Foote relates that, among Presbyterian emigra- tions from Scotland to Ireland, to escape persecution for conscience's sake, during the period between 1610 and 1688, there were seven brothers bearing the same name of Alexander. For some months these courts were held at Charlotte; but for the convenience of the people for at that time Cabarrus formed part of Mecklen- burg , two other places were selected, and the courts were held at each in rotation. Unfortunately, the original was destroyed in 1800, when the house of Mr. The first sermon by a Presbyterian clergyman in that section of the county was preached under the shade of a tree at the side of his house. The gentlemen in possession of the records of the Quaker meetings, in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties, and the head of the Unitas Fratrum, or Moravian Brethren, cheerfully yielded their assistance.
In 1847 means were provided and a suitable monument erected over his grave, for which Rev. In April he was recommended by the Provincial Congress to the command of the Fourth of the six Continental regiments, which the Continental Con- gress confirmed early in May ; and the same month he was ordered with his regiment to join General Moore at Cape Fear. He was reputed an elegant and accom- plished scholar. We again declare and we invoke that Almighty Being who searches the recesses of the human heart and knows our most secret intentions, that it is our most earnest wish and prayer to be restored, with the other united Colonies, to the state in which we and they were placed before the year 1763. Jefferson required, and which would doubtless have been satisfactory had it been submitted to him. Neil Morrison's abilities soon commanded respect, and he was chosen one of the members of the Mecklenburg Convention in May, 1775. When General Greene took command of the Southern army in Charlotte on the 3rd of December, 1780, the commissary department was left vacant by the resignation of Colonel Polk.
My brother George Graham and the late Col. Robert Irwin was a distinguished officer, and performed important military service during the Revolutionary War. Garden was informed that the Declaration of Independence and the so-called Resolves of the Thir- ty-first were parts of one and the same proceedings on the i Qth and 2Oth. Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted by express to the President of the Con- tinental Congress assembled in Philadelphia, to be laid before that body. Brevard joined the expedition of General Rutherford in his professional capacity, during the Cherokee campaign. All of which seems very remarkable when we are told, in the same manuscript of Lyman Draper, that Jared Sparks, the historian, visited London in search of that copy of the Mercury in 1840-41, and of course must have made the acquaint- ance of Mr. Then the doubters shouted, with great glee, that they had found what Alexander was trying to remember when he wrote the resolutions which he presented to General Davie.
Kennon read the resolutions aloud in open court, to a large concourse of people; they were listened to with attention and approved by all present. Hugh teaches history at Central Piedmont Community College including courses on world civilizations and American history. Five sons and one daughter were the issue of this union, of whom John, Robert, Zebulon, and their married sister and hus- band migrated to the Yadkin and Catawba country about 1747, and settled in what was subsequently Rowan, and since Iredell County. He is said to have been a tall, handsome man, with fair hair, which he wore long and curling. He served as a private in Col. Stevenson borrowed the Cape Fear Mercury, Col. It is worthy of remark, that John McKnitt Alexander, the Secretary of the meeting-, Waightstill Avery, John Phifer, and Robert Irwin, who were conspicuous actors in the proceed- ings in Mecklenburg, were active and influential members of this Provincial Congress.
Hawks announced that the Mecklenburg Declaration was first published in the Cape Fear Mercury in June, 1775, which paper was still preserved in the Colonial Archives in England. Macon he is still living in the county of Elbert and State of Georgia. As Colonel of the Mecklenburg militia, he issued orders to the Captains of the several beats, or districts, to send two delegates each to the Convention in Charlotte on the 19th of May, 1775. He married Margaret Houston, and was long a popular hotel keeper in Charlotte. Some of his worthy descendants are still living among us. They would show much of the spirit and tone of thinking which prepared them for the measures they afterwards adopted. Armed only with a bow and arrows, he sallied forth on the dangerous adventure.
After it was read and signed, militia Captain James Jack is said to have carried it on horseback to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Unless otherwise indicated the specific electronic form of the document is copyright. All State and Chapter Officers please send your reports to Fred Learned at and copy not later than 16 January 2019. The members of the District Committee of Safety were John Brevard, Griffith Rutherford, Hezekiah Alexander, James Auld, Benjamin Patton, John Crawford, William Hill, John Hamilton, Robert Ewart, Charles Galloway, William Dent, Maxwell Chambers. He sub- sequently returned to Wales, where his son, David Reese, was born in 1710, and came to America when a lad about 15 years old. Thomas Polk, another signer, with a nephew named Thomas Independence, because born July 4, 1786. In 1796, Captain Wilson, having lost his wife, resolved on following his brother, Maj.
But Harris- burg was not laid out as a town till sixty-five years after. At the breaking out of the Revolution, Thomas Polk was the colonel of the militia, and the most popular man in Mecklenburg, and all his influence was exerted in behalf of the popular cause. Two hundred yards from Mclntire's was a thicket down a spring branch, to which Thompson and his party repaired. Thomas Polk, who died leaving him an only daughter. That Captain Alexander was unwilling to shed the blood of his oppressed countrymen is readily seen by the course he and other officers pursued in persuading Waddell to return from their camp on Pott's Creek across the Yadkin, both on account of the superiority of the insurgents, and the unwillingness of the men to engage them, while waiting for a convoy of ammu- nition under a small guard from Charlotte. I have often heard him speak of the 20th of May, 1775, as the day on which it was signed, and the 31st of the same month as the time of an adjourned meeting.
It will be found to contain much new evidence that has never appeared in print, and, we think, will remove all doubt as to there having been a Declaration of Independence by the Scotch-Irish of Mecklenburg on May 19-20, 1775. But in the inscrutable ways of Providence, he did not live long enough to see the warmest wish of his heart gratified—the independence of his country, for which he was ready, if necessary, to yield up his life in its achievement. William Read, Physician General to the Southern army, visiting him from the hospital at Charlotte. I am too blind to write fair, and too old to write much sense but if my deposition before the Supreme Court of the United States would add more weight to a truth so well known here, it should be at the service of my fellow-citizens of the county and State generally. Thomas Polk, and rapidly rose to eminence in his profession.
It was, however, in substance and form, like that great national act agreed on thirteen months after. Captain Jack also led his company in General Folk's brigade in April, 1781, joining General Greene at Rugeby's Mills, and serving a three months' tour of duty. When Cornwallis reached Colonel Folk's, on Sugar Creek, in order to save the burning of his home, the destruction of his property, and the suffering of his family, he was forced to take British protection, which merely was understood to protect himself, family and property from molesta- tion, without implying any pledge for sympathy or service. This appears to have been Colonel Folk's last military service. Ephraim Brevard, and William Kennon, Esq. The congress met on Sunday, August 20, 1775, and for lack of a quorum adjourned to the following day.
Cummings was born near Shippenburg, Penna. Macon of the Senate is collecting what information he can on the sub- ject. Scotch; a boar, passant, pierced by an arrow. Another brother, Robert Harris, will receive a special notice. His remains were interred at Rock Springs. Fortunately, Abijah Alexander, then ninety years of age, was still living, a worthy citizen, and long a member of Poplar Tent Church, who was present at the burial of his beloved pastor, and who could point out the precise spot of sepulture, near the centre of the old graveyard.