Fourth Generation Inclusive

Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

Tag: War of 1812

Ruptured, but faithful.

State of North Carolina, Cumberland County   }  I Thomas J. Robeson Lately a Major 4th Rifle Reg’t United States Army, now resident in the Town of Fayetteville, county and State aforesaid Do hereby certify that corporal Josiah Abshier (a man of coulor) now resident in Anson county and State of North Carolina, was a corporal of the Poineirs and attached to Capt. Parkers company 3rd Rifle Regiment United States Army under Lieut Col’o Wm. S. Hambleton on a march from Camp Bottoms Bridge Below Richmond Va. to Washington City (green leaf Point) Maryland.   That at or near Alexandra Va in January A.D. 1815 while in the actual performance of his duty on a march [illegible] did fall from one of the Bagage Wagons thereby became Ruptured and was in consequence [illegible] from the Army of the United States, as Invalid. I further certify that I did march with the 3rd Rifle Regiment from Charlotte No Ca in the winter A.D. 1814 to Washington city as aforesaid that during the Said march & while in quarters that the said Corporal Josiah Abshier did faithfully perform his duty as Corporal and Soldier of the United States Army, and deserve the aid of his Country; that the said corporal Abshier is now in the fifty Six year of his age,  and So disabled by the Ruptor as aforesaid to provent him from Manual Labour. Given under my hand in Fayetteville this 15th December 1825. Thomas L. Robeson Lately Major 4th Rifle Reg’t U.S.A.

File of Josiah Abshier, War of 1812 Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives and Records Administration.

Navy deserter.

DESERTED, from the U.S. Gun boat No. 150 ELIJAH BRENT, alias WILLIAMS a dark mulatto man about 5 feet, 5 or 6 inches high much pitted with the small pock, walks erect about 22 or 23 years of age slow of speech –  hails from Charleston where he says his mother and relations reside.  Ten dollars Reward will be given to any person who will take up said deserter and deliver him to any Officer of the U.S. or place him in jail.  T.N. GAUTIER, commanding Naval Officer.  July 24 – tf. 

Wilmington Gazette, 2 Oct 1813, NC Newspaper Digitation Project, North Carolina State Archives Historic Newspaper Archive.