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Notice the Name of the Clan Onboard a Shipload of Passengers from Scotland. Wow!

Flora MacDonald About 1775, a shipload of passengers from Scotland, mostly the MacDonald Clan which included the infamous Flora MacDonald (the one who hid bonny Prince Charles from the English). The Scots were escaping political persecution from the king. According to the North Carolina State Papers, they petitioned the Governor to grant them several thousand acres, so that they could settle there. The land grant was in Moore County. Thereafter, the American Revolution began, and the battle of Moore's Bridge was fought against the British, and won! Ironically, the Scots, who had been well-persecuted by the English, choose to fight on the side of Great Britain! Twice they had chosen wrongly. The first, supporting a Scottish king, and second, supporting England in its war against Americans. The result was that after the war the clan returned to their impoverished lands in Scotland! I traced the MacDonalds in Georgia to a boy 16 years of age in Moore County who wooed into service by the American troops, while his father ran off and hid in the woods. Finding North Carolina State Papers (and its boring accounts of official business) provided necessary clues back through the lineage. Thus, it behooves the genealogist to read all of the old correspondence of governors and statesmen in early times. It all matches with the history of the times. Why Antrim Sent so Many Immigrants to America The Trail of the Scotch-Irish into Burke County The Great Wagon Road The Scotch-Irish in Guilford County The Irish Join the Fight for Freedom in America The Tacksmen Immigrants from North Carolina come in Two Directions The Influence of German Immigrants Seven Tory Prisoners Taken The Origins of the Bethabara Colony The Western Migration from Philadelphia to North Carolina Migrants in the New County

From New Hampshire to North Carolina

Southern Pines R. M. Couch, a resident of Southern Pines for eight years, left his home in New Hampshire upon the advice of his physician. " Within five years there have been planted in this immediate section 1500 acres in fruit, and in order that your readers may have the advantage of direct correspondence with any or all the growers of fruit, I will give the names from memory: C. J. Eaglesfield was the pioneer on a small scale; S. N. Whipple, extensive peach, plum, grape and nut farm; Van Lindly Orchard Co., 350 acres peach, pear, plum and blackberry; Niagara Grape Co., 107 acres in grapes; Southern Pines Fruit-Growing Co., eighty acres in grapes; Benjamin Douglas, Jr., of Orange, N. J.; Tarbell & Carlton, H. P. Bilyeu, Dr. C. W. Weaver, C. D. Tarbell, Thomas Carlton, Fred Oberhouserheur, James H. Murray, S. W. Thomas, Charles H. Thompson, Edwin Newton, Doctors Boynton, Stevens and R. M. Couch, Rev. A. A. Newhall, B. Van Herff, J. T. Wilson, Dr. W. P. Swett, H. P. Stebbins, J. A. Morriss, R. S. Marks, L. S. Johnson, C. C. Mitchell, John Huttonhomer, F. J. Folley, Rev. J. W. Johnston, Mrs. L. A. Raymond, Mrs. Louisa Young, P. Pond, Fred Dixon and others. There were shipped from this point last season 150 tons, being the first bearing year of the oldest vineyards of much size. The bearing vineyards and orchards the coming season will more than double the shipments, and in two years all the vineyard trees mentioned will come to bearing. The prices in Washington and New York last July were six and seven cents per pound for black grapes, and thirteen and fourteen cents per pound for Delaware and Niagara, and $3.50 to $4.50 per bushel crate for peaches and plums. The demand was as good at the close of the season as at first. Write to Dr. C. W. Weaver, S. N. Whipple, H. P. Bilyeu, C. D. Tarbell, C. B. Mabore for prices obtained for their own shipments. Dr. Weaver realized from three acres of his best Delaware grapes $150 per acre net. Southern Pines is a town eight years old, in the midst of the turpentine region of North Carolina, sixty-eight miles southwest from Raleigh, on the Raleigh & Augusta Railroad (part of the Seaboard Air Line), fifteen hours from New York, and is six hundred feet above sea level, the highest point in the whole turpentine belt. The soil is a sandy loam and has a perfect drainage. Malaria is unknown. The presence of the long-leafed pine in large quantities causes the generation of ozone to such a degree as to make this locality almost a specific for throat and lung difficulties. Many physicians and a large number of the cured and benefited testify to its wonderful effects. The town is filled mainly with Northern people, and has four hotels, a good school, and church services every Sabbath. There are three stores, and railroad, telegraph and express offices. There are many fine residences and a large hotel 300 feet long and four stories is being built with modern improvements."

