An American Family History

George Webb, Jr.

Daniel Boone (1734-1820) was a frontiersman who became an American folk hero. The Boone family were members of the Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. He is best know from his exploration of Virginia and Kentucky.

Fincastle County, Virginia was created in 1772 from Botetourt County and abolished in 1776. It was divided into Montgomery, Washington and Kentucky Counties.

George Webb was born about 1757 in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

In 1777, George moved with his family to East Tenessee. They settled near Bluff City on the South Holston River in what is now Sullivan County, Tennessee.

In 1780 George, Benjamin, David, Jonathan and a Moses Webb were at Kings Mountain, under Colonel Shelby.

In 1782 Benjamin, John, and David Webb received warrants for land in Sullivan County, Tennessee. At that time it was in North Carolina. In 1783 George received a warrant.

Land Grant 200/206
October 10, 1783
State of North Carolina, Alexander Martin, Gov.
To George Webb
50 shillings for every 100 acres
613 acres in Sullivan Co., NC
on Bever Creek
Adj: Wallace, Hawkins & Nathan Severe or Levere

In 1786 James, David, and Benjamin Webb signed the Petition for Division of Sullivan County.

On October 10, 1783, George Webb, Sr. was granted 613 acres on Beaver Creek.

George was appointed as the constable for Sullivan County, Tennessee on March 16, 1791.

On October 19, 1797 he married Elizabeth Perkins or Spurgin in Sullivan County, Tennessee. She was born about 1777.

David Webb (1797, married Sarah Jones),
John Webb (1799, married Rebecca),
George Webb (1803, married Mary Morgan),
Agnes Webb (1808, married Eli Preston Warren),
Samuel Webb (1812, married Elizabeth Millard)

At the time of the 1830 census, the household was in Sullivan County. The household consisted of the family members:

a woman between 70 & 79
a man between 60 & 69 - George ? age 73
a woman between 50 & 59 - Elizabeth age 53
a woman and a man between 20 & 29 - Agnes age 22
2 boys between 15 & 19 - Samuel age 18
a girl between 10 & 14
a girl between 5 & 9

and the people they enslaved:

a man over 55
a woman between 36 & 54
2 young men and one young woman between 10 & 23
3 boys under 10
2 girls under 10

George died on February 11, 1836.

Sullivan County is in far northeast corner of Tennessee between North Carolina and Virginia and was originally part of those states. It was formed in 1779 when it was divided from Washington County.

Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

Jonesborough in 1857



Selections from George Webb's Revolutionary War Pension Application W6445 originally transcribed by Robert W. Keyes from FHL film # 972514 Jan 5, 2005

State of Tennessee
On this 24 day of Janry 1834 Sullivan County personally appeared before me William Rockhold a justice of the peace for said county

George Webb a resident of the State and County aforesaid aged 76 years & some [or seven] months who being first Duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of provision made by the act of congress passed June 7th 1832 that

he volentered in the service of the United States he thinks in year 1779 & served a tour of duty under Lutenant Moses Looney and was employed in guarding the frontier against the then hostile Cheroke Indians and was principally employed at a place caled Chimny Top Mountain and served the time for which he voluntered and was verbally discharged but does not recollect how long in said service but also venture to say not less then one week nor more then one month

Deponant further saith in the year 1780 in the later part of the summer or early in the fall he was drafted for three months tour And did serve said three mounth tour from Sullivan county Tennessee then Carolina under Capt Jonathan Webb Col. Shelbys regment and was marched to Kings Mountain and was in the heat of the memorable battle fought at said place and at or near the exporation of said three months was verbally discharged by Capt Jonathan Webb.

Deponant further saith very shortly after he was discharged from the Kings Mountain tour of Duty say in a few weeks he was drafted again from Sullivan County for three months to go against the Cherokee Indians and did serve said three months or more under Capt Jonathan Webb Col Cristys Regment and was marched into the Cherokee nation who was at war with the United States and alley of the British and was actively engaged in said tour in burning the indian towns distroying their property and making prisoners of from fifty to sixty of the indians besides the kild & wounded

Deponant says that he rendered his above services During the revolutionary war and as above stated six months as a drafted maletia man and the balance as a volenteer but will not say he was more than one week as volunteer and does positively say in all he served six months & one week - and does declare his name is not on any pension roll of any agency of any state or terytory and does hereby relinquish every claim what ever to a pension or annuity accept the present Sworn to and subscribed the day and year last above mentioned
George Webb


We Benjamin Webb and William Lendemand residing in Sullivan county Tennessee do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with George Webb who has subscribed & sworn to the above declaration and the

said Benj Webb has been acquainted with him from his childhood being & owlder brother & the said Benj says he personally knows he served as he states one tour he served with him & the others he well recollects and the

said Lendmand has known him for thiry years & have always understood that he was a soldier of the revolution and we do both believe he served in the revolution as above stated
his Benj + Webb mark
Sworn & subscribed before the date aforesaid
William Lindamond
Wm Rockhold (seal) Justice of the peace


