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Siege of Savannah

George Dameron served two years in the war from 1777 to 1779 when he was taken prisoner until the end of the war. He first enlisted under Captain John Dooly, commander of a horse in Pittsylvania County and was stationed at Ft. Dooly. From there he was at Herds Fort, and finally sent to the Georgia frontier under Lt. Cannon at a fort located on the Ogeechee River (Fort James) surrounded by Tories and Indians. Then, he was at Masons Fort on the Georgia frontier, then at Augusta under Captain Burrell Smith. To research the broad stroke which the pension of Dameron described his service, it is necessary to follow Captain Burrell Smith. This officer was killed on August 8, 1779 at Woffords Iron Works in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Dameron mentioned that his last service was in Savannah. Apparently, after Woffords Iron Works his regiment was sent to Savannah to participate in the siege during the fall of 1779 where he was captured. The siege of Savannah was the second deadliest battle of the Revolutionary War. It was the most serious military confrontation in Georgia between British and the Continental troops. During this confrontation, the Americans, with help from French forces, failed to liberate the city from its yearlong occupation by the British. The Continental army's failure to recapture Savannah was a signal victory for the British in a distinctly international affair. Therefore, while reading the pensions of Revolutionary War Soldiers, the genealogist has to research the surrounding history to ascertain all of the facts.

Smallpox during the Revolutionary War

John Starrett served in the North Carolina State Militia under General Greene and was disabled by the loss of an eye " in consequence of the smallpox." During 1805 he appointed John Moon of Lincoln County to collect his pension because he was unable to go to superior court nor any other place. He could nor ride nor walk. The injury occurred sometime during February of 1781 he was drafted to serve 3 months as a militia soldier under General Greene to go against Lord Cornwallis. Upon being exposed to the cold, he was taken with smallpox and lost one of his eyes and has from that date suffered and been unable to do labor. George Cox and Captain Samuel Caldwell were both in service with Starrett when he took the smallpox between Guilford and Hi11sborough, North Carolina. Source: Treasurer's and Comptroller's Records, Veterans Pensions, N. C. Archives The Revolutionary War along the eastern seaboard was plagued with instances of smallpox, 1776 to 1782. However, was already raging in Boston during 1775. During the siege of boston by General George Washington the disease broke out among both Continental and British camps. Many escaped slaves who fled from the British lines in the South likewise contracted smallpox and died.

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A Bed of Iron Ore

Madison Cold-Blask Furnace A large bed of iron ore was discovered in Eastern Lincoln County by Peter Forney who obtained land grants in 1789 to a large section of the barren hills. Forney exploited the iron depositions and was followed by Alexander Brevard, Joseph Graham and John Davidson. It was not loong before forges, furnaces and bloomeries were established along the Big Ore Bank and by 1810 Lincoln County was home to six iron bloomeries. During the 1820s, as bar iron was utilized by local blacksmiths, the Big Ore Bank led the State in the production of iron. The ore was claimed in 1824 by Denison Olmsted and extended from the base of Little Mountain on the North, to the foot of King's Mountain on the South. When railroads were constructed through North Carolina, iron flooded the market simultaneously as cheaper iron arrived from Pennsylvania. This caused the operations along the Big Ore Bank to decline in production. Sources: Report of the Geological Survey of North Carolina (1875); Annals of Lincoln County, North Carolina (1932).

Vesuvius Furnace and Tirza Force Iron Works

The Madison Iron Furnace of Lincoln County, built ca 1809. John Davidson come to Lincoln County from Pennsylvania and was appointed by the Provincial Congress which met at Halifax on the 4th day of April 1776. He was a field officer (Major) at the time. Later on, he served as a General in the North Carolina State Militia when he fought with General Sumpter in August of 1780 during the battle of the Hanging Rock. After the war, John Davidson established the Vesuvius Furnace and Tirza Forge Iron Works in Lincoln County. His residence was located about one mile east of Toole's Ford on the Catawba river where he planted an Elm tree in front of the old family mansion.

