Thomas Ridge McGee:
Military and Other Records
A Thomas Ridge was listed on a 1774 payroll of Captain James Robertson's Company for services rendered during Lord Dunmore's War (1). Robertson's men were mainly from Fincastle County, Virginia, but not all. Lieutenant Michael Woods wrote to Colonel William Preston of Fincastle County on3 September 1774, "also to let you know that I expect Mr. Stephen Inglish up out of Pittsylvania County with about 20 or 25 men with him for me and whether I am disappointed of them or not I am will[ing] to join companies with Major. Robertson as I do not expect to make up a full Company my self." It is likely that this Thomas Ridge is Thomas Ridge McGee, age 25, who in three years would enlist in the Continental Line in a unit made up of men from Pittsylvania County, Virginia, which at the time was adjacent to Fincastle County
1774 Lord Dunmore's War. Fincastle County [selected names]
Capt. Robertson's Company Continentals
Capt James Robertson 94 days pay
Michael Woods, Lieut. 127 days pay
Charles Skeggs, Serjt 10 days pay
William McGee 25 days pay
David McGeehee 92 days pay
Thomas Ridge 92 days pay
William Wood 112 days pay
Jno Skaggs 94 days pay
Aaron Skaggs 94 days pay
Revolutionary War Service of Thomas Ridge McGee
Contrary to the Revolutionary War Service Pension Application of Thomas Ridge McGee (2), he did not first enlist in Baltimore, Maryland in 1777. Rather in 1777, Thomas Ridge McGee, Private, can be found in the muster rolls in the Virginia Continental Line, namely the 6th Virginia Regiment (Lieutenant Colonel James Hendricks) in the 9th Company (Captain Peter Dunn) (3). The 9th was a rifle company mustered from men from Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The 6th Virginia Line was authorized in January 1776, and organized and trained in Williamsburg, Virginia. Enlistment was for 2 or 2-1/2 years. It is not known when Thomas Ridge McGee enlisted, however he was probably part of the regimental assembly in early 1776, as his service commitment was to expire in December 1779.
6th Virginia Battalion [Regiment], Captain Peter Dunn's Company
1777 April Payroll, John [sic] Ridge, Private - 1 month service commencing 1 April; pay $6-2/3
1777 May Payroll, Thomas Ridge McGee, Private - 1 month service commencing 1 May; pay � 2 10sh
1777 May 31 Muster Roll, Thos Ridge McGee, Private
1777 June Payroll, Thomas Ridge McGee, Private - 1 month service commencing 1 June; pay $6-2/3; � 2 10sh
1777 June Muster Roll, Thomas Ridge McGee, Private - time to serve: Decr 1779; remarks: deserted the 11th of July
1777 July Payroll Thos. Ridge McGee, Private - 11 days service commencing 1 July; pay $2-7/9; � 0 10sh, 4p
1777 July Muster Roll, Thomas Ridge McGee, Private - time to serve: Decr 79; remarks: deserted the 11th of July
From its formation in early 1776 until July 1777, the 6th Virginia Regiment was in many engagements in Virginia (expulsion of Lord Dunmore, Gwynn's Island), Pennsylvania, and New Jersey (Battle of Trenton on 26 December 1776; Battle of Princeton on 3 January 1777; both under General George Washington). Some of the men in the 9th Company were left sick at Fredericksburg, Philadelphia, and Trenton. Washington's Continental Army overwintered from January to May 1777 at Morristown, New Jersey.
Thomas Ridge McGee was reported as a deserter as of 11 July 1777 (3). However, in that same month, Thomas Ridge McGee claimed in his Revolutionary Service Pension Application (2) to have enlisted in Baltimore under Captain Andrew Templeton of Georgia. He made no mention of prior service in the 6th Virginia Line in his pension application.
Thomas Ridge McGee stated that he enlisted in July 1777 under Captain Templeton, commanded by Colonel Brown [sic, White], in Baltimore, Maryland in "what was then called the 4th Georgia Battalion" (2). The 4th Georgia was authorized by Congress on 1 February 1777 and the battalion formed on 6 July 1777 in Philadelphia, mainly from men from Pennsylvania, under Colonel John White of Philadelphia. It was assigned to the Georgia Battalion in December 1777.
Thomas Ridge McGee stated he marched from Baltimore to Savannah, Georgia, with the 4th Georgia Battalion. Thomas Ridge McGee did not specifically mention participation in military activities in 1778, although the 4th Georgia was stationed at Savannah and participated in the Florida Campaigns.
Thomas Ridge McGee stated next in his pension application (2) that they marched next to the Altamaha River, and then back to Savannah. This would be the second siege of Savannah beginning in November 1778. Then the 4th Georgia Regiment went to Brier Creek, Augusta, Georgia, where the Americans were defeated on 3 March 1779. He and Captain Templeton were captured, but escaped two days later by swimming across the Savannah River. He then made his way to Burke County, North Carolina. He claimed a term of service of 2 years under Templeton. A full 2 years would include his service in the 9th Virginia Regiment, but again, Thomas Ridge McGee did not disclose this service.
