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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