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Minutes of the Rowan County Committee of Safety
Rowan County (N.C.). Committee of Safety
November 10, 1775 - November 11, 1775
Volume 10, Pages 316-320

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Proceedings of the Safety Committee in Rowan County.


Friday 10th Novemr 1775.

The Committee met according to adjournment.

Ordered, That Charles Purviance have leave to bring suit against John Oliphant, Debt under £5.

Resolved, That this Committee will be accountable to Mr Troy for 20 lbs. of lead, at 10d bot by Mr Osborne in behalf of this Committee.

Whereas by virtue of sundry Executions the Sheriffs have executed goods before the returns to Novr Term and the same still remains unsold,

Resolved, That the Clerk have leave to Issue orders of sale, that the Sheriffs may sell such goods as were under Execution before said Term.

Ordered That Nathaniel Tenpenny have leave to get Execution against Henry Libby Herman Butner, and Isaac Enochs.

Capt David Smith returned with the Body of Jacob Beck before this Committee; from his notorious contempt of this Committee and Opposition to American Measures,

Resolved, That he be immediately committed to gaol, and that the Surety Draw and sign his mittimus in the name of this Committee.

Resolved, That Wilson and Samuel Hillis have leave to take into their possession a sufficient quantity of the effects of John Chambers, if to be found in this county as security for a debt of £2 18d.

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Ordered that Joseph Irwin have leave to obtain a summons from a Magistrate to cause German Baxter to appear and make oath what part of the Estate of Joshua Todd (who is out of the county) is in his possession, and Joseph Irwin may take the same into his possession as security for a debt of ten pounds.

Ordered, That Joseph Irwin has leave to bring suit against the admr on the Estate of Robt. Luckie, Deceased, for a Debt of £5, 6s, 3d.

Resolved, That the Chairman of this Committee by letter addressed to the Committees of Brunswick, Wilmington and Cross-creek recommending to them to use every endeavour to prevent every person from this county or the neighbouring, communicating with the Governor, or Traveling that way without a proper permission.

Resolved, That James Carroll has leave to bring suit against James Brooks for a Debt under £5.

Resolved, That James Irwin has leave to bring suit against Abraham Little for a debt under £20.

Colo Martin brought Matthias Sappinfield to the Bar of this Committee, and after some time spent, he cheerfully signed the Test, professed his hearty approbation of the American Measures, and who signed and swore to the same declaration that was signed and sworn by John Coleson in Provincial Congress.

Jacob Beck being again brought to the Committee Bar, cheerfully signed and sworn as above.

Resolved, That the said Sappinfield & Beck be discharged from their attendance on this Committee.

Resolved, That it be recommended to Colo Martin or the Commander of the regular Troops in the District of Salisbury, that so long as they continue in Rowan County in all cases of impressment of horses or other necessaries, that application be first made to a Justice of the Peace or any three members of Committee.

The Committee adjourned till to-morrow morning 9 o'clock.

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11th of Nov. 1775.

The Committee met according to Adjournment.

Robert Latta came into Committee and acknowledged the receipt of fourteen pounds ten shillings supposed to be counterfeit from Colo Adlai Osborn agreeable to order of Committee.

A petition was preferred, signed by 8 inhabitants of the South Fork of Yadkin, part of Capt. Morrison's Company—& read.

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Resolved, That the said petition & order of last Committee be continued untill next Committee & the parties appear.

William McBride being sent for appeared under Guard at the bar of this Committee for contempt offered to the same.

Ordered that he be reproved in the name of this Committee by Mr Chairman.

From the contradictory and equivocal behaviour of William McBride before this Committee,

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee that the advertisement charging Capt. Thomas Whitson with falsehood &c. and signed William McBride is a false & scurrilous performance and the Author thereof ought to be treated with every mark of disrespect.

The following is a State of the amounts of the Several Militia Companies that have contributed towards defraying the contingent expenses, Viz—paying Delegates &c.

Ordered that each Militia Company as soon as possible pay up their arrears so as to make four pound each agreeable to order of Committee, and that a further Tax be immediately collected of sixpence from each Taxable to pay Delegates for going to Hillsborough & other small contingencies.

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COMPANIES NAMES.
Cash paid. Arrears. Taxables
in cash at
6d each
Company
Total due. Credit.
Capt. £ s. d. £ s. d. £ s. d. £ s. d. £ s. d.
Archibald
5
1
0
70
1
15
0
0
14
0
0
14
0
Berkley
4
0
0
150
4
10
0
4
10
0
Lewis Beard
1
0
0
3
0
0
110
2
15
0
5
15
0
G. H. Barringer
1
0
0
3
0
0
120
3
0
0
6
0
0
Beekman
4
0
0
114
2
17
0
2
17
0
Barringer
2
11
3
1
8
9
88
2
4
0
3
12
9
Black
2
0
0
2
0
0
70
1
15
0
3
15
0
Dickson
3
0
0
1
0
0
100
2
10
0
3
10
0
Davidson, Jun
3
0
0
1
0
0
100
2
10
0
3
10
0
Knox
5
0
0
170
4
5
0
3
5
0
3
2
8
Moore
3
0
0
1
0
0
80
2
0
0
3
0
0
Morrison
1
0
0
3
0
0
50
1
5
0
4
5
0
McCreery
5
3
0
71
1
15
6
0
12
6
McCorkle
4
0
0
64
1
12
0
1
12
0
Oliphant
4
0
0
113
2
16
6
2
16
6
Purviance
5
0
0
140
3
10
0
2
10
0
2
10
0
Reed
1
0
0
3
0
0
60
10
0
4
10
0
Robison
3
10
9
0
9
3
113
2
16
6
3
5
9
James Smith
3
0
0
1
0
0
115
2
17
6
3
17
6
David Smith
100
Whitson
1
0
0
3
0
0
80
2
0
0
5
0
0
Davidson, Jun
3
0
0
1
0
0
118
2
19
0
3
19
0
McDowell
1
0
0
3
0
0
70
1
15
0
4
15
0
2
0
0
Brevard
64
1
12
0
Cowan
100
2
10
0
Montgomery
155
3
17
6
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A List of Officers nominated by this Committee to be returned to Provincial Council agreeable to Resolve of Congress—
Captains.
Lieutenants.
Ensigns.
James Purviance
John Purviance
William Waugh.
Christr Beekman
Wm Beekman
Bolser Sigman.
David Caldwell
Hugh Hall
John Rosebrough.
Chas. McDowell
Wm Pendland
John Simpson.
John Harden
Geo. Walker
John Graham
Francis Ross
Benj Baker.
John Work
William Neil
Paul Cunningham.
Jesse Harris
Benjn Davis
Richd Quick Commission made out.
David Smith
Peter Hedrick
Jno Conger Commission made out.
Patrick Morrison
Walter Sharp
James McGahey.
Geo. Henry Barringer
Windell Miller
Henry Fulwider.
Rudolph Conrad
John Sigman
Jno. Sigman, B. Smith.
Jacob Eagle
Henry Miller
Even Davis.

The Committee adjourned till the 6th of Feb'y next.

SAMUEL YOUNG, Chairman.
Wm Sharp, Sec'y.