French & Indian War

Although the French and Indian War took place before the formation of Pittsylvania County in 1767, several men applied in court in 1780 for bounty land due them for participation in the brutal conflict. County military records reveal the names and service of the following men:

  • Joseph Terry – Served on an expedition against the Indians in 1763 as a Sergeant under Captain William Phillips in Colonel Andrew Lewis’s command
  • William Terry – Served on an expedition against the Indians in 1755 under Captain Joseph Fox in Major Andrew Lewis’s command
  • William Russell – Served as a Sergeant under Captain James Gunn in 1760 on an expedition against the Indians under the command of Colonel William Byrd
  • William Ragsdale – Served in 1762 under Captain John McNeill and produced a certificate from Colonel Andrew Lewis certifying the same and made oath that he served five years
  • Uriah Cameron – Served under Captain John Posey in Colonel William Byrd’s command on an expedition against the Indians in 1760
  • Haynes Morgan – Produced a discharge signed by James Grant, then commanding the Eightieth British Regiment, proving his service as Sergeant Major from 1758 to 1764. He also produced a certificate from his Excellency General Thomas Gage
  • James Taylor – Served under Captain Charles Scott in Colonel William Byrd’s command on an expedition against the Indians in 1760
  • William Owen – Served under Captain James Gunn in Colonel William Byrd’s command on an expedition against the Indians in 1760
  • John Shackleford – Served as a Corporal under Captain Francis Kestly in Colonel Peter Hogg’s command on an expedition against the Indians in 1755

Hopefully this list just a starting point and many more names can be added as they are found.  If you know of any men who belong on this list please contact me

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