1778 November 28 - 15 October 1779 Siege of Savannah. Savannah fell to the British on 29 December 1778.
1779 March 3, Battle of Brier Creek, Augusta, Georgia; 1,400 North Carolina Militia under General John Ashe, and 100 Georgia Continental Line soldiers under Colonel Elbert
Thomas Ridge McGee stated (2) that he next enlisted in Burke County, North Carolina, under Captain Drew [Drury] Cade and Colonel Elijah Clarke, and returned to Georgia. Lieutenant Colonel Clarke did indeed come into western North Carolina to recruit and left with several hundred North Carolina militiamen to attempt to expel the British from Augusta, Georgia. Thomas Ridge McGee said in a deposition in 1804 that he was at the Battle of Hanging Rock, South Carolina, and saw his half-brother, William Ridge, on the day he died. However, he did not mention this in his pension application. Thomas Ridge McGee was not listed in any surviving muster rolls of regular or militia units that were present at this skirmish. It is possible that he was attached to the Wilkes County, North Carolina militia under Col. Joel Lewis or the Georgia militia under Capt. Coleman.
1780 July 30 and August 6, Battles of Hanging Rock, South Carolina. William Ridge, half-brother to Thomas Ridge McGee, was killed in the skirmish.
1804 Deposition of Thomas Ridge McGee, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee
This deponent says he left North Carolina before the war between America and Great Britain and never came into Surry County or the upper part of the State until after the Battle of Kings Mountain and that he had not seen Wm RIDGE for many years before his death until he saw him on the day that he was killed, for that he this deponent was in the action of the Hanging Rock in South Carolina in the year 1780 on the Whig side and he has been informed that William RIDGE was then killed on the Tory side.
Thomas McGee stated (2) that he was involved with skirmishes with British regulars and Tory militias at Augusta, Georgia commanded by Colonel Thomas Brown, who when reinforced by men from Savannah, led the American retreat. Thomas Ridge McGee was wounded in this skirmish (2).
1780 September 14-18, failed attempt to retake Augusta, Georgia by Colonel Elijah Clarke and Lt. Colonel James McCall with 400 soldiers
Thomas Ridge McGee stated that he was at Kings Mountain under Captain Drew [Drury] Cade and Colonel William Campbell, but not in the action, due to a hip wound suffered at Augusta (2). He was withdrawn to Moravian Town by Colonel William Campbell's men. He claimed service of 6 months.
1780 October 7, Battle of Kings Mountain, South Carolina
Thomas Ridge McGee's service in Georgia was further substantiated as there is a Thomas McGee listed in the Georgia Continental Line (4) . Also a Thomas McGee/McGeehee received land in 1784 under a certificate from Elijah Clarke (5) It's not clear if this is the same man as Thomas Ridge McGee.
McGee, Thomas. Certificate of Elijah Clarke, Col., February 2, 1784. Petitioner prays 287 acres in Washington County, Warrant 1317.
McGeehee, Thomas. 287 acres, Washington County, bounded on the north by Baldwin, on the east by vacant land, on the south by Lewis Crane, and on the west by Kimbrough, survey 420. November 11, 1784, p. 213.
These are to certify, That Drury Cade, a Captain in Militia, is entitled to Five Hundred Acres of Land, as a Bounty, agreeable to an Act and Resolve of the General Assembly, passed at Augusta the 19 August 1781. As per certificate of E. Clark, Col. Given under my hand, at Savannah, the 25th Day of March in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-four.
Attest D. Rees Secty Jno. Houstoun
There are depositions in the estate file of William Ridge in which several deponents state that Thomas Ridge McGee did not live in Surry County, North Carolina until after the Battle of Kings Mountain. Thomas Ridge McGee stated that he next enlisted in Wilkes County, North Carolina in the Militia under Colonel Joel Lewis. It may have been during this period of time that Thomas Ridge McGee was involved in burning the homes of Tories in Wilkes County, North Carolina. The Wilkes County Militia formed up with Colonel Benjamin Cleveland and fought at Guilford Courthouse. Then Thomas Ridge McGee was marched to 96 District, South Carolina under General Nathanael Greene and was discharged after a total of 3 months service.
1781 March 15 Battle of Guilford Courthouse, Greensboro, North Carolina
Thomas Ridge McGee then stated that he enlisted in Captain Thomas Harvey's mounted militia under Colonel Samuel Hammonds and General Andrew Pickens. He scouted and then his unit joined up with General Nathanael Greene at Eutaw Springs and then marched back to 96 District where he was discharged. He claimed 10 months service. Colonel Samuel Hammond called his recruits the "Refugee Militia" and that after the Battle of Guilford Courthouse "He was there ordered to join Genl. Pickens previously detached to the Western part of North Carolina, to rally the friends of South Carolina & Georgia with those of North Carolina with the view of recovering all the South from the Enemy" Captain Thomas Harvey was from South Carolina and led a company of dragoons (mounted infantry). Aaron D. Gage, Nathaniel J. Goff and Richard Jones were members of Captain Thomas Harvey's Company at about the same time as Thomas Ridge McGee:
Aaron Gage, Revolutionary War Pension Application, S2229.
