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John Tuttle was born in Fairfax VA on March 22, 1761. He married Anna Barbara Elizabeth Frey (Fry) on June 16, 1783 in what is now Stokes County (Surry County then). He died September 30, 1840 and is buried in the Frey Cemetery in Stokes County, NC. The following are some of the papers from his Pension Application which are on file…there are over 60 pages. The Joseph Winston mentioned is Major Joseph Winston. His widow, Anna Barbara (or Barbary as it is written on the official document) applied for and received a widow’s pension until her death. Revolutionary War Pension Application. TUTTLE, John -- [1810 Stokes Co. census, p. 509] Declaration of John Tuttle, 75 -- Stokes Co., NC -- 13 June 1836 -- resident of Stokes. John entered service as a private volunteer militia soldier. He enrolled in Capt. Peter Oneals company in Rockingham Co., NC, about Easter 1778. When there was a special call for soldiers to be in ready at a moments notice to march in order to rout tories, he being one of the men taken from Capt Oneals company to make up a company commanded by Capt. Philips of Rockingham County. Capt Philips marched his company different directions & ways through Guilford County and Rowan to the Yadkin River, thence down the country into Randolph County to Deep River. He was in service at least two months and returned home to Rockingham. He was then drafted out Capt. Peter Oneals company in Rockingham County for a tour of three months in August 1778 or 1779. He was a private in a company commanded by a Capt. Wm. Wilson and marched to Guilford Courthouse, NC, and there they joined Cl. Paisleys regiment, then marched to Stones Ferry on Salisbury and were joined to Gen. Davidson's Brigade and remained some time at Salisbury, then marched to or near the borders of South Carolina, and took up what was called headquarters at a place called 12 mile creek, where we took 18 tories. Col. Paisley and other officers had them tried by court martial. This applicant was one of the guards. Nine of the prisoners were acquitted and the other nine were sentenced to receive the lash and did receive them on their bare backs and to serve twelve months in the regular service. Shortly after, information came that the British Army was advancing towards and near _____________and marched to --- and back through Salisbury and crossed the Yadkin River where we met with an army of Virginia troops. There we recrossed the river and marched back after the British until we came to our old stand at 12 Mile Creek near the Catawba River, the British having crossed 25 miles below in South Carolina. A detachment of our troops was sent from headquarters to watch and guard at a point on the River to prevent the British from coming over again. There Tuttle's time of service ended with many others and they marched back to headquarters at 12 Mile Creek and received a written discharge from Col. Paisley for three months and ten days and then returned home to his father's in Surry Co., NC, near Major Winston's residence. There being a special call for horse or mounted men, he turned out a volunteer and furnished his own horse, and firearms were found for him in Jan. 1787. This was in a company commanded by Capt. Robert Hill of Surry Co. under Major Joseph Winston. They marched from Major Winston's down through Rockingham and into Caswell Co., NC. On the route they defeated a parcel of Tories and then joined Col. or Gen. Pickens light horse troops. We were about 500 strong, and Tarleton the British commander with 800 dragoons lay a few miles below us towards Hillsboro. One day a party or all of them advanced on us when we retreated a few miles and formed for battle. Tuttle was previously wounded on the instep by a rough shod horse and was commanded with others to guard some horses in the rear. When the attack commenced they immediately broke on the right wing which soon became a general disorderly retreat with the loss of two men killed. I with part of the men got into Rockingham and was left to get the inflamation cured in my foot. Meanwhile the company had marched and had another skirmish with the British and Tories at Whitesills Mills and then returned home. In this service I served at least two months (part of which was under Capt. Oneal after recovering from the wounded foot) and Capt. Hill discharged him verbally after he recovered from the wound on his foot. Total services were five months 10 days a foot private, two months on horse. Interrogatories: He was born in Fairfax County, Va, Mar. 22, 1761. He was living in Rockingham Co., NC, during his first two tours and in Surry Co., NC, on his last. He has lived in Surry & Stokes County ever since in the same neighborhood (owing to the division of Surry he fell into the part called Stokes). He believes that Gen. Joseph W. Winston and Wm. Cox, Esq., will testify for him. Aff. Joseph W. Winston and William Cox, residing in Stokes Co., certify they are well acquainted with John Tuttle, he is reputed in the neighborhood to be a Rev. Soldier, and we concur in that opinion. Declaration of Barbary Tuttle, widow -- Stokes Co., NC - 11 Dec. 1843 -- age 78 - She is the widow of the late John Tuttle (pensioner) who was a private of infantry and dragoon in Rev. He lived in Stokes Co., NC, and received a pension of $25 per year since June 1836.