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and this shows that tHey were all loyal to the cause of inde-

pendence.
Exhibit Ten. In 1783 the state assembly passed an act

reserving for the North Carolina soldiers a certain body of land

in the territory of Tennessee, "beginning in the Virginia line

where Cumberland River intersects the same, thence south fifty

miles, thence west to the Tennessee River, thence down the

Tennessee to the Virginia line, thence with the Virginia line

east to the beginning." (Col. Rec, Vol. 24, page 483.) (What

was then the Virginia line is now the Kentucky line.) A large

number of the Guilford men located within this territory. Some

of the Buffalo names we find there are Allison, Anderson, Bell,

Blair, Brasher, Brown, Caldwell, Doak, Donnell, Duck, Gillespie,

Gowdy, Hamilton, McDowell, McGready, McLean, McMurray,

McNairy, Maxwell, Mecklin, Mitchell, Nicks, Porter, Rankin,

Ross, Ryan, Scott, Smith, White, Wilson, and others. This is


Buffalo Men in the Revolutionary War 189


proof that many of the Buffalo congregation received grants of

land in payment for war service.


The evidence is more than sufficient to prove the case and

establish the statement that every man of Buffalo congregation

who was of military age was in the service. We are perfectly

satisfied, after a thorough investigation, that if a roster of the

Guilford soldiers had been preserved the name of every man of

the right age belonging to the Buffalo congregation at that

period would be found on the list. We are giving the names of

some of these men. There were perhaps others whose names we

have not been able to find. Remember the bounds of the con-

gregation extended north to Speedwell Church in Rockingham

County, northeast to Haw River Church in the northeastern

corner of the county, east to the German settlement, south to

Alamance congregation, and west to the Quaker settlement. There

was no other church in all these bounds during the Revolution.

Where we have definite proof the reference is cited, for that

adds to the presumption at least that that man's brother and

neighbors were in the service ; and where the definite proof is

lacking the dates are given to show that that man was of the

right age for military service.

Allison, Alexander. Son of David. Member of Capt. Robert


Bell's company. Minutes of Session, 1777.

Allison, John, Sr. Son of David. Caruthers' History, Vol. 2,


page 159.

Allison, John, Jr. Son of John. Life of Dr. Caldwell, page 233.

Anderson, John. Son of John. Received land in Tennessee for
payment of war service. Roster of soldiers from North Car-

olina, page 257.

Anderson, Robert. Son of John. Life of Caldwell, page 225.

Anderson, Thomas. Son of William. Second North Carolina


Regiment. Colonial Records, Vol. 13, page 530.

Archer, David. Son of James. Was of right age. His father


and brother were in the service and he must have been also.

Archer, James. Life of Caldwell, page 226.

Archer, John. Son of James. Was of right age.

Archer, Thomas. Son of James. Caruthers' History, Vol. 2,


page 51.

Barr, David. Son of James. Ordained to the ministry 1784,


and was of military age.

190 History of Buffalo Presbyterian Church and Her People


Barr, James, Jr. Son of James. Was trading in land in 1787,

and was of military age.


Barr, Robert (1754-1838). Son of James, and was right age

for military service.


Beals, John. Son of Thomas. Captain James Martin's com-

pany. Enlisted 1777 and died May, 1778.


Bell, Francis. Son of Samuel. Was trading in land in 1780,

so was of military age.


Bell, James. Son of Samuel. Married Mary Carson in 1773,

so was of military age. Colonial Records, Vol. 22, page 57.


Bell, Robert. Captain in Second North Carolina Regiment.

Colonial Records, Vol. 10, page 937. His company was at

Eutaw Springs, 1781. Colonial Records, Vol. 22, page 112.
Bell, Samuel. Safety Committee for Guilford. Colonial Rec-

ords, Vol. 10, page 762. Enlisted. Colonial Records, Vol.

16, page 1022. Pensioner. Colonial Records, Vol. 22, page

58.
Bell, Thomas. Son of Samuel. Married Elizabeth Carson, 1774,

so was of military age.
Black, George. A young man located here in 1753, and would be

of military age.


Blair, Thomas. Son of John. Major in Guilford militia. Colo-

nial Records, Vol. 10, page 531. He had three brothers:

Andrew, John and Jonathan, who must have been in the

service with him.