"until about the first of May 1781 we received Orders to join General Green's Army at or near 96 in the State of South Carolina, accordingly we took up our line of march, and joined General Greene not far from 96. Our Regiment was then placed under the command of General Pickens, and the whole Army commenced the Siege of it, but we failed, we then encamped not far from 96 and my Captain Thomas Harvey went out on a scouting party and was killed, I was then placed under the Command of Richard Johnson Captain, we then took up our line of march and went to the high hills of Santee, here we remained for a short time, then understanding that the British had encamped at the Eutaw Springs we marched to that place, which we reached in September 1781 where we had a Severe Battle with the British which Engagement I was in, the next morning after the Battle all of the Dragoons was Ordered to march to a place called Moncks Corner and route the British from there, but before we reached there we heard they had left there for Charleston so we marched back to the Eutaw Springs where I remained a very short time and was discharged having served my Tour of 10 months out"
(source: W. Graves, http://southerncampaign.org/pen/s2229.pdf )
Nathaniel J. Goff, Revolutionary War Pension Application, S31695
"That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, to wit: under the command of Captain Thomas Harvey of the Dragoons & after the death of Captain Henry in battle, the company was then commanded by Lieutenant Jesse Johnson & the battalion by Major Fields Perdue -- this deponent thinks he entered the service about 1781.... he entered the service as a volunteer ... he was in the battle of Eutaw ... at the siege of Augusta under Colonel Lee ... at the battle at Rodgers' ...South Carolina with the Tories who he believes were commanded by a Colonel Cotton & the Whigs by Colonel Samuel Hammond .... it was in this engagement that Captain Harvey of this deponent's Company was killed"
(source: W. Graves, http://www.southerncampaign.org/pen/s31695x.pdf )
Richard Jones, Revolutionary War Pension Application, W9081
"He was at the taking of Fort Galphin & the Siege of Augusta, and then joined Captain Harvey (who commanded part of Colonel Samuel Hammond's Regiment of State Troops) & was with him at Rogers' plantation in an engagement against the Tories where that officer was killed & the Tories defeated. He was then under the command of Captain John Carter in a Scouting party (agreeable to the order of General Pickens) that harassed the Enemy at all times an opportunity presented itself"
(source: W. Graves, http://southerncampaign.org/pen/w9081.pdf )
Colonel Samuel Hammond detached Captain Harvey's Dragoons of about 24 men to protect the countryside. They completely routed over 70 Tories at Rogers (Rogiards) Plantation near Edgefield, South Carolina. Although not mentioned specifically in Thomas Ridge McGee's pension application, it is clear he would have been involved in this skirmish.
1781 May 22 - June 6 Siege of Augusta
1781 May 22 - June 18 Siege of Ninety-Six, South Carolina
1781 June 18 Skirmish at Rogers Plantation, Edgefield District, South Carolina
1781 September 8 Battle of Eutaw Springs, South Carolina
Thomas Ridge McGee claimed a total of 3 years combined service in his pension application. He was granted a pension based upon 19 months of service, receiving $63.33 (2).
1 year, 7 months for service as a Private under Colonel Campbell, North Carolina Continental Line
Georgia and North Carolina Lines - ok
to begin 4 March 1831 at $63.33 per annum, issued 11 April 1834,
arrears to 4 March 1831 - $190.00
semi-annual allowance ending 4 September - $31.67
On the pension rolls for West Tennessee, semiannual payments for 1833-1836 are recorded, and it notes that Thomas McGee died on 2 September 1836 (6).
Thomas McGee, Inf [antry] Priv[ate]., 6-months allowance - $31. 66
Commencement - Coms 4 Mar 1835,
Mar 1833 - 2nd
Sep 1833 - 2nd
Mar 1834 - 2nd
Sep 1834 - 3rd
Mar 1835 - 1st
Sep 1835 - 3rd
Mar 1836 - 1st
Died 2d Sep 1836 paid 4th qtr 1836 paid one half. the other half paid 1st qtr 1837
Source: ancestry.com US Pensioners 1818-1872, Tennessee 1833-1848
Revolutionary War Pension Application, S4194, of Thomas McGee
(aka Thomas Ridge and Thomas Ridge McGee) of Humphreys County, TN (2)
NC McGee, Thomas S4194
Resident of Va. at enlistment but first at Balto. Md., under Capt Templeton and Col. Brown
Thomas McGee 2d
Humphre Co. in the State of Tennessee who was a private in the comm command of Capt. __________ of the reg't commanded by Col Campbell in the North Carolina line for 1 year and 7 months
Ga and NC Line Records O.K. Mar 26th
Inscribed on the roll of West Tennessee
at the rate of 63 Dollars 33 Cents per annum,
to commence on the 4th day of March, 1831
Certificate of pension issued the 11th day of April 1834 and Hon. Cave Johnson H R
Arrears to the 4th of March
Semi-anl allowance ending 4 Sept 31.67
Act 7 June 1833}
Recorded by Dan Boyd, Clerk
Book E vol. 7 Page 93
Be pleased to make out a pension certificate for nineteen months
7th Ap'l 1834
Hon. Cave Johnson
State of Tennessee
Humphreys County October session 1833
On this day the 28th October 1833 personally appeared before the Justices of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for this aforesaid County of Humphreys, Thomas McGee a Resident of Humphreys County aforesaid, aged Eighty four years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by an act of Congress passed June the 7th 1832.
