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Leon County, Florida 1
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Zachariah Gherkins 1
Birth:
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Capt. Tronten Co., Col. Nicholas Long Regt., NC. Militia 1
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P-165523 1
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S 4843 1
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Zachariah Ghierkins, Gherkins, Gerkins Pension S 45843, North Carolina

Leon County, Florida

GHIERKINS, ZACHARIAH or GERKINS. (or JERKINS.)

Service Number 45843, N. C. (Pension Documentation Length: 30 pages)

Territory of Florida, County of Leon.

On this 17th day of January 1833 personally appeared in open Court before John A. Cameron, Robert R. Read and Thomas Randall, Judges of the Court of Appeals for said Territory, now sitting, Zacheriah Jerkins, a resident of the County and Territory aforesaid, aged seventy-seven years, who being first 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 7, 1832.

That he entered the service of the U. S. under the following officers and served as herein stated. That he first entered the service of the U. S. in the year 1776. At that time he resided in the County of Halifax, N. C., and entered as a volunteer in Capt. Tronten’s company of the Regt. commanded by Col. Nicholas Long under command of Gen. Jones (he thinks) and served in that tour of duty for about four months. While on this tour of service he marched from Halifax County, N. C., up to Charlottesville and Hilsborough in said State at which last named place he was discharged.

Shortly after his discharge at Hilsborough he entered a volunteer in Capt. Turner’s Company, Col. Lowry commanding regiment and under these officers he marched to Charles Town, S. C., in which place he remained for three or four months and left there a short time previous to the British making an attack on that place. That in this tour of duty he was in no engagement except light skirmishes with small parties and received his discharge shortly after leaving Charlestown, returned to Halifax, N. C., and a short time after reentered the service in Company of Capt. Williams, Col. Sea --- and John Brickell, Lieut. Col. Then marched toward S. C. to join command of Gen. Gates whom they met retreating after his defeat, joined his army and accompanied it to Pedee River, thence to Salisburry, N. C., where he received his discharge.

He later served in the army of Gen. Green at Gilford Court House, N. C. He served in other tours of duty before being discharged.

Signed, Zachariah Jerkins

His mark X

Thomas Randall, Presiding Judge, Court of Appeals.

Note: Judge Randall ruled that Zachariah Jerkins was entitled to the pension.

Official Record

Zachariah Gherkins

Certificate No. 6832, Florida Terry., issued March 8, 1833, at the rate of $80.00 per annum to commence March 4, 1831, Act of June 7, 1832.Agency, Leon County, Florida.

Service: company commanded by Capt. Tronten, regt. commanded by Col. Nicholas Long, in the N. C. line and militia for 2 yrs.

 

Pension application of Zachariah Gherkins (Gerkins, Jerkins) S45843 transcribe by Will Graves

Tallahasse, Leon County, Florida

Pension application of Zachariah Gherkins (Gerkins, Jerkins) S45843 fn30NC

Transcribed by Will Graves

Territory of Florida (To Wit)

At a Court held for the County of Leon Middle District of Florida on Saturday the 22nd

day of March A. D. 1828

Personally appeared in open court Zachariah Gherkins who being sworn deposeth

and saith that he was a private in the Company Commanded by Capt. Swan Tronten of

the Regiment commanded by Col. Nicholas Long in the State troops of North Carolina in

the year 1781 that he entered for the period of twelve months and faithfully served out his

time as a private aforesaid and obtained a regular discharge which discharge he has long

since lost. That he was Seventy one years old the 18th day of the present month (March)

and that he is unable to maintain and support himself, and has no property in the world

except the cloths on his back. And further that he was a private in the troop of horse

commanded by Col. Read and Col. Webb of North Carolina and that he served five

months in the same at which period the battle of Guilford Court house took place. The

said troop did not participate in the action of that day. And further says that he served a

tour of five months as a private in the company commanded by Capt. Turner, Col.

Sonson's [Samson's ?] Regiment of foot at the period of the fall of Charleston South

Carolina. And that he also served as a private a tour of three months in the company

commanded by Capt. Williams in the Regiment commanded by Col. Sowell of the State

of North Carolina at the period of General Gates defeat by Cornwallis at the Eutaw

Springs near Campden [sic, Camden] South Carolina.