I William Rockhold one of the Justices of the court of pleas & quarter sessions for Sullivan County do hereby certify that I have attended to this examination out of term time at the house of Benj Webb he being the principal witness and is so cripled that he is unable to attend before the court for said purpose, and that I have put the following questions & have rec'd the following answers

q 1 Where and in what year were you born
A 1 In berks county pensylvania for 1758

q 2 have you any record of your age and if so where is it
A 2 I have a record in my possession

q 3 Where were you living when cald in to service where have you lived sence the revolutionary war and where do you now live
A 3 I lived in Sullivan county when cald in to service near the spot of ground where I now live and have lived at the same place ever since the revolutionary war

q 4 how was you cald into service &c &c
A The first tour I volunteered & the other two tours was drafted

q 5 state the names of officers regments circumstances &c
A I new Shelby & served under him at Kings mountain & had ??ting ???? for ??hart t????? Know Sevier & & Cammel? both whom command Regments at Kings Mountain and Cleveland? as I believe also, and I new I served under Col Cristy against the Indians and all the service that I rendered was under Capt Webb accept a short time under L. Looney

q 6 Did you ever receve a discharge & ifso what has come of it &c &c
A. I did receve verbal disharges only [more that is crossed out]

q 7 State the names of the persons in your neighbourhood who you are acquainted with & who can testafy to you character for varacity &c
A I am acquainted with the above witnesses as intradused and almost every person in Sullivan County accept some of the youngsters that has grown out of my knowledge and even proud to say that I now of none that I think woud doubt my honesty or verasety

And I do further certify that the foregoing questions & answers were put and recd & apears by me and that I do believe they are subsantially correct and I do further certify that there is no regular ordained minister of the gospel immediately in said neighbaurhood whose attendance could be convenuntly procured and that I do believe the statements made by the applecant and witnesses to be substantially correct

giving under my hand & seal this [blank] day of [blank] 1834
Wm Rockhold (seal) Justice of the peace State of Tennessee




By James Claud DC
In order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress of the 29th July 1848 State of Tennessee Sullivan County On this 1st day of July 1850 personaly appeared in open Court before the Worshupful County Court was sitting Mrs Elizabeth Webb a resident of the County and State aforesaid aged Seventy three years on the 23d day of July this month who being duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benifit of the pension made by the act of Congress passed July 29th 1848

That she is the widow George Webb who was a private in the North Carolina Militia in the war of the Revolution That her husband the aforesaid George Webb drew a pension under the act of Congress of 7th June 1832 of $20.72 for his said service

she further declares that she was married to the said George Webb on the 19th day of October 1797 for perticulars she refers to her marriage bond accompanying this declaration that her husband

the aforesaid George Webb died on the 11th day of February 1836 That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the second day of January 1800 eighteen hundred viz at the time above stated

she further declares that she often herd her husband the aforesaid George Webb say that his pension did not pay him for the ammount of service rendered by him in the War of the Revolution she refers the Department to the report of the Comptroler of North Carolina accompanying this her declaration and she is still a widow and she never made application for a pension
her Elizabeth X Webb mark
State of Tennessee

July Term
Sullivan County
On this day personally appeared Mrs Elizabeth Webb in open Court and made oath in due form of Law to the foregoing declaration and the said Court further certifies that she is the widow of George Webb who drew a pension and she is entitled to the act of Congress refered to and hereby direct the Clerk and Chairman for the Court to endorse their approval in the papers

Robt P Rhea Sworn to and Subscribed in open Court this 1st day of July 1850
Chairman of the County Court
Test. Tho. P. Ford Clerk of the County Court
By John C. Rutledge D.C.

Marriage Bond
State of Tennessee
Sullivan County.

Know all men by these presents that we George Webb and William Lewis our heirs &c are held and firmly bound unto John Sevier Esqr Govrnor of the State aforesaid & Successors in office in the penal sum of fifteen hundred dollars to be void on condition there is no lawful objection why the above bounden George Webb and Elizabeth Perkins may not be joined together as man and wife in the holy state of matrimony. Witness our hands and seals the 18th day of October in the year 1797
Test Matthew Rhea
George Webb (seal)
William Lewis (seal)

Testis (Test) is latin for witness. Testes is the plural.

Bounty Warrant
State of Tennesse
On this 30th day of May 1855,
before Sullivan County me an acting Justice of the Peace in & for said County, personally came Elizabeth Webb aged 78 years a resident of the said County, & who upon oath duly administered states that she is the widow of George Webb a soldier of the Revolution, who served in the said war a sufficient length of time to enable him during his life to obtain under the act of C June 1832,

a pension which was ???? up to the date of his death ??? the 11th of February 1836 at the rate of $20.87 per annum and

that she, as the widow of the said George Webb applied for a pension & sustained? a claim to the same under the act of 2?th Feb. 1848, & is now in the receipt of it at the Jonesboro, Ten Agency at the rate of $20.87 per annum,

She states further that her said husband was a volunteer, and was present at the Battle of King's Mountain & was present at other engagements, & skirmishes in the war of the Revolution; but as she has no proof nor can she obtain any that she know of, either of witnesses ?? ????, the ????? to the papers on file in the pension office ?? said claims to shew to service of her sd husband in the Revolutionary war.

States further that she was married to the said George Webb in Sullivan County, state of Tennessee in the 16th day of october 1796 by the Joseph Wallace ? J.P. that her name prior to thereto was Elizabeth Spurgin that she knows of no public or private record of her said marriage as being in existance, but refers to the proof thereof now on file in the pension office; & that since her said husbands death she has remained a widow; and that this application for Land Bounty; under act ?1852 is the only one ever made ?? her sd husbands, or her own name, widow bounty having ever issued to either of them under any act of congress whatever.
her Elizabeth X Webb mark

We Nathen Lewis and William W Smith ? of the said County, hereby state on oath that the within declaration was signed & acknowledged by the said Elizabeth Webb, on the day of its date, & that we know her to be the identical person she claims to be in the said declaration,

We state further that we know the said Elizabeth Webb and George Webb to live together as lawfully wedded husband & wife and were so [acknowledged] & respected, that the George Webb is now dead, having died in said county that the date set forth in the within Declaration, that the said Elizabeth is now in the receipt of a pension as his widow, payable at Jonesboro, & that she is still a widow, & that we are not interested in her claim for said Bounty.
Nathan Lewis
William W Smith

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