Pension Records of Gibson Collins
Edgefield County, South Carolina

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Contributed by Billie Jones

Excerpts from SC Service of Gibson Collins from "South Carolina Service Pension Abstracts of the Revolution and War of 1812, Vol 3"  by Annie Walker Burns, located in the Camden Archives and Museum, Camden, SC.   

Pension application of Adaline Collins, widow of Gibson Collins:

Gibson Collins served in Capt. John Key's company of SC militia in War of 1812.  Bounty land warrant 77,673 for 40 acres in 1850 and warrant #17,416 for 120 acres in 1855.  Soldier's original pension 27, 028 and #19723,  widow's original 41,963 and her certificate 33, 082.

   He enlisted Dec. 10, 1813 and discharged March 15, 1814. Residence of soldier in 1851, 1852, 1855 was Edgefield County, SC, 1872 at Kirkseys, same  county.   Gibson Collins filed declaration Oct. 15, 1852 in Edgefield Dist. SC and states he was a Sergeant in Capt. John Key's com, Col. Carters regiment of  SC militia.  He stated in 1851 that he volunteered in Edgefield Co., SC. [Pension Application # 19723]

    Residence of widow 1882, and 1883 , same place.  Maiden name of soldier's first wife was Mary Nobles, and this widow was Adaline Coursey.  Marriage of soldiers and widow Nov. 6, 1842 in Edgefield Co. SC.  Death of soldier Dec. 2, 1881 at Kirkseys, SC.  Death of widow about 1893.

    Adeline Coursey filed her application 8 Feb. 1883, Two affadavits J. H. Coursey and J. J. Coursey in Aiken Co., SC Jan 20, 1882 state they were present and saw Gibson Collins and Deline Coursey of Edgefield Co., SC joined in holy Bans of Matrimony.

   Affidavit of Clarissa Faulkner,  May 27,1882, in Edgefield Co. SC who states she is age 63 and that during 1829 she lived in Newberry Co. SC and that Gibson Collins who drew pension certificate #19723 lived at that time in same county about 1 1/2 miles from where she resided and that during that years Mrs. Mary Collins, wife of Gibson Collins died and that she remembers the circumstances of her death. At that time this affiant was age 10. And knows Gibson Collins is the identical person who died in this county of Edgefield Dec. 2, last and she has known and lived near him from her earliest recollectioin until his death. And knows of his marriage to Mrs. Adaline Collins since 1842. The soldier married about 1820 to Mary Nobles.
The following was Transcribed from copy of the original request for Claim of Widow For Service Pension document from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. by Beth Collins.  It contains more details than the above excerpts.
   In his Declaration for a Pension dated April 1, 1872, it states that Gibson ..."served in the Volunteer service of the United States as a 4A Sgt. in Captain John Keys Company of the Col. Youngblood Regiment of South Carolina Militia Volunteers in the War of 1812.  That he volunteered in the said service at Edgefield, in the State of South Carolina on or about the 10th day of December, A.D. 1812, for the period of three months, and was honorably discharged at Bluford Island, in the State of South Carolina, on or about the 12th day of  March A.D. 1813 having continued in said service for more than sixty days".....
Claim of Widow for Service Pension (Gibson's Pension Files) from the U.S. Pension Office dated March 10, 1882.
"State of South Carolina:  County of Edgefield

      On this 6th day of March, A.D. One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty Two, personally appeared before me, W. L. Durst, a Notary Public, being a court of record within and for the County and State aforesaid, Adaline Collins aged 70 years, a resident of Kirseys, in the State of SC, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of Gibson Collins deceased, who was the identical Gibson Collins, who served under the name of Gibson Collins as a  Sergeant in the company commanded by Captain John Key, in the (left blank) Regiment of South Carolina commanded by William Youngblood, who superseded Col. Carter, in the War of 1812; that her said husband volunteered at Pleasant Lane, South Carolina on or about the Autumn or later part A.D. 1813, for the term (left blank), and continued in actual service in said war for the term of  several months and not known exactly, and thoses services terminated, by reason of an honorable discharge, at unknown, A.D. 1814.  She further states that the following is a full description of her said husband at the time of his enlistment, viz age about 21 years, height 5' 8" or 9", black hair, blue eyes and fair complected.  She further states that she was married to the said Gibson Collins near Kirkseys, in the County of Edgefield, and in the State of South Carolina, on the 6th day of November, A.D. 1842 by one John Trapp, who was a Minister of the Gospel; and that her said name before her said marriage was Adaline Coursey; and she further states that Gibson Collins had been married about the year 1820 to Mary Nobles who died in Newberry County, South Carolina about the year 1822 and that her said husband, Gibson Collins, died near Kirkseys, in the State of South Carolina, on the 2nd day of December, A.D. 1881, and that she has not again married; and she further declares that the following have been the places of residence of herself and her said husband since the date of his discharge from the Army, viz: Edgefield County South Carolina except one year (1822) in Newberry County, South Carolina.  She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the pension to which she may be entitled under Sections 4736 to 4740, (inclusive) Revised Statutes, and the Act of March 9th, 1878, and hereby appoints (left blank), of (left blank), her true and lawful attorney, to prosecute her claim; and she further declares that she has heretofore made no application since death of Gibson Collins who drew a pension from 26th day of November 1872 to 4th day of September 1881 under Pension Certificate No. 19723, and that her residence is Kirkseys, County of Edgefield, State of South Carolina, and that her post-office address is Kirkseys Edgefield County, South Carolina (her mark X is on this document).  It is attested by John Durst and B. F. Galphin.  Also personally appeared John Durst, aged 75 years, residing at Kirkseys in South Carolina and B.F. Golfphin, aged 71 years, residing at Kirkseys in South Carolina, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being by me duly sworn, say that they have known the said Adaline Collins for sixty (60) years and for one year, respectively; that they were present and saw her sign her name (or make her mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; and they further say that they are able to identify her as the person who was the wife of the identical Gibson Collins who rendered the service alleged in the above application (in the company of John Key in the regiment of William Youngblood, in the War of 1812) by the following named facts and circumstance; viz: John Durst knew Adaline Coursey and Gibson Collins from infancy, knew of the time of their marriage and has lived near and known them since that time and knows that they lived together as man and wife until the death of Gibson Collins. Dated the sixth day of March 1882."
 In the Application for Accrued Pension (Widows) Claim dated February 9 1883, this document is witnessed by D.A. J. Bell and Elijah Faulkner it states "that they have know these to be living together as man and wife for twenty-five years, and they were both present when he died and shrouded him for burial." These two men are described as two neighbors.

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