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The following is transcribed from Demsey Tyner's Rev. War Pension File. The application was approved and a pension of $80.00 per annum was granted. A number of the documents are concerned with his wife Obedience trying to collect his pension arrears from 1838 until his death in 1842. I hypothize that Demsey moved from Tennessee in 1838. It is a coincidence that his son John also died in 1838 so it may be that because of Demsey & Obedience's age and health, they moved to Merriwether Co., Ga. to live with his older son Jackson. Although Lewis still lived nearby, he still had young children and maybe could not care for his ageing parents as well as the older son. This is only a guess. Whatever the reason, he moved to Merriwether Co., GA where he died 13 October 1842.


State of Tennessee)
Hamilton County )

On this 27th day of November 1832 personally appeared in open court before the Worshipful Justices of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for Hamilton County aforesaid now sitting, Demsey Tyner resident of the County and State aforesaid aged seventy seven years and 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 is to say that he volunteered under Captain Thomas Keelin Smith in Abbeville County South Carolina who was attached to the command of General Andrew Williamson and Colonel Robert Anderson. This applicant was marched by the above named officers against the Cherokee Indians to Brass Town on the Tugulo river now in South Carolina but then in possession of the Cherokees - where he saw some skirmishing from there we were marched to Tamossa another Indian Town where we had an engagement with the Indians in which seventeen of our party were killed and wounded among which was Captain Hargrove killed. This applicant returned with the wounded from the last mentioned place to Seneca where some of our troops were forted at what was called Seneca Fort. This applicant was sent for by Captain Andrew Miller who commanded a Company of Rangers on the frontier of South Carolina under whom this applicant served as a Spy- three months- being about six weeks under Capt Smith as before stated making this tour about four months and a half. This tour was served in the year 1776 in the latter part of the summer and fall as well as he recollects. This applicant immediately after serving as a spy was called on to go to Snow Camps under Captain Miller against the Tories and served better than two months against them and returned without effecting anything except taking a number of Tories as prisoners.

This applicant in the spring of '77 volunteered under Captain Miller, Col Anderson and Gen'l Williamson in the County of Abbeville and State of South Carolina and left home the 7th day of April and was marched by the before named officers on what was called the Florida Expedition to St. Mary's river to a place called Fort Tonen where the Army remained two or three weeks and was marched back by the same officers to South Carolina and was dismissed at Cherokee Hills- in Georgia and was five days getting from there home. got home the 15th of August- having served about four months this tour. Some time in the fall after this applicant returned home he again volunteered and was marched by Lieutenant Norrid, a Lieutenant of Captain Millers Company under Gen Williamson and Major Middleton (who was an acting major in the Florida Campaign) to the siege of Savanna and was at the siege about two weeks - the Company to which this applicant belonged was marched from there to Parker's Ferry on Stone River to oppose the Tories who were collecting there. Gen Marion had dispersed them before our company reached there. Our Company was dismissed at said Ferry to return home and did return - having served this tour ten weeks or more. Soon after this applicant returned from the siege at Savannah he was again called on by his Captain (Miller) and marched to McGowens blockhouse against the Tories where Capt Millers and Captain Baskin's Companies had an engagement with the Tories, and Capt Miller was shot through the knee and he and Capt Baskins taken prisoners by the Tories. This applicant and several others who were in the engagement made their escape without being taken and joined Major Pickens at the Cherokee Ford and marched against the Tories to Kittle Creek under him where we had another engagement with them and defeated them and took three hundred prisoners. This applicant was ordered on the guard to guard the prisoners to Ninety-Six. After guarding them to Ninety-Six this applicant was frequently engaged as a scout against the tories for a considerable length of time and was much embarrassed by them until Gen. Greene sent word to South Carolina that he would relieve the countrys - and General Clark then Col Clark from the State of Georgia came into South Carolina and took command of about three hundred troops - among the number this applicant entered the service again as a volunteer and was marched to Keeley branch of Long Cane Creek and had a severe engagement with the British and Tories under Kouger and Allen in which engagement this applicant was wounded in the arm and was taken prisoner - the ball passed the fleshy part of the arm below the elbow and was retained a prisoner until after the Entam battle when this applicant was exchanged at Orangeburg - or Sullivan Island, and returned home having been in service and a prisoner upwards of nine months this tour. This applicant then removed to Edgefield County S. Carolina and volunteered under Captain Thomas Lewis who was commanded by Col LeRoy Hammond and was marched on Dorchester twenty five miles from Charleston but was in no engagement this expedition. After lying there some time this applicant was discharged which discharge has long since been lost. This applicant not knowing that it would ever benefit him he knows not what has become of it. The applicant considered himself at all times ready to obey the calls of his officers and has given the best account of his actual services he is able to give from his recollection. He knows he served more than he can recall the particulars about. This applicant don't recollect the names of any regular officers of the American Troops with whom he served except he recollects the Count De Estang - General Sumpter, General Marion and Gen. Pulaski - with all of whom this applicant served at different times. He states that he has no documentary evidence of the services. That if he received more than one written discharge he has forgotten it. He does not know of any living witness whose testamony he can procure as to his services during the Revolution.

