AN ASSOCIATION OF THE DESCENDANTS OF
REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIER &
PIONEER OF THE TUG RIVER REGION OF
VA, WV & KY
Cline Family Association
Avon Lake, OH
12th Pennsylvania Regiment
Revolutionary War Service
Peter Cline filed his Revolutionary War pension application in 1832 in Montgomery County, Virginia. According to Peter Cline's pension application, he was a current Pike County, Kentucky resident but had previously resided in Berks County, Pennsylvania during the Revolution. He enlisted with Captain Henry Miller and served in the 12th Pennsylvania Regiment which was formed in September, 1776. Peter further stated that he was engaged in the following battles against the British: the Battles of Long Island, White Plains, Trenton, and Germantown. He was probably engaged at Princeton as well. He then marched from the Wide Marsh (White Marsh) in Pennsylvania to Germantown, Pennsylvania, then to the mouth of the Schuylkill, then up the same to Valley Forge.
It appears then, that Peter Cline served in the Army from at least 1776 through September, 1778. Peter Cline's pension application, made when he was 76 years old, states that he joined the army in 1774 and left September, 1777. However, while he may have been part of a militia unit in 1774, he must have joined the 12th Pennsylvania Regiment in September, 1776, when that regiment was formed.
He also states that he left the Army in September, 1777 but this must be off by one year. The battles of Long Island, White Plains and Trenton occurred in 1776 and early 1777. However, the Battle of Germantown, and the Continental Army's involvement at White Marsh and Valley Forge, occurred after September, 1777. Germantown was early October, 1777; Washington's Army was camped at White Marsh (Peter says "Wide Marsh") in November, 1777 and the battle at White Marsh occurred in early December; the Continental Army then marched to the mouth of the Schuylkill, then to winter quarters at Valley Forge, reaching their 1777-1778 winter quarters on December 19, 1777. Peter Cline testifies that he participated in these marches, which occurred after he indicates that he left the service. Also, the Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey occurred on June 28, 1778 and was the last major battle in the Middle Colonies. Leaving the Army in September, 1778 instead of September, 1777 would coincide with the cessation of major hostilities in the North.
A Copy of Peter Cline's Pension Application
Montgomery County Court, Virginia, 1832:
On the 3rd day of Setember 1832 personally appeared before the court of the County of Montgomery, Peter Cline, a resident of the County of Pike and the State of Kentucky, aged 76 years, who being first duly sworn according to the law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832, that he enlisted in the Army of the United States in the year 1774 with Captain Henry Miller and served in the 12th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line under the following named officers: Capt. Henry Miller, Lieutenant Henderson, Major Patterson, Lieutenant Col. Potter, Col. Cook, Ensign Taylor, left the service sometime in September 1777, resided in Reddingtown, Barracks County and State of Pennsylvania at the time he entered the service. Was engaged in the following battles: The battle of Long Island, White Plains, Trenton and Germantown and marched from the wide marsh in Pennsylvania to Germantown in Pennsylvania, then back to Chestnut Hill, then to the mouth of the Schuylkill, then up the same to the Valley Forge. He herby relinquishes any claim to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the Pension roll of any agency in any state. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
Peter x Cline
And the said court do hereby declare their opinion that the above named applicant was a soldier and served as he states.
See Clines & Allied Families, at 32-33.
Cline Family Association
Avon Lake, OH