Oath of Affirmation, Page 1

Captain Charles Gwatkins' Company signatures were collected by Justice Isham Talbot


The Bedford County Court on July 28, 1777, proscribed the manner in which the Oath would be administered in the county. Justice Isham Talbot Gent. was also asssigned Capt. Henry Buford's Company which begins at the top of the left column where Buford's name is second. In the middle of this page beginning with the date, Sept 1st 1777, there are the signatures of fifty men, many of whom are known to have been in Gwatkins' Company including Lt John Milam, Ensign David Crews, John Brown, Achilles Eubanks, Ansel Goodman, Jesse Hodges, John Holley, Joseph Jackson, John Pribble, William Tracey and Richard Wade.


Two family members of John Milam are in his Company: 1st cousin Benjamin Kelly, the son of John Kelly and Ann Maragret Rush Kelly, sister of John's mother, Mary Rush Milam, is on this page. Joseph Jackson who was the brother of John's wife, Anne Jackson, is on page 2. Both were captured by the Shawnee Indians at Blue Licks on February 8th, 1778. Daniel Boone, Joseph Jackson, Benjamin Kelly and six others were "adopted" by the Shawnee at Little Chillicothe on the Miami River in Ohio. Jackson remained with the Indians for more than two decades until 1799.


Oath of Affirmation Charles Gwatkins List

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