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Alabama Revolutionary War Soldiers – O Surnames

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OAKS, ISAAC, aged 74, and a resident of Perry county; private Virginia Militia; enrolled on October 29, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $60; sums received to date of publication of list, $150.-Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34. He resided in Perry County, June 1, 1840, with Willis Osbourn, aged 81.-Census of Pensioners, 1841, p. 149.

ODOM, JACOB, aged 72, and a resident of Pickens County; private N. C. Militia; enrolled on January 28, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $20; sums received to date of publication of list, $50.-Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34.

OLIVER, THOMAS. “The writer has been told that the grave of this soldier may be seen near one of the public roads about six miles from Montgomery. His tombstone relates that he was in the War of the Revolution from Culpepper county, Virginia; he was at King’s Mountain and Yorktown. He died in 182- in Montgomery County, Alabama. Nothing more has been learned of his history or family.”-Mrs. P. H. Mell in Transactions of the Alabama Historical Society, Vol. iv, p. 558.

OSTEEN, DAVID, aged 73, and a resident of Morgan County; private N. C. Militia; enrolled on May 2, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $23.33; sums received to date of publication of list, $69.99.-Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34.

OTTERSON, SAMUEL, aged 80, and a resident of Greene County; captain and major S. C. Militia; enrolled on July 2, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $525; sums received to date of publication of list, $1,585.-Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34.

OTTERSON, SAMUEL, age not given, and a resident of Greene County; captain S. C. Militia; date enrolled not stated, but pension to date from Oct. 6, 1816, under act of Congress, March 3, 1809; transferred from S. C., March 4, 1834; annual allowance, $96; sums received to date of publication of list, $2,247.74.-Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34.

OWEN, JOHN, a resident of Autauga County; private, particular service not shown; enrolled on January 26, 1835, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $26.66.–Pension Book, State Branch Bank, Mobile.

OWEN, RICHARDSON. “At his residence in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on the 24th day of July, 1822, departed this life Col. Richardson Owen in the 78th year of his life. Col. Owen was born in Henrico County, Virginia, on the 14th of March 1744. He emigrated to N. Carolina in 1762, where he was appointed Col. Commandant of Randolph county. During the period of the Revolutionary War he retained this command and was for some time in active service. He participated in many of the interesting and painful events with the Revolution. Near the close of the War he resigned this command and re-moved to Va. on New River where he found a brisk partisan war kept up between Whigs and Tories.

“Devoted to the cause of liberty, he could not remain neutral in this conflict. The Tory party for a while appeared dominant and Col. Owen was selected as one of the victims of their cruelty; his vigilance and activity, however, enabled him to elude their grasp, but his whole estate (which was large) was swept away by them. They burned his house and plundered him of everything movable. Fired by patriotic feelings as well as individual resentment Col. Owen determined at once to crush this murderous band of unprincipled desperadoes. For this purpose he raised a volunteer regiment whom he commanded, and after many sharp conflicts he succeeded in killing, hanging and putting to flight these destroyers of his fortune and enemies of his country’s liberties. He carried with him to the grave all those feelings that animated the American soldier in the times that tried men’s souls.

“Though he encountered many privations and sustained losses which he was ever after unable to repair,’ still he felt himself amply compensated in the acquisitions of that liberty for which he fought and struggled and which he long lived to enjoy.

“Nature endowed him with a strong mind, which he retained to the close of his life. In his deportment through life his con-duct was exemplary. For more than 20 years he was a member of the Methodist Church and daily engaged in the pious duties of a Christian.

“He faced death with confidence and without fear, leaving an aged wife, five sons and one daughter.”-Obituary, written by Col. John I. Inge, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and published in the Tuscaloosa Republican, July, 1822.


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