Lincoln County Wills and Estates


LincolntonLincoln county was formed in 1779 from the eastern part of Tryon County. During 1782 the southeastern part of Burke County was annexed into Lincoln County. In 1841 parts of Lincoln County and Rutherford County were combined to form Cleveland County. In 1842 the northern third of Lincoln County became Catawba County. In 1846 the southern half of what was left of Lincoln County became Gaston County. Lincolnton pictured.

Lincoln County Wills and other Records Available to Members of North Carolina Pioneers

Miscellaneous Wills
  • Perkins, Eli 1830 deed
  • Perkins, Eli, deceased, 1838 Estate, Court of Equity
  • Perkins, Ephraim, deceased, Writ of Partition dated 1838
  • Perkins, John deed dated 1790
  • Perkins, Reuben, Article of Agreement dated 1838
  • Perkins, Joseph |, deceased, 1840 Claim
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Lincoln County Wills and Estates 1824 to 1838
  • Index to Lincoln County Wills 1838 to 1856
  • Index to Lincoln County Wills 1856 to 1868
Images of Wills 1824 to 1838

Testators: Adams, Mary | Adams, Samuel | Aker, Charles | Aker, Sally | Alexander, Robert | Anthony, Philip | Arney, Christopher | Asburn, Daniel | Ballard, James | Bandy, Christiana \ Barber, Serah | Beam, David Sr. | Beaty, Francis | Beaty, Thomas | Belick, Jacob | Bell, Jane | Bell, Thomas | Bengel, Henry | Berry, John | Berry, Robert | Berry, William G. | Bird, Prince | Blackwood, Samuel | Boney, Matthew | Boyd, Robert | | Bradly, William | Brevard, Alexander Burner, Samuel | Butler, Polly | Carpenter, Henry | Carpenter, Jacob | Cathey, George | Cathey, John | Chaffey, Joseph M. | Chandler, Timothy | Collins, Samuel | Costner, Jones | Crouse, John | Crouse, Lary | Dameron, Thomas | Davis, John | Deal, Peter | Dellinger, David | Dellinger, John | Dellinger, Joseph | Dellinger, Michael | Denburgh, Philip | Endsley, John | Endlsley, John| (2) | Falls, Elizabeth | Falls, Esther | Falls, George | Falls, John | Falls, Mary | Falls, William | Ferguson, Mary | Fingers, Daniel | Finger, Jones | Fish, William | Fisher, John | Fleming, Archibald | Forney, Peter | Foyl, Margaret | Fry, Jacob | Fry, Philip | Fukewider, John | Gaultney, Mary | Gaultney, Nathan | Gammey, John | Gibbs, William | Gibson, Thomas | Gilliland, Thomas | Gissom, Drury | Gladen, Moses | Glen, John | Glenn, John Jr. | Goodson, Abner | Graham, John | Graham, Joseph | Groves, Samuel | Gullick, Johnathan |Hager, Christopher | Hager, Johnson | Hager, Jonathan | Hallman, Anthony | Harding, Daniel | Hawn, David | Henry , Thomas | Harmon, David | Hefner, John | Henderson, John C. | Henkel, David | Hoke, Henry | Holland, James | Holms, Jacob | Honer, Thomas | Hoover, Daniel | House, Elizabeth | House, Henry | Howell, John |Hoyl, Peter | Huet, Lewis | Huffman, John | Hunter, H. | Irwin, Peter | Jenkins, Hugh | Johnson, Richard | Johnston, Robert | Jones, George | Jugle, Michael | Kale, Balen | Killian, Jacob | King, James | Kiser, Adam | Knox, John | Knox, Robert | Lane, Jacob Sr. | Lee, James | Limfield, David | Linch, Anna | Lingerfelt, John | Linhardt, Varrana | Little, Serah | Little, William | Lockman, John | Loften, James | Long, Jonathan | Lowrance, Isaac | Lynn, John | Martin, Martha | Martin, Susannah | Mason, Thomas | McCason, John | McLean, William | McClung, Nathaniel | McKee, James | McNier, Rachel | Melen, William | Millen, Edward | Miller, John | Miller, John (2) | Mitchell, Mary | Moody, John | Moore, Alexander | Moore, John | Moorman, Samuel | Morrison, William | Morrow, George | Mull, John | Munday, Jeremiah | Neagle, John | Neagle, John (2) | Neil, Adam Sr.| Nilfong, George | Nixon, James | Nixon, Robert | | Noll, John | Oats, John | Oldsager, Hannah | Pierson, John | Potter, William | Powelton, Hiram | Price, William | Ramsay, Robert | Ramsay, William | Ramsour, Henry | Rankin, James | Rankin, Samuel | Ratchford, Mary | Remhardt, Serah | Renely, Andrew | Rhyne, Peter | Rhyne, Thomas | Richardson, Catharine | Roberson, Serah | Robinson, Elizabeth | Ross, Peter | Roupen, John | Rozel, Richard | Rudisell, Michael | Russ, Adam | Rutledge, Sally | Sadler, Henry | Schenck, Henry | Scott, Rosanna Scott, William | Seagle, Adam | Shannon, James | Shelter, Nelson | Sherrill, Aaron | Sherrill, Elisha | Sherrell, Joseph | Sherrill, Moses | Shuford, David | Shuford, Daniel | Sigman, George | Sigman, George | (2) | Smith, Henry | Starr, Jacob | Strong, Daniel | Stroup, Philip | Sullivan, Daniel | Sullivan, James | Summerow, Henry | Sumons, Margaret | Thompson, Charles | Urich, Elizabeth | Van Dyke, Margaret | Vickers, William | Welles, James | Wells, Burwell | West, Barney | West, Robert | Whitener, Daniel | Whitener, Philip | Whiteside, Edward | Wilkerson, John | William |s, Lightfoot | Willson, John | Wilson, Elizabeth | Wilson, Serah | Wilson, Thomas | Wilson, William | Wise, Jacob | Wyke, Joseph | Zimmerman, John

