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Re: Geo. & Wm. Cammack, RW Soldiers of Virginia
Posted by: Patrick Pearsey (ID *****9606) Date: February 04, 2006 at 18:25:41
In Reply to: Geo. & Wm. Cammack, RW Soldiers of Virginia by Mary Gregg of 296

I'm a descendant of John Cammack (ca.1743-1834) of Spotsylvania Co. Va. who would be a brother of your William Cammack Jr. d.1774. I've been following your research both on William and with the Cammocks of Essex County, England and want to thank you on your research.

I find William Cammack (1764-1824) son of William Cammack Jr. very interesting. He apparently was one of the original U.S. Marines in 1798. Here's what I've gathered so far on him. Please let me know if there are any errors or if you want to add anything to this.

William Cammack was still residing in Caroline County in April 1787 when the county paid him 6 pounds for his pension. He later resided in Norfolk Co. Va., spending the last 4-5 years of his life in Elizabeth City, Va. He received a disability pension starting in 1785. From 1794-1807, William Cammack of Virginia served in the militia as Commisary of Forage. When he tried to make a claim for 2,420 pounds of hay and 660 gallons of corn, the U.S. Congress turned him down as there was no such position as Commisary of Forage provided for by the laws of the United States during that time.

1798, July 11 - President John Adams officially signs a bill in to law, creating the US Marines

William Cammack was one of the original members of the United States Marine Corps, serving as a Lieutenant from 1798-1800. His last pension payment was dated September 4, 1798. First Lieutenant William Cammack's Marine detachment was at the Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia from October 4, 1798 to May 31, 1800. The United States was engaged in a War with France between 1798-1801.

In 1802 William became acquainted with Littleton W. Tazewell, a former Congressman, at Norfolk. Tazewell became Governor of Virginia 1834-1836. Tazwell gave told John Cammack in 1837 that "he does not think his brother William (Cammack) drew a pension afer his appointment by Gen. Washington. This appears to infer that William Cammack was appointed a Lieutenant in the United States Marines by George Washington in 1798. At that time, the recently retired President had been appointed a Lieutenant General in the Army by Congress. William Cammack stopped drawing a pension on September 4, 1798.

William Cammack is listed in the 1810 census of Norfolk County, Virginia. He was aged 26-45 and had another man the same age living with him at that time. The other man probably was his brother John. William owned 20 slaves at that time.

This man is believed to be the same William Cammack who in November 1812, was serving as President of the Dismal Swamp Canal Company which was located in Norfolk County, Virginia, where William lived. (Virginia General Assembly, House of Delegates, SPeaker, Papers, 1812, November 30)

The 1820 census of Norfolk County lists W. Cammack, aged over 45. He had a boy aged 16-18 in his household along with a girl aged 10-16. He owned 14 slaves in 1820. A pension request made in 1823 by William was denied less than 3 weeks before his death.

"Died - At Elizabeth City, N.C. on Friday, Feb. 20, Capt. William Cammack for many years a citizen of Norfolk. Buried in Norfolk. Formerly a Captain in the U.S. Army and subsequently in the Marine Corps." - February 24, 1824, {American Commercial Beaon and Norfolk & Portsmouth Daily Advertiser)

William Cammack left a will in Pasquotank County, North Carolina in 1824 (Will Book M1, p.406)

From the "Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, 1823-1824"

MONDAY, February 17, 1823.
Mr. Newton presented a petition of William Cammack, of Norfolk, in the state of Virginia, praying for a pension.

MONDAY, January 26, 1824.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims.
On motion of Mr. Newton, Ordered, That the petition of William Cammack, presented on the 17th February, 1823, be referred to the same committee.

MONDAY, February 2, 1824
Mr. Little, from the Committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, made an unfavorable report on the petition of Major William Cammack; which was ordered to lie on the table.

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