Thomas Young part 2
to son-in-law of Mr. Young, and Capt. Andrew Caldwell. Another incident occurred in those stirring times in which another man named Aldrich was the star actor in the tragedy. Early in the day some men from up the country came to James Sharpe's north of the Chipley Ford having in custody a man charged with some offense what the ostensible charge was tradition has failed to preserve but the real offence for which summary punishment was meted out to him was his being a Tory and the unfortunate fact that he was caught in a heipiess minority. After takincr breakfast with Mr. Sharpe the man was taken across the C : Tnkn MAVhftrtor'o river id ouuiic nu"" Vv. who lived near Chipley's Ford the haspmpnt of his residence is still to be seen and there went through the form of a trial, before bquire Mc Whorter, found-guilty, and sentenc- ed to be hanged. It i3 said that while tne : bquue was encracred thev were about to swing the man up in the yard of the court but seeing what was about to he done he ordered that the man be taken off of his nremises for the sen tence to be executed, whereupon he was taken over on the hill, ever since known as Aldrich hill, on land now owned by W. F. Kilpatnck, and was there hanged on a post oaK tree which having died and fallen down was, many years ago, converted into firewood. Tradition is that he was buried on the spot. About a century and a quarter after this tragic performance is said to have occur red, the SDot suDbosed to be the grave of this victim df mistaken jurisdiction was opened. The soft earth being removed, a hole some six feet due east and west" two and a halt eet wide at the top and 18 inches at the bottom was removed but no bones nor remnants of bones, nor other evidence that a human body had there been deposited to await the great day of resurrection, and there mouldered into the dust from which it came, rewarded the seekers after historical truths for their efforts to find some evidence to confirm the tradition. But in view of the fact that I have Dersonal knowledge of graves having been opened for the purpose of removing bodies which ha I been buried not over 30 to 40 years, when it was found that not only the bodies had entirely dissolved into their original elements, literally "returned to the dust from which they came." but no trace of the cotiins or the boxes which encased them could be found, I am convinced, when coupled with the tradition, that the hole was made to contain a human body, and that one was placed in it and there dissolved into its original elements is not at ail improbable. There is a tradition that a family by this name, Aldrich, in the distant past, lived in the vicinity of Patterson's mill, not far from Hamptonville and nearer the home of Mr. Young. To be Continued.