Allreds in the American Revolution

1776 - 1783

Pension Application Records:
Elias Allred (son of Thomas)
John Allred (son of William)

Brazilla Allred 1922 Memoir mentions his Ancestors' Revolutionary War experiences

Many of our Allred Ancestors participated in the Battle Of Alamance

To our knowledge, all of the American Allred families were living in or near Randolph County, NC during the Revolutionary War.  Several of the men were American Patriots.  Some served in the Militia, others provided goods or services to the American Cause.  Two filed Pension Applications which are full of details.  For the rest, we have found Military Pay Vouchers and listings in the North Carolina Treasurer's and Comptroller's Accounts.

Some of the Allred men are clearly identified on the documents.  But, because there were several men / boys named William, Thomas, and John, it's hard to sort them all out or have definitive proof of which man is listed in each document.  In most cases, all we can do is make an educated guess based on our knowledge of our family genealogy and the ages of the Allred men during the war years.

Per the 1779 Randolph County, NC, Tax List, and other records, the following Allred men were "of age" to serve in the American Revolution:

Thomas Allred -  (born about 1725 - died 1810) one of the "original" men who first came to North Carolina in the 1750's

    Thomas Allred - born 1771.  He was once thought to be the son of Thomas Allred and many still refer to him as Thomas Jr. but more recent research lead us to believe he was the son of Solomon Allred (died 1782 Richmond County, NC).   Thomas would have been old enough to participate during the final years of the war.  (Documentation shows some boys as young as 12 years participated in the American Revolution.)

 Elias Allred -  (1757-about 1840) son of Thomas Allred (died 1810), estimated to be 21 years old in 1779

    William Allred - (1755-1827) son of Thomas Allred, estimated to be 29 years old in 1779

    James Allred - (1756-1847) son of Thomas Allred, estimated to be about 34 years old in 1779

John Allred - (born about 1725 - died 1792) one of the "original" men who first came to North Carolina in the 1750's

    John Allred - (1759-about 1810) son of John, 30 years old in 1779

William Allred - (1739-1825) one of the "original" men who first came to North Carolina in the 1750's

    William Allred - (1765-1849) son of William, 14 years old in 1779

    John Allred - (1764-1849) son of William - 14 years old in 1779

A William Aldred is listed in a document dated October 1781 titled "Men Over the Age in Dobbs County, NC" on file in the NC Archives.  This caught our eye and needs to be mentioned here.  On a 1762 land grant for the "original" William, there is a notation that a "cc" or copy of the grant is to be given to William Alred Sr..  This notation leads us to believe that the father of the "original" William was in North Carolina at that time.  We estimate that the "original" William was born about 1735, making him about 46 years old in 1781.  If his father was about 20 years old or older when William was born, the father would have been 66 or older in 1781, too old to serve in the Continental Army, and the right age to be listed on this document.  More research will have to be done on this to prove the connection, but it was a very interesting find.

Below are the documents we have found proving service during the American Revolution

Revolutionary War Pay Vouchers
Originals are on file in the NC Archives, Raleigh, NC, but only available via microfilm because they are so fragile.  Microfilm file # S.115.64 (Filed alphabetically so you may have to scroll through the microfilm to find them.)

 William Allred, Junr.        William Allred, Senr.        William Ellred

     Thomas Allred      Thomas Allred  

  John Aldred        John Alred        John Aldred

  John Aldred       

  Elias Allred 

North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts
Treasurer's and Comptroller's Records
Originals are on file in the NC Archives, Raleigh, NC, but only available via microfilm because they are so fragile.

Volume I

 Elias Allred is listed in Volume I, page 95, folio 4.  This volume report Special Certificates which were used by the holders to pay state fees for land entries made during the 1783-1784 in what later became Tennessee.  These certificates could be (and often were) sold for cash.  Special Certificates were given in exchange for services provided to the Continental Army and/or American Cause.  Services could include providing supplies, food, shelter, ammunition, information, etc.  These men may not have been actual soldiers or members of the militia, but did provide support to the American effort in some way, qualifying them as American Patriots.

Volume VI

  Thomas Aldred, C-137      John Allred, Volume IV, page 22, folio 4

  Thomas Aldred, Volume IV, page 23, folio 1

Volume IV lists the payments made to soldiers of the Third Chicamauga Expedition (Cherokee Indian Wars) 1776 - 1790.

Book C

  William Alred, C-114      John Aldred, C-124      William Aldred, C-114

   Thomas Aldred C-137

Book C details payments for militia supplies and services bought from 1779 - 1787.  Most likely, these records correspond with the pay vouchers listed above.

Volume XII

  J. Aldred, Volume XII, page 99, folio 2          John Aldred,       John Aldred

  Wm. Aldred, Volume XII, page 67, folio 2

This volume report Special Certificates which were used by the holders to pay state fees for land entries made during the 1783-1784 in what later became Tennessee.  These certificates could be (and often were) sold for cash.  Special Certificates were given in exchange for services provided to the Continental Army and/or American Cause.  Services could include providing supplies, food, shelter, ammunition, information, etc.  These men may not have been actual soldiers or members of the militia, but did provide support to the American effort in some way, qualifying them as American Patriots.