From the Journal of the Pennsylvania Assembly, House of Representatives
Volume 48, part 1. Monday, 26 February 1838: Mr Johnston presented the petition and documents of Hugh Callen, of Armstrong County, stating his services in the Revolutionary War, and praying for relief. Note: See James Rayburn, whose daughter Eleanor was nee Callen. At this time, I don’t know if the soldier Hugh Callen mentioned here remained in Armstrong County.
CARUTHERS, James. 1754 – 1846. Buried in the Old Presbyterian Cemetery in Cowanshannock Township. (Source, Cemetery Records)
CLARK, James. Clark is buried in Wasson Hill Cemetery in Plumcreek Township. (Source: Cemetery Records, Veterans)
Revolutionary War Pension File #S41484. Major John CLARK, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. March 1776, John CLARK was appointed 1st Lieutenant of Captain John MARSHALL’s Company, Colonel MILE’s Rifle Regiment, where he served one year. He was afterwards appointed Captain in Colonel Walter STEWART’s 13th Pennsylvania Regiment. CLARK was Captain of Colonel Daniel BRODHEAD’s 8th Pennsylvania Regiment and was commissioned as Brevet Major at Princetown, New Jersey, 10 October 1783. He served as a Major under General Arthur ST. CLAIR and was wounded 4 November 1791. He entered the service as a Major under General Anthony WAYNE and served three years in the Indian Wars. He was allowed pension on his application dated 25 April 1818, a resident of Armstrong County, aged 69, infirm and in reduced circumstances, with his application sworn and declared before William JACK. Signed: William JACK, Judge of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. John CLARK
9 November 1818. John CLARK certifies that he never received any answer to his request to be put on the pension list. He stated: “I prefer my claim for a Pension, it was in consequence of the wound I received at St. CLAIR’s defeat–4th November 1791.” Signed: John CLARK. Sworn and subscribed before Henry A. WEAVER, Armstrong County.
Joseph CLARK, heir at law of Major John CLARK, deceased, appoints S. M. HOSEY of Freeport, Armstrong County, to act as agent to try and obtain any amount of Revolutionary War Pension for the heirs of Major John CLARK.
22 February 1854, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
PENSION ROLL OF 1835, THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES. ARMSTRONG COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
CLARK, John, 5th. Major.
Annual Allowance: $240.00
Sums Received: $446.58
Description of Service: Pennsylvania Continental Line
Placed on Pension Roll: 8 July 1819
Commencement of Pension: 25 April 1818
Age: 85 (sic)
Note: We have yet to discover if this John Clark is buried in Armstrong County.
CRAIG, John. 1753 – 1850. Buried in the Ancient Freeport Cemetery in South Buffalo Township. (Source: Cemetery Record, Veterans) John Craig’s pension number is S8253, PA. Line. John Craig was born in 1753 in New Jersey and lived in Derry Township in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania at his enlistment. His application was dated 18 June 1834 in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He was a resident of Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania where he moved in 1796; a daughter is mentioned, but not named.
From a 1913 D. A. R. magazine: Captain John Craig died 3 March 1850, in his 97th year. Buried in the old cemetery at Freeport, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.
CRAIG, Samuel. He was a Lieutenant in July 1776, in Col. John Proctor’s Battalion of Westmoreland County Militia. He was killed by the Indians in 1777. Samuel and 3 sons served: John, Alexander, and Samuel Jr. Not sure if Samuel ever lived in Armstrong County, more research needed here.
Additional information found in an old letter dated 7 December 1898. It stated that Samuel Craig was comissioned as lieutenant in July 1776 in Col. John Proctor’s Battalion of Westmoreland County. He was killed by the Indians in 1777. This paper is signed by Dr. Engle, State Librarian and Editor of Penna. Archives. Below the information of Craig’s service was written, “Exhibit A” and on the back of the paper, “Verified.”
An old diary was found among other old papers at Ligonier and in the entry for November 4th, 1777, was the record that a scouting party had found Samuel Craig’s bay mare lying dead on the Chestnut Ridge and as he could not be found it was supposed that he had been taken prisoner by the Indians as he was on his way to Fort Ligonier for salt the Saturday before. This diary or journal, as it was called, was kept by a Thomas Galbreath, one of the authorities at Fort Ligonier. We were greatly interested in this record as it corresponded so well with the family tradition concerning him, but we did not before know the exact date of his capture. Samuel Craig and three of his sons, John, Alexander and Samuel served in the Revolution. In Volume 10 of the Second Series, page 687 (or 66) I find the name of John Craig as a private in the 9th Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line. Following his name is the record, “He died in Armstrong County in 1832, aged 81”. The company is not given, just a list of the men of the regiment.`
Michael Theran, a descendant of John Craig, contacted us to say the above record of Craig’s death in 1832, taken from the Pennsylvania Archives, is incorrect. I looked for John Craig in the 1850 census and found this: John Craig died March 1850 in South Buffalo Township, Armstrong County, aged 96 years. He was born in New Jersey, he was a farmer, and he was a widower. Source: 1850 Census Mortality Schedule.
CRISWELL, Matthew. Buried in Cowansville Cemetery, East Franklin Township. (Source: Cemetery Record, Veterans)