That he inlisted and entered the service of the United States
in July 1777 and served under the following named officers, viz
That he inlisted under Captain Templeton in the town of Baltimore (State of Maryland) the Regiment was commanded by Col Brown
That he (the affiant} was marched by order of and with Col Brown, from Baltimore to Savanna in Georgia - and served in what was then called the 4th Georgia Battalion, he cannot tell the names or number of the Regiment
From Savanna he was marched to Altamahaw river and from thence, back to Savannah, and from thence to Augusta, and from thence to Brier Creek, where the Americans, under Genl Ash, were defeated by the British - and this affiant, and Captain Templeton, under whom he had continued in service, were both taken prisoners. He remained a prisoner about forty eight hours and then made his escape swimming the Savanna river at a place called the "two sisters" and went to the State of North Carolina Burke County, making a term of service of two years.
In Burke County he volunteered and joined the service with Drew Cade captain, and Colonel Clark, with whom he returned to Augusta in Georgia, and besieged a party of british and tories commanded by a Col Brown, who being reinforced by a party from Savanna, compelled the Americans to retreat. At this place the Declarant was wounded in the hip, and was conveyed on horseback to Kings Mountain, where Captain Cade joined Col Campbell, and was near the battle ground at the time of Furgerson's defeat but on account of his wound, was not able to be in the action. He was conveyed from thence, by Col. Campbell, in company with the British prisoners, to Moravian Town. He continued in the neighborhood of that place about two weeks having performed a tour of service of six months.
He then volunteered under Capt. Joel Lewis in Wilkes County No Carolina, and joined Col Cleeveland who marched him to Guilford Court house. This declarant was in the battle fought there, and was marched from thence under Genl Green to Ninety six where he was discharged after having performed a tour of three months. He then volunteered in Capt Thomas Harvey's company of mounted militia, Saml Hammonds colonel under command of Genl Pickens. The service he was here engaged in was scouting the country after Tories. After scouting sometime Genl Pickens joined Genl Green at the Eutaw springs. This Declarant was in the battle fought at this place. From Eutaw he was marched back towards Ninety six and there discharged after having served a tour a this time of Ten months, and in the aggregate, the amount of three years and seven months that he served as a private soldier in the service of the United States.
He was born in Randolph County No Carolina Fby 17th 1749
He has no written record of his age and only states the day and date of his birth from information derived from his mother.
He was living in Pyttsylvania County Virginia at the time of or just previous to his entering into service, but had gone to Baltimore on business.
After being dismissed from the service he returned to Pittsylvania County and continued a short time went into Stokes County N Carolina where he married & continued several years. He then moved to the State of Tennessee and has been a resident for about forty years of Tennessee State, and for the last ten years a citizen of Humphreys County.
He inlisted, was made a prisoner, his escape, but never rejoined his Regiment. All the services performed by him afterwards was as a volunteer.
He recollects the names of no other regular officers who were with the troops with whom he served, only those already named and has no recollection of the names of the Continental or militia Regiments.
That he only received a discharge for his last tour of service, which discharge has long since been lost.
He refers to Ephraim Perkins Esq' and James Little, Thomas Simpson, Joel Ridins & others of said county for his character, and says there is no Clergyman in his neighborhood with whom he is acquainted.
He further states that he has no documentary evidence by which he can prove his service and that he knows of no persons living by whom he can prove the same or any part thereof, except the persons whose certificates are hereunto annexed.
He hereby relinquishes every 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 or Territory of the United States.
Sworn to in open court
30th October 1833
D H Henderson Clerk
We, Ephraim Perkins, a justice of the peace for Humphreys County and Thomas Simpson & Joel Ridins residents of the same do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Thomas McGee who has sworn to & subscribed the foregoing Declaration; that we believe him to be Eighty four years of age, that he is reputed & believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion. We further state that there is no clergyman resident in the neighborhood of said applicant who could certify to his character, or to to the opinion of his neighbors
Sworn to in open court
30 October 1833 D H Henderson clerk
Ephraim Perkins J.P
And the said Court do hereby declare their opinions after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogatories proposed by the war department that the above applicant was a soldier of the revolution and served s he states. And the said Court further certify that Ephraim Perkins who has signed the preceding certificate is now an acting Justice of the Peace for Humphreys County and that Thomas Simpson and Joel Ridins who have signed the same are residents of the aforesaid county of Humphreys and are credible persons and that their statement is intitled to credit.
