Notes for Silas Penix Wooten: Silas P Wooten born abt 1759 fought in the Rev.War enlisted in Halifax NC in abt 1780 served abt 1year discharged in Casswell co. NC after rev.war he mved to Lawrence Co. KY applied for pension in 1826 granted March 1 1826 he then moved to Greenup Co.KY and built a school and taught for several years .He's wife was Pheobe Worth.His son Thomas Alfred was born aug 1 1808.Thomas married Sarah Jane Castle(Cassel)they had 13 children.they moved to Wayne Co.VA(now WVA)abt.1833.They can be found on the 1850 Wayne co. census
1810 Floyd County Kentucky Census
Wooten, Silas P
Silas Wooten testified in Perry County, Kentucky on November 16, 1825 on behalf of Anthony Hall. Wooten testified has to the truth of statements which Hall made in an attempt to obtain a pension from the United States government for his Revolutionary War service. The statement says: I Silas P. Wooton do swear that I was well acquainted with Anthony Hall as a Revolutionary Soldier. " I do swear that the said Anthony Hall and myself, both enlisted in the same company which was commanded by Captain Bowyer in the 7th Virginia Regement commanded by Colonel Campbell in Virginia line on continental establishment. That we both enlisted for the term of one year and that I do know that the said Anthony Hall did serve out his full term of enlistment and was honourably discharged at Caswell County in the State of North Carolina after serving out his full term of enlkistment which was one year under the same enlistment. That I do know that the said Anthony Hall did then immediately enlist again into the service of the United States in Colonel Lytle's 2nd North Carolina regiment in a company commanded by a Captain Donoho, for the term of three years. I do know that the said Hall did serve in said regiment until the seige at Charleston in South Carolina. I do know that the said Anthony Hall was then taken a prisoner of war by the British and was afterwards parolled by them and was not discharged until peace was made."
Wooten applied for a pension while living in Lawrence County, Kentucky on January 16, 1826. At the time, Wooten stated that he was 67 years old. He made the following statements in order to obtain pension under acts of Congress of March 18, 1818 and May 1, 1820. "Silas P. Wooten enlisted in Halifax County in te State of Virginia for the term of one year in Captain Bowyer's company in the 7th Virginia regiment commanded by Colonel Campbell in the line of the State of Virginia on continental establishment in January of 1780. He continued to served in said corps until after the Battle of Guilford and he continued to serve in said army upwards of three months after the expiration of his said term of enlistment which was one years. He was in the Battle of Guilford in March 1781and he was afterwards honorably discharged by Colonel Campbell in Caswell County in the State of North Carolina on the first of April, 1781."
Silas stated that he had not applied for pension before because he was never able until that time to procure evidence of his services. He had always been too poor and infirm to travel to where he could hear of any person that he served with to procure this evidence. He further stated that for several years he had been dependent on the charity of his friends for support. His family consisted of his wife only, named Phebe, age 61 years. His occupation was that of a county schoolmaster but from age and infirmity and loss of sight he was unable to pursue it.
In support of Wooten's application, Anthony Hall , in Perry County, Kentucky , Circuit Court, stated that he was acquainted with Silas P. Wooton and that he knew that said Silas P. Wooten did enlsit into the army of the revolutionary war in Halifax county in the state of Virginia for the term of one year in Captain bowyer's company in the 7th Virginia Regiment commanded by Colonel Campbell. Hall knew that siad Wooten did serve out his full term of enlistment and was discharged in Caswell county North Carolina by Colonel Campbell. During the whole of said term Hall served with Wooten in the same company.
Wooten was also supported by veteran Thomas Lovelady, who served with him. Lovelady reported that Wooten was at the Battle of Guilford and was discharged in Caswell County, North Carolina on April 1, 1781.
Silas P. Wooten was listed in Pioneers Families of Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky as one of the first settlers of Greenup County, Kentucky, as his name appeared on the tax list of 1811. The book prints an excerpt from a manuscript prepared by Rev. James Gilruth, a resident of the locale in his youth, and published in an Ironton, Ohio newspaper about 1879. Gilruth states, in part, some of the people of the area in 1803 as he remembered them:
"Near the hill on the bank of Hood's Run, in a rough log cabin built for the purpose, was kept the first school between Big Sandy and Tygart's Creek; and I am certain it was the first in Greenup County. The school was made up of scholars from both sides of the river and was kept by Silas Wooten. His wife's name was Theba (sic). They had two children, Rhoda and William. Wooten was a teacher of the true backwoods type as to literary qualification. Some years later he moved back on the waters of East Fork of Little Sandy; became a Methodist and sustained a good character as a citizen...next above settle the celebrated Colonal Daniel Boone."
The Floyd County Court book reported that on October 23, 1809, Silas P. Wooten motioned to be exempted from road work. This was overruled. In the May, 1812 records, Silas P. Wooten was appointed surveyer of a road to be built from the mouth of Tom's Creek to George Creek in Floyd County. On November 17, 1817 the records show that Silas P. Wooten resigned as constable.
More About Silas Penix Wooten: Military service: Revolutionary War Vet.
Children of Silas Penix Wooten and Phoebe Worth are:
+Rhoda Wooten, b. 1788, South Carolina, d. August 1855, Johnson County Kentucky.