: born in Grovely, Brunswick
co., N. C.
, in 1720; was in the North
Carolina legislature for several years, and was speaker in 1762-65.
He warmly opposed the Stamp Act: assisted Governor Tryon
in suppressing the Regulator movement in 1771, but soon afterwards became a zealous Whig.
He was an active patriot, and because he led 500 men to destroy Fort Johnson
he was denounced as a rebel.
Raising and equipping a regiment at his own expense, he was appointed brigadier-general of the Wilmington District in April. 1776.
He joined Lincoln
in South Carolina
in 1778; and after he was defeated at Brier Creek
, in March, 1779, he returned home.
suffered much at the hands of the British
after the battle at Guilford
, and died of small-pox, which he had contracted in prison, in Sampson county, N. C.
, Oct. 24, 1781.