A brief history of Montgomery County, written by C.W.Wooley, 1889

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A brief history of Montgomery County, written by C.W.Wooley, 1889 - SALISBURY, N. C THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 1889. pur;t...
SALISBURY, N. C THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 1889. pur;t economlcul sold la hort only In fet. N & Bos-tianT . ; Which Shall It Be. - MBS. B. W. PALMER. A tidy little home for Betsy and me With just enough ro m for one, two, three! Or a tumble down but with a broken gate, And a sad-eyed wo nn tailing e:irly and late: -Which shall it be For mine and me? A five-cent glass of beer for me Or a five-cent loaf for all of m three? Beer ot baby wine or wife. Which do 1 hold more precious than life? Which shail it be For mine and me? Potatoes and salt with a crust of bread For the best littls woman the Lord ever made, While the rum-seller's wife feeds "on turkey and wine, Bough) With my money if I so incline! This shall it be For mine and me. Tatter3 an J rags for my little one, My fair, comely baby, my own darling son, while the rum-sellers children go warm well clad On my. earnings, wrested from my bonny lad; This shall it be For mine and me! Well d'ye think me a whole-eyed fool, Blindly to serve as the rum-seller's tool? Ah! How can 1 hesitate which to choose, When it's all to gain or all to lose; For mine and me, For mine aud me. arid Brief Sketches Tonic." how malaria 1888. , more or that undoubtedly for this every one in sum purifier. 1887. Catarrh customers a box satisfaction dozen in satisfaction. write me. 20,1887. years on her cosmetics beautify local left her I have years; she have and She ex--presses carirecom-I Wilson. the cause Wonders, proof Ga OF THE EARLY HISTORY OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY. ' By C. W. Wooley, Sr The county of Montgomery was formed in the year 1779 from what was then known as Anson county. It was named in honor of Gen. Richard Montgomery, who was slain at the sitge of Quebec, Canada, in the 38lh year of his age, in December, 1775. A monument w.is erected to his memory, in front of St. Paul's church, on Broadway, in the city of New York, by authority of Congress, and in 1818 hi remains were removed from Canada and deposited with the highest honors under this monument. Montgomery originally embraced the ! territory of what is now known as Stanly, and so remained as one county up to the year 1841. The first Court House built in Mont-gomeryytfas at Tindalsville, on the west bank of the Pee Dee river opposite the junction of the Uwharrie river, near what is now called Lovvder's ferry. On account of the destruction of the county records very little is known as to how long the courts were held at Tindalsville, or the names of the attor-i neys who practiced there, or the names of the officers of the court, or the exact date of the removal of the1 court house from Tindalsville, to the east side of the Pee Dee, to a place known as Makely, where the courts of Montgom- ery were held tor a time, a newspaper wife published there for a time, called the lilakely Gazette, where the Rev. llobt. Nail, D. D., hi' his youth, assisted in printing the paper. This wa the Aulay leaped out into the river, and attempted to swim to the mill, but just before reaching the mill he wsis swept over the dam and was drowned. Dr. Wooley remained with his horse and sulky in the flat and was carried over the dam and was also drowned in view of many who stood on the banks of the river. The horse, after being submerged in the waters, swam- out unharmed. The body cf Mr. Mc Aulay was found the next 'day lodged between two saplings. The body of Dr. Wooley was found on the 8th day afterwards, at Sedberry's Mills, two miles below, where ropes had been fastened across the river to secure it in the event of its floating down the river. Search had beeuv made in vain for the body up to that time by a great many persons. Dr. Wooley 's remains were buried at his residence, now called Pekin. The Court House was then established at Henderson, near the junction t)f the Uwharrie, on the east side of the Pee Dee. . Henderson was named for tlfe Hon. Archibald Henderson, an eminent lawyer of Salisbury, N. C, where it is said he practiced law. It is also said that Gen. Andrew Jackson, who then