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Minutes of the Rowan County Committee of Safety
Rowan County (N.C.). Committee of Safety
May 07, 1776 - May 08, 1776
Volume 10, Pages 592-594

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

May 7th, 1776.

The Committee met according to adjournment.

Present: Saml Young, Chairman; James Smith, G. W. Barringer, Alexander Dobbin, Josiah Rouncifer, John Dickey, Samuel Reed, Gilbraith Falls, William Alexander, John Purviance, William Sharp, Jonathan Hunt, Robert Moore, John Archibald, John Montgomery, John Sloan, John Lewis Beard.

A Petition signed by 37 of Capt. Work's Company praying a Nomination of other Officers in said Company or otherwise a new Election, being read—

Resolved, That on Saturday, the 11th Instant the said Company commanded by Capt. Work, shall meet at their common muster ground and elect proper officers to command the same, and it is

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recommended that the said Company or such part as is required, do hold themselves in Readiness to march, on the shortest notice in case of an Invasion of this province.

Ordered, That Martin Huckleberry has leave to take into his possession as much of the goods and chattels of Thomas Carris as shall be equal to the sum of £6 9s. & 11d. due to him, the Debtor being removed out of this province.

Andrew Shields has leave to take into his possession the goods and chattels of Hugh Cunningham absconded, or demand a hat worth 40s. assumed by Thomas McGuire. The whole equal to £4 10s. and as security for said Debt.

Saml Young has leave to retain the cash due to Hugh Cunningham absconded, from the Public, as a satisfaction for a Debt of £3 16s.—and if a overplus, deliver it to Shields, to indemnify him.

The Committee adjourned till tomorrow 6 o'clock.


May 8th 1776.

Committee met according to adjournment.

A Letter of Col. Armstrong of Surry to this Committee purporting that a Number of guns were taken during the Expedition from the Inhabitants of Muddy Creek in said County, by the officers of Roan, and requiring a Restoration of the same.

Resolved, As the taking said guns originated from the Committee of Safety together with a subsequent order of General Court Martial at Cross Creek, the said guns are to be detained until further order be given thereon by the Committee of Safety.

Information being made, that Thomas Haggains has lately expressed some things very unfriendly to American Liberty, Therefore,

Resolved, That Capt. Wm. Frohock immediately take his fire arms if any, and cause his appearance before this Committee at their next sitting, to answer such things as shall be objected against him, and have then and there Joseph Renchoe, & Benjamin Hilgore, Evidences.

Resolved, In Case our Delegates return from Congress, without having made provision of gun-powder for the county, that the Chairman of this Committee apply to some of the neighbouring Colonies for 500 wt of powder, and flints in proportion—and pledge the credit of this Committee for payment of the same.

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A letter from a number of young ladies in the County, directed to the Chairman, requesting the approbation of the Committee to a number of resolutions enclosed, entered into and signed by the same young ladies, being read,

Resolved, That this Committee present their cordial thanks to the said young ladies for so spirited a performance; look upon these resolutions to be sensible and polite; that they merit the honor and are worthy the imitation of every young lady in America,

The Committee adjourned till Committee in course.

William Sharpe, Secretary.