Iredell History, Thomas Young b 1732 part 1

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Iredell History, Thomas Young b 1732 part 1 - HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF IREDELL COUNTY. i...
HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF IREDELL COUNTY. i oiupUeJ bv the late Dr. PJ F. Lau?n,nir. (Uontinuetl From Week.) Hunting Creek Settlement. Paper Twenty-five. Part 1. A community with an interesting history, dating back to the time of tne revolution, is tnatT which was then known as the Hunting Creek settlement. It included the Youngs, Houstons and Carsons, and the places now known as the Carson place, up on the road north of j Patterson's bridge; the Sant Steelman place, a mile or so east of it;! the Young place, on Hunting creek where the Statesville Air Line railroad crosses it; the place beyond the creek a half mile or so east of the last; the old Houston place and the Ireland house just north of it; and the Dr. Angle place, where Dr. Solomon Angle lived and died, iust south I of Patterson's bridge j j The Youngs. i Thomas Young, born in 1732, in Brunswick county, Va., son of Michael Cadet Young and Martha Saddler, married first, 1755, Judith John sen; second, Lucy Ragsdale; moved to North Carolina in 1778 and settled on Hunting creek in then Rowan, now Iredell, county. He was a wealthy farmer and owned a number of negroes. He was an ardent patriot and contributed to the American cause. Coming to this ! community during the progress of the Revolutionary war Mr. Young constructed his residence which is often alluded to in history as j Fort Young. with a view to defence in cases of emergency. It is said that he built two strong log houses about 40 feet apart and closed up the space between with a strong stockade. One of these buildings, still standing,, in May 1911, is a strong wall built of large logs, the corners peculiarly dovetailed, with port holes through which the approach of an enemy might be observed and messengers in the form of leaden balls be sent out to inform him in a forceful manner that his presence was known. Forty years ago this old j house, now a bare log wall, was weatherboarded and had ashed on either side, in one of which was two rooms and the other a room in one end and a porch in the other, in the regulation style of times. The Statesville Air Line railroad as now surveyed, passes exactly through the spot occupied by the northern part of Fort Young. Thomas Young's home was headquarters for the Whigs for miles around and a point for receiving and distributing information; as well as for the concerting of measures for the aid of the cause of freedom and for gathering supplies for friends in the field. The Tories, who were numerous up the country not far distant, often made predatory incursions into this settlement carrying off stock, devastating farms, and ambuscading and shooting Whigs who were especially obnoxious to them. Mr. Young's fortifications was a rallying point against such invasions. He was a member of an association of eight neighbors who were engaged in the manufacture of gun powder in a rude way, for the use of their friends in the service. Against this association the Tories were extremely bitter and had conspired to kill them. They succeeded in murdering seven of them and detained one of their number, a man named Aldrich. to way lay and shoot Mr. Young. Aid-rich concealed himself in the woods near the dwelling of his intended victim and watched for an opportunity to perpetrate the murderous deed, but the habitual circumspection of Mr. Young foiled him in his purpose until he was discovered by a member of the family and became so fright ened that he ran away and abandoned the effort. i Aldrich was afterwards caught and hanged by Capt. Andrew Larson, a

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  1. The Statesville Sentinel,
  2. 24 Aug 1916, Thu,
  3. Page 5

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