Notes for Michael Abraham Awalt: MISCELLANEUS: from GenForum December 1999 "was probably buried in the vicinity of Awalt Bend of Elk River in Franklin County, TN" Michael Abraham Awalt was the first known ancestor of the Awalt family in Franklin County, Tennessee. Sometime prior to 1775, he moved to Rowan County, NC. in 1775 and 1776 while an apprentice, he served in a Rowan County Militia Company commanded by Captain George Henry Barringer and Lieutenant Windell Miller during expeditions "in pursuit of the Tories" to Ninety Six, SC (Nov-Dec 1775) and to Cross Creek (now Fayetteville), NC (Feb 1776) When he attained his "freedom as an apprentice" and was 21 years of age, he volunteered for a 9 month tour in the Rowan County Militia. During this tour, he marched to "Moons Creek" on the Dan River, later he marched to Camden, SC, where he saw action with the fourth Regiment of the North Carolina Line at Stono Ferry in 1779. In 1780, he served a 3 month tour as a substitute for Kilian Keply and saw action with the militia in the Battle of Camden ("Gates Defeat"). In 1781, he served three months tour as a substitute for George Master and "was assigned to drive a wagon" at the Battle of Guliford Courthouse, NC, where "his wagon was taken from him by the Tories on the 4th day after the battle". Michael Awalt applied for a pension as a result of his service in the Revolutionary War and in 1833 was awarded $50 per year. After the War, he settled in Mecklenberg County, NC, where in 1787 he was granted 50 acres of land on "Dutch Bufalow Creek". The area in 1792 was designated Cabarrus County NC. About 1800 he moved to Burke County, NC where he lived "upwards of twenty years". Around 1820 he moved to Franklin County, TN
MISCELLANEUS: Franklin County Tennessee Wills 1808-1840, Thomas E. Partlow, Lebanon, TN 37087 pg 10 Michael Avart(Awalt) 13 July 1827 Heirs: wife Eve Avart; daughters Catherine Weaver, widow, Barbara Tipps, widow, Eve Pyland, wife of John Pyland, Polly Brunaige, wife of John Brunaige, Elizabeth BEAN, wife of John BEAN, Sophia Webb, wife of Reuben Webb, Nancy L, wife of Solomon L; sons Jacob and John Avart. Recorded 3 October 1835 pg 141-142
MISCELLANEUS: Michael and his son Jacob served as elders of the Olive Branch Evangelical Lutheran Church in Franklin County, TN BirthHe was a revolutionary war soldier, his pension started on Mar 6 , 1833 at age 77. He was a private in the North Carolina Line.
WILL: Michael A. (AVART) Will. 13 Jul 1827. Heirs: wife Eve AVAR T; daughters Catherine WEAVER, widow, Barbara TIPPS, widow, Ev e PYLAND,wife of John PYLAND, Polly BRUNAIGE, wife of John BRUNA IGE, Elizabeth BEAN,wife of John BEAN, Sophia WEBB, wife of Reub en WEBB, Nancy L ), wife of Solomon L); sons Jacob and John AVAR T. Rec 3 Oct 1835. (Pp. 141-142). Source - "Franklin Co., Tennes see Wills, 1808-1876 & Deeds,1801-1840," Thomas E. Partlow, 81 6 West Spring Street, Lebanon, Tennessee 37087, p. 10.
Michael AWALT, W326, West Tenn. #6813, $50/yr. issued 6 Mar. 183 3. Eva or Evy AWALT, widow. Tenn. #unreadable $50/yr. issued 2 4 Dec. 185? Note: Michael is also mistakenly referred to as Jose ph AWALT. 3 Sept. 1832, Franklin County. Michael AWALT aged about 75 testi fies that he was born in Pennsylvania but does not know the year . He calculates his age based on the date of his freedom as an a pprentice. He lived in Rowan County, N.C., while an apprentice a nd was sent on two trips by the man to whom he was bound, in pur suit of the Tories. On the first tour he served under Windle MIL LER and marched to 96 Dist., S.C. Two months after the outbreak of the war he truned 21 and remove d to Cabarrus County, N.C., where he lived for 10 years. From th ere he vol. for nine months under Capt. COWAN and served on th e Dan River in N.C. He also marched to S.C. under Maj. ARMSTRON G and Gen. LINCOLN in the 4th reg't. and was in the battle of St one. After this term ended he returned home and went out again as a s ubstitute for Killian KEPLY. He served in the militia under Capt . STARNES and Gen. RUTHERFORD, and was in the battle called Gate s' Defeat. He overheard Generals GATES and SMALLWOOD arguing abo ut the battle plans. He served for three months. He went out again as a substitute for George MASTER, but drov e a wagon instead of regular service. His wagon was taken from h im by the Tories on the forth day after the battle of Guilford. He can prove his service by William RYAL. He is known in his nei ghborhood to Parson Elijah BRAZIER, Joseph HILTON Esq., Col. Wil liam TAYLOR and others. After living in Cabarrus County for 10 years he removed to Burk e County, N.C., for over 20 years. He then removed to this place . William RYAL testifies that he knew AWALT duing the war and ha s known him ever since. Zachariah MURRELL states he has been a near neighbor to Michae l AWALT for 15 years and vouches for his reputation as a soldier . Court declares that the clergyman in the applicant's neighborhoo d is sick at this time. 20 Dec. 1840, Franklin Co. Mrs. Evy AWALT aged 78 states that he r husband Michael AWALT died 6 April 1835, that they were marrie d in Mecklenburg County, N.C., 17 April 1778 but she has no reco rd of their marriage or the births of their children, having los t or mislaid it. Nathaniel BORUM testifies to the identity of Evy AWALT. William RIAL aged 73 states he was married to Molly SPECK, a sis ter of Evy AWALT. Molly RIAL aged 79 also appeared before the ju stice. Each deponent originally came from Mecklenburg (Rockingha m crossed out) Co., N.C. They state that Michael and Evy AWALT f rom the time of their marriage until his death in FC lived toget her in utmost peace and harmony. 