Location: Iredell County NC

Biography of Colonel Alexander Osborn

Alexander Osborn was born in New Jersey in 1709, and emigrated to the western part of Rowan county (now Iredell) about 1755. He was a Colonel in the Colonial government, and as such marched with a regiment of Rowan troops to Hillsboro in 1768 to assist Governor Tryon in suppressing the “Regulation” movement. He married Agnes McWhorter, a sister of Dr. Alexander McWhorter, president of Queen’s Museum College in Charlotte. His residence (called Belmont) was one of the earliest worshiping places of the Presbyterians of Rowan county before the present “Center Church” was erected, and became by compromise the “central”

Biography of Captain William Sharpe

Captain William Sharpe was born on the 13th of December, 1742, and was the eldest son of Thomas Sharpe, of Cecil county, Maryland. At the age of twenty-one he came to North Carolina and settled in Mecklenburg county, where he married a daughter of David Reese, one of the signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. He was a lawyer by profession and had a large practice. Soon after his marriage he moved to the western part of Rowan county (now Iredell) and took an active and decided stand for liberty. The Journal of the “Committee of Safety” for Rowan

Biography of Captain James Houston

Captain James Houston was born in 1747, and was an early and devoted friend of liberty. In the battle of Ramsour’s Mill, near the present town of Lincolnton, he took an active part, and by his undaunted courage greatly contributed to the defeat of the Tories on that occasion. During the engagement Captain Houston was severely wounded in the thigh, from the effects of which he never fully recovered. Seeing the man who inflicted the severe and painful wound he shot him in the back and killed him as he ran. When it was ascertained that Cornwallis had crossed the

Biography of Rev. James Hall, D. D.

Rev. James Hall, a distinguished soldier of the Revolution–the Captain of a company and Chaplain of a Regiment at the same time–was born at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on the 22d of August, 1744. When he was about eight years old his parents, who were Scotch-Irish, removed to North Carolina and settled in the upper part of Rowan county, (now Iredell), in the bounds of the congregation to which he afterward gave thirty-eight years of his ministerial life. Secluded in the forests of Rowan, and removed to a great extent from the follies of the great world, James Hall grew up under

Biography of Hugh Lawson White

Hugh Lawson White was born in Iredell county in 1773, on the plantation now owned by Thomas Caldwell, Esq., about two miles west of Center Church, and five miles east of Beattie’s Ford, on the Catawba river. The old family mansion has long since disappeared, and the plow now runs smoothly over its site. His grandfather, Moses White, emigrated to America from Ireland about 1742, and married a daughter of Hugh Lawson, one of the patriarchal settlers of the country. He had six sons, James, Moses, John, William, David and Andrew; many of whose descendants now reside in Iredell county.

Biographical Sketch of Captain Alexander Davidson

Captain Alexander Davidson was one of the earliest settlers of the western part of Rowan county (now Iredell.) He took an active part in the Revolutionary struggle for independence. When Cornwallis was moving from Charleston toward North Carolina, and General Gates was ordered to meet him, Governor Caswell, of North Carolina, ordered a draft of men to strengthen Gates’ army. In response to this order the people in that part of Iredell county bordering on the Catawba river below the Island Ford, assembled at a central point, afterward known as Brown’s Muster Ground, when a company was formed under the

Biography of Rufus McLelland

This worthy citizen has made his home in south Missouri and this county since 1851, and by his upright, honorable career has won the respect and confidence of all. He was born May 17, 1822, in North Carolina, of which State his parents, William R. and Clarissa (Crawford) McLelland, were also natives. The father was a prominent business man and a large slave owner although he prayed for the day to come that would set the slaves free. That day he was not destined to see, for he died before the war. He passed away in North Carolina, as did

Captain James Houston’s Muster Roll

Captain, James Houston Lieutenant, William Davidson David Evins David Byers Robert Byers, Nat. Ewing, Alexander Work William Creswell William Erwin John Hovis John Thompson John Beard John Poston Robert Poston Paul Cunningham John M. Connell Moses White Angus McCauley Robert Brevard Adam Torrence, Sr. Adam Torrence, Jr. Charles Quigley James Gulick Benjamin Brevard Thomas Templeton John Caldwell Joseph McCawn James Young James Gray Philip Logan (Irish) William Vint Daniel Bryson John Singleton

Clarence Alvin Arthurs

Private, Machine Gun Btn., Co. G, 3rd Div. Born in Iredell County July 29, 1893; the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Arthurs. Entered the service at Asheville, N.C., Jan. 13, 1913. Was sent to Gettysburg, Pa., and from there to Camp Greene, N.C. Sailed for France March 30, 1918. Promoted to Sergt. Fought at Chatteau-Thierry. Was gassed on July 12, 1918. Was sent to the Hospital where he died of chronic tuberculosis Nov. 8, 1918. Was sent to Base Hospital, American forces, Germany. Went to the Mexican border after serving three years in the Philippines. When war was declared

Silas A. Sharpe

Sergt. 1st Class, Med. Co., 104th San. Tr., 29th Div.; of Iredell County; son of John M. and Mrs. Carrie Mott Sharpe. Husband of Mrs. Ethel Blackmer Sharpe. Entered service June 18, 1916. Sent to Camp Stuart, Va., transferred to Camp Greenleaf, Ga., then to Camp McClellan, Ala. Sailed for France July 5, 1918. Fought at Alsace Sector defensive, Meuse-Argonne. Served on Mexican border nine months. Returned to USA May 20, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Meade, Md., June 5, 1919.