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William Hollinger -- Application for Bounty Land

State of Alabama
Monroe County

On this twenty first day of April, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-four before the acting Justice of the Peace within and for said County and State, Personally appeared William Hollinger aged sixty-eight or nine years, a resident of said County and State, being first duly sworn according to law upon his oath makes the following Declaration. That he is identical William Hollinger who was a volunteer as an Indian spy under Captain Richard Bailey who was under command of Major Beasley in the War of 1812 and were known as the Mississippi Volunteers, and after which he volunteered as a spy under Major Peacock in an expedition to Florida, after the performance of the latter service he volunteered under Major Twigs as a pilot and spy from Montgomery Hill to the banks of Murder Creek to Fort Crawford (said fort was built and erceted by Major Twigs on said expedition) which latter expedition said Hollinger served for the period of thirty days. the time said Hollinger was engaged in the two services above named was about sixty days, he was at the taking of Fort Barrancas at Pensacola, Florida under General Jackson, and in all of the several expeditions he rendered the army valuable services from his experience and knowledge of the country and the Indians, being familiar withn their language and habits, having been born and raised in the State of Alabama (orr within the Territory of what is now the State of Alabama).

"What for said services he never obtained any written discharge, he further declares that he never applied for, or received any bounty land for any other service under any other act. He makes this declaration to obtain whatever bounty land to which he may be entitled under the act of Congress passed September 28th, 1850 -- granting bounty land to certain officers and soldiers who have been engaged in the military service of the United States.

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Robert Thompson

Subscribed and sworn to before me the day and year aforementioned and I furter certify that I am personally acquainted with the said William Hollinger and that he is a credible man and the utmost reliance can be placed in his statement that he is a half breed; and highly rspected in community, and I further certify taht I am not concerned or interested in the Proscecution or result of the case, and that I believ the said Hollinger to have performed the various services specified in his declaration and that he is of the age above stated, and is a resident of the said County and State.

Robert S.Thompson

State of Alabama
Monroe County

Edward Steadham in an oath states that he is personally acquainted with the above William Hollinger and has been from his childhood, and know that he performed the service aforesaid having been engaged with him in some of the services named in his foregoing declaration and that said Hollinger is a truthful man and highly respected in community.

Edward Steadham

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Robert S.Thompson

Subscribed and sworn before me the day and year aforesaid and I further certify that said Edward Steadham is a credible witness and that I am not interested or concerned in the result or Proscecution of the case to which said affadavit and declaration is applicable.

Robert S.Thompson

State of Alabama
Monroe County

I, Charles Foster, Judge of Probate in and for said County and State do hereby certify that Robert Thompson whose genuine signature appears to the foregoing affadavit and declaration was at the time of signing the same and now is an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said County and State duky Commissioned and qualified according to law and that full faith and credit are, as such, due to him and his official acts, and I further certify that I am not concerned or interested in the Proscecution or result of the case in any manner whatever. In Testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and caused my seal of office to be hereunto attached, done at Monroeville in said County and State this 24th day of April A. D. 1854.

Charles Foster
Judge of Probate