And the said Gherkins in corroboration of the above facts tenders to this

Honorable Court and prays that the same may be made a part of the record the following

affidavit of one Edward Blackshear a private in Capt. Jones Company of the same

Regiment taken before Suday C. Ferrill Esq a Justice of the peace for the County of

Thomas in the State of Georgia which said affidavit is in the records and figures

following, to wit,

“State of Georgia, Thomas County. Personally appeared

before me Suday C. Ferrill a justice of the Peace for the County

and State aforesaid Edward Blackshear and after being duly sworn

deposeth and saith that he saw Zachariah Gherkins as a private

soldier in the company commanded by Nicholas Long in the State

of North Carolina some time during the year one thousand seven

hundred and eighty one for the period of one year. That the said

Gherkins faithfully performed all duties imposed upon him to the

best of his knowledge. December 6, 1827

S/ Edward

Blackshear

S/ S. C. Ferrill, JP

In testimony that the above written Suday C. Ferrill of

Thomas County was a justice of the peace authorised to administer

oaths in the State of Georgia [rest of line obliterated] Subscribed

appears to me to be his usual signature I have hereunto subscribed

my name and quality and affixed my seal at my office this 16th

day of December A.D. 1827

Malion Ferguson, CSC

{Seal\}”

And for further proof in this behalf the said county courts of

Leon in the Middle District of Florida does hereby certify that

the party to the above affidavit Edward Blackshear is well

known to this court as a man of truth and veracity and

responsible for any truth advanced or sworn to by him and that

the said Suday C. Ferrill before whom said affidavit was taken

was at the time of taking said affidavit a Justice of the Peace for

the County of Thomas and State of Georgia. And furthermore

the Court doth hereby certify its satisfaction of the above proof

and also in relation to the poverty and inability on the part of

said Gherkins to support and maintain himself. Whereupon it is

ordered by the said court that the same be made a record of the

court.

I Cary Nicholas, Clerk of the County Court of Leon County,

Territory of Florida do hereby certify that the above is a true

copy of the Record made in the case of Zachariah Gherkins a

Revolutionary soldier. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto

subscribed my name and affised my private seal (there being no

seal of office) this 19th day of August A D 1828.

S/ C. Nicholas, clerk

I David B Macomb, Judge of the County Court of Leon

Territory of Florida do hereby certify that Cary Nicholas

whose name appears to the above certificate is and was at the

time of signing the same Clerk of the County Court aforesaid,

and that due faith and credit is and ought to be given to all his

official acts as such Given under my hand and Seal this 19th

day of August A. D. 1828

S/ David Macomb

Judge of Leon County

Middle Florida

Territory of Florida, Leon County

I Zachariah Gerkins 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 whatever disposed of my property or any part thereof 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 on 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 than what is contained in the schedule hereunto annexed

and by me subscribed.

S/ Zachariah Gerkins, X his mark

Sworn to and subscribed by marking in open court this 16th Nov. 1831

S/ David B. Macomb, Presiding Justice of Leon County, Mid Florida

Schedule of all the property of Zachariah Gerkins made this 16th day of November 1831

viz:

1old cloth coat & 2 roundabouts

2 old waistcoats

5 pair pantaloons (summer oznaburgs)

1 shirt

1 old Hat

1 pr socks

1 pr shoes

1 navat [?]

S/ Zachariah Gerkins, X his mark

Sworn and subscribed to before me this 16th Nov 1831 in open court

S/ David B. Bacomb Presiding Justice of Leon County

Territory of Florida Leon County

For the purpose of obtaining the benefits of the act of Congress of March 18th

1818, Entitled "an act to provide for certain persons, engaged in the land and naval

service of the United States in the Revolutionary war" and other acts supplemental

thereto, Zacheriah Gerkins, formerly of the State of North Carolina, and at present a

citizen of the Territory and County aforesaid, first being duly sworn, saith that he was a

soldier of the Revolution, and that he served the following tours of duty against the

British the then common Enemy of the United States - viz - That he entered Captain

Crowel's Company under General Allen Jones, in the North Carolina line, as a volunteer,

and as well as deponent can now recollect (being old and infirm and his memory bad)

some time during the third year of the war, and served for the space of three months. That

this deponent cannot recollect the time of entering or leaving this term of service more

nearly than as above stated. That the manner of Entering was as aforesaid, and of leaving

it, was by the ordinary discharge.

