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  • ID: I04114
  • Name: John YATES II
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: MAR 1754 in Halifax Co., VA (later this became Pittsylvania Co., VA) 1
  • Death: 16 DEC 1835 in Wilkes Co., NC 1
  • Reference Number: 4114
  • Note:
    [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #6253, Date of Import: Dec 31, 1995]

    !Ref: Mrs. W. O. Absher, North Wilkesboro, NC; 17 July 1974
    !Ref: Yates Publishing, FGSE, 1598.263 RTA.
    John Yates, Sr. was a Rev. War soldier (pension application).





    Pension Application for John Yates, filed in Wilkes County, North Carolina,
    November 1834

    State of North Carolina
    Wilkes County

    On the 4th day of November (1834) personally appeared in open court,
    before the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the county and state
    aforesaid now sitting, John Yates, a resident of the County of Wilkes and
    State of North Carolina, aged seventy three 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 7th 1832.
    That he entered the service of the United States under the following
    named officers and served as herein stated-That in the year 1776 just before
    the Declaration of Independence, the Cherokee Indians were very troublesome
    in the western and northwestern sections of North Carolina.
    And particularly so on the western side of the Blue Ridge in that section of
    the country embraced within the boundaries of what is now Ashe County, but
    which was then a part of Wilkes County-that they had committed many
    depredations upon the white settlement upon the frontier, and that it became
    necessary to keep small bodies of the militia almost constantly under arms to
    repel their invasions-Accordingly about the last of May or first of June 1776
    this declarant volunteered his services in Wilkes County, NC and joined a
    company of volunteer militia commanded by Captain Frances Hargrove and
    Lieutenant Lewis De Moss-the company rendezvoused at a place known as
    Holman's Ford on the Yadkin River, and after being organized marched
    forthwith to the protection of the frontier settlements on the north side of
    the Yadkin, and between that and the Blue Ridge-After being engaged in
    ranging the country between the river and the mountains for some time without
    being able to meet with the Indians, or any portion of them, they were
    stationed at an eligible position on the north side of the river about
    equi-distant between the river and the mountains, where they constructed a
    fort and where they remained a considerable time for the purpose of
    protecting the frontier settlements-About the last of August or first of
    September and while this declarant was stationed at the fort above mentioned,
    orders were received by Captain Hargrove to march with his company forthwith
    to join Genl. Griffith Rutherford at the Pleasant Gardens in Burke County,
    preparatory to a general expedition against the Cherokee Indians.
    Accordingly they set out immediately and proceeded to the Pleasant Gardens
    where they joined Genl. Rutherford with a large number of other troops. As
    soon as the whole were organized and prepared for the expedition they set out
    for their march on the Cherokee towns, and proceeded by the most direct route
    until they reached the Cowee towns. These towns they found abandoned by the
    Indians, and after destroying them, together with the corn, stock, etc. and
    such other property as they could find, they proceeded to the middle towns
    where they expected to meet with the South Carolina troops, but in which they
    were disappointed. The middle towns they found also abandoned-and after
    destroying them as they had done the Cowee and other towns, Genl. Rutherford
    divided his army, leaving a portion of it at the middle towns to guard the
    baggage and provisions, and also to take care of the sick, the whole of which
    were left at that place-Upon arriving at the latter place, however, they
    found that the Indians had principally fled-there being only a few straggling
    men, women and children to be found. These they captured, and after
    destroying the towns, they proceeded on their return to the middle towns with
    their prisoners, and on the way meeting with the South Carolina troops (who
    were proceeding to join Genl. Rutherford at the valley towns) they delivered
    the prisoners up to them and what afterwards became of them this declarant
    does not know. Upon the return of the North Carolina troops to the middle
    towns they remained there some time, resting and refreshing themselves,
    having suffered greatly from the exposure they were subjected to and from
    eating green corn and beef without salt. As soon, however, as the troops
    were sufficiently rested to undertake the journey they setout upon their
    return to North Carolina, and having marched back into the interior of the
    settlements, they were severally disbanded by companies and each proceeded to
    their respective homes. In this expedition, this declarant is satisfied, he
    served, from the time he first turned out, not less than six months-having
    served three months under Captain Hargrove before joining Genl. Rutherford,
    and three months afterwards.
    In the spring of the year following (as this declarant believes), the
    Cherokee Indians still continue to annoy and depredate upon the frontier
    settlements on the northwestern side of the Blue Ridge, this declarant again
    volunteered his services for three months, and joined the company of
    volunteer militia raised by Captain Benjamin Cleveland at Wilkes Court house,
    and marched direct to Carters Fort on the Watauga River on the northwest side
    of the Blue Ridge, where they were stationed for a considerable time (the
    precise period not recollected) and where they were employed principally in
    scouting parties to keep the Indians in check, and to protect the frontiers.
    After having remained at Carters Fort for a considerable time, Captain
    Cleveland was ordered with his company to repair to the Long Islands of
    Holstein (Holsten), where this declarant understood the Indians were about
    entering into a treaty of peace with the whites. They set out immediately
    upon their march, and upon reaching the treaty ground found a considerable
    number of the chiefs of the Cherokee nation, together with several persons
    whom he understood were commissioners appointed on the part of the United
    States, engaged in forming a treaty-After the treaty was concluded, Captain
    Cleveland with his company marched back to Carters Ford, and after remaining
    there a short time, set out for home, which place this declarant reached he
    thinks some short time before harvest, having served in this expedition not
    less than three months.
    About the first, or in the early part of August in the year 1780, this
    declarant again volunteered his services for three months, and joined the
    company of Captain David Viar, at Wilkes Court House, and thence marched to
    the defense of the southwestern section of the state, and it was understood
    that Majr. Ferguson was approaching from south Carolina with a large body of
    British and Tories. Having proceeded some distance into Burke County, they
    were joined by a considerable number of other troops-the whole being then
    placed under the command of Col. Benjamin Cleveland. While remaining in
    Burke organizing themselves and awaiting some expected intelligence as to the
    movements of Majr. Ferguson they were also joined by a regiment of militia
    from Virginia under the command of Colonel Campbell. The whole body of
    troops then moved on towards South Carolina, but upon the way (at some point
    not now recollected) intelligence was received that Majr. Ferguson was
    posting himself on Kings Mountain, upon receiving which it was immediately
    proposed that all who had horses or who could produce them should proceed
    forthwith with all possible dispatch in order to attack him. This declarant
    having no horse and not being able to produce one, was left behind with a
    large number of troops and did not reach the battle ground in time. The
    engagement having been fought and the Americans with their prisoners being on
    their return some distance when they met them.
    After meeting the army on its return that portion of the troops which
    had been left behind rejoined them and returned with them assisting in
    guarding the prisoners until they reached Wilkes Court House where a
    considerable number of fresh troops were ordered out to proceed with them and
    where this declarant (being nearly destitute of clothing and his feet much
    cut to pieces for the want of shoes) was discharged by Col. Cleveland and
    went home, having served during this tour not less than two and a half
    months. This last tour of duty closed the services performed by this
    declarant during the Revolution except some short tour performed in the early
    part of the war, for which he declines to set up any claim.
    This declarant was born in the County of Pittsylvania in the State of
    Virginia in the month of March 1754 as he was informed by his mother, but has
    no record of his age nor never had. He was living in Surry County now
    Wilkes, North Carolina when he was called into service and has continued to
    live in the same county ever since. All the services performed by this
    declarant were performed as a volunteer. The answer to the fifth
    interrogatory is contained generally in the body of this declaration. This
    declarant never received a written discharge from the service, nor has he any
    documentary evidence of any kind to prove his services, but refers to the
    testimony of Moses Watters, David Laws and William Viars, hereto annexed, all
    of whom served with him, and who can testify to his services. He also refers
    to the Rev. Thomas Fletcher and Joseph McNeill, as to persons to whom he is
    well known in his present neighborhood, and who can testify as to his
    character for veracity and their belief of his service as a soldier of the
    Revolution.
    He hereby relinquishes every claim 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.
    Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid

