Dobbs County Militia Rolls, 1767-1781

Transcribed and submitted by Francis R. Hodges


 

From: North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC. Arranged chronologically. I would like to thank Mr. Ed Morris for graciously
providing me with photocopies of the following documents.

Francis R. Hodges
 

List of Capt. John Sherrard's Company, 1 Oct., 1767

William Fort, Left Tennant
John Peacock, Insine
Thomas Woodard, Sergeant
John Barefoot, Sergeant
Jacob Bardin, Sergeant
Jones Cook 1
William Cook 2
Armerger Haul 3
John Newsum 4
Jesse Pitmas 5
John Peacock 6
Peter Peack (sic) 7
William Linch 8
Benja. Alford 9
William Alford 10
Jesse Bardin 11
Solomon Persons (?) 12
Thomas Branch 13
Daniel Lesley 14
Moses Branch 15
Thomas Caraway 16
Thomas Prise 17
Nathan Prise 18
William Jones 19
Jobe Rowley 20
Robert Shearrard 21
Simon Shearrard 22
William Radford 23
Daniel Conner 24
Thomas Bennet 25
John Rowel 26
John Wearrel, Sen. 27
Richard Warrel 28
John Warrel, Jun. 29
Vann Hilbern 30
John Easterlin 31
Moses Jonson 32
Samuel Peacock 33
William Hubard 34
William Starling 35
Leavel Watkins 36
John Taylor 37
Solomon Rouse 38
Joab Spyve 39
Thomas Acock (sic) 40
John Acock (sic) 41
Simon Acock (sic) 42
Elisha Woodard 43
Thomas Woodard, Jun. 44
John Shearrard 45
Benja. Shearrard 46
Nathan Chance 47
Richard Derdeno 48
Daniel Poreel (?) 49
John Barns 50
Samuel Barns 51
Benj. Barns 52
Charles Acock (sic) 53
James Cannon 54
John Haul 55
Right Bass 56
James Barefield 57
William Cook 58
Joel Ellis 59
James Rose (?) 60
John Derdeno, Sen. 61
John Derdeno, Jun. 62
Isaac Daniel 63
John Daniel 64
Stephen Weaver 65
Absalum Ellis 66
William Williams 67

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Return of the Officers of the Regiment of Militia in Dobbs County, July 14, 1774

column 1= No. of Company
column 2= Seniority of the Captains
column 3= Officer's names
column 4= Persons recommended to vacancies
 
------------------------------Richard Caswell, Col.
------------------------------Abraham Shepard, Lt. Col.
------------------------------Francis Mackilwean, Maj. -------Thomas Torrans in his stead
-------------------------------(dead)
 

1 ----------7 -----------------Benjamin Caswell, Capt.

------------------------------Samuel Caswell, Lieut.
------------------------------John Torrans, Ensg.
 

2 ----------8 ----------------- James Bright, Capt.

------------------------------ George Bell, Lieut.
------------------------------John Coward, Ensg.
 

3 ----------3 -----------------Henry Goodman, Capt.

------------------------------John Herritage, Lieut.
------------------------------Bryan Whitfield, Ensg.
 

4 ---------11 -----------------John Charlcraft, Capt.

------------------------------John Tilghman, Lieut.
------------------------------John Harroll, Ensg.
 

5 ---------12 -----------------William Speight, Capt.

------------------------------Samuel Speight, Lieut.
------------------------------Francis Speight, Ensg.
 

6 ----------9 -----------------Major Croom, Capt.

------------------------------Joshua Herring, Lieut.
------------------------------James Parker, Ensg.
 

7 ----------2 -----------------William McKinne, Capt.

------------------------------Edward Masterson, Lieut.
------------------------------Mathew McKinne, Ensg.
 

8-------- 10 ------------------Robert Simms, Capt----------Stephen Cobb in his stead

------------------------------(desires to resign)
------------------------------William Fort, Lieut. , --------John Bearfoot, Lieut.
------------------------------ (desires to resign)
------------------------------John Sherrard, Jun., Ensg.
 

9--------- 5 ------------------Anthony Herring, Capt.

------------------------------Fredrick Herring, lieut.
------------------------------Michael Herring, Ensg.
 

