The American Revolution in North Carolina

Chowan County Regiment of Militia

Date Established:


Original Officers:

September 9, 1775

Col. Thomas Bonner
Col. James Blount

Col. Thomas Bonner
Lt. Col. James Blount
1st Maj. Thomas Benbury
2nd Maj. Jacob Hunter

Known Lt. Colonels:

Known Majors: 

Known Adjutants:

Lt. Col. James Blount
Lt. Col. Thomas Benbury

1st Maj. Thomas Benbury
2nd Maj. Jacob Hunter
1st Maj. John Beasley
2nd Maj. John Baptist Beasley

None Known

Known Captains:

? Bailey

John Coleman

Josiah Copeland

Edmund Hatch

Charles Haughton

Aaron Hill

Elisha Hunter

Thomas Hunter

John Mushrow

Thomas Price

James Robards

James Roberts

William John Skinner

Simon Stallings

Joseph Whidby

Known Lieutenants - Captain Unknown:

Willis Griffin

Joseph Hopkins

James Price


James Roberts


Known Ensigns - Captain Unknown:

Lemuel Creecy

Abraham Elberson

Richard Hoskins

Joseph Parrish


Edward Welch

Known Privates / Fifers / Drummers, etc. - Captain Unknown:

John Anthony

Francis Bartif

Solomