Royal North Carolina Regiment, Major Nicholas Welch’s Company

+4 votes
I’m looking at a list of men in a roster of the above named company. The roster is dated 4 Feb 1781, 24 Feb-24 Apr 1781. Each of the below named men enlisted in the same day, 29 January 1781, and each of them deserted on the same date, 23 Feb 1781 (maybe that is just when the roll was called and they weren’t present.) Some of these I’ve been able to track down. I believe that many, if not all, of these men were Lincoln Co. NC, men.

Manton, Thomas

Beal, John

Killean, Adam  (b. abt. 1752 Mecklenburg Co., NC, d. abt. 1821 Lincoln Co., NC, has a profile and is a cousin of mine)

Galtney, Nathaniel (b. 1753 Surrey Co., NC, d. 1827 Lincoln Co., NC, has profile)

Myars, Elias (maybe the one b. 1762 Mecklenburg Co., NC, d. 1846 Carroll Co., Tenn. or Myers-5923 moved to Daviess Co. Indiana where several of the Killians ended up, though he would have been young for the war, but not impossible)

Club, Gasper (b. ca. 1742 Baden, HRE, d. after 1820 Lincoln Co., NC, my great-great-great-great grandfather)

Lockman, Benjamin

Attested by John Jenkins, Deputy Muster Master; Nicholas Welch, Major; Christopher McRa, Lieut.

Aside, very probable that Nicholas Welch is a cousin, too, but my line were Patriots out of Rutherford County, NC.

Any help with the ones I can’t identify? Many thanks! (Tried to put all of the profiles in the ID line but rejected... here they are: Gwaltney-2, Killian-521, Clubb-86, Myers-5923... maybe.)
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1 Answer

+5 votes
Have you tried searching J.D. Lewis's database of NC Rev soldiers?
I am not familiar with this unit.  Was it a British unit before the Revolution?
by G. Moore G2G6 Mach 3 (35.5k points)
Hi, G. This was a unit raised during the war made up of Tories, or Loyalists, as they preferred to be called. North Carolina was a hotbed of “Toryism.” Gaspar Clubb, my ancestor, was from a neighborhood that produced several Tories. At the Battle of Cowan’s Ford where Gen. William Lee Davidson was killed, it was supposedly a Simon Hagar, a local, who led Cornwallis’ army to the ford. (Their were two Simon Hagar’s and to this day the Hagars deny it was either one.) in any case, Simon was related to the Adam Killian (Killean) in the list above.

Maybe this is why I can’t find any Patriot ancestors in my Lawing line, though they were the right age. They were Killian descendants, too.

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