Thursday, April 10, 2014

Asa Spelmore: American Revolution Pension Declaration, Part 4

The final correspondence in Asa Spelmore's pension file represents the final attempt to gain a soldier's pension for service in the Revolutionary War. It appears that a pension was never granted, and the case, having been brought to court twice, was left unresolved.

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File No. 42022
Asa Spelmore
Pri    Rev War
Act. 18th March 18th
Index:--Vol. [G?], Page 483
[Arrangement of 1870.]

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Hon.: Wm S. Black-
ledge -- [Ho: Repo]
[Recd] between 21st Jan y
Asa Spelmore
Old Rev y case

The Honorable
Wm. S. Blackledge
Washington City

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Newbern 15 Jan : 1822
Dear Sir,
   Apon old man, Asa Spellmore, one of
your Constituents applied some time since for a provision on the ground of Revolutionary Service. His petition was returned for more specific statement of citizenship & the Oath of Mo H Davis, Sheriff of the County was added. . And the papers again forwarded to the War office -- Since then nothing has been heard of his case-- I have obtained from the Clerk's Office, a Copy of his petition, & proof & enclose it to you-- & hope you will in person hand it to the proper office & obtain an early decision on his case.
He is miserably poor & cannot t[ay] the Government long -- but while others with no better claims are relieved. it is hard this old fellow should be [competent] to [beg] his head.
Your obed "Serv"
J. Stanly

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James L. Edwards Esqr
Pension Office

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     Mr. Blackledge had the honor to
lay before Mr. J. L. Edwards a letter from Mr. John Stanly [                 ] the claom of an old Soldier for a pension under Government -- At the time this claim claim was [     ] before you I reserve promise of an answer as soon as the claims previously presented should hear under your examination --- if the claim which was presented February 2nd has not yet been examined --- I should like to be informed when it is possible --- it will [come] in course for ex-amination.
Yours Respectfully
March 25th, 1822
W S Blackledge

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Asa Spelmore
Thos Watson
Newbern, N.C.
Recd 29 June 1822

                      The Honorable
                          The Secretary of War
                                   (Pension Office)
                                   Washington City

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Some fatality attends the petition of the 
poor old Soldier Asa Spelman. His first
petition miscarried -- His second was retur:
:ned & several months have elapse before he
could be brought to Court to add the sup:
:plemental matter required --- It is now
again entered & he entreats an early
reply, addressed to Thomas Watson Esq.
Port Master, Newbern -- No. Car.--
      June 15, 1822                                    

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Asa Spelmore: American Revolution Pension Declaration, Part 3

Following the testimony of Asa Spelman and the affidavits sworn by fellow patriots John Carter and Isaac Perkins, the Clerk of Court, J G Stanley, certified the statements as being true copies from the original record.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Asa Spelmore
Thomas Watson
Newbern, N.C.
Rec'd June 1821

certificate amended

[ Asa Spelman is ----
N.Carolina and proobably
should be Asa Spelmore
-----  ---  ------------]

Thos Watson

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district of North Carolina)  Court of Pleas and Quarter
Craven County                  )   Sessions - September 1820
On this 13th day of September 1820 personally appeared
in open Court, the said Court being a Court of Record
proceeding according to the course of the Common
law, with a jurisdiction unlimited in point of amount,
keeping a record of its proceedings, and having power to
fine and in prison Asa Spelmore commonly called
Asa Spelman, aged Seventy four years, who being first
duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the
following declaration, in order to obtain the pension
made by the Act of Congress of 18th March 1818, and the
1st of May 1820, that he the said Asa Spelman enlisted
in the Company commanded by Captain Quinn, in the Tenth
North Carolina Regiment, Continental Establishment command:
=ed by Colonel Davidson--that he enlisted for nine months
and served his term, but cannot state the day of his
enlistment or discharge--He was discharged at Halifax in
No. Carolina. He was not in any engagement except on
skirmish near West Point, and at King's Ferry in Jersey.
He has no other evidence of his service in his power than the
annexed affidavits of Isaac Perkins and John Carter.
And in pursuance of the Act of 1st May 1820 I 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, disposed of any property,
or any part thereof, with intent thereby so to diminish it
as to being myself within the provisions of an Act of Congress
entitled "An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the
land and navel 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 security, contracts or debts due to me, nor
have I any income or any property, except one
Canoe and paddle. Declarant is by occupation a

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Cooper, but from age and infirmity he cannot work but little.
He has no family and resides with his brother.
Sworn to and declared                                  his
on the 13th day of September           Asa     X       Spelman
1820 before                                                 mark
J G Stanly Clerk

Isaac Perkins maketh oath that he was a private
Soldier in the Second Regiment, North Carolina line in
the Continental establishment in the War of the Revolu:
:tion -- that while on Service at White Plains in the
State of New York, a detachment of Continental troops
[passed] that place on duty, and [       ] then he saw
the petitioner Asa Spelman or Spelmore, whom he
had been long acquainted with in No Carolina -- that
said Spelmore was then serving as a Continental Soldier
but deponent does not know the length of his service.
deponent was at the battle of Monmoth and at the
Siege of Charleston ----                          
Sworn to & subscribed in                        
Open Court September                                  
J G Stanly Clerk                                      his
                                                       Isaac   X   Perkins

John Carter, a Citizen of Craven County in the State
of North Carolina, maketh oath that he enlisted
in the Company Commanded by Captain Quinn
in the Regiment Commanded by Colo Davidson
(the Tenth) in the Continental North Carolina

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line, Continental Establishment, during the War
of the Revolution, and served nine months, and depo:
:nent knows that Asa Spelman was a soldier in
the Same company and that he said that Spelman did
serve the term of nine months in that Company.
Sworn to and subscribed in  )          John  X  Carter
open Court September 13th )               mark
A.D. 1820                              )
                        J G Stanly  Clerk

State of North Carolina
Craven County
I James G Stanly Clerk
of the Court of Pleas and Quarter 
Sessions of Craven County do hereby Certify
that the foregoing oaths, and the schedules
thereto annexed are truly copied from the 
records of said Court, and I do further certify
that it is the opinion of the said Court, that
the total amount in value of the property
exhibited in the aforesaid schedule is
considerably less than one hundred dollars.
In Testimony whereof I have 
hereunto set my hand and affixed
the Seal of the said Court on this 13th
day of September A.D. 1820.
J G Stanly   Clerk
of the Court of Pleas and Quarter
Sessions of Craven County,
State of North Carolina
in the Court of Pleas & Quarter
Sessions for Craven County March
Term A.D. 1821 --
Thomas [H.] Davis [County Sheriff of]
Craven County appeared in open Court and maketh
oath that he is well acquainted with Asa
Spelmore or Spelman that said Asa is

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at this time and has been for many years
a resident Citizen of this County, and that he is
the same person who has applied for a pension
Sworn and subscribed before me
14th March 1821[in open court] Thomas H. Davis
J G Stanly CC
                                         It is ordered that the Clerk certify to
the Secretary at War, of the United States that the
Witnesses [      ] support of the petition of said Asa Spelman
or Spelmore are worthy of merit. Witness James
G Stanly Clerk of said Court under the [     ]
of said Court at Newbern [       ] 14th day of March
A.D. 1821                                     J G Stanly   CC

[middle: See Image 7 above]

Asa Spelmore is not mustered. I find the name of
Asa Spelman a private in Capt Quinn's Comp y of the 10th
Regt for 9 months, enlisted 20th July 1778, which is believed
to be an error and that is should have been Asa Spelmore.
                                               Given under my hand this 12th Dec
                                               1820                            Wm Hill, Sec ry

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