Britten Sanders Home in Southern Pines

Britten Sanders House Although there are many log cabins in North Carolina, most of those from the colonial period have disappeared. The Britten Sanders log cabin in Southern Pines has survived. The round logs have been somewhat squared-off. The great chimney is of stone. The roof extends far out on the chimney side to protect clay mortar in the chimney from rain. The clay mortar as well as the clay chinking between the logs has now been replaced with cement for permanence. In the restored chimney it may be observed how the cement does not extend flush to the outside surface. Instead, it is kept deep within the stones in imitation of clay mortar which has partially washed away. Source: Colonial Homes in North Carolina by John V. Allcott.

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The Fabulous Story of Hugh McDonald

Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge"> A short while before the American Revolution, a vessel left Isle of Skye Scotland and dropped anchor outside of Wilmington, North Carolina. It was loaded with the MacDonald Clan; and particularly Flora MacDonald, a supporter of Bonnie Prince Charles (Stuart pretender to the throne). They sent a message to the Governor of the State asking for acreage upon with to settle the clan and waited to be granted several thousand acres in Moore County. At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the Scots sided with Great Britain in the cause. One morning, the young Hugh McDonald, aged 16 years, while working alongside his father in the family field, saw a company of American patriots approaching on horseback. Not wanting to join the cause, the father ran into the woods to hide and while he was gone the patriots persuaded young Hugh to join up as a drummer boy. Shortly thereafter, the boy fought in the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, a minor but important victory for the patriots. For the next several years Hugh fought in all of the skirmishes and battles of his regiment which eventually led to the surrender at Yorktown of Cornwallis. In his pension, Hugh tells of a battle when he took a musket ball in the leg and fell to the ground. A British soldier, standing over him, sword in hand, prepared to kill him when suddenly he changed his mind and ran into the woods. That wounded leg would trouble Hugh all of his life. After the war, the MacDonald clan, having chosen the wrong side of the conflict, was compelled to return to Scotland. Meanwhile Hugh was entitled to a land grant for his service. The land was in Elbert County, and that is how the family set their roots in Georgia.

There are many such stories to be discovered in the records. Just about everybody descends from a brave soldier of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, or the American Civil War. We read of the founders of this country and other heroes, yet we, too, have family members who risked everything to come to America, and take upon themselves the battle for freedom. Yet, in this age, young people are rioting in the streets, demanding, demanding, demanding. I wonder if they realize the sufferings of their own ancestors or have heard a story of their past? If so, then I expect that, instead of destroying property, they would want to help America now in its troubling times. For, it is during this era that we stand to lose our Constitutional freedoms and very life to domestic and foreign terrorists. Hugh had the right to bear arms, to save himself from invading armies, and his children served in local militias carrying weapons to further protect the countryside. So that has been the way of it from America's earliest times. One of of most precious freedoms, the right to keep and bear arms was described by Aristotle, Cicero, John | Locke, Machiavelli, the English Whigs, and others. This heritage is our right as are the freedoms for which Hugh McDonald fought so long ago.

Now, in the wake of terrorist attacks upon Paris, we are at a threshold of decision. Sit on our laurels and let Islam capture America, or fight. Veterans speak of World War II as "the big one". However, larger, more terrifying battles knock at our doors, and promise many long years of struggle. It is one which the spoiled children of the soldiers of the American Revolution and other wars do not understand. For they have been safe all these years. How can the mothers and fathers of these children change their hearts? If they knew their background, who they really are , they would begin to understand and appreciate so strong a love for our America. We can no longer depend upon the schools to teach a true history. Instead, the schools trash Thomas Jefferson, James | Madison, George Washington, and even Columbus (1492). Toyko Rose of World War II is back, propagandizing, persuading the children to forget the founding fathers. To help us discover our roots, many genealogical records are being published online. It is joyful to piece together (from actual facts) the endearing stories of the past.

Moore County Map

North Carolina Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Moore County Wills, Estates, Court Minutes

Horseshoe, NC

Moore County was formed in 1785 from Cumberland County. It was named after Alfred Moore, an officer in the American evolutionary War and associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Later, during 1907 parts of Moore County and Chatham County were combined to form Lee County.

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Court Minutes

  • August 1782
  • November 1784
  • February 1785
  • May 1785
  • August, 1785
  • November, 1785
  • May, 1786
  • August, 1786
  • February, 1787
  • May, 1787

