France, John

Pension Application

FRANCE, John (Catharine). W.7327.

13 April 1818. Richmond Co., Va. John France of said county, aged 70, declares in 1781 he enlisted in Richmond County under Col. Leroy Peachy for three years. He was by Peachy delivered up to Capt. Wroe and with other recruits was marched to Four Mile Creek on James River and there joined a regiment of Col. Thomas Gaskins. After, he was commanded by Gen. Wayne at the siege of York. From there he marched to Cumberland Court House and was in the regiment of Col. Febiger and by him delivered up to Col. Posey who marched to Georgia, and was there under the command of Gen. Wayne, who went to Savannah where he and others were furloughed to return to Richmond, Va., to be discharged. Before they met there peace was proclaimed. He served the whole of his term.

13 April 1818. Richmond Co., Va. John France of said county declares he enlisted under Col. Leroy Peacey of said county in 1781 and was by Col. Peacey delivered to a Capt. Wroe and with other recruits was delivered at Four Mile Creek on James River to Col. Thomas Gaskins who commanded a regiment at that place. After this he was under Gen. Wayne at the siege of York. He then marched to Cumberland Court House where he was under Col. Febiger and by him was delivered up to Col. Posey and marched to Ebenezer in Georgia and there was under Gen. Wayne. From there he marched to Savannah in 1783. He was furloughed with many others to meet at Richmond in order to get their discharge and before they met peace was proclaimed.

13 April 1818. Richmond Co., Va. J[?]. Parker certifies that John France was in the Continental service in the southern states about 1782 or 1783 but for what length of time he cannot say.

4 Sept. 1820. Richmond Co., Va. John France of said county, aged about 59, declares he served in the 10th or 11th Virginia Regiment commanded first by Col. Thomas Gaskins, second by Col. Febiger and last by Col. Posey in the company of Capt. Morse and was at the siege of York, afterwards in North and South Carolina and was discharged at Cumberland (old) Court House, Va.

He owns no real estate; rents land at $20 per annum. He owns nine head of cattle, 17 small hogs and pigs, and has household property supposed to be worth $20. He is aged about 58 or 59 and very infirm for years with a sore leg and not able to pursue his calling as a farmer. His wife, about 50 or 51, is very sickly. Four children reside with him, three girls, aged 18, 16 and 8 (the two former able to support themselves), and one boy, 14, able to support himself.

3 June 1843. Richmond Co., Va. Catharine (X) France of said county, aged 74, declares she is the widow of John France. She was married in 1788 and he died 26 Dec. 1842.

3 June 1843. Richmond Co., Va. John W. Belfield and Catharine (X) Pullen declare they have examined the ages of the children of John France and Catharine France as recorded in their family Bible and Nancy France, the first child, was born 2 Oct. 1788, and Polly France, the second child, was born 11 July 1793 and the births of seven others are recorded. The birth of the last was on 24 Oct. 1813. Eight of them are now living.

5 June 1843. Richmond Co., Va. The Court certifies that John France died 26 Dec. 1842.

7 Feb. 1788. King George Co., Va. John Francis to Catharine Fones. (Copied from the marriage register in the Clerk’s office.]

22 June 1843. Westmoreland Co., Va. James Scates declares he will be 76 in November next. John France lived with Scates’ father in 1785 and in 1786 and 1787 with Elizabeth Pullen and was married the first part of 1788 to Catharine Fones in King George County and moved his wife the same year to the immediate neighborhood the deponent lived in and remained in the same neighborhood until his death. They had two children, Nancy and Polly, born before 1 Jan. 1794. Both are now living. John France left Scates his executor.

26 Aug. 1843. King George Co., Va. William S. Brown declares he is deputy clerk of King George County. He has examined the papers in the office for the marriage bond of John France or John Francis and can find no such bond. The papers in the office prior to 1790 are in a very deranged condition and much torn and mutilated. He has examined the commissioners’ returns from 1788 to 1794 and finds no such name. He never heard of any family of persons by the name of Francis but has reason to believe the individual who obtained license from this office in 1788 to marry Catharine Fones was John France and that his name was written incorrectly with the addition of the letter s.

28 Aug. 1843. Westmoreland Co., Va. The Court certifies that John France was married to Catharine Fones in 1788 and they had two children, Nancy and Polly, before 1 Jan. 1794. They are satisfied the individual who obtained license in King George Co., Va., on 7 Feb. 1788 to marry Catharine Fones was John France and that the name was improperly spelled in issuing his license. The residence of Catharine France is less than three miles of the court house of this county, but in Richmond County.

29 Aug. 1843. Richmond Co., Va. Nancy (X) Yeatman declares she is aged 78 and was born and raised in the immediate neighborhood of Mrs. Catharine France. They visited each other frequently. She was married in her 22nd year and Catharine Fones was married to John France in King George County before the birth of her second child, who was born in 1790. She was at a wedding given them but was not at the marriage. She continued to visit them for many years and has lived more than forty years in their immediate neighborhood.

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