Lincoln County Wills and other Records Available to Members of North Carolina Pioneers

Images of Wills 1824 to 1838

Testators: Adams, Mary | Adams, Samuel | Aker, Charles | Aker, Sally | Alexander, Robert | Anthony, Philip | Arney, Christopher | Asburn, Daniel | Ballard, James | Bandy, Christiana \ Barber, Serah | Beam, David Sr. | Beaty, Francis | Beaty, Thomas | Belick, Jacob | Bell, Jane | Bell, Thomas | Bengel, Henry | Berry, John | Berry, Robert | Berry, William G. | Bird, Prince | Blackwood, Samuel | Boney, Matthew | Boyd, Robert | | Bradly, William | Brevard, Alexander Burner, Samuel | Butler, Polly | Carpenter, Henry | Carpenter, Jacob | Cathey, George | Cathey, John | Chaffey, Joseph M. | Chandler, Timothy | Collins, Samuel | Costner, Jones | Crouse, John | Crouse, Lary | Dameron, Thomas | Davis, John | Deal, Peter | Dellinger, David | Dellinger, John | Dellinger, Joseph | Dellinger, Michael | Denburgh, Philip | Endsley, John | Endlsley, John| (2) | Falls, Elizabeth | Falls, Esther | Falls, George | Falls, John | Falls, Mary | Falls, William | Ferguson, Mary | Fingers, Daniel | Finger, Jones | Fish, William | Fisher, John | Fleming, Archibald | Forney, Peter | Foyl, Margaret | Fry, Jacob | Fry, Philip | Fukewider, John | Gaultney, Mary | Gaultney, Nathan | Gammey, John | Gibbs, William | Gibson, Thomas | Gilliland, Thomas | Gissom, Drury | Gladen, Moses | Glen, John | Glenn, John Jr. | Goodson, Abner | Graham, John | Graham, Joseph | Groves, Samuel | Gullick, Johnathan |Hager, Christopher | Hager, Johnson | Hager, Jonathan | Hallman, Anthony | Harding, Daniel | Hawn, David | Henry , Thomas | Harmon, David | Hefner, John | Henderson, John C. | Henkel, David | Hoke, Henry | Holland, James | Holms, Jacob | Honer, Thomas | Hoover, Daniel | House, Elizabeth | House, Henry | Howell, John |Hoyl, Peter | Huet, Lewis | Huffman, John | Hunter, H. | Irwin, Peter | Jenkins, Hugh | Johnson, Richard | Johnston, Robert | Jones, George | Jugle, Michael | Kale, Balen | Killian, Jacob | King, James | Kiser, Adam | Knox, John | Knox, Robert | Lane, Jacob Sr. | Lee, James | Limfield, David | Linch, Anna | Lingerfelt, John | Linhardt, Varrana | Little, Serah | Little, William | Lockman, John | Loften, James | Long, Jonathan | Lowrance, Isaac | Lynn, John | Martin, Martha | Martin, Susannah | Mason, Thomas | McCason, John | McLean, William | McClung, Nathaniel | McKee, James | McNier, Rachel | Melen, William | Millen, Edward | Miller, John | Miller, John (2) | Mitchell, Mary | Moody, John | Moore, Alexander | Moore, John | Moorman, Samuel | Morrison, William | Morrow, George | Mull, John | Munday, Jeremiah | Neagle, John | Neagle, John (2) | Neil, Adam Sr.