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There were many Revolutionary War soldiers in Alabama – here are biographies of a few

After the Revolutionary War, free bounty land was offered by the federal government to citizens and soldiers for their service.


Painting ca. 1900 — by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris — Image by Bettmann/CORBIS

 

No bounty land was available in many of the Original Thirteen colonies because the states lacked enough vacant land to support the policy so the government looked to the frontier in the western domains for awarding bounty land. This practice served an additional purpose. With veterans settled on frontier lands, the states could rely on a military force from the revolutionary soldier to protect the settlements from Indians.

Many of these soldiers received grants in Georgia, Tennessee and the Mississipi Territory, parts of which later became the state of Alabama.

ALABAMA REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIERS VOLUME I  includes genealogical and biographical information on 26 Revolutionary Soldiers who were in early Alabama and/or collected military pensions for their service.

The soldiers in this volume include: JAMES CALDWELL, JOHN YOUNG, CAPT. ANTHONY WINSTON, WILLIAM SANDERS, CAPTAIN WILLIAM ARMISTEAD, WILLIAM WICKER, BRYANT ADAMS, WILLIAM PULLEN, GEORGE AGNEW, JOHN WEBSTER, ROBERT WESTON, GEORGE TAYLOR, GOV. JOHN SEVIER, JAMES ROBERTSON, HARRISON NICHOLSON, JAMES MCCRORY, DAVID MURRAY, CHARLES LITTLETON, DAVID LINDSAY, EPHRAIM KIRBY, JOHN WADE KEYES, JOSEPH HUGHES, SAMUEL TOWNSEND, JOHN TOWNSEND, HENRY TOWNSEND, and ANDREW TOWNSEND

ALABAMA REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIERS VOLUME I 


About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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21 comments

  1. Were these Indian Land?

  2. James McCrory is my 5th great uncle. He received land in Pickens Co.

  3. John McDonald born 1758 Va. died 16 Nov. 1850 in Jefferson County, Alabama.
    There is a monument in Linn Park behind the Jefferson County Court House in Birmingham with 16 names of men who faugh in The American Revolutionary War who are buried in Jefferson County, Alabama. John McDonald was my 7th Great Grand Father

    1. Y-DNA test results on two men who can be traced back to John McDonald/McDaniel/McDanal 1758 Va. die 16 Nov. 1850 Jefferson County, Alabama connected to Frank E. McDonald from Salem, Va. 1926-2014 and this man treced back to Brian/Bryan McDonald 1645 Ireland died 1710 Mills Creek, New Castle County, Pa. today Delaware.
      Our Y-DNA test results proves that our John 1758-1850 was not the son of Angus McDonald.

  4. Joshua Wilson received a land grant in Clarke County. He is my 7th or 8th ggf.

  5. I have seen his name many times.

  6. Or everything in the 13 colonies was on the Gulf Coast and the Battle of Charlotte sealed the deal and ended the matter which helped result in the final Treaty of Peace.

    1. Darby Weaver the “Gulf Coast”?

  7. My Fourth Great Grandfather Benjamin Darby had bounty land in Clarke County for his service to the South Carolina militia.

  8. Free always cost someone something

  9. My 5 greatgrandfatber, John E Ward was one of 4 Rev War vets buried in Bibb Co., AL.

  10. Found a few graves in Bankhead Forest from soldiers of The Revolutionary War.

  11. I don’t own a Kindle and I don’t know which of the four volumes my ancestor is mentioned in. An index to the four volumes would be helpful.

  12. My 4th Great Grandfather, Benjamin Darby, served the South Carolina militia and participated in the Second Battle of Augusta. He received his bounty land and moved to Clarke County, Alabama in 1817. He came from Edgefield District, South Carolina.

    1. Larry Darby very close to me.

    2. There are many Darbys here in greenwood county. South Carolina

    3. Larry Darby my Nix ancestors also lived in Edgefield District before migrating on through to what became Bibb Co. around the same time.

    4. Clem Clapp my line left Clarke, went to Pike, then Conecuh. There were a lot of Edgefield District pioneers who settled in Conecuh County.

    5. Larry Darby same here. Some of them nested here but many moved on to Coosa County, Mississippi and Texas. Looking for greener pasture or couldn’t stand their kin folk.lol

    6. Clem Clapp there was a different line of Darbys who settled in Coosa County. I never have made a firm connection to them. Yet a different line settled in Tennessee and north Alabama.

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