William King Records - National Archives
William King was the second son of Thomas and Sarah King (based on name order written in the family deed of 28 Dec 1798). In his Declaration in 1832 William states he is 80 years old, placing his birth about ~1752. William entered the Virginia line from Henrico County in 1778 and served approximately 18 months. He was a private in the company of Capt. James Price commanded by Col. William Davis. He was, according to his pension declaration, placed in charge of “the magazine, containing powder and arms, situated on James River about six miles above Richmond; whence he was ordered and appointed to serve by Col Wm Davis, one of the states Continental officers, who was acting as Commissary of Military Stores.” “When the British came in to the state, the stores were removed; and he was discharged from the service.”
He married Mary (Polly) Woodson in Cumberland County February 5, 1789. She was the daughter of Lucy and Drury Woodson and was born about 1769. From Cumberland County William and Mary moved to Campbell County. William King died 27 December 1835 in Campbell County. Her pension number is listed as W7982.
William King Pension Declaration
The declaration of Wm King made & in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June the 7th 1832.
State of Virginia
On this (16th) day of Aug. 1832 personally appeared in open Court before the Justices of the County Court of Campbell now sitting, William King, a resident of said County, aged 80 years, who being first duly sworn, doth make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed the 7th June 1832 in relation to the officers and soldiers of the revolutionary war. The said King saith that he was at time that was commenced liable to military duty in and belonged to the militia of Henrico County Virginia; was a private in the Company of Capt. James Price; that he performed for the period of eighteen months at least, perhaps two years, his military duty in the charge of the magazine, containing powder and arms, situated on James River about six miles above Richmond; whence he was ordered and appointed to serve by Col Wm. Davis, one of the state or Continental officers, who was acting as Commissary of Military Stores. This service was during the years 1778&9; and was peculiarly confidential, as he had the sole charge of the magazine; held the keys and discharged all stores himself, without the direction of any officer at the place, though he himself held no Commission; there was commonly a sergeants guard at the place, but the sole care and control of the magazine was entrusted to his ….. He performed this duty as he then was told, in lieu of serving in the line when his brothers militia was called to serve; has never rec’d any compensation for this service, nor has he any living or documentary proof in relation
thereto; When the British came in to the state, the stores were removed; and he was discharged from the service. He believes, on reflection that he thus served two years. He hereby relinquishes any claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the Pension roll of the agency of any state whatever.
Sworn and subscribed to William King
the day and year aforesaid.
Declaration No. 5095
Publication Number: M804
Publication Title: Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files
Short Description: NARA M804. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files.
Veteran Surname Starts With: K
Veteran Surname: King
Veteran Given Name: William
Pensioner Surname: King
Pensioner Given Name: Mary
Pension Number: W 7982
Certificate of Pension
17 November 1832
Mary (Polly) Woodson King Pension Declaration
State of Virginia
Campbell County to witt,
On this 14th day of Jan 1839, personally appeared
before the County Court of Campbell, in the state aforesaid, Mrs. Mary King,
the widow of Wm. King, dec’d, a resident of said County, aged 74 years – who
being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath, make the following
declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of
Congress passed July 7 1838, - Entitled “An act granting half pay and pensions
to certain widows”: that she is the widow of Wm King, dec’d, of said County,
who was a Revolutionary United States Pensioner, under the law of June the 7th
1832. That the said Wm King her husband
served in the Revolutionary War, as a private soldier – but, of the particular
service he rendered she is unable to speak, nor is it necessary so to do or
required by the rules of the War department – inasmuch as there is ample proof
of his, her husbands, services already of record in the office of the Commissioner
of Pensions for the War department – and upon which his certificate of Pension
was granted – and to which the Commissioner of Pensions is referred, to
ascertain the amount due her – and that she the said Mary King, further
declares that she was married to the aforesaid Wm. King in the County of
Cumberland and State aforesaid on the …. Day of Feb 1788 by the Revd. Raine
Chasteen (Rene Chastain) – from which they moved to the County of Henrico, and
thence to the County of Campbell where they remained to the time of her
husband’s death, which she avers was on the 27th day of December
1835 – She further declares that she was not married to him prior to his
leaving the service – but that the marriage took place previous to the first
day of Jan 1794, viz, at the time above stated – as will more fully appear by
the proof annexed – and that she has
remained a widow ever since the death of her husband as aforesaid to the
William A. Clement Affidavit14 January 1839
Martha Woodson Riddle Affidavit5 January 1839
State of Virginia
Buckingham County to witt, on this 5th day of Jan. 1839 personally appeared before me, Wm. Woodson, a Justice of the Peace, in and for said County, Mrs. Martha Riddle, a respectable lady and resident of said county – who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath say that, she is about 63 years old – that she was well acquainted with Mr. Wm. King, dec’d, of Campbell County previous to his marriage with Mrs. Mary King (her sister), his present widow of now said County – when maiden name was Mary Woodson – that she was present at the marriage of said King to his present widow in the County of Cumberland, Va. and she thinks the ceremony was performed by the Rev’d Raine Chasteen (Rene Chastain) – that she thinks she was about 13 years old at the time – which was about 50 years ago – or about the year 1788. At any rate they were married prior to the first day of Jan. 1794, that they moved from the County of Cumberland shortly after they were married – but that she was frequently in their company, when they were on visits to Cumberland County, in the character of man and wife – that they lived together as man and wife, until the death of her husband, the said King – which she believes was about Christmas 1835 – that the said Mary King, the widow of said Wm King has remained a widow ever since the death of her husband to the present time, to the best of her knowledge and belief.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this day and year as above written.
Wm. Woodson, J.P.
Drury Woodson Affidavit
5 January 1839
Certificate of Pension
4 June 1839
Certificate of Pension
28 Sept 1843
Point of Fork Historic Marker
This marker commemorates the location of an important supply arsenal during the Revolution.
"Here was an important supply depot and arsenal of the Virginia government in 1781, and here Baron von Steuben, commanding the American forces, trained recruits for Greene’s army in the south. Threatened by Cornwallis’s approach, Steuben moved stores across James River. On June 4, 1781, Colonel Simcoe, with his cavalry, made Steuben believe that the whole British army was at hand. Steuben retreated, leaving stores to be destroyed."