Brasher, Asa. Son of Robert. Signed a petition in re court

house in 1773. His son was sheriff of county 15 years after

the war. He must have been in war service.
Brasher, Bazel. Son of Robert. Married daughter of John

Nicks about time of war, and located later in Tennessee, per-

haps on lands received for war service.
Brasher, Isaac. Son of Robert. Married daughter of John

Nicks, and moved to Tennessee, perhaps to lands granted

for war service.
Brasher, Robert. Exempt from tax in 1782. Colonial Records,

Vol. 9, page 806. This must have been for war service.


Brasher, Zaza. Son of Robert. Married Elizabeth Adkinson in

1775, so was of right age for war service.


Brawley, Hugh. Located here in 1765, and was right age for

military service.


Buffalo Men in the Revolutionary War 191


Brawley, John, a young man, located here in 1757 and was

right age for military service.


Breden, Charles. Son of Robert. Member of Capt. Robert Bell's

company. Minutes of Session. He had two brothers, Alex-

ander and Robert, who must have been in service. They were

of the right age.


Brown, Benjamin. Son of Samuel. Enlisted 1777, died 1778.

Colonial Records, Vol. 16, page 1015.


Brown, James. Son of Samuel. Enlisted 1777. Colonial Rec-

ords, Vol. 22, page 56. Pensioner. Colonial Records, Vol.

22, page 56 ; Life of Caldwell, page 226.
Brown, Joseph. Son of Samuel. Enlisted 1776. Colonial Rec-

ords, Vol. 16, page 1010. Pensioner. Colonial Records, Vol.

22, page 59.
Brown, Thomas. Lived at the Court House in 1776. Married

Agnes, daughter of David Kerr, at close of the war, and

moved to Tennessee, perhaps to lands granted for war service.

A man by that name did receive a grant.


Burney, Charles. Located here in 1778, and was right age for

military service.


Burney, John. Located here in 1777, and was the right age for

military service. Army Account Book, Vol. 8, page 27.


Burney, William. Son of John. Was given land in 1782, so was

of military age during the war. Account Book, Vol, C, page

154.
Caldwell, Alexander. Brother of Dr. David. Life of Caldwell,

page 12.


Caldwell, Dr. David. Life of Caldwell, page 210.
Campbell, James. Caruthers' History, second volume, page 173.
Campbell, James, Jr. Lieutenant Second Battalion. Colonial

Records, Vol. 10^ page 937. He married Mary, daughter of

Col. William Dent, in 1777. He was either killed or died in

1781.
Campbell, John. Lived at the Court House. Called major in

Minutes of Session.
Coots, James. Lieutenant Fourth North Carolina Regiment.

Colonial Records, Vol. 16, page 1028. Ensign. Vol. 10, page

518. Granted land in Tennessee. Roster of North Carolina

Soldiers, page 239.


Coots, John. A brother of James. Had married in 1769, a

192 History of Buffalo Presbyterian Church and Her People


daughter of Robert McQuiston. Was right age for military
duty.

Craig, Robert. Member of Capt. Robert Bell's company. Min-

utes of Session, 1777,

Creswell, James (1746-1822). Son of James, Sr. Was right age


for military duty.

Creswell, AVilliam. Brother of James, and was right age for


military duty.

Cumming, William (1757-1849). Lived in our midst from 1836


to 1844. War record, files of "Patriot" in Public Library,
April, 1849.

Cummings, George. Son of John. Began to trade in land in


1780, so was right age for military duty. He had a brother
John, who was also of right age for service.

Cummins, David. Son of Thomas. Caruthers' History, Vol. II,


page 159.

Cummins, Robert. Son of Thomas. Was trading in land in


1782, and was of military age.

Cummins, Samuel. Son of Thomas. Was trading in land just


after the war, and was of military age.

Cummins, Thomas. Son of Thomas. Life of Caldwell, page 234.

Cunningham, Hugh. Son of John. Was in Capt. Robert Bell's
company. Minutes of Session, 1777.

Cunningham, James. Son of John. Received a grant for 640


acres in Tennessee for war service. Roster of Soldiers from
North Carolina, page 434.

Cunningham, Jeremiah. Son of John. In North Carolina Mili-

tia. Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina, page 434. Pen-

sioner. Colonial Records, Vol. 22, page 62.

