Revolutionary War Years
In the year 1768 a new county was created out
of old Mecklenburg west of the Catawba River and
South of the Earl of Granville line. This new county
was named Tryon in honor of the British Governor
William Moore was the Tryon County
Coroner from January 1770 to April 1773; and was
appointed to collect Tryon County taxes for 1768. He
was also a representative to the Colonial Assembly from 1769 to 1775.
In August 1775 the Tryon Resolves were formulated and signed by 48 Tryon County men, as a
declaration of Rights and Independence from British Tyranny.
In September 1775 a Tryon County Militia was formed under Colonel Joseph Graham. War had
begun in Boston and the Northern Colonies that previous April in which the Colonies were defending
their rights and liberties against England.
Later in 1778 Tryon County was abolished and out of that territory were created the two counties of
Lincoln and Rutherford.
In June of 1780 the Battle of Ramseurs Mill was fought pitting neighbor against neighbor, brother
against brother, and father against son; all local men, no British soldier participated. This
seemingly small battle was an enormously significant factor in winning the later battle of Kings
Mountain which in turn led to the defeat and surrender of Lord Cornwallis to George Washington at
Yorktown on October 19, 1781.
Men thought to be from the Stanley Creek/Dutchman Creek area and from the Hoyles Creek area who
fought in the Revolutionary War, some at the Battle of Ramseurs Mill and some at Kings Mountain
as well as the Continental line, were:
John Moore, Sr.
* William Rankin was a prisoner of war.
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