jACOB BUZBEE ( born ca. 1760, died 1839)
1760 Jacob Buzbee was born in South Carolina in about 1760 and by the time he was barely a teenager, found himself in the midst of the Revolutionary War. It is this time of high adventure that he recalled, years later as an old man seeking for the first time,compensation, as a result of that service.
Here is the way the court clerk of St. Clair County, Alabama recorded Jacob's recollections of the years shortly after 1776:
Between the ages of 14 and 15 he was keeping stock for his father in the headwaters of Edisto River in the District of Orangeburg in South Carolina, when he was made prisoner by one of Kit Neeley, a Tory Major and detained as such for the space of three weeks, when he made his escape. Being afflicted with the small pox he reached the house of a Whig, the lady furnished him with provisions and sent for a Captain William Watson, a militia Whig officer who came and kept a scouting party around him until he recovered; and with whom, as soon as well for the first time, he joined and took an active part against (as a Volunteer soldier) Tories and British, and continued with Captain W. Watson for three months keeping the Tories somewhat in awe, and defeating a party of them under F. Williams near Goggy Gulley in Orangeburg district. He then left Watson and joined one Captain Tyler who was killed in a skirmish with the Tories at Greggs Ford on Broad River. Then he joined under Captain Jacob Frazier whose company acted in concert with Tyler's and continued with Frazier a month and until called off to meet the British at Stono. Being taken sick, he did not reach in time for the action. Upon his recovery he joined General Francis Marion and with him they attacked and defeated a parcel of British cavalry commanded by one Campbell at Goos Creek in a short time thereafter they attacked William Cunningham a Tory Captain on the same Goos Creek and defeated him with great loss on his side. This fight took place in the night. Having left Marion he rejoined Frazier after staying two months with Marion. After rejoining Frazier they had one other skirmish with the Tories between the Blue Ridge, but did not come up with them, thence returning to the old "Schouting" ground. He served under Frazier at the Battle of the Eutaw Springs when he was placed under the immediate command of Col. Washington who commanded the American Force. After this battle, he remained with Frazier for four months and during that time often visited General Lincoln who was stationed on Beach Island in the Savannah River. He then left Frazier and joined one Captain James Turner with whom he remained for four months. Then being disabled by his horse dashing him against a tree and breaking his leg which caused both it and his thigh to perish away, he was compelled to abandon the services.
He further declareth to the court that the time of his actual service under the above named commissioned officers including the months herein specified to be nineteen in all; that himself with others, who were to receive eight dollars per month were to have received that amount in what was then called indents. That when Captain Frazier returned after the war he made out for (Jacob Buzbee) his account and estemated the time of service to be 19 months. That said amount was sent to the proper authority for the indents. That one Col. Walker has through mistake drawn them out of office, that the Indents never reached the office so he (Buzbee) never got anything for his services. He declares his name is not on the pension Roll of any state or the agencies therof and relinqishes every claim to any pension except the present. He further declares he does not know of any living witness by whome he can establish any facts relative to his service as a Volunteer Militia Soldier, believing all to be dead or removed beyond his reach, that he has written frequently to South Carolina and tried to find some aiding testimony but has been able to obtain no satisfactory information.
Jacob Buzbee's statement to the court was made when he was 74 years old, in response to an Act of Congress, two years prior, granting pesnions. He made the statement before Judge James Rogan "on this 20th day of January, in the years of Our Lord, Eighteen hundred and thirty-four." This is the way Jacob signed the statement.
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