He states that he was born in the year 1755 in North Carolina Chowan County on the 4th day of August. He has no record of his age-his father left a Bible to him that had a record of his age in it with the ages of three of his children which Bible among other property was taken or destroyed by the Tories in the Revolution.

He was living in Abbeville County South Carolina when he first entered the service and removed as he has stated before the revolution ended. After the revolution he removed from Edgefield S C to Jackson County State of Georgia where he lived about seven years he does not recollect how long he lived in Edgefield S.C.before he moved to Georgia. He removed from Georgia to the State of Tennessee, Roane County, where he resided about five years from where he removed to this( Hamilton County ) where he has resided about eighteen years - being a resident here before the county was organized and still resides. He has stated how he was called into service and the several circumstances of his service as well as he can recollect. He has stated all he recollects about his discharges

He states that he is known in his present neighborhood to David Henderson, Esq and James Russell who can testify as to his character for veracity and good behavior and their belief of his services as a soldier of the revolution but not to any clergyman whom he can obtain.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and he declares that his name is not on the pension role of the agency of any state.

Signed Demsey Tiner

Sworn to and subscribed to )
this day and place aforesaid )
in open Court )
Attest Asahill Rawlings, Clerk

We, David Henderson and James Russell, hereby certify that we are acquainted with Demsey Tyner wwho has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration. That we believe him to be seventy seven years of age, that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of thee Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.

signed David Henderson
James Russell

Sworn to & subscribed )
the day & year aforesaid)
in open court )
Attest Asahill Rawlings, Clerk

And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigations of the matter and after putting the interogatories prescribed by the war department that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he states. And this Court further Certifies that it appears to them that David Henderson and James Russell are residents of said county - are credible persons and that their statement is entitled to credit.

(signed) George Sawyers
Rob't Patterson
John Bradfield
Justices of said Court

I, Isahill Rawlings Clerk of said Court of Pleas and Quarters of Hamilton County do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings in the matter of the application of Dempsey Tyner for a pension

In testamony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & ( Seal ) private seal (having no seal of office at office this 27th day of November 1832

(Signed) Asahill Rawlings, Clerk

I certify that Asahill Rawlings as Clerk of Hamilton County Court attests that his signature is genuine and that there is no seal of office for the courtforesaid.