| Nilfong, George | Nixon, James | Nixon, Robert | | Noll, John | Oats, John | Oldsager, Hannah | Pierson, John | Potter, William | Powelton, Hiram | Price, William | Ramsay, Robert | Ramsay, William | Ramsour, Henry | Rankin, James | Rankin, Samuel | Ratchford, Mary | Remhardt, Serah | Renely, Andrew | Rhyne, Peter | Rhyne, Thomas | Richardson, Catharine | Roberson, Serah | Robinson, Elizabeth | Ross, Peter | Roupen, John | Rozel, Richard | Rudisell, Michael | Russ, Adam | Rutledge, Sally | Sadler, Henry | Schenck, Henry | Scott, Rosanna Scott, William | Seagle, Adam | Shannon, James | Shelter, Nelson | Sherrill, Aaron | Sherrill, Elisha | Sherrell, Joseph | Sherrill, Moses | Shuford, David | Shuford, Daniel | Sigman, George | Sigman, George | (2) | Smith, Henry | Starr, Jacob | Strong, Daniel | Stroup, Philip | Sullivan, Daniel | Sullivan, James | Summerow, Henry | Sumons, Margaret | Thompson, Charles | Urich, Elizabeth | Van Dyke, Margaret | Vickers, William | Welles, James | Wells, Burwell | West, Barney | West, Robert | Whitener, Daniel | Whitener, Philip | Whiteside, Edward | Wilkerson, John | William |s, Lightfoot | Willson, John | Wilson, Elizabeth | Wilson, Serah | Wilson, Thomas | Wilson, William | Wise, Jacob | Wyke, Joseph | Zimmerman, John

Images of Lincoln County Wills 1838 to 1843

Testators: Angel, Josiah | Barry, Andrew | Beaty, Isabella | Benton, Robert H.| Boggs, William Sr. | Carpenter, Elizabeth | Carpenter, Jacob | Clark, Alexander | Clay, Joseph | Cline, Michael | Cloninger, Mary | Coons, William | Creasemore, Henry | Crouse, Ann | Crow, Thomas | Davenport, Mary | Deel, Elizabeth | Dickson, John | Doggett, John R. | Espey, Samuel | Falls, Andrew | Gibson, Hugh | Gridon, Sarah | Hager, John Sr. | Harmon, Rachel | Harmon, Richard | Henderson, Lawson | Hendon, Sarah | Henry, James | Hill, Jane | Holds, James Jr. | Huger, Solomon | Huger, William Sr.| Hull, Charles | Ishenhower, George | Kidd, William | Kistler, Susannah | Knoles, David | Lofton, Eldridge | Long, Leonard | Loughman, Peter | Mauney, Peter | McClure, Rachel | Montgomery, Joseph | Moore, Elizabeth | Motz, John | Mull, John | Mull, Mary | Patterson, James | Peeper, James| Pittlemere, David | Proctor, Benjamin | Rabb, Judith | Ramsay, James | Ramsour, David | Ramsour, John Jr.| Rudisell, William |Scott, William A. | Sherrill, Alexander | Sherrill, Enos | Sherrill, Logan | Sigmon, Christopher | Simmons, Peter | Stowe, Abram | Stowe, Lemuel | Thomas, Robert | Tipping, Conrad | Titman, Philip | Ward, Polser | Weathers, Elisha | Weaver, Conrad | Wilfong, John | Williams, Mary | Witherspoon, James

