In deposition given at Gloucester C. H. on August 6,
1832, John Dobson, Sr., age 71 years stated, "That he entered
the service of the United States under the command of Capt. John
Camp of the Virginia Militia in the county of Gloucester and State
of Virginia, at the age of 16 years and served under him, Capt.
Gibson Cluverius and others from time to time, from the year 1777
until after the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. He served
at one time continuously in Williamsburg and at the magazine a
few miles from that place at least six or eight months, and was
the greater part of that time engaged in moulding of bullets.
At the time of the surrender of Cornwallis which occurred the
19th of Oct. 1781 the company to which he was attached was stationed
at Perrins on the eastern side of Sarah's Creek, not far from
Gloucester Towne, watching the movement of the British forces
at that place. That he served in all at last three years and was
never in any regular action but in two small (?) skirmishes, one
at Perrins and another a few miles above Gloucester Towne (near
Llewellen's)". Belonging to the State Militia, he was at
all times liable to be called out and was accordingly from time
to time. He never received a discharge and has to rely on the
annexed witnesses: (Thomas Hogg and Lewis Stokes).
John Dobson, Sr., age 71, applied for pension May 16,
1832. Declared he was a resident of Gloucester Co., Va., entered
service as private at age of 16; in 1779 served in Virginia Militia
under command of Capt. John Camp and under Capt. Gibson Cluverius
and others "from time to time from the year 1777 until after
the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown."
John Dobson, Va. Continental, placed on pension roll
April 26, 1833, age 73, d. Nov. 25, 1833, Pen. Va. S. 8348.
*Name can be found in the master list of the roster.