Thomas Baker Pension Papers


Excerpts from pension transcribed by Meredith Rond:

Thomas Baker received a pension from the State of Virginia for the wounds he received at the Battle of Point Pleasant on October 10, 1774. You can view the original microfilmed papers on the Library of Virginia website, “Virginia Revolutionary War Pension Applications, reels 1-15”.

Thomas served as a spy in the service unit of Colonel Andrew Lewis. In the book “Soldiers of Fincastle County, Virginia 1774” by Mary B. Kegley on page 57 is mention of our Thomas “Thomas Baker, allowance for wounds, 3 days driving cattle; 101 days pay as a scout”.

 “Baker, Thomas – Dunmore’s War: 4, Sept. 1812 Thomas Baker continued from Jan 7, 1786 Pension”.

“Madison County Kentucky, this day Samuel Estill comes before me, Green Clay, the presiding justice of the peace in the said county and made oath that Thomas Baker now a resident of Estill Co. is the same Thomas Baker who was on the expedition against the Indians under the command of General Lewis and in the battle of the Point under said commandant on the tenth day of October 1774 he received wounds for which he was or he has been informed and placed on the pension list and the said Estill further states that the said Baker is yet living and laboring under said wounds given under my hand and seal this 6th day of April 1812.”

“State of Kentucky, Estill County Thomas Baker personally came before us two of the Commonwealth justices of the peace in and for the county aforesaid Thomas Baker (?) and acknowledged the within letter of attorney to be his act and deed and made oath in due form of law that he is the identical Thomas Baker placed on the pension list of Virginia in consequence of wounds received….his left arm and right hip at the Battle of the Point on the 10th day of October 1774 and the the said Thomas Baker is still laboring under said wounds….Thomas (his mark) Baker”.

There are several more documents but they all say about the same thing. I’m assuming Thomas received his pension of 10 pounds until his death in Sept. of 1814. It is unknown whether Thomas had received this pension all or just part of his life. It can be assumed that Thomas was wounded rather severely in the Battle of Point Pleasant.