William Dixon located on the Reedy Fork in 1778. He had
two sons and four daughters. Some of this family are buried
in Buffalo cemetery. In 1807 he sold his farm and moved away.
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Buffalo during the Revolutionary War. He died in 1790, leav-
ing at least two children, Nathan, Jr., and Reuben. The wife of
Nathan, Jr., was Millie, and their children were Elizabeth, Ibby,
Margaret and William. Elizabeth married Mr. Ozment ; Ibby
married Mr. Harris ; and Margaret married James Spence, son
of Nathan; William (1796-1834) was a successful teacher.
Nathan, Sr., may have been the son of Joseph, who was living
at Martinsville in 1784.
John Hancock located here in 1778. His children were Jehu
and Patsy Anne. Jehu sold the home place to Joseph Donnell
in 1840 and located somewhere else. John Hancock died in
The Creswell family, consisting of the mother, Jean, and
children, Margaret, James, William and Mary, located on Reedy
Fork about 1778. This may have been the widow and children
of Rev. James Creswell, former pastor of Haw River Church.
Margaret married Mr. Short ; James and William never mar-
ried; Mary became the second wife of Andrew Donnell. James
died in 1822 and left a bequest to the church, and in appre-
ciation of this the congregation erected a stone at his grave.
James McGready, of Pennsylvania, located on Brush Creek
about 1778, buying a farm on Brush Creek from Dr. Caldwell.
His wife was Jean, and their children were William, John,
James, David, Samuel, Moses, Juda, Aaron, Israel and Hannah.
(Notice the Bible names in this family.) William and John
first located on North Buffalo just west of Walter L. Wharton's,
and in 1797 sold out and moved to Sumner County, Tennessee ;
James became the great evangelistic preacher. The story of his
life says he joined Buffalo at the age of seventeen. Most of the
McGready families followed Rev. James to Tennessee and Ken-
tucky in 1797.
John Christopher located on North Buffalo in 1779. His
wife was Jean. They were members of the church. In 1800
they sold out and moved away.
Thomas Lindsay was operating a store at the Court House
in 1779. He may have been an older brother of Robert, or he
may have been an uncle. Thomas Lindsay either was killed in
the War or died about 1781. His wife's name was Mary.
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secured from the state 850 acres on the south side of Buffalo
Creek and located there. Part of this land is still owned by his
great-great-grandson, Walter A. Montgomery. His wife was
Margaret, and their children were Alexander, Jane, Anne,
Thomas, Margaret, Elizabeth, James and Sarah. Alexander mar-
ried Mary, daughter of Thomas Hamilton ; Jane married Wil-
liam Denny, son of Walter ; Anne married John Starrett, son of
James; Thomas married and located just east of his father's
place ; Margaret married Mr. Walker ; Elizabeth never married ;
James married and located near Bethel Church ; Sarah married
Joseph Denny, son of Walter. Alexander Gray, Sr., died in
John Dunlap located on North Buffalo in 1783. He died in
1805, leaving the following children : John, Margaret and Rob-
ert. There was a Mr. Dunlap here near the close of the War
who had married a sister of Mrs. David Caldwell, and this may
have been the brother-in-law of Dr. Caldwell.
General Andrew Jackson was admitted to the bar in Guil-
ford County in 1787. He lived in the home of Francis McNairy,
a member of Buffalo, and must have attended the preaching of
Dr. Caldwell. He joined the Presbyterian Church later in life.
He and John McNairy went to Tennessee in 1788 ; McNairy
as the judge in the western district, and Jackson as the prose-
cuting attorney. He was president of the United States two
Jennet, daughter of ruling elder Arthur Forbis, in 1788. He
may have been here a few years before that. Their children
were Mary, Hugh, John, Hance, George, Forbis, Guy, Green,
William and Lydia.
