Beck, Jesse

Pension Application

BECK, Jesse (Ann). W.5805.

21 Aug, 1832. Amherst Co., Va. Jesse Beck Senr. of said county, aged 74, declares he was born in Albemarle Co., Va., in Sept. 1758. Previous to 1 March 1781 he performed two tours of three months each in the militia of Albemarle County and was employed at the Barracks in that county guarding British prisoners. The second tour was as a private under Capt. James Garland who was killed by a sentinel at the Barracks while in the service. His first tour at the Barracks was as a private in the company of Capt. Hunter or Montgomery. Col. Taylor of Orange County was the commanding officer.

About 1 March 1781 a draft of every fourteenth man of the militia was directed. It fell his lot to go for eighteen months. He marched as a sergeant under Capt. Benjamin Harris. The company rendezvoused in Hanover County where it was attached to the regiment of Col. Thomas Posey and Maj. Finley. They took part in the siege and reduction of Yorktown where he saw the army of Lord Cornwallis ground their arms. The regiment marched to Cumberland Old Court House where they took up winter quarters.

In Feb, 1782 the corps to which he belonged was ordered on the southern service and in Georgia joined the command of Gen. Wayne and served until November when they were ordered back to Virginia. They were discharged at Cumberland Old Court House about 1 Dec. 1782.

There was given to each man when he was drafted 04000 paper money, which from the Great depreciation was of little value, This sum he received from Col. Reuben Lindsey. After his discharge he sold Lindsey his certificate for pay due him.

The command of Gen, Wayne in the south had for its object the Guarding of Savannah where the British forces were quartered awaiting transports to carry them home. Their encampment was at Mulberry Grove, property belonging to a Tory, confiscated and purchased by Gen. Wayne.

After the war he resided two years in Albemarle County and then moved to Amherst County where he has lived ever since.

22 July 18-3. Albemarle Co., Va. Reuben (X) Beck declares he is in his 67th year and is the brother of Jesse Beck of Amherst County. He recollects his brother Jesse’s being drafted from the company of militia of Capt. John Hunter for eighteen months. The summer after he was drafted Jesse called at his mother’s and stayed all night. He was on his way to the barracks near Charlottesville conducting some invalids from the army to that place and had with him a sword and was dressed in the uniform of a sergeant. Jesse was In service at the tine Lord Cornwallis surrendered.

22 July 1833, Albemarle Co, Va. Cornelius Breedlove declares he is in his 68th year. He lived in the neighborhood of Jesse Beck in Albemarle County during the Revolution and recollects his return from service. His brother William Breadlove served with Jesse Beck.

23 July 1833. Albemarle Co.., Va. Jesse Lewis declares he marched in March 1781 from Albemarle County under Capt. Benjamin Harris and rendezvoused at Chesterfield Court House. He was drafted for eighteen months and remained in service until after the siege of Yorktown, where he was. Jesse Beck marched with him. From Yorktown they marched to Cumberland Old Court House for winter quarters. Lewis was taken sick and shortly returned home. Beck marched to the south.

24 Jan. 1835. Warren Co., Ky. William Breedlove declares that in March 1781 he and others of Albemarle County marched under Capt. Harris, were placed under Col. Gaskins, Maj. Willis and Gen. Steuben, and were engaged in Virginia until the surrender of Yorktown. The regiment was stationed for the winter at Cumberland Old Court House and in Feb, 1732 marched to the south under Gen. Wayne. They served in the neighborhood of Savannah sometimes stationed at Mulberry Grove and at other times at Ebenezer. They marched back to Cumberland Old Court House and were discharged the last of November or first of December 1782. Capt. Jesse Beck, now of Amherst County., served with him as a sergeant.

1 April 1843. Amherst Co.., Va. Ann (X) Beck of said county, aged 77, declares she is the widow of Jesse Beck. They were married by Rev. Mr. Holt of the Church of England in Dec. 1786, a week or so before Christmas. Her first child was born dead just nine months after the marriage. The second child Susan was born 1 Sept. 1788, Her maiden name was Hughes. Jesse Beck died 8 May 1841.

15 April 1843. Amherst Co., Va. James C. Beck of said county,, aged 42, declares the family register is in the handwriting of Jesse Beck: “Susanah Beck was born Sept. lst 1788 Fanney Beck Born 16 March 1790 Elihu Beck was born August 22 1791 Vilm. Beck Born July 22 1793 Wm. Beck Died July 4 1794 Jesse Beck Born April lst 1795 Jesse Beck Born April lst 1795 John Beck son of Jesse Beck Born 15 April 1797 Reubin Beck Born 18 March 1799.1′

Marriage bond, Amherst Co,, Va. John Beck, bachelor to Anny Hughs, spinster, both of Amherst County. Security, John Campbell, hatter, 4 Dec. 1786. Witnesses: William Bowler, William Loving Jr.

7 June 1843. Amherst Co., Va. Ann (X) Beck makes a similar declaration.

Jesse Beck of Amherst Co., Va., private in the regiment of Col, Taylor in the Virginia Line two years, was placed on the Virginia pension roll at $80 per annum under the Act of 1832. Certificate 23030 was issued 26 Oct. 1833. Increased to $110 per annum for service of eighteen months as sergeant and six months as private and new certificate issued 16 April 1835.

Ann Beck of Amherst Co,, Va., widow of Jesse Beck who died 4 May 1B41., private and sergeant in the regiment of Col. Taylor in the Virginia Line two years, was placed on the Richmond, Va., pension roll at $110 per annum. Certificate 7308 under the Act of 1838 was issued 1 June 1843, and 2573 under the Act of 1843 was issued 1 Nov. 1843.

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