NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE SAMPSON
Volume XXIV, Number 4 ... 15 December 2002
President: Jerome Tew, 600 Gloucester
NC 27534 Phone….919-735‑4848
First V.P.: Kenneth Wrench, Wrench
Rd., Godwin NC 28344
Phone 910-567-6528 or 2821
Second V.P.: Joyce Bass Binkley, 506
Tanabridge Rd. Wilmington,
Secretary: Margaret Wrench, same as Kenneth
Treasurer: Jean Faircloth, 19 Barber Cooper Ln., Roseboro, NC
28382 Phone 910- 525‑4219
Editor: Jerome D. Tew ‑ same as above
Co-Editor: Micki Cottle
HH: Distribution: Bob Lewis and Jean
NEXT QUARTERLY MEETING
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, AT THE Piggly-Wiggly RESTAURANT, Jordon
STARTING 2:00 PM. Eat Downstairs and then go up an elevator for the Meeting.
The speaker will be Charles Ellis, Retired Navy Colonel
and member and former President of Olde Dobbs Historical Society for years. His
wife Betty also works in the Olde Dobbs Genealogical Society and is connected
to the Noah Royal, Denning, and King Family of Sampson Co. NC. He will
speak on Olde
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Lost Revolutionary War
Can you add to the information on these or their
families? Information collected from pensions, Pearce’s Register, Census, and
various family descendants. These men are believed to have lived some in Duplin
or Sampson Co. NC. If you can add to this file, contact the editor.
BARFIELD, Solomon, Private, North Carolina-Dobbs
Soldier was the son Richard Barfield of Duplin who died
in 1754 and left a Will. Soldier married Sarah Crow. He is listed in pay
vouchers for revolutionary service and served in Dobbs
His brother-in- law Isaac Crow served with him.
BLAND, Joseph, Private, N.C. Militia, NC.
Soldier was the son of William Bland who died in 1775
and is listed in Pierce’s Register. Soldier was born about 1760 and died about
1827. He is the brother of James and John Bland who also served in the
BOYET, Samuel, Private, N.C. Militia.
Soldier died in 1791 and wife was named Phereby. Sons
were John and Hardy Boyet. Soldier was the son of Moses Boyet and soldier was
reared in Dobbs
Two brothers listed in will of Soldier were William and Arthur Boyet. Moses
Boyet will of 1780 list only son Arthur.
BOYET, William, Private, N.C. Line & Militia,
Pension # R1115.
Soldier was born c1745 [Johnston,
later Dobbs, then Wayne
Probable son of Moses BOYT. One record gives his name as William B. BOYT. He m:
Jane (b. c1750 of Duplin Co., NC and d. after 8 March 1834). His brothers are
believed to be Arthur, Ephraim, and Samuel. William was taxed in 1814 in Duplin
Co. He was between 80 and 89 in 1830 and was still living in 1834 when he
applied for a Rev. War pension. During the war he served from Wayne
He was drafted under Col.
[James] KENAN and Capt. Hardy HOLMES for 3 months. He was sent to Fayetteville,
then down river to Elizabethtown in Bladen Co. NC. Then served a tour under
General [Thomas] EATON and Capt. Hardy HOLMES. Drafted for 9 months started
from Duplin County, he joined the army at Elizabethtown NC, and went on through
SC to Augusta then to Burke Co.[GA] where he was stationed. During his second
term of service, he was a spy in the Creek Indian Nation and fought at
Brier Creek [March 3, 1779], but was defeated and swam the river on retreat. In
his deposition he stated that he "dropped his gun to save a man from
drowning" and saved his life. He managed to catch up with one American
officer on the "Duplin side" of the Savannah
River in SC. One statement shows that he entered
service at the fork of Little and Neuse
rivers. He was discharged in GA in 1779. During his 3rd term of service, he was
drafted for 6 months just before the close of the war. He started from Duplin,
met army or joined it at Elizabethtown, marched toward the SC line then towards
Brunswick, crossed into NC twice, then marched to the NE river to the big
bridge about 10 miles from Wilmington. The bridges were gone, but they stayed
there 5 or 6 weeks. Col. McMUDDAY joined them. William was in the company with
Major [Abraham] MOLTON, Major James GILLISPIE. They left the bridge area
to ascertain the movements of the British, but the British had gone [August
1781] to Newbern. He pursued the British as far as Newbern, then returned and
helped mend the bridges. He was discharged soon after "Cornwallis was
taken"[Oct. 19, 1781]. He deposed that he "never received any pay
while in service" and was given $50 in continental money when discharged
in Newbern "and he give it for a piper" [Inn].