That he entered Captain Turner's Company in Col. Lowery's Regiment (as

deponent thinks) in the North Carolina line, as a volunteer, and served for the period of

six months. That this Regiment was raised in North Carolina and marched immediately to

Charleston in South Carolina and placed under the command of Genl Hogan [sic, James

Hogun]. That deponent entered on this term of service as aforesaid, and left by the

ordinary discharge. That the particular service of the deponent, during most of the above

named period, was that of driving a waggon and acting as waggoner for the army under

Daniel Edwards, waggonmaster, who was under the command or direction of Col Long,

Superintendant of the waggons, belonging to the North Carolina Line. That the period

deponent volunteered for the above named tour of service, was some time late in the fall

of 1779 and the time of his discharge, late in the spring or the beginning of the summer of

1780.

That in the summer of 1780 this deponent entered Captain William's company in

Col. Lowel's Regiment in the North Carolina Line under General Gates as a volunteer

and served for five months and left the army by the ordinary discharge sometime in the

fall of that or the early part of the winter of the following year.

That within a very short period (this deponent cannot exactly recollect how long)

after the expiration of the last mentioned term of service, this deponent entered Captain

Robinson's company in Col. Read's Regiment in the North Carolina Line, under Genl

Greene as a volunteer and served in the cavalry (finding his own horse and

accoutrements) for better than five months, when he was discharged by the ordinary

discharge. That the Regiment to which he belonged immediately after it was formed in

North Carolina marched to Guilford Court House in that State and was put under the

command of Genl Greene. That he was in the battle of Guilford Court House and in the

skirmish at Camden South Carolina between the troops under Genl Greene, and those

under the British Commander Lord Rawdon [Battle of Hobkirk's Hill].

That this deponent is without any Education (being unable either to read or to

write) and consequently has no memoranda or written memorials of any sort of his

services in the armies of the Revolution.

That this deponent is now nearly 77 years of age, that it is now almost fifty years

since he left North Carolina, his native State, and consequently has not had the advantage

of intercourse with his fellow soldiers who were mostly North Carolinians, to revive and

impress the events of that war upon his memory. That he may therefore have erred in

some unimportant particulars, but as to the terms of service, he is confident his statements

are strictly correct. That the written discharges from the proper officers at the close of the

above named terms of service which had been preserved by this deponent were destroyed

by the burning of the house of his son, with whom he resides, about two years ago. That

in addition to the above named terms of service, this deponent served for twelve as set

forth in the petition of this deponent which was during the last winter, forwarded to the

War Department, where he is informed and believes it is now on file.

S/ Zachariah Gerkins, X his mark

Sworn to subscribed by marking 16th November 1831

S/ David Macomb, Presiding Justice of Leon C.

Territory of Florida, County of Leon.

On this 17th day of January 1833 personally appeared in open court before John A.

Cameron, Robert R. Read, and Thomas Randall, Judges of the Court of Appeals for said

Territory now sitting, Zachariah Jerkins a resident of the county and Territory aforesaid,

aged Seventy Seven years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath

make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress

passed June 7th, 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the

following officers and served as herein stated.

That he first entered the service of the United States in the year 1776 or 1777, at

that time he resided in the County of Halifax, North Carolina he cannot be more definite

as to the time he entered the service that he entered as a volunteer in Captain Crowl's

company which was under the command of Genl. Jones and served in that tour of duty

for about four months or less time does not recollect the name of the Col. of the regiment, that

while in this tour of service he marched from Halifax County, N. C. up to Charlottesville

and Hilsborough [sic, Hillsborough] in said State at which last named place he was

discharged. Shortly after his discharge at Hillsborough the date he does not recollect, he

entered as a volunteer in Captain Turner's Company Colonel Lowry was the Colonel of

the Regiment, under these officers he marched to Charles Town [sic, Charleston] South

Carolina in which place he remained for three or four months is not certain as to length of time and left

there a short time previous to the British making an attack on that place, that while on

that tour of duty he was in no engagement except light skirmishes with small parties of

British and Tories and received his discharge shortly after leaving Charleston.

