Yancey County - Revolutionary War Families

Yancey County, North Carolina Genealogy  NCGenWeb Project

Updated April 29, 2021

                                Yancey County - Revolutionary War Families

                                           by Beth Bradford-Pytel



Veterans of  the Revolutionary War [1775-1783] who settled in the MAY [Madison / Mitchell / Avery/ Yancey ] region of the Toe River Valley.


With the continual development of North Carolina and the western frontier, very few Revolutionary War veterans were actually born in the "MAY" area of the Toe River Valley.   Most veterans who settled in this area participated in the Southern Campaign; some of whom were Overmountain men, many of  whom participated in the Battles  of Kings Mountain and Guilford Courthouse.  In addition to pensions, many veterans and their widows were given bounty land grants in the western territory as compensation for service.


"MAY" Area Revolutionary War Soldiers:

John Allen*, David Baker, Richard Baker, John Biddix [Bitticks], John Blalock, William Barjonah Braswell, Samuel Bright, George W. Byrd*, Isaac Cook, Martin Davenport, William Davis, John Edwards*, William Guthridge Garland*, William Gragg, John Green, Benjamin Hensley, Henry Hensley*, Hickman Hensley, Ananias Higgins*, Adam Hoppes,  Zephaniah Horton*, James Jennings, Joseph Jones, William Jones, Martin Maney*, Richard Matlock, Malcolm McCourry*; Arthur McFalls, Redmon McMahon, Jonathan McPeters, William Melson*, James Morgan, Blake Piercy, Thomas Reed, Robert Sevier, George Silver, Jonathan Tipton*, Edward Waldrope*, Moses Washburn, William Wiseman, Thomas Wiseman.


In 1840, a Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary War Service2 was taken and the following 6 veterans alive in Yancey Co.:

  • Zephaniah Horton, Sen................ age 79  ..........  Z. Horton, Sen. - head of household

  • John Green ..................................age 73  .......... James Buchanan - head of household

  • Edward Waldrop..........................age 90 ...........  Solomon Waldrop - head of household

  • Jonathan McPeeters..................... age 84 ...........  Charles McPeeters - head of household

  • Thomas Reede..............................age 84 ...........  Thomas Reede, Sen.  - head of household

  • John Blaylocker, Sen.................... age 78 ........... John Blaylocker, Sen. - head of household

NOTES:  1)  The Heritage of the Toe River Valley - Avery, Mitchell, Yancey Co., Vol. I, 1994, Soldiers of the Rev. War, pgs 85-98.
2) A Census of Pensioners for Rev. or Military War Service, 1841, pg. 141.  *Names with asterisks have featured articles below.
ABOVE PICTURE: The Battle of Guilford Court House, by H. Charles McBarron, 1781
Southern Campaign Revolutionary War Pensions/Statements hosted by SCAR SouthernCampaign.org


ALLEN, John [1756 - bef. 1853] was born in Scotland.  At the age of about 14, he immigrated to the colonies landing in North Carolina and took up residence in Wake Co.  In 1775, he participated in the organization that drew up the Mecklenburg [or Charlotte Town] Resolves against the British Crown which declared that all laws originating from the King are null and void and that the only legitimate government is the Continental Congress.  John first enlisted as Pvt. in January or February of 1778 for the local militia of Wake Co. for 4 months.  He served under Captain Hutson of Guilford County fighting against Tories.  In June 1778, he enlisted with the regular Continental Army for NC serving under General Nathanial Green and General Horatio Gates participating on the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.  His pension application explained that after the "great" battle [Guilford Courthouse], he became ill and incapacitated for some time and could no longer serve.  After discharge, he continued to be sick.  John declared his total service was 3 -4 years plus 4 months as a local militiaman.  Because John had no official records to prove his service for his pension application, Rev. William Jones Lewis and Rev. J. Wheeler of Yancey Co., NC attested on his behalf.  Both clergymen certified they were well acquainted with John, agreed he was 95 years of age at the time of application [October 13, 1851]  and concurred he served in the Revolutionary War.  His pension was granted in the amount of $46.66 annually based upon 14 month of service.  After discharge  in 1794,  John settled in the Prices Creek area of  Yancey Co.  He married Mary "Polly" Turner and owned a farm and mill on their property  "John Allen's Mill creek."   There are 3 Allen cemeteries in the Prices Creek township of Yancey Co.  It is suspected his unmarked grave could be located in Allen Cemetery Phipps Creek.