Cunningham, John, Jr. (1763-1821). Son of John. Was of
right age for military duty, and must have served with his
brothers.

Cunningham, Joseph. Son of John, Sr. Lieutenant in North


Carolina Militia. Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina,
page 323.

Denny, George (1745-1816). Son of James, Sr. Member of


Capt. Robert Bell 's company. Minutes of Session, 1777.

Denny, James, Jr. (1759-1816). Son of James, Sr. Was of


right age for military duty.

Denny, James. Son of William, Sr. Died in 1779, leaving


young children. He was right age for military duty.

Buffalo Men in the Revolutionary War 193


Denny, John. Son of Walter. In Capt. Andrew Wilson's com-

pany and in Capt. Robert Bell's company. Pensioner. Co-

lonial Eecords, Vol. 22, page 112.
Denny, Joseph (1757-1837). Son of Walter. Pensioner. Colo-

nial Records, Vol. 22, page 63.


Denny, William, Jr. Son of AA^illiam, Sr. AYas married before

1770. His father left him land that year, so he was of right

age for military duty.
Denny, William (1760-1825). Son of AValter, and brother of

Joseph. Was of military age. Caruthers' History, Vol 2,

page 273.
Dent, Peter. Son of William. Was born 1761. His father and

brother were active soldiers, and he too must have been in the

service.
Dent, William, Sr. On Committee of Safety. Colonial Records,

Vol. 10, page 762. Master of Commissary. A"ol. 10, page 966.


Dent, William, Jr. Son of William. First Lieutenant. Colonial

Records, Vol. 10, page 519,


Dick, James (1760-1826). Son of William. Judge John M.

Dick, a son, handed down the tradition to some now living

that his father told him of his experiences in the war. James

had three brothers, Thomas, Samuel and John, who were near

the same age and must have been in the war.
Dillon, Nathan. Was owner of the mill on North Buffalo that

was taken over by the British. He must have fought in the

war. Life of Caldwell, page 225.
Dixon, William. Located here on the Reedy Fork in 1778. He

must have been in the war service.


Doak, James. Married Mary, sister of Col. John Paisley, in

1775. He died in 1806 and willed land in Tennessee to his

children. This must have been land received in pay for war

service.


Doak, Robert. Brother of James. Died in 1796, leaving several

children. He was right age for military duty.


Donnell, Andrew (1757-1835). Son of Thomas, Sr. Pensioner.

Colonial Records, Vol. 22, page 63.


Donnell, Daniel (1755-1835). Son of Robert, the second. Pen-

sioner. Colonial Records, Vol. 22, page 63. Tradition handed

down to his great-grandson, James D. Donnell, now living,

is positive he was in the war.


194 History of Buffalo Presbyterian Church and Her People


Donnell, George (1759-1830). Son of Thomas. Life of Rev.

George Donnell, page 49.


Donnell, James (1744-1811). Son of Thomas. Was of the right

age, and we have positive proof that four of his brothers were

in the service, and he must have been also.
Donnell, James. Located here in 1760. His youngest son was

born in 1783. He was of the right age. Two of his sons were

later elected ruling elders. He must have been a Whig and

in the war service.


Donnell, James. Was the stepson of Robert Breeden, who died

in 1778. James Donnell and John Rankin were the execu-

tors of his will ; so James was of the right age for war service.
Donnell, Major John (1748-1822). Son of Thomas. Life of

Caldwell, page 232.


Donnell, John. Son of Robert, Sr. Married Sarah Donnell in

1779, so was of the right age. We have positive proof that six

of the Donnells were in the war, and he must have been also.
Donnell, Latham. Son of Thomas. Was of the right age. We

have positive proof that four of his brothers were in the war.

Major John was an active officer. Latham must have been in

his company.


Donnell, Robert (1752-1816). Son of Thomas. Was of the right

age. He must have been in the company of his brother. Major

John. We have positive proof that four of his brothers were

in the service.


Donnell, Robert. Son of Robert, Sr. Married Catherine McCalib

in 1776, so was of the right age. We have positive proof that

six of the Donnells were in the war, and he must have been

also.
Donnell, Samuel (1760- ). Son of Robert, the second. Was of

the right age. He later became a minister and moved to

Tennessee.


