The following letter was included with the pension application I received just two weeks prior to Christmas. The George mentioned here is the son of Gilbert and Dicey Brock Vandergriff, and the father of Lucinda Vandergriff Holt. George was also the father of my GGgrandfather, Alvis Vandergriff. The Gilbert and Garrett mentioned are Jacob's brothers. Gilbert removed to Hamilton County, Tn. by 1821, and may have been in Hamilton County as early as 1789.
Reference is made to your letter addressed to The National Archives, in which you request the Revolutionary War record of Jacob Vandegriff. Your letter has been referred, for reply, to The Veterans Administration, custodian of Revolutionary War pension claims.
The data which follow were obtained from the papers on file in the Revolutionary War pension claim, R.10839, based upon the military service in that war of Jacob Vandegriff, the name appears, also as Vandergriff.
Jacob Vandegriff was born in 1763, in Johnston County, North Carolina. The names of his parents are not shown.
While residing in Henry County, Virginia, Jacob Vandegriff enlisted May 31, 1780, and served three months in Captain Haman Critz or Krits' Virginia Company, marched against the Tories and pursued them as far as the Yadkin River: he enlisted about Christmas of the following winter, and served three months as a private in Captain Levi Jarvis' Virginia Company; during this tour, he stated that he acted as a guard for some five hundred British prisoners.
He was allowed pension on his application executed November 18, 1833, while a resident of Grainger County, Tennessee. In 1844, he was living near Mount Sterling, Gasconade County, Missouri. He signed by mark, Vandergriff, was borne on the pension rolls as Vandegriff.
In 1844, one George Vandegriff testified in behalf of said Jacob in St. Louis county, Missouri, no relationship shown.
Jacob Vandegriff died July 13, 1848, in Gasconade County, Missouri.
The soldier married in 1787, in Wilkes County, North Carolina, Jane, date and place of her birth and names of her parents are not shown. In 1852 Jane was living in Gasconade County, Missouri. The date of her death is not shown. No reference was made to children.
In 1833, soldier stated that his brother, Gilbert Vandergriff, was a resident of Hamilton County, Tennessee, and in 1834, Gilbert and Garrett Vandergriff made joint affidavit in Hamilton County, Tennessee, in support of the pension claim of Jacob Vandergriff or Vandegriff. No relationship was stated.
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