NOTESsee pension document No. S6481 - 1 pg.; The Heritage of the Toe River Valley, Vol. I, 1994, Soldiers of the Rev. War, pg 65.


BYRD, George W. [1730-1817?]  George William Byrd was born in the Richmond, Virginia area.  He enlisted with the Virginia militia and personally witnessed the surrender of General Lord Cornwallis in Yorktown, VA on October 19, 1781*.   George is listed in the "Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution" serving as 2nd Lt. in the VA Militia.   He aspired to Colonel serving in the Middlesex Co., VA Militia.  He can be found on the 1792 Tax List for Montgomery Co. VA.    He also served as a scout in Washington's Army assigned to guard the transfer of funds in gold from the French to support the American cause.  George married Margaret Annie Hutson [Hudson] in 1778.   Their first few children were born in VA.   Based on Revolutionary Army accounts, George used his war service money to buy land in North Carolina.  About 1796, he and his family migrated to the western frontier of North Carolina, settling in the Jacks Creek area  of  what is now Yancey Co. until their deaths.  The Byrd and Hudson family lore embrace the story that Margaret Annie was sent off to live with relatives in Charleston, South Carolina keeping them apart.   George followed her and they were married at her aunt's home in Charlestown (Charleston), South Carolina.   George died about 1817 and wife "Annie", who never remarried, raised their children [William Kimsey, Annie, Rev. Samuel Dempsey, Levica Keziah, and others] alone and remained in the  Jacks Creek area until her death bef. 1850 census.   Son William Kimsey served in the War of 1812 as Pvt.  for the 3rd NC Militia;  George and Annie's  graves are located at the The Byrd Family Cemetery in Jacks Creek, Yancey Co., NC.  

NOTES:  Photo of his tombstone    *The Heritage of Old Buncombe Co., NC, Vol. II 1987, pg 60-61.


EDWARDS, John Sr.,  [1750-1833]; born in Baltimore Co, Baltimore, Maryland.  His pension record shows that he initially enlisted in Bedford Co., VA and served 4 additional tours thereafter.   John was a Sgt.  in  Colonel William Christian "Christy's" Co. for the Maryland line along with Captain Buford for fifteen months and fifteen days.  In 1776 he marched from Bedford, VA to South Carolina; he fought against the Cherokee, Creek  and Shawnee Indians on the frontier; he served under General Gates and General Nathaniel Green; achieved the final rank of Major in the Militia.  In 1770, John married Ruth Crabtree [b. abt. 1753 - d.  1845 ] in Bedford County, VA.  Ruth had a brother residing in the western part of North Carolina [now Yancey Co.] and it is believed for this reason, John and Ruth migrated to that area on or about 1790 after the war.   Two years later, on July 1792, John and Ruth were granted the first divorce shown in the Buncombe Co. records.  The land deeds indicate that John was awarded all the land they owned jointly consisting of several hundred acres; Ruth received a roan mare and a feather bed.   Some of John's other duties post the war were listing taxes for his district, Constable of the county, committee member for road surveys.   After their divorce,  Ruth and the  children remained in Yancey Co.;  John moved over to Jonesboro, Washington Co., Tennessee where his sister Mary and her husband, Capt. Christopher Taylor [Taylor's Pension #R10420],  ran a boarding house built abt. 1777.  General Andrew Jackson lived in this house from 1788-1789 while practicing law in the area.  The Christopher Taylor log cabin [photo] has been preserved by the historical society and stands in downtown Jonesboro.   On September 9, 1833 at 83 years of age, John applied for a war pension (application #W19222) receiving $77.50 per year.  When he died, ex-wife Mary Ruth Crabtree applied for a widow's pension and was approved to receive the same amount until her death November 16, 1845.  

NOTES:  John Edwards' service is mentioned in  *The Heritage of Old Buncombe Co., NC, Vol. II 1987, pg 60-61.

see pension documents No. R10420 - 8 pgs.


