Hezekiah WHITT

Male 1761 - 1846  (85 years)

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  • Name Hezekiah WHITT 
    Born 29 Mar 1761  SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 74517FBF86B04A6DABE52449212AB52613A7 
    Died 29 Mar 1846  Baptist Valley, Tazewell Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Whitt-Lowe Ceme. Baptist Valley, Tazewell Co. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Hezekiah was employed as Farmer, Hunter, Indian fighter & Rev. War. Vet. Gentleman Justice of the Peace, appointed Sheriff by Pastrick Henry gov. of Va. He joined religion Most likely Baptist.

      Source: http://dahnmonwhittfamily.com/genealogy/individual.php?pid=I42&ged=Whitt

      Hezekiah moved from South Carolina to Montgomery county, Va.

      After the war for Independence Hezekiah was awarded land grants along the upper Clinch River in what is now Tazewell County, Va. Hezekiah settled near Ceder Bluff in Baptist Valley. Hezekiah helped organize Tazewell county, along with eight other Gentlemen Justices of the Peaces, all appointed by Governor Patrick Henry. Hezekiah also served as Sheriff and Judge of Tazewell County.

      Granted Land no.70 page 305; Tazewell County 120A. On Indian Creek, a branch of the Clinch River. 22 Aug 1821; Grant number 95, Page 393 98A. On Dismal Creek waters of the Louisa Fork of Sandy River; 29 Jun 1844.

      Hezekiah and his father, Richard signed the Patriot's Oath to the Free State of Virginia on Sep. 13,1777 in Montgomery Co., Va. They were members of Capt. Trigg's Company. He was scarcely 17 years old when he first saw military action in the Revolutionary war. His pension deposition states that in 1776 or 1777 he was drafted to go to the relief of the New River Island creek fort to help protect it from the Indians. He marched under the command of Lieutenant Israel Lorton.

      In 1777 he was a volunteer under Captian Thomas Mastin against the Cherokee Indians in the Chickamauga expedition in Tennessee. Their rendezvous point was at Colonel William Campbell's in Washington county. They marched to the big Island of the Holston River and were incorporated into General Evan Shelby's outfit. From there they marched on the Indian towns. Hezekiah was then drafted to serve in a fort on Back Creek in Montgomery county. Next He was drafted by Colonel William Preston in the summer of 1888 to march to North Carolina to join the Army of General Gates, but Hezekiah was chosen to guard the lead mines in montgomery county. Hezekiah also acted as Indian spy when needed, and always was ready to serve to win freedom for the new United States.


      Revolutionary War Pension Application

      Virginia # S7885

      Revolutionary Claim Act June 7, 1832

      Recorded by Lt. S. Evans, Clerk

      Book E. Vol. 642 Page 39

      Coped from the National Archives.

      Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900
      Name: Hezekiah Whitt
      Pension Year: 1845
      Application State: Virginia
      Applicant Designation: Survivor's Pension Application File
      Archive Publication Number: M804
      Archive Roll Number: 2569
      Total Pages in Packet: 16

      U.S. Pensioners, 1818-1872
      Name: Hezekiah Whitt
      Pension Office State: Virginia
      Year Range: 1831-1848

      County of Tazewell

      On this the 27th day of March eighteen hundred and forty four personally appeared in open court Hezekiah Whit a resident of the County of Tazewell and State of Virginia aged eighty four 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 provision made by Act of Congress passed June the 7th 1832.

      That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.

      The declarant states that he was born in the State of South Carolina in the year 1760, that from thence his father removed to Stewards Creek, North Carolina and afterwards to Montgomery County Virginia. That in the June of 1776 or 1777 (he is not clear in his recollection which) he was drafted to go to the relief of Island Creek Fort, against the Indians. This fort stood upon New River, and an express was sent to Colonel William Preston informing him of the danger from the presence of the Indians. The declarant marched under the command of Lieutenant Israel Lorton, and entered the fort which was then commanded by

