The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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United States Senate, at Washington City, on June 4, 1858, leaving a widow (nee Frances Cox, daughter of John Cox of Philadelphia) and three children to mourn his loss.

        Bartlett Shipp (born March 8, 1786--died May 26, 1869) resided and died in this county. He was the son of Thomas Shipp, who immigrated from Virginia and settled on Dan River near Danbury, where his son Bartlett was born--whose mother was a Joyce.

        The early education of Mr. Shipp was defective and acquired by his own exertions. However, from an inquiring mind and a literary taste, he mastered the English, and acquired a fair knowledge of the classics. In his early days he taught school, which tended to fix this rudimental education. He realized the truism of the Latin philosopher, "disco docendo."

        Enterprising and patriotic, when the war between England and the United States began, he enlisted as a volunteer in 1812, and marched with a company from Stokes county.

        After his service ended he returned and studied law, under Joseph Wilson, one of the most brilliant and successful advocates of the day. After obtaining his licence, he settled in Wilkes county. In 1818, he removed to Lincoln county, where he married Susan, daughter of Peter Forney, and where he resided for the balance of his life. As a lawyer, he was remarkable for his strong common sense, his familiarity with the elementary principles of his profession, his stern advocacy of justice, and unspotted integrity.

        He grasped with intuitive perception the strong points of a case, and used them in argument with great ability and yet perfect frankness and sincerity. These qualities made him popular with his associates. But he was quite as fond of the allurements of politics as the pursuit of his profession. He was often a member of the Legislature (1824-26-28-29-30). He was possessed of strong convictions, and was not very choice of terms in which he expressed them. But no one had less vindictive feelings or was more honorable or generous towards those who differed in opinion from him.

        To his friends, whose merits he recognized and whose sincerity he had tested, his attachment was strong, no matter to what party they belonged. Yet in the convictions of policy, he was consistent, firm, and unyielding.

        His last public service was as a member of the Convention of 1835; the ablest body of men that ever assembled in the State; which body amended our Constitution. Here his experience and sagacity were universally conceded.

        He died at Lincolnton, on May 16, 1869, in the eighty-fourth year of his age; respected and loved by all who knew him. (Dr. Hunter's Sketches, 275).

        He left, by his marriage with Miss Forney:

        I. William M. Shipp, graduated at University 1840, Judge of Superior Court, 1863, who now resides in Charlotte; one of whose sons is now a Cadet at West Point.

        II. Eliza married William Preston Bynum, late one of the Judges of the Supreme Court.

        III. Susan married Johnson.

        Robert H. Burton (born 1781--died 1842) son of Colonel Robert Burton of Granville county, was long an honored citizen of Lincoln county; educated at the University and studied law. He applied himself with such assiduity and fidelity, that he soon rose to the front rank of the profession, and in 1818, was appointed one of the Judges of the Superior Courts of Law, which, after riding one circuit, he resigned. In 1830, he was elected Treasurer of the State, which he also declined. He was much respected as a sincere Christian, an able counsellor, and an honest man. He died in 1842, leaving a numerous family to mourn his loss, and emulate his example.

        David Schenck, one of the Judges of the Superior Courts of the State, is a native of Lincoln.

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