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Pension Record of James Cannon (1762-1842)
Transcribed from Pension Record, Bureau of Pensions, Wash. D.C., Volume 1, page 62, record number: 16,684.
Contributed by Tina Wells, 2006.

James Cannon (1762-1842) enlisted as a private in the Revolutionary War in 1778 and served for seven years in Captain Matthew Gillespie's Company, Colonel Lewis Casey's Regiment of South Carolina Troops. He married in 1785, Rachael Stark (1770-1831) and moved to Robinson County, TN and later to Christian County, KY, near Hopkinsville. In 1797 he moved to a farm on Bryant's Creek, North of New Hope, Missouri, where he died in 1842. His pension number for Revolutionary War service was 76684. He was always a farmer. (See D.A.R. Lineage Book, Volume 76, page 129).

Pension Record, Bureau of Pensions, Washington, D.C., Volume I, Page 62, File Number 16, 684:

On this 4th day of February, A.D., 1833, personally appeared before the Justices of the County Court of Lincoln County, Missouri, now sitting, James Cannon, a resident of the county and state aforesaid, aged 70 years, who being duly sworn according to the law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of congress passed June 7, 1832, in that he entered the service of the United States in the year 1778 or 1779, in the State of South Carolina, in the company commanded by Captain Matthew Gillespie as a volunteer, and went to guard a small station called Edgile Station, and afterwards removed to Duggan's Station – After the death of Captain Gillespie, he served under a Capt. William Gray, and was engaged in scouting parties against the Tories -- that he went with several hundred men under Col. Levi Casey after a large number of Tories called Cunningham's men, and followed these men several days, and until they were dispersed in a swamp in the lower part of South Carolina and took from them horses, coats and, etc. He thinks he served nearly two years, principally against the Tories—and was then drafted in a company commanded by Capt. John Virgin, and crossed the Tennessee River after Indians and Tories and killed some of each. There were several hundred of our men in this expedition, all mounted and commanded by Gen'l Pickens, and was out this time about three months, which was in the winter season—and he volunteered under Capt. Thomas Starke, and was engaged two years and more under said Starke in scouting parties against the Tories—that he was born in Newberry county in the State of South Carolina, the year 1762—that he did not bring any record of his birth from his father's house which he left soon after the War—that he moved soon after the Revolutionary War to Robinson County in the State of Tennessee—and in the year 1797 or 1798 he moved to Christian County, and in the year 1817 he came to Lincoln County, Missouri. Where he now lives—he does not recollect that he ever received any discharge from the service.

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