All total he served 18 months. He received no pension prior to 1834. He stated
that he lived most of his life before, during, and after the Revolutionary War in
except one year when he lived in Lenoir
on the Tuckaho. He served under Gen. ASHE of New Hanover, Major [Abraham]
MOLTON of Duplin, Col. KENAN, Col. Charley WARD, Stephen MILLER, Capt. James
GILLISPIE, Maj. James LOVE, Capt. Hardy HOLMES and Sgt. Joseph MAO (Moore) all of Duplin County NC. Also
General [Thomas] Eaton, Col. MALMUDDY, and Major HENDERSON. His Neighbors in
1834 were Robert MIDDLETON, Esq. Benjamin COOPER, Absalom BEST, Henry BEST,
Richard BRADLEY, and Rueben BLANCHARD. He was the head of household in Duplin
in, 1800, 1810, 1820, and 1830. In his deposition dated 1834 he stated his only
surviving child was Michael, (his son David BOYETT was living in AL
at that time). William d. after 8 March 1834 in Duplin
where his will was probated in 1835. William had at least 7 children:
Henry(?) b. est 1785 who married Elizabeth "Betsey" L., Patsey(?),
Dicey, married a Bradley, Rebecca who married a BEST, Priscilla(?) d.
before 1784, Michael b. about 1785, William(?) who married Polly, and David who
married Mary BRADLEY, daughter of Richard BRADLEY. It is believed that William
had son in laws named BEST, GIBBONS, Joseph WARD, Bradley, and David JONES.
BRADLEY, Thomas, Private, NC Militia.
Soldier was born on Dec. 25, 1762 to Richard Bradley
and wife Elizabeth Ashbridge Sharpness. Thomas married Elizabeth Taylor on
Sept. 29, 1782. Elizabeth
was born October 7, 1765. Issue: 1-Henry Bradley born June 6, 1783, married
June 3, 1823 Rebecca Alley in Summer TN. and died Dec. 30, 1830. 2-Daniel
Bradley born May 8, 1785. 3-Susannah Bradley born May 12, 1788. 4-Thomas
Bradley born March 28, 1791. 5-Luke Bradley born March 16, 1794. and
6-Elizabeth Bradley born July 12, 1800.
Isaac, Private, NC Line.
Soldier is listed in Pearce’s Register and in a 1779 & 1780 deed in
Duplin. Soldier was living in Dobbs with his father John Bracher in 1769. He
moved to Duplin Co. about 1780 and lived in the Sampson part of Duplin
Co. Soldier was born about 1749 and likely married to Dorcas ______.
Soldier enlisted 8 Feb. 1782 and died on 18 Sept. 1782.
Thomas, Private, NC Militia.
Soldier lived in Dobbs in 1769 and two sons, Jesse and
Ephraim are identified in Sampson Co. records. Soldier moved to Duplin in 1778
and lived past 1790 and is listed in the 1790c for Sampson Co. NC.
Soldier in listed in Pierce’s Register.
Arthur, Private, N.C. Militia.
Soldier is in Pierce’s Register and Soldier died during
the war. Soldier is likely the brother or father of Archibald Branch Sr.
Son of William and Elizabeth
Smith Bryan of Johnston
Wife Nancy Anne Dickson Issue: John, Rachel who md Gibson Sloan, Nancy Ann
1792-1825, Kedar, Needham,
Robert, Dinar, Ann Eliza, and Catherine Bryan. Soldier died in Sampson
Second wife, Anne Whitfield Bryan died in 1817.
BURKS, Charles, Pvt. Duplin Militia.
Listed in a 1800 deed as served. Issue: 1-Tabitha md:
Patrick Carr about 1775. 2- Hester Burks.
James, Captain, Duplin Co. Militia.
Captain James Butler is listed as serving in 1782.
James was born about 1750 and married Mary Williams
about 1785, she was born about 1768.
Soldier is listed in the 1790 US
Census as BUTLER
2 3 6
James was the brother of Major Robert Butler, William
Butler, and Charles Butler.
One son is identified as James Butler Jr. born about
John, Private, S.C. Militia.
Soldier was born in 1754 in Duplin, moved to Camden
the war and served down there, He settled in Dale
and died there. Soldier enrolled on January 10, 1837, under act of Congress of
June 7, 1832; annual allowance, $23.33; no record of any payments. John
was the son of John Byrd who died in 1761 and Catherine King Byrd.
Line, 8th Regiment
Soldier and Widow was deceased by 1838.
CARR, Archibald, Private, N. C. Militia.
Archibald Carr is listed on Pierce’s Register for the Wilmington
District and was the son William and Hannah Carr. William wrote his will in
1753. Soldier patented land in 1774 and is listed in a 1779 deed. Soldier lived
in Sampson Co. when it was created.
CARR, Jonathan, Private, N. C. Militia.
Soldier is listed on Pierce’s Register for the Wilmington
District and was the son of Thomas and Mary Carr of Bertie Co. NC and moved to
Duplin in 1772 and lived in Sampson Co. when it was formed. Jonathan was born
c1730 and married Patience Turner and at lease three children are identified.
1-Benjamin, 2-Turner Carr, and 3-Jesse Carr. Soldier died about 1799 or
early 1800 in Sampson Co. Also likely Patrick Carr of Burke and Jefferson Co.
GA were his sons
CARR, Patrick, Captain, Burke Co. GA Militia.