10 -------14 ------------------John Sheppard, Capt.

------------------------------Abraham Sheppard, Jun., Lieut.
------------------------------ Robert Williams, Ensg.
 
11 ---------1-------------- ----Martin Caswell, Capt.
---------------------------- --Stephen Tilghman, Lieut--------William Caswell in his stead
---------------------------- --(Removed out of the county).
 

12-------- 4 -------------------Stephen Blackman, Capt.

------------------------------William Fellows, Lieut.
------------------------------ John Sasser, Jun., Ensg.
 

13------- 6--------------------Thomas Williams, Capt.

------------------------------Solomon Persons, Lieut.
------------------------------Robert Sherrard, Ensg.
 
14 -------13 ------------------Simon Bright, Jun., Capt-------John Mackilewean, Capt.
------------------------------(Resigned)
------------------------------ John Mackilwean, Lieut.--------Spyers Singleton, Lieut.
------------------------------Spyers Singleton, Ensg.---------Stringer Mackilwean, Ensg.
 

15 ------15 -------------------Joseph Pipkin, Capt.

------------------------------Wm. McKinne, Jun., Lieut.
------------------------------Elisha Pikin, Ensg.
----Troops ---------------------Jesse Jernigan, Capt.
------------------------------Benj. Best, Lieut.
------------------------------Charles Hines, Cornet
------------------------------Thomas Torrans--------------Adjut. John Linton, in his stead
 
July 14, 1774

 

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State of the Dobbs Regiment of Militia as pr. Return consistingof 1274 men

Jan. 7, 1777 Since which Enlisted into the 10th No. CarolinaRegiment including exemptions agreeable to
Act of Assembly from said Regiment of Militia directed to be raised April, 1777 - 150

Ballotted into the 9 Months Service from sd. Regiment according toAct of Assembly - 103

Drafted to the Aid of South Carolina & Georgia by Resolve ofthe Council of State for five month service
or requisition ofCongress - 140

Drafted to relieve the above Aid by Act of Assembly at Halifax -50

Enlisted into the State Regiment including Officers - 33

Enlisted as a Guard to the Magazine at Kingston agreeable to Resolve of General Assembly - 15
equal 599

1779 Remaining on the first July liable to a Draft including

those who have furnished substitutes as pr. Return 675   
equal 1274

 

J. Glasgow, Col.

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Drafted in Captain Kennedy's Company, 26 July, 1777
 
No. 1----------------No. 2------------------No. 3---------------- No. 4
Ezekiel Creech ------Jos. Barwick -----------Wm. Vining -----------Simon Herring
John Heartsfield -----John Kennedy ---------Joseph Smith ------------David Williams
Claret Wine --------Moses Lovick -----------Aaron Pool -----------Shadrach Campbell
John Aldridge -------Jacob Ingram -----------Sanders Bush ----------John Cox
Fisher Thomas ------Jacob Thompson --------Jesse Smith -------------Saml. Pool
John Hodges--------Fras. Hill --------------Thos. Daniel Jr. ---------Benja. Bruton Jr.
John Tull Nathan -----Arrendale -------------John Woodland ----------Stanton Smith
Saml. Caswell ------ John Brown Jr. --------John Fontaine -----------John Heartsfield Jr.
Gray Westbrook -----David Heartsfield ------Job Williams -------------Reuben Freeman
Benja. Creech Jr. ----James Smith -----------James Pool -------------Paul Heartsfield Jr.
----------------------------------------------------------William Skinner
John Grant Jr. --------Jesse Aldridge ---------Wm. Woodland ----------Wm. Ferrell
Fra. Freeman ---------Tho. Byrd -------------Wm. Ayler -----------William Tull
John Parrot ----------Jos. Williams ----------John Creech ---------Robert Bird
Isaac Ingram ----------Benja. Byrd -----------Mosee Westbrook ------Robert Woodland
Wm. Arrendale --------Jude Walters ----------William Barwick --------Jos. Croom
Jas. Ingram -----------Stringer Potts ----------Walter Kennedy --------Abra. Bush
Wm. Barwick ----------Jr. John Barrs ----------Fras. Hodges ----------Wm. Brown
Benja. Rister (?) -------Wm. Aldridge ----------Jesse Cobb