GARLAND, William Guthridge  [1753-1848]; born in Halifax Co., Virginia.  He enlisted as Pvt. in Westmoreland Co., VA in Co. 6, 3rd VA Regiment and aspired to the ranks of Captain*.  According to a Virginia newspaper, he was listed as a deserter in Georgia.  He lived in Rowan Co., NC and moved over to Carter and Washington Co. [now Unicoi], TN for a brief time.  In 1805 , he moved back over to NC permanently settling in the Red Hill area of  Yancey Co., [now Mitchell Co.] NC.   On September 26, 1778, he married Bridgett Hampton [dau. of Ezekiel Hampton and Jane Griggs]  in Rowan Co., NC.    In 1837, Guthridge was elected as county trustee.  William and Bridgett are buried at the Old Garland Cemetery, Red Hill, Mitchell Co., NC.  His tombstone, provided by the D.A.R.,  indicates PVT. NC Militia.  Revolutionary War Marker - Rowan Co. NC Militia: Wm Guthridge, Joseph, Samuel;  NC Continental Line:  John, Elisha, Humphrey Garland.

The Garland Story by Martha Garland Tibbs.

NOTES:  The Heritage of Old Buncombe Co., NC, Vol. II 1987, pg 60-61.


HENSLEY, Henry "Harry" [1755 - 1822]  Harry was born about 1755 in Albemarle Co., Virginia and the son of Benjamin Hensley (b. 1737) and Elizabeth ___ of Albemarle/ Louisa/ Henry Co., VA; grandson of Benjamin Hensley (b. 1706) and Elizabeth Hickman of King George / Hanover / Louisa Co., VA. In the 1760’s, Henry and his parents and siblings moved from Virginia into Northwestern NC and settled in Rowan Co. which became Surry and now Stokes.  This is where the Hensley family met the Charles Angell Family and three of Charles' daughters married Hensley sons.  About 1773, Harry married Barbara Angel in Surry Co., NC  [b. abt. 1775 - d. 1852; d/o Charles Angel and Sybella Cummings, a proven daughter by his Will of 1773].   The family moved back across the state line into neighboring Henry Co. VA (proven by 1778 tax list) at which time Harry served as Sgt. in the 14th Regiment of the Continental Line. A 1781 list from Henry Co., VA showed that he and his brothers, Benjamin and Hickman, were noted on the "Muster roll of Colonel Penn" marching to the aid of General Nathaniel Green in Captain Jonathan Hanby's Co. [Hanby's Pension #W4687] under Col. Abram Penn's command to take part in the Battle of Guilford Court House ("History of Henry County, Virginia", p. 13, also cited in" Families of Yancey County", Vol. V, No. 1, p.6). In exchange for his service, Harry was given a land grant of 200 acres on the American Frontier by the Commonwealth of Virginia, warrant #3363. The warrant was made out to "Henry Henly” and noted that he was a Sergeant in the Virginia Continental Line Militia. When the War was over, the family continued to live in Henry Co., VA as proven by the 1783/1784 tax lists. Around 1787 (per the Burke Co., NC State Census), the family moved back to NC and settled in the Caney Branch area of now Yancey Co., NC.  In the 1790’s, Henry and his brothers Hickman, James, John and Colbert participated as jurors marking off roads in Burke (which became Buncombe (now Yancey and Madison) into the wilderness of that area for settlement.  On June 22, 1791, Burke Co., NC land entry #31 showed Henry "Hinsley" entering 200 acres on the "Ball Mountain Creek."  Entry #32 was for his brother James "Hinsley" and Entry #36 for brother Hickman. Brothers Henry, Jno, James and Hickman Hensley appeared in the 12th Company of Burke Co., NC for the 1790 Census. This area became Buncombe Co., NC in 1792.  Per the Buncombe Co., Record Book #2, Section 1, showed Henry Hensley receiving 200 acres from the State of NC on May 12, 1794, and filed with the court on December 22, 1796, on Bald Mountain Creek near the waters of the Caney River beginning near the mouth of Sang Fork.  Henry appeared on page 172 of the 1800 Buncombe Co. Census; pg. 253 of the 1810 Buncombe census as Harry Hensley; and page 100 of the 1820 Buncombe Co., NC Census.  There is no death record or information on the actual date and cause of death for Harry but it is believed he died shortly after sale of “Dice”, a young female slave, sold to "William Hensley"  (his son) for $500 and signed on August 23, 1822.  Harry also sold his parcel of land to his son William, ensuring he would take care of his wife.  After the death of Harry, the 1830 Buncombe Co. census showed youngest son, "William A. Hensley" as head of  household taking care of his mother Barbara, sister Zania, Dice, his wife, Lucinda Higgins (d/o Holland Higgins) and children.  Sometime before 1850, Barbara and Zania moved with William A. and family to Spivey Mountain in Washington Co. (now Unicoi). suspected to be buried at the Old Hensley Cemetery #3. (Plot #102).