John Thompson Justice of the Peace for Humphreys County
Robert H Hawthorn Justice of the Peace for Humphreys County
Urbane Harriss Justice of the Peace for Humphreys County
Isaac Little and acting Justice of the Peace for Humphreys County
State of Tennessee }
I Dawsey P Henderson Clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter
Sessions for said County do hereby certify that the fore going contains the
original procedings of the said court in the matter of the application of Thomas
McGee for a pension. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and
(private) there being no public seal of office. At Reynoldsburgh the 20th
D H Henderson clerk of Humphreys County Court
I am well acquainted with the handwriting of Dawsey P Hutson, the clerk of the County Court of Humphreys. The preceding certificate signature is in his proper hand writing. There is no public seal of office belonging to said Court.
10th Ap'l 1834
Certificate requested for 19 months for per 19 ___
$ 63. 33/100
Hon C. Johnson
Enlisted July 1777
Served 2 years
The evidence in support of your claim, under the act of June 7, 1832, has been examined, and the papers are herewith returned. The following is a statement of your case in a tabular form. On comparing these papers with the following rules and the subjoined notes, you will readily perceive that objections exist, which must be removed, before a pension can be allowed. The notes and the regulations will show what is necessary to be done. Those points to which your attention is more particularly directed, you will find marked in the margin with a brace (this }). You will, when you return your papers to this Department, send this printed letter with them; and you will by compling with this request, greatly facilitate the investigation of your claim.
I am, respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
JAMES L. EDWARDS
Commissioner of Pensions
A Statement, showing the Service of Thomas McGee
|Period when the service was rendered||Duration of the claimant's services||Rank of the claimant||Names and ranks of the Field officers under whom he served||Age at present, and place of abode when he entered the service||Proof by which the declaration is supported|
|1777||2||Pv||Col. Brown||84||Traditions & witnesses|
Certificate of C Johnson as to clerks seal order
________________ certificate 19 mos.
No proof of first service. See also note.
File No. 4194
Thomas McGee 2
Pvt N. C. line
Act: June 7 1832
Index: Vol. A, Page 244
[Arrangement of 1870]
Ga and N. C. Line. Records corrected
Mar. 26 '04
State of Tennessee }
Henry County }
Personally came Thomas Holloman who was aged Sixty three
years before me John Young and of the acting Justice of the Peace of the sd
County and made oath in due form of law that he Holloman was and is acquainted with Thomas McGee and that he was acquainted with Thomas McGee when a soldier
serving under Captain Drew Kade (or Cade) in the American Revolutionary war but
whether a Regular or Militia not recollected but that he had the reputation of
being a true Whig and faithfull soldier. I do know and that he is now poor and
needy. I also know given under my hand 1st of September 1833.
John Young Jr (JP)
Sworn to and subscribed to in due form of law before me this
1st September 1833.
John Young }
Justice of the Peace }
State of Tennessee }
Henry County }
I John Young one of the acting justices of the peace for said county do certify that the above affidavit was sworn to & subscribed before me, and that Thomas Holliman the affiant is entitled to full and credit. Given under my hand September the 1st AD 1833.
Justice of the Peace
State of Tennessee }
Henry County }
I Thomas K Porter Clerk of the Court of said county do certify that John Young by whose signature appears to the within certificate is and was at the time of signing the same an acting justice of the peace for said county duly commissioned and qualified according to law. That all due faith and credit is and ought to be given to his official acts as such. That the within signature purported to be his are genuine.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said court at office in the town of Paris the nineteenth day of September AD 1833 and fifty eight year of American Independence.
Tho K Porter clk
by D C Brown D Clk
State of Kentucky }
Hickman County }
Personally came Burrel Philips who was aged sixty five years before one Demsey White one of the acting Justices of the Peace for sd county and made oath in due form of Law that he sd Philips was and is acquainted with Thomas McGee and that he was acquainted with sd McGee when a soldier for ___ the revolutionary war under Captain Drew Kabe or Cabe on the in the army of the revolutionary war and was a regular soldier in sd war and that he sd McGee had the reputation of being a true whig and faithful soldier. I do now given under my and this 17th day of September 1833.
Demsey White JP
State of Kentucky }
Hickman County }
I Demsey White one of the acting Justices of the Peace for sd County do certify that the above affidavit was sworn to and subscribed before me and that Burrel Philips the affiant is intitled to full faith and credit given under my hand September the 17th AD 1833.
Demsey White JP
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Hickman County Court
to wit, I Henry L Connington clerk of the county court for the county aforesaid do certify that Demsey White is an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said county. In testimony of whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of office this 17th day of September 1833.
Henry L Eddington CC
State of Kentucky }
Hickman County }
Personally came Stephen Stubblefield who was aged sixty five years before me Demsey White one of the acting Justices of the Peace for sd county and made oath in due form o Law that he sd Stubblefield was and is acquainted with Thomas McGee and that he was acquainted with sd Thomas McGee when a soldier serving under Captain Dew Kabe or Cabe in the American army of the revolutionary war but whether a regular or militia soldier not recollected but that he had the reputation of being a true whig and faithfull soldier. I do here given under my hand this 16th Septr AD 1833.