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A Distinct List of the men Drafted in Capt. Thomas Williams'sCompany, 30 Oct., 1778

Names ................Age...Size.......... Complection ....Occupation
Arthur Smith ........44 ......5 1/2.......Pail ............Farmer
Daniel Howell .......34 ......5 ............ Fresh ...........Farmer
John Peacock ........34...... 5 .............Fresh...........Farmer
Lewis Hutchings ....35 ......5 .............Fresh...........Farmer

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A Return of the Dobbs Regiment of Militia, July 5th, 1779

column 1= Field Officers and Captains
column 2= Lts.
column 3= Ensgs
column 4= Sergts.
column 5= Cor.
column 6= Pvts.
column 7= Total

James Glasgow, Col.
Henry Goodman, Lt. Col.
Thos. Williams, 2nd Major
Captains
John Kennedy - __ ,__ ,2, 2 , 34, 38
John Creel - 1, __, 2, 2, 52 , 57
Frederick Herring -1, 1, 2, 2 , 36, 40
Joseph Pipkin - 1, 1, 2, 2, 34, 38
Thomas Grantham - 1, 1, 2, 2, 38, 42
William Speight, resigned - 1, 1, 2, 2, 56, 60
William Harper - __, __, 2, 2, 33, 37
William Ormond - 1, 1, 2, 2, 31, 35
Isaac Hines -1, 1, 2, 2, 19, 23
Stringer Mackilwean - __, __, 2 , 2, 26, 30
Jacob Johnston - 1, __, 2, 2, 25, 29
Thos. Pridgeon, discharged - 1, 1, 2, 2, 36, 40
William Fellow - 1, 1, 2, 2, 47, 51
Menan Patrick - __, __, 2, 2, 34, 38
Thos. Williams, promoted - __, __, 2, 2, 32, 36
Stephen Cobb, discharged - 1, __, 2, 2, 51, 55
James Edmundson - 1, 1, 2, 2, 22, 26
Total Lts. = 12
Total Engs. = 9
Total Sergts. = 34
Total Cor. = 34
Total Pvts. = 607
Total = 675

J. Glasgow, Colonel

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Dobbs Return of Substitutes, July 8, 1779

The Return of the Substitutes enlisted into the Continental Service
by their Militia agreeable to Act of Assembly passed May 1779

Substitutes Names......Time of Service ......From what ....When ......When deliv'd
.....................................................................Regiment ......Rec'd ......to Cont. Officer
Daniel Clifton .........Eighteen Months .......Dobbs .........June 5th ...June 5th
Jesse Donaldson ......During War.............. ditto ............ditto ........ditto
Ethelred Newsom .....ditto .........................ditto ............ditto ........ditto
John Moore.............. ditto .........................ditto ............ditto ........ditto
Benjamin Chadwick. ditto..........................ditto ............ditto ........ditto
John Sugg ...............Three Years ..............ditto ............ditto .........ditto
John Dunigin ..........During War.............. ditto ............ditto .........ditto
Francis Maxwell .....Eighteen Months .......ditto ...........19th ........19th
John Ross ...............Three Years ..............ditto ...........ditto .........ditto
Peter Furney ..........ditto .........................Craven ........ditto .........ditto
Anthony Cross ........ditto ..........................Dobbs .........ditto .........ditto
Timothy Mears .......During War ..............ditto ...........21st ........23rd
George McClarkey ..Eighteen Months........ Duplin ........23rd .........ditto
Dugal McConnough ..ditto.......................... ditto ............ditto .......ditto
Jeremiah Hewlet .....Two Years .................Dobbs ..........24th .......26th
John Hudler ............During War.............. ditto .............ditto........ 28th
James Poole ............ditto ..........................ditto ............29th.........3 July
Josiah Lai_?_ .........ditto .........................Pitt ..............ditto .........ditto
 

