C.K.Hill letter to John C. Daves, August 1, 1925
Mr. Hill writes to Mr. Daves, citing documentation for the service of his ancestor and a lineal descent, asking if this will be sufficient propositi for his cousin's membership in the North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati.
--G. Anne Sloan
Harriman, Tennessee, August 1, 1925. Hon. John C. Daves, 214 Chamber of Commerce, Baltimore, Md. Mr. dear Mr. Daves:- In the past two years I have found some data on one of my ancestors which I feel sure makes him an eligible ancestor for membership in the Society of the Cincinnati. Being a member on my Hill ancestry, I am anxious to qualify one of my cousins and have him become a member of the North Carolina Society, and write to submit my findings and to ask you to advise me whether my cousin is eligible to membership in the North Carolina Society or not. In the Department of Archives, Virginia State Library, is the following record: “Virginia Continental Army Lands.” February 15, 1822. “Roll of Officers of the sixteen Virginia Regiments of the Continental Army, who received land bounty in the States of Kentucky and Ohio.” Among them, under lists of Lieutenants, Ensigns & Coronets, is William Randolph, allotted 4,000 acres. Following the lists is the certificate: “I certify that the above is a full and correct copy of a large printed circular, now in this library, entitled, “Virginia Continental Army Lands” “Dated Feb. 15, 1822.” Morgan P. Robinson, Archivist. July 15, 1915, Virginia State Library.” As you probably know land warrants were issued under act of 1779, as follows- For three years service- Colonel 5,000 acres - Lt. Col. 4,500 “ - Major 4,000 “ - Captain 3,000 “ - Subalterns 2,000 “ - Non Coms. 200 “ - Privates 100 “ [page two] Mr. J.C.D. #2 Lt. William Randolph was granted 4,000 acres, which shows he served over 3 years, and had rank not lower than Lieutenant. This is states as he is listed among the Lieutenants, Ensigns and Coronets. Neither of the latter could be issued the amount issued to Lt. Randolph as shown by the records filed with the report on Lt. Randolph. Lt. William Randolph was my great great grandfather, emigrating to Surry County, N.C., where he married my great great grandmother Louisa Bailey. They emigrated to Tennessee settling in Roane County, where in 1809 Lt. Randolph purchased land in this Roane County from his brother John Randolph. In 1815 Lt. Randolph sold his land om Roane County and returned to Surry County, N.C. Just before the sale of said land in Roane County in 1815, Louisa Bailey Randolph died and is buried in this Roane County, Tenn. Sarah Randolph, daughter of Lt. Wm. & Louisa (Bailey) Randolph, married in 1814, Roane County, Tenn. Samuel Sumpter Owens and were the parents of Martha Susan Owens who married John Kendrick, who were the parents of Margaret Amanda Kendrick who married Isaac Alexander Hill and were the parents of Cap Kendrick Hill. After the death of Lt. Wm. Randolph’s wife Louisa in 1815, he returned to Surry County, N.C., where in 1816 he married as his second wife, Dorothy Poindexter, widow (nee Bailey) sister of his first wife Louisa. This is proven by deeds to lands in Surry County, N.C. which show they were Dorothy Bailey Poindexter’s part of lands she inherited from her father Gamaliel Bailey, said lands being in “Bailey’s Bottom”. Deeds in Surry County, N.C. are signed by both William and Dorothy Randolph. About 1848 the part of Surry County in which Lt. Wm. & Dorothy Randolph lived was cut off into Forsyth County, N.C., where Lt. William Randolph lived at the time of his death about 1848-49. From the above, I trust you can accept an application for membership in the N.C. Society of the Cincinnati. I am anxious for my cousin to join the N.C. Society, first because I am a member, second Lt. Randolph lived and died in N.C., and Tennessee, which was formerly a part of N.C. I will very much appreciate your passing on this matter and advising me, which I assure you will be very much appreciated. With kind regards and best wishes, I am, Cordially yours, Cap Kendrick Hill CKH/K Lt. Wm. Randolph is in the line accepted by the Colonial Dames for membership of my mother Mrs. Margaret Amanda Kendrick Hill, #2303. ================================================== Transcription copyright © RoaneTNHistory.org 2005. All rights reserved. Archivist: Transcription and scan by G. Anne Sloan