Shelby  County  Indiana


Contributed by LouAnn Cameron

October 19, 1936    


Robert Gordon-S.1853

Ethel McKenney
134 First Street
Shelbyville, Indiana

Dear Madam:

          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 County, Indiana.

          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