John Runyan

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John Runyan State of North Carolina, Haywood County, Superior Court of Law, October term 1829:
On this tenth day of October 1829 personally appeared in open court, being a court of record for said County of Haywood in the sixth judicial district of North Carolina, John Runyan, aged seventy seven years, and being a resident of said Haywood County, who first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary war, that he was enlisted by Captain Thomas Arthur for eighteen months, that he belonged, and was attached to the twenty-fourth Regiment of the Virginia Continental Line, that he rendezvoused at Petersburgh, and while there, his Colonel was Colonel Alexander Parker, and his Captain was Thomas Arthur, that he was at the seige of Savannah and at the battle of Little York, and was regularly discharged at the close of the war at Petersburg by General Mulenburg, that he has lost the certificate of his discharge and has no means of proving that he served as aforesaid save by the muster roll deposited in the War Department, and by the affirmation and oath of Thomas Shepard and Nancy Shepard, who remained with his family while he was absent in the service of the United Confederated States, that he is incapable of supporting himself, that, that he has no family with him but his wife, his children having married and gone off in different parts of the United States, that some are still remaining in this county and that he lives with first with one and then another, that he has no property of any account, not even of the value of ten dollars, saving his wearing apparel, and his bed and furniture - and I John Runyan do solemnly 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 so to diminish it and to bring myself within the provisions of an Act of Congress entitled "an Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the Land and Naval 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, formed in trust, any property or securities, contracts or debts due to me nor have I any income other than the means of living contained in the schedule hereto annexed, and by me subscribed (to wit) - one bed and furniture at $10.00 and my wearing apparel.
Subscribed to in open court October 10th 1829
Jno B Love, Clerk     John Runyan (X - his mark).
I, Thomas Shepard upon my oath do say that the said John Runyan was enlisted by said Thomas Arthur and that I was present at the time he enlisted, and that he went off with the said Thomas Arthur, that he was absent from his family about two years, and that he returned after the capture of Cornwallis, that he was present when he showed his certificate to his old Captain, the said Arthur, who told him that it was regular - Arthur resided in Virginia, being near to that of John Runyan, and that the schedule returned and sworn by him is true to the best of my belief.
Sworn in open court October 10th, 1829
Jno B. Love, Clerk     Thomas Shepard (X - his mark).
I, John B. Love, Clerk of the Superior Court of Law in and for the County of Haywood, do hereby certify that the foregoing oath, and the schedule thereto annexed are truly copied from the records of the said court, and I do further certify that it is the opinion of the said court, that the total amount in in value of the property exhibited in the aforesaid schedule is of the value of ten dollars saving his wearing apparel.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said court on this 10th day of October, 1829...'.

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