Images of Moore County Wills and Estates, Volume A, 1783 to 1818

Alston, Phillip | Andrew, Adam | Barker, John | Barrett, William | Bettis, Elisha | Blue, Duncan | Brits, Benjamin | Bruce, Alexander | Buchanan, Susannah | Buice, Daniel | Cagle, Henry | Cagle, John | Cameron, Donald | Cameron, John | Campbell, Charles | Coles, James | Coles, Joseph | Coles, Martha | Coles, Thomas | Davis, Ralph | Davis, William | Dunn, Ruth | Dye, Nancy | Frazer, Josiah | Gilbert, Joseph | Gilchrist, Malcolm | Graham, Donald | Gunter, John | Hancock, Robert | Hancock, William | Harris, Joshua | Huckabee, John | Jackson, Christian Jackson, John | Johnson, Robert | Kannedy, Ellender | Kellen, Adam | Kellen, Sarah | Kelly, Hugh | Kennys, John | Lawfers, John | Lawrence, Patrick | Maples, Sarah | McCallum, Duncan | McDonald, Angus | McDonald, Daniel | McDonalds, John | McDugald, Donald | McGee, Joseph | McIntosh, Alexander | McIntosh, Duncan | MacKinnons, Charles | McLeod, Alexander | McLeod, Donald | McLeod, Nancy | McMillans, Alexander | McMillin, Angus | Merret, James | Moore, Edward | Morgan, John | Newton, Nicholas | Northington, John | Patterson, Daniel | Patterson, John | Patterson, Richard | Patterson, William | Pegram, William | Person, Samuel | Peters, John | Peterson, Duncan | Peterson, Malcolm | Phillip, John | Rammage, Darius | Ray, James | Reynolds, Thomas | Richardson, William | Riddle, James | Robeson, Elizabeth | Russell, Michael | Sexton, Peter | Shields, Benjamin | Shilling, John | Smith, Neil | Spink, Lewis | Street, Richard | Thomas, Leo | Thomas, Leonard | Tyson, Aaron | Tyson, Cornelius | Tyson, James | Tyson, Thomas | Watson, William | Wickers, Benjamin | Wickers, David | Williams, George | Williamson, John

Images of Moore County Wills and Estates, Volume B, 1818 to 1852

Arnold, Solomon | Baker, John | Bethune Allen Black, Archibald | Black, Daniel | Blue, Angus | Blacks, Hugh | Black, John | Brown, Mary Cameron, John | Carroll, John | Cheek, Joab | Cheek, Richard | Clark, Archibald | Cox, Henry | Curry, Archibald | Curry, Lachlin | Dalrympels, James | Dalrympels, John | Denson, Sarah | Drakes, Benten | Ducksworth, Hallah | Ferguson, Murdock | Fry, Thomas | Glascock Julius | Hancock, William | Harden, Abigail | Harrington, Thomas | Hight, Jonathan | James, Samuel | Johnson, Samuel | Judd, William | Kelly, Hugh | Kelly, James | Kidd, Moses | Lashley, Howell Lett, John | Love, Daniel | MacPherson, Martin | Maples, Thomas | Martin, John | Martin, Martin | Martin, William | McCaskill, Kinneth McCauley, William | McCollum, Duncan | McDonald, Archibald | McDonald, Daniel | McDonald, Donald | McDugald, Archibald | McIntosh, Alexander | McIvers, Daniel | McKenzie, Murdoch | McLeod, Duncan | McLeod, Neil | McLeod, Sarah | McMillan, Malcolm | McNabb, Robert | McNeil, Hector | McNeil, John | McNeil, Malcolm | Morgan, Nathan | Munchison, Kenneth | Paterson, John | Patterson, Ann | Person, M. B. | Porter, John | Ramsey, James | Ray, Margaret | Reaves, Edal | Roberts, Isaac | Roberts, Wiley | Robertson, Alexander | Rowan, Thomas | Shaw, Malcom | Shaw, William | Shields, Archibald | Shields, Benjamin | Sinclair, Peter | Smith, James | Smith, William | Teagues, Isaac | Thomas, John | Thomas, Nancy | Tyson, John | Tyson, William | Wadsworth, John | Walker, Sarah | Wall, Nicholas | Watson, John | Williams, William | Wright, William

Images of Moore County Wills and Estates, Volume C, 1853 to 1881

Arnold, Henry | Bergman, William | Bruce, J. C. | Bruce, Margaret | Campbell, Mary | Chalmers, Charlotte | Chalmers, John | Cheeks, James | Chisolm, Daniel | Cole, Rachel | Cox, Thomas | Douglass, Archibald | Dunlaps, B. | Ferguson, Norman | Fry, Lockhart | Fry, Thomas | Graham, Andrew | Graham, Ann | Hogshead, William | Kelly, Christian | Matthews, Jacob | McDonald, Angus | McDonald Mary | McFadyeon, Finley | McIntosh, Kenneth | McIntosh, Nancy | McKeithans, Daniel | McKinnon, Norman | McLean, Nancy | McLeod, John | McLeod, Neil | McNeil, Daniel | Monk, James | Morris, Locky | Morris, Nancy | Munchinson, Duncan | Muse, James | Paisley, John | Patterson, Daniel | Phillips, Isaiah | Phillips, Sophia | Sanders, James | Scoggin, John | Shields, Benjamin | Sinclair, Peter | Stewart, Joseph | Stone Lemuel | Street, Ann | Stutts, Abraham | Tyson, Cornelius | Watson, William | Wilcox, George | Worthy, James