Soldier is likely the son of Jonathan Carr of Bertie and
Duplin Co. NC and gs of Patrick and Tamar Carr. Soldier fought at the siege of Augusta,
Battle of Kings
of Blackstocks Plantation. Soldier was later promoter to Major and also fought
the Tories and Indians. Legend says he killed 100 Tories during the war.
Soldier was murdered in 1802, likely by someone with bad feelings from his war
against the Tories.
CLARK, James, Private, N.C. Militia.
Soldier was the son of John Clark who died in 1767. Soldier
drew pay voucher for Revolutionary War and is listed in 1790c for Sampson Co.
and Pierce’ Register. James married in 1790, Mary Wright.
CLARK, Nathan, Duplin Militia.
Soldier listed in Pierce’ Register for the Wilmington
District and 1790c for Sampson
with four children. Nathan was the son of John Clark who died in 1767. Soldier
married Rebecca Byrd in 1785.
COOK, Reuben, Private, N.C. Militia.
Soldier was born 1760 and died 7-21-1856. He was listed
in the 1784 state census for Duplin Co. NC. He married Elizabeth Harrison.
DAVIS, Sampson, Private, NC Militia.
Soldier is in Pierce's Register. Soldier was born Mar.
12, 1755 in Edgecombe
In 1769 he may have been in Dobbs
and in 1784 he was in Sampson
He was mentioned at the first court session so must have been in Duplin. He
moved to Bladen Co. by 1785 and died there Feb. 27, 1840. Soldier applied for a pension in
Cumberland Co. in 1834. Do not know name
of first wife, second wife was Ruth Bryan/Bryant 1792-1855+ m. in 1815. Only
known son is Sampson Davis, Jr. he moved to Lowndes Co., AL. Soldier
is the grandfather of Isaac Davis b. 1805 in Bladen Co. NC.
DICKSON, Michael, Major, in SC and GA.
Michael was born June 17, 1731 in Down Ireland
and was the oldest son of Colonel John Dickson the Immigrant and Elizabeth his
wife. He lived in Duplin until from about 1745 to 1766, then moved to Pendelton
District SC. Married Sarah Neely. In the SC 1790 Census his is listed with
several in his family. Michael died in Pendelton SC on July 17, 1825.
Major MICHAEL DICKSON was five years of age when
he came to America.
When about 35 years of age he moved from Duplin Co. to Pendleton
but did not dispose of all his property in this County until about the year
1795. He was an outstanding patriot during the Revolutionary War and served as
an officer in SC and GA. He was also a prominent church leader and
served as an elder in his church for a period of 60 years. Major Dickson died
at Pendleton July 17, 1825 in the 95th year of his age. Children:
1-Robert 1750-1783, 2-Jane 1758-1842, 3-James 1763-1805, 4-Samuel Henry
1765-1835, 5-John 1768-1831 who married Lydia Tourtelotte, 6-Hugh 1770-,
7-Elizabeth Oct. 15, 1772, 8-William 1774-, and 9-Nancy 1776-1807. It is said
that he was the grand father of Dr. Samuel Henry Dickson who was perhaps the
most widely known physicians in this country during his time.
DUDLEY, Daniel, Private, N.C Militia.
On 27 Sept 1828, Daniel Dudley in DeKalb
gave an affidavit stating he served three tours of duty in the
Revolutionary War. Soldier was living in Sampson
in 1790 and had listed three sons and two daughters.
(Dunkin), William, Private, NC Militia
Soldier served under Capt. William Taylor and Col.
James Kenan, and according to Caswell's Journal, they participated in the Battle
of Moore's Creek
He is listed as being from Duplin
and receiving 1/8/0 pounds for serving for 14 days. Soldier served with
brothers Isaac and Edmond
At the 1790 census for Duplin
soldier was enumerated with two adult white males including head of house, four
white males under 21 years, four white females of all ages and three slaves.
Soldier was the son of Grace and Edmond
Duncan/Dunkan who was born about 1730 in Ireland.
Soldier was born about 1755 in Duplin Co. NC and married Anne Civil Kornegay
July 8, 1778 and died 1806 in Duplin Co. NC. Issue: 1-Edmond 1779-, 2-Jacob
1780, 3-Elizabeth Duncan 1781-1806, 4-William Jr. 1783-1833, 5-Isaac 1785-1823
in GA, 6-Rockcillary 1786-184x, 7-Catherine 1789-1820 in Wayne Co. NC, 8-Joseph
1792-1837 in TN, 9-Stephen 1793-1841 in Duplin, 10-Sarah 1794-1842 in Sampson
Co. NC, 11-Lewis 1798-1850+ in TN, 12-Anne Falkner 1800, and John Charles
1803-1863+ in Pike Co. AL.
Thomas, Private, NC Militia.
Soldier was born April 16, 1740 and died October 12, 1794
Soldier is listed in Pearce’s Register.
FOWLER, Daniel, Patriot, NC.
Patriot was born about 1724 in Nansemond Co. VA and
moved to Duplin about 1753. He died 1793. He married Mary Jane Rollins
about 1745 in Nansemond Co. VA.
