speeches in the general assembly, more remarkable for sound sense, than for
grammatical style, he was asked by a professional gentleman "where he got his
education." He replied, "at the plough handles." He was modest, yet determined,
prompt, yet cautions. From the date of his commission to his death he was
constantly employed. He was at the battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, and in 1779
in command of a regiment, he went to the assistance of South Carolina. He was in
the battle of Stono, where he bore himself with the
From the privations of war, and the debilitating effects of a southern climate, his health gave way, and he died, on his return home, at the house of Mr. Amis, on Drowning Creek, near the South Carolina line, on July 29, 1779.
He left several children, one of whom was the maternal grand-mother of the late Richard Hines, member from this district to the Nineteenth Congress, (1825,-'27.)
The Haywood family, one of the most numerous, also one of the most distinguished in the state, had its first origin in North Carolina, in this county.
For the genealogy of the Haywood family see appendix.
This genealogical table was the work of much research, and is for the first time printed. It was compiled chiefly by the late Governor Henry T. Clarke, one of this numerous family, and may be useful in tracing lines of relationship that would otherwise be obliterated by time. Of the progenitor, John Haywood, little information of his life and services are preserved.
Of his son, William Haywood, died 1779, we have more information. He was a member of the committee of safety for the Halifax district, 1775; a member of the provincial congress at Halifax, in April, 1776, also of the same body at the same place in November following, and was one of the committee to form the state constitution, and by that body appointed one of the council of the state. He was the father of ten children, most of whom reared families to usefulness and distinction. These will be severally noticed in the counties in which they resided.
There are few families in the state with whom are connected names better known.
Among them are two United States Senators, William Haywood and George E. Badger; three Governors, Dudley, Clarke, and Manly; two Judges, Badger and John Haywood, the historian of Tennessee; four members of congress, William S. Ashe, E. B. Dudley, Sion H. Rogers, and Thomas Ruffin; army officers, General Junius Daniel, Colonel William H. Bell; navy officers, Admiral H. H. Bell; lawyers, Badger, Burgess, Hogg, McRae, Edward G. Haywood, and others.
Thomas Blount who resided in this county, and represented this district in congress, and died while in congress, February 7th, 1812, has already been noticed.
Henry Toole Clark, born 1808, died April 14th, 1874, son of Honorable James W. Clark, was born on his father's farm, "Walnut Creek," about nine miles above Tarboro, on the banks of Tar River.
His early education was conducted at a school in Tarboro, kept by George Phillips, and the Louisburg academy, and when only fourteen years old he was sent to the university at Chapel Hill. Among his class mates were Honorable Daniel M. Barringer, Rev. Samuel Iredell Johnstone, and others. At this time this venerable institution contained a body of young men unsurpassed at any period of its history. Graham and Manly (both afterwards governor) Polk, and others, were on its rolls.
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