A soldier who fought in the American Revolution is buried in Honeycomb Cemetery in Marshall County, according to records found online.

He is believed to have lived the last 19 years of his life in this county. He, and later his widow, received a $100 a year pension for his service during the war for independence. 

The Revolution – America’s war for independence from Great Britain – was fought from 1775-1783. Alabama was not a state until 1819 and Marshall was not organized as a county until 1836.

The Revolutionary War veteran buried at Honeycomb is Thomas Cargill or sometimes spelled Cargile. He settled in this area after the war.

He was originally buried in Rogers Cemetery, according to Find-A-Grave. But that cemetery was apparently going to be inundated by the impoundment of Guntersville Lake. In 1937, his remains were exhumed by TVA and re-interred at Honeycomb.

In October of 1833, he applied for a Revolutionary War pension. His application was taken in the Jackson County Circuit Court at Bellefonte with Judge William J. Adair presiding.

The court records include Cargill’s own account of his actions during the war. Here’s what the record says:

Thomas Cargill, of this County, now in his 72nd year, personally appeared in open Court, and being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress of the 7th of June 1832:

"From the record of my age as stated in my father's Bible, & which I have not to produce, I was born on the 30th March 1762 in the State of Virginia – but before the revolution I was removed with my father's family into North Carolina.

"About April 1777, being about one month in my 16th year, I volunteered in Wilkes County, North Carolina and joined a company of militia which was raised to scour the Country in quest of Tories. I think this term of my service was three months, but from age and loss of memory I am not certain of it: I am sure I served at least two months and claim for that. I do not recollect my company officers – I served either under Colonel Knox or Herndon and under General Davis. I got no written discharge.

"A few days after my discharge from the first tour I volunteered in the same company as a trooper in Captain Joshua Towson's company of Light horsemen – I furnished my own horse & continued to serve in that Company until the spring of about 1781 – a term of above three years & ten months – but I claim only for three years & ten months for this service. Major Micajah Lewis commanded Towson's and was the only horse company of that County that I remember during the above period. My company was mostly on the movement in pursuit of Tories, ranging for the protection of the Country against them, & in expeditions in order to rout them whenever & wherever they were understood to have collected in bodies. One of the expeditions was to attack the Tories at Colston's [sic, Colson's Mill] on the Pedee [River] in South Carolina – another was to attack the Tories at Ramsour's mill, though we did not get there in time to engage.

"Toward the conclusion of this period, say in the summer or fall of 1780, our Company was enlarged – Major Micajah Lewis took command – Captain Joel Lewis took rank as Captain & Towson acted as Lieutenant.

"These officers commanded us in our engagement with the Tory Sale Coffee, whom we defeated in the hollows of the Yadkin [River]; & this re-encounter occurred afore our march under Colonel Benjamin Cleveland toward King Mountain – but after the defeat of Sale Coffee's forces, Colonel Cleveland sent me back to Wilkes County to assist my father in the blacksmith's work for the troopers & to collect provisions at which I continued until the troops returned from the battle of Kings Mountain [October 7, 1780] – when I joined my troop, went with it to the Moravian town, where we continued until about the spring of 1781, when I was discharged from the horse service.

"Afterward, & when the British were advancing through the Carolinas I joined Captain William Fletcher's company of detailed militia from Wilkes County to go against the British & Tories. We were under Major Lenoir [William Lenoir] & Colonels Cleveland & Herndon – part of the time under Colonel Locke – we were raised for three months. We were defeated by the British at Moravian towns where Captain Fletcher was taken prisoner with three of his company. I retreated & returned to Wilkes County – where I joined Captain Fletcher's new company which he raised on his escape from the British – we proceeded to join General Greene's Army – before we reached it we joined other troops under Colonel Locke [Francis Locke], – we joined General Greene in Guilford County North Carolina, who detached our company to go upon excursions against the Tories. Both of these tours were for three months – I think I served in them at least six months, but for certain the only claim for three. I performed services subsequently, – but as it was only on occasional parties I claim nothing for the same. The whole period for which I claim is four years three months & three years & ten months thereof as a trooper. In this I have not included a tour of about three months against the Cherokee Indians under Captain Sloan, Colonel Joseph McDowell & General Charles McDowell.

"At the close of the revolution I removed to Georgia where I remained until about 1816 when I removed to Alabama (then Mississippi territory) – where I have since & do still reside – I have been about seven years a citizen of Jackson County aforesaid which is the County of my present residence.

"I know of no one living by whom I can prove my revolutionary services or any part thereof except Captain William Fletcher, whose affidavit will follow. I got no written discharges, except one from the Cherokee tour, which I have lost.

"I hereby relinquish every claim whatever to a pension except the present & declare that my name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State – There is no clergyman resident in my neighborhood; & therefore I cannot procure the required certificate of any such person.

"Sworn to and subscribed in open Court

S/ G. W. Higgins, Clk S/ Thos Gargill"

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Captain William Fletcher, who lived in Alabama about 6 or 7 miles from Cargill, later swore that he "well remembers" Cargill as being part of their company and believed everything he had said to be true. 

He said he well remembered Cargill and from knowing him late in life could state "that he is & has been a man of integrity & good character fully credible wherever known. During & ever since the war said Cargill has been reputed to have been a good soldier & patriot – & so far as he served under affiant he knows he was such."

Later, in Marshall County, Cargill's widow Mourning Cargill gave testimony "that he resided in Marshall County Alabama for the last 19 years of his life excepting therefrom 11 months when he resided in Franklin County Alabama.

Thomas and Mourning's marriage license was issued in Marshall County on Sept. 13, 1845. Mourning was 75 or 80 when she filed for her Revolutionary War widow's pension. 

Thomas Cargill "departed this life" in Marshall County September 10, 1847; that Mourning Cargill married him in Marshall County September 14, 1845.

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I have information on the location Thomas Cargill's reinterment.

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