1761- 1845


(National Archives No. W208)
(Of Laurens County, S. C. & Wilson County, Tenn.)

Declaration - In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7,

State of Tennessee
Wilson County -

On this 28th day of December 1832, personally appeared in open Court before the Worshipful Thomas B. Reece, James M. Martin, and David C. Hibbetts, Justices of the Court of pleas and Quarterly Sessions for said County of Wilson and State of Tennessee, aged seventy one years, who being first duly morn according to Law, doth on his Oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit on the Act of Congress passed 7th June 1832.

That he entered the United States services under the following named Officers end served as herein stated to wit: Under Capt. William Mulwee’s he first entered the services of the United States in the Militia of South Carolina for Laurens County - he does not recollect the data with any kind of certainty but believes that h was in the summer of the year 1780, he however recollects well that he was first called into the service some three or four months previous to the defeat of Major Ferguson of the British Army. After he had been h the service three weeks at a station on the Enoree River, he had a severe attack of fever and his Captain permitted him to return home, finding a favorable opportunity to get a horse to ride; during his sickness he heard of the defeat of Ferguson, and the death of Col. Williams who was killed in the action. He knew Col. Branan of the South Carolina Troops. Some time after, perhaps the next year, he was again called upon as a militia man to serve a tour under the same Captain above mentioned, was mustered into service at Hammond’s old store on Rush River in the County of Laurens - and he had been there two weeks, his father hired a man as a substitute and he returned home - does not recall the name of he substitute.

In the year of 1781 to the best of his recollection, and whilst Gen. Greene invested Camden In South Carolina he was again called into the Militia Service about the 15th of August as well as he can now recollect, and he fixes this date because he recollects that he was at preaching, which was the second Sabboth in the Month of August 1781, when he was notified that he services would be required. Marched from Laurens at a place called Thompson's Tan Yard on Bush River, immediately to Gen. Greene's Army who were encamped or stationed at Rugley's Mills - not far distant from Camden - There we remained or near that place until the 10th & 15th of January 1782. John Neal was his Captain in this campaign, his former Capt. Mulwee was Major and Col. Joseph Hays commanded the Regiment part of the time and Col. Casey the balance of the time - he cannot say that he was acquainted with Gen. Green though he saw him some times - he did not know many of the officers except his Immediate commanders - war not inquisitive like some men, to know the names of many officers who were occasionally passing before him. So he served five months at least in this campaign.

The next and last service he performed was a tour of two months against the Cherokee Indians; he cannot recollect the date, month or year with anything like certainty, but this he knows that he served the tour of two months with the Troops commanded by Gen. Pikens of South Carolina; James Tinsley was his Captain and Major Saxton was one of the commissioned officers - the name of his Col. was forgotten .

He was not in any general engagement with the British, Tories or Indians - The Indians however lay in ambush and fired on Gen. Pickens Army upon the return march. He never received any discharge in writing and knows of no person whom he can prove any of his services, except Zadock Wood whose affidavit he procured to be taken by Thomas Burke, Esq., one of the Justices of Wilson County dated the 28th of Oct. 1832 and is attached to this his declaration to prove his two months service against the Cherokee Indians - so that this applicant in summing up his services is enabled to state that he served eight months at least during all which time he was a private soldier.

He was seventy one years old the 23rd day of November last according to his family record of which he has a copy.

He continued to reside in Laurens County, S.C. until he removed to this county, which has been now twenty-six years. He is well acquainted with the Rev. John Bond and John Comer who live in his neighborhood, whose affidavits he expects to procure to testify as to his veracity and of their opinion as well as that of his neighbors concerning his Revolutionary Services.

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.

Sworn to and subscribed the 28th December 1832.

William Teague

Josiah S. McClain - Clerk.


William Teague was born in Rowan County, N.C. Nov. 23, 1761, a son of Joshua Teague, (ca 1732 - 1804) and his wife Dorothy Caldwell ( also identified as Dorothy Gaunt). He came to Laurens County, S.C. with his parents in 1771 and after serving in the Revolutionary War, he married Elizabeth Miller in Laurens County, S.C. on July 3, 1785. He moved with his family to Wilson County, Tenn., in 1806 and it is here that he filed for his pension in1832. He died in Wilson County, Tenn., on Sept. 23, 1845, leaving a large number of descendants, a number of whom settled
in Alabama.


