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The Battle of Alamance

William Tryon Did you know that the Battle of Alamance fought on May 16, 1771 shed the first blood of the struggle for American Independence? It is said that the shots fired at Lexington were "heard around the world." but let it not be forgotten that almost four years before the day of Lexington, shots were fired at Alamance, and that Lexington continued the fight. William Tryon, the Royal Governor of North Carolina, was referred to as the "wolf" because he oppressed the people of his province to the point where they were obliged to do one or two things, viz: resist him or become slaves. A group of patriots resolved to resist and formed themselves into an organization known as "Regulators." 2,000 to 3,000 arose partly armed and met the forces of the royal Governor at Alamance. "Lay down your guns or I will fire!" shouted the British commander. "Fire and be damned!" shouted back the leader of the Regulators. However, the Regulators were defeated and dispersed. The Brave General Isaac Gregory of Fairfax Hall Orphan Boy Fights Major Battles during Revolutionary War The Siege of Charleston The Battle of Cross Creek The Treatment of British Prisoners during the Battle of Kings Mountain John Penn, North Carolina Patriot The Battle of Guilford Court House The Battle of Eutaw Springs The Battle of Rockfish Branch on the Cape Fear River Patriots in North Carolina, a Precurser to the American Revolution Soldier from Rockingham in Battle of Camden Minutemen Played a Crucial Roll in the Revolutionary War Villians in the Revolutionary War Every Revolutionary War Pension has a Story An Eyewitness to the Surrender of Lord Cornwallis "Mad" Anthony Wayne Colonel Benjamin Cleaveland, Hero of Kings Mountain/a>

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Those Who Came to Burlington, North Carolina

BurlingtonThe city of Burlington is located in the Piedmont district of North Carolina. Nearby is its mountain region which includes the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. During the 18th century when so many settlers were traveling the "Great Wagon Road" down from Pennsylvania, most of these settlers were either English or Irish Quakers, Scotch-Irish Presbyterian, or German Lutherans. Early settlers had to contend with the Native Indians being pushed westward. Then, the local government lauded inquitable taxation upon the land which caused the Regulation Movement of 1766. During this movement, the people of Alamance County formed a militia to battle the state government, a skirmish which lasted about two hours. The state militia under the command of the Royal Governor Tyron defeated the Regulators and reached an agreement which restored peace.

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First Mention of the Alamance Region

John Lederer Dr. John Lederer, a German physician, was an explorer ca 1670 of the trading paths belonging to the Native Americans. He observed the Oenocks or Enos near (now) Hillsborough, further describing the Alamance region. "Fourteen miles West Southwest of the Oenocks dwell the Shackory Indians upon a rich Soyl, and yet abounding in antimony, of which they shewed me considerable quantities. Finding them agree with the Oenocks in Customs and Manners, I made no stay here, but passing thorow their town." When John Lawson, a British citizen, explored the Carolinas during the early 18th century to explore plant life, he observed the Indian tribes in the region. Source: A New Voyage to Carolina by John Lawson.

Alamance County Genealogy Records


The city of Mebanesville, North Carolina was named after General Alexander Mebane Jr., a General during the American Revolutionary War. Afterwards, he was a member of the U S. Congress.

Alamance County was created in 1849 from Orange County. Its county seat is Graham.[3] Formed in 1849 from Orange County to the east.

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  1. Marriage Bonds 1850 to 1866
  2. Map of Alamance County Railroad Property
Records available at North Carolina State Archives
  1. Miscellaneous Records 1836 to 1939
  2. List of Estates (Names) 1856-1949 (Adams to Zachary)

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