Location: Iredell County NC

Biography of Colonel Alexander Osborn

Alexander Osborn was born in New Jersey in 1709, and emigrated to the western part of Rowan county (now Iredell) about 1755. He was a Colonel in the Colonial government, and as such marched with a regiment of Rowan troops to Hillsboro in 1768 to assist Governor Tryon in suppressing the “Regulation” movement. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now He married Agnes McWhorter, a sister of Dr. Alexander McWhorter, president of Queen’s Museum College in Charlotte. His residence (called Belmont) was one of the earliest worshiping places of the Presbyterians of Rowan county before the present “Center Church” was erected, and became by compromise the “central” meeting-house of worship for a large extent of surrounding country. Colonel Osborn was a man of fine character and wielded a strong influence in his day and generation. In the graveyard of Center Church, on a double headstone, are the following records: “Here lies the body of Col. Alexander Osborn, who deceased July y’e 11th, 1776, aged 67 years;” and,...

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Biography of Captain William Sharpe

Captain William Sharpe was born on the 13th of December, 1742, and was the eldest son of Thomas Sharpe, of Cecil county, Maryland. At the age of twenty-one he came to North Carolina and settled in Mecklenburg county, where he married a daughter of David Reese, one of the signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. He was a lawyer by profession and had a large practice. Soon after his marriage he moved to the western part of Rowan county (now Iredell) and took an active and decided stand for liberty. The Journal of the “Committee of Safety” for Rowan county, from 1774 to 1776, presents a noble record of his activity and influence. He was a member from Rowan county to the Provincial Congress which met at Newbern in April, 1775; and also of the Congress at Hillsboro, in August, 1775. In November, 1776, he was a member of the Convention at Halifax which formed our first State Constitution. He acted as aid to General Rutherford in his campaign against the Cherokee Indians in 1776. In 1777 he was appointed with Waightstill Avery, Joseph Winston and Robert Laneer to form a treaty with the same tribe of Indians. In 1779 he was appointed a member of the Continental Congress at Philadelphia, and served until 1782. He died in July, 1818, in the 77th year of his age, leaving...

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Biography of Rev. James Hall, D. D.

Rev. James Hall, a distinguished soldier of the Revolution–the Captain of a company and Chaplain of a Regiment at the same time–was born at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on the 22d of August, 1744. When he was about eight years old his parents, who were Scotch-Irish, removed to North Carolina and settled in the upper part of Rowan county, (now Iredell), in the bounds of the congregation to which he afterward gave thirty-eight years of his ministerial life. Secluded in the forests of Rowan, and removed to a great extent from the follies of the great world, James Hall grew up under the watchful care of pious parents, receiving such early instruction as the country schools then afforded. In his twenty-sixth year he commenced the study of the classics, and made rapid progress, as his mind was matured and his application close and unremitting. When duly prepared he entered Princeton College, under the direction of President Witherspoon, one of the signers of the National Declaration of Independence. He graduated in 1774, in his thirty-first year. The Theological reading of Mr. Hall was pursued under the direction of Dr. Witherspoon, that eminent minister and patriot, whose views in religion and politics were thoroughly imbibed by his student. In the spring of 1776 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Orange to preach the Gospel of everlasting Peace. During the exciting scenes of...

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Biography of Hugh Lawson White

Hugh Lawson White was born in Iredell county in 1773, on the plantation now owned by Thomas Caldwell, Esq., about two miles west of Center Church, and five miles east of Beattie’s Ford, on the Catawba river. The old family mansion has long since disappeared, and the plow now runs smoothly over its site. His grandfather, Moses White, emigrated to America from Ireland about 1742, and married a daughter of Hugh Lawson, one of the patriarchal settlers of the country. He had six sons, James, Moses, John, William, David and Andrew; many of whose descendants now reside in Iredell county. James White, the father of Hugh, was a soldier of the Revolution. About 1786 he moved to Knox county, East Tennessee, and was one of the original founders of the present flourishing city of Knoxville. When the Creek (Indian) war broke out he entered the army, was soon made a Brigadier General, and was distinguished for his bravery, energy and talents. Hugh L. White’s education was conducted under the care of Rev. Samuel Carrick, Judge Roane, and Dr. Patterson, of Philadelphia. After completing his studies he returned home and commenced the practice of his profession. By close attention to business he soon acquired eminence, numerous friends, and a handsome competency. At the early age of twenty-eight he was elected one of the Judges of the Superior Court. In 1807...