      Captain Henry Patton. This draft was ordered by the Colonel Commandant William Preston of Montgomery County. Owing to the necessity of cultivating the growing crop, the service only was

      ordered for the space of one month for which space of time this declarant served. In the month of March and he thinks in the year 1770, he went as a volunteer under Captain Thomas Mast! in upon the expedition against the Cherokee Indians to Tennessee, called the "Chickamaugy Expedition". the point of

      rendezvous was at Colonel Campbell's in the County of Washington, Virginia. The men were marched to the big Island of Holston, where they were incorporated into the regiment of General Evan Shelby. From thence they marched against the Indian towns, but found upon entering them that they had already been abandoned by the Indians. this declarant was three months in this service having left home in the early part of March and returning after the troops were disbanded sometime in June.

      On this expedition there was a regiment of regular troops, declarant thinks of the "State Line" destined for service in the Illinois country. The Colonel who commanded them was Montgomery and the Major he thinks was Quirk. These troops continued their march westward after the militia returned home.

      This declarant got a regular discharge for his serviced under Shelby, which was signed by Captain Aaron Lewis, who had been sent to New Dublin in Montgomery, for the purpose of paying off the men and giving them discharges.

      In the following October this declarant was drafted to serve in a fort on Back Creek in Montgomery County, in which service he continued until the next March under the command of Captain James

      Thompson, an officer serving in the militia of Virginia. Colonel /William Thompson held the chief command of this fort. After the expiration of this service this declarant was regularly discharged by Colonel William Thompson.

      In the early part of the summer of 1780 (as this declarant thinks, for at this distance of time he cannot pretend to strict accuracy in dates) he was drafted by order of Colonel William Preston, to go into Caroling for the purpose of joining the army under the command of General Gates. The lead mines in Montgomery

      County was designate as the place of rendezvous for the troops. Here Colonel Cloyd took command. He marched with the main body of the men into Carolina. It was determined however to leave a strong guard at the lead mines, which was accordingly done. Under Colonel Saunders of this guard, this declarant stayed and remained one month. In August after wards, there was much excitement and alarm in the county least a large body of Tories and deserters should embody themselves and harass the inhabitants. Colonel William Preston ordered out the militia, and in the company of Captain Daniel Trigg this declarant served

      twenty days. From this time until the close of the Revolution this declarant always held himself ready to go upon any service to which he might be ordered, either in the militia or as an Indian spy.

      He further states that except in the instances mentioned, he never received a regular discharge, and that those he did receive have long since been lost, declarant supposing after the close of the war that a discharge was of no value. this declarant states that he has no documentary evidence to prove the facts he has stated, nor does he know of any living witness by whom he can prove his service except those rendered in the Chickemaugy or Tennessee campaigns, that he can prove by the testimony of a

      witness who was on the expeditions.

      He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever 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.

      Hezekiah Whitt

      We William McGuire a clergyman residing in the County of Tazewell and Thomas Christain residing in the same county hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Hezekiah Whit, who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration; that we believe him to be eighty four years of age that he is reputed and

      believed in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in the opinion.

      Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

      William McGuire

      Thomas Christian

      Certified by Geo. W. G. Brown, Clerk of Court

      Tazewell County, March 27th, 1844

      Lyles Dolsbury certifies that he served with Hezekiah Whit in various services and has known him since.

      Lyles (X) Dolsbury

      In addition to the certificate given by this affiant, he would state that this affiant was raised from childhood (being Left an orphan) by Captain Thomas Martin, whom he has often heard say, that Hezekaih Whit, the applicant for a pension in the foregoing declaration, was a soldier under him in the Cherokee Expedition

      into Tennessee. this affiant knew the said Whit at that time and has known him ever since. This affiant knows nothing of any other service stated by the said Whit, but he believes them to have been performed as stated. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year above written in open court.