Alexander and Hugh McCain, brothers of Hance, also lo-
cated here about 1787, and reared families. Their father may
have located here at an earlier period, but no record of him has
been found. These were all Scotch-Irish Presbyterians ; and
they and their families were members of the Buffalo congrega-
Watson Wharton, son of Hinmon, of Sussex County, Dela-
ware, came here in 1787. He first located on Buffalo Creek,
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a farm on both sides of North Buffalo, where Walter L. Wharton
now lives. His first wife was Martha Evans, and his second
wife was Mrs. Angeletta Evans Schoolfield. The children by
the first marriage were Elam, Jesse, Elisha, Tabitha, John,
Anne, Gideon, and Martha, and by the second marriage Evans.
Elam married Elizabeth, daughter of William Rankin, in 1791,
and lived on Reedy Fork, and owned what was later known as
the Doggett 's Mill ; Jesse died young ; Elisha married first Eliza-
beth Schoolfield, a daughter of his father's second wife, in
1796, and second Mrs. Martha Young Porter, sister of Col.
Matthew Young, in 1818, and lived on Buffalo Creek where
Montford Huffines now lives ; Tabitha married John Chambers
Rankin, son of William, in 1801, and lived at the old John
Chambers place, three miles north of the church ; John married
Sarah, daughter of William Rankin, in 1800, and lived for thirty
years near Alamance Church, then moved west ; Anne married
Col. William Gott and lived in Greensboro ; Gideon married
Mary, daughter of Thomas Woodburn, and lived two miles east
of his father's place; Martha married Arthur Woodburn, son
of Thomas, in 1805 ; Evans married Benitha, daughter of Leven
Caulk, in 1808, and lived at the home place. Watson Wharton
died in 1813.
For the history of the Whartons and the complete genealogy
of the Watson Wharton family see ' ' Rankin and Wharton Fam-
ilies and Their Genealogy," by S. M. Rankin.
John Schoolfield came to North Carolina from Delaware with
his stepfather, Watson Wharton, in 1787. He married first
Agnes, daughter of William Rankin, in 1800, and located three
miles northeast of the church. Their children were Betsy Ann,
Sarah, Joseph, William, Jane, John E., Ranl^in C, Nancy*,
Daniel G. and Samuel. His second wife was Mary Climer, and
their children were Angeletta and Mary. Betsy Ann married
Jeremiah Dean in 1820 ; Sarah was the second wife of Samuel
Hatrick, son of Robert ; Joseph moved to Tennessee ; William
married Rlioda Webb, and moved to Kentucky; Jane and John
E. died unmarried; Rankin C. married Sarah, daughter of Sam-
uel Cummins, and moved to Clay County, Mo. ; Nancy died
young; Daniel G. married first Elizabeth King, second Lavinia
Brewer, and third Elizabeth Wooters in 1856 ; Dr. Samuel mar-
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afterwards moved to Mississippi, and later to Illinois, where he
Benjamin Aydelotte, a young man, came to North Carolina
from Maryland, and bought a farm of Francis Bell on Sugar
Tree Creek (now Jordan's Branch), a mile and a half north-
east of the church in 1789. He married Tabitha, daughter of
Nathan Hill, and their children were Parker, Shealy, Shadrack,
Leven, Lucy and Sarah. Parker married Mary Shaw in 1803 ;
Shealy married Joseph Spruce in 1797 ; Shadrack moved to
California ; Leven married Lavenia, daughter of James Coots,
and James B. Minor is a grandson of that union ; Lucy married
William Covey in 1817 ; Sarah married Mr. Wooters. There
were other Aydelotte families in the county before Benjamin
came. He died in 1813.
married Jean, daughter of George Black, in 1791, and located
about three miles north of Buffalo Church. Their children were
Agnes, Ralph, Catherine, Jennie and Marianna. Agnes mar-
ried in Staunton, Va. ; Ralph married Deborah Busick in 1822 ;
Catherine married John Davis in 1819 ; Jane married Caleb
Dean in 1826. William Gorrell died in 1816.
Robert Doak, son of John, of Alamance Church section,
bought of James McQuiston a farm on the head waters of North
Buffalo in 1795 and located there. His wife was Hannah, and
their children were Rebecca, John, James, Robert, William,
Hannah, Elizabeth, Daniel and Mary. Rebecca married Robert
Gorrell, son of Ralph, Sr. ; Col. William married Thankful,
youngest daughter of Col. Daniel Gillespie, in 1802 ; Hannah
never married ; Elizabeth married Thomas Caldwell, son of Rev.