CENOTAPH COMMENTARY:  The marker for Harry Hensley at the Hensley Cemetery in Bee Log, is commemorative and not the actual burial location.  He was most likely buried near or on his land located on Bald Creek which parallels now US Highway 19.  This area was the early Caney River Settlements where most early Yancey Co. residents settled and roads were being constructed into the wilderness and Harry and his brother worked as jurors for roads.  According to the Northeast Early Buncombe Co. Land Records, is shows the location of Harry's parcel and his son's parcel (Washington) was directly across from his.  Part of the confusion of Harry's burial is that there are two Bald Mountain creeks which changed names interchangeably over time. Currently there is a Bald Mountain Creek which parallels Route 1395 from Wolf Laurel to Bee Log and the other is (Big) Bald Creek which parallels US Hwy 19 heading into Burnsville where Harry's 200 acre parcel was located (see map link below). Furthermore, in 1822 (when Henry died), the only landowner near where this cemetery currently sits was Pitman Williams and most of the land nearby in Bee Log was wilderness with limited development and ownership.

NOTES:  tombstone photo courtesy of Mike Shelton;  Yancey Co., NC;  Local descendants installed a tombstone to mark his grave; Commemoration was held on October 2007.


    MORE INFO               PATRIOT GRANT #3363 - July 28, 1784               DEED 200 ACRES 1796      


    BILL OF SALE- Dice Aug 1822            200 ACRES SOLD TO  WILLIAM HENSLEY OCT 1820  


   PLAT #3563 - May 12, 1794 -  200 acres           MAP Marking Cemeteries and Henry's PLAT  




   SYBELLA ANGEL WILL              WILL SYBELLA ANGEL - Original   


HIGGINS, Annanias  [1763 - abt. 1840]  was born in Guilford Co., North Carolina and was the son of William Higgins [named in his pension claim].  On June 29, 1836, during his deposition for a Rev. War Service pension, held before the Justice of Peace of Yancey Co., NC, he attested he was 73 yrs old and born on November 14, 1763.  He was living in Wilkes Co., NC when he was first enlisted as a Pvt.  at the age of 16 yrs.    In the Spring 1779, he served for 3 months  under Captain Thomas Price and marched to the Blue Ridge Mountains of western NC to the French Broad river, thence to the mouth of the Big Ivy and Caney Rivers and on to Wandsfords Fort where later he was discharged.  For 2 weeks at the upper fort on the Catawba river, his unit killed and wounded several people.  Although he only volunteered for 3 months, the company kept him for 4 before discharging him on September 15, 1779.  Ananias remembers the following officers having no troops:  General Charles McDowell, Colonel Joseph McDowell, Major Herne, Captain Thomas Rice and Lt. William Rice.  His second tour was in the fall of 1779 he enlisted for 3 months as Pvt. serving under Captain Beverly and Major Herne for another expedition against rebel Indians and Tories.  He marched to the upper fort on the Catawba river where Colonel Joseph McDowell after 3 week, discharged him because there were "enough men" and his service was not needed.    The next tour was  in July 1781, where he substituted for his father William Higgins [b. abt 1740] for 3 months as Pvt. under Captain Gordon.  He marched along with the main Army under General Nathaniel Green  to the Battle of Eutaw Springs in SC.   He served with his brothers Robert and William Jr. Higgins.  In Salisbury, he received a discharged.  Upon his return home, Ananias had taken ill and was unable to participate in long term campaigns except for scouting parties for a week or two at a time searching for Tories and hostile Indians.  Because he was unable to produce any documents to prove his service for application of benefits, he relied on the witnesses of Jacob L. Stanley, Joseph B. Ray and Benjamin Hensley, all of whom were acquainted with the applicant and attested he was indeed a soldier in the Revolutionary War.  Annanias died before the 1850 Yancey Co. Census.  His daughter, Margaret Higgins Austin signed a sworn Affidavit on October 25, 1852, for survivor benefits.  Annanias is enumerated  in 1810 and 1820 Buncombe Co., Census listing 1 male [16], himself [45+], 2 females [16], wife [45+], 1 male slave [14] and 2 female slaves [14] and 1 female slaves [26]. 