lived at Salisbury, practiced 1 ill -11' Ml" I i il law at i inaaisviiie, wnen ic was tne county seat of Montgomery. Not long after the failure of the nnavigation scheme, the county seat was again removed, and located at old L.iwrenceville, which was named in honor of Capt. James L iwrence, ihe brave naval commander of the Frigate Chesapeake, who was ch tllenged by the captain of the British Frigate Shannon, whilst in the Bjston ro.ids, for a fiht. L iwrence accepted the challenge and put to sea, aud in il naval battle with Capt. Broke, commander of th British rrigate shannon, Liwrence was mortally wounded, and as he was carried b?lov he cried out "Don't give up the ship!" which has become a familiar provero ever since. DIVISION OF THE COUNTY. About the year 1839, there was a movement made by the citizens living west of the Pee Dee to divide the county on account of the great inconvenience of witnesses and suitors attending the Superior Court, on account of he difficulty in crossing the Pee Dee, especially in times of freshets; and the year 1841 the county was divided bv thj Legislature making the that clse result ln Scts. CO. Turning, KINDS and Hangers. on !J Scrofulous first paper ever published ill the COlintv. KLlney rp, nr.infy m linnn tJlp PIPitp. mfll, free, -I n Is town sprang up upon Hie excite ment arising from the proposition at that time to make the Pee Dee navig.i-ble to this point, and a large amount of money was subscribed and paid by the lending citizens of Montgomery, Richmond and Anson, but finally the scheme was abandoned, resulting in great loss to tho.-e who paid their subscriptions. About this time two other towns sprang up in the southern part of the contitv: one on the west bank of the river, at Allen to:i Ferry, and named Allenton, where several stores were erected and two physicians located; and a good deal of business transacted, sis the citizens of the vicinity were well to do, some of whom were wealthy. The other was located one and three-fourths miles east of the river, at the place called Ed in bo ro, now the residence of Clt. YVatkins, Esq., where the town was laid out with streets, and several stores built, and considerable business transacted; the people having great hope and expecta-tiition for the success of the navigation scheme; but for some cause the enterprise was abandoned, and the whole scheme collapsed, which was a sad disappointment to all the citizens gener- Ti i i il i .1 rt r ally. At tnis lime rne ree uee abounded with fish, and shd was caught in great abundance in traps and seines, antLin such quantities that they sold for only five cent each; and the owners of fisheries frequently ted them to their, hogs for want of sale for them at that price. Not far from E linboro there was a terrible tragedy enacted. Two brothers, Sias Billiugsly aud Wilson H. Dillingsiv, Had a 'lisnute about, a frivolous matters, and both became angrv and Wilson H. liillingsly struck his brother Sias with a hickory stic : ou the side 'f his head, and killed i him instantly. The unfortunate slayer of his brother fled, to the West and never returned. Another heart remUag tragedy happened at Butler's Mills, on the Little river, now called the burnt factory, on April 21, 1825. Angus McAulay, a brother of Aulay McAulay, deed, went after Dr. Joan A. Wooley, a : racticing physician, to visit his mo tier's family, and in crossing the ri r at the ferry, a short distance a v the mill and mill dam, the riyer ii.. cii. i : i. Sotith.-BSh oeing swoweu, some oi lie nanus in me p ... flat became frightened and just as they were landing jumped out of the flat, Prrsident hen the others also jumped out, and Pee De and Yadkin the boundary, Tl, l- . ..U...l uCil'v xne new i...u e-, 1 v' Mf. DebeiT ror me ceieoraren jonu ntamy oi , i t ,i . i- i fi if.. Senate of iorrn Carolina. ur. i. n. aiontgoui-ery was a member of the Senate and Thomas Pemherton and Edmund F. Lilly were in the House of the Legislature when the county was divided. Eben Hearne was Sheriff of the county when divided; and John Louis Christian was the first Sheriff of Montgomery after the division of the county. Farqr Martin was clerk of the Superior Court, and his brother, John I J.Martin, was clerk of the County Court, anil James M. Lilly was Itegister of Deeds. The ctarks of the courts then held their offices by