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  • Name: Captain James Chitwood , Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1720 in Henrico or Goochland Co. VA
  • Death: 14 OCT 1783 in Possibly Rutherford Co. N.C. Kings Mountain, NC
  • Note:
    Captain James Chitwood and several other officers of the Loyalist Army was hung near Gilbert Town after a mock court-martial. These were in reprisal for Tory & English Actions against Whigs. "According to Lieutenant Allaire's account they died like soldiers--like martyrs, in their own and friends' estimation. These brave but unfortunate Loyalists', says Allair, "with their latest breath expressed their unutterable detestion of the Rebels and of their base and infamous proceedings; and, as they were being turned off, extolled their King. He is buried at Biggerstaff Cemetery, near Sunshine Rutherford, NC.[Key.GED]

    Capt. James Chitwood was a Loyalist who was taken prisoner at the battle of King's Mountain in late September, 1780. The victorious patriots were itching for revenge, and decided to stop and hold what was termed a "drum head trial" the first night the prisoners were being marched from the battle site. A score of local folks who had taken the loyalists side were convicted and sentenced to die. Nine were indeed hung, when high officers interrupted the proceedings and put a halt to the executions. Eight were buried in shallow graves by the side of the road immediately after the executions were stopped. The body of James Chitwood was carried by some local sympathizers to the crown to their own family burial ground about a miles away and given a real grave. His sons were arrested by patriot forces and given several choices - take their father's political side and face exile or take the Oath of Allegiance to the patriot cause and be on their way. They chose to take the Oath and left North Carolina for less and settles lands further west" ......sent to Melissa by e-mail by Jane Dresser
    Capt. James Chitwood was a Tory during the Revolutionary War and was captured and hung after the battle of King's Mountain, NC. "The names of the condemned Tories were ---Colonel Ambrose Mills, Capt. James Chitwood, Capt. Wilson, Capt. Walter Gilkey, Capt. grimes, Lieutenant Lafferty, John McFall, John Bibby, and Augustine Hobbs. They were swung off the Gallows Oak, three at a time, and left suspended at the place of execution. According to Lieutenant Allaire's account they died like soldier ....like martyrs, in their own and friends' estimation. "These brave but unfortunate Loyalist, says Allaire, 'with their latest breath expressed their unutterable detestation of the Rebels, and of their base and infamous proceedings; and, as they were being turned off, extolled their King and the British Government, Mills, Wilson, and Chitwood died like Romans.....The Poor Loyalist leaders had been left swinging from the sturdy Oak upon which they had been executed. No sooner had the Whigs moved off, than Mrs. Martha Bickerstaff, the wife of Capt. Aaron Bickerstaff who had served under Ferguson, and been mortally wounded at King's Mountain, with the assistance of an old man who worked on the farm, cut down the nine dead bodies. Eight of them were buried in a shallow trench, some two feet deep; while the remains of Capt. Chitwood were conveyed by some of his friends, on a plank, half a mile away to Benjamin Bickerstaff's, where they were interred on a hill still used as a grave-yard." Taken from the book "Kings Mountain and it's Heroes" by Lyman C Draper...from the website of Ancestors of Billy Ray Chitwood located at http:''www.family tree maker.com/users/c/h/i/Billy-R-Chitwood/GENE40016.html by Julie Chitwood[Chitwood from Melissa 1.GED]

    "Capt. James Chitwood was a Loyalist who was taken prisoner at the battle of King's Mountain in late September,1780. The victorious patriots were itching for revenge, and decided to stop and hold what was termed a "drum head trial" the first night the prisoners were being marched from the battle site. A score a local folks who had taken the loyalists side were convicted and sentenced to die. Nine were indeed hung, when high officers interrupted the proceedings and put a halt to the executions. Eight were buried in shallow graves by the side of the road immediately after the executions were stopped. The body of James Chitwood was carried by some local sympathizers to the crown to their own family burial ground about a mile away and given a real grave. His sons were arrested by patriot forces and given several choices - take their father's political side and face exile or take the Oath of Allegiance to the patriot cause and be on their way. They chose to take the Oath, and left North Carolina for less and settles lands further west."........sent to me in e-mail by Jane Dresser

    "Capt. James Chitwood was a Tory during the Revolutionary War and was captured and hung after the battle of King's Mountain NC. "The names of the condemned Tories were --- Colonel Ambrose Mills, Capt. James Chitwood, Capt. Wilson, Capt. Walter Gilkey, Capt. Grimes, Lieutenant Lafferty, John McFall, John Bibby, and Augustine Hobbs. They were swung off the Gallows Oak, three at a time, and left suspended at the place of execution. According to Lieutenant Allaire's acocunt, they died like soldiers --- like martyrs, in their own and friends' estimation. "These brave but unfortunate Loyalists', says Allaire, 'with their latest breath expressed their unutterable detestation of the Rebels, and of their base and infamous proceedings; and, as they were being turned off, extolled thier King and the British Government, Mills, Wilson, and Chitwood died like Romans.....The poor Loyalist leaders had been left swinging from the sturdy oak upon which they had been executed. No sooner had the Whigs moved off, than Mrs. Martha Bickerstaff, the wife of Capt. Aaron Bickerstaff who had served under Ferguson, and been mortally wounded at King's Mountain, with the assistance of an old man who worked on the farm, cut down the nine dead bodies. Eight of them were buried in a shallow trench, some two feet deep; while the remains of Capt. Chitwood were conveyed by some of his friends, on a plank, half a mile away to Benjamin Bickerstaff's, where they were interred on a hill still used as a grave-yard." Taken from the book "Kings Mountain and it's Heroes", by Lyman C. Draper.......from the website of Ancestors of Billy Ray Chitwood located at http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/c/h/i/Billy-R-Chitwood/GENE4-0016 .htm l by Julie Chitwood.




    Father: Matthias Chitwood , Sr. b: ABT 1681 in England
    Mother: Mary Key b: 12 JAN 1694/95 in Northumberland Co, VA

    Marriage 1 Alice Carpenter b: 1724
    • Married: ABT 1748
    Children
    1. Has Children James C Chitwood , Jr b: 1752 in Cumberland, VA
    2. Has No Children Moses Chitwood b: 1754 in VA
    3. Has Children Shadrach Chitwood , Sr b: 1756 in Cumberland, VA
    4. Has Children Joshua Chitwood , Sr b: ABT 1758 in Cumberland, VA
    5. Has No Children Joseph Chitwood b: 1760 in VA
    6. Has Children Pleasant Chitwood b: 1765 in VA
    7. Has Children Amos Chitwood b: 1768 in Cumberland, Va

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    I have not proved these out so anybody using the information should just use the names as guides. Thanks to all the people who helped me with this. Betty

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