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Ebenezer and Rebecca Milburn Pyatt

Ebenezer Pyatt (Rev War Veteran) was born 1755, Upper Darby Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania (now Delaware County, Pennsylvania) and died January 30, 1835, Jackson County, Illinois. He is buried in the Walker Cemetery, Pulaski County, Illinois. He is thought to be the son of John and Deborah Brunson Pyott.

He married first on June 20, 1782, in Henry County, Virginia, to Rebecca Milburn, daughter of Henry Milburn, who was born September 10, 1765 (or 1762) in Loudoun County, Virginia and died 1798-1801 (one source had 1846). She may have been married to ? Vincent? as that is her name when she married Ebenezer.

Their marriage record appears as:
Ebenezer Piatt and Rebecca Vincent, Minister was Nathan Hall. The record does not say 'Mrs' Rebecca Vincent. A search of the Henry County, Virginia, 1778-1849 database turned up no 'Milburn, Millburn, Vincent' marriages that could be Rebecca's first.

Ebenezer served in the Revolutionary War from Virginia, moved to Ohio by 1791, then to Tennessee by 1798, then Kentucky and finally on to Illinois in 1814.

The children of Ebenezer and Rebecca:

From Goodspeed's History of Stewart County, Tennessee, 1887: In about 1804 James Scarborough, Sr., James Scarborough Jr., David Andrews, Emanuel James, Evenezer Rumphelt, Benjamin Bogt, James Boyd and John Scarborough came from Virginia, and found farms on which to locate in different sections of the county. Among other early settlers were William Massey, James Elder, Sterling May, James, Tygart, Henry Samson, John Jones, William Haggard, William R. Bell, John Trousdale, Caleb Williams, Louis Elliott, Thomas White, Moses Ward, Amos Fletcher, Ebenezer Piatt, John Cooper, William Linsey, James Galing, Samuel French, John Kyzer, Elisha Simpson, John Graham, Benjamin Downs, Jacob McCartney, Thomas Almon, John Scott, Charles Wilcox.... [note: Ebenezer Piatt and William Linsey among others.MCP]

Ebenezer married second on January 3, 1802, Montgomery County, Tennessee, to Abigail ? Lindsey, widow, who had several Lindsey children. Was the William Lindsey who married Ebenezer's daughter, Deborah, a daughter of Abigail? Abigail was born c1760-1770 and died in 1846 in Jackson County, Illinois, and is buried in the Walker Cemetery, Pulaski County, Illinois.

Ebenezer lived in Tennessee at a time when at least some of his children were old enough to marry and settle down. Did any of them stay in Montgomery County, Tennessee? I did not find any potential matches using the 1830 census index.

Ebenezer had moved on to Jackson County, by 1814. In Jackson County, Illinois, on the 1818 state census, these men and their families appeared:

Then on the 1820 Illinois State Census:
On the 1820 census of Crab Orchard, Jackson County, Illinois we find: Since this was only one page, I've listed all the families on it: John ?, Thos Jinkins, Alex ? , Thos Pyle, Robert Cothran, Wm Linsey, Richard Brown Jun, Elias Lord, Ebenezer Pyatt, Saml Pyatt, Catharine Schwartz, Hezekiah Davis Sen, ?Eliphus Davis, Jesse Davis, Hezekiah Davis Jr, Adam Fifer, Cl?? Davis, Mary Phelps, John ? , John Smith, Wm Brown, Henry Noble Sen, Henry Noble Jr, Richard Brown Sen, and John Phelps.

By the 1830 census of Jackson County, Illinois, we find:

This was found on image 9/24. Their neighbors were James Lindsey, Joseph Goodland?, William Linn, William Roach, William Lindsey, * , Martha Harris, John Deason, Peter Gill, and Phillip Davis. His son, Henry, was living in Montgomery County, Illinois on this census and his son, Samuel, was in Perry County, Illinois. The William Lindsey who appears on the same page as Ebenezer is age 40-50 as is the female in his house (no children). This female is the right age to be Deborah born 1783 (47 years old in 1830). I would guess if they had no children living with them at this time that they did not have any or that they just had a few and they have all left home. A William Lindsey (enumerated on page 21/24 has a son <5, he is 20-30 years old, he has one daughter <5 and a wife 30-40 years old (relationships assumed). There are many young Lindsey families around this younger William Lindsey including Caleb Lindsey (age 15-20; next door to Robert Fryat), Martin Lindsey (age 20-30) and Green Lindsey (age 20-30).

I did not find Abigail as a head of household on the 1840 census and assume that she must have been living with one of her children at that time. She might possibly have been living with Rachael Pyatt, the widow of Ebenezer's son, Henry Pyatt, if the mark in the 70-80 female column was not just a stray mark.

