The State of Ohio, Butler County
Court of Common Pleas
of the term July 9, 1832
On this third day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two personally appeared before the honorable the Judges of the Court of common pleas in and for the county of Butler and State of Ohio
James Reily aged seventy seven years, a resident of the County of Butler aforesaid who being first duly sworn according to law, doth up on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June seventh Eighteen Hundred and thirty two
That in the Spring of the year Seventeen hundred and seventy six, in Chester County, Pennsylvania he enlisted under Captain John Frost in the fifth Regiment under the command of Colonel Clappum of General Green's Brigade of the Pennsylvania Line on the Continental establishment in which company he served about six months.
Deponent was marched with the company as aforesaid under the command of said officers to oppose the British on Long Island in which battle deponent was engaged.
In their retreat after the battle on Long Island deponent was marched with the company as aforesaid to Valley Forge where they were encamped about two months when they took up their line of march for the south under General Green soon after which deponent left the service, completing the term of about six months as aforesaid.
Early in the spring of seventeen hundred and seventy seven deponent again entered the service in Captain Joseph Thomas Company of horse in the sixth Regiment of Light Horse under the command of Colonel John Lee, in the Pennsylvania Line and on the Continental Establishment as aforesaid stationed at Leesburgh Louden County Virginia.
Deponent was marched with said company to the south where he served in North Carolina and South Carolina during the war.
Deponent was engaged in the battle at Eutaw Springs Guilford and Hanging Rock and likewise in some seven or eight skirmishes with the enemy.
Deponents left ankle was badly fractured by a bullet during the battle at Eutaw Springs in consequence of which would deponent is frequently unable to labour, his ankle being at times still very painful.
Deponent also lost the thumb of his left hand during the battle of Guilford which thumb was severed from his hand by a broadsword while in close combat with the enemy in the company of light horse as aforesaid.
Deponent was in actual service during the war of the Revolution nearly six years till the army was disbanded where he received a written discharge signed by Colonel Lee at Charleston, South Carolina which discharge deponent has since lost.
Deponent has a written record of his age left by his father by which it appears that deponent was born on the fifteenth day of June Seventeen hundered and fifty five near Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.
Deponent removed from his residence after the war in Jefferson County, Virginia about twenty one years ago to Butler county, Ohio where he has since lived and where he now resides.
Deponent knows of no person by whom he can prove his service except his brother whom deponent believes to be living somewhere in the State of Ohio and by whom he hopes to prove the same if he can be found.
Deponent is well know to John Walker & David Fawset of Ottacry by whom he can prove his character for truth and veracity and his general reputation as a soldier of the Revolution.
He hereby relinquishes every claim to whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
James (his mark) Reily
The State of Ohio, Butler County
Before me a Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Butler aforesaid came personally James Reily a resident of said County who has subscribed & sworn to me within declarations and that James Reily being duly sworn deponents and
said that the statement in the foregoing declarations that he served in the Regiment of col Lee of the Pennsylvania Line incorrect and was stated by a mistake deponent first ? teo his the Pennsylvania Line as he has stated in the foregoing declarations & he continued to serve Captain Frost in the Regiment of Colonel Clappum for the term of nine moths.
He then enlisted in the Legion of Colonel Lee of Virginia in the Company Commanded by Captain Rudolph for the term of three years.
Deponent served the term of three years in the company of Captain Rudolph in col. Lee's Legions in the Virginia Line on the Continental establishment His mistake respecting the state line to which deponent belonged was made by entering the name of the state after the declaration had been written and before it was sworn to in court.
There is also a mistake in the foregoing declarations in the Christian name of col. Lee which was Henry as deponent believes and not John as stated in the foregoing declarations.
Deponent by reason of do age and consequent loss of memory cannot state & swear positively to the precise length of his service but according to the best of his recollection he served not less than three years in the Regiment of col Lee in the Virginia Line on the Continental Establishment.
He also served six months in the company of John Frost in the Regiment of Col. Clappum. He also served six months in the militia of Virginia under the command of Captain Thomas and Captain Hugh Douglass.
Deponent knows of no person by whom he can prove his services further than he has already done and he knows of no desgy under by which he can prove his utalier as a soldier.
Deponent heard of one John Spitz father who served as a sergeant or some office in the company of Capt. Rudolph by Thomas he hopes to prove his service but when he reaches the place where he has resides he found that the Spritz father own has died two months before.
Deponent has other testimony of his service that is presented in the foregoing declarations & in this affidavit & he knows of no other testimony which he can obtain sworn to subscribers before me this 5th February1833.
James (his mark) Reily