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Jesse RIGGS To William Henderson RIGGS
Registered 17th March 1846
Hawkins County, Tennessee
Whereas my father Samuel Riggs now deceased in his lifetime by deed bearing
date 19th day of August 1840 and by deed bearing date 8th day of March 1844
was jointly executed by said Samuel Riggs and his wife Mary Riggs which said
deeds are on record in the Registers Office of Hawkins County Tennessee –
conveyed to William Henderson Riggs the grandson of said Samuel Riggs Subject
to be held and disposed of by said William Henderson Riggs according to my
appointment the following Several tracts of land. Towit one tract lying and
being in the County of Hawkins and the County of Jefferson in Said State of
Tennessee on the South Side of Holston River containing by estimation five hundred
and seventy five acres more or less adjoining and bounded by the lands of
the Heirs of George T. Gillaspie deceased, the land of William and Tolliver
Robertson and the Cheeks X roads tract of land and the land of George Squibb and
Others being the same tract of land upon which the said Samuel Riggs lived
at the date of the deeds aforesaid, also one other tract of land lying in said
County of Hawkins containing by estimation two hundred acres more or less
known as the Enos place adjoining David Pollard and Others. – also one other
tract of land lying in Grainger County containing Sixty three acres more or
less upon the top of Clinch mountain where the turnpike road crosses said
mountain. Also one other tract of land lying in said County of Hawkins containing
one hundred and fifty acres more or less known as the James Boatman place
adjoining the lands of William Harris and Others, - Also one other tract of land
including several Grants containing by estimation thirteen hundred acres
more or less lying and being in Jefferson County adjoining the lands of John
Morris, Henry Riggs and Others.
And whereas also the said Samuel Riggs and the said Mary Riggs his wife by
the two deeds first aforesaid also conveyed to the said William Henderson
Riggs subject to by held and disposed of by my appointment the following Slaves
to wit; Elias, Jeremiah, Mathew, Willis, Rewben, Major, Clisbe, Tabitha, Coela
Jane, Francis, George, Margaret, Susan, Mary, Preston, Fanny, and the two
children of said Fanny, also all of the personal property acquired by said
Samuel Riggs including house hold and kitchen furniture, stock, notes, bonds,
accounts and personal property of every discription.
Now I, Jesse Riggs of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee for and
his consideration of the promises herein described as well as the love and
affection I have for my son William Henderson Riggs I do hereby sell, give
grant, transfer and convey to the said William Henderson Riggs all the right title
interest claim and demand which I have or may have of in and to the several
Slaves herein before married and mentioned in said conveyance from Samuel
Declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress
passed 07 June 1832
On this 6th day of August 1845 personally appeared before me John RIGGS,
an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the County and State aforesaid.
Samuel RIGGS of said County 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 the
7th 1832. States he entered the service of the United States under the
following officers and (sic) served as a Lieutenant three tours under
Colonel John SEVIER. That he recollects Captain SHELBY, Captain COPELAND
and Captain CARTER, and one tour Captain not recollected, does not
recollect the times when he entered the service nor date when he left
the same, that he was in an engagement with the Indians near French
Broad River in which fourteen were killed, and was in several
engagements afterwards with them, that he lay on French Broad River
until a regiment of about five hundred troops came from Virginia, he was
sent to where Knoxville now stands with troops to guard a family then
living there and afterwards marched to the different Indians towns, that
he served as a Lieutenant four tours and that he served on tours and
that he cannot precisely swear as to the precise length of the services
but according to the best of his recollection he served not less than
twelve months, and for such service he claims a pension. That he is now
drawing a pension for $33.33 per annum payable at Jonesborough Agency as
a Private. That the reason why he did not make application before as a
Lieutenant was that he was under the impression that none but officers
of the Regular Army were entitled to draw a pension. That he has no
documentary evidence and that he knows of no person whose testimony he
can procure who can testify to his service.
Sworn to and subscribed this the day and year aforesaid.
Samuel (X) RIGGS
Justice of the Peace for Hawkins County
We, Andrew COFFMAN and Y. I. MORRISS, Clergymen residing in the County
of Jefferson, State of Tennessee, hereby certify that we are well
acquainted with Samuel RIGGS who has subscribed and sworn to the above
declaration and that we believe him to be eighty five years of age, that
he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have
been an officer of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion.
Sworn and Subscribed to the day and year aforesaid
Y. I. MORRISS
Justice of the Peace
Question: Where and in what year were you born?
Answer: I was born in New Jersey on the 4th day of April 1760.
Question: Have you a record of your age and if so where is it?
Answer: There was a record of my age in my father's Bible. One of my
sisters got the Bible. She is now dead, and I don't know what has become
Question: Where were you living when called into service, where have you
lived since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live?
Answer: I lived in Lick Creek which is now in Greene County, Tennessee,
and have lived in Jefferson and Hawkins & now reside in Hawkins County.
Question: How were you called into service?
Answer: I was a volunteer.
Question: Did you receive a Commission and if so, by whom was it signed
and what has become of it?
Answer: I had a Commission signed by Colonel John SEVIER and Captain
SHELBY, which is lost or mislaid so that I cannot find it.
Question: State the names of Persons to whom you are known in your
present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for
Veracity and their belief of your service as an Officer of the Revolution.
Answer: The Rev. Andrew COFFMAN and Y. I. MORRISS.
I do hereby certify that Samuel RIGGS the above named applicant is
unable from bodily infirmity to attend Court.
Justice of the Peace
The Court approves the original proceedings had before John RIGGS Esqr.
and do hereby declare their opinion that the above named applicant was
an officer of the Revolution and served as he states, and the Court
further certifies that Andrew COFFMAN and Y. I. MORRISS who have signed
the foregoing certificate are Clergymen resident in the County of
Jefferson and that their statement is entitled to credit.
I, Robert JOHNSON Clerk of the County of Hawkins and State aforesaid, do
hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of
the said Court in the matter of the Application of Samuel RIGGS for a
pension and that John RIGGS Esqr. whose name appears on the foregoing
declaration is an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said County.
Witness my hand and Seal of Office Rogersville This 1st day of September
Robert JOHNSON, Clerk
By I. L. FULKERSON D. C.
Raliegh NC 20 December 1845
I, William S. COLLINS Comptroller of Public Accounts in and for the
State of North Carolina do hereby certify that the name of Samuel RIGGS
appears of Record in this office as having had the following special
certificates issued in his favor for Military Service in said Books
purportedly and for six pounds Nineteen Shillings which Certificate was
issued 12 June 1783. See Book No. 1, Page 40. Also another was issued in
the name of Samuel RIGGS for Nineteen pounds four shillings (19/4) see
Book No. 9, Page 10 given under my hand and Seal this 20th day of
William S. COLLINS
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