James Stor------ Ck


State of Tennessee )
Hamilton County )

(written sideways)
( Demsey Tyners )
( Declaration )
( Pension )
( )
( 21085 )

August sessions 1833
Personally appeared in open Court before the worshipful Justices of the County Court of Hamilton County aforsaid Demsey Tyner who being duly sworn deposith and saith that by reason of old age and the consequent loss of memory he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of his service but according to the best of his recollection he served not less than the period mentioned below inthe following grades viz for two years and not less I served as a private in the Revolutionary wars and for such service I claim a pension also as Stated before in the foregoing declaration that there is no Clergyman living in my neighborhood with whom I am acquainted that can certify for me

(signed) Demsey Tiner

Sworn to and subscribed in open Court the 27th day of August 1833
Attest Asahill Rawlings, Clk

And the said Court certifies that there is no clergyman residing in the neighborhood where the aforesaid Demsey Tyner who has signed the above affidavit resides and that his affidavits is entitled to implicit credit

(signed) Cornelius Milliken
John Hanna
George Sawyers
Justices of the Court

State of Tennessee )
Hamilton County )

I, Asahill Rawlings clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for Hamilton County aforesaid do certify that the foregoing was done in open Court at the Courthouse in Dallis and that it is amendatory of the original application of Demsey Tyner for a pension

Given under my hand and private seal (not having a seal of office) at office this the 27th day of August 1833

(signed) Asahill Rawlings, clerk


National Archives M804-2433, S. 1599

State of Georgia )
Merriweather County )

Enclosed I send you the claim of Obedience Tyner for arrears of Pension from the 4th of September 1838 until the 13th of October 1842. I applied at Knoxville to the Pension Agent, annd was informed that I would have to apply at the City of Washington in consequence of which I have taken a new Power of Attorney to receive it where ever the money may be ordered paid at. I have also enclosed the Original Warrant.

This 7th July 1845

John W. Shepherd
(Justice of Peace)

Treasury Department
Second Comptrollers Office
June 9, 1939


Under the act of 6th of April 1838, entitled, "An Act directing the transfer of money remaining unclaimes by certain Pensioners and authorizing thee payment of same at the Treasury of the United States Demsey Tyner a Pensioner on the Roll of the Knoxville, Ten Agency at the rate of eighty Dollars abd --------- Cents per annum under the law of the 7th June 1832 has been paid at this Department from the 4th of Sept 1836 to the 4th Sept 1837.

Respectfully yours,
(signed) Allison K. Parris

To the Commissioner of Pensions,


Know all men by these presents that I, Obedience Tyner of Merriweather County and State of Georgia, the widow of Dempsey Tyner, dec'd, a Revolutionary Pensioner of the United States, do hereby constitute and appoint John W. Shephard my true and lawful Attorney for me and in my name to receive from the agent of the United States for paying pensions, the arrears of Pensions due said Dempsey Tyner from fourth day of September Eighteen hundred and thirty Eight until his death October 13th 1842.

Her Mark
Obedience X Tyner

Witness my hand and Seal )
this 30th of June 1845 )
Sealed and delivered in the)
presence of )
Mary Tyner )
John W. Shephard )


State of Georgia )
Merriwether County )

Be it known that on the 30th of June 1845 before Suscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for the aforesaid County and State personally appeared Obedience Tyner above named and acknowledged the foregoing power of Attorney to be her act and deed.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand the day and year mentiioned.

John W. Shepherd, J. Peace


State of Georgia )
Merriwether County )

Be it known that before me John W. Shepherd a Justice of the Peace in and for the county aforesaid personally appeared Obedience Tyner and made Oath in due form of Law that she is the Widow of Dempsey Tyner, a Rvolutionary Pensioner who formerly lived in Hamilton County in the State of Tenesee(sic) and that the said Dempsey Tyner departed this life in Merriwether County Georgia on the 13th of October Eighteen hundred and forty two and that she now resides in Merriwether County and State of Georgia.

Her Mark
( Signed) Obedience X Tyner

Sworn and subscribed this )
thirtieth day of June )
1845 before me )

( signed) John W. Shepherd J. P.

