The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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        He left the following issue:

        I. Letitia, who married Walker.

        II. John M., who married Evans.

        III. Louisa, who married W. W. Avery.

        IV. Another daughter, married Rufus Patterson.

        V. Emma, who married Julius A. Gray.

        VI. James Turner.

        VII. Eugene.

        George C. Mendenhall was a native and resident of this county, well connected and highly esteemed.

        He was a lawyer by profession, patient, persevering, and skilful in the practice; faithful and honest in all his dealings.

        He represented this county in the legislature in 1828,-'29, and '30, and again in 1840 and '41.

        He opposed Honorable Edmund Deberry for congress, and was defeated by a small majority.

        His death was unexpected as sad. On his return home from Stanly superior court, in February, 1860, in an attempt to cross at Fuller's ford, on the Uharee river, which had been swollen by recent rains, he was drowned.

        John M. Dick was also a native and resident of this county. He was born about 1791, studied law, and represented this county in the legislature in the senate in 1819,-'20,-'29, and '31, and in 1832 was elected one of the judges of the superior courts of law and equity, which he held until his death, this occurred while he was riding the Edenton circuit, at the house of Abram Reddick, in Hertford County.

        His character as a judge was distinguished for integrity and patience; he was the father of Robert Paine Dick, now judge of the United States district court for western North Carolina. He is a native and resident of this county, born October 5th, 1823. He was liberally educated, and graduated with the second honors of his class at the university in 1843, in the same class was John L. Bridgers, Philo P. Henderson, John W. Lancaster, Thomas D. McDowell, S. J. Person, and others.

        He read law with his father, and George C. Mendenhall, and was admitted to the bar in 1845.

        He was appointed United States district attorney by President Pierce, in 1853, which position he held until 1861.

        He was a delegate to the democratic national convention, at Charleston and Baltimore, in April and June, 1860, and acted with the union democrats after the state delegates had seceded. He was elected without being a candidate to the state convention, May 20th, 1861, and used his efforts to have the ordinance of secession submitted to a vote of the people.

        He was a member of the state senate, (1864) and was active in advocating peace measures In 1865, he was appointed by President Johnson, judge of the United States district court of North Carolina; but, as he could not take "the test oath," declined. He was also appointed provisional judge by Governor Holden, which he declined. He was a member of the state convention of 1865, and assisted in framing a constitution, which was rejected by a popular vote.

        In 1868, he was elected one of the justices of the supreme court of the state; and when the United States court for the western district North Carolina was created, Judge Dick was appointed by President Grant to the position of judge therein. In 1848, Judge Dick married Mary E. Adams, of Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

        John A. Gilmer, born November 4, 1805, died May 14, 1868, was a native of Guilford County. His family were of Scotch-Irish decent. His father, Captain Robert Gilmer, was a man of simple habits, of excellent common sense and inflexible integrity. He was a wheelwright by trade; by his wife Anne, nee Forbes, he had twelve children, of whom the subject of our
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