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Born: 15 Jul 1762 - Died: 5 Jan 1845.

Burial: Sandcreek Cemetery, Decatur County, Indiana

Service: Virginia Regt. 14 months

Proof: Pension Record No. S 16223

Married: Elizabeth Childress b. 18 March 1766


Charloty b. 19 Mar 1788

Thomas C. b. 18 Jan 1789 m. Mary Elder m. Arapa Mozingo

Benjamin b. 8 Jan 1792

Mary H. b. 28 Aug 1793 m. Richard Hall 28 Oct 1830 (Linc. Co. KY)

William b. 19 Dec 1795 d. 2 Mar 1870 (MO)

John Winfield b. 19 Aug 1798 d. 11 Dec 1844 (adm. Johnson Co. MO)

Nancy b. 29 Aug 1801 m. 14 Feb 1832 Jesse Epperson (Linc. Co. KY)

Elizabeth b. 24 May 1803 d. 10 Oct 1804

Lucietia b. 1805

Charles Henry b. 2 Feb 1809 m. 24 Nov 1831 Louisa Barnett (Linc. Co. KY)

John Pemberton was the son of Thomas Pemberton and Rebecca Wingfield. Thomas, a planter, bought 78 acres in North Garden, Albemarle Co. VA on 14 Jun 1764. The children of Thomas Sr. and Rebecca were John, Thomas Jr. Charles, William Henry, Mary, Elizabeth and Ann.

John Pemberton, from Albermarle, served in the fall of 1779 under Capt Mars Leek or Leak, and Ensign George Murrett. He was marched to Cabin Point on the James River, below Petersburg, where he remained with the company as a guard, the greater part of the 2 months. Col. Stubblefield commanded the place, where he was stationed. They had no fighting with the enemy during this tour.

In the spring of 1780, he was called out from the same county (Albermarle) and served a 2 months tour under Capt., Bennett Henderson and Lieutenant James Garland. He was marched below Richmond and maneuvered about a good deal, under Barren Steuben as a commanding General. He thought the name of the colonel of his regiment was Feebacker. They had no fighting and he does not recollect any circumstances of public note, which occurred in the detachment. After returning home and staying about a week, he was again called out and served another tour of 2 months under Capt. John Whorton. This tour was also taken up in marching about through the lower parts of VA. He didn't recollect either the general or colonel, who commanded during this tour. When this tour expired, he returned home to Albemarle and was in about 2 weeks called out on another tour (the third of this year) under Capt. John Henderson. This tour was spent as the last in marching about through the lower parts of Virginia. They had no fighting and he does not recollect remaining any length of time stationary. He thinks General Lawson was the commander.

In the spring of 1781, he was called out and served a tour of duty of 2 months under Capt. Francis Walker and in the same year, he was called out a 2nd time and served another tour of duty of 2 months under Capt., James Woods. During both these tours he was in the army under Lafayette. He was called out the 3rd. time in this year and served a 2 months tour under Capt., Benjamin Harris, and was marched to Yorktown, where he joined the army under General Washington and served during the siege of that place and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis. Joshua Fry, who testified for John's pension application was the company Lieutenant at the siege of York.

Amherst Co., VA tax records of 1787 show John Pemberton taxable to Elizabeth Childress's uncle, Pleasant Martin.

John apparently lived in Albemarle Co. VA until about 1805, when he sold property, and moved to Crab Orchard, Lincoln Co. KY with his children. When he was an old man, he received a pension for his military service. After his wife, Elizabeth, died, he moved with his son, Thomas, to Decatur County Indiana. Estate records in Decatur Co. include distribution of his inheritance from his wife's family. John is buried in Sand Creek Cemetery, near his son Thomas C.

(Above biography, from pension and other records, written by Cecil Stuerke

Information courtesy of John and Marty Green of Indiana. This information came from "Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Decatur County".

The Decatur Bicentennial Committee takes great pride in helping with the publishing of this pertinent series of articles. The committee feels these facts concerning Decatur County's Revolutionary War Soldiers are a very important part our county's history. Every effort should be made to preserve our heritage, and this record will certainly be of great help.

Signed by Mr. and Mrs. Van P. Patterson,
co-chairmen, Decatur County
Bicentennial Committee.

This series of headstones and records of the Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Decatur County was started in July 1975, by Smith Monument Works as their project for the bicentennial.

The series would have been impossible without the records kept by the Lone Tree Chapter, D.A.R.

We at Smith Monument Works would like, once again, to express appreciation to the Lone Tree Chapter D.A.R. for their dedication to the preservation of the history of Decatur County.

We would also like to thank the Bicentennial Commission for preserving this series in booklet form.

Patricia Smith, James F Smith

When John died June 5, 1845, Greensburg was a growing community. S Overturf had a law office on the North side of the Square, 3 doors West of J. & W.W. Freeman's Store. Freeman's store was a grocery, which also carried nails, window glass, etc.

Henry Sefton had a wagon and plow-maker shop in the N.E. Corner of Greensburg.

The newspaper was called the Greensburg Repository who motto was, "Pledged but to Truth, to Liberty and to Law. No favor sways us and no fear shall awe."

Lowe & Holterbrand had a stonecutter shop on South Street near Main Cross. They advertised Monuments, Tombs and Tomb Tablets. They carved the stone for John Pemberton and it is the traditional type of memorial for that day. Because it is soft stone as opposed to the granite we use today, it was weathered somewhat and the Lone Tree Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had a government marker set alongside the original in Sandcreek Cemetery.



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