STATE OF VIRGINIA
COUNTY OF MONONGALIA
On the 25th day of September in the year of one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, personally appeared before the county court of Monongalia now sitting Henry Yoho, a resident of said county, age eighty years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832.
That he believes it was the year 1776 he served in the Virginia Militia at a station on Whitley Creek now in Greene County, Pennsylvania, then called Virginia, under Lieutenant Samuel Swingler two months.
That in the month of June, 1777 he marched as a volunteer of the Virginia Militia under Lieutenant William Cross of Captain John Miner's company, from Jarrett's Fort on Whitley Creek to Fort Pitt where he encamped on Grant's Hill for one month thence placed in the fort at the head of the Ohio, the troops he believes being under the command of Colonel Gibson. That he remained at Fort Pitt three months and then descended the Ohio in keel boats to a fort at the mouth of Wheeling Creek, for the purpose of burying Captain Foreman and his company, who were killed by the Indians about eight miles below Wheeling. That he remained at Wheeling the residue of his time and was discharged by a general discharge after having served four months.
That during the year 1778, he served as a spy under the celebrated Captain Whetzel three months and during all this time was engaged on the waters that empty into the Monongalia and Ohio in this part of Virginia. That he served as a soldier in Captain Cross' company attached to Colonel John Evans' Regiment of Virginia Militia and marched to Big Beaver on the Ohio and to the headwaters of the Muskington, at which place he assisted to build Fort McIntosh and Lawrence, from which service he returned home on Christmas Day being discharged at Fort McIntosh. That he was absent on this service six months.
That about the month of July in the year 1779, he turned out as a volunteer under Lieutenant Jacob Cline in a regiment of Virginia Militia commanded by Colonel Laughlin to go on an expedition against the Indians under General Clarke. That he went with about three hundred regulars and three hundred militia from Redstone Fort, now Brownsville, Pennsylvania, in keelboats. That Wetzel and himself went before the troops as spies. That he went to the falls of the Ohio at Louisville where he was stationed and in the following winter remained about forty or fifty miles above the falls. That himself and Whetzel and others during the spring and summer of 1780 spied the surrounding country and was discharged in the fall, after about eighteen months service.
That during the year 1781, he was stationed at Mason's Fort on Buffalo Creek, now Brooke County, Virginia. That whilst here he left Mason's Fort to go to Wheeling Fort in company with Henry Baker and Peter Stanater on horseback, that in passing a very narrow path Stanater was shot with four balls. Baker and himself wheeled their horses and seven Indians faced them and shot at him and Baker. His horse received two wounds and fell, and he was wounded through the hip, that the mare soon sprung up, and he forced his way through the Indians without further injury although they reloaded and fired at him.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity except the present, and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any state.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
Henry (H) Yoho
And at the same time, personally appeared before the said court, Peter Haught, a resident of said county, and made oath that he had been personally acquainted with Henry Yoho who made the above declaration in his presence, for about fifty-five years. That he recollects Yoho being a private in Captain Cross' company in McIntosh's campaign and from his knowledge of Yoho, for he was always considered one of the bravest and most daring men in the company and of good character. He has no doubt that all his declarations contain the truth.
Sworn to and subscribed, the day and year aforesaid.
Peter (X) Haught
And at the same time personally appeared before the said court, Stephen Gapen, a resident of said county and made oath, that he hath read the foregoing declaration of Henry Yoho, and he believes it contains the truth. That Yoho was always considered a good soldier and did much service in this part of the country, during the Revolutionary War. That he served in the year 1777 in Captain Miner's company as stated by said Yoho, and he knows that Yoho served in the same company as by him stated.
Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year aforesaid.
Signed Stephen Gapen
And the said court, do hereby declare their opinion that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he states. And the court so orders it to be certified to the Department of War that the above named Peter Haught and Stephen Gapan, are men of responsible character and their statements entitled to credit.
I Thomas P. Ray, clerk of the county court of Monongalia aforesaid do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of said court in the matter of the application of Henry Yoho, for a pension. In testimony where I have here unto set my hand and seal of said court the 25th of September in the year 1832, the 57th year of theH Commonwealth.
Signed, Thomas P. Ray
Owing to the remote residence of Henry Yoho in the Hills of Fish Creek, Mr. Singleton has not had an opportunity of examining him, and he having as much inconvenience to himself, traveled and this day appeared before me, and Mr. Singleton being at his residence in Winchester, I have examined Yoho and the following is the substance of his statement. I have not seen his original declaration, nor have I inquired of him what it contains. From a comparison of that and his present statement the truth may be ascertained.
The said Henry having been duly sworn, neith that he was born in Virginia about 18 miles from Winchester, but don't know in what year. He is now in 85th year. His father's family moved to western Virginia when applicant was eleven years old and he has resided there ever since. That he commenced his service in the War of the Revolution as a private in the company commanded by Lieutenant Samuel Singler who was stationed on Whitely Creek, now County of Monongalia, at the house of a settler named Duncan. The company was composed of eighteen persons some of who had been drafted, and the others volunteered. Applicant was of the latter. After remaining a few days at Duncan's the company was marched to Jarrett's Fort in Whitely and remained there one month doing duty. They were discharged and their places supplied by new recruits.
The next year applicant volunteered under Captain Cross and was marched to Pittsburgh. While at that place intelligence was received of the massacre of Captain Foreman and the greater portion of his command at Grave Creek Narrows, ten miles below Wheeling. Thither Captain Cross took up his march and on his arrival buried twenty-two of Captain Foreman's command and thereupon returned to Wheeling and there continued doing service one month when he was discharged having served in the tour four months.
The Spring following, applicant inlisted under Lieutenant Singler for eight months, served two months, when he was permitted by Singler to join Captain Whetzel's company of spies and served there three months. The county they reconnoitered was between Whitely and the Ohio River, near Wheeling, thence to the mouth of Middle Island thence by the way of Fish and Fishing Creeks to Whitely.
The fall following, applicant again volunteered under Captain Cross and joined McIntosh and served in his campaign against the Indians. Fort McIntosh on the Ohio River at Big Beaver and Fort Lawrence on Tuscara, were visited during the expedition. Applicant served four months on this trip and was discharged upon return of the army to Fort McIntosh.
Applicant next volunteered in the expedition led on foot by Captain Clark for New Orleans. The troops rendezvoused at Pittsburgh and were, for a short time, stationed on Minturis Island below Pittsburgh, thence they were ordered to Wheeling, and while at the latter place, applicant and twenty-nine others were detached as a company of hunters to Kinhawa, Lewis Whetzel and applicant were sent out to spy the neighborhood. On their return to camp the next day, the whole command had left. Captain Clark, having in the meantime come on with his command. Applicant and Whetzel thereupon commenced their march up the Ohio, expecting to meet Captain Lougher, whose company consisted of sixty men, and to join them. A few days after, applicant and his companion were informed that Captain Lougher, having landed his boat at the call of a perfidious white man, a numerous force of Indians being in ambush rose upon the whites and massacred all of them excepting four privates whom they made prisoners of. Applicant and Whetzel then left the river and journied to Jarrett's Fort on Whitely. Applicant was about on this expedition two months.
Sworn to before me
Judge of the W.D. Virginia
[Note: Some paragraph breaks were added by Richard E. Henthorn in Feb 1995 during retyping.]
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Posted: 23 Sep 2009