- By 1754, he was 19 and in what was then called Augusta Co., Virginia, and seems to have served as a soldier in the French and Indian War under George Washington. I would like futher corroborating evidence about this.
The following document selections appear in Chalkey as evidence of his service in the French and Indian Wars. It is not about Savage himself; it is a case about a land claim by someone named Richardson who served in George Washington's company during the French and Indian war during his expedition to Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh). Land claims were granted later to many who served in the company, but many apparently didn't get theirs. Presumably William Coleman now occupies the land. This is a record of depositions about the claim. Andrew Fowler is the only one left living at this time (1808), or has bought the claims of other patentees, and is now pursuing his claim. Therefore he has summoned others who can attest to his service. I quote a longer section from James Neal's testimony which describes Washington's defeat at the "forks of the Monogalia," that is, at what is now Pittsburgh. This comes before a section where John Savage is mentioned, and then a few lines later is named as a Captain in the company.
William Coleman, of Kentucky, vs. Richardson--O. S. 213; N. S. 75 --
Bill filed 4th April, 1808. 28,400 acres at mouth of little Kenawha was patented to David Richardson and others, Ist December, 1773, in consideration of military services of patentees in Braddock's war, in pursuance of Dinwiddie's proclamatton 19th February, 1754. This land has remained unoccupied to present time, but squatters have taken possession of parts of it.
Andrew Fowler, living in Bath County, is the only patentee living in Virginia. Orator has bought rights of following patentees, [ . . . ]
Certificates by Dunmore that William Bronaugh is entitled to 3,000 acres for services in the late war agreeable to proclamation of 1763 and wishes to locate it in Augusta County, on Ohio River, adjoining Dr. John Briscoe. Dated 1774. Andrew Fowler answers that he was a soldier at battle of Great Meadows and in Braddock's War. Sworn to in Bath County. Mary Horn of Spottsylvania County answers. She is sister of Wm. Magee, a volunteer in 1754 and 1755 in Braddock's War, and died in service. She was married 5th May, 1763, to Herod Horn in Spottsylvania County.
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James Neal answers. In 1753 encouragements were held out by the Royal Government to settlers on western waters. Washington, on his return from Venango in December, 1753, or January, 1754, met many families crossing the Alleghenies. The Legislature, which was prorogued 14th February, 1754, appropriated f10,000 for encouragement and protectron of western settlers. On 19th February, 1754, Dinwiddie issued a proclamation promising a land bounty to volunteer in the service and assist to expel French and Indians and help erect a fort at Forks of Monongalia.
A regiment under Col. Joshua Fry was immediately raised and marched from Alexandria, about middle or latter end of March, 1754. Fry died at Patterson's Creek, and command devolved on Col. Washirigton, who had been defeated at Great Meadows on 17th April, 1754, having been dispatched from Williamsburg to Fort Cumberland in February, 1754, and having taken command of one Company from New York and one from South Carolina, as well as some Virginia Companies which had been previously raised and stationed upon frontier, from whence Washington rushed into the western country, meets and defeats a certain Jumonville, one of the enemy only escaping. Washington finds that the French were turning out of Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburg) too strong for him to withstand, retreats to Great Meadows, is attacked and compelled to surrender to De Villiere, but marches out of his little fortification with honors of war and returns to Wills Creek, viz: Fort Cumberland. At this surrender Lieutenants Stobo and Van Braam were surrendered to that officer as hostages.
Within a year the First Virginia Regiment was disbanded, though raised again, or another in its stead, and that one or two other regiments were also raised in Virginia, prior to reduction of Fort Duquesne, for that was not evacuated by French until November, 1758. During that war one regiment was raised by Col. Washington, one by Col. Bird, and one by Col. Stephen, yet it appears the whole of the 200,000 acres were granted only to 90 men. The grant was made 15th December, 1169, by order of Council which expressly confines the claimants to the lands on Great Sandy and the Great Kenawha, and lands on Ohio waters between Sandy and Kenawha.
Neal went on the campaign with Dunmore in 1114 and resided on the frontier until summer of 1777, when he raised a company of regulars, joined 13th Virginia Regiment, and marched to the Grand Army of the U. S.
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It is proved by James Mercer, Esq., that two of his brothers, viz: George Mercer and John Fenton Mercer, were in services of this State, 1754; former as captain, latter as ensign, in Joshua Fry's Regiment, and served until Regiment was discharged. In 1755, on the expedition vs. Fort Duquesne, George Mercer commanded an independent Company, and John Fenton Mercer was appointed a lieutenant of horse, commanded by Cap. Robert Steuart. In the Old Virginia Regiment under Col. George Washington, that they both commanded Companies and served until John was killed, and George was promoted to rank of Lieut. Col. in Second Virginia Regiment, commanded by William Bird. George is heir-at-law to said John. Certificate of John Savage's military services. Joseph Gatewood's services as soldier in Col. Washington's Regiment, in French and Indian War.
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Thomas Morse was an old Revolutionary soldier and died at Cynthiana, Kentucky, about August, 1812. He was a soldier in the Braddock War and was there wounded in the hip. He was a drum major in Braddock's War and was at battle of Big Meadows under Captain Savage. Afterwards he kept a public house near Halifax on the Roan Oak. [ . . . ]