Dr. Caldwell ; Mary married David Gorrell, son of Ralph, Sr.,
and died shortly thereafter.
there 500 acres. He died about 1800, leaving two children,
James and Polly, and perhaps others. Polly married John
Donaldson in 1799 ; James married M'argaret, daughter of
Nathan and Millie Lester. James died in 1826, leaving one
child, Eliza, who married Lorenzo D. Orrell. Mrs. Margaret
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Buffalo Church roll.
the Court House about 1797, and operated a store. His father
lived ten miles southwest of the church. As he was a Scotch-
Irish Presbyterian, he must have attended Buffalo Church.
Robert, Jr., married Letitia, daughter of Jeduthan Harper, of
Randolph County, in 1803, and their children were Jeduthan H.,
Jesse H., Robert G., Anne Eliza and Mary. Jeduthan H. mar-
ried Miss Strange ; Jesse H. married Amelia Gazel Ellison ;
Robert G. married Miss Marianna P. Austin and lived in Greens-
boro ; Anne Eliza married Governor John M. Morehead ; Mary
married James Turner Morehead. Robert Lindsay died in 1818
and is buried in Buffalo Cemetery.
Rebecca, James and Jean Boyd a farm on Reedy Fork and
located there in 1799. He had married Mary, daughter of Wil-
liam Paisley, Sr., in 1775. Their children were Eleanor, Mary,
John, Jean, Martha, William P., Robert and James W. Eleanor
married Thomas Blair, Jr., 1800 ; Mary married Alexander
Whem. All of these with the exception of James W. went to
Tennessee to lands willed them by tlieir father. James Doak,
Sr., died in 1806.
William Woodburn, son of Thomas, of Alamance Church
section, married Thankful, daughter of William Cusack, in 1798,
and located two miles northeast of Buffalo Church. He died in
1806, leaving one child, Anne, who married David Wiley, of
Alamance Church, and was the mother of Dr. Calvin H. Wiley
and Mrs. Ascenith Denny, wife of George A. Denny.
section, married Sarah, daughter of Andrew Donnell, in 1799,
and located on North Buffalo. Their children were Nancy, Rob-
ert T., Ascenith, Elial, Sarah, Anna and James Morrison.
Nancy married James Weatherly, Jr. ; Robert T. married Bra-
zilla, daughter of Joseph Ranl^in, in 1829 ; Asenith married
David Forbis, son of Hugh, in 1826 ; Elial moved to Wades-
boro ; Anna and James Morrison died unmarried. David Wood-
burn died in 1834.
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married Mrs. Jane McAdoo Scott, widow of Samuel Scott,
Jr. Jr., and daughter of James McAdoo, Sr., in 1799, and
located on Richland Creek. Their children were Eliza and
Jane. Eliza married John M. Gilchrist, and Jane married Col.
William Denny. Col. Ryan died in 1843.
Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Maxwell, about 1800. It is
thought he came from Rockingham County. Their children
were James, Samuel, Alexander and Easter. James married
first Lavenia, daughter of Adam Scott, in 1828, and second Isa-
bella, daughter of Adam Mitchell, in 1846 ; Alexander married
first Epsy Caroline, daughter of Thomas Scott, in 1838, and
second Malvina, daughter of James and Nancy Scott Donnell,
in 1843 ; Easter married John V. Jones. Several of the
McNeely families later went to the Methodist church.
married Mary, daughter of William and Rebecca Scott, in 1800,
and located two miles north of the church. Their children were
William, Hannah, Alexander, John Scott, Rebecca, Margaret
and Nancy. William married Zillah, daughter of Samuel
McLean, in 1827 ; Hannah married Rankin Donnell, son of
Thomas and Nancy Rankin Donnell, in 1823 ; John Scott mar-
ried Almira Matilda Alexander, of Mecklenburg County, in
1833 and located there ; Rebecca married John Calvin McLean,
son of Samuel, in 1829 ; Margaret married Dr. William D. Scott,
son of Adam, in 1836; Nancy married Roddy E. Hanner, son of
John and Sarah McAdoo Hanner, in 1841 ; Alexander died
John Chambers Rankin, son of William, married Tabitha,
daughter of Watson Wharton, in 1801, and located at the home
place of his grandfather, John Chambers, north of the church.
