Tomorrow we will celebrate the 241st birthday of our great nation, because of this I chose a Birdwell who did his part during the American Revolution to help bring Independence from Great Britain. Not to be confused with last week’s featured Birdwell, this Benjamin Birdwell, son of Old George and Mary (Looney) Birdwell. To give you a better understanding of my relationship, and hopefully yours, Benjamin Birdwell is the brother of my Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather William Birdwell.
Benjamin was born in Botetourt County, Virginia on December 24th 1765. He entered the Revolutionary War, as a boy, as a Private in the Company commanded by Captain Cavit in the Regiment commanded by Col. Shelby in the North Carolina line for 6 months. After the war he married Ms. Mary Perry on March 3rd, 1791 in Sullivan County, Tennessee. Born to them were nine children.
- George b. February 12, 1792 in Sullivan Co., TN
- David b. September 26, 1794 in Washington Co., TN
- Jesse b. December 17, 1796 in Sullivan Co., TN
- Elizabeth b. January 22, 1799 in Sullivan Co., TN
- Mary b. December 13, 1800 in Sullivan Co., TN
- Benjamin Jr. b. January 16, 1805 in Sullivan Co., TN
- Nancy b. September 1, 1809 in Washington Co., TN
- Rowland b. March 20, 1812 in Washington Co., TN
- Bueal b. March 30, 1818 in Sullivan Co., TN
Benjamin also served as a Private during the War of 1812. In the Bunch’s Mounted Regiment of the East Tennessee Volunteers.
Benjamin died on October 17, 1840 in Sullivan County, TN and is buried in the Birdwell Cemetery in Colonial Heights in Sullivan County. In the year 1843, Mary, Benjamin’s Widow applied for a Widow’s Pension. The pension was awarded to Mary on March 4th, 1843. You can read the affidavit and other records here.