George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Godfrey Bumgardner, 30 October 1796

Harrison County October the 30th 1796

Most Excellent President

I hope you will not take Amiss that One of your Subjects takes the Liberty to send you a few Lines Hoping they may find you in health of Body & mind.

I am One of your old Soldiers. I Served in your Company in the Year 1754. & a Grant of Land was Given By A proclamation of Robert Dinwide Governor of Virginia But I am like to loose my Right for the Want of my Name Being found on the List The Reason I expect is that I Got my Discharge Burnt But I have proved by my Neighbours Before Captain Andrew Lewis that I had it & leave the provement to Mr Felix Gilbert, who Told me he had Given it to your Brother in Fredericksburgh. Moreover I have never Receiv’d Any pay at all for my Service. I humbly pray Dear Sir that you would Look into it & that I may Get my pay & my Right to sd Grant.. for probably you may Remember me & if not you may perhaps find my Name in some of the Lists or Records. please to Honour me with an Answer By Colonel Jackson who may Give you some Information of my person & Your Compliance Dear Sir Will Abundantly Oblige your faithful Subject & most Humble Servant

Godfrey Bumgardner

A Copy of The List taken from The Records at Richmond

There is Granted unto the Following Men in the Year 1794 19th of February by A proclamation of Robert Dinwide—Governor of Virginia & Survey’d by George Washington & Wm Crafort on the Ohio river Above big Sandy &c.

John Savage, Robert Langdon, Edmund Waggonner, Richard Trotter, Wire Johnson Hugh McCoy, Richard Smith, John Smith Charles Smith Agnus McDonnald—Nathan Chapman, Joseph Gatewood, James Samuel, Michael Scully, Edward Goodwin William Bailey, Henry Bailey, Wm Coffland Mathew Dorran, Christian Bumgarner &c.

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