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Honored by Gen John Archer Elmore Chapter, AL Sons of the American Revolution

Joshua Wilson

Westmoreland Co., VA
Born 1759
Clarke Co., AL, United States
Died 1844


According to his pension statement, Joshua Wilson served 6 terms during the American Revolution. 1st was under Capt. James Denton of the NC militia; at Wilmington & Brunswick and served about 3 months. 2nd was under Capt. John McCann Col. Armstrong and General Butler, serving 3 months in SC & NC. 3rd was in the Continental Army under Capt. Robert Temple, transferred to Capt. Rhodes company, Col. Pink Eaton, Gen. Lincoln, fought at Briar Creek. 4th was under Capt. Allen Colonel Dickerson and Gen. Sumner, driving in the stock to support the Army in NC & SC, employed in that service 3 months, discharged at Ramsey's Mill. 5th under Col. Joseph Hawkins in the horse company Gen. Eaton, mostly rendered in NC, serving between 2 & 3 months. 6th under Capt. Exum Clinton we were marching to join General Gates and joined up with Gen. Greene for Battle of Guilford Courthouse, in this term of service I served 3 months.


After the war Joshua Wilson continued to live in NC until he moved to Clarke County, AL in 1817, where he had taken a land grant in 1815. He headed west on the Federal Road with his wife and children plus his slaves, livestock, wagons, carriages, and other possessions. He was a Methodist Minister and is credited with founding Gainestown.

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Wars, Campaigns, & Battles

American Revolution
Southern Campaign
Battle of Guilford Courthouse