State Printer, 1897), 19:710; John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois: Brown, Runk and Company Publishers, 1892), 1153.

[2] Mifflin Township is located in the western portion of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Created in 1803, Mifflin Township was named after Governor Thomas Mifflin, the first Governor of Pennsylvania. Being outside the western boundary of the Province of Pennsylvania, the colonial settlers within the township were not protected by any of the thirteen original colonies. These settlers, known as the Fair Play Men, established their own government known as the “Fair Play System.” John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois: Brown, Runk and Company Publishers, 1892), 660-661.

[3] In 1752, the area that is now Lycoming County originally was a part of Berks County. Twenty years later, the county of Northumberland was formed from Berks and Lycoming County was formed in 1795 from Northumberland County. At the time, Lycoming County consisted of sixteen different counties and the early inhabitants of Lycoming were Iroquoian-speaking Indians.   John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois: Brown, Runk and Company Publishers, 1892) 17-31.

[4] Lycoming Township is located in the central portion of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Lycoming Township originally was a part of Old Lycoming until the split of the original township in 1858. Like many of the surrounding areas, Old Lycoming Township was outside the western boundary of the Province of Pennsylvania until the start of 1785. Many settlers were known as Fair Play Men who established their own government known as the Fair Play System. John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois: Brown, Runk and Company Publishers, 1892) 659.

[5] Lieutenant Colonel Henry Antes, builder of Fort Antes located near Jersey Shore, Lycoming County in 1778. The Fort provided refuge for the inhabitants of the Indian Land, the Fair Play Men, and the inhabitants located at the south side of the river. Henry Antes served as a Justice of the Peace and Sheriff of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Henry Mechior Muhlenberg Richards, Report of the Commission to Locate the Site of the Frontier Forts of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: State Printer, 1896), 394-395.

[6] Captain Coole or “Cool,” served as an Ensign in the Eighth Company Associators as well as Captain in the Third Battalion of the Sixth Company commanded by Colonel William Plunkett in 1776 from 1780. John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois: Brown, Runk and Company Publishers, 1892); "Revolutionary War Militia Overview." Revolutionary War Militia Overview. Accessed June 24, 2015. http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/revolutionary_war_militia_overview/4125/northumberland_co__revolutionary_war_militia/435891.

[7] Fort Antes, built in 1778 by Colonel Antes of the Northumberland County Militia, served as a refuge for the Fair Play Men. In 1778, the Fort was abandoned during the Big Runaway and was one of two forts that survived the massacres in the West Branch. John Franklin Meginness, Otzinachson: A History of the West Branch Valley of the Susquehanna (Williamsport, Pennsylvania: Gazette and Bulletin Printing House, 1889), 484.

[8] In the pension file, the “Defeat of Lycoming” is referred to the Big Runaway that occurred in the county in 1778. The Big Runaway was a massive evacuation of settlers along the frontier of the Susquehanna Valley. British Loyalists and British allied Native Americans destroyed small communities killing hundreds of inhabitants that occupied the area. John Franklin Meginness, Otzinachson: A History of the West Branch Valley of the Susquehanna (Williamsport, Pennsylvania: Gazette and Bulletin Printing House, 1889), 217-230.

[9] Colonel Hunter, born in Ireland on 1732, served as an officer at Fort Augusta in 1763. Hunter served in the First Battalion and in 1776, became the County Lieutenant. Hunter was appointed a member of the Committees of Safety located in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania in 1775 and in 1783, served as a member of the Council of Censors. John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois: Brown, Runk and Company Publishers, 1892), 188-189.


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