17 May 1841, FC. Sophia HISE, widow of Coonrad HISE deceased, or iginally a resident of Mecklenburg Co., N.C., and now of FC, age d 86, states that her husband went in company with Michael AWAL T and her sister Evy SPECK and saw them married by Parson WIRTMA N (STARK crosed out) in Mecklenburg Co., N.C., in April 1778. Sh e recalls the month and year because she herself gave birth t o a son the following February, 1779. William RIAL states he was not at the wedding but lived with th e couple for six months after their marriage. He also lived wit h Coonrod HISE and his wife Sophia SPECK in N.C. and frequentl y heard HISE say he was present at the marriage. 15 Dec. 1845, FC. Evy AWALT states that Michael AWALT receive d a discharge from his commander but sold it to another gentlema n. States she was married April, 1781, in Rowan Co., N.C. She i s unable to appear in court and gives her deposition before Joh n ROLMAN, J.P. Solomon LIMBAUGH aged 45 states he was present on 6 Apr. 1835 an d saw Michael AWALT die, and that Evy AWALT has not remarried. 16 Dec. 1845, FC. Sophia HISE aged 89 states that her husband Co onrod HISE, Sr., has been dead more than 25 years. William RYAL aged 75 states he was present more than three year s ago to hear Magdalane RYAL state she helped to prepare the wed ding dinner when Eve and Michael AWALT were married. Said Magdal ane RYAL has been dead more than two years. 22 Dec. 1845, Murfreesboro, Tenn. Cover letter sent by John BRUC E to accompany deposition of Evy AWALT and supporting documents . To the Commissioner of Pensions. "Sir, It cannot be expected t hat the widow can recollect all the facts and circumstances whic h were related to her by her husband in his lifetime, after a la pse of fifteen or twenty years. Statements are frequently made b y the husband to his wife by the fireside and go in at one yea r and out at the other. Or if the wife actualee by motives of cu riosity or otherwise sets down those statements well in her ow n mind, yet in the course of ten or fifteen years the recollecti on of those statements will fade and die upon the memory. Dear s ir, at this time I bring before you the case of an old lady eigh ty two years old, late in the afternoon of life, who in her husb and's lifetime was entirely independant and had plenty of the go od things of life, but since his death has been reduced to a sta te of indigence, and thrown upon a cold hearted and uncharited w orld for a support. Dear friend, I rely upon the good judgemen t of the Department and hope for a decision in her favor. "I am , my dear sir, with sentiments of great respect, your friend an d obedient servant, John BRUCE." 15 March 1846, FC. Hon. Stephen ADAMS of Mississippi states he w as aquainted with Michael AWALT for many years and AWALT'S oldes t son is between 55 and 60, and his grandchildren near 40 year s of age. 25 Apr. 1851, Cabarrus Co., N.C. Clerk states he can find no rec ord of the marriage of Evy SPECK and Michael AWALT. 24 May 1851, FC. William RIAL aged past 80 years states that h e knew Michael and Evy AWALT from his boyhood to their deaths. Jacob AWALT of FC, son of Michael AWALT, states his mother and f ather were married in Cabarrus Co., N.C., about 1786. His mothe r Eva AWALT died 2 Aug. 1848, leaving the following named childr en and heirs at law: Catherine WEBER (or WEVER?), John AWALT, Ba rbary TIPS, Sophia WEBB, Nancy (or Naomi) LIMBO. John TRAVIS, J.P of FC, testifies that Jacob AWALT is about 62 y ears old, having been considered an old man for some years past. John ROLMAN, J.P., testifies he has known Jacob AWALT for 30 yea rs and that he himself is 49 years old and supposes AWALT is 62 . He was acquainted with Michael and Eva AWALT. He is also acqua inted with Mrs. Catherine WEVER, sister of Jacob AWALT, whom h e has always understood was older than Jacob AWALT. 2 Dec. 1851, Knoxville, Tenn. Taze W. NEWMAN, attorney, is unabl e to provide physician's or undertaker's certificate that Eva AW ALT is dead, because one is dead and the other has moved to Texa s. This is in the case of Jacob AWALT who lives on Hurricane Cre ek in FC. 25 June 1852, Marshall, IL. W. MANLY inquires as to the status o f Eva AWALT'S claim for pension.
More About Michael Abraham Awalt: Date born 2: 1755, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Date born 3: 1755, North Carolina. Date born 4: 1756 Burial: Unknown, Wayne County, Ohio. Died 2: April 06, 1835, Franklin County, Tennessee. Died 3: April 06, 1835, Franklin, TN. Died 4: April 06, 1835, Tennessee. Record Change: November 18, 2004
More About Michael Abraham Awalt and Eva Speck: Marriage 1: April 17, 1778, Mecklenburg Co., NC. Marriage 2: April 17, 1778, Mechlenburg, North Carolina. Marriage 3: April 17, 1778, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Marriage 4: April 17, 1778, Mecklenburg, NC.
Children of Michael Abraham Awalt and Eva Speck are:
+Elizabeth Awalt, b. October 08, 1799, Cabarrus County North Carolina, d. Abt. 1869, Jefferson, Illinois.