Early days in Rowan County, North Carolina, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 92-page spiral-bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from several vintage books. These source materials include John Hill Wheeler's Historical Sketches of North Carolina (1851); Sketches of Prominent Living North Carolinians by Jerome Dowd (1888), North Carolina, A Guide to the Old North State (1939), a product of the WPA; A New Geography of North Carolina (1954-65). The tri-color front cover is printed on 80# card stock and has been protected with a vinyl sheet. The text is printed single-sided on 60# opaque paper, with the print enlarged to fit the 8.5" x 11" paper and improve readability. Towns mentioned in the booklet include: Salisbury (county seat), China Grove, Cleveland, East Spencer, Faith, Gold Hill, Granite Quarry, Landis, Rockwell, Spencer and Woodleaf. Among the many subjects included are: Geological and Physical features; Early history and the War of the Regulation; Journal of the Committee of Safety, with names of some members and details of pre-Revolution troubles; the British army's route through the county in 1781; Griffith Rutherford, Matthew Locke, Francis Locke, Spruce McCay, James Martin, the Pearson family, John Stokes, Archibald Henderson, Charles Fisher, John Willis Ellis, Nathaniel Boyden, Hamilton C. Jones, Burton Craig, John B. Lord; the gold at Gold Hill; Members of the House of Commons from Salisbury from 1777 to 1835; Members of the General Assembly from Rowan County, 1777 to 1850; Mrs. Elizabeth Steele and General Nathaniel Greene; 35 Lutheran Churches; Schools, including Catawba College and Livingstone College; Agriculture and Industry; a Historical Mystery involving Peter Ney and French royalty; flamboyant Walter George Neuman; Walter (Pete) Murphy; Tom Stanback and his headache powder; an incident involving Betsy Brandon and George Washington; a Confederate prison; a lost dam, a natural wall, and other curious bits of history and trivia. The Dowd excerpt has biographies of John S. Henderson, Rev. J.C. Price, Lee S. Overman, William Lawrence Saunders, Rev. Jethro Rumple, John Joseph Bruner, Kerr Craige, Samuel H. Wiley, Moses L. Holmes, Col. Hamilton C. Jones. The WPA section offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering many historical notes and sightseeing possibilities.
Rowan County, NC
Sources: History of Rowan County North Carolina / Historical Sketches of North Carolina
Authors: John Hill Wheeler, et al
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Original Publisher: The Arkansaw Traveler Publishing Co.
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