NOTES:  see pension documents No. R4979 - 5 pgs.


HORTON, Zephaniah [Nov. 13, 1760 - April 5, 1844] was on born in Roxbury [now Chester], New Jersey and is the son of Capt. Nathan Horton Sr. and Mehitable Case of Southhold, Suffolk Co, NY.   His older brother, Nathan Jr., was a Capt. for the Morristown NJ Militia from 1777 - 1782. After which time, Nathan Jr. moved to Watauga area of western NC and was promoted to Colonel for the Ashe Co., NC Militia.   Zephaniah enlisted in 1776 serving a total for six months as a Pvt. for Capt. Horton [possibly his father's unit] Capt. Nathaniel Terry and  Capt. Nathan Luce under Colonel Seeley's command.  On March 25, 1788, he married Jane McCourry [d/o Malcolm McCourry and Rachel Freeman-see below] who was also from Roxbury, NJ.  Shortly after their wedding, they move south to Wilkes Co. NC  to join up with his older brother who already relocated in there.   The migration of the Horton / McCourry's to western North Carolina started with Col. Nathan Horton's [1757-1824] move.   It is apparent the Hortons and McCourrys of Chester were well acquainted and kept in touch with their New Jersey relatives.   Zephaniah's parents and relatives are buried at the First Congregational Cemetery in Chester, NJ.    Zephaniah acquired land in Buncombe [now Yancey Co.] settling in the Burnsville area.  The following children are all born in NC.:  Nathan, Rachel, Sara, Malcolm*,  Elizabeth, Zephaniah Jr., Jane, Phoebe.  On August 30, 1810, he was elected as the Buncombe Co. representative for the House of Commons for Buncombe.  Shortly after the formation of Yancey Co. in 1833, in the 1834 court of pleas, Zephaniah was appointed as, county commissioner, coroner and an elected county trustee.  His pension afforded him $60 year which commenced on March 4, 1831.   Zephaniah died April 5, 1844. There is a monument in downtown Burnsville marking his burial.  That same year in October, at the age of 75, Jane appeared before the court to apply for a widow's pension.  Same was granted.  11 years later, at the age of 86, she appears before the court again appealing for her bounty land claim which she never received.

NOTES:  see pension documents No. W3997 - 11 pgs.    For more info -see Heritage of the Hortons 

*Zephaniah's son, Malcolm Horton married Harriett McCourry, d/o Malcolm McCourry and 2nd wife Sally Lynn.

HORTON GENEALOGY:  Descendants of Barnabas Horton, compiled by Geo. F. Horton, MD,  1876; see pages 75-76


MANEY, Martin B. [1748-1830] is thought to be of "French origin".  Although his pension file does not mention the names of his parents, family tradition claims his forefathers came to the new world around 1660 landing in New York,  later migrating to North Carolina.*   Martin was born either in Ireland or in the western territory of North Carolina in 1748.   On December 4, 1775, he enlisted with the 8th Virginia Regiment at Long Island of the Holston in Washington Co., NC (now Tennessee), serving as a Private in Capt. James Knox' company under Colonel John Peter Gabriel Muhlenburg's command.   For 2 years, he fought in the battles of White Plains and Germantown.  At the end of his service with the 8th VA Reg., he enlisted with the 9th Virginia Regiment serving as Private in  Captain Berry and Captain Wood's companies, under Colonel George Matthews' command fighting in the Battle of Monmouth, NJ for 3 years.   In the Fall of 1779, Martin was discharged at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania and went back home to NC.   In the summer of 1782, he enlisted in Capt. James Wilson's company under Col. John Sevier's NC Regiment in pursuit of rebel Indians and Tories; he also served as a frontier scout and personal body guard to Col. Sevier.   September 1781, he married Keziah Vann [1763-1849] in Jonesboro, Tennessee territory.  She was the daughter of John Joseph Vann III and Agnes Weatherford.   While husband Martin and father John Vann were away at war, she lived with her mother in Tennessee.  In July of 1787, Martin received a bounty land grant of 100 acres for his service as Private, [#294], from the State of  North Carolina in Buncombe Co. In 1818,  Martin and Keziah lived in Blount Co., TN.   In 1820, the family moves over to Buncombe Co., NC to set up homestead on their land in the Big Ivy area of Buncombe  and remain there until their deaths.   Records shows that about 1821 at age 69, he went blind.*   Martin  died on April 15, 1830 and Keziah died on December 20, 1849 --both are interred at the Maney Cemetery near Barnardsville, Paint Fork Rd, Big Ivy, Buncombe Co., NC.    His pension declaration mentions the following children:   Nancy [b. 1783] , John [1785], Martin Jr. [b. 1787] , William [1795], Elizabeth [1798], and James [1806?].  