Immediately after his discharge he returned to Halifax, N. C. and a short time afterwards

(the date he does not recollect) entered the service as a volunteer in the company of

Captain Williams, Col. Seawell was Colonel of the Regiment and John Brickell

Lieutenant Colonel, under these officers he marched towards Camden, South Carolina to

join General Gates [Horatio Gates] who he met retreating after his defeat. Joined his

army and accompanied it to Pedee River and from thence to Deep River and thence to

Salisbury, NC where he received his discharge, was on this tour of duty about five

months. He then returned to Halifax County, N. C. where a short time afterwards he

again entered the service of a troop of cavalry under the command of Captain Robinson

and Col. Read and joined General Green [sic, Nathanael Greene] near Guilford Court

house, N. C. and served under those officers at the Battle at that place. He then marched

with the cavalry of General Greene to Camden, S. C. was discharged on the Pedee River,

in this tour of duty was one about five months. That the next tour of duty he performed

was in the North Carolina State Troops in which he volunteered in the month of October

1781 for a twelve month tour of duty in the County of Halifax, N. C. in the company of

Captain Swan Tronton [?]. there was no higher officer in command during the tour of

duty other than Major Long, had but little active service to perform and was principally

engaged in quelling the Tories. While on this last tour of duty marched from Halifax to

Salisbury, was in the neighborhood of Fayetteville and was on Pedee River and Deep

River, was discharged in October or November 1782 and was never in the service

afterwards. There are no witnesses now living in his power to procure by whom he can

prove his services. He received written discharges after most if not all of his tours of

service but they together with the record of his age have been destroyed by fire. He was

acquainted with the following officers in the regular service. General Greene, General

Gates, Col. Lee, and Col. Washington. He has no documentary evidence by which to

establish his services than such as may be on file in the departments at Washington City.

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 the agency of any State.

He further states that he is not acquainted with any Clergyman whose statement

he can procure in compliance with the instructions from the War Department but begs

leave to refer to the evidence of Edward Blackshear and George Ogden, witnesses who

proved his services on application which he made for a pension about three years since

whose testimony he is informed is on file in the War Department. He further states that

both of said witnesses have since departed this life.

Sworn to in open court 17 January 1833

S/ Zachariah Jerkins, X his mark

S/ Jas. S. Linn. Clk

[C. C. Williams and Alfred A. Fisher gave the standard supporting affidavit.]

 

Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial, Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida

Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida

FLRevolutionSoldiers.jpg

Inscription:

To the memory of the known Revolutionary Soldiers who removed to Florida

Evan Andress • John Bessent • John Brown • Henry Edwards • John Fletcher • William Gay • Zachariah Gherkins • Morton Gray • James Hall • Joab Horne • Amos Latham • John Liles • John Tolson Lowe • William H. Mathers • Moses Munson • Rhesa Oliver • Solomon Osteen • Jesse Potts • William Rawls • Joseph Singletary • Aaron Snowden • John Vaughn • Levi Weeks • Theophilis Weeks • Lewis Wilford • Dempsy Wood • Solomon Yeoman

1976, Placed byAbigail Bartholomew Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to celebrate
The United States of America Bicentennial

Location. 29° 12.81′ N, 81° 1.176′ W.

Marker is in Daytona Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker is on North Beach Street north of International Speedway Boulevard (U.S. 92), on the right when traveling north. The memorial is located along the Halifax River (Intracoastal Waterway) on the grounds of J. Saxton Lloyd Riverfront Park. Marker is in this post office area: Daytona Beach FL 32114, United States of America.

Veterans Memorial Plaza The Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial is the plaque farthest on the left.

Zachariah Gherkins Final Voucher Payment state death date of 05 Oct 1835

Leon County, Florida

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Zachariah Gherkins Final Voucher Payment state death date of 05 Oct 1835, Agency, St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida.

Zachariah Gherkins, Revolution War Patriot of Tallahassee, Florida, NSSAR # P-165523

Leon County, Florida

Patriot #: P-165523, Surname: GHERKINS, Given_Name: Zachariah, Military Rank: Soldier, State of Service: NC,

Birth ca. 1756, Death aft 17 Jan 1833

Quality: GRAVE or SVC INFO ONLY

Citation Revolutionary War Graves Register. Clovis H. Brakebill, compiler. 672pp. SAR. 1993. Also SAR Revolutionary War Graves Register CD. Progeny Publishing Co: Buffalo, NY. 1998. 

Pension Number: S84843.

Bio Pension record S4843 allows service 2 years; Company of Capt. Trotten, Col. Nicholas Long in NC Line and Militia.

Cem_Name: (unknown)   Cem_County: Leon Cem_State: FL

 

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