      Thomas Christian



      Page 137

      Hezekiah Whitt

      Washington County

      Henry Lee Esquire governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia to all to whom these presents shall come, Greetings: Know ye that by virtue of a Certificate in right of Settlement given by the Commissioners- for adjusting the Titles to unpatented Lands in the District of Washington and Montgomery, and in Consideration of the Ancient Composition of ten Shillings Sterling paid by Hezekiah Whitt into the Treasury of this Commonwealth there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto Hezekiah Whitt Assignee of John Hankins a certain tract or parcel of Land, containing eighty four Acres by Survey bearing date the twenty sixth day of April one thousand seven hundred and eighty three Lying and being in the County of Washington on the waters of Clinch River in the Baptist Valley and bounded as followeth towit: Beginning at two white oaks on a hill thence South forty degrees East Sixty seven poles to a large sugar tree at the foot of Kents Ridge and along the same North fifty three degrees E!

      ast two hundred and twenty six poles to a Lynn on Major Matins land and along his line North thirty one degrees West fifty seven poles crossing a branch to a large Chestnut oak on a high ridge corner to said Mastins land, thence leaving Mastins line and a long the said ridge South fifty five degrees West two hundred and thirty six poles to the beginning: with its appurtenances to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said Hezekiah Whitt and his Heirs forever. In Witness whereof the said Henry Lee Esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia hath hereunto set his hand and caused the lesser Seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond on the fourth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two and of the Commonwealth the Seventeenth.

      Hezekiah Whitt

      Tazewell Land Survey

      Tazewell Co. VA

      Land survey

      March 20, 1820

      page 190

      Surveyed for Hez Whit 120 acres of land by virtue of an entry made the 20th March 1820 a part of a land office treasury warrant assigned to him by Hez Harmon assignee of John Cally and part of warrant No. 5334 for 500 acres dated the 6 January 1814 being in Tazewell Co. on Indian Creek a branch of Clinch River and bounded as follows; Beginning at a black oak W oak and cucumber on the top of Ready Ridge a corner of James Whitts and with the same line S 63 E 48 poles to 3 W oaks S 9 W 40 poles to a W oak on a hillside S 30 E 40 poles crossing a cabin branch to a white poplar on the point of a ridge S 86 W 80 poles to a buckeye in a rich hollow N 56 W 44 poles to a sugar sapling on a rich hillside N 80 W 60poles crossing Indian Creek to 3 sp pines in an island S 65 W 66 poles crossing said Creek to a dogwood N 8 E 32 poles crossing the creek to two birches N 53 W 10 poles to 3 black gums on top of the ridge N 7 to 50 poles to a red oak N 70 E 80 poles crossing Loone Creek to a !

      W oak and birch in a bottom S 84 E 120 poles to the beginning March 24, 1820.

      Isaac Brown Sur

      for Hez Harmon S.T.C.
    Person ID I4681  Master File
    Last Modified 15 May 2013 

    Father Rev. Richard WHITT,   b. 25 Apr 1725, VA or SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1812, Montgomery Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Susanna SKAGGS,   b. Abt 1730, Augusta Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1797, Montgomery Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Married 1755  Montgomery Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3399  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rachel SKAGGS,   b. Abt 1761, Shawnee Nation, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1846, Indian Creek Tazewell Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Married 1782  Montgomery Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
      Name: Hezekiah Whitt
      Gender: Male
      Birth Place: SC
      Birth Year: 1760
      Spouse Name: Rachel Skaggs
      Marriage Year: 1782
      Marriage State: VA
      Number Pages: 1
     1. James WHITT,   b. 28 Oct 1782, Cedar Grove, Wythe Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1866, Tazewell, County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. Griffith WHITT,   b. 1787, Wythe County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1853, Grundy Co. MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     3. Richard Nelson (Devil Dick) WHITT,   b. 1791, Wythe County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1855, Carter Co. KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     4. Johh Bunyan WHITT,   b. 1794, Wythe County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1867, Floyd Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     5. Rebecca WHITT,   b. 1795, Wythe County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Susannah WHITT,   b. 1796, Wythe County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1865  (Age 69 years)
     7. Jonas WHITT,   b. 1 Jan 1797, Wythe County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1865, Truittsville, Big White Oak Creek, Greenup Co. KY. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     8. Jonathan F. WHITT,   b. 1799,   d. 1889  (Age 90 years)
    Last Modified 5 Jun 2012 
    Family ID F3425  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart