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John Cheshire

Male Abt 1753 - 1836  (~ 83 years)

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  • Name John Cheshire 
    Birth Abt 1753  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Death 10 Aug 1836  Floyd County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I10145  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of PNH
    Last Modified 22 Jul 2023 

    Family Sarah,   b. Abt 1757, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Between 1840 and 1841, Floyd County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Marriage Abt 1774  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    +1. Jonathan Cheshire,   b. Abt 1785, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Between 11 Oct 1871 and 1880, Bullitt County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 86 years)
    Family ID F4638  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2019 

  • Notes 
    • Also spelled Chesser, Chessher, Chesshir, Cheser, etc.

      He fought in the 10th Virginia regiment in 1778-79, during which time it was redesignated the 6th. He appears to have been for a time encamped at Valley Forge, although only after the famously difficult winter of 1777-78.

      He appears in Maryland in the 1790 census, owning no slaves. In Mason County, Kentucky (which was created in 1788) by 1795; in Washington County, Kentucky on the 1800 and 1810 censuses. In the 1820 census he is in Little York, Hardin County, Kentucky. In 1829 he is found in Floyd County, Indiana, applying for a pension.

      John B. Cheshire's pension application (as transcribed on his Wikitree page):

      County of Floyd Sct.

      On this twenty-sixth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine personally appeared in open court being a court of Record for the County of Floyd and State of Indiana having the Power of fine and imprisonment and proceeding according to the course of the Common Law with a Jurisdiction unlimited in point of amount and Keeping a Record of this proceedings.

      John Chesshir aged seventy-five years and resident in said County who being duly sworn according to Law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the Act of Congress of the 18 March 1818 and the first of May 1820. That he the said John Chesshir enlisted for the term of one year as a volunteer on the ____ day of 1778 in the State of Virginia in Company commanded by Thomas West in the Regiment commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Samuel Cowes in the line of the State of Virginia in the Continental establishment.

      That said Regiment was composed chiefly of drafted men. That some of those who were drafted were not accepted either from their not being able to pass muster or from some other cause they were not enrolled and some ran away they having volunteered not being drafted was in consequence taken in ___?___ and enrolled to make up the quota of the Regiment. That he continued to serve the United States in __?__ aforesaid in said corps until the 17th day of February 1779 when he was discharged from the service at Camp Middle Brooke in the State of New Jersey as a drafted soldier owing he believes to the circumstances aforesaid. That he hereby relinquishes every Claim to a Pension except the Present that his name is not on the roll of any State except Virginia. And that the following are his reasons for not making earlier application for a Pension. That he until __?__ one year before making application was able to support himself by his bodily labor and in pursuance of the ___ of the 1st day of May 1820, I do solumnly swear that I was a resident Citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift sale or in any manner disposed of my

      Property or any part thereof with intent thereby __?__ ___?___ it as to bring myself within the provisions of an Act of Congress E___?__ An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and navel service of the United States in the Revolutionary War passed on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not nor has any person for me in trust any Property or securities contracts or debts due to me, nor Have I any Income other that what is Contained in the Schedule hereto annexed and by me Subscribed. that since the Eighteenth day of March 18__ no changes have taken place in my property.

      John (his mark) Chesshir

      Schedule of Property To wit------

      1 cow and 1 calf, 1 yearling heifer 1 Feather bed & bedding 1 Pot and small kettle 1 Small Dutch oven 4 Iublen ?? plates 1 Pewter Dish __ Dozen Earthen Plates 3 small Punch bowls. 1 Felling axe 3 hoes one do Plow 2 mares 1 meat tub 1 water bucket 1 chinn 1 spider 1 cherry breakfast table 4 split bottom chairs 1 bedstead 1 mattock 1 old hair trunk 2 old saws 5 old chisels

      That my occupation is that of a farmer and that I am unable to labor from bodily disability for support. I have a wife named Sarah seventy two years old who is also very infirm and that I have four children who are all married and able to maintain themselves

      John (his mark) Chesshir

      Sworn to in open court May 16 1829

  • Sources 
    1. [S911] Our Cheshire Family by Patricia O'Connor., or Maryland.

    2. [S911] Our Cheshire Family by Patricia O'Connor.

    3. [S6198] User-submitted data at

    4. [S911] Our Cheshire Family by Patricia O'Connor., or Virginia.