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Re: John McFalls 1700's in Caldwell Co. NC or Burke Co.
Posted by: Valerie Blake (ID *****1149) Date: April 12, 2005 at 17:27:57
In Reply to: John McFalls 1700's in Caldwell Co. NC or Burke Co. by CINDY BINNING of 245


My G-G grandmother's line is McFalls and it's through the ones that came from N.Carolina. I have a book Called The McFalls Clan and Allied Families by Jonalee Cross Everts and was published in 2003. If you want information on how to order a copy through her, you can email me. Anyway, In the book it talks about this incident. "John Jr. McFalls b. abt 1745-1780, John Jr. and Arthur (his brother) were in Burke County, North Carolina, during the Revolutionary War. They were members of a Loyalist family but they eventually joined the Tories, John being the Tory leader of Burke County. It seems that one Martin Davenport, a Whig, under the command of Colonel Cleveland and Major McDowell had, on more than one occasion, fought against John's soldiers so John decided to storm Davenport's home, but Davenport was not there. Instead, they found his wife and his ten-year-old son, William, home alone. McFalls proceeded to demand breakfast for his troops and ordered the boy to feed the horses. When the boy refused, John cut a switch and whipped him fiercely. This action did not prove to be a good one as it eventually cost John his life. Both Arthur and john were in a group of young men caught by rebels at Kings Mountain and brought to trial at Bickerstaff's. At John's trial, Major McDowell, the representative of Burke County, North Carolina, testified as to John's actions, and Colonel Cleveland, the presiding justice, confirmed McFall's guilt, and John was found guilty along with thirty-nine other Tories who were thought to be loyal to the British. They were sentenced to be hung. Thirty were pardoned, however, but at the close of the trials in the year 1780 Gallows Oak, an oak tree by the side of the road, was selected and there amid lit pine torches, nine men were hung three at a time dying as soldiers and martyrs for their cause. Many thought this was cruel and unusual punishment, but Colonel Shelby justified it as a means to end the killing of the patriots by the Tories and the British. The executions did bring an end to the killing of the Whigs. (Draper, 1881) Arthur his brother was set free because of the testimony of Major McDowell and Colonel Cleveland who liked him." I hope this helps, if you want more information please e-mail me.

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