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Locke, John

I came across your site while researching my (5) Great Grandfather John Lock. He was at the Battle of Brandywine according to a history book in the town where he settled after the war. (Lewisburg Ohio). He is buried at Roselawn Cemetery in Lewisburg.

I have the following info: He joined the Maryland Flying Camps July 1 1776 at 21 yrs of age, and just after Brandywine (where he is alleged to have suffered a bad wound) he was moved into the 8th VA regiment under Capt Jonathon Clark. In April 1778 he was made a Corporal. He was in and out of different regiments and under various commands as men were dying often. He fought all the way to Yorktown and resigned as a Captain in the 29th Regiment MD in 1811. He died in 1818. I also have a copy of his will and an inventory of all his belongings at the time.

Yours Truly,
Kevin E Locke
Son of the American Revolution

Nolin, John

My fifth Great Grandfather John Nolin fought in the Battle of Brandywine as well as Monmouth Courthouse, Long Island, and Bunker Hill.  John was born in 1753 in Karco County Ireland. He died in 1819 in Cumberland County, Kentucky. He married Ann Watkins July 21 1778 in Fredricksburg, Maryland.

John’s pension request is as follows:
State of Kentucky, 12 Judicial District and Circuit Court for Knox County.  On the 12th day of July, A.D. 1820 formally appeared in open court in the Circuit Court aforesaid, it being a court of record by Act of Assembly Proceedings according to the Course of the Common law.
John Nolin aged about 67 years, resident in Knox County, aforesaid, who being first duly sworn according to law, in addition to his affidavit heretofore made before Thurman Montgomery, in order to obtain a pension, now filed in the office of the Secretary of War, doth upon his oath declare that he served as a soldier for about the term of eight years in the Revolutionary War and was regularly discharged; that his first enlistment was for the term of nine months in the Flying camp, under Capt. Richard Smith, that at the end of term aforesaid, he enlisted for the term of three years in the company of Captain William Brown of the Artillery attached to the regiment or Battalion commanded by – – – Smallwood, one of the heroes of the company that he served out the said term and received his discharge that the corps so mentioned by him was as he verily believes part of the regular army of the United States, called the Continental Army that at the end of said term he enlisted again for 3 years in the Company of Captain Mayberry in the Second Maryland Regiment in the Continental Army as above mentioned; which term he served out and was discharged at Pittsburgh, that he was in the battle at Bunker Hill, Long Island, Brandy Wine, and Monmouth Courthouse. He declared further upon his oath that he was a resident citizen of the United States upon the 18th day of March 1818 and that he has not since that time by gift, sale or in any manner diminish it or to bring himself within the provisions of an Act of Congress entitled. An Act to provide for Certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War passed on the 18th day of March 1818 and that he was not, nor has any person in trust for him, any property or Securities, contracts or debts due him, nor has he any income other than what is contained in the Schedule below by him signed. Noted one hundred acres of poor land but in a small degree improved, not exceeding the value of two hundred Dollar, one old mare not worth more that 35 dollars, two cows, both not worth more than  30 dollars, and two year old cow beasts, not worth more than 10 dollars, a stock of hogs 12 in number, the whole not worth more than 12 dollars, about 22 dollars and ham, he owes about 25 dollars. Signed this day and year aforesaid in open court.
His signature- – – – – – – John Nolin

The same John Nolin at the same time upon his oath further noted, that his occupation  is that of a farmer or tiler of the ground, but that he is unable to Labor much owing to his age and infirmities, that he has a wife who is in firmed, that he is the father of seven children, namely Elizabeth, who married long since, Peter, a lunatic, aged 27 years, Joseph aged 22 years, Polly 22 years old twin with Joseph, Sally aged about 19 married, all except Peter the lunatic. Sworn to and declared by said John Nolin, on the 15th day of July A.D. 1820 before me in open Court, as presiding, Judge of the Knox Circuit Court aforesaid.
His signature- – – – – – -  John L. Bridges

The Court having heard other proof touching the verity of the schedule rendered by John Nolin, at the present term of the Court and having considered the same as well upon the affidavit as the other proof and of opinion that the said schedule is just and true and the same is ordered to be certified to the Secretary of War.
A true copy from the record R. Ballingerl, Clerk of Knox County.
State of Kentucky Knox County Court.
I, Richard Ballingerl, clerk of the Circuit Court in and for the County aforesaid, do hereby certify that John L. Bridges before me whom the foregoing affidavit was made is one of the Judges of the Circuit Court in the Commonwealth aforesaid and presiding in the Knox Circuit Court duly commissioned, qualified and acting as such and that one faith and credit should be given to all his official acts. Given under my hand and private seal ( There being no seal of office procured) this 22nd day of July A.D. 1820.
R. Ballingerl, Clerk Seal

John did not receive a pension due to the fact that he owned too much land and was able to support himself.

John was an aid to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War.

Thank you for the opportunity to submit John Nolin’s name.
I am interested in any info on John or the men he served under, any info would be appreciated.


Tammy R. Fields

Carrel, George

George Carrel was in the regiment of Colonel Gumby of the Maryland line for the term of 3 years. Pension record 8230. Enlisted Dec 6, 1776 and joined the company commanded by Capt Williams afterwards commanded by Capt Jonathan Morris and in the regiment commanded by John Gumby in the Maryland Line and served as a private soldier 3 years against the common enemy under the Continental establishment. Regularlry discharged. Local histories mentioned that he was a survivor at the battle of Brandywine. I am his gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandaughter, my mother being Mary A Carrel Smith. I had the priviledge to visit the battlefield last October. What a thrill to be where he had been 222 years earlier. I have also visited the place where he is buried in Jackson twp, Morgan Co Ohio. His son came here to Illinois about 1850.

Nancy Smith Caton

Agens (Ragen), James

James Agens, my great, great, great, great grandfather, fought at Brandywine in the 4th Maryland Regiment.  His name was James Agens, although he served in the 4th Maryland under the name James Ragan.  He was a colorful character.  Born around 1751, he was apprenticed to a weaver in Edinburgh, Scotland at a young age, ran away at 14 and either enlisted or was “pressed” into the British Army, was sent to Boston with his regiment at the start of the Revolution, deserted, and joined the Americans.  He seems to have been completely illiterate, and signed his 1818 and 1820 pension declarations with an “X”.  He indicated that he enlisted in the 4th Maryland as James Ragens (actually Ragan, as noted above) to avoid confusion with other men who had similar names.  He served December 17, 1776 – December 16, 1779 with the 4th, and later served with the 5th New York Regiment under his own name (also spelled Agin, Agins, Aggins, Agan, Aggans, and Agent at various times).  In addition to Brandywine, he served at Germantown, Monmouth, Stony Point, a battle near Fort Stanwix, and the Yorktown campaign.  He was wounded by a musket ball at Monmouth and a bayonet at Stony Point.

Don Johnston
Relationship: My great, great, great, great grandfather