George North

George North (abt. 1751 - 1814)

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George North
Born about in Chester County, Pennsylvaniamap
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Brother of [half] and
Husband of — married in First Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
Husband of — married in Halltown, Virginiamap
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Died in Fairfax County, Virginiamap
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Lieutenant George North


George's forefathers for some two or three generations had resided in Chester County, Pennsylvania. They were originally from England. His mother was a Swedish lady, and had inherited from her ancestors a share in the old church in Philadelphia, founded by the colony of Swedes.

George was the youngest of eight brothers and the only on who ever moved south to Virginia, from Pennsylvania. He and his brothers all served in the Revolutionary War. It is said that all of the brothers fought at the Battle of Monmouth, in New Jersey.

George's older brother, Colonel Caleb North, who was a well known merchant in Philadelphia, was commander of the calvary which young George served with. George joined when quite young and served until the end of the war.

Old Colonel Caleb North had a particular fondness for his younger brother, George, so that when Caleb passed away he left to George a pair of pistols used by a progenitor of the Battle of the Boyne, in Ireland on July 1, 1690. Caleb also left George his sword. What became of them is unkown as they were used in the War of 1812. The sword had on its blade inscribed "Pennsylvania Light Dragoons. For God and My Country".

General William Darke, who was present at the surrender of Corwallis at Yorktown, and Captain North, were devotedly attached to each other, and George was named in his last will and testament as one of his executors. The oldest son of Captain North has the name of William Darke, in honor of the general.

George was born in 1751, in Chester County, Pennsylvania. His father was Roger North and his mother was Ann Rambo. George had 12 brothers and sisters:[1]

  1. Sopia
  2. Sarah
  3. Samuel
  4. John
  5. Elizabeth
  6. William (or Wirdean)
  7. Roger, married Elizabeth Todd of Kentucky
  8. Ann (Nancy)
  9. Caleb
  10. Thomas
  11. Joshua
  12. Hannah

The services of George North in assisting in the establishment of American Independence during the War of the Revolution were as follows:

  1. 1776 - Paymaster, 1st Pennsylvania Continental Line
  2. 12 Oct 1776 - Ensign, commissioned with the 4th Battalion, under General Anthony Wayne; Captain Robinson's Company.
  3. 1 Jan 1777 - Rank of First Lieutenant with the 5th Pennsylvania Continental Line.
Lt. George North Brigade Quartermaster
  1. June 1778 - Rank of Brigade Quartermaster, 2nd Brigade, Pennsylvania Line, 5th Pennsylvania, under Colonel Francis Johnson.
  2. May 1782 - Rank of Department Wagonmaster General to Southern Army. George retired on January 1, 1783

There is a tradition in the family that George's brother, Roger, piloted Lafayette across the Brndywine at the time the Marquis fought the British at that point.

George North married first Sarah Evans, daughter of William Evans, of Chester County, Pennsylvania, on January 12, 1787. William Evans was a prominent merchant of Philadelphia. George and his wife made their way to Virginia in about 1790. ( Family Data Collection on Ancestry have the date of marriage to Sarah Evans as 1769).

The oldest daughter of George North and Sarah Evans was Ann Smith, who was born on November 22, 1788. Ann married Samuel Mark in 1808, and resided at Alexandria, Virginia. Their second daughter, Lydia Rambo North, was born on May 24, 1790. Lydia married Charles Gibbs on July 10, 1807, and died in April of 1854, at Charlestown, West Virginia.

Sarah Evans died September 23, 1793, in Jefferson County, Virginia. Captain North then married his second wife, Eliza Keyes, on October 30, 1794, at Halltown, Virginia. Eliza was twenty years old at the time.

George and Eliza had nine children:

  1. Mary Hall, b. 16 Aug 1795
  2. Sarah Keyes, b. 4 May 1797, m. Samuel Davis Harper, d. September 1885
  3. William Darke, b. 1 Apr 1799
  4. Thomas Jefferson, b. 5 Jul 1801
  5. Eliza Wayne, b. 30 Nov 1803
  6. Arelia Wayne, b. 12 Sep 1805
  7. Emily Eliza, b. 12 Mar 1808
  8. Nathaniel Greene, b. 12 May 1810
  9. George Caleb, b. 15 Jun 1815

Captain George North was a member of the Pennsylvania Society of the Cincinnati, in the order in which they subscribed, in December of 1783. On a tablet in a building, erected by the Order of the Cincinnati, at Cincinnati, Ohio, are inscribed the names of George North and Caleb North, his older brother.

In the year 1809, Captain North served as sheriff of Jefferson County in Virginia.

The captain died at his home in Fairfax County on December 30, 1814, at the age of 63.

Captain North is buried in a field on the plantation where he died, near Barcroft's Mill, on the old Columbia Turnpike, in Fairfax County. The grave was never marked. Its location is known, but all traces of it are obliterated. It is also probable that his age at the time of his death in 1814, given by his son as 63 years, is not correct, as that would give 1751 as the year of his birth, whereas there is some evidence that he was born after 1753.

A 'Sons of the American Revolution Membership Application, 1889-1970, for Sarah Evans, 14 Feb 1946, lists George North's place of death as Charles Town, West Virginia.


  1. Genealogy and History of the related families of Keyes, North and Cruzen; Pub. 1914; Millard Fillmore Stipes
  • Genealogy and history of the related Keyes, North and Cruzen Families; by Millard Fillmore Stipes; published 1814, Missouri.
  • American Revolution Membership Application, 1889-1970, for Sarah Evans, 14 Feb 1946

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Lieutenant George North
Lieutenant George North

Lt. George North Brigade Quartermaster
Lt. George North Brigade Quartermaster


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