appointment, during good behavior, and tire Messrs. Martin had held their offices respectively for many years under their appointment. There were several emine.it attorneys who practiced at the bar at that time, viz: Hon. John Giles, of Kow-an; John B. Kelly, of Moore; G. C. Mendenhall and Ralph Gorrell, of Guilford; and P. H. Winston and T. S. Ashe, of Anon; with Aleximler Troy as the Solicitor; also Col. James L. Gaines, of Montgomery. STATE CONTENTION OF 183G. In 1830 the State Constitutional Convention convened at ltileigh; Col. who was a was a friend of Alexander Troy. Wheeler History states that Troy was named for John B. Troy of Randolph, who practiced law at Montgomery Superior Court, which is quite an error in both respects, for John B. Troy, of Randolph, never did practice law m Montgomery county. In fact I never saw him in the county, and I was clerk of the court from 1841 to 1849. The Court House and jail were built or completed in 1840 by the contrac- 1 tor, reter Mtinroe, and thec records were removed to Troy in August, 1840, where the first Superior Court was held, on the hist Monday of August of that year. The Hon. Thomas Settle, judge presiding, and Hon. Robert btrange, as solicitor, aud A. II. Sanders, sheriff. The bar was considered a vervjible one at that time, consisting of Hon, J. D. Toomer, Hon.'Rolert Strange, Jonathan Worth, T. S. Ashe, G. C. Mendenhall, J. L. Gaines, A. R Kelly and others. There were two hotels kept in Troy at this time, one by Wm. Lassiter and the other by Capt. Duncan McR le. McRie's Hjtel ,was said to be the best hotel kept on the circuit. The oldest sheriff of Montgomery, now remembered, was Henry Deberry, the father of Hon. Edmund Deberry and he was also a member of the Legislature for one or more sessions. There were other sheriffs, whose names are not now recollected, down to Abram Torest, Samuel Pemberton, John M. Allen, Eben Hearne, John L. Chris tian, A. H. S.inders, and others of more recent date. Hon. John Culpepper, .1 native of Montgomery county, represented the district containing Montgomery, in the Congress of the United States for two or more terms. He was also a member of the Baptist denomination. - -w-w -V v a Hon. tvimund uberry also repre sented the district, embracing M nt- somerv, m L-oimress tor lo years, em bracing two extra sessious, making 18 sessions he served in Congress His first term commenced in the year 1829, and he served continuously until 1830, when he was defeated by Hon Lauchlin Bethune, of Cumberland, by 23 votes; which was the only time he was ever defeated before the people. Two years afterwards they were again candidates and Bethune was defeated by 24 votes; and they were again candidates for the third time when Bethune was defeated by upwards of 000 votes. Previous to his electiou to Congress, tv served many years in the Isorth Carolina, having been elected when quite a young man, but never was elected to the House of Commons, having never been a candidate for that branch of the Legislature. A large portion of the first inhabitants of Montgomery came from .Virginia and Mary land; the eastern portion of the county being mostly of Scotch-Irish descent, and nearly all farmers and mechanics, who depended mainly on agricultural pursuits for their main tenance and support, and they were a ; conservative, industrious and thrifty people. I The precious metals arc fouiri widely spread over the soil of Montgomery, and at many places are found to be very prohtab e. The people have had their evil day of extravagant hopes and feverish excitement upon the subject of gold mines; and now, with a vast amount of this metal stil in the soil, they indulge in no wild'expectatious. In al most all the mountainous parts of the county this precious ore may be found in greater or lesi quanties, but the jTi-Mat mass of the people neglect its presenc while busily engage profitable pursuits. ... . a . -Ail Reaction on the BUir BiiL , The Blair bill has for some years constituted more or less of a feature in the political Jiscussioa of th'aand other Southern States since it was first introduced in Congress. The Republicans banked on it, and found no difficulty in convincing their colored co-partisan that if -it was adopted every one of them would be educated in a few years to fit them for college pro fessors, lawyers, doctors, &c., when