Josias Sessions (1764 - 1837)
Revolutionary War Record

Declaration. In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress of the 7th day of June 1832.


On the 8th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three personally appeared in open court Josias Sessions, before me William D. Martin one of the Circuit Judges of the paid state, and presiding Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the district of Horry and state aforesaid, aged sixty nine years, who first 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 passed June 7th, 1832 -- That he was born November 14th, 1764 in Craven County, now All Saints Parish, in the district and state aforesaid. That whilst he was at school in the spring of the year 1777, being then but thirteen years old he was drafted to join the Company of Captain Daniel Murrell, attached to the Brigade of General Francis Marion; he was drafted to serve one month at a time and in this way he served one year, making six months actual service under said drafts. During this service the company to which he belonged was employed in guarding the sea coast on the Long Bay beach in All Saints Parish, from (illeg.) British (illeg.) shipping, but nothing very material transpired during this term of service: That after the expiration of one year Cap't. Daniel Murrell's Company to which he belonged subject to the same crafts was ordered to join the main army under General Marion then encamped on the Santee River in Georgetown District: That the army did not continue stationary at any place but continued to march to different posts on the Santee, Pee Dee, and Black rivers: That he was frequently detached to join skirmishing parties and one morning whilst on an expedition of this sort his party had a severe conflict with a party of the enemy near Georgetown who were driving some cattle to the towns; that his party succeeded in repulsing the enemy and took the cattle from them: That Georgetown was at this time in possession of the British and he marched with the main army and after the town was surrounded the enemy was compelled to leave it, which they did taking to their shipping: That he served three months at this time and was then relieved and returned home: But that during the several short respites that allowed him to be home he was almost constantly called in skirmishing parties against the Tories who very much infested the region of County in which he lived: That he continued his service in the war attached to General Marion's Brigade to the end of the war sometimes serving with the main army and sometimes in detached Company's. He was in the company of Cap't. Daniel Murrell in a severe battle with the Tories at a place called Bear Bluff in All Saints Parish the Tories were commanded by Joshua Long, after a very sharp conflict our company was under the neccisity of capitulation but rather than be taken he and eight others swam the Waccamaw River and effected their escape: That he afterwards served under Major Warden in various excursions after the Tories on the Waccamaw River in Georgetown District in which the Tories were generally routed and reduced to subjection. Whilst he was in the main army he was principally in the company of Cap't. Wm. (illeg.) He also knew and served with Major (illeg), B. G. Peter Horry, Col. Ervin, Major Marlow and Major James; and his companions in same known now living are John Green, James McCracken, Thomas King, Joseph King, Loften Munnerlyn and James Booth, and also Robert Lourimore who herewith certifies to his services. He has no documentary evidence and from the lapse of time and in beseiged of age and frailty of memory, he cannot be more explicit but he knows that he continued in the service from the time he was drafted under the command of Cap't Murrell to the close of the war when the army was disbanded making in all, including his service against the Tories a period of five years, and exclusive of this, including the periods of his actual drafts. a term of two years and six months. He resided eleven years from the time he was born in All Saints Parish, and ever since in Horry District. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a Pension or Annuity except the Present and declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of any state.

Sworn and subscribed this day and year aforesaid in this Court.

Wm. D. Martin Presiding Judge                      Jos Sessions

Robert Lourimore appeared before me in open Court and being duly sworn according to law states that he knows Josias Sessions who both subscribed the following Declaration. That he has had read to him the foregoing Declaration and believes all the facts therein to be pretty true. That he has a personal knowledge of the fact that he was a soldier of the Revoluation that he was in service with the said Sessions though not the whole time but believes he served the whole time as stated by him. Deponent is positive the said Sessions served two year at least. He knows that faithful full time soldier and has never heard his (illeg.) questioned, doubted or denied and that he is of the age he represents himself to be. Deponent and the said Sessions have resided in Horry District from their boyhood to the present time.

Sworn to before us in

Open Court this 8 Nov 1833
Wm. D. Martin Presiding Judge               Robert Lourimore

(Reference: Revolutionary War Pension File no. 18202, National Archives, Washington, D. C. Submitted by George Q. Sessions, 109 Judy Street, Williston, SC 29853.)

The Independent Republic Quarterly
Vol.17 Winter 1983 No.1; Pgs 10-11

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