State of North Carolina, Sampson County} On this the 11th day of November 1845, came before the undersigned one of the acting Justices of the pace and a member of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions for the said County of Sampson. Milly Manuel a resident of the aforesaid County & State 88 years Eighty eight years who being first duly sworn according to Law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed on the 4th July 1836 for the benefit of certain Widows.
That she is the widow of Nicholas Manuel Dec’d of the said county who was a draughted soldier in the war of the Revolution as follows one (18) Eighteen months Tour one (9) nine months Tour and one Three months Tour, in all her husband the said Nicholas Manuel served two years and a half faithfully as she has heard him say.
That her husband the said Nicholas Manuel was under the command of Captain Kinion Hubbert and others and was in the battle of Briar Creek and was in the seage of Charleston as she has often heard him say.
That she has caused diligent search to be made for her husbands discharge which she has a very perfect recollection of having seen, particularly a printed one.
That her husband the said Nicholas Manuel lived in N.C. when he was called into the service.
That she cannot now tell the date of her marriage to the said Nicholas Manuel but that he the said Nicholas Manuel served both before and after the marriage.
That she was married to the said Nicholas Manuel before Gen Wallis was taken, that her first child to wit Sheadrack was born on the day that Wallis was made prisoner.
That she was married in Duplin Co N.C. by Fleet Cooper Esqr.
That her husband the said Nicholas Manuel died the 27th day of March 1835 Eighteen hundred & thirty five
Sworn to and subscribed on this the 11th day of November 1845 before me. /s/ Neill Campbell J.P. Milly X Manuel
From the file of Nicholas Manuel, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives and Records Administration.
Nicholas Manuel is head of a household of free people of color in the 1830 census of Sampson County.