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Re: John McFalls 1700's in Caldwell Co. NC or Burke Co.
Posted by: Chivous Bradley (ID *****9038) Date: October 11, 2007 at 05:52:29
In Reply to: Re: John McFalls 1700's in Caldwell Co. NC or Burke Co. by Doris Noland Parton of 245

I believe if you will check out the history, Arthur did fight on the side of the British at King's Mountain. He had previously been in the Indian Wars, and was in the Colonial militia. When British Major Ferguson made a recruiting effort for the crown, many of the locals from the eastern mountain slopes and foothills were persuaded that they should be loyal since it looked like the British were going to win. Among those were brothers John and Arthur McFalls. It was a difficult time- the militia had been under the command of Great Britiain during the Indian Wars. Should they remain loyal or should they fight for Independence? John and Arthur both were convicted of treason by the Patriot Court held at Biggerstaff's Old Fields in Rutherford County. John was hung but the officers intervened on behalf of Arthur and pardoned him. He took the oath of allegiance to the new government and fought during the remainder of the war for independence as a Patriot. Yes he did receive a pension for that Patriot service and made no mention of the few weeks he served with the Tories.

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