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Biography of Captain James Houston

Captain James Houston was born in 1747, and was an early and devoted friend of liberty. In the battle of Ramsour’s Mill, near the present town of Lincolnton, he took an active part, and by his undaunted courage greatly contributed to the defeat of the Tories on that occasion. During the engagement Captain Houston was severely wounded in the thigh, from the effects of which he never fully recovered. Seeing the man who inflicted the severe and painful wound he shot him in the back and killed him as he ran. When it was ascertained that Cornwallis had crossed the Catawba river at Cowan’s Ford, and was approaching with his army, the family of Captain Houston conveyed him to the “big swamp” in the immediate vicinity, known as “Purgatory,” and there concealed him until the British had marched quite through the country. When the British army passed the residence of Captain Houston some of them entered the yard and house, and threatened Mrs. Houston with death if she did not quickly inform them where her husband was, and also where her gold and silver and China ware were kept, using, at the same time, very course and vulgar language. Mrs. Houston, knowing something of “woman’s rights” in every civilized community, immediately asked the protection of an officer, who, obeying the better impulses of human nature, ordered the men into...

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Biographical Sketch of Captain Alexander Davidson

Captain Alexander Davidson was one of the earliest settlers of the western part of Rowan county (now Iredell.) He took an active part in the Revolutionary struggle for independence. When Cornwallis was moving from Charleston toward North Carolina, and General Gates was ordered to meet him, Governor Caswell, of North Carolina, ordered a draft of men to strengthen Gates’ army. In response to this order the people in that part of Iredell county bordering on the Catawba river below the Island Ford, assembled at a central point, afterward known as Brown’s Muster Ground, when a company was formed under the draft and Alexander Davidson was elected its captain. Soon afterward Captain Davidson marched his company to Gates’ rendezvous, when that officer moved his army to the unfortunate and sanguinary field of Camden, S.C. In that disastrous engagement Captain Davidson’s company took an active part, and the greater portion of them was cut to pieces. Captain John Davidson, a grand son of Captain Alexander Davidson, now (1876) resides near Statesville, in Iredell county. He well remembers that the commission of his grand father, as captain of this company, and a diary of his services during the war of the Revolution, were in the possession of his father’s family until 1851 when they were taken to Washington City by the late Hon. J.P. Caldwell and were not returned. Captain John Davidson...

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Biography of Rufus McLelland

This worthy citizen has made his home in south Missouri and this county since 1851, and by his upright, honorable career has won the respect and confidence of all. He was born May 17, 1822, in North Carolina, of which State his parents, William R. and Clarissa (Crawford) McLelland, were also natives. The father was a prominent business man and a large slave owner although he prayed for the day to come that would set the slaves free. That day he was not destined to see, for he died before the war. He passed away in North Carolina, as did also his wife. Our subject was one of a large family and he grew to manhood on the old plantation of his father, four miles northwest of Statesville, N. C. His education was received in the common schools of his day, and he was married in his native State to Miss Mira Piercey, daughter of Squire W. W. Piercey, who was a surveyor and prominent man in the Old North State. Mr. and Mrs. McLelland came to this county in 1851, and were forty-seven days on the road. Mr. McLelland stopped at Thomasville, then the county seat of this county, and made the acquaintance of Judge Couch, by whom he was persuaded to stop in this section of the country. He located in what is now Oregon County, became...

