Draper Manuscripts: King's Mountain Papers, 1756-1887

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Series: 14 DD (Volume 14)
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Draper correspondence, 1842-1887, and annotations about participants in the King's Mountain battle and other events during the Revolution in the Carolinas and Tennessee. Informative letters and notes on the following persons and families are found: Joseph Anderson; the Beattie brothers-David, John, and William; Andrew Caruthers; William Christian and his nephew Gilbert Christian, distant relatives of the more famous Colonel William Christian, with a genealogy of the Gilbert Christian branch; Andrew Colville; Joseph Dickson; George Doherty; William Edmondson, with a short Edmondson genealogy; Andrew Kincannon; William Lenoir; Joel Lewis and his Lewis family; Robert McFarland; Daniel McKissick; John Martin (of Surry County, North Carolina); George Maxwell; William Meredith; William Mills; Samuel Newell; Charles Robertson; William Robinson; William Russell (1735-1793) and his son William (1758-1825), with a Russell genealogy; Griffith Rutherford; John Sawyers; the Sevier family-especially John, Robert, and Valentine; and Richard Singleton. Also included are John Tipton (of Tennessee); Samuel Ware (Weir); George Wilfond and his son John, Sr. (b. 1762); James Williams; James Withrow; and William Wofford. Several Loyalist officers at King's Mountain received special notice: Anthony Allaire; Uzal Johnson; Robert McGinnis; Ambrose Mills and his son William; Samuel Ryerson; William Stevenson; and John Taylor. Such Cherokee leaders as Doublehead, Little Carpenter, Oconastota, Nancy Ward, and John Watts are discussed in a few letters.

Particularly noteworthy is one of William Martin's letters (1842) covering a wide range of topics: Indian treatment of women captives, Cherokee leaders he had known; Cherokee customs, including a description of the “Green Corn Dance”; Charles Lynch of Virginia and the origin of “Lynch law”; and the outstanding military service and personal attributes of the Martin family's black slave named Toby. A few papers on the Shelby-Campbell controversy, including a copy of a letter (1822) from Thomas Jefferson to John Campbell, and another manuscript copy of Wilkins Tannehill's “Early Times in Tennessee” (also in 11 DD) are found in this volume. Among Draper's miscellaneous notes are a section devoted to the infamous Harpe brothers and one on the statutory provisions for ducking as punishment for women involved in slander cases.