October 19, 1936
134 First Street
Reference is made to your letter in which you
request the record of Robert Gordon, a soldier of the Revoluntionary War who
served in the Virginia Troops and was pensiond in 1833, while residing in Shelby
The date which follow are obtained from the papers on file
in Revolutionary War pension claim, S.1853, based upon the military
service in that war of Robert Gordon. Said Robert Gordon served in the
Pennsylvania Troops and was erroneously recorded in the Report of the Secretary of War, printed
in 1836, as having served in the Virginia Troops.
Robert Gordon was born in 1760, in Chester County,
Pennsylvania. The names of his parents are not shown.
While residing in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania,
in 1777, the Indians having become very troublesome, Robert Gordon volunteered to defend
Shields' Fort in said Westmoreland County, and served five months as a private
in Captain Moore's Company, under Colonel John Shields in the Pennsylvania Troops;
in 1778, he again voluntered and served two months under Captain White in the Pennsylvania
Troops and acted as a guard to a magazine on Mount's Creek, near Chestnut Ridge, Pennsylvania.&nbnsp;
He stated that after peace was declared, he was again called out and acted as a guard at Reid's
Blockhouse*, which was attacked by the Indians; length of this service not given.
After the Revolution, he lived in Kentucky and in 1798**,
moved to Ohio, thence to Indiana.
* [Handwritten note in margin] Could not identify service
** [Handwritten note in margin] This date given by his son, James