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James Bishop, Sr.
No. S.6637
Revolutionary War Pension Application
Transcribed and Submitted by William M. Bishop, Jr.

State of Virginia
County of Dinwiddie

            On this 30th day of August in the year 1832, personally appeared in open court, before the justices of the County Court of Dinwiddie County, now sitting, James Bishop, a resident of the County and State aforesaid, aged seventy two years, who being first duly sworn according to laws, doth, on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.

            That he entered into the service of the United States, under the following named officers, and served as herein stated.  That service time was in the year 1777, but he does not recollect the date for he has no written memoranda of his services.  He was called out as a drafted militiaman and performed a three months tour of duty under Capt. Peterson Goodwyn of the County of Dinwiddie (who subsequently represented the Dinwiddie District in the Congress of the United States) and was stationed at Smithfield, in Va until the expiration of the period of services.  That he found himself unable at this much distance of time and having been so frequently in service at different times and under different officers to recall to his recollection the names of the superior officers, to whose command this company was attached at Smithfield.

            That he was subsequently drafted in regular routine of numbers in militia service to perform a tour of duty under Capt John Burwell for three months, - that Alex Walker was the lieutenant of the company but he does not recollect who was the ensign. - that the company was marched to Cabins Point, and other positions on James River, where  the corps was received and trained occasionally by Barone Staten, whom he well recollects, and that the company was attached to a regiment commanded by  Capt J. Bannister.

            That the next tour of three months was the tour of duty which he was drafted to and performed, was under Capt. Richard Jones, whose company was stationed principally at Williamsburg, yet formed part of a Reg. commanded by Col. Joseph Jones.

            That he served the next tour of similar services under Capt William Meanly and served principally at Babbitsfield near Blount’s Mill in Prince George and other places in James River for the same period.  But does not recollect the name of any other officers at that time in command there

             That he served the next tour, for the same period, and called out in the same mode under Capt. John R. Davis who had been previously for several years, as was then stated, in the regular services and where Lieutenant was Wm Hudson and Ensign _____ Eppes.  That he was placed under command of Capt. Davis at Petersburg after having been detained in the County of Dinwiddie and marched to that place.  That during this tour the troops were marched under command he thinks, of Maj Burwell and Col. Jones to City Point where he saw the commotion between the British Ships lying there and a company of artillery commanded by Capt. Richard Hill.  That he was also at Stoners Mill where he remembers to have seen Gen. Lawson, who he understood was the commander of all the troops in that neighborhood.  He also recollects to have seen  Col. Faulkner there.

That subsequently he was one of a detachment moved to Petersburg to guard the magazines there where he remained in service three weeks when the party was discharged.  The party was commanded during the time by an Ensign John Jackson.

           That the only remaining services to which he was called during the war was under Capt Baker Pegram who was ordered, with his company detailed for the purpose, to march to Yorktown in VA but on the arrival of the company in Petersburg on their way, they were met by intelligence of the surrender of Lord Cornwallis and were immediately discharged within a very few days after they had been called out.  Allowing for the time consumed in marching to and from the different points at which he served, he has always computed the period of his services for his country at nearly two years.

            The Declarant states that he was born in the County of Dinwiddie and has from that time and still does reside there.  That there was a record of his age formerly in an old family bible, but which has been completely destroyed many years ago, but that his recollection of that record and other material information leaving him no doubt that his age is what it is above represented.  That he never had any written discharge in his life – the custom having been on the expiration of a tour of service, for the Capt. verbally to discharge the whole company together sometimes at the point when the service was rendered, and sometimes after marching them to the County, he himself acting no doubt under written orders.  That he has no documentary evidence of his said services but can prove by Wm Nunnally, Nimrod Burrow, Ann Jackson, his brother Jeremiah Bishop and perhaps others that the services  above detailed or different portions of them were performed.  Indeed, that his brother Jeremiah served with him on all but one of the different tours above spoken of.

He the said James Bishop hereby relinquishes any claims 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 whatever.  Sworn to and subscribed, the day and year aforesaid.


James  Bishop

We, Isham E. Hargrave a clergyman residing in the County of Dinwiddie, in the State of Virginia, and Joseph Goodwyn, a planter and farmer, residing also in the same County hereby certify that we are well acquainted with James Bishop who, has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration, that we believe him to be 72 years of age, that he is respected and believed in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a soldier of the United States and that we concur in that opinion.

            Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.


Isham E. Hargrave
Jos. Goodwyn

            And, the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he states.  Also the Court further certifies that it appears to them that Isham E. Hargrave has signed the preceding certificate as a clergyman and resident in the County of Dinwiddie and that Joseph Goodwyn, who has also signed the same is a resident of the same County, and is a credible, respectable person and that this statement is entitled to credit.

            I, John P. Crump, Clerk of the County Court of Dinwiddie County, do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceeding of the said Court in the matters of the application of James Bishop for a pension.

            In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of my office, this 20th day of August, in the year of our Lord 1832, and of our Independence this 57th year

  J. P. Crump CDC



BRIEF in the case of James Bishop

County of Dinwiddie in the State of Virginia

                                    (Act 7th June, 1832)

1.  Was the declaration made before a Court or a Judge?    Court

2.  If before a Judge, does it appear that the applicant is disabled by bodily infirmity?

3.  How old is he?   72

4.  State his services, as directed in the form annexed.


Duration of Service.


