Dates: 1779

Collection Number: MS 5

Extent: 1 folder

Preferred Citation: List of Men who took the Oath of Allegiance to the Commonwealth , MS 5, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Biographical/Historical Information: On 28 June 1777 the General Assembly passed “An Act to oblige the free male inhabitants of this state above a certain age to give assurance of allegiance to the same and for other purposes,” and the House of Delegates directed that the public printer print, without delay, one copy of the Act for each magistrate within the commonwealth, together with a sufficient number of certificates, and send the same to the several counties. The Act provided that all free-born male inhabitants above the age of sixteen, except imported servants, were to subscribe to the oath on or before 10 October 1777 before the justices of the peace in their counties, boroughs, or cities and that the justices of the peace were to keep fair registers of the names of such persons; and before the first of January in every year following, to submit to the clerk of the court for the county a list of the persons who had signed. Upon signing, each person was to receive a certificate which read: “I do hereby certify, that   hath taken and subscribed the oath or affirmation of allegiance and fidelity‥‥ Witness my hand and seal this day of .” The presence of a copy of the oath of allegiance and of the names of the signers in George Gilmer’s Diary (the original MS has not been found) seems to indicate that George Gilmer was the justice of the peace charged with taking the oaths and keeping a record of the signers. From the last entries it appears that the record was cumulative through April 1779. Gilmer was a justice of the peace in Albemarle county, 12 June 1771 (“Justices of the Peace of Colonial Virginia,” Va. State Libr., Bull., xiv [1921], 109). [text from Founders Online, “Oath of Allegiance Signed by Citizens of Albemarle County, [1777],” Founders Online, National Archives, [Original source: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 2, 1777 – 18 June 1779, ed. Julian P. Boyd. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1950, pp. 128–130.]].

Scope and Content: This collection consists of photocopies of Virginia Magazine of History and Biography articles about the Oath of Allegiance, along with a photocopy of the name of the men who signed it. Also included is a typed letter from WG Stanard of the Virginia Historical Society to Dr. Armistead C. Gordon, Jr. of the University of Virginia, 4 August 1930, indicating that no one knows where the original document is located.


Below is the list of men who signed the Oath.

George Gilmer
Th: Jefferson
Saml. Bowcock

James Quarles
Jno Harvie
Dd. Morris

Wm: Lewis
John Coles
John Wallace

Richd: Anderson
James Marks
Matt: Maury

Peter Marks
John Harris
Mask Leak

James Bridget
John Jouett
Robert Cobbs

John Feilder
Nichs. Lewis
Thos. Gouch

George Norvill
Ben Harris
Jams. Woods

Nathl: Haggard
Saml. Dedman
Js. Reid

Henry Mullins
Jas. Hopkins
Ben: Lacy

Tucker Woodson
C. Sims
Wm. Tandy Senr

Isaac Davis
James Kerr
John Reid

Saml. Taliaferro
Michl. Wallace
Jos. Holt

John Day
Randolph Jefferson
Wm. Law: Benge

Mica: Chiles
Jos. Hail
Ben: Jordan

Richd. Harper
David Allen
J. Henderson Jr.

Wm. Barton
Charles Kerr
Wm. Barksdale

John Grier
Benj. Henderson
Thos. Thorpe

Js. Wm. Crosthwait
Thos. Overton
Hen: Copeland

R Dixon
Thos. Martin Junr
Richd Goldsby

J Marshall
John Wilkinson
Heron Gains

Dan. Coleman
Ben. Dod Wheeler
John Prince

Wm. Wingfeild
Peter Jackson
Castle: Harper Jr.

Chrs: Wingfeild
Henry Herd
Danl. Coleman

Wm. Leak
John Jouett Jr
Wm. Wingfeild

Mar: Haggard
Isaac Davis Junr
Chs. Wingfeild

Pet: Balieu
Philip Mazzei
Wm. Leak

Thos. West
George Sanders
Martin Haggard

Wm. Anderson
Richd. Gaines
Pet. Balieu

Ths. Anderson
Wm. Briscoe
Thos. Fantrees

Joseph Neilson
Wm. Carrill
Js. Mcmannus

Wm. Colvard
Robt. Sharpe Senr
Saml. Ray

Wm. Fossetts
Robt. Sharpe Junr.
Ab. Eads

E. Moore
Chs. Lewis Junr
John Fantrees

Wm. Haines
David Gallasby
Wm Sorrow

Ed: Butler
Isham Lewis
Willm. Fry

R: Davenport Junr
Henry Ford
Chs. Goodman

Wm. Irvin V. D. M
Wm. Sandage
Jos. Lamb.

Jason Bowcock
Wm. Chinault
Jo. Bailey

Henry Shelton
Thos. Musick
Rowland Horselee

Js. Minor
Saml. Huckstep
Richd. Harvie

Andr: Bryan
Jacob Oglesby
Alexr. McKenzie

John Fitzpatrick
John Wood  128
Robt Thompson Jr.

John Stockton
Thos: Collins
John Kearby  180

Josiah Wood
Arthur Graham.
John Black

Wittle Flannagan
Thos. Morgan
Wm. Pilson

Peter Forgarson
Chs. Hudson
Robt. Pilson

Nathl. Mcalester
Wm. Jeffers
Js. Epperson

John Henderson Jr
Richd. Scott.
John Lott

John Lewis Senr
Bernice Brown
Rhcd. Sharp

W. Langford
Wm. Statham
Robt. Burrus

Petr. Burrus
Stephen Hughs Jr.
Hen. Randolph

John Tandy
Horslee Goodman
Wm. Mcgehie

Richd. Goodall
Willm: Shelton
Saml Karr

Spencer Norvil
Lity. Sullevan
Saml Mccord

Orlando Jones
Castn. Harper Sr:
Wm. Karr

Nat: Morris
John Nukeham
Wm. Ramsay

Wm. Michie
Saml. Benge
David Nemo

Ths. Craig
Richd. Carter
Wm. Reynolds

John McColloch
Jo: Wingfeild
Richd Watson

Chs. Lil. Lewis
Hen: Harper
Thad. Reynolds

Wm. Johnson
Nichs. Hamner
Danl. Reynolds

Zacha. Mills
Jos. Terril
Frs. Browning

John Thomas
Danl. Goldsby
Wm. Rannald

Wm Hopkins
Richd. Davenport
Ab. Gollan

Clough Shelton
Chs. Tucker
Wm Cleavland

Saml Woodson
Wm Hickcock
Jas. Bird

Wm. Ballard
Francis Hoges

Ths. Jameson
 John  X Kerbie Junr

Geo. Mann
his mark

Danl. Millar  207
Fran: Taliaferro
21 Apl 1779