Robert HENSLEY/HANSLEY, King's Mountain veteran, Rev War S4323

Robert HENSLEY/HANSLEY, King's Mountain veteran, Rev War S4323


The NARA file data as found on includes the entire pension file of Robert HENSLEY/HANSLEY, including a perjury indictment record (The United States of America vs Robert Hansley, Hawkins County, Tennessee). Hensley was acquitted of all charges. Despite being found innocent by a jury of his peers, the service pension he had been drawing prior to being charged with perjury by John ELLIS of Hawkins County, was never restored. A review by the national pension office following the verdict believed that he couldn't have served the lengths of time he claimed because service of that length would not have been permitted under the law. He was adjudge not to have served enough time for a pension.

Stories about Robert HENSLEY/HANSLEY, King's Mountain veteran, Rev War S4323

Robert HENSLEY/HANSLEY, King's Mountain veteran, Rev War S4323, was indicted for purported perjury in his pension application.e

  • Sullivan Co, NC & Hawkins Co, TN

Revolutionary War pension file publisher: NARA (at
Robert HANSLEY/HENSLEY - North Carolina - from Hawkins County, TN
Publication Number: M804
Publication Title: Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files
State: North Carolina
Veteran Surname: HANSLEY [aka HENSLEY, HINSLEY, etc]
Veteran Given Name: Robert
Pensioner Surname: [BLANK]
Pensioner Given Name: [BLANK]
Service: N.C.
Pension Number: S. 4323

A transcription of the Revolutionary War service record for Robert HANSLEY of Hawkins County, Tennessee (North Carolina service) as found on Heritage Quest (online) in 2004 is below; to view the full file, be sure look at his record here on footnote.


Record transcribed by D Loiselle
Transcription format and notes copyright 2004 D Loiselle
Source record: Heritage Quest [online] Micropublication M805_396, file S4323, accessed 28 Nov 2004 [note the difference between the micropublication number here and the one of his record at footnote.

INTRODUCTORY NOTES: First, some notes about the file and my transcription methodology here: The Heritage Quest micropublication contains eight pages, one of which ends mid-sentence but which is not continued on the following page on the microfilm (page ). In my transcription, formatted as a text only file to make it widely accessible, the sections which begin and end with_ the underline character (example) indicate handwritten portions of an otherwise printed or typed form. Information in [ ] is informational or indicates uncertainty. [? any word or letter] indicates real uncertainty about the lettering or the word that I've put inside the brackets.



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Service NC Hansley, Robert Number S4323

CONTENTS [empty/blank]

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[page is torn/partial]
[folded card - left side:]

26800 2s[?]
[J]onesboro Tenn
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Robert Hansley
[H]awkins in the State of Tennesse[e]
... was a private in the com comm... Captain Cloud if tge regt command...
by Col Shelby in ghe revolution...
line for 1 year & 6 month...
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Inscribed on the Roll of Jonesboro
at the rate of 60 Dollars --- [dash] Cents per annum,
to commence on the 4th day of March, 1831.
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Certificate of Pewnsion issued the 29 day of May[y?]
1834 and [? 2 beon] John
Black [?Ten]
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Arrears to the 4th of March 180,00
Semi-anl allowance ending 1 Sept. 30,00
[sum] $210,00

[curly bracket opens] Revolutionary Claim,
Act June 7, 1832 [close curly bracket]
Recorded by Danl Boyd Clerk.
Book E Vol. 7 Page 126

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Let to Jno. AMc Kinney
Dst: attG. July 18 1836
[lined through] Let to [?J.]D. Arnold, Aug 25
1836 [end line through] Let to [?3] And (not to pay 1 [unclear -transcription may be in error]
Nov 28, 1839
[lined through Dec 27, 1839 let to J. D,
Arnold. dtd [end line through] Hon. A. Mc[?Cld.]
law[?] May 20. 1840.
let [lined through] 3 January[?] 1842 [?Ro..]
A. McClellan
[Illegible circular stamp on left of next two lines which continue the line through] Let. To Hon. A. Johnson
June 1[?8]44