Digital Images of Lincoln County Wills 1843 to 1856

Testators: Abernathy, William | Allen, Elizabeth | Anthony, George| Bailey, William | Bess, Hiram | Black, Ephraim | Brevard, Joseph M. | Brown, Robert | Bussman, Henry | Bysine, Catherine | Cansler, Peter | Carpenter, David | Carpenter, Peter | Coon, George Sr. | Daves, Peter | Dellinger, Peter| Derr, Moses Able | Derr, Rufus Miller | Dews, Thomas| Duffey, John | Dunkin, Absalom | Eaker, Peter | Ferguson, Elizabeth | Fronabarger, David | Glamey, John R.| Graham, James | Graham, John D. | Griggs, Berry | Hallman, Jacob | Hampton, Thomas| Hansell, James | Harrie, Martin | Harrison, Unity | Haup, Peter | Hayes, John | Haynes, James| Henderson, Lawson | Henry, R. F. | Henson, Peter | Hoke, John | Hoke, Richard | Hovis, Solomon | Hoyl, Eli | Hoyle, Eli | Hugerfelt, John | Hull, Anthony S. | Huver, Solomon | Keener, Adam | Kestler, Paul| Lane, Peter| Little, Sherod | Mauney, Catherine | Mauney, Christian| McCullock, James | McLarg, Elizabeth | Morris, Joseph | Nixon, Joshua| Oates, Robert | Philips, Mary | Quickel, Michael | Reef, Susanna | Reep, Peter | Robinson, James A. | Schenck, Michael | Seleche, Margaret | Shurling, Jacob | Spain, Susan | Springs, Adam | Summerour, Michael | Thompson, Ann| Weaver, Henry | Wilson, Samuel | Wingate, James

Images of Lincoln County Wills 1856 to 1868

Testators: Abernathy, Miles | Abernathy, Turner | Alexander, James T.| Benick, Henry | Brient, John | Brotherton, James | Burton, Alfred M. | Butts, John | Carpenter, Amelia | Carpenter, Caleb | Carpenter, Jacob J. | Carpenter, Moses | Childers, George P. | Cline, John | Coulter, John | Craft, David | Crooks, David | Dellinger, Adam | Dellinger, Andrew | Dellinger, Samuel | Derr, Mary | Edwards, Lewis | Glenn, John | Greenhill, Philip | Greenfield, Robert | Hafner, Daniel | Hafner, Levi | Hager, James | Hager, John B. | Hoke, Francis, Mrs. | Hoke, George M. | Hoke, Sarah E. | Holdbrooks, Serena | Hoover, Jacob | House, Henry | Houser, Isaac | Houser, Jacob | Houser, Martha | Houston, Franklin W. | Hull, Benjamin | Hull, Major Ilan, Nicholas | Ingles, Andrew | Keevers, Thomas | Killian, Andrew | Killiam, Jacob | Kincaid, David | Kincaid, James | King, William | Kistler, Henry | Landers, Samuel | Lehmons, Francis J. | Leonhardt, Daniel | Leonhardt, Jacob | Little, L. C. | Lockman, John A. | Luckey, David | Lucky, James | Lutz, Daniel | Lutz, Daniel A. | McCowen, James | McNeely, Robert | Moore, James | Moore, Martha C. | Mullen, Edwin | Nixon, James | Nixon, John | Nixon, John (2) | Quickle, Elizabeth | Ramsour, A. A. | Ramsour, C. H. | Ramsour, General S. D. | Ramsour, Jacob | Ramsour, John | Randleman, Henry | Rhyne, Jonas | Riddick, Richard A.| Robinson, Isaac | Rudisill, Margaret | Saboch, Peter | Schenck, D. W. | Schenck, Elizabeth | Schenck, Michael | Spratt, Hugh | Spratt, Thomas | Summerow, Daniel | Summy, Peter | Thornton, Malinda | Wehunt, Caleb| Williams, John | Williams, Sarah | Williams, Thomas | Williamson, Charles | Wilson, Lafayette | Wingate, Jesse | Wingate, Needham | Wise, John | Wood, Vincent

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