J. Glasgow, Col.

Dobbs Regt. Militia

His Excellency Governor Caswell

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State of North Carolina

We the Subscribers belonging to the Dobbs Regiment of Militia Do
acknowledge that we have Severally Voluntarily inlisted into the
Service of our Country to Serve in the state of So. Carolina for the
Space of Three Months after Passing the Limits of the State Agreeable
to the late Aud. Bill, and that we have received from the Colonel of
the said Regiment the Bounty of Three Hudnred dollars each

Witness our hands the 26th day of May, 1780

Captain Kennedy's -
Benjamin Creech
 
Capt. Johnston's -
Hardy Jones
 
Capt. Kennedy's
in the room of -
John Tull
the mark of John Jeffries
 
Capt. Ormond
Willem Tom__?__
Daniel Holland Turnage (his mark)
 
Capt. Kennedy's
Thomas Tiree
Benjamin Byrd
 
Capt.Creel's
Benjamin Sutton
Jesse Rows
Major Croom Jun.
 
Joseph Hardy in room of Thomas Dail
 
Capt.Ormond
Aaron Butts
 
Capt. Harper's
Fredrick Jones
William Badger
John Kinney (his mark)
Abram Sugg (his mark)
 
Light Horseman Hines
John Dillahunty Jun.
 
Capt. Harvey's
Soloman Witherington
James Falkner (his mark)
George Linton
John Baker
John Fanning
Jeremiah Desmond
 
Capt. Hines
John Cox's mark
Lot Croom
 
Capt. Speight's
Cipher Thigpen (his mark)
Needham Garner (his mark)
William Mathis
 
Capt. Hines
Peter Jones (his mark)
 
Capt.Speight's
Will. Barfield
Willm.Speight Jr., Towhead
Enoch Price
 
Moses Cox in room of Jacob Rhem
 
Capt. Johnston's
Aaron Cox (his mark)
William Brock
 
Capt. Shute's
Samuel Loftin (his mark)
Francis Loftin
Samuel Hearon
 
Philemon Nobles
Isaac Jones
 
Capt. Davis's
Jeremiah Barrow (his mark)
Henery Sauls (his mark)
 
Capt. Ormond's
Anthony Mears (hismark)
Joseph Hardee
Jesse Stancil (his mark)

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We the Subscribers Volunteers and Drafts from the Dobbs Regiment
of Militia do acknowledge severally to have received from Col. James
Glasgow the Sum of Money to our respective names affixed for which we
promise to perform the duty of Militia Men the Time by Sum directed
. . (illegible) . . at Kingston this 14th day of July, 1780.

Samuel Pope -Three hundred Dollars
Matt (MH) Hanks - Three hundred Dollars
John (X) Daniel - Three hundred Dollars
James (X) Wilson - Three hundred Dollars
John (X) Creech - Three hundred Dollars
David Heartsfield - Three hundred Dollars
John Harrell - Three hundred Dollars
Aaron Butts - One hundred and fifty
Francis Hodges - Three hundred Dollars
Richd. (X) Lee - One hundred & fifty
Daniel Ward - Three hundred Dollars
Darling Ward - Three hundred Dollars
Jacob (X) Langley - One hundred and fifty Dollars
Jacob Rhodes - Three hundred Dollars
John B. Bron - Three hundrede Dollars
William (X) Walston - Three hundred Dollars
Brittain Moore - Three hundred Dollars
John Grimsley - Three hundred Dollars
Benj. Bryant - Three hundred Dollars
John Willson - Three hundred Dollars
___?___ Rogers - Theree hundred Dollars
John Forehand - Three hundred Dollars
William (X) Metts - Three hundred Dollars
John (X) Patredge - Three hundred Dollars
Joseph Sugg -One hundred & fifty Dollars
Benj. (X) Hill -One hundred & fifty Dollars
Hosea (X) Wilson Faded or missing - impossible to read
_____ Tilghman - Three hundred Dollars
John (X) Bentley - Three hundred Dollars
George Oxley -One hundred & fifty Dollars
David (X) Charlcraft - Three hundred Dollars
John (X) Kennedy - Three hundred Dollars
John Coward - Three hundred Dollars
Gray (X) Westbrook - Three hundred Dollars

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List of the Drafts from the Dobbs Regiment, 4Nov., 1780