Stephen his + mark Stubblefield
Demsey White JP
State of Kentucky }
Hickman County }
I Demsey White on of the acting Justices o the Pease for said county do certify the above affidavit was sworn to and subscribed before me and that Stephen Stubblefield the affiant is intitled to full faith and credit given under my hand September the 16the AD 1833.
Demsey White JP
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Hickman County Court
To wit, I Henry S Eddington clerk of the county court for the county aforesaid do certify that Demsey White is and acting Justice of the Peace in and or said County. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of office this 17th day of September 1833
Henry L. Eddington CCC
Act of Relief, 1790 North Carolina Legislature
Legislative Acts to Clear the Name of Thomas Ridge (McGee) (7)
Thomas Ridge was served a summons to testify for the plaintiffs in the estate settlement for William Ridge, re: Jonathan HAINES & William COOK vs William T. LEWIS. Thomas apparently never testified, and claimed that his appearance was blocked by William T. Lewis who had him arrested in Morganton, NC for house burning during the Revolution. William T. Lewis obtained depositions from neighbors and family members concerning Thomas Ridge's character, several of whom accused him of house burning (8) during the Revolutionary War. Thomas Ridge's actions occurred during his service in the Wilkes County militia.
Deposition of Jonathan Haines: ...And your Orators and Oratrixes further charge that Thomas Ridge a cousin of the intestate [GAB: William Ridge, actually a half-brother] was and is a material witness for your Orators and Oratrixes and was duly subpoened in the said action of trial on the part of your Orators and Oratrixes therein and that the said William Terrel Lewis in order to deprive the same orphans ...of the benefit of his testimony on the trial of the said cause (line unreadable, torn) taken into custody on a Warrant issued by the said William Terrel Lewis himself ___ of house-burning in the late War between America and Great Britain and thereby and by threats and unjust ___ so intimidated and frightened the said Thomas Ridge that he broke custody and ran off and so your Orators and Oratrixes in the said action lost and were deprived of the benefit of his testimony at the trial....
Deposition of William Terrell Lewis: This defendant does not recollect to have seen him from the year 1782 til about 1789 or 1790 - and then he was brot [sic] to a Smiths Shop belonging to this defendant in custody of an Officer under a charge of some felonies, which it was said he had committed in Morgan District, the Officer being about to convey him to the gaol of that District broat him to be Ironed - and after that was efected he carried him said Thomas Ridge away and this defendant heared afterwards that somewhere in Wilkes County he escaped, but this defendant avers that the charge in the bill that this defendant was privy to such escape or in any wise concerned in procuring it is entirely false. This defendant also denies that he issued a warrant to apprehend said Thomas Ridge or does not recollect such a thing or act.
Lewis was obviously lying:
March 1791 Surry Co., NC Court Minutes: Payment to Wm. T. Lewis for the expense of a guard & 3 horses, in taking ironing, and carrying Thomas Ridge to Morgan Jail �2:17:0. (Wells, p.57)
Deposition of Zenos Baldwin: Question the 2nd. Do you know anything of a Thomas Ridge and if you do relate when you first saw or hearn of him and what was his carrictor. Answered I lived in the neighbourhood of said LEWIS and Wm. Ridge and I never saw nor hearn of Thomas Ridge until after the Battle of Kings Mountain and that was long after Wm. Ridge joined the Tories and was said to have been killed and that he was said to be a House Burner and a man of most infamous carrictor.
Deposition of Elizabeth Fielder: This deponant further sayeth that said Thomas Ridge burnt a mans house in Wilks County No Carolina & was reported to be the most thieving & villainous man upon earth which she had no right to doubt, that being his true character
Deposition of John Fielder Senr: Question in behalf of the Defendants do you know anything of a certain Thomas Ridge that has been Calld upon by Jonathan HAINZ as a witness in said suite if you do relate the Time that you first knew of his coming into that Country and his Carrictor. Answered I never heard of him nor saw him until after the Battle of Kings Mountain and that he could not have been at any contracts that was made between Wm T. LEWIS and Wm RIDGE as said Ridge was before that time said to have been killd in an action at the Hanging Rock in South Carolina and that said Deponant lived a near neighbour to both Lewis & Ridge and further saith that he had burnt one or two houses and was a man of Infamous carrictor...
Deposition of James Martin Fielder: ...and that said Thomas Ridge bore and Infamous Carricter he pilfered and stold and burnt a pore mans house in Wilkes County by the name of BURCH and took from them nearly all they had...
Legislative Relief, North Carolina (7):
1790 Vol. XXI, p. 849. Senate Journal.
"Received from the House of Commons...a bill for the relief of Thomas Ridge"; each endorsed "Read for the first time and passed".
1790, Vol. XXI, p. 859.
The Bill for the relief of Thomas Ridge was read the third time, passed and ordered to be endorsed.