His issue was 1-John born 1747, 2-Daniel Jr. born about
1752, 3-William c1755, 4-Richard born about 1758, 5-Peter born about 1752,
6-Elizabeth born about 1760 married RS Edmond Spivey, 7-Thomas born about 1771,
and 8-Francis born about 1774.
FOWLER, John, Private, NC Militia.
Soldier was born in Bladen Co. NC and was the son
of John Fowler and first cousin to the above John Fowler. Soldier moved to
Sampson Co. NC after the war. He married Hannah Sutton. Soldier is listed
in 1790c in Sampson with five males and two other females with wife. This
soldier had four sons and three daughters in 1800.
William, Private, Minuteman, NC Militia.
Soldier was born about 1755 and the son of Daniel
and Mary Rollins Fowler. Soldier is listed in 1790c in Sampson with one male
under 16 and 3 other females with wife.
GAINEY, Matthew, Private, NC Militia.
Soldier was born December 10, 1751 and he died May 12,
1832. He married in 1782 Elizabeth
Soldier is listed in the 1790c for Duplin with three
males and females and wife. Likely not all his or he was married twice.
GRAY, Thomas, Private, NC Militia.
Soldier is listed in Pierce’s Register and in the 1784-6
state census in Duplin with seven children.
GREEN, Lott, Private, N.C. Militia.
Soldier received from N.C. Army Accounts,
Vol. VI, Bk. 23, pg. 106, voucher # 56 from Duplin County for a principal due
of 13/19/6 pounds.
In 1784/6 special census for Duplin
he is listed in Capt. Stallin's District as an adult free white male head of
house with four white females of all ages.
Lott GREEN was b. ca. 1760/1766, and likely in Duplin
and was likely the son of John. John and Thomas made a deed to Lott ca. 1800.
Lott was married to Sarah ?? (DAVIS)
?? (FUSSELL)?? ca. 1785. He had a dau 1-Martha b. ca. 1786/87, a son 2-Samuel
b. ca. 1788, a dau 3-Rebecca b. ca. 1790, a dau 4-Elizabeth b. ca. 1792, a dau
5-Ann b. ca. 1795, and a son 6-James b. ca. 1798. Lott died in 1829 (will prob.
May 1829) in Duplin
Ann married Stephen WILLIAMS and Elizabeth
married Isaac BROWN. The other two daus
never married. All were in Marion
with the exception of Ann. Samuel married Catherine "Lettie" ? and
James married Nancy.
to work by William L. Murphy on file at the J. Y. Joyner Library, Greenville,
"Thomas Green made his will 1760. Wife, Elizabeth; sons, John, Joseph,
Thomas, Jr.; daughters, Ann, Elizabeth, and Sarah; son-in-law, Benjamin Hooker;
Daughter-in-law, Hannah Green." Thomas, Sr., is believed to be the son of
Farnifold Green, Sr., and we are trying to determine if
Thomas, Jr., is the Thomas Green of Duplin Co.,
father of John, Lott, and Rueben, also of Duplin Co. Any information on Thomas,
Sr., Thomas, Jr., or any of the above most appreciated.
David, Private, NC Militia.
Soldier is listed in Pearce’s Register.
Soldier was born c1747 and was the son of Hugh and
Elizabeth Whitehead Grimes and married Sarah Winders (1759), they
married February 19, 1777. James was the oldest brother
of Sampson and Joseph Grimes. 1-Son William Grimes, who died in 1837.
2-Son John c1788 married Catherine (Kitty) Frederick
in 1813. He died in 1837 at Stewart Co. GA. 3-Son Isaac 1799-1879 married Sarah
Wilkinson. They moved to Cherokee Co. Texas
about 1853. 4-Son Thomas married Lettice Kornegay and 2nd Jane
Frederick. Son Lewis, c1777-1837 married Hetty Glisson. He moved to
Stewart Co. and then on to Richland
GA. 5-Son Stephen B.
b. c1789 married Bethany Hines and moved to Dale Co. AL. 6-Son James
Grimes 1796 m: Sidney and moved to TN and then to Bastrop, Texas
before 1850. And 7-Son Bryan
Grimes 1802-married Mariah Best in 1828. RS James Grimes died in 1831.
Lieutenant Duplin NC Militia
Soldier served in the Duplin
Militia under Colonel James Kenan in 1779.
Joseph was born in 1756 and married Ellender _____, he
died in January of 1790. Sons: 1-Charles Grimes, 2-John Grimes, 3-Joseph
Grimes, 4-James Grimes, and 5-Thomas Grimes. Wife was pregnant when Joseph
died. Parents were Hugh Grimes and Elizabeth Whitehead.
Edward, Private, NC Militia.
Soldier is listed in Pearce’s Register. Soldier lived in
Duplin in 1790 with a wife and one son.
Ezekiel, Private, NC Line and local Militia.
