On this eighth day of May in the year 1833 personally appeared in open
court before the Honorable Henry Brown _____ Judge of the Boone Circuit Court, now sitting, being a court of record, James Ruddell, a resident of Boone County and State of Kentucky aged seventy-five years (next August) who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the
following named officers and served as herein stated.
That he volunteered in Shenandoah County, State of Virginia, in a
company of riflemen under Captain Rader sometime in the year 1777, the month and day of the month not recollected, for six months marched from Shenandoah County to Pittsburgh, from thence to Wheeling, Colonel Bird had command of the Regiment, his General's name was Hand?, the served the whole six months out and was discharged at Wheeling, but owing to the length of time and subsequent misfortunes during the Revolution he has long since lost the paper containing it.
In the year 1779 he was again called on as one of the volunteers
detailed to come to what is now Kentucky to defend the ______ from the merciless invasions of the British and their Indian allies; he served
under the immediate command of Captain Isaac Ruddell, John Bowman was the Colonel who commanded. He served in Captain Ruddell's Company in Kentucky until about the 24th day of June 1780, at which time the British and Indians made an attack on Ruddell's Station, where the troops then were. The Station was taken by the British and Indians, and he became a prisoner of war - he was taken by the Indians to Detroit and there given up to the British, and was through Canada, was a prisoner to them more than two years and six months. At the conclusion of the war and when peace was restored, he was returned to his fellow citizens of Virginia. He afterward moved to Kentucky in the fall of 1783 and settled in the then County of Fayette; in the year 1814 he moved to Boone County where he has resided ever since.
After coming to Kentucky and in the years of 1793 or 1794 he
served a tour in what is generally called Scott's Campaign. While in
Pittsburgh, he knew a Regular Officer named Gipson who was the Colonel and had command of that place.
He further states he has no documentary evidence of his service,
neither is he known to any one who has a personal knowledge of his
service whose testimony he can procure, who can testify to his service.
He hereby relinquishes any claim whatever to a pension or
annuity except the present and he declares that his name is not on
the pension roll of any agency in any state. Sworn to and subscribed the
day and year aforesaid.
Mr. Churchill Gaines a resident in the County of Boone and Wm. K. Wall residing in the _______ County hereby certify that we are well
acquainted with James Ruddell, who has sworn to and subscribed the above declaration that we believe him to be seventy-five years of age (next August), that is is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion. Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
W. K. Wall