The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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impending, they, with much solemnity, changed their name to Crowell.*

        * Here in the quiet retreats of North Carolina, the restless and aspiring blood of Cromwell found repose, and the exquisite lines of Gray were realized:

        "-- Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest--Some Cromwell guiltless of his country's blood."

        John, who emigrated from New Jersey to Halifax, married a Miss Lewis. He died early leaving several children. Joseph, one of his sons, married Miss Barnes. One of his daughters married Colonel Monfort, whose daughter was the wife of Willie Jones. His sketch we have already presented. A son of Edward, the other brother, settled in Georgia, and married a sister of Governor Rayburn.

        Another son of Edward, Samuel, married Miss Bradford, daughter of Colonel Bradford of the British army. He (Samuel) was in the revolutionary war, and served as a major, under General Greene.

        He lived on Flint River, in retirement, and was distinguished for his modest, unobstrusive character. He had several children; among them Colonel John Crowell, who was a delegate in congress, when the territory of Alabama was established in 1817, and when the state constitution was formed; was the first representative in congress from that state, serving till 1821. Soon after he was appointed agent for the Creek Indians, then occupying large portions of Alabama and Georgia, until they were removed west of the Mississippi in 1836. He died near Fort Mitchell, in Alabama, June 25th, 1846.

        John Baptista Ashe, (born 1758, died 1802,) lived and died in Halifax. He was son of Governor Samuel Ashe, born in 1745; was a captain, at the battle of Alamance, in Governor Tryon's army, 1771, and with John Walker suffered at the hands of the regulators.

        He was at the battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, a captain in Coilllonel Lington's regiment.

        He was promoted to rank of lieutenant colonel under General Greene, and was in the battle of Eutaw Springs, which decisive battle closed his military career.

        He was a member of the legislature in 1786, and of the continental congress in 1787, and in the First Congress, 1790, and re-elected to the Second Congress, 1791,-'93.

        In 1795, he was a member of the legislature from Halifax town. On November 20, 1802, he was chosen governor of the state, but died on 27th of November, of the same year before his inauguration. One son, Samuel Porter Ashe survived him, who died near Brownsville, Tennessee, leaving three children, John Ashe, of Mississippi; Shepard Ashe, of Tennessee; and a daughter, who married Holmes.

        Willis Alston was born, reared, and died in Halifax County. He was distinguished as a politician, and entered public life as a member of the House of Commons in 1790, and served till 1792, he became senator in 1794, serving until 1796. He was elected to the Sixth Congress, 1799, and served till 1815, and in the Nineteenth Congress from 1825 to 1831. During the war he was chairman of the committee of ways and means; at that time a most important position. Without great abilities, he was a man of consummate tact, and successful in all of his enterprizes. He was consistent and uniform as a statesman. He died April 10, 1837.

        John Haywood was born, reared and lived in this county. He was the son of Egbert Haywood, who represented the county in the provincial congress in November, 1776, at Halifax, which adopted the state constitution, and in the house of commons in 1777, and 1778.

        From the distracted condition of the country at this time, the opportunities to acquire education were few; but young Haywood entered the profession of the law, in which he was destined to become distinguished, under many disadvantages. To the want of a systematic intellectual culture,
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