Donnell, Thomas (1754-1835). Son of Thomas, Sr. We have pos-

itive proof that four of his brothers were in the service. He

must have been in his brother John's company. He became

a physician.


Donnell, Thomas. Son of Robert, Sr. Was of the right age. He

entered the ministry just after the war. He piloted Col.

Washington over the country, and must have been in war

service.


Buffalo Men in the Revolutionary War 195


Donnell, William (1749-1822). Son of Thomas, Sr. Was in

Capt. Eobert Bell's company in 1776. Minutes of Session.


Donnell, William. Son of Robert the second. Married Mary-

Bell in 1773, so was of the right age for war service. He was

in Captain Bell's company. Minutes of Session.
Duck, Samuel. Married Mary, daughter of James Denny, just

before the war. After the war he moved to Tennessee, per-

haps to land he received for war service.
Erwin, Joseph. Son of Robert. Married in 1782, so was right

age for military duty. He had two brothers, Robert and

Richard, who were perhaps also in the service.
Finley, George, Jr. Son of George. Was buying land in 1784.

He is recorded as receiving pay for military service. Roster

of North Carolina Soldiers, page 379.
Finley, James. Son of George, Sr. Pensioner. Roster of Sol-

diers of North Carolina, page 434.


Finley, Josiah. Son of George, Sr. Was buying land in 1778,

so was right age for military service.


Forbis, Arthur. Married Mrs. Lydia Rankin in 1763. Was later

elected an elder at Buffalo, and must have been a Whig and

in service.
Gilchrist, John. Settled here in 1766, and died in 1800. Was of

right age for military duty.


Gillespie, Col. Daniel (1743-1829). Life of Caldwell, page 171.
Gillespie, Col. John (1741-1806). Life of Caldwell, pages 171

and 211; Caruthers' History, Vol. 2, page 271.


Gowdy, William. Was active Whig. Colonial Records, Vol. 17,

page 244.


Gray, Alexander. Located here in 1780, and died in 1832. Was

right age for military duty.


Green, Thomas (1755-1839). For war record, see files of Patriot

in Public Library, Greensboro, November, 1839.


Hamilton, George. Son of George, Sr. Died in Tennessee in

1797, leaving a family of six children. He must have gone

there to lands received for war service.
Hamilton, Hance. Son of George, Sr. Was sheriff in 1786, and

therefore must have been a staunch Whig. He received pay

for war service. See Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina,

page 391.


Hamilton, James. Son of George, Sr. Owned a farm in 1782,

196 History of Buffalo Presbyterian Church and Her People


so was of military age. After tlie war he removed to Tennes-

see, to that section that had been reserved for soldiers. See

Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina, page 287.
Hamilton, John. Son of George, Sr. Married just before the

war. He bought land in 1782, and was of right age for

military duty.
Hamilton, Robert. Son of George, Sr. Located in Sumner

County, Tennessee, after the war, perhaps on lands received

for war service.
Hamilton, Thomas (1744-1829). Son of George, Sr. A pen-

sioner. See Colonial Records, Vol. 22, page 69.


Hamilton, William. Son of George, Sr. Died in 1785, leaving

a mdow, so he was of right age for military service. He

willed to his family lands in Tennessee.
Hatriek, Robert (1757-1838). Was right age for military duty.
Larkin, John. See Caruthers' History, Vol. 2, page 159.
Leeper, James. Located here in 1780, and was of military age.
McClintock, John. May have been too old for war service, but

his sons, John and William, were old enough; and all his

descendants are entitled to recognition. He was knocked

from his horse by Colonel Tarleton. Caruthers' History,

Vol. 2, page 99.
McDowell, James. Son of Joseph, Sr. Was in the army still

when his father died in 1797. A relative, Mrs. H. P. Ander-

son, says he served in the war.
McDowell, John. Son of Joseph, Sr. Was dead when his father

made his will in 1797, and his regimental clothes were willed

to James. He must have been in the war.
McDowell, Joseph, Jr. Son of Joseph, Sr. Married Martha

White, daughter of John, just after the war and moved to

that part of Tennessee reserved for North Carolina soldiers.

His wife was born in 1763. He must have been in the war.