there would be no more hard m inual labor, but that the last mother's son and duaghter of them, with the accomplish ments v;nicn they would then acquire could live like high-toned gentry, and be the bottom rail never more. This was about the idea the majority of them hail of it, wbout the same idea they had at the close of the war when the freedmeu schools were opened. when thousands of them of all sizes, ages, sexes ami conditions rushed for the primers and spellers' with an apparent determination to acquire an ed ucation nght then and there. there was no trouble, we say in securing the unanimous support of these people for a measure which cost them nothing is consumption serves are proven Pul tion) one the of lowing ease -.Tabercnlo-sis is (which frequently living The persons contains places floors, drying and the results of which were painted I very in such attractive colors for their bene fit. Candor compels us to say that there was a disposition among some white people in the State to favor the measure because of the representations that were made as to the good effects that would follow it, while there were others in the mum: 1. to floor who, though not influenced by these I representations, were aisposeu to ac 8-iuu cept if they did not advocate the bill, dishes solu-on the ground that whihUhere wa a tion; surplus in the treasury which would ter be squandered in some way it was just as well to squander a part of it by in this way as any other; that thus the con-Southwould get back at least a portion of the money which she had paid to the Federal Government m internal rev- enue and other taxes. They simply of took a dollar and cent view of it and wanted to irot back some of the nion- 3. ev which had been squeezed out of our the people. 13ut that was in the past. Iow as "iter the bill has been discussed and its fea- tures better understood, there has been 4. a reaction in this and other Southern States. As in North Carolina,-so in other southern States, there was at one - time considerable sentiment in favor of it. Last winter a resolution was in- troduced in the Georgia legislation en- sive dorsing it and instructing the Georgia delegation inCongress to support it wheu it came before the respective Houses. t Consideration of this resolution was Postponed until the meeting of the gi,lature this summer. It was of brought up last Wednesday in the Sen-1 ate when it was killed hy a vote of 19 to 10, nearly two to one. Fiye years are ago the Legislature of Arkansas refused to elect a U. S. Senator until he pledg- sons j?d himself to vote for that bill, but do List vear it uassed a resolution con- demning all legislation by Congress of that charucter. These are but illus- w tration of the .hange of sentiment the which has taken place in the Southern States on this measure, as it has been more thoroughly discussed and its lear-inrs better comprehended. In North Carolina the number of Democrats of intelligence who would advocate this bill or le willing to accept it if it passed Congress has been greatly reduced; and the better it and the mo- tives of its originator and Sinatoral champion are understood, the stronger -r' ill more The timber of this county is varied James L. Gaines and John B. Martin and very abundant, and its water were elected delegates from Montgom- power is "simply magnificent and invit-erv. An ordinance was passed by this ing. Scientific men should be invited convention to elect the clerks of the to explore and traverse our county, and Superior and County Courts by the they would tell what kind of soil it people every four years. Ihe hrst contains, tor what best suiteu, aim election was held on the first Thursday what minerals may be found. As you in Anmif 1811 At. t his plpp.tmn C. m:iv we I suppose, trreat discoveries H.CI.KMKXT left Dr. Wooley and Mr. McAulay alone in the flat which wjis son borne out into the current of the river, and justjjefoie reaching the dam Mr. Mc- the onoorsition to it becomes. I his does not arise from any lack of interest in the cause of popular education, fjo there are few States where more inter est is being manifested on the subject than in our own, and few States where rnaro ni-rifTr lin rtPPlI ni:ldf 111 late years than in North Carolina; but they believe Mr. Blair's scheme is fraught with danger, unauthorized bv law, which defines the power of-Congress in the expenditures of the public mon ey, an evil precedent from whch mischief would come; a Dead Sea apple, fair without but ashes within. Be- " ".o ----- - j .. . -- cr...ii i W ooley was elected clerk of the &upe- will b3 made, ana we may oo. .ent.y , .. . . . . . u mature i. j r it ri.. 1 1 i - c i l. f... .nmaiifo iv im i wi tittrncr. r nor lyoun, aim u. it. vocurau viei he County Court, being the first clerk pie for the county of Montgomery. for the goo l old couni oi juoutgoiu- f fc f t,e fun(,a. burning of tue court nousE. ery in the near future, the people oi , Uw of thj Re bnc from a On the 31st of March. 