Men's Names - Vol or draft - Company - Substitute

Moses Westbrook -vol. -Capt. Kennedy -Lewis Linder
Thos, Bird -draft -Capt. Kennedy
John Hodges - ditto - Capt. Kennedy
Francis Shine - ditto - Capt. Kennedy
 
James Johnston - draft - Taylor
William Lawson - draft - Taylor
Richard Hill - ditto - Taylor
 
Edward Woodham - ditto - Lofton
Arthur Graddy - ditto - Lofton
Joseph Barbor - ditto - Lofton
Elisha Freeman - ditto - Lofton
 
Isaac Minshew - vol. - Speight - Jesse Scarbrough
Stephen Williams - ditto - Speight
Israel Joyner - draft - Speight
Charly Harris - ditto - Speight
Thomas Hix - ditto - Speight
John Stancil, Junr. - ditto - Speight
 
Jesse Holmes - draft - Davis
George Tedder - draft - Davis
Henry Purvis - vol. - Davis
Bennet Barrow - draft - Davis
 
Samuel Wade - ____ -Ormonds - Joseph House
Edward Coward - ____ - Ormonds
Sylvanus Jones - ____ Ormonds - David Jones
William Mears - ____ Ormonds
 
John Williams - draft - Johnston
William Irwin - ditto - Johnston
Fra. Jones -____ - Johnston
Charles Cox -____ - Johnston
 
John Tindal -____ - Grainger
John Harrol -____ - Grainger
William Mitchel -____ - Grainger
Richd. Standley -____ - Grainger
____ - ____ - ____ - Shute
 

Daniel Dismond - draft - ____

Robert Argoe - draft - ____
Hardy Powell - draft - ____
Jesse Griffen - draft - ____
James Philips- draft - ____
Joel Barber - draft - ____
 
(No company listed for the above six men)
 

Capt. Lofton - James Goodman - Saml. Dillahunty

Capt. Taylor - Wm. Taylor - Thos. Gatlin
Capt. Ormond - Levi Chalcraft - Saml. Holliday
Capt. Davis - Sherod Barrow - Wm Williams
Capt. Kennedy - Joshua Croom - Richd. Hodges
Capt. Johnston - Evan Williams - John Kincey
Capt. Speight - Traverse Thigpen - Joseph Henby
Capt. Grainger - Benj. Best - Shad. Standley
____ - ____ - Mat_? Moseley

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Enlistments in Dobbs County, 1780-81

Volunteers- Captain's Districts - (Substitutes?)

Daniel Young - Taylor's
Asa Walters - ditto
 
John Sanders - Johnston's
Barfoot Dortch - ditto
Joseph Winsett - ditto
Daniel Quillen - ditto
 
Saml. Dillahunty - Lofton's
Jacob Jackson - Lofton's - (Thomas Davis)
George West - Lofton's
Leonard Loften -Lofton's -(John Galloway, Sub.)
Joseph Hopkins - Lofton's
 
Michael Murphry - Light Horse
William Murphry - Light Horse
 
Banj. Parrimore - Ormond's drafts
William Griffin - Ormond's drafts
Jesse Skinner - Ormond's drafts
Wm. Skinner Jun. - Ormond's drafts
Tho. Harrington - Ormond's vols.
James Davis - ditto
Levi Charleraft - ditto
 
John Parker - Parker's drafts
Sam. Howard - Parker's drafts
John Goodson - Parker's drafts
Elka. Loftin Jun. - Parker's drafts
 
Joseph Wade - Grainger's
Henry Best - Grainger's
George Turner - Grainger's
James :Lewis - Grainger's
 
Joshua Williams - Kennedy's
Simon Creech - Kennedy's
 
Joseph Hodges - Hodges's
Wm. Vause - Hodges's
Isaiah Johnston - Hodges's
Robert Witherington - Hodges's
Elijah Baker - Hodges's
John Witherington - Hodges's

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North Carolina, Dobbs County - We the Subscribed being duly
impressed by a sense of the present state of our country and the
danger that threaten it from the invasion of the enemy Do each man
for himself promise upon the Sacred Ties of Honor, Virtue & Loove
or our Country to enter into the Service of the same as Militia
Volunteers this day & continue in the same for the sace of Three
Months if required of the situation of our ublic affairs demand it
& promise to demean ourselves therein as good Soldiers. Witness
our hands this 14th day of February, 1781

