Pension Papers for Gabriel Akin

The following transcription was submitted by Jennie Marshall of Cincinatti, OH for inclusion at the Genealogy in Washington Co., PA web site in January 1998.

Jennie says:

I transcribed (not easy) the document from a photocopy of the original I received from the National Archives on Gabriel Akin. He is connected to my line of Pribble/Prebble but have not discovered just how. In his will of 1836 he left his farm in Brown County Ohio to a nephew, John Pribble, who is a direct ancestor of mine. I believe Gabriel was probably married to a Pribble but haven't found the record. Ohio.

State of Ohio Brown County / CP

On the 2nd day of May 1833 personally appeared before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, in and for the County of Brown came Gabriel Eakins, sometimes called Gabriel Acron, a resident of Lewis Township in the County of Brown and State of Ohio, aged seventy four 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 provision made by the act of Congress, passed June 7th 1832.

That he enlisted in the Army of the United States on the 26th day of July in the year 1778, with David Owens Captain on ten miles in Pennsylvania with four others and marched from ten miles to Fort Pitt, who at that time was commanded by Col. Gibson we joined the 13th Virginia Regiment commanded by Col Gibson and the company to which this affiant belonged was commanded by one Ferrill in whose company this affiant served about six months. This affiant went under a Leftenant of the independent company commanded by Capt Heth,? up the Allegheny river in order to intercept the passage of Indians that was supposed to have crossed the river into the settlement and was absent about 8 days, but saw nothing of them.

The next expedition this affiant went on under Capt. Springer to For Liganeer to relieve the inhabitants from the inroads making on them by the Indians, but before we reached there the Indians had left. We ranged from fort Liganeer towards the Allegheny river, and was absent a month but saw no Indians during our absence.

The next expedition was up the Monongahely under Sergant Goodin for flour and whiskey and was detained by [low water?] for about four weeks before we reached fort Pitt. This affiant states after this last return he remained at fort Pitt until he was discharged. This affiant at the time of enlistment was a citizen of Washington County, Pennsylvania. This affiant served about six months in the 13th Virginia Regiment when the company to which this affiant belonged and who was commanded by Ferrill was divided and a part attached to the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment commanded by Col. Broadhead and a part to 9th Virginia Regiment to which last this affiant was attached commanded by Col. Gibson.

Whilst this affiant belonged to the 13th Virginia Regiment Co. Gibson was called to Philadelphia, and command was taken in his absence by Robert Beall Capt. from whom this affiant received a written furlo of absence for 15 days which is herewith filed as a part of this declaration. This affiant enlisted for the term of one year, and at the expiration of said year he was discharged by Col. Gibson, which discharge this affiant placed in the hand of one James Neal for purposes specified in said Neal's receipt herewith filed as a part of this declaration.

He hereby relinquishes any 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 agency in any state.

Sworn to and subscribed the day Gabriel Eakins and year aforesaid in open court. G. W. King, Clerk And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he stated.

(Enclosures with above declaration:) Fort Pitt May Ye 20th, 1779. Gabriel Acron a soldier in the 13th Virga. Regt. has leave of absence for the space of fifteen days, and then join his respective regt. wherever they reside. Given under my hand Robert Beall, Capt. Commt 13 V. Regt.

Gabriel Eakins February 26th, 1785. Recd of Gabriel Akins by the hand of James Gunnes his discharge as a soldier in the ninth Virginia Regiment which I promise if I can have his accounts settled for his depreciation of pay to return to the said Akins the one half of what is allowed him as witness my hand and also his land warrant if any be allowed him. Test James Gunnes James Neal

Certificate of Pension issued the 9th day of August 1833 and sent to Wm. C. Marshall, Bracken County KY. $26.40 per year. Gabriel Eakins' name is seen on the 1802 census of Clermont County. Ohio became a state in 1803. Clermont County was created in 1800. Brown County was created in 1818 from part of Clermont, Adams and Highland Counties

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