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[curly bracket begins] State of Tennessee Hawkins County [end curly bracket] On the 1st day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty four personally appear before the circuit court for the county and state aforesaid at the March term of said court 1834 Robert Hensley [sic] of the county of Hawkins and the state aforesaid and saith that he was born on the 29th day of Feby 1759 it being leap [insert caret] year in the county of Bucks in the state of Penn [2d n in superscript]sylvania as he was informed making him at this time aged about seventy five years and further that he has lost the records of his age and hasnone now in his papers. [? none]. Being first duly sworn according to law, Doth on his oat make the following Declaration in the act of Congress passed the7th June 1832: That he volunteered under the immediate command of Captain George Maxwell of tghe County of Sullivan in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Isaac Shelby and was in the Service of the United States for the term of six months during the revolutionary war, that he was in the battle of Kings Mountain when Col. Ferguson was defeated[?.] after the battle with the american troops to salisbury with the prisoners in charge, after the expiration of his six months dervice as a volunteer in Co. Shelbys Regt he substituted in place of Dyer Hudson into a company of Militia commanded by Captain William Cloud in the county of Stokes in the State of North Carolina, on or about the 1st of May 1781, for the term of six months, from which place he was march [sic] in Col Hughes regiment to broad river on or near the line between North and South Carolina,

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after being in service about three months, Captain William Cloud took sick &returned orthe applicant was put under the immediate command of Capt Jonathan Hourley [the "our" is underlined, and superscript over it says "aw" - making it "Hawley"], after being on Broad river about two months under the orders of GenlGreen, a detachment of Col Hughes regt was order[sic] to the headof New river in pursuit of tories, from thence into Patrick County in Virginaia, from thence the detachment was ordered to join the Army un- der GenlGreen, when on the way to join him, news was received ofthe surrender of Lord Cornwallis, on re- ceiving the intelligence of his surrender this applicant was marched back to Henry County Virginia and discharged by Captain Hwaley after serving six months on said tour of duty. This applicant immediately returned to Sullivan County on the waters of Holston, and on his return, he volunteered under Capt. or Lt. Fulkerson to guard the Indian Frontier, and was marched to Asher's station on Big Creek near Holston river, Shortly after his arrival at Asher's station Capt Elijah Chisholm too command of the Fort and this applicant remain [sic] at the thatplace un til the full-time of six months and discharged by Captain Chisholm, after the expiration of which time he again volunteer [sic] in the Spring of 1782, under Cap- tain John Bl[?air], and was marched to Campbell's sta- tion fifteen miles below Knoxville, where he remained the full term of six months from the time he volunteered, freuently out a few days at a time scouting as fare [sic] as nine mile creek, in the direction of the Cheroke [sic] na- tion of Indians; after the expiration of his term of service applicant was discharged by Capt Jn Blai{/r], and returnd home afer serving altogether two years. And this de- claranant further states that the discharges he received is [sic] lost, and that he has no documentary evidence of his services, that there is no living winess[?es]by whom whe can prove his services, that is known to him, but

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Henry Blevins whose testimony is herewith attached
maked A [underlined], and William Wallings whose testimony
is also attached marked B. Captain John Blair and
every man that served with him in 1782 is decd [?as/or]
removedd to some unknown part of the Country to
this declarant. He further states that he was not
during the serveral term [sic] of service amounting
to two full years enganged in any private business
of his own or for any other person but was employed
in the actual service of the United States, and called
into the service by competent authority of the United
States. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever
to a pension, or annuit except the present, and he de-
clares that his name is not on the pension roll of
any Agency of any state, & declarant states he
lives neighbour to Capt John A Rogers & Robert
McMinn & is well acquainted with them whose tes-
timony is hereunto annexd. he further states there is no
clergyman nearer [insert caret] him [inserted] than seven miles & that he has but
little acquaintance with him. He states he has lived
in Hawkins County ever since the revolution, say
upward of fifty years. Robert / [hash mark] Hinsley [sic]
Sworn to in open court, the 2d April
1834. N.B. Mitchell, Clk.
State of Tennessee
Hawkins County
Circuit Court, March term 1834
Personally appeared in open Court, William
Walling who is not a Pentioner, who was duly sworn,
after which he stated he was a private soldier in the
company commanded by Captain James Elliot
and Regt ofCol G[illegible-may be lined through] Shelby, that he was in the
battle of Kings mounrtain at the time Col Ferguson
was defeated, that he has heard the declaration of
Robert Hinsley read & conversed with him on the
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[Note: the previous page on the micropublication is not continued. Rather, the next page is printed, possibly even typewritten - all but the heading are in a small script typeface similar to those on early IBM electric typewriter balls!]

Pension Office.

