Several months ago another family researcher told me something interesting
about one of George Lail's (Loyl) daughters. In 1835 Eve Lail Franks gave a
deposition to the Federal Government to the effect that a Michael Leonard
had been present at Ruddles Station and was a member of the company guarding
the fort. This was an avidavit in support of a revolutionary war claim. I am
told there are other such affidavits. At least some of the statement covered
the captivity period.
As yet I have been unable to get a copy of the document but that seems like
an interesting avenue to approach.
As far as I know Virginia did not recognize these militia units as worthy of
Land Grants so the only bounty came from the National government in the mid
1830's pension I spoke of earlier. In order to qualify the applicant had to
be alive himself or have his widow apply as far as I know. I do not think
there was a provision for children.
Since a young man of 15 in 1780 would be age 70 in 1835 there is a high
probability that most of these pensions were for surviving spouses.
Thats it for now,