Rebels and King’s Men: Bertie County in the Revolutionary War by Gerald Thomas

Gerald Thomas has provided in index to his new book that includes information on three men of Native heritage.

http://www.ncpublications.com/bertie.html/Appendix%201.pdf

APPENDIX 1 – PUTATIVE ROSTER OF BERTIE COUNTY CONTINENTAL LINE SOLDIERS, NORTH CAROLINA CONTINENTAL LINE

Fifth North Carolina Regiment

Braveboy, Jacob, private: A free mulatto, likely of Tuscarora Indian descent,

who resided in Bertie County and enlisted for two and one-half years on

May 9, 1776. Served in Capt. John Pugh Williams’s company. Discharged

on Nov. 10, 1778. Footnote199

Footnote 199: Saunders, Colonial Records, 10:286; Charles Rhodes, declaration dated February 18, 1833, Revolutionary War pension file for Charles Rhodes (S7386). Rhodes stated that he served under Lieutenant Pugh, a subordinate officer under Capt. John Pugh Williams.

Footnote 203:  203. Clark, State Records, 116:1013; Weynette Parks Haun, Bertie County, North Carolina Court Minutes, 1772–1780, Book IV (Durham: the compiler, 1979), 23. During the May 1774 session of Bertie County’s Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Jacob Braveboy, “Bastard Mulatoe aged about fifteen years,” was bound as an apprentice to Charles Powers to learn the

art of a bricklayer. Other researchers have determined that “Braveboy” is a Tuscarora Indian name, possibly originating in Bertie County.

Hicks, James, private: A Tuscarora Indian who resided in Bertie County and

enlisted in 1777 for two and one-half years. Served in Capt. John Pugh

Williams’s company. Omitted in Feb. 1778.  Footnote 207

Hicks, John, private: A Tuscarora Indian who resided in Bertie County and

enlisted in 1777 for two and one-half years. Served in Capt. John Pugh

Williams’s company until “Slain in Battle.” Specific battle and date not

disclosed.  Footnote 208

207. Clark, State Records, 16:1042; Frederick James, declaration dated October 4, 1814, in Bertie County, State Military Papers, folder 296.2; Raymond A. Winslow Jr., “North Carolina Apprentice Indentures through 1850,” North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal 13 (August 1987): 168–170. Squire Dempsey and Frederick James were free African American (mulattoes) who resided in Bertie County. James stated in his declaration that “he all ways

[always] was acquainted with . . . Squire Demsy dec’d, before he [Dempsey] went into the Service.” James was a member of the Bertie County militia who was captured at the fall of Charleston, May 12, 1780, and subsequently paroled by the British. See service history for James in appendix 2. See also Heinegg, Free African Americans, regarding information on the Dempsey, James, and other free African American families of Bertie County in the 1700s.

208. Clark, State Records, 16:1056; William Farmer, declaration dated August 24, 1818, Revolutionary War pension file for William Farmer (S35919).

211. Clark, State Records, 16:1075; State Military Papers, folder 1265.1. The name is also shown as “Hix.” James Hicks is listed as an Indian (grantor) in Bertie County deeds dated December 2, 1775: Bertie County deeds, M-298 and M-316. Hicks’s brother John Hicks is likewise listed as a grantor in the deed.

212. Clark, State Records, 16:1075; State Military Papers, folders 1265.1, 1267.1. The name is also shown as “Hix.” John Hicks is listed as an Indian (grantor) in Bertie County deeds dated December 2, 1775: Bertie County deeds, M-298 and M-316. Hicks’s brother, James Hicks, is likewise listed as a grantor in the deed.

Rebels and King’s Men: Bertie County in the Revolutionary War by Gerald Thomas is available for purchase from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Historical Publications Section. It can be ordered on-line ORDER Price is $15 (plus tax, S&H).

Hat tip to Elaine for this information.

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About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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