Thomas McClurken Revolutionary War Service

The following was transcribed by Roger Kemps from the Pension File of Thomas McClurken © 2010


From pages 10 through 12:


The State of South Carolina Chester District: On this Second day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty three personally appeared in open court, before the Honorable Richard Gantt one of the Judges of the Court of General Sessions and Common Pleas of said District and State, now sitting, Thomas McClurken a resident of Chester District and State of South Carolina, 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 Seventh one thousand eight hundred thirty two. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served from the year 1775 or 1776 to the year 1782 as herein stated - "I was a substitute for Abraham Millar in the Snowy Camps in the winter 1775 – 6 under the command of Capt. Alexander Turner a detachment of us was ordered to Reedy River after Capt. Cunningham, afterwards a celebrated and bloody Tory Major - we discovered his party and fired at them - they dispersed and we captured twenty one of his Tory associates marched them to Ninety Six where we had them handcuffed and chained and then took them to Charleston and lodged them in Jail - we then returned home."


"About the last of November or first of December 1778 I was drafted under Capt. Turner, we were ordered to the low country, and about Monk’s Corner, we became attached to Genl. Richardson and after laying there some time, marched to the quarter house, near Charleston, from thence to Jacksonborough and Pocotaligo to Purysburgh, where we fell in with Genl. Lincoln, who commanded the Continental forces, our men were under the immediate command of Major Brown - we stayed at Purysburgh until our term of service expired and I returned home."


"Sometime in the year 1779, before the fall of Charleston, I was there as a militia man, under Capt. Turner, and done duty three months in his company, I remember Col. Kershaw and Genl. Moultrie - from Charleston I returned home."


"In or about May 1780, Capt. Lacy raised a volunteer Company of about one hundred men - I volunteered under him. We were ordered after a party of Tories supposed to be at Mobley's Meeting house - where we found and killed a number of them, the remainder of their party fled when our company returned home. About the first of March 1781, Lieutenant James Kennedy raised a small party of Whigs (I was one of the number) for the purpose of attacking a company of Tories who were at the Plantation of old James Wylies - we routed them through the old fields, after a short time they returned and owing to superior numbers, they compelled us to give way, after killing Samuel Wylie the son of old James Wylie - our party killed a Tory named Fair."


"About the month of April 1781, I was with Capt. Adams in the Indian Land where we remained a short time and was dismissed. In the month of May 1781, Capt. Adams again ordered me out - our company were directed to procure provisions for Genl. Green's Army - we did so; and was then ordered to Fort Granby (called the Congaree fort) which surrendered to Lieutenant Col. Lee - we were then dismissed.


I was drafted, I believe in the month of February 1782, by Capt. Cooper; Major Wallis and Genl. Henderson were our field officers - we marched to Orangeburgh where we were ordered to guard the Jail which contained a large number of Prisoners - I remained there some time, and returned home - this was the last of my revolutionary services. I now live in the same neighborhood that I lived in during the Revolutionary War.


Deponent says he has no written discharge; and hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State or Territory.

                                                                                     Signed by Thomas McClorken

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid in open Court

Signed by J. Rosborough, CCPs


From pages 14 through 16:


Interrogatories prescribed by the War Department and administered to Thomas McClurken, by the Honorable Richard Gantt, presiding Judge of the Court of General Sessions and Common Pleas, for Chester District, Spring term 1833



·      Where and in what year were you born?


·      I was born in Ireland in the year 1756 and emigrated to Charleston in 1772.



·      Have you any record of your age; and if so, where is it?


·      I have no record of my age - my information on this subject was derived from my brother Robert McClurken, now dead.



·      Where were you living when called into service; where have you lived since the revolutionary war, and where do you now live?


·      I was living in Camden District when first called into service - and have resided in Chester District, on the same plantation I now occupy, ever since the Revolutionary War.



·      How were you called into service; were you drafted, did you volunteer, or were you a substitute? and if a substitute, for whom?


·      I was first a substitute for Alexander Millar; afterwards I served occasionally as a volunteer, and was also, drafted several times.



·      State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops where you served; such Continental and Militia Regiments as you can recollect, and the general circumstances of your service?


·      I remember Genl. Green, Lieut. Col. Washington and Genl. Sumter (Col. Tarleton took my brother from his house and had him hung to a Red oak tree) I do not, at this time remember the names of any of the Continental or Militia Regiments - I was attached to Col. Winn's Regiment and refer to my narrative for the general circumstances of my service.



·      Did you ever receive a discharge from the Service: and, if so, by whom was it given, and what has become of it?


·      I never received a written discharge from service it was usual to give a verbal discharge.



·      State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood, and who can testify as to your character for veracity, and their belief in your services as a soldier in the Revolution.


·      Rev. Wm Davis, James Harbison, Esq. - Doctor. John Douglass, and also refer to the whole neighborhood in which I reside.

Signed by Thomas McClurken

Sworn in open court                   }

Signed by J. Rosborough| CCPS}                             Signed by R. Gantt, P.J.


Amendment to Thomas McClurken Declaration

South Carolina }

Chester District} Personally appeared before me John Rosborough Clerk of the Court of General Sessions and Common Pleas for the district and state aforesaid, Thomas McClurken, who being duly sworn, deposeth and saith that by reason of old age, and the consequent loss of memory, he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of his service; but according his recollection he served not less than the periods below mentioned, and in the following grades: - For 4 months I served as a substitute for Abraham Millar in the year 1775 - 6. For 2 months and 16 days under Capt. Turner, I was drafted - 1778. For 3 months in the militia under Capt. Turner in the year 1779. For 2 weeks as a volunteer under Capt. Lacy in 1780. For one night and day under Lieutenant James Kennedy as a volunteer in the year 1781. For 2 weeks as a volunteer under Capt. Adams in the year 1781. For 2 months as a volunteer under Capt. Adams in the year 1781. For 2 months I served under Capt. Cooper I was drafted this tour 1782. For 2 months as a volunteer under Capt. Turner in the Dutch fork, South Carolina. I think in the year 1779 - and for such service I claim a pension.

                                                                                     Signed by Thomas McClorken

Sworn to and subscribed            }

this 6th July 1833 before me     }

Signed by J. Rosborough }

Clk & JD


Reference files:


Pension File W21792 Page 10

Pension File W21792 Page 11

Pension File W21792 Page 12

Pension File W21792 Page 14

Pension File W21792 Page 15

Pension File W21792 Page 16


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