Soldier was born in New
in the year 1759 - 2nd of February. He was living in Sampson Co. in 1790
& 1800 and later moved to Columbus Co. NC and then to Kemper Co. MS in
On this the 12th day of November, 1832, personally
appeared in open Court, before the worshipful Linnon Moore, Bythel Haynes and
Lott Williamson, Justices of the Peace for the County of Columbus presiding in
the Superior Court for said County now sitting - Ezekiel Hawes, a resident of
Columbus County, aged seventy-three years and upwards, 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 7th, 1832. That
he entered the service of the United
the following named officers, and served as herein stated:
1. "In the Spring of the Year 1776 (as well as can
now be recollected) it being about the time of planting corn, then a
resident of New Hanover County and the British then laying in two ships of war
below the Flats in the Cape Fear River. He became a volunteer in a
Company of New Hanover
Militia commanded by Capt. Thomas Devane and Lieut. George Roberson. Company
rendezvoused at Wilmington
marched to Old
and thence to Ancrum's plantation above Old
and on the British retiring were ordered back to Wilmington.
Some of the Onslow, Duplin, and Bladen Militias were in the service at the same
time and they were all under the command of a Lt. Colonel Routledge; there were
also some Continental Troops at that place under the command of Colonel Martin
and said to have been the first Continental Troops that were raised in North
Carolina. All the Troops at Wilmington
were commanded by General James Moore who he believed was also a Continental
officer. After remaining at Wilmington a short time, he obtained a
furlough to go home for twenty days, returned at the expiration thereof -
remained until after the British had left the Coast of North
Carolina, when he was discharged, having served three
months, the period for which he was called into service. He was paid at Wilmington
and received a verbal discharge.
2. Some time in the early
part of the year, 1779 as well as can now be recollected, he received
seventy-two dollars Proclamation Money from Captain James Morehead of Bladen
County, North Carolina, as a bounty to join what was called the New Levies on
the Continental establishment, it being understood at the time, that they were
destined for the Northern Army. The men enlisted in Bladen marched to Duplin
Court House, where they
were commanded by Capt. Robert Raiford. After being there a short time,
they were informed that their services were not then wanted and they were
accordingly furloughed for six months. In the meantime, proclamation was
made for the New Levies at the expiration of their furloughs, to repair to Elizabethtown,
in order to complete their term of service in obedience thereto, he repaired to
the place with the other New Levies. He was marched by Captain Morehead
to Purrysburgh, South Carolina, where the American army under General Lincoln
was then stationed - this was the first part of the year Capt. Morehead
delivered the men over to Col. Armstrong commanding the 5th Regiment of
Continentals in the North Carolina line. As
officers were so frequently changed or transferred, he
has no recollection to what company he was first attached. He was at last
attached to Captain (afterwards Major) Doherty's Company. From
Purrysburgh, they were marched to Black Swamp on the Savannah River, thence to
Col. Golphen's (?) plantation, between that place and Augusta were they crossed
the Savannah and marched three days towards the town of Savannah when an
express arrived there - oath of an informant that the British were pushing to
Charleston (April 1780). On this information being received, the army under General
Lincoln recrossed the Savannah River and made a forced march in order to
overtake the British (before) crossed with his army the head of Salt
Catchers and the Edisto
Before they reached the Edisto
the British had so blocked up the road by felling trees, that the American Army
was obliged to leave the road. Between the two rivers an engagement took place
between the vanguard of the American and the rear of the British army, took
twenty British prisoners, and some of McGirt's and Cunningham's (two famous
Tories) men. McGirt was wounded and Cunningham taken prisoner. After that
affair, the army was marched to Bacon's Bridge one mile above Dorchester on
Ashepoo River, thence to Stono Church, where they remained until the action at
Camden (16 Aug. 1780), where the Americans were defeated. He, Hawes, was
not in the Battle,
having been ordered to remain with the wagons-thence they returned to Bacon's
Bridge where our Company remained until the expiration of their term of service
when they marched to Strawberry Ferry (?) on Cooper
where they were discharged. He served in this engagement nine months and
received a discharge in writing from Col. Archibald Lyttle who was then our
Colonel or Lieutenant Colonel.
3. After the above detailed tour of Continental Service,
he was exempt from service for three years, by Act of the General Assembly, but
not availing himself of the exemption, he again entered the service, then
residing in Duplin County, as a private in a Troop of Duplin Volunteer Cavalry,
under the command of Captain William Vann, Lieut. John Matthews, and Ensign
Robert Merritt, belonging to a company of militia under the command of Col.
Thomas Bludworth, who were called into service for three months on order to
suppress the Tories who had collected in considerable numbers under the command
of Captain Peter Scarborough - they were subdued and Scarborough and eight of
his men were taken prisoners after he had been very troublesome and done much
mischief to the inhabitants of New Hanover County and the counties
adjoining. Capt. Vann, by order of Colonel Kenan of Duplin, carried them
in this state and delivered them to the keeper of the Prison at that
place. Before they returned from Halifax,
where he as one of the Company went, his term of service had quite already
expired. He received a written discharge for three months service.
Before the tour of service
above detailed, and shortly after Lord Cornwallis (February 1781) had left
Major James Craig in the command of Wilmington, orders were issued to Capt.