Their children were Jesse, Jane, William, Martha, Malinda, John
C, Jr., Watson W., Tabitha and Samuel D. Rev. Jesse married
first Polly M., daughter of Rev. William D. Paisley, in 1825, and
second Anne Delight, daughter of David D. Salmon, of Fay-
etteville, in 1831 ; Jane married James Wharton, son of Elisha, in
1822 ; William died at the age of seventeen years ; Martha mar-
ried Ibson Cannon, of Cabarrus County, in 1830 ; Malinda mar-
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John C. married first Sarah Comfort, of New Jersey, in 1840,
and second Mrs. Callie Donnell Scales, daughter of James and
Nancy Scott Donnell; Dr. Watson W. married Sarah E., daugh-
ter of J. R. Alexander, of Rowan County; Tabitha married
Richard Cowan, of Rowan County, in 1847 ; Dr. Samuel D. mar-
ried Mary Ella, daughter of Robert Gillespie, of Rowan County,
in 1843. John C. Rankin, Sr., died in 1858.
John Gillespie, in 1802, and that same year bought of Col. Gil-
lespie a farm on the south side of South Buffalo, later known
as the John A. Young nursery tract. Their children were Jane,
Alfred E., John G., Orpheus S., Malinda, Daniel J., Anne Eliza,
Allen A., Caroline and two others who died young. Jane mar-
ried Joseph Armfield; Col. Alfred E. died unmarried; Dr. John
G. moved to Chatham County; Orpheus S. married Margaret E.
Goldston ; Daniel J. married Susan J., daughter of Col. Matthew
Young ; Anne Eliza married William G. Tucker in 1859 ; Caro-
line married Robert C. Young, son of Col. Matthew; Malinda
and Allen A. never married. John Hanner, Sr., died in 1850.
North Buffalo, where the Liberty Hill store stands, in 1804 and
located there. He was born in Ireland in 1757, and was the son
of Samuel and Christianna Smart Hatrick. He came to Guil-
ford in 1776 and shortly thereafter married his first cousin,
Rachel, daughter of Walter Denny. Their children were Eliza-
beth M., Anna, Sarah G., Samuel and Isabella. Elizabeth and
Isabella never married ; Anna married William Donnell, son of
Andrew, in 1824; Sarah G. married Samuel H. Denny, son of
William, in 1830 ; Samuel married first Lucinda, daughter of
Evans Wharton, in 1829; and second Sarah, daughter of John
Schoolfield, in 1843. Robert Hatrick died in 1838.
tinsville in 1805, and located there for the practice of medicine.
A number of the wills and deeds of the Buffalo members were
witnessed by him. He must have been a member of the con-
Hugh Kirkpatrick bought a farm on the Reedy Pork in
1806. John Kirkpatrick secured from Earl Granville 300 acres
Judge John McClintock Dick
1791 - ISol
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John, We have found no papers of the settlement of John's
estate. Hugh married Martha Nelson, and their children were
William, Hugh, Naomi, Sarah, Ruth and Martha. William mar-
ried Rebecca , and died, leaving one child, Elizabeth ;
Hugh, Jr., moved to Kentucky ; Naomi married Francis Walker ;
Sarah married Isaac Warf ord ; Ruth married James Fitzgerald.
Hugh, Sr., died in 1832. Elijah may have been a brother of
Hugh, Sr., as his name appears on the court house records about
the same time.
Simeon Geren was living at the John C. Wharton place, one
mile east of Greensboro, in 1809. He and his son Abraham sold
this place to Reuben Dick in 1827. Abraham's wife, Rebecca
(1786-1822) is buried in our cemetery, and the family must
have been members of Buffalo. Eliza C, a sister of Abraham,
married William N. Gibson in 1826 ; another sister, Polly, mar-
ried Isaac Gibson in 1827. Simeon and Abraham Geren were
merchants in Greensboro. Simeon Geren was sheriff of the
county in 1812.