State of Georgia )
Merriwether County )

I, Davis C. Grisham Clerk of the Inferior Court of said County in the said State Do hereby Certify that it was proved in Open Court that Dempsey Tyner who formerly lived Hamilton County State of Tenesee, departed this life in the County of Merriwether and State of Georgia on the thirteenth of October Eighteen hundred and forty two and that Obedience Tyner the applicant for arrear of Pension is the widow of the said Dempsey Tyner who was the identical person named in an original Certificate in the possession of the said Obedience Tyner of which (I certify) the following is a true Copy

War Department
Revolutionary Claim
I certify that in conformity with the laws of the Unites States of the 7th June 1832 Demsey Tyner of the State of Tennessee who was a private in the Army of the Revolution is entitled to receive Eighty dollars and ------- cents per annum during his natural life commencing on the 4th of March 1831 and payable semi-annually on the 4th of March and the 4th of September in every year. Given at the War Office of the United States this 28th day of September One thousand eight hundred and thirty three.
(signed) John Robb
Acting Secretary of War

Examined and countersigned
J. L. Edison
Commissioner of Pensions

State of Georgia )
Merriwether County)

The Testamony advanced was satisfactory to the Court. Given under my hand and seal of office this 28th Octr 1844

(s) Davis C. Grisham
Clk Inf'r Court

Know all men by these presents that I Obedience Tyner of Merriwether County and tate of Georgia, the Widow of Dempsey Tyner, dec. a Revolutionary Pensioner of the United States do hereby constitute and appoint John W. Shepherd my true and lawful Attorney for me and in my name to receive from the agent of the United States for paying Pensions in East Tenesee the amount due said Dempsey Tyner, dec. from the time he received the last time until his death the 13th of October 1842. Witnessth my hand and seal this 28th of October 1844
(s)Her Mark
Obedience X Tyner L.S.

Sealed and delivered in the presence of Philil-- Jackson
Alex. Hall J. I. C.


State of Georgia )
Merriwether County )

Be it known that on the 28th of October 1844 before the subscribing Justice of the Inferior in and for said county personally appeared Obedience Tyner above named and acknowledged the foregoing power of Attorney to be her act and deed. In testamony whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year above mentioned

Alex Hall J. I. C.

State of Georgia )
Merriwether County )

Be it known that on thr 28th of October 1844 before the Suscriber, a Justice of the Inferior Court in andfor said County, personally appeared John W. Shepherd the Attorney named in the foregoing power of Attorney and made Oath that the same was not given him by reason of any sale, transfer or mortgage of the pensiion or arrears of pension therein authorized to be received by him. Sworn to and subscribed (the day and year last above mentioned) before me

(s) Alex Hall J. I. C.
John W. Shepherd



Payments to be made at Knoxville by Robert King Agent for paying Pensioners

in the Agency of East Tennessee

Recorded in the Pension Office

in Book E Vol. 7

Page 63 by

Dan'l Boyle


East Tennessee

Demsey Tyner of Hamilton in the State of Tennessee who was a private in the Cont'l commandeed by Captain Smith of the regm't commanded by Col Anderson in the South Carolina line for 2 years


Inscribed in the Roll of East Tennessee

at the rate of 80 dollars Cents per annum

to commence on the 4th day of March 1834


Certificate of Pension issued the 28 day of Sept 1833 and B. B. Camron Dallas


Arrears to the 4th of September


Semi anl allowance ending 4 March




(Revolutionary Claim )
(Act June 7, 1832 )

Recorded by Dan'l Boyd Clerk,

Book E Vol 7 Page 63


Letter to Hon J. L. Williams 31 May 1838 do to P Hagner 2 June 1838

Paid at the Treasury under the Act of 11 April 1838 from the 4th Sept 1836 to the 4th Sept 1837. Agent notified 12th June 1838.



Letter to J. W. Shepherd July 12, 1845


No. 21085

Demsey Tyner Hamilton County, Tennessee

from 1776 private
2 yrs
$ 80.00

5 - 11 - 42

B. J. Camron, Dallas, Hamilton Co.,Tennessee