Following is the Revolutionary War pension application of Ebenezer Pyatt:
State of Illinois, Jackson County. On this 2nd day of September A.D. 1833 personally appeared in open court, before the commissioners court of Jackson County State of Illinois, now sitting Ebenezer Pyatt, a resident of Jackson County and State of Illinois, aged Seventy Eight, 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 on the 7th June 1832. That in the year 1775 he was a citizen of Upper Darby Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, and in the fall of the said year this deponeth enlisted for a term of five months in what was called the Flying Camp in a company commanded by Captain Hinds, Lieutenant Peacock. The first part of the tour this deponeth for two months was sent off in search of deserters for the army, at which time he was at a little place called Lehi in the forks of the Delaware River, during these two months the party was under the command of an oderly sergent. On his return he joined the troops at Fort Constitution and soon after the Americans, this deponet among them, retreated from said fort and continued to retreat before the enemy to Trenton, New Jersey, and crossed the river at that place. In about a week from that time the said tour of five months expired, and the deponeth was discharged by a written discharge. General Washington commanded during the said retreat. Previous to the said five months service, this deponet served a two months tour as a drafted militia man. The headquarters of the army at that time was Amboy, and at the expiration of that tour he, without returning home, enlisted for the five months tour above mentioned. The Captain of the company at which this deponet belonged during the two months tour was by the same Boas Mathews, the Colonel commanding the regiment by the name of Gibson. During this time a party, this deponeth one of them, was sent over to Staten Island and had a battle or skirmish with a party of the enemy at a little town called Kunkler Town, and took a party of fourteen Russians and about thirty British, and at the expiration of the said two months he was discharged at Amboy by Col. Gibson. In the spring of the year 1777 as this deponet believes he had become a citizen of Lowden County in the state of Virginia and in the month of April there was a call for Militia to serve one year, and this deponeth was drafted and joined the Eighth Regiment in the Pennsylvania line ina company commanded by Capt. Van Swenssiggon, the Col. of the Regiment was by the name of Broadhead. He joined the army under Washington at Valley Forge before they broke up their encampment at that place which had been their winter quarters _________________________ our as far as _____________ and celebrated the 4th of July there. The eighth Pennsylvania line and Thirteenth of Virginia line were detached from the main army under Gen. Washington, and just under the command of Gen. McIntosh, and marched over the mountains past Fort Pitt to a place on the Ohio River afterwards called Ft. McIntosh; After this General McIntosh was sent to the south and Col. Broadhead finished Fort McIntosh; in the fall the deponet was sent down below the mouth of Little Beaver with horses to _________ and remained there until hard frost. Upon his return the deponet was sent over the Monoughala River to a creek called Ten Mile to David Duncans, who purchased forrage for the horses. At the expiration of the year this deponet was sick at the house of a man by the name of Jacob Kling, and of course, could not return home for two months (or more). After his said year had expired, for which said two months he claims in the year 1779 or 1780, this deponet then being a citizen of Henry County, Virginia, substituted for a tour of two months in Capt. Geo. Hurstons company, in Col. Tucker's regiment, Major Halcombe, and marched down to the lower part of Virginia to the Hickory Nut Church Mawbia Hills, and this was the summer before the taking of Cornwallis, served out his tour and was regularly discharged. In the fall of the same year this deponet served as a substitute for on King for another tour of two months under Capt. Samuel Cowden and served in the same manner and in much the same country as before served out the said last mentioned tour, and received a regular discharge; therefore, this deponet believes he at the time received written discharge, but none of them in his possession at present, not thinking them worth his attention, and presumes they were long ago lost; he further says he has no documentary evidence in his power by which to prove his said service, Neither does he know of any person now within his reach by whom he could prove same. During a large share of the time this deponet served as above stated, he acted as Orderly Sergent to wit; the last tour a part at least half the time. the deponet served five tours in all twenty five months including the two months he was sick. after the expiration of his first tour of which time twenty five months he claims thirteen months as Orderly Sergent and twelve months as a private. he having served that time in those capacities respectfuly. He hereby relinquishes any claim for a previous or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state. Interrogations propounded by the court --
1. Where and in what state were you born? Answer: In Upper Darby Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, in the year 1755.
2. Have you any record of your age? and if so, where is it? Answer: I have none. My father kept a record in the family Bible, but I have not seen it for some time.
3. Where were you living when called into the service, where have you lived since the Revolutionary War, and where do you now live? Answer: I refer to my former statement for answer to the former part of the question. Since the war I moved out of Henry County Virginia, to a place on the Ohio River, seven miles above Wheeling, thence to Montgomery Co., Tennessee, thence to Jackson Co, Illinois, where I now live.
4. How were you called into the service? Were you drafted of did you volunteer, or were you a substitute, and if substitute, for whom? Answer: The first tour enlisted in the Flying Camp, this tour drafted Militia. The two last tours a substitute, the first of the two for one Daniel Birliman, the second for one King.
5. State the name of some of the regular officers who were with the troops where you served such continental and militia Regiments as you can recollect, and the general circumstances of your service? Answer: I do not think I can make additional statements to what I have already done which would be of any importance.
6. Did you ever receive a discharge from the service, if so, by whom was it given and what has become of it? Answer: I have no doubt that at the time I received regular written discharge from each tour of service as they were of some value at that time to prove the fact of the service having been preformed, but after the war was over they were considered of no value as there was to be no further calls, and they were soon lost.
7. State the name of persons 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 a soldier of the Revolution. Answer: I give the name of Elijah Spiller, a clergyman, and George Creath, a citizen of my neighborhood, and who are both acquainted with me.
Sworn to and inscribed in open court the day and Year aforesaid J. Manning, clerk // Ebenezer Pyatt
We, Elijah Spiller, a Clergyman residing in the county of Jackson, and George Creath, also residing in the same County, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Ebenezer Pyatt, who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be seventy eight years of age; that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resided, to have been a soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion. Subscribed and sworn to in open court the day and year oversaid Albert J. Manning, Clerk. // Eldr. Elijah Spiller // George Creath
And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogation prescribed by the War Department that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier and served as he stated, and the court further certify that it appears to them that Elijah Spiller, who has signed the preceeding certificate, is a clergyman resident in the County of Jackson, and that George Creath, who has also signed the same, is a resident of the same County and is a responsible person, and the statements are entitled to credit. Benj. F. Conner // George Creath // Alexander Cochran
Pension granted state of Illinois Number 22316 at the rate of 98 dollars and 33 cents per annum. Paid at the time of granting Arrears to 4th of Sept 1833 $245.83 Semi Anl. allowance 4th March 34 $49.16 - Total $294.99 Recorded by Wm R Conner Book E Vol 8 page 60b


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