Benjamin Wages Revolutionary War Pension Statement
Courtesy of Sharon Cox
Continental Line (VA) Wages, Benjamin R.10993
of Morgan in the State of Kentucky
who was a Private in the Company Commanded by Captain Sumpter, of the Regiment commanded by Colonel Washington in the VA Line, for the term of 2 years, from the year 1777 to the year 1779.
Inscribed on the roll of Kentucky at the rate of $8 per month, to commence on the 4th day of February, 1828.
Certificate of Pension issued the 5th of April, 1828 and sent to Hon. H. Daniel, HR.
Arrears to 4th of March, 1828. 3.88
semi-anl all'ce ending 4th 48.00
September 1828 51.88
State of Kentucky
I, Rebecca Adams, a resident of the County of Morgan and State aforesaid having first been duly sworn deposeth & saith as follows, towit: That this deponent is about seventy years of age that she was raised in the state of North Carolina in the County of Wilks and that when she was a small girl, Benjamin Wages and Mary Wages came to the Brother of the said Benjamin in the County of Wilks and when they came there, they said they were married and told the deponent to go home to her Father's and inform him that their cousin, Ben had come & brought his wife. The year that this took place in this deponent does not now recollect but that she is now about seventy years old & this occurrence took place when she was a small girl and that it was previous to the year 1794 and that she has been acquainted with Benjamin Wages & his wife, Mary ever since and that they have lived together as man and wife from that since up to the day of his death. This deponent states that from report, they were married just below the Moravian Town in the state of North Carolina. All of which is this day subscribed & sworn to 21st August 1845.
Rebecca X Adams
State of Kentucky
On this 6th day of March 1850, personally appeared Moses Wages before me a Justice of the Peace for the county of Morgan and state aforesaid aged fifty six years the 11th day of June next & with being first 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 2nd day of February 1848 & all previous acts granting pensions to widows of pensioners who served during the Revolutionary War. The Deponent states that he is the administrator of the Estate of Mary Wages, Decd, that administration was granted now on the good, chattles and credits of the said Mary Wages by the Morgan County Court. That the said Mary Wages was the widow of Benjamin Wages who was a pensioner of the United States at the rate of ninety six dollars per annum, as well as he now remembers. That the said Benjamin Wages departed this life on the 8th day of June 1844 & left his widow, Mary Wages who made application for a pension under the act of Congress of 7th July 1838. That since the said Mary Wages made said application, she has departed this life. That she died on the 19th day of March 1849 & that she remained the widow of the said Benjamin Wages up to the day of her death & the said Benjamin Wages & Mary Wages left the following stated children as their legal heirs and representatives and which are the natural offspring of their marriage: William Wages, Elizabeth Holeyfield, late Elizabeth Wages, John Wages & the Deponent, Moses Wages & Rebecca Wombles, late Rebecca Wages and that this deponent being born on 11th June 1794, states that from his birth and recollection the said Benjamin & Mary lived together as man and wife & that the three first named heirs, towit: William, Elizabeth & John are all older than this deponent. The family records of the said Benjamin Wages has not come to the hands of the deponent and he being the administrator of the said Mary Wages, Decd makes this statement on behalf of the heirs above named. He refers to the Declaration & proceeds file in the War office of the said Benjamin & Mary for the age, marriage & services of the said Benjamin Wages & Mary Wages.
This affiant always understood from the said Benjamin & Mary Wages that they was married in Rowan County in the state of North Carolina in the year 1779 or 1780. That they have been together as man and wife from the date of their marriage up to the death of the said Benjamin Wages and that the said Mary Wages was, from the best information near one hundred & six years old at the day of her death. He further states that the letters of administration , or copy of the same, is herewith filed & certified by the proper offices. Subscribed & sworn to this day and date first above written.
David M. Cooper Moses Wagers
In order to attain the benefit of the act of Congress of 7th July 1838, entitled An Act presenting half pay and pensions to include widows.
State of Kentucky
On this 3rd day of January 1845, personally appeared before James Hammon, a Justice of the Peace for Morgan County, Mary Wages, resident of the County of Morgan, aged one hundred and two years. Who, being first duly sworn according to law doth make on her oath, the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed 7th July 1848 entitled an act of granting half pay and pensions to certain widows. That she is the widow of Benjamin Wages, who was a Private in the Army of the Revolution. That she does not recollect the particular services undertaken by her decd husband. She does not now recollect what officers he served under. For this, she refers to the Declaration and paper filed in the War Office granting a pension to her decd husband. That she was married in the state of North Carolina, in the County of Rowan in the year 1779 or 1780. That she has no record of this marriage and knowing no person living by whom she can prove her marriage. That she is illiterate & kept no record in the family. She further relates, does not now recollect the month, nor day of the month, but that she was married to Benjamin Wages in the year 1779 or 1780. That her husband died on the 8th day of June 1844. That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service, but the marriage took place previous to the first of January 1774. She is unable to attend court from bodily infirmity.
Sworn to and subscribed the 3rd day of
January 1845 her
before James Hammons, JP Mary x Wages
District of Kentucky
Morgan County Sct.
On this 5th day of September 1825, personally appeared in open court in the County of Morgan, the same being a Court of Record, made so by Express Statute, Benjamin Wages, aged 84 years the 15th day of March next, resident in Morgan County (Floyd County) in law district, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows towit: Enlisted by Col. William Washington and Commanded by Col. William Washington in the Company Commanded by Captain John Sumpter in the Virginia & Maryland Cavalry. That he Enlisted in the first of the Revolutionary War - During the War, and served his time out, and at the termination of the war, he received his regular discharge from Col. William Washington for the faithful discharge of his services in the Revolutionary War, but from the length of time and the many great misfortunes of life, has lost the same. And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time, by gift, sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part hereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of congress entitled an act to provide for Certain persons engaged in the land and Naval Service of the United States in the Revolutionary War, passed the 18th day of March 1818, and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities, Contracts or debts due to me, nor have I any income other that what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed and by me subscribed to towit:
1 horse, worth $30
2 cows and 1 calf - $10
5 head of shoats worth $2.50
Accounting in all to $42.50. That I have no children living with me. My wife is 64 years old. I am by Occupation a farmer and unable to labour much through Age and infirmity, having been wounded in my left arm in 3 places and in each thigh in the service of United States in the Revolutionary War.