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Captain James Houston’s Muster Roll

Captain, James Houston Lieutenant, William Davidson David Evins David Byers Robert Byers, Nat. Ewing, Alexander Work William Creswell William Erwin John Hovis John Thompson John Beard John Poston Robert Poston Paul Cunningham John M. Connell Moses White Angus McCauley Robert Brevard Adam Torrence, Sr. Adam Torrence, Jr. Charles Quigley James Gulick Benjamin Brevard Thomas Templeton John Caldwell Joseph McCawn James Young James Gray Philip Logan (Irish) William Vint Daniel Bryson John...

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Clarence Alvin Arthurs

Private, Machine Gun Btn., Co. G, 3rd Div. Born in Iredell County July 29, 1893; the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Arthurs. Entered the service at Asheville, N.C., Jan. 13, 1913. Was sent to Gettysburg, Pa., and from there to Camp Greene, N.C. Sailed for France March 30, 1918. Promoted to Sergt. Fought at Chatteau-Thierry. Was gassed on July 12, 1918. Was sent to the Hospital where he died of chronic tuberculosis Nov. 8, 1918. Was sent to Base Hospital, American forces, Germany. Went to the Mexican border after serving three years in the Philippines. When war was declared was sent to Camp Greene, N.C. out at Portsmouth, Va., June 14,...

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Silas A. Sharpe

Sergt. 1st Class, Med. Co., 104th San. Tr., 29th Div.; of Iredell County; son of John M. and Mrs. Carrie Mott Sharpe. Husband of Mrs. Ethel Blackmer Sharpe. Entered service June 18, 1916. Sent to Camp Stuart, Va., transferred to Camp Greenleaf, Ga., then to Camp McClellan, Ala. Sailed for France July 5, 1918. Fought at Alsace Sector defensive, Meuse-Argonne. Served on Mexican border nine months. Returned to USA May 20, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Meade, Md., June 5,...

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Joseph R. Poston

Seaman, U. S. Navy. Son of W. J. and Mrs. Hoke Poston, of Iredell County. Entered service Sept. 3, 1918, at Statesville, N.C., and ordered to Newport News. Mustered out from there on Feb. 18, 1919.

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Garland E. Plott

1st Class Private, 120th Inf., 30th Div., Co. M. Born in Iredell County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Plott. Entered the service May 28, 1917, at Durham, N.C. Was sent to Camp Sevier, S. C., and from there to Camp Merritt, N. J. Sailed for France May 17, 1918. Fought at Ypres, Belgium, at Bellicourt, Vaux Andigny, Bohain. Was gassed at Battle of Bohain Oct. 17, 1918, and sent to British South African Hospital, then to American Hospital at Toton, Eng. Returned to USA April 13, 1919, and mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 17,...

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J. P. Mills, Jr.

Sergt., H. A. School in France; of Iredell County; son of J. P., Sr., and Mrs. J. P. Mills. Entered service May 25, 1917, at Mooresville, N.C. Sent to Ft. Caswell. Sailed for France Sept. 26, 1918. Returned to USA March 30, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., April 1,...

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Henry A. Mills

Phrcst. Mate, 2nd Class (Navy); of Iredell County; son of M. J. P. Mills. Entered service May 21, 1917, at Mooresville, N.C. Sent to Charleston, S. C., transferred to Marine Barracks, Philadelphia, Pa. Attached to 6th Marines and sailed with them to France Oct. 31, 1917. Served at Naval Base No. 1 at Brest, France. Served four months with Evacuation French Hospital No. 49. Returned to USA March 26, 1919. Mustered out at Norfolk, Va., May 12,...

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Oscar R. Mills

Capt., Co. D, 30th Div., 115th M. G. Btn.; of Iredell County; son of G. C. and Mrs. Laura Mills. Husband of Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Mills. Entered service June 25, 1916, at Statesville, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier. Transferred to Camp Merritt. Sailed for France May 11, 1918. Promoted to rank of 1st Lt. before going to France. Commissioned to Capt. Oct. 25, 1918. Was in all engagements with 115th M. G. Served on Mexican border from Sept. 1, 1916, to Feb. 1, 1917. Returned to USA March 22, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 22,...

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