Vann by Col. James Kenan, to repair with his Company (of which he was a
private) to the Big Bridge (Blueford's) on the northeast twelve miles above
Wilmington, to guard against incursions of the Tories, and to prevent the disaffected
from going into Wilmington. The Company rendezvoused at the Big Bridge
where they were joined by a Company from Bladen, one from New Hanover, and
another from Onslow Counties all under the command of Col. James Kenan - In a
skirmish with the British at that place, who made an attack on Col. Kenan's
command and were defeated, a man by the name of Simmons, a private, was
killed. He received a written discharge for three months service.
The discharge which he received from the Continental service, he delivered to
one William Anderson, in order to receive his pay many years ago and knows not
what has become of Anderson
or the discharge. The others are lost. He has no documentary
evidence of his service and the only living witnesses of his service whose
attendance he can procure are John Fowler and Charles Hays. He hereby
relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present,
and declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of the Agency of any
to and subscribed the Ezekiel X Hawes
and year first
to the Questions Prescribed by the War Department as Propounded to
applicant by the Court:
(Born) in New
in the year 1759 - 2nd of February.
I have not. (record of age.)
(Lived) in New Hanover
(when enlisted.) I have resided part of my time in
Duplin, and I now reside in Columbus County, NC.
I enlisted once and was a volunteer in every other instance.
When in the Continental Service, besides the officers already named, I
acquainted with General Sumner, General Hager, Major Eaton who was the
of Armstrong's Regiment, Major Daniel Williams, Captain Hardy Holmes,
Raiford, Colonel Malmady. The general circumstances of my service are embodied
in my declaration.
This interrogatory is answered in the body of my declaration.
Joseph Gore, Colonel John Gore, Major Thomas Frink, William Gore, Joseph
Henry Best Esquire.
William Kemp, a Clergyman residing in the County
of Columbus and John H. White residing in the same, hereby certify that we are
well acquainted with Ezekiel Hawes who has sworn to and subscribed the above
declaration that we believe him to be seventy three years of age, that he is
reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a
soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion. Sworn to and
subscribed the day and year aforesaid. William Kemp John H. White
remaining items received from the pension file are summarized as follows:
On the same day, Charles Hay appeared, was sworn in and
deposed. He stated that he remembered that Ezekiel Hawes served with him
in a company of militia that were called into service for three months under
the command of Captain William Vann and Lieutenant John Matthews. They
marched to Bluefort
and were forced to retreat before a superior force from Wilmington
then in possession of the British.
Fowler also appeared and swore to the same.
The Court declared that they believed the applicant was
a Revolutionary Soldier and that the witnesses were credible. The Court
further declared that Charles Hay and John Fowler whose names appear in the
certificate were sworn in and subscribed to the above in open Court and were
Moore, Chairman Bythel Haynes, J.P. Lott Williamson, J.P.
Department Revolutionary claim January 26, 1833
Hawes was granted a pension of $50.00 annually which was to be paid
semiannually on the 4th of March and the 4th of September in every year.
It was paid in arrears to Sept. 4, 1832. Signed by Hon. James McKay.
Soldier married Bethany Vann, probably the
daughter of Stephen Vann, in Sampson
in 1797. Issue: 1-Nancy Hawes, born about 1800, married Walter Hudson before
1825, died after 1850 probably in Kemper County, MS. 2-Stephen Vann Hawes, born
about 1804, died in 1857 or 58 in Kemper County, MS. 3-Marian Hawes, born about
1806, married Gabriel Long before 1834, died before 1860 probably in Kemper
County, MS. 4-John Hawes, born about 1807, married Rebecca Ann Frink before
1836, died before 1860 probably in Kemper County, MS. 4-Dorcas Hawes, born
about 1808, married Joseph Carlisle, died after 1866 in Alabama. 5-Ezekiel
Hawes, Jr., born about 1813, married Nancy Jane Carraway before 1848, died
1850-52 probably in Kemper County, MS. 6-Elizabeth Hawes, born September 8,
1814, married Michael McGlone before 1837, died 1896 in Neshoba County,
MS. 7-Kinion Hawes, born about 1818, married Elizabeth Oden before 1840, died
September, 1850 in Kemper County, MS. and there appears to have been two more
daughters and one son which are not known. Soldier Ezekiel Hawes died in Kemper
in February of 1841 - one of four Revolutionary Soldiers to be buried in that
HAYS, Charles, Private, NC
Soldier was living in Sampson Co. NC in 1790. He had a
wife, one son, and two daughters.
Charles Hay appeared (In Columbus Co. NC Nov. 1832), was
sworn in and deposed. He stated that he remembered that Ezekiel Hawes
served with him in a company of militia that were called into service for three
months under the command of Captain William Vann and Lieutenant John
Matthews. They marched to Bluefort
and were forced to retreat before a superior force from Wilmington
then (1781) in possession of the British.
HOLMES, John, Ensign
Ensign Holmes served under Captain Jonathan Tayloe and
Colonel James Kenan in 1779. He was the son of Edward Holmes and is listed in
his 1761 will.
