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Tory List - Rutherford County, NC
Posted by: James T. Bell (ID *****6420) Date: April 01, 2006 at 11:09:42
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I found this list of Tories on the internet. It is a list of Rutherford County, NC residents who joined the force commanded by Major Patrick Ferguson during the King's Mountain campaign. These residents survived the battle and were threatened with land confiscation at the end of the war. Most of them moved to neighboring states and were eventually forgiven by their neighbors. Although the topic is unpleasant, it may help some people in explaining their family's movements following the Revolutionary war.


The information below comes from "Morgan District, NC Superior Court of Law & Equity; Misc. Records, Book III" and is a transcription of court proceedings against suspected Tories.


"State of North Carolina }

Rutherford County }

At a County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions began and held for said county on the Second Monday of July in the year of our lord one thousand Seven Hundred & Eighty two, before the Worshipfull William Gilbert, James Whithrow & Jonathan Hampton and Other Justices asigned & Duly Commd. With full Power and Authority and Jurisdiction to hold the Said Court and to hear try and determine all petit larceny, assault, Batteries, trespasses, breaches of the peace and Other Misdemeanors of What Kind So ever of an inferior nature and also duly Authorised and Impowered by an Act of Assembly in such case made & provided to hear try adjudge & Determine all Cases of Confiscated Property in the County aforesaid, The Jurors for the State on their Oath present & Say that

William Mills, William Going, Arthur Taylor, Moses Whitly, Freeman Jones, Thomas Townsend, Phelemon Hankins, Joseph McDaniel, Jeremiah McDaniel, John Hendrix, James Kelly, James Lemar, William Adams Sen, William Adams Jur, James Upton, Benjamin Adams, Benjamin Adams Junr, John Morgan, Moses Wright, William Henson Jur, Giles Williams, Essex Capshaw, John McDaniel, Joseph Clark, John Thomason, John Owins, Thomas George, William Thompson, Jeremiah Webb, John Walburt, Isaiah Blackwell, William Webb, John Webb, Thomas Camp, Micajah Proctor, John Camp, James Camp, John Camp Jur, David Morgan, William Nettle Jur, Alexander Coulter, Joseph Moore, William Morgan, Thomas Goodbread, John King, Elias Morgan Senr, James Cook Senr, John Goodbread, George Revis, William Duning, Phillip Goodbread Jur, Federick Jones, Isham Revis, John Davice, Neel Wilye, Ambros Mills, George Davice, George Davice Jur, Gideon Rucker, Stophen Walburt, James Chitwood Sen, Joseph Chitwood, Richard Chitwood, William Battle, James Capshaw, John Richardson, Stephen Langford, Joseph Lawrence, Joseph Underwood, Stephen Shelton, Andrew Poor, John Hutson, John Morris, William Hall, Shadrack Nettle, Tho. Whitesides, Elias Brock, Mark Powell, William Henry, Barna King, Giles Reynolds, Samuel Moore, Daniel Singleton, Jonas Bedford, Samuel Thompson, William Green, Isaac Cooper, Abel Langham, Benjamin Bigerstaff, Joseph Baily, Muphord Wilson, Caleb Taylor, Peter Dills, George Cox Jur, Edward Francis, Shadrack Avery, Arthur Owensby, George Cox, John Jones, Samuel Hendrix, John Cox & Joel Cox, David George, John Felts, Jesse Nettle, William Henson Sen, Brock Davice, James Patterson, William Shephard, Benjamin Moored, William Capshaw, Robert Taylor of Whiteoak, all late of the County of Rutherford, Planters, not reguarding the Duty of their Alle­gance to the said State & her laws or fearing the pains & penalties therein Contained on the first day of October in the year of Our lord One thousand Seven Hundred & Eighty with force & Arms in the County aforesaid Wickedly & treacherously entending and Designing as for as in them lay to Overturn the present free Government of this State & reduce the Inhabitants thereof Under the Power of the Army of Great Britain then & now at Open War with this State and the United States of America did then & there with force and Arms feloinously & treacherously Knowingly & Willfully did aid & assist the said King by Joining his Army Commanded by Major [Patrick] Ferguson and by bearing Arms in the Service of the said King Against the Good Government Peace and Dignity of this State; and the Jurors aforesaid on their Oath aforesaid do further Present & say that by their felony and treason by them respective in Manner & form aforesaid Committed have Severally forfeited their Goods & Chattels lands & tenements to the State according to a form of An Act of As­sembly in Such Case made & provided.

A True Bill - William Porter, foreman. A true Copy of the Inquisition found by the Grand Jury - Certified by me, Felix Walker C.C."

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