Wilkinson County, Mississippi
Court Minutes - Thursday 8 April, 1823
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Thursday 8th of April 1823
Thomas H. Proper presiding Justice
Edward McGehee an associate justice
Hugh Connell sheff
Benjamin Eccles clerk
James Martin vs Lewis Prewitt judgment confessed for amount of note and interest
On the 8th day of April 1823 personally appeared ----James Napier of Parish of Feliciana state of Louisiana, or rather, living on the line between the state of Mississippi and Louisiana, aged sixty seven years. States on oath, to obtain the provisions made by the acts of congress 18 March 1818 and 1st of May 1820, that he the said James Napier, enlisted for term of three years, some times about eighteen months previous to the fall of Savannah, in South Carolina in the company commanded by Captain Uriah Goodwin in the regiment commanded by Colonel William Thompson in the line of he states of South Carolina on the continental establishment that he continued to serve in the said corps until the fall of Savannah in Georgia where he was taken Prisoner and having escaped from the enemy he formed his own corps and was a furlough from Col. Thompson until called into service again. The fall of Charlestown South Carolina some time after ---? his forming his own corps afterwards but he attached himself to the partisan command of Gen. Thomas Sumpter? and remained with him eight or then months. That he was in the Battle of the fall of Savanniah
at Kings Mountain. The battle at the Fish Dam Ford on Bevad? river South Caroline and at Black Tanks? and that he has no other evidence now in his power ----except his oath.
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I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th March 1820 and that I have ;not since that time by gift, sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part there of with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of the act of congress entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval services of the United States in the Revolutionary War. passed on the 8th day of March 1818 and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property or security contracts or debts due to me nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed and by me subscribed as followers: One horse, worth $60 one sow and pigs worth six dollars, James Napier, his mark. and further that he is a farmer by trade which owing to his advanced age and injury which he received at the fall of Savannah he is now in a great measure unable to pursue with effect.---he has a wife named Elizabeth aged about seventy years very infirm--a daughter Ann, aged 21 years in good health, one little grandson, age 10 years, healthy and that he is in such indigent circumstances as to be unable to support himself and family without the assistance of this
county. Sworn to and declared on the 8th day of April 1823 before me in open court.
Benjamin Eccle Clerk
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