Name: George W. (Dr.) Glascock
Birth: 20 DEC 1743 in "Indian Banks", VA 1
Death: 18 OCT 1787 1
Event: DAR PATRIOT 2
_MILI: Rev War DAR Patriot, Battlefield Surgeon 1781 1
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- Occupation: Surgeon, Court Clerk 1
DR. GEORGE W. Glascock Murder and Revenge.
Dr. Ggorge W. Glascock, grew up as one of the eleven children raised at
"Indian Banks" before the Revolution. He was a surgeon during the war and served
on the American Army Medical Staff at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse
in N.C. in 1781, between Generals Cornwallis and Greene. After the
battle, on his way to Wilmington Cornwallis bivouaced his army in
"Glascock's Field." Glascock then moved to Cross Hill, near Carthage
in Moore Co., N.C., where he became deputy to Col. Philip Alston,
the Clerk of the Court. Alston was very wealthy and from a powerful
family in the south. On February 23, 1785, Alston resigned his clerkship
and was succeeded by his 16 year old son James. Then on May 17, 1786,
young Alston resigned the office and Dr. Glascock was appointed
to take his place. On the following day, apparently Glascock's first
official action was to "commit the said Alston to Wilmington jail" and
Alston then "moved the court" to know whether George Glascock
was a Justice of the Peace" when he did so. (Glascock was Justice
of the Peace in 1785 and Clerk of the Court in 1786.) The records
do not divulge the nature of the issue between the two men, but on
Oct. 18, 1787, Dr. Glascock was murdered in his home by Alston's
slave, Dave, who had been promised his freedom for the murder.
Alston, then a member of the General Assembly, was arrested and
prosecuted for the murder and taken to Wilmington jail, from which
he later escaped. Apparently Alston was later killed in Georgia
by the fugitive slave.
The events surrounding Glascock's death have been clothed in a
certain amount of mystery, but the evidence points to the fact that
Alston ordered his slave, Dave, to commit the crime. According
to Moore Co. tradition, Alston, to establish an alibi, invited the
country-side to his "House in the Horseshoe" for a dance and took
care to establish his presence there at all times. It is a matter
of record that Dave was seized and imprisoned for the murder,
and then let out on bond, which Alston forfeited when Dave did
not appear. Alston was later in Wilmington jail for the murder,
was released on bond, and later returned to the jail. Then the
"Fayetteville Gazette" carried the following notice on Dec. 1, 1790:
"Broke gaol on the 5th inst., Philip Alston, late of Moore County,
committed as accessory to the murder of George Clascock.
All persons are required to be aiding and assisting in apprehending,
so that he again be committed to gaol..." "There is no further documentation
on Moore County's most notorious citizen." However, "tradition
has it that he fled the State, and was finally murdered by the same Dave."
Taken from "The Glascocks of England and America" by Lawrence A. Glassco, 1984.
George W. Glascock is listed as a Patriot with the DAR.
The following references and sources are from the research of Maria A. Dering:
a) Evidence that George Glasscock is the son of Capt. William Glascock is found in the Last Will and Testament of
William Glascock, Virginia, Liber 7 (1767-1787), p. 461, paragraph 2: "Item. I give and bequeath all the rest of
my Negroes not before given to be Equally divided between my following children Viz. George, Priscilla, Ann and
my Son-in-law William Harding." Will probated on 7 March 1785. See also birth record in The Register of North
Farnham Parish 1663-1814 and Lunenburg Parish 1783-1800 - Richmond County, Virignia, p. 70.
b) Date of death of George W. Glasscock is found in the DAR Archives (copy attached; posted on the
URL http://mytree.net/gen/getperson.php?personID=I1092&tree=cross&PHPSESSID=6f97), as follows:
"On the night of 18 Oct. 1787, Dr. George Glasscock, was murdered, apparently by Alston's slave, Dave."
For corroboration of year of death, see Muse Family Cemetery transcription in Cemetery Records of
Moore County, edited by Doris Myers Brewer, p. 89.
Father: William (Capt.) Glascock b: 1704
Mother: Esther Ball b: 1712
Martha Patty Howard b: 1742
- John Melton Glascock b: 1767
- Julius Glascock b: 1769
- Martram Glascock b: 1771
- George (Jr.) Glascock b: 1773
- Elizabeth "Betsy" Glascock b: 13 FEB 1785 in Cumberland/Moore County, North Carolina
- Mary "Molly" Glascock b: 1787 in North Carolina
- Abbrev: Glasco, Lawrence, The Glascock-Glassco Saga,
Glasco, Lawrence, The Glascock-Glassco Saga,
- Abbrev: National Number 814507, DAR Patriot index
National Number 814507, DAR Patriot index
- Abbrev: DAR Application National Number 519289.
DAR Application National Number 519289.