1790. Vol. XXI, p. 1019.
Mr Speaker and Gentlemen: "...the Committee of propositions and grievances No. 2, to whom the petition of William Cook and Jonathan Hains was referred, report- That from information before the committee, it appears that the petitioner, being guardians to the orphans of William Ridge, dec'd, instituted a suit against a certain William Tyrell Lewis, for the recovery of negroes belonging to the said orphans- That a certain Thomas Ridge was their principal evidence in the cause, and that the said William Tyrell Lewis, being a Justice of the Peace, did issue a warrant against him the said Thomas Ridge for burning a house about ten years ago, then the property of a Tory, caused him to be brought before himself, and committed him to Morgan district gaol. It further appears, that from an idea the said Thomas Ridge entertained of the influence the said William Tyrrell Lewis had in that country, and the warmth he appeared to have in bringing forward and carrying on the prosecution, that he would be much injured; and in order to extricate himself, broke gaol and removed to the State of Virginia- Your committee after considering the circumstances, together with the testimony, are of opinion that the prosecution was malicious, and brought forward with no other view than that of preventing him the said Thomas Ridge from giving evidence in the suit mentioned in the petition, and do recommend that the said Thomas Ridge be exonerated from the said prosecution. Which is submitted. Wyatt Hawkins, Ch.
Resolved, That the House do concur with this report; where upon Mr. Hawkins moved for leave and presented a bill for the relief of Thomas Ridge; which was read the first time, passed and sent to the Senate.
1790 Vol. XXI, p. 1024. Friday, December 10, 1790.
... Received from the Senate a bill for the relief of Thomas Ridge, endorsed "Read the first time and passed."
1790 Vol. XXI, p. 1033.
Received also a bill for the relief of Thomas Ridge, endorsed "Read the second time and passed".
1790 Vol. XXI, p. 1036.
A bill for the relief of Thomas Ridge was read the third time, passed and sent to the Senate.
1790 Vol. XXV, p. 101, Chapter XXXVI.
An Act for the Relief of Thomas Ridge. Whereas, it is represented to this General Assembly that Thomas Ridge, of Surry County, hath been charged with house burning in the course of the late war, and as it appears that the said Thomas Ridge proceeded in the matter charged against him agreeable to the command of his officers. I. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it hereby enacted by the authority of the same, that the said Thomas Ridge be pardoned and clearly exonerated from the charge aforesaid, any law to the contrary notwithstanding.
Deposition of Thomas RIDGE aka Thomas Ridge McGee, 23 August 1804, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee
...we have proceeded to take the deposition of Thomas Ridge or Thomas Ridge McGee, as the deponent says that he goes by and by some people called by the other name...
...this deponent denies that Wm T. Lewis ever issued a warrant against him for house burning, neither does he believe he knew everything of one being issued until it was executed and himself committed by the justice that issued it and was carried by the constable by his shop to have a pair of hand cuffs put on.
This deponent says he left North Carolina before the war between America and Great Britain and never came into Surry County or the upper part of the State until after the Battle of Kings Mountain and that he had not seen Wm Ridge for many years before his death until he saw him on the day that he was killed, for that he this deponent was in the action of the Hanging Rock in South Carolina in the year 1780 on the Whig side and he has been informed that William Ridge was then killed on the Tory side.
This deponent further saith that he is a half brother to the deceased William Ridge and that before the war with America and Great Britain that he this deponent lived with his brother & that Godfrey Ridge & Nancy Ridge now the wife of John Fielder Junr. was then living with their father William Ridge, and always called by him his children and them as brothers and sisters...
Sworn to and subscribed...this twenty third day of August in the year one thousand eight hundred and four...
Thos (his X mark) Ridge Megee
J. A. Parker, J.P. (seal)
E. Gamble J.P. (seal)
Deposition of Burrell Phillips, 23 August 1804, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee
This deponent being first sworn deposeth and saith that he is well acquainted with Thomas Ridge otherwise called Thomas Ridge Magee that the said Thomas can neither read nor write &...
J. H. Parker J. P. (seal)
E. Gamble J. P. (seal)
Deposition of Isabell Bacon: This deponant further saith that Thomas Ridge worked at the House of this Deponant in the fall of the year 1798 and this deponant understood that he was somewhat related to Wm Ridge but that he had not been in Surry County for many years until the winter after the battle of Kings Mountain...and that he had been in the State of South Carolina and Georgia and was in the Service under one Captain Roundtree and was wounded ... at an action in Augusta in the afoursaid 1780..