McElhattan, William. Was a member of Capt. Robert Bell's

company. Minutes of Session. He married Mary Hamilton

in 1787.
McGibbony, Patrick. Lieutenant in service. Colonial Records,

Vol. 16, page 1110, and papers now in hands of Mrs. John L.

King, a great-granddaughter .
McGready, John and William. Sons of James, Sr. Were trad-

ing in land just after the war, and were right age for military

duty.

Buffalo Men in the Revolutionary War 197


Mclntire, Robert. Bought land here in 1778, and was right age

for military duty.


McKnight, Robert and William. Sons of John, who settled here

in 1756. Their father died in 1771. Their sister Elizabeth

was born in 1756. They must have been right age for mili-

tary duty.


McLean, Moses. Married his second wife in 1796. The United

States Census of 1790 gives him as having two sons over 16,

so he was right age for military duty. Life of Caldwell, page

226.
McMurray, James, John and William. Sons of John, Sr. When

their father died in 1789, the older children were married and

settled, so these boys were of the right age for military duty.

It appears that William was given a grant of land in Tennes-

see. Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina, page 286.


McNairy, Francis. Married in Pennsylvania in 1761 and located

here in 1762, and was right age for military duty. Life of

Caldwell, page 231.
McNairy, John. Son of Francis. Was born in 1762, and was of

right age for military duty. John moved to Tennessee a few

years after the war, perhaps to lands received in pay for

war service. A county in Tennessee was named in his honor.


McQuiston, Gustavius, Thomas and James. Sons of James, Sr.,

who died in 1766. Were all of right age for military duty.

Thomas was a pensioner. Roster of Soldiers from North

Carolina, page 582.


McQuiston, Moses, Walter, James and Robert. Sons of Robert,

Sr., who died in 1766. Were all of the right age for military

duty. Some of the McQuistons moved to Tennessee, perhaps

to lands they received for war service.


McQuiston, John. The youngest son of Thomas, Sr. Was of

right age for military duty.


McQuiston, Thomas. Son of Thomas, Sr. Was in war service.

See obituary notice in Patriot, 1853.


Martin, Alexander. Was a colonel in the Second North Carolina

Regiment in the northern campaign. Colonial Records, Vol.

16, page 1003.
Maxwell, John, Samuel and Thomas. Sons of John, Sr., who

located here in 1772. Were old enough for war duty. Samuel

died in 1808, and his children sold 720 acres in Tennessee to

198 History of Buffalo Presbyterian Church and Her People


Clement Cannon, the uncle of Congressman Joseph G. Can-

non, He must have gotten this land for war service.


Mecklin, Hugh and James. Sons of Hugh, Sr. Hugh, Jr., mar-

ried Agnes Denny in 1785. All the Mecklins moved to that

section of Tennessee that had been reserved for North Caro-

lina soldiers. They were of the right age and must have been

in the war.
Mitchell, Adam, Jr., and John. Sons of Adam, Sr. Were trad-

ing in land just before the war. Their names do not appear

on any record after the war. They must have died or been

killed in service.


Mitchell, Adam, and Henry. Sons of Robert, Sr. Were trad-

ing in land just before the war. This Mitchell family went to

that part of Tennessee that had been reserved for North

Carolina soldiers. They must have been in the war.


Montgomery, William. Was living on Buffalo before the Revo-

lution, and was a soldier in that war. Life of Caldwell, page

170.
Nelson, George and John. Sons of Alexander. Were the

right age for military duty.


Nicks, George (1756-1838), John, Jr., and Quinton. Sons of

John, Sr. George was in the war service and received a pen-

sion. Colonial Records, Vol. 22, page 78. John went to that

part of Tennessee reserved for North Carolina soldiers, and

all three must have been in the war.
Porter, Reece. Belonged to Capt. Robert Bell's company. Min-

utes of Session. In 1787 he sold his farm here and went to

that territory in Tennessee reserved for North Carolina sol-

diers.
Rankin, John. Son of John and grandson of Robert, Sr. Life

of Caldwell, page 233. Perhaps another son of John, cap-

tured at Ramsour's Mill. Life of Caldwell, page 232.


Rankin, John (1736-1814). Son of Joseph, of Delaware. Located

here in 1764 or 1765. Tradition says John was in the war,




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