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John Greathouse Sr.
National Archives Information
(submitted by Betty Dotson Renick)

July 5th, 1856

Mr. Alfred Cain Reedy post Roane County Virginia
I request that you will prosecute my claim of Bounty Land under act of September 28th 1850 and the amendatory acts thereto belonging if I am entitled.  You are authorized to review my land warrant.  I was drafted soldier in the company commanded by Captain Mathew  McKown in the war of 1812.  I resided in the state of Virginia County of Mason when I entered the service.

Very respectfully yours,

John X(his mark) Greathouse

Test: J.W. Cain
John Roach

State of Virginia
County of Roane
On this 4th day of August AD one thousand eight hundred and fifty six personally appeared before me, John W Cain, justice of the peace within and for the county and State aforesaid John Greathouse aged seventy-four years, a resident the Roane County in the state of Virginia who being duly sworn according to law declares that he is the identical John Greathouse named in the within and the accompanying discharge of the date of the 29th of August 1814 and hereto admits he was drafted soldier according to general orders in the company commanded by Mathew McKown of the 4th regiment of the Virginia militia commanded by General Porter in the war of 1812 that he was drafted in the county of Mason sometime in May in the year 1814 for the term of three months and continued in actual service in said war for the term of three months and was honorably discharged at Norfolk on the 29th day of August AD 1814 as will appear by my discharge herewith annexed.  He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the Bounty land to which he may be entitled under the act granting Bounty land to certain officers and Soldiers who have been engaged in the military service of the United States passed September 28th 1850 and the amendatory act thereunto belonging never having received or knowing that he is entitled under any former act of Congress.

John X(his mark) Greathouse

Test: Aquila Wood
John Roach

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The handwritten copy of discharge states:
John Greathouse having performed a three months Tour of duty in the service of this United States at Norfolk in compliance with General Orders of the United States Adjutant General of the Commonwealth of Virginia bearing date the 8th day of March 1814 is hereby honourably discharged August 29th 1814.  Signed (appears to be George Hastings) Lt Col. Commdt. 4

There is a handwritten statement signed by William Burditt (Burdett?) and Robert Burke that they both know that John Greathouse is dead, that they saw him buried and the said Robert P. Burke made the coffin, and that John Greathouse died on the 4th day of July A.D. 1866.  The statement was sworn to on the 2nd day of March, A.D. 1869.

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