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Re: Reynolds Family, Lincoln Co, 1747
Posted by: Jim Bowman Date: February 26, 2002 at 16:16:24
In Reply to: Reynolds Family, Lincoln Co, 1747 by Freda Elmore Reynolds of 2012

If I understand the history correctly, the Spanish Alarum militia list for Capt. Samuel Coborn's militia company was not a list of men sent to the western area of Anson County, it was the militia enlistment of the local residents. Colonial officials in the Carolinas feared that Spanish forces might move north out of Florida and threaten the Southern British colonies and so an effort was made to raise militia companies from those colonists who were fit and young enough to serve. Names that appear on that list are hints as to who was already living in the area where that militia company was raised. From the names my guess is that the published list of Coborn's company is made up of trans-Catawba settlers, i.e., those taking up land west of the Catawba, and hints at the earliest intrepid homesteaders on the western edge of organized NC.

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