Wm. (X) Murphrey
Samuel Dillahunty
Jacob Jackson
George West
(John Gallay in his room Leonard Loftin)
Joseph Hopkins
Michael Murphree

State of North Carolina, Dobbs County - We the Subscribers
impressed with a true sense of the resent situation of our Country
and animated with a desire of preventing as far as in us lies the
danger that threatens it from the inroads and depradations of the
enemy Do each man for himself romise uon the Sacred ties of Honor,
Virtue & Love of our Country, to enter into the Service of our
Country as Militia Volunteers to serve the same Faithfuly as true
Soldiers for the sace of three months if rewquired or the Situation
of our public affairs shall demand it. Witness our hands at Kingston,
the 14th day of February, 1781.

Jacob Johnston - Wm. Ormond - R. Caswell
Jeremiah Loftin - J. Cobb - J. Glasgow
J. Herritage - Wm. Shepard - Abra. Sheppard
Will. Hooker - Henry Taylor - John Sheppard
C. Markland - Wm. Speight - J. McKinne -
Seth Speight - John Kennedy - Zenas Parker
William Harper - John Grainger - Henry Goodman
Wm. White - Robt. White - Js. Croom
Joseph Wade - Henry Best - Joshua Williams
Simon Creech - John Barfield - Levi Chaleraft
James (X) Davis - Thos. (X) Herrington

(Note: The above names are not orgasnized into three columns, but
are scattered instead across two pages. Some of the names have
numbers before them, but they are listed in no particular order).

State of North Carolina, Dobbs County - We the Subscribers deeply
impressed with a Lively sense of the situation of our Country in the
present conjuncture owing to the invasion of the enemy and being
desirous to expell them from the state Do each man for himself
promise and engage to serve our Country as Militia Volunteers for the
space of three months from this Date if the situation of our Country
requires it and as good soldiers to demean ourselves. Witness our
hands this 14th February, 1781

Joseph Hodges
Thos. Vause
George Turner
Isaiah Johnston
Robert Witherington
Elijah Baker
John Witherington

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A True Copy of a Foot Company of Soldiers Commanded by Captain William Whitfield
Not dated. (Note: Some names in left column have been torn from the page)
Aaron Smith, Lieut.
Henry Goodmasn, Ensig.
Matthews Queney, Henry Deaver, Moses Prestcoat, Const. Whitfield, Sergts.
 
James Manley .......Andrew Bass
Moses Tillman ......Andrew Bass, Jun.
_____ Webb ........John Beck ......................Francis Benton
James Gardener ....Jas. Blunt ......................John Benton
Thos. Jones .........Elijah Caraway ................Demsey Benton
Wm. Jones, .........Sen. Wm. Brown............. Richd. Bush
Michiel Tillman .....Thos. English .................Wm. Roberts
Aaron Tillman ......Simons Addams ...............Edw. Carter
Geo.Marshall .......John Pettet .....................Solomon Carter
Jacob Taylor ........John Williams .................Jno. Thompson
Jas. Prevat ..........Wm. Williams .................Benjn. Thompson
Henry Roberts .....John Hallet .....................Thos. Mackey
Jno. Freeman .......Wm. Gradey ..................John Argoe
Lewis Sowel ........Wm. Lee ......................John Hedgpeth
Jas. Davis ...........John Wouton
Wendel (?) Blither .John Standley ..................Tested
Timothy Goodman .Joseph Wenkfield ............Aaron Wood, Clerk Comp.
Wm. Cole ...........Richd.Martain ................Total Number.62 Comp. men
John Even ...........Wm Bryan
Thos. Craddick .....John Carrel, Sen.
Richard Cox ........John Carrel, Jun.
Thomas Cox ........Joseph Benton
______ Cox ........Jno. Blessengton
______ Pettet .......Job Bradey
______ Miller

These are to satisfye (?) that the within company of foot soldiers
is in very poor order wanting of one third good guns also ammunition
and other accuterreyments that is not to be had or purchased in our
parts

Willm. Whitfield

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