Names of General and Field Officers under whom he served.


Years, Months, Days,

As a.


In 1777



Capt Peter Goodwyn


Time not stated


Capt Jno Burwell, Col. Bannister


3 Ditto


Capt R. Jones, Col J Jones


3 Ditto


Capt Wm Meanly


3 Ditto


Capt J R Davis, Col Jones




Ensign Jno Jackson


Very few days


Captain Baker


15 mos, few days



5.   In what battles was he engaged?   None

6.      Where did he reside when he entered the service?  Dinwiddie County, VA

7.      Is his statement supported by living witnesses, by documentary proof, by traditionary evidence, by incidental evidence, or by the rolls?  Traditionary

8.      Are the papers defective as to form or authentication?  And if so in what respect?

I CERTIFY that the foregoing statement and the answers agree with the evidence in

the case above mentioned.

  G. Waugh
Examining Clerk.

State of Virginia, Dinwiddie County, to wit:

      Personally appeared before the Justices of the County Court of Dinwiddie, James Bishop, who under oath, in addition to his former Declaration to obtain a pension, hereto appended, that by reason of olde age and the consequent loss of memory, he cannot swear positively as to the precise period of his service further than he has already done.  That he knows he served five complete tours of three months each -- one service of three weeks – and a few days when last ordered out but he does not recollect certainly how many days he served on that occasion, or how many were occupied in returning home on this occasion and cannot be precise except as to the said 1 year 3 months -–and as to those tours while he recollects distinctly their order he cannot state the dates of either more particularly than in his former declaration.  Sworn to and subscribed this 2nd day of May 1833.


James __X__Bishop

Jeremiah Bishop hereby certifies that he knows that his brother, James Bishop did serve as a private in the militia in the revolutionary war for five tours of duty of three months each having himself been in service with him, during that number of full service, besides same few days on a later occasion.  Sworn & subscribed to in open court this 20th day of May 1833.


James __X__ Bishop

The affidavit of Ann Jackson common to the applications of James & Jeremiah Bishop, will be found in the papers of the latter.

Wm Nunnally states that he knows that both James Bishop & his brother Jeremiah were soldiers in the revolutionary war, as he recollects well to have seen them both in service, but he has no knowledge of the length of time which either of them served, but has no doubt from his knowledge of the men that their statement is true.  Sworn to & subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

                                                                                                              William Nunnally

      And the Court doth hereby certify that Jeremiah Bishop, Ann Jackson and William Nunnally whose certificates are already taken in behalf of this declarant, and also Nimrod Burrow whose certificate the court is informed is intended to be taken in vacation before a Justice of the Peace are credible respectable persons to whom testimony full credit is due.

      I, John P. Crump, clerk of the county court of Dinwiddie County, do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the entire proceedings of the said court in the matter of the application of James Bishop for a pension. 

  In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand
and affixed the seal of my office this 20th day of
May 1833, in the 57th year of the Commonwealth.



J. P. Crump, C.D.C.C.


 State of Virginia

                              Dinwiddie County, _______

Personally appeared before me the undersigned a Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid, Nimrod Burrow, who being first duly sworn, states and deposes that he has always understood and verily believes that James Bishop served many tours in the militia during the revolutionary war, that he is not, from his personal knowledge, able to say how long he served but this he knows, that several barbecues and treats have been given to Jeremiah Bishop and his brother James Bishop by their neighbors on account of their services in the revolutionary war and for their zeal in that cause.  Sworn to and subscribed this 21st day of May 1833;

  Nimrod Burrow



And I the said Justice do hereby certify that the above deponent Nimrod Burrow certifies as above stated and that he is a responsible and credible witness.  Given under my hand and seal this day and date above written.

  I. E. Hargrave  J. P.


State of Virginia

                        Dinwiddie County _____

            I, John D. Crump, Clerk of the County Court of Dinwiddie County in the State aforesaid, do hereby certify that Isham E. Hargrave whose name is inscribed to the foregoing certificate is a magistrate for the said County, and that the foregoing signature purporting to be his, is genuine.

  In testimony whereof, I have hereunto affixed my seal of office,
{Seal}     and subscribed my name this 20th day of May 1833, in the 
57th year of the Commonwealth.
  J. P. Crump, C.D.C.C.


                                                             Virginia 12.938

                                                              James Bishop

of Dinwiddie in the State of Virginia
Who was a pri: in the Company commanded
by Captain Goodwyn of the Regt commanded
by    Col. Jones   in The   Virginia  
line for   15 months

Inscribed in the Roll of   Virginia
At the rate of  50  Dollars _____Cents per annum
To commence on the 4th day of March 1831.

Certificate of Pension issued the 18th day of June ’32
and sent J. P. Crump

          Dinwiddie C.H.        (Clk)

Arrears to the 4th of March ’33                   100
Semi-annual allowance ending 4 Sept.      25



Revolutionary Claim
Act June 7, 1832

Recorded by     Wm Miller,     Clerk
Book   E   Vol.   6   Page   3 


     Both the Sons of the American Revolution and the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution have accepted this Patriot, James Bishop as a proven Patriot Ancestor


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