Edward Dodson Vouches for Rebecca Rowlett, 1840

Virginia: Mecklenburg County to wit:

I Edward Dodson a Justice of the peace in the County aforesaid, do hereby certify that I was well acquainted with said William Rowlett and Rebecca his wife, both of whom sometime in the year 1833, removed from Chesterfield to Mecklenburg County. That said william Rowlet in his life time, often mentioned to me that he was a soldier of the Revolution, and that he made an application for a Pension in the county of Chesterfield. That his Pension Certificate never had been received by him.  That since his death, I know that due search and inquiry has been made to recover the came.  That said William Rowlet died in the County of Mecklenburg the 2nd day of June, 1839, and that the said Rebecca Rowlet is his widow, and still remains his widow.

Ewd  Dodson JP

Source: Revolutionary War Pension application #26412


1840: The Declaration of Rebecca Rowlet, Revolutionary War Pension Documents

State of Virginia: Mecklenburg County  to wit:

On this 18th day of August, 1840, before the subscriber, a Justice of the peace in and for the County aforesaid, personally appeared Rebecca Rowlet a resident of said county and state, who being first duly sworn according to law, makes the following Declaration:

That she is the widow of William Rowlet formerly of Chesterfield County, and late of Mecklenburg County, Virginia, who was an applicant for a Pension under the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. That her said husband, at the time of application for a Pension, was a resident of Chesterfield County, and his Declaration presented in the court of that county, and thence forwarded to the Pension office.  That shortly after the said William Rowlett with his family , removed to the county of Mecklenburg, where he resided until the 2nd day of June, 1839, the day of his death.  That during the lifetime of said Willaim Rowlett, she honestly believes, the said Pension Certificate never was received, which she understands issued, or was admitted on the 24th of May, 1833, and sent to Petersburg, Virginia.  That due search and inquiry has been made for said certificate, and that it cannot be found.

She further declares that she is the widow of the said identical William Rowlet of Chesterfield County, Virginia, to whom said Pension Certificate issued  the 24th May, 1833, and the only person entitled to the amount allowed said William Rowlet, from the 4th March, 1831, to the 2nd day of June, 1839, the day of his death .

Rebecca  X Rowlett

her mark

Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year last mentioned.  I further certify, that she is a credible person, and her statement un? to full confidence.

Given under my bond this 18th day of August, 1840.

Will C Wall JP

Family Lore Project 150 Sayles Surnames Transcriptions

A Civil Word

Transcribed today:  my great-great grandfather’s words:

Camp Suffolk, Va.

Feb. 20, 1863                                                                                         D. I. Van Buren,

Col. &  Ass’t Adjt. Gen of 9 Corps d’ Army (?)


I have the honor hereby to tender my Resignation of the Captaincy of Company H of the 130 Regiment, New York State Volunteers, which post I now hold.

It is with unfeigned regret, that I find myself compelled to take this step during the  of my country’s imminent peril; but the labors, the exposures,and the watchings of the past six months’ service here, have made such inroads on my health, that it is evident I can no longer perform the severe duties of a Captain of Infantry, either creditably to myself, or effectively for my country.  In such case, honor and patriotism alike demand, that the sword I am no longer able to wield with due energy, I resign to stronger hands. (Please find Surgeon’s Certificate enclosed.)

Praying for my Country’s Early and Honorable Peace through Victory over her Insolent Foes,

I have the Honor to be, Sir,

Very Respectfully

Your Most Obd’t Serv’t,

Ira Sayles,

Capt. Comdg Co H, 130 Reg’t, N.Y. S. Vols