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Zachariah Jerkins' Rev. War Pension

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Zachariah Jerkins' Rev. War Pension

Jack Butler (View posts)
Posted: 942753600000
Classification: Pension
Surnames: Jerkins, Judkins, Campbell
The document that I have transcribed below is the second deposition given by Zachariah Jerkins in support of his application for a pension for his Revolutionary War service. His first one was given in January of 1828 in the same Court. Apparently, it was rejected for lack of documentation - so Zack appealed in 1831. Apparently, that one was lost because no action was ever taken -so appealed again in 1833. This time he won and they paid him back to Marh of 1831 - when his pension should have started based on his first appeal. In this deposition, and supporting documents, the Clerk of Court, Leon County, spelled Zachariah's last name three different ways and 166 years later that has had reprecussions:


Service Number
N. C. S. 45843

ss { Territory of Florida, County of Leon

On this 17th day of January 1833 personally appeared in open Court before John A. Cameron, Robert H. Read and Thomas Randall, Judges of the Court of Appeals for said Territory, now sitting. Zacheriah Gherkins, a resident of the County and Territory aforesaid, aged seventy seven years, who first being 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 7, 1832. That he entered the service of the U. S. under the following officers and served as herein stated.

That he first entered the service of the U.S. in the year 1776. At that time he resided in the County of Halifax, N.C. and entered as a volunteer in Capt. Tronten's company of the Regt. commanded by Colonel Nicholas Long under command of Gen. Jones (he thinks) and served in that tour of duty for about four months. While on this tour of service he marched from Halifax County, N.C., up to Charlotsville and Hillsborough in said State at which last named place he was discharged. Shortly after his discharge at Hillsborough he entered as a volunteer in Capt. Turner's Company, Col. Lowry commanding Regiment and under these officers he marched to Charles Town, S. C., in which place he remained for three or four months and left there a short time previous to the British making an attack on that place. That in this tour of duty he was in no engagement except light skirmishes with small parties and received his discharge shortly after leaving Charles Town, returned to Halifax, N.C., and a short time after reentered the service in Company of Capt. Williams Col. Sen---(unreadable) and John Brickett, Lieut. Col. Then marched toward S. C. to join the command of General Gates whom they met retreating after his defeat, joined his army and accompanied it to the Pedee River and thence to Salisbury, N.C., where he received his discharge. He later served in the army of General Green at Guilford Court House, N.C. He served other tours of duty before being discharged.

Signed, Zachariah X Jerkins
His Mark X

Thomas Randall, Presiding Judge
Court of Appeals

(Note - Zachariah's deposition was accompanied by a supporing deposition of a man named Blackshear who swore that he served with Zachariah (Blackshear and Zack were neighbors in Tatnall County, GA). Richard Keith Call, who became Territorial Governor two years later, also wrote a deposition stating that he had known Zack for 5 years and supporing his character and his own belief that Zack was a Rev. Vet. Judge Randall ruled that Zachariah Jerkins was entitled to a pension)

Official Record

Zachariah Gherkins

Certificate No. 6832, Florida Terry., issued March 8, 1833, at the rate of $80.00 per annum to commence March 4, 1831, Act of June 7, 1832. Agency, Leon County, Florida

Service: company commanded by Capt Tronten, regt. commanded by col. Nicholas Long, in the N.C. line and militia for 2 yrs.

(Note. The reprecussions of the Clerk spelling Zachariah's name as Gherkins that I spoke of at the beginning of this document came this past April when the Daughters of the American Revolution erected an in Bloxham Park in downtown Tallahassee an Historical Marker to old Zack and four other Revolutionary War Veterans who settled in Tallahassee after the Revolution. Because of the Clerk's error, old Zack, for whom I have never found another record with his name spelled with a "G" is immortalized as Zachariah Gherkins, American Patriot.

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