Robert Moderwell came to Greensboro from Staunton, Va., in
1814 and operated a store. He had married Martha Shields.
They united with Buffalo. There were no children. Robert
Moderwell died in 1836.
tion, located in Greensboro for the practice of law in 1816. He
married Parthenia Paine Williamson, of Person County, and
their children were James W., Robert P., John G. A., William
A., Edward L., Fred N., Susan, Mildred J. and Annie W. James
W. married first Bettie G. Wright, and second Lucy M. Brown ;
Judge Robert P. married Mary Eloise, daughter of George
Adams, of Pittsylvania County, Va., in 1848 ; John G. A. mar-
ried Mary E. Dodson in 1861 ; William A. married Miss
McQueen, of Wilmington ; we have no record of Fred N. ; Susan
married first Absolom T. Humphreys, son of Henry, in 1842,
second Dr. D. P. Weir, and third David B. Bell, of Enfield,
N. C, in 1881 ; Mildred J. married Col. William S. Rankin, son
of John Calvin, in 1867 ; Edward L. and Annie W. died un-
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600 acres two miles west of the church and located here in 1817.
He married Katie Loy, and their children were Jacob, George,
William, Soj)hia, Daniel, Henry, Lewis, Elias and Joel. Jacob
is the one who secured the contract and erected the present
church building in 1827. He married Sarah Albright, of
Orange County ; George married Patsy Albright, and their son,
James W., is the one who wrote the history of Greensboro ;
Sophia married Daniel Albright, of Orange County (now Ala-
mance) ; Daniel married Millie Holt; Henry married Letty
Foust ; Lewis married Elizabeth Albright ; Elias married first
Tempe Hobbs, and second Mary Woodburn. We have no record
of William and Joel,
Jacob Albright, the oldest son of Daniel, is the one most
closely associated with Buffalo. The children of Jacob and
Sarah were Elizabeth C, Rebecca J., Sarah P., Daniel E., George
W., Julia A. and William M. Daniel Albright, Sr., died in
Henry Humphreys came from Maryland and located first at
Jamestown, and in 1817 he came to Greensboro. He was a suc-
cessful business man, and in 1833 put in operation a steam
cotton mill, the first in the south. He married first Mary Bald-
win, of Caswell County, and second Mrs. Letitia Harper Lind-
say. His children by the first marriage were Annie and Louisa,
and by the second marriage Absolom T., Sarah and Henry P.
Annie married Thomas R. Tate; Absolom T. married Susan,
daughter of Judge John M. Dick, in 1842 ; Sarah married Capt.
W. H. Walton, of Carthage, Tenn., in 1849 ; Louisa and Henry
P. died unmarried. Henry Humphreys died in 1840.
Rev. William D. Paisley, son of Col. John and Marianna
Denny Paisley, located in the village of Greensboro in 1820,
and taught a school. He also bought a farm between Greens-
boro and the church. There was no church in Greensboro and
his family united with Buffalo. Three of his daughters are
buried in the cemetery here. He married Frances, daughter of
General Alexander Mebane, and their children were Polly M.,
Mary Ann, Julianna, Harriet J. and Sarah J. Polly M. mar-
ried Rev. Jesse Rankin, son of John Chambers Ranlvin, in 1825 ;
Julianna married Congressman John A. Gilmer, son of Robert
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Lexington, Va., in 1836 ; Mary Anne and Harriet J. died young.
Mr. Paisley's family moved their membership to Greensboro
when their father organized the First Presbyterian Church there
in 1824. Mr. Paisley often preached at Buffalo. It was his
terson, of the Rock Creek section, in 1821, and located on North
Buffalo. His name appears as one of those who paid pew rent
in 1830. They had several children. This family moved to
Tennessee in 1840.
Bryant Piercy bought of "William Donnell 246 acres east of
the church — the Sikes place — in 1821, and located here. He
married Lydia, daughter of George and Lydia Forbis Donnell,
in 1821, and their children were Milton, Parthenia, Pleasant,