    his

    John x Yates


    mark
    Wm. Mastin CCC

    (Under his signature, Jemima Yates states that she was married to John Yates
    2 or 3 years prior to the Battle of Kings Mountain, in Orange County,
    Virginia and in a short time moved to North Carolina).

    *A marriage certificate dated 8 March 1779, is on record for John Yates and
    Jemima Roper in Caswell County, North Carolina (formed from Orange Co., NC)


    Application for widow's benefits was filed by Jemima Yates in 1841


    State of North Carolina
    Wilkes County

    On this 18th day of May AD 1841 personally appeared before James
    Reynolds, one of the acting justices in and for said county, Jemima Yates,
    about eighty two or three years of age, being as near as she can recollect,
    who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the
    following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by
    the act of Congress passed July 4, 1836. That she is the widow of John
    Yates, who was a soldier in the revolutionary war who was a pensioner at the
    time of his death-The said Jemima Yates has no means by which she can prove
    the time her husband John Yates entered the service and length of service,
    only on reference to the declaration of her husband John Yates, which is on
    file in the Pension Office in Washington City, D.C.-She further declared that
    she was married to the said John Yates some two or three years before the
    Battle of Kings Mountain in Orange County, Virginia, and removed a short time
    after this marriage to North Carolina, where she has remained ever since.
    She further states that her husband, John Yates died in the month of December
    1835, and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, as will more
    fully appear by reference in the proof hereto annexed. She further declares
    that she has lost her eyesight and is so old and infirm that she cannot
    possibly go to the court house; neither has she been able for some years to
    leave her house.


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    Father: John YATES b: ABT 1712 in Bedford, Co., VA
    Mother: Elizabeth KILGORE

    Marriage 1 Jemima ROPER b: 1755 in VA
    • Married: 8 MAR 1779 in Caswell Co., NC 1
    • Married: 8 MAR 1779 in Wilkes Co., NC
    Children
    1. Has Children John YATES III b: 1780 in Lewis Fork, Wilkes Co., NC
    2. Has No Children Robert YATES b: ABT 1780
    3. Has No Children Sarah YATES b: ABT 1783
    4. Has No Children Nancy YATES b: ABT 1786
    5. Has Children Hugh Dobin YATES b: 5 FEB 1786 in Lewis Fork, Wilkes Co., NC
    6. Has No Children Louisa "Ann" YATES b: ABT 1792
    7. Has Children Salvey YATES b: ABT 1795
    8. Has Children David YATES b: 1795 in Lewis Fork, Wilkes Co., NC
    9. Has No Children Tillman YATES b: 1800
    10. Has No Children Jemima YATES b: ABT 1804
    11. Has No Children Hugh YATES

    Sources:
    1. Brøderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #6253, Date of Import: Dec 31, 1995

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