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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Petition of Thomas Clerk et al. concerning public assistance
Clerk, Thomas; Et Al.
December 03, 1771
Volume 09, Pages 63-64

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

To the Honorable Mr Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly of North Carolina, 3d December 1771.

The Petition of Isaac Reed, Moses Griffin, Benjamin Clash, Andrew Freasure, Thomas Clerk, John Strange and William Gilbert, Humbly Sheweth—

That some Time in the Month of March or April last your Petitioner Isaac Reed, Listed in the Craven Detatchment and Went out under the Command of His Excellency Governor Tryon as a soldier against the Insurgents, and in the Battle of the Allamance Received two wounds one in his Right Hand and one in his Right Elbow, which has Intirely deprived him of the use of his Right Arm, and that he hath a family, a wife and four Children, whose support

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depended on his own labor as having no negros or other Estate sufficient to maintain them,

That your Petitioner Moses Griffin in the same Service and at the same Battle Recd a Wound in his Knee, which hath made him a Cripple for Life.

That your Petitioner Benjamin Clash in the same Battle received two Wounds one in the Hand & one in the Belly which hath also rendered him unable to Labour.

That your Petitioner Andrew Freasure, of the Artillery was Blown up with Powder & Received a Wound in his Ankle which has made him a Cripple.

That your Petitioner Thomas Clerk recd in the same Battle a Wound in the Shoulder which has rendered him Incapable of Labour.

That your Petitioner John Strange, received a Wound in his Knee which has made him a Cripple—

That your Petitioner William Gilbert has also received a wound in his Leg which has made him a Cripple

And your Petitioners Humbly Hopes this Honorable House will Consider your Poor Petitioners each of them Acording to their Several Circumstances, and afford them Such Relief as in yr wisdom may be thought proper and yr Petitioners as in Duty Bound Will pray &c—