The evidence in support of your claim, under the act of June 7, 1832, has
bee examined, and the papers are herewith returned. The following is a statement of
your case in a tabular form. On comparing these papersd with the following rules, and
the subjoined notes, you will readily perceive that objections exist, which must be removed,
before a pension can be allowed. The notes and the regulations will shew what is
necessary to be done. These points to which your attention is more particularly directed,
you will find maked in the margin with a brace, (thus: } [hand-drawn]) You wil, when
you return your papers to thisDepartment, send this printed letter with them; and
you will by compling [sic] with this request greatly facilitate the investigation of your
________________________________________ [separator line]

[printed table follows]

[heading:] A Statement, shewing the Services of Robert Hensley [sic - handwritten name]
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[column headings:]
Period when this service was rendered | Duration of the claimant's service. / Years./Months./Days./ | Rank of the claimant. |
[column headings cont.:]Name and rank of the Field officers under whome he served. | Age at present, and place of abode when he
[col. headings cont.:] entered the service. | Proof by which the declaration is supported.
[separator line]
[age and abode col.:] 45 [proof col.:] Traditions &
N.C. witnesses.

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The applicant claims for four tours of duty of six
months each. It was very unusual to engage for that length
oftime and is known that the militia who volunteered
to go in pursuit of Ferguson engaged [illegilble superscript over the next two words] for three [end superscript] if not
sooner discharged. An allowance can oly be made for three months during each tour making a service of one instead of
two years which is claimed. See also note [?c].
[end of tabular data]
I am, respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
JAMES L. EDWARDS [typescript/print].
Commissioner of Pensions.

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July 23, 1935.

Miss Aileen Benson BA-J/ILL
605 East 8th Street Robert Hansley
Chattanooga, Tennessee S.4323

Dear Madam:
Reference is made to your letter in which you request the
Revolutionary War records of Robert Hansley and Robert McMinn, or
McWinn, both of whom served from North Carolina in that war.

A search of the Revolutionary War records has been made
and no claim for pension or bounty land found based upon service of
a Robert McMinn, or McWinn, who served from North Carolina. The
record of Robert Hansley is given herein as shown in the papers on
file in his claim for pension, S. 4353. His name is shown as Hinsley,
Hensley and Hansley in said claim, but he was pensioned as Robert

Robert Hansley volunteered in Sullivan County, North Carolina,
(later Tennessee) as a private in Captain George Maxwell's company,
Colonel Isaac Shelby commanding the regiment, was in the battle of
Kings Mountain, after which he went on to Salisbury, North Caolina, and
continued to serve until expiration of six months; he enlisted 1,
1781, served as private in a company of Stokes County North Carolina
militia under Captain William Cloud and Jonathan Hawley, during which
service he went to the border of South Carolina against the Indians,
length of service six months; after this, he returned to the waters on
Holston River, in Sullivan County, North Carolina, enlisted in the spying
of 1782, served as private under Lieutenant, or Captain Fulkerson, and
in Captain Elijah Chisholm's company, engaged against the Indians, also
in Captain John Blair's company at Campbell's Station His entire service
amounted to about eighteen months. [penned into margin:] I used this as his pen. was allowed for 18 mos.[end penned]
He was allowed pension on his application executed April 1,
1834, at which time he resided in Hawkins County, Tennessee; he had
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resided in that county at least forty years.

No reference was made to wife or children of the soldier, Robert

In 1834, Robert McMinn, brother of the late Governor McMinn of
Tennessee, was a resident of Hawkins County, Tennessee, and stated
that he had been a neighbor of Robert Hensley for a great many years.

Very truly yours,

A.D. HILLER [no signature]
Executive Assistant to the Administrator.

[in handwriting, following the typewritten portion of the page:]

Robert McMinn - a pen. of Hawkins Co. Tenn -
served from Md- and was born in Penna [x mark]

This soldier Robert Hansley was stricken from pen. rolls,
as the papers show that the indictment of perjury
was not proved, but that he was acquitted,
we did not mention suspension of his claim. [initials one set on top of the other:] ILL
MWH[?L or ?J or ?I]

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Robert appears in Hawkins Co, Te4nnessee for Rives and Blair's US Government publication of the 1840 Census of Pensioners Revolutionary or Military Services; With the names, ages, and places of residence Returned by the marshalls of the several judicial districts; under The Act for Taking the Sixth Census .

In 1850, Robert, listed as about 90 years old, is found in the same Roane County, TN residence as his son Benjamin HENSLEY . Family tradition - stemming from a comment on James Calvin GILES' Civil War Questionnaire - says that Robert lived to be 112.

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