James, Private, N.C. Militia.
In N.C. Army Accounts, Vol. IV, Bk. G, is
voucher # 161, report 12 ‑ pay for Geese. In Vol. V, Bk. 176 is voucher #
3705 M for pay of 22/5/8 pounds.
In the 1784/6 special census for Sampson
he was listed with 560 acres and as a free white male. James Howard, Sr. was married
first to Edna Banner and second to Honour Everitt on October 30, 1805 in
Cumberland Co. NC.
Sons, 1-Edmund Howard was born abt.
1771 in DUPLIN Co, NC, and died About 1839 in HAYWOOD Co, TN. He married
EDITH MURPHY about 1790 in SAMPSON Co., NC. She was born about 1774 in
SAMPSON Co., NC, and died 1831 in HAYWOOD Co., TN. 2-James Howard Jr.
Married May 8, 1812 Ann McCullen
1795- the daughter of RS Bryan McCullen.
HUBBARD, William, Captain, NC Militia.
listed in 1784/6 state tax list for Duplin.
Jacob, Private, Duplin Militia.
Soldier was born 1749 and was the son of William and
Sarah Oliver Hurst. Soldier is in Pearce’s Reg.
JACKSON, John, Private, NC
is listed in Pierce's Register for Onslow
Soldier was born about 1738 and lived is Sampson
by the time it was formed. Soldier left his will in Sampson county in 1801. His
wife was Jane and his children are identified as 1- Lewis 1760-1823, 2-Fredrick
1765-18xx, 3-Allen 1768-18xx, 4-Nanny 1770-18xx who married a Hall, 5-Richard
1764-1822 who married Mary and left a will, 6-one child born about 1775, and
7-John Jackson Jr. born 1780 and married Elizabeth Tew.
JACKSON, Nathan, Private, N.C. Militia.
Soldier is listed in Pierce's Register for the Wilmington
district. Soldier was born about 1756 and died about 1823. Soldier lived in Sampson
Soldier married c1777 Morning and she is believed to have been the daughter of
Children are listed as 1-Fanny born 1783 and
married c1805 Joel Godwin who died in 1812. Fanny later married a Strickland
and moved to MS. Joel had three children who remained in Sampson; 2- Dickson
born about 1790 and married Sarah Underwood. Dickson died in 1834, Sarah in
1855; 3-Irwin born about 1786
and died in 1852. Irwin married Nancy Warren; 4-Susannah c1788 and married Sion
Barefoot; 5-Julian Jackson c1791 and married Alexander Tew; 6-Elizabeth Ann
Jackson c1793 and married Henry Godwin; and 7-Matilda who was born in 1799 and
married Osborn Tew who was born in 1795.
William, Private, NC Militia.
is listed in Pierce's Register for the Wilmington District.
Soldier was born about 1754 and lived in Sampson County,
his children as identified are, 1-Maredith c1776-1850+, 2-Josiah 1778-1814 who
married Mary, 3-William who was born about 1779 and married Sally, 4- Middleton
1785-1844+, 5-Rachel, 6-Polly, 7-Donaldson born about 1795 and died in 1819,
8-Phebebee, 9-Handy, and 10-Betsey Jackson.
Thomas JAMES was born c1750 in New Hanover Co., NC. He
died after 1793 in Duplin Co., NC. He married Elizabeth Hinton Rand, 14 Jan
1783. She was born c1762 in Wake Co., NC and died after 1817 in Duplin Co. NC
Children:1. Grizelle, died unmarried 2. Alice
b. 18 Apr 1786 md. William Robert Middleton 3. Mary (1st wife) b 9 Mar 1788 md.
Daniel Love Kenan 4. Elizabeth
(2nd wife) b. 14 Feb 1796 md. Daniel Love Kenan 5. Temperana md. Dr. J.
SERVICE: Thomas James was a Private in Captain Thomas Armstrong’s Company, 2nd
NC Battalion commanded by Col. John Patten and appears on the Muster Roll of
the American Revolution in January and February 1778.
SOURCE: Colonial and State Records , NC Vol. 5, pp 164, 165 The Kenan Family by
Alvaretta Kenan Register, 1967, p. 241
Submitted by: Barbara
JOHNSON, Joel, Private, N.C. Militia.
Soldier married Aug 21, 1777 Temperance Green and later
married Rachael Magee, who likely was a Crumpler. Children: 1-Enoch Johnson,
2-Jacob Johnson, and 3- Joshua Johnson. Other children? John, Reuben, Lott and
Patsy. Soldier lived in Sampson
in 1790 and to about 1828.
Jethro, Private, N.C. Line.
Soldier is listed in Pierce'S
Register as a Soldier. No other information. He is believed to have
been the brother of Elisha Jones and born in Dobbs
Jethro Jones was born about 1758. Oral family history states that Jethro
Jones came to this country and fought in the Rev. War under General George
Washington and that he married an Indian woman by the name of Wannetta
Soldier died about 1790.
Stephen, Private, NC Militia.