William Teague was born Nov. 23, 1761 in Rowan County, N. Car. He died Sept. 23, 1845 in Wilson County, Tenn. On July 3, 1785 in Laurens County, S. Carolina, he married Elizabeth Miller, born June 22, 1768 in Laurens County, the daughter of John and Sarah Mary Anderson Miller. A statement concerning his Revolutionary War service was carried in Volume I, Pgs. 19-20. Along with this information in the Archives was a page from the family Bible showing the births of their first five children, together with a notation dated in 1841 indicating a total of eleven children born to this couple. These are reproduced along with this article. We can then be positive of the five children. The next five children we can offer no positive proof. The eleventh child we believe to be their son as Deeds so indicate. To date we have not been able to secure a contact with a descendant of any of the daughters of William and Elizabeth Miller. This would perhaps be most helpful.

There are males attributed by tradition as being sons and by later census records they show to have been born before 1800. Census records of 1790 and 1800 do not verify this. The 1820 census of Wilson County, Tenn. lists a James Teague shown as being of the same age group as William Teague. We have never located anything concerning this James Teague and it is entirely possible that some of the children reputedly belonging to William could be children of James. We do not rule out the possibility that this particular James could be a brother of William. (Volume I, Pg. 91)

When our research was done in Wilson County, Tenn. our time was very limited and we were not at all satisfied with results. We do not have a member in this area to research for us. There are many legal records but we found the earlier ones not indexed and it would require two weeks or longer in order to make a detailed search. A search needs to be made for cemeteries in the area. We have no cemetery records. There is also the great possibility that some of the descendants of the daughters could be found living in Wilson County

Perhaps one of the many descendants of this couple will be inspired to pursue this. If so, we will be glad to detail to them the background work already accumulated. It has been the policy of our Association to secure some documentary evidence before relying on tradition. We feel sure you will appreciate the position we take on this family lineage.


1. John Teague b. June 21, 1786
2. Rebecca Teague b. May 13, 1788
3. Margaret Teague b. Feb. 5, 1790
4. Sarah Teague b. Feb. 1, 1792
5. James Jefferson Teague b. Feb. 2, 1794
6. Israel Teague b. ca 1796
7. Elizabeth Teague b. ca 1798
8. Dolly Teague b. ca 1800
9. Joshua A. Teague b. ca 1802
10. Polly Ann Teague b. ca 1804
11. Abner Teague b. 1806

1. John Teague married Nancy . He moved from Wilson County, Tenn. to Hardeman County, Tenn. We have a record of his descendants and will print them at a later date.

3. Margaret Teague married Eli Donnell on Sept. 30, 1809 in Wilson county

Sarah Teague married Samuel T. Clemmons on Dec. 8, 1813 in Wilson County

Vol. 3 & 4 page 68 of the Teague Family Magazine printed in the 1970s

1 Joshua Teague Abt. 1732 - Abt. 1804
. +Dorothy Gaunt
. 2 William Teague 1761 - 1845 - Same as above
.... +Elizabeth Miller 1768 -
.... 3 John C. Teague 1786 - 1870-1880
....... +Nancy 1784 -
....... 4 Rhoda W. Teague 1812 - 1892
.......... +Isaiah Flinn 1807 - 1848
.......... 5 Sarah Angelina Flinn
.......... 5 John Carroll Flinn 1830 - 1895
............. +Susan Frances McGuire 1837 - 1917
............. 6 Jennie 1857 - Abt. 1934
................ +Charles Wesley Hutto 1852 - Abt. 1925
................ 7 George Benjamin Hutto
................ 7 Thomas Howard Hutto
................ 7 Minnie Sue Hutto
................ 7 Eva Mae Hutto
................ 7 Hardie Homer Hutto 1887 -
................... +Dollie Frances Newman 1899

Pre - Revolutionary War Teague information | The TEAGUE Family Resource Centre

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