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Abraham Aarons was at the Battle of Stono Ferry

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In the first page of his letter of declaration, dated 29 November 1832, Abraham Aarons of Adair County, Kentucky, then 73 years of age on 17 August, declared that he had been a private for the term of six months beginning March 1780 under Captain William Witcher, Joseph Williams lieutenant. He was a drafted militiaman in the county of Pitsylvania, Virginia. Unable to attend court, and having no documentation, he dictated a letter of declaration, sworn to and testified as to its truthfulness by two witnesses.

As part of his declaration, he stated that his unit was marched from Pitsylvania to Salisbury, NC, where they were joined by others and assigned to General Mason's "brigade or division. From there they were marched to Camden from there to Stono where they had a severe engagement with the British & Tories in which battle this applicant was in from begining to End & the Amaricans were victorious & took a great number of prissoners."

They marched to various places, ending up at Camden again where he was discharged. He claimed to have lost his discharge papers and knew no one who could verify his statement.

His letter also gives his date of birth as 17 March (not August as previously stated) 1759, and his birth place as Lancaster County, PA. When he was about 12 years old, his father moved to Pitsylvania County, VA. Long after the war, he moved to Bautlertaut (Botetourt) County, VA. In 1816 he moved to Green County, TN; in 1824 he moved to Adair County, KY.

William Bradshaw and Thomas Sparks certified that they were well-acquainted with Abraham Aarons. William Epperson, Justice of the Peace, testified that he knew Aarons, Bradshaw and Sparks, and William Caldwell testified that he knew William Epperson. All of their signatures (or X if they could not write) are on the documents.

Pursuant to the Act of 7 June 1832, Abraham Aarons was allowed a pension of forty dollars per year, to be made at Lexington by the president of  N-B Bank (1 illegible initial), retroactive to 4 March 1831.

According to Wikepedia, the Battle of Stono Ferry (South Carolina) took place on 20 June 1779, so the "severe engagement" Aarons referred to might have been a later skirmish (since he claims he joined the army in 1780) or he may have been mistaken in the year of recruitment. The 1779 battle was victorious for the British, not the Americans. Information on the 1779 battle does not mention General Mason, Capt. William Witcher or Lt. Joseph Williams. Papers of the Continental Congress on Footnote also reference the 1779 battle at Stono Ferry.

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