Stokes County, North Carolina
1790 US Census
Thomas Ridge 1mo16, 2mu16, 4f
Wilkes County, North Carolina
1798 Wilkes County, North Carolina, deed between James Campbell and Thomas McGee, Blacksmith..$100.00, 100 acres on Grassy Fork of Little River, being part of tract orginally granted to Henry Herriford. Witnesses: George Brown, Daniel McEwen, Nancy Brown. Signed: James Campbell, 8 January 1798
1801 Wilkes County, North Carolina, deed between Thomas McGee and Abraham Reed for $112.50, 100 acres on Grassy Fork of Lower Little River on Samuel Woods corner, part of survey originally granted Henry Harryford. Witnesses: Samuel Wilson, Clement Mosley; signed: Thomas (X) McGee, 30 March 1801
1801 Wilkes County, North Carolina, deed between Isaac Lowe and Nathan Brown, Rowan County, North Carolina, for �150, 189 acres on William McGee's line at Benjamin Hubbards corner...to Moravian Creek. Witnesses: John H. Owen, Caleb Lowe, William Mitchell; signed: Isaac (x) Lowe. 5 May 1801
Davidson County, Tennessee
1804 August 23 Depositions of Thomas Ridge McGee & Burrell Phillips
1807 January 30 Marriage Bond. Elizabeth Ridge to Jonathan Reaves
1812 Tax List
1814 Muster Roll of Capt. Robert Evans Company of Mounted Gunmen in Col. Robert H. Dyer's Regiment, Coffees Brigade from Sept. 28, 1814 to March 28, 1815
1815 March 21 Marriage Bond. William Ridge to Telpha Shivers
1850 US Census
Jas Dove 25 M Laborer Alabama
Nancy Dove 23 f AL [Nancy Ridge, d/o Thomas and Elizabeth Belcher Ridge]
Hannah Dove 6 f Tennessee
Mary A Dove 2 f TN
Infant Dove 2/12 f TN
Cal__ Braunm 22 m Laborer TN
Jane Branum (?) 23 f TN [Sythe Jane Ridge, d/o Thomas & Elizabeth Belcher Ridge]
Minerva Dove 26 f TN 700
Paulina Dove 7 f TN
Ma J. Branun 10 f TN
Jno Dove 35 m Laborer Kentucky
Hiram Davidson 35 m Laborer Kentucky
Rich" Ridge 17 m Laborer Tennessee
Arey(?) Ridge 15 f TN
Winney Ridge 12 f TN
Hiram Ridge 10 m TN
Rob" Ridge 7 m TN
Rich" Dove 20 m Laborer Alabama
John Dickson 36 m Gardner Ireland
Mary Dickson 30 f Ireland
Armele Rudezenski 33 m ChemGardner Poland
M" Rudezenski 25 f Switzerland
Cath" Rudezenski 7 f Switzerland
Tho" Ridge 42 m Laborer Tennessee 240 [Thomas Ridge, s/o Thomas Ridge]
Mary Ridge 36 f TN [Polly Dove]
Tho" Ridge 10 m TN
Martha A Ridge 4 f TN
Hickman County, TN
1820 US Census
p. 12 Thomas Ridge 1m10-16, 1m45+, 2fu10, 1f10-16, 1f45+ [Thomas Ridge McGee]
Humphreys County, Tennesse
1820 US Census
p 6 Thomas Ridge 2mu10, 1m16-26, 1m26-45, 1fu10, 1f 26-45 [b. 1775-1794 Thomas Ridge s/o Thomas Ridge McGee]
Burton Jackson 1mu10, 1m10-15, 1m16-18, 1m16-25, 1m26-44, 4fu10, 2f10-15, 1f26-44
Elizabeth Reaves 1mu10, 1fu10, 1f10-16, 1f26-45 (b1775-1794) [married Jonathan Reaves]
1830 US Census
p. 301 Thomas Ridge 1m80-90, 1f10-15 [Thomas Ridge McGee]
[note: son Thomas Ridge and wife Elizabeth Belcher had moved to Jackson County, Alabama]
1833 Thomas McGee (Magee), Revolutionary War pension application, service in Maryland and North Carolina, age 84
1860 US Census
p. 186 John Ridge
1. Dunmore's War (Virginia Payrolls/Public Service Claims, 1775). Virginia Colonial Government Records Group (RG#1), Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA. http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/collections_a_to_z [accessed 4 December 2011].
2. Revolutionary War Service Pension Application S4194, Thomas McGee, Humphreys County, Tennessee 1833 October 28. National Archives and Records Administration publication M804: Record Group 15, Veteran's Administration. A transcription of selected documents from the pension application was provided by Will Graves and is available online at http://www.southerncampaign.org/pen/s4194.pdf [accessed 4 December 2011]
3. Thomas Ridge McGee. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M246, 138 rolls); War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, Record Group 93; National Archives, Washington. D.C.
4. Smith GG. The Story of Georgia and the Georgia People, 1732 to 1860. The Franklin Printing and Publishing Company, Atlanta, GA, 1900.
5. Knight LL. Georgia's Roster of the Revolution. Index Printing Company, Atlanta, GA, 1920.
6. Thomas McGee West Tennessee 1833-1848 [page 373]. Ledgers of Payments, 1818-1872, to U.S. Pensioners Under Acts of 1818 Through 1858 From Records of the Office of the Third Auditor of the Treasury, 1818-1872; (National Archives Microfilm Publication T718, 23 rolls); Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Record Group 217; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
7. From Clark, The State Records of North Carolina, Vol. XXI, pp. 849, 859, 1019; Vol. XXV, p. 101 (1790).
8. NC State Library and Archives, CR085.508.136, Estate Records, Rowan Co., NC, Folder: William Ridge (1785)
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