Nathaniel DACUS

Name of Patriot: Nathaniel Dacus NSSAR Patriot # P-143093
Submitted by: Craig J. Keaton

Nathanial Dacus was born in 1749 in Williamsburg, Virginia and died on 25 Mar 1835 in Greenville, South Carolina. He served as a Private in Captain Sylvanus Walker's Company, Colonel Nathaniel Cooke's Virginia Regiment

His second wife was Elizabeth Glenn, whom he married on 12 Oct 1789.

Some excerpts of Nathaniel Dacus’ pension application follow:
On this nineteenth day of March AD 1833 personally appeared in open court before the Judge now sitting Nathaniel Dacus a resident of the district and state aforesaid aged eighty three years, who 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 passed June 7 1832. That he was born near Williamsburg Virginia in the year 1749 – from thence he moved to the County Lunenburg, Va, where he first entered the service as a militiaman in the year (he believes) 1779. That his first tour was one of three months duration, under Capt. Edward Broadnax, that he marched to Williamsburg which was then the Headquarters & from thence to Little York, where at the expiration of his time, he was by his captain discharged, which discharge has long since been lost He was next drafted to serve a three month tour, which he did under Capt. Sylvanus Walker, was attached to the Second Regiment of Malitia commanded by Col. Nathaniel Cook [sic: Nathaniel Cocke], in the Brigade of Gen’l. Stephens [sic: Edward Stevens]. That he together with his brigade joined Gen’l. [Nathanael] Greene at Irvin’s ferry [sic: Irvine’s Ferry 4 mi W of present South Boston] on Dan River, Halifax county in Virginia. That he remained with Gen’l. Greene until the battle with Lord Cornwallis, at Guilford [Guilford Courthouse] No. Ca. in which he was engaged – on the fifteenth day of March 1781. That after recruiting about two days Gen’l Greene started in pursuit of Cornwallis.