1843. the FV1'"" 1 - . , ; ' . , J , ... Ueving tins way about ir, alter mature of look fordevelepments which will attract refl(.cJ0 theHre opp6sed to it, not rks universal attention, sooner or later and ft f;Ctio opposition because it is eo- we believe there are grand I priibilitie & u ,)HcilII mle;isi.re, but frun a J i. . l.. . .v,.iArr.. n r-a nf t( lirilt.lOn. Court House at Lawrencev.lle, was E UTT hr n. burnt with all the records of the coun ty, save one book, accidently left in an ittornev s room at Mcllaes rlotei people. Fine schools are springing up ..li ovpr i.hp State with surprising ra attorneys room at ... idity alltl very soou 0ur State will be This was a terrible calamity to he of ilthern literature. It the county;all the pend.ug suits had to . of ,j ht be revived, and witness. had " c!es SJ Condi!ions, and all prove their tickets, amidst great con- " , Mmnt n-eeive its ad- ill rj J 11 1 a a a sense of duty and of patriotism. fusion and costs. At this tune there was considerable agitation and excitement as to the location for a new county site near the center of the county. The commissioners first selected White O tk Springs near B. De-Berry's, then had a reconsideration of the matter and left it to a vote of the people of the county; a majority voting in favor of the location at West's old field, where Troy now stands. The Commissioners were Col. J. L. Gaines, Wm. Coggins, Z.-bedee Russell, Martin Rush and T. L. Cotton. The new county site was named Troy, in memory of the old popular State so-licil oivwbo attended Montgomery Superior Court fi,r many years Atexauder Troy. 1 know this to be a fact, for I 1 i I ,i. i 1 reotlOil ot lw iieii tuc iiunib " ...---- t which was ou the mitjon of Coj. Gaines, vantages, cheap but ini.o. tant to eery class. There is now no necessity for ignorance, as it is to be hoped that the common school will rapidly improve, and furnish the means of a good practical education to every son and daughter of Montgomery county. They con stitute the greatest civil institutions oi the State everybody is interested in them, poor and rich; and hence they are called ''corn mon" schools, because they furnish advantages to all. And as these schools are the foundation of all other sch uls, let every young man and w.iaiin, b y a i l giri, K-ur.i to re nd coensa them, and let us . ii i reui iu er tn.t an truncation is inteuded chiefly to learn tne nam in ind to siiVmt its faculties to tue i Miker, an I lo lab.r- tor the by ted ( , I A correspondent of the Charleston News and Courier is growling over the dog q-iestion, and it must be confessed that his statistics are enough to make one snappish. He sayslhat according to the report of the auditor Laurens county has 1827 d gs, valued at $0.13 ), or S5 each; 1823 sheep, a diff ;vac i two in favor of the sheep. v,i'u. i at $2,004, a little over $1.09 eaeh, making : one dog worth about four and a half t sheep; 4,3W nogs, vaiueu at a little over $1.81 each, one do valued sit nearlv its much as three hog-, and j , , this in a county where i iKIa criiiiif :inrt lot land for sheen that is ffoinir to waste , for want of the sheep to cons nuf- it. - . . re there is" no val-' say-of the best grazing spect a spect illv in g.HHl 11.1(1 er b,s gUi 1 inee aiiil direction ..a - I i I We are not tamiliar with th revenue laws of our sister State, but it s. !t)- that they tax dog; in ! ;l 1 the friends of wool an ' m i to i i t tlit Sc ite are in far bt?tUr lor n tit i-.i an; the same diss i:i -fi'ti) Ctr;:;:ii. where every CJirniverous cut-t.til canine roams at large with no sheriff or fax collectqr to nike hini afjaid Wil. SMr. Iv i

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