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THOMAS MASON - Revolutionary War Soldier --
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Thomas was likely born in Delaware since he enlisted with the Delaware Line for four years. It is known that his birthdate was nine days before Christmas in the year 1760. His death was in Montgomery County, Indiana 4 October 1846. His last pension payment was 8 September 1846, about a month before he died.
In March of 1818 (18th day) the government made it possible for those who fought in the Revolution to obtain a pension if proof be presented. Thomas Mason living in Adams County, Ohio applied in April of of 1823 on the 16th.
In his affidavit, he told that he was about destitute and had a wife and 10 children (four on their own). His son, Jefferson was 13; Malin Jackson about 7 and Wilson Campbell about two. Three daughters were at home - Elizabeth five Patty eight and Margaret about five years.
total property consisted of:
Revolutionary War period information was "transcribed and
annotated" by C. Leon Harris (Pension Application S 3669)
State of Ohio, Adams County. .. I do hereby certify that this
day Thomas Mason a citizen of the US and this state in which
he has resided many years personally appeared before me the
undersigned a Judge of the Court of Common Please in and for
the County aforesaid and being duly sworn according to law made
the following declaration under oath.
In Adams County, Ohio Mason aged 62 on his oath declares:
He served in the Revolutionary War enlisting some time in the summer of 1779 in a company commanded by Capt. John RHodes called Delaware Blues, the following fall he joined the Regiment at Sussex Courthouse, New Jersey and March to winter quarters near Morristown. Sometime after he was sent with the baggage of Brigadier General M. Gess (Mordecai Gist) to SC. He was in the engagement called the Battle of Camden (General Horatio Gates' defeat 16 Aug 1780 wher ehe was taken prisoner, shortly after he was retaken by Gen'l Francis Marion (skirmish near Nelson's Ferry SC 25 Aug 1780) - marched to Wilmington NC then Hillsborough NC where he joined the Regiment commanded by Gen'l Gates and aftewards Gen;l Nathanael Greene he continued in the regular service and was in the Battle of Guilford Court House (15 March 1781) and battle at Camden (Hobkirk Hill 25 April 1781). Also the battle of the Eutaw Springs (8 Spet 1781) and other engagements not necessary to mention finally was sent to New Castle wher ehe received a furlow without date instead of regular discharge after having been 4 years and some months in the service of the US. The papers were lost in the buring of his house and property in West Union shortly after it became a town.
On the 27th of December 1837, Mason applied to have his pension transferred to Montgomery County, Indiana awhere he had moved because "a son who resided in that place wished me and my wife come there and reside with or near him and my wife was anxious to go to that county to be near her son and I went to that County as much to gratify my wife as anything else."
information have his wife as Mary Pawson and Mary Dawson - she
was born August 17, 1778 and passed May 8, 1837. They were married
on April 17, 1794. Both are buried in Old Town Cemetery in the
heart of Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana. A monument
was set to honor Mason on Memorial Day in 1939.
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