Soldier lived in Duplin in 1790. Soldier is listed in
Thomas, Private, N.C. Continental Line.
Soldier was born August 20. 1763
in Carteret Co. NC and drew a pension in Duplin
for his war service. He was placed on the roll 5 Feb 1834 at $40 per annum. He
was then age 72 years and was still living in 1840. He died February 5,
1851 in Duplin Co. NC.
Soldier was married to a Sarah ? Issue: James 1785,
Joseph 1786, John 1788, David 1790, Felix 1792, Samuel 1794. He then
married 24 Oct. 1796 Nancy Bishop dau. Of Robert Bishop and they had 10
children. Robert 1798, Rhilly 1799, Dilly 1802, Mary 1803, Sarah
1805, Catherine 1808, Henry 1809, Nancy
1812, Susan 1814, and Rebecca 1817.
Patriot Soldier of North
Frederick Lanier b. c1745 Brunswick County, Virginia, d.
c1805 in Pendleton District, S. C. His wife's name is unknown, but
it is possible that she was Mary Nance, as her sister Sarah married John,
brother of Frederick;
also the name Mary occurs frequently in the family. He was hard to
follow; he was in Duplin
N. C. in 1764, Bertie
(N. C.) 1777, in Waren
N. C. in Nov. and Dec. 1787. He received a Revolutionary Voucher,
No. 1638 from the Halifax District, N. C. for L 14-15, not stated whether for
military duty or aid to the War. He was living when his father
Benjamin Lanier wrote his will Sept. 1790, but did not attend the Estate Sale.
In the late 1790's he bought land in the Pendleton District of S. C., and
appeared in the 1800 census with a wife born before 1755, living 1810, two
sons, three daughters. Children identified are 1-Robert c1776, 2-Bird c1778,
and 3-Mary c1788. Frederick’s
mother was Elizabeth Warren.
MAGEE or McGEHEE,
William, Private, Duplin Militia.
William McGehee (Magee-MeGee) was living in Edgecombe
as early as 1733. He was Sheriff of Edgecombe
in 1748. He moved to that part of Duplin which became Sampson
about 1750. He married Anne Moore, the daughter of Joseph
Issue: 1-James McGehee (died 1820) married Peggy Ayers
and lived in Marboro SC; 2-a daughter who married a Mr. Hodges; 3-a son who
married and lived in South Carolina; 4-Hartwell McGehee; 5-Martha McGehee who
married the Reverend Evans Pugh; and 6-Elizabeth McGehee (1760-1849) who
married James Harrington.
(Knolty) Josiah, Lieutenant, NC Militia.
Soldier served in the Duplin Militia in 1777
under Captain Elias Faison and lived in Sampson
in 1790 with a wife and four children. He appears to be about 33 years old and
born about 1757. Soldier is listed in the Pension application of John Wright
Jr. as Lt. Josiah Knolty.
WILLIAMS, John Joseph, Chaplain
There were six men named Joseph Williams in the 1790
census for Sampson and Duplin and several in NC are listed as soldiers in the
Revolutionary War. Family researches indicate that Rev. John Joseph Williams
served as a chaplain. He was mostly called Rev. Joseph Williams.
He was sent in 1776, by the Colonial fathers, to Anson
Co. to teach. We do not know how long he stayed but he apparently lived mostly
in Sampson and did not move his family from Sampson Co. to Anson Co. NC until
Joseph Williams, the Immigrant, was raised some
in an orphanage, his father died when he was quite young and he was bound
out to a man by the name of Paul (Powell) as a boy and was treated so cruelly
that when he was twelve years of age a friend by the name of Mewborne told him
that he was old enough to choose his own guardian. Mr. Mewborne went with
him before the magistrate and assisted in arranging the papers releasing
him from Mr. Paul (Powell.) Joseph Williams then chose Mr. Mewborne as
his guardian. Later they sailed for America
and settled in eastern North
Carolina. Joseph lived
with his kindred and Mr. Mewborne until he was twenty-one years of age and
then married his daughter, Martha Mewborne. Later parts of the Mewborne
and Williams families moved to Edgecombe, Dobbs, and Northern counties, North
Carolina. Joseph and
Martha were the parents of a number of children, namely: Newbourn, Rebecca,
James, William Williams 1796, Lemuel 1788, Parrot, Henry, Joseph Williams,
Jr. and Martha Bennett who married William Bennett and later died.
He also had a son named Hezekiah named in his will.
This soldier lived in Sampson and is not connected to
the other Joseph William Jr. who served in Duplin during the Revolutionary war
with his brother Aaron. This soldier was born in 1748 and moved his family to
Anson Co. NC and died there in 1825 after leaving his Last Will and Testament.
Duplin-Sampson NC Revolutionary
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Sampson Co. CourtMinutes
1784-1800 or 1820-1830. Price is $38.
Sampson Co. CourtMinutes
1800-1810. Price is $33.
Sampson Co. Court Minutes 1810-1820.
Price is $35.
Sampson Co. 1850 or 1860 US
Census. Price is $22.50.
Sampson Co. 1870 US Census. $28.
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