NOTES:  On May 17, 2008, local residents of Barnardsville, NC pay tribute to Martin Maney's Rev. War service with the unveiling of his tombstone. 

See article:  "Relatives, Guests Remember Rev. War Soldier," by Matt Tate - excerpt of Weaverville Tribune, May 22-28, 2008, Vol 6., No. 21.

Online Articles:  One Line Descent of Martin Maney  by Carol Maney   /    Some Descendants of Martin Maney  by Ralph Dean Clark

"Excerpts from the Keziah Vann Notebook" Article about the Maney descendant's claim to be Cherokee through the Vann line - by Milus B. Maney   

BOOK:  Martin Maney 1752-1830, A Revolutionary War Solider & Related Families,  by Milus Bruce Martin

see pension documents No. W7398 - 18 pgs.   *The Heritage of Old Buncombe Co., Vo. I,  Article 438 - pg. 216-262


MCCOURRY, Malcolm, Esq.  [1742 - 1829] was born in Isla, Scotland.  Family lore has it that while Malcolm was wandering on the beaches of Scotland, he was kidnapped at the age of 9 by English sailors who forced him into labor on a ship bound for America.  Another version is that Malcolm simply ran away from home and boarded a vessel as a stowaway to the new world.   As an adult he prospered, becoming an astute writer and practiced law in Morristown, New Jersey.  During the war, he served as quartermaster for the NJ Militia commanded by General Munson.   In 1766, he married Rachel Freeman [b. 1747-1836] and lived in Roxbury [now Chester],  NJ raising 6 children: Phoebe, Jane*, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Rachel, Sarah.  He was a founder of the Presbyterian and First Congregational churches of Chester.   First wife, Rachel and their son, Benjamin are buried at the First Congregational Church Cemetery.   In 1795, Malcolm leaves his wife and children in NJ for the mountains of western North Carolina.   His daughter Jane was already married to Zephaniah Horton at this time and relocated to Wilkes Co., NC to meet up with other Horton relatives who already settled in the area.  This includes Col. Nathan Horton [1757-1824].  Malcolm secured 35 acres in Jacks Creek, Yancey Co. and was remarried to Sally Lynn, together having 4 children: James, Malcolm Jr., Zephaniah [buried Zeph McCourry Cem], Harriett.   He served as county magistrate.  According to the Yancey Co. Court minutes of October 1855, Malcolm moved to Wilkes Co., NC, then to Jacks Creek, Yancey Co., in the early 1800's.

NOTES:  Pictured above left is the First Congregational Church of Chester, NJ  (taken 2-8-09 -bbpytel) in which Malcolm McCourry was a founder.  The original church was established in 1747; 2nd church in 1803 wherein Malcolm was a major organizer, 3rd 1856.  1st wife and son are buried in NJ at the adjacent cemetery; Daughter *Jane McCourry married Pvt. Zephaniah Horton who served. with the NJ Militia and moved from NJ to Yancey Co., NC [see his section].    The Song Catcher, by Sharyn McCrumb mentions her ancestor Malcolm McCourry and his unique story.  Online Articles:  Malcolm and Sally McCourry - by Carol McCurry - OBCGS.   Pictured right is Malcolm's Revolutionary War Tombstone, photo courtesy of Mike Ledford; stone ordered by Paul Kardulis and recently installed at the Zeph McCourry Cemetery in Yancey Co.

