The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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        This shows the opinion of Governor Martin. Campbell received as little favor from the other side, for the next fall he was seized by Colonel Folsome in his own house, while entertaining a party of Highland loyalists, and taken to Halifax jail.

        The following letter from Colonel Moore will show the status of Mr. Campbell with the whig side.

"February 27th, 1776.

        "SIR: I have thought proper to send down Mr. Farquard Campbell to be examined by your committee.

        "He has been accused of aiding and abetting the tories in their late schemes, and was carried a prisoner to Colonel Caswell's camp. He has now fallen into my hands, and I send him to you to deal with him as you think proper.

        "A Daniel Williams, of Duplin, who was a prisoner among the tories, says that he heard Captain McCloud say that they intended to go to the governor by the way of Rockfish; but that Mr. F. Campbell advised them to take the route they have done, and that in a few hours, by his means they might have notice of anything that was transacted in our camp. I am, sir,

"Your very humble servant,


        "To the chairman of the committee of Wilmington, N. C."

        "Ever strong upon the stronger side," when the revolution ended in our independence, Campbell was claimed to be a whig, and was senator in 1791-'92-'93, from Cumberland.

        Wm. Barry Grove, resided in Cumberland County, and represented it in the legislature in 1788-'89, and this district in congress 1791 to 1803. He was in congress during the struggle between Jefferson and Burr, and supported the latter for presidency.

        We have been able to gather but little from the annuals of congress or from private sources, of the life and character of Mr. Grove, and leave this duty to some son of the Cape Fear district.

        He was the only member of the North Carolina delegation in the house who supported the sedition law, which passed the house May 21, 1798. He supported Jay's British Treaty, so universally repudiated by the south. He was joined by Governor Martin in support of these Federal measures, which was the death warrant of both in their political lives. Governor Martin in 1801, was succeeded by Governor Franklin and Grove by Samuel D. Purviance of Fayetteville.

        He married Sarah, daughter of Egbert Haywood and Sally Ware, the aunt of Honorable William S. Ashe.

        Mr. Moore says that he was prompt, vivacious and a devoted advocate for the adoption of the new constitution; that he and John Hay had married the daughters of Colonel Rowan, both residents of Fayetteville.

        John Louis Taylor born March 1, 1769, died January, 1829, resided for many years in Fayetteville. He was born in London, of Irish parents; he was deprived, at an early age, of his father, and was brought to this country by an elder brother, when he was only twelve years old. By the aid of this brother, he enjoyed the advantages of education, and spent two years at William and Mary college in Virginia. He then came to this state, studied law, and settled at Fayetteville. His success at the bar was complete. His gentle and unobstrusive bearing, his deep learning, and kind temper soon gained him practice and "troops of friends." He was elected in 1792,-'93,-'94 to represent the town of Fayetteville in the House of Commons. During this last year, the office of attorney-general became vacant; he with Messrs. Blake Baker and Robert Williams were nominated for the office, and Mr. Baker was elected.

        He now devoted all his talents and time to his profession, and even with such competitors as Hay, Duffy, Williams, and others, he had a large and lucrative practice. He removed to New Berne in 1796.

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