Descendants of Barnabas Horton, compiled by Geo. F. Horton, MD,  1876; Malcolm "McCurry", Esq.  is mentioned on pages 75-76


MELSON, William S.  [b. 1754 - ? ]  was born in Accomuck Co., Virginia.  Per William's  pension application dated in 1832, he stated he volunteered for service in 1776 as a Privateer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after which time, he sailed from that city in a ship called The Three Brothers under the command of Capt. Johannes Watson.  He served on that ship for about twelve months and fought in a battle near Cape Charles in which Capt. Watson was killed and Melson was taken prisoner and sent back to Philadelphia and exchanged.  In that battle, he received three wounds: one in each leg and one in the arm.  After recovering, he re-enlisted at Philadelphia under the command of Capt. William Smiley and sailed from Philadelphia for 8 months on a ship called Rainbow.  Once again, he was taken prisoner by the British and sent to Charleston, SC and exchanged.  Melson joined the regular Army of the United States under the command of Col. William Washington and Capt. Will Cox. serving in the Battles of Eutaw Springs, Guilford and Brandywine sustaining a wound to the thigh in the battle of Guilford, NC.   Nathan Honeycutt, Esq., John Whitson, and Rev. Jacob L. Stanley, residents of Yancey Co., NC, certified that they were well acquainted with William Melson and supported his service declaration.  Based on the testimony given by Melson, and certified by aforementioned fellow residents, the court prescribed by the War Department agreed that William Melson was a revolutionary soldier and served as he attested and the court further certified that Nathan Honeycutt, Esq., John Whitson and Rev. Jacob Stanley were residents of Yancey County and creditable persons.

NOTES:  Pension Application of William S. Melson R7112


TIPTON, Jonathan [b. 1750-1833]  Born in Frederick Co., Virginia, he is the younger brother of Colonel John Tipton.  He entered service in 1777 in Washington Co., North Carolina [now Tennessee] as 1st Major serving under Colonel Carter and overseeing companies commanded by Captain Gibson and Captain Trimble.  His mission to to protect the frontiers of North Carolina and fought against the Cherokee  at several locations.  In the fall of 1780, he marched with General William Campbell to participate in the battle at Kings Mountain and was second in command to Col. John Sevier's regiment for that campaign.   He was acquainted with Col. Isaac ShelbyCol. John Sevier and Col. Benjamin Cleveland.  After the war in 1790, he moved over to Old Buncombe Co. area [now Tipton Hill in Mitchell Co., NC]; later moved to Overton Co., Tennessee and then Cumberland Co., Kentucky. Jonathan had no documented evidence of his war service and relied on the testimony of fellow veteran Valentine Sevier [b. 1747]  to support his claim.   He is mentioned in the King Mountain and its Heros by Lyman Copeland Draper, Anthony Allaire and Isaac Shelby, pg. 423.

NOTES:  Pension documents No. W1098.


WALDROP, Edward [1758 - 1844]  On 23 June 1834, Edward applied  for his Revolutionary War pension in Yancey County, NC.   He states that he was born in Wake County, NC and entered the service in 1780  serving five tours of duty.  After the war he moved several times:  Cabarrus Co., NC,  Caswell Co., NC, KY, TN, and then to Burke Co.  He and his family finally settled in the Ivy Gap area of Yancey Co. [now Madison Co., NC].  His wife was Frances Roberts and they married on 17 Feb 1780 in Wake, NC.  

NOTES:  Pension documents No. #S7844   additional info:  Descendants of Edward Waldrop OBCGS


Links on Revolutionary War History -

Southern Campaign: 

The Battle of Kings Mountain  by Wikipedia

Known Patriots of the Battle of Kings Mountain

by J.D. Lewis of Carolana.com

Battle of Kings Mountain Patriot Roster

Southern Theater of the American Revolutionary War  by Wikipedia

The Southern Campaign

War Pension Statements & Rosters

North Carolina in the US Revolution

by Josh Howard, NC Office of Archives/ History.

The American Revolution

Daughters of the American Revolution - DAR

Sons of the American Revolution - SAR

DAR - Finding a Partiot

The Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown by John Trumbull, 179


Book Online for Full View:

Kings Mountain and Its Heroes:  Battle of Kings Mountain, By Lyman Copeland Draper, Anthony Allaire, Isaac Shelby

Published by P. G. Thomson, 1881;  Original from Harvard University; Digitized July 25, 2006 - 612 pages.  Google Books

Book Online for Full View:

Legislative Manual and Political Register for the State of NC - 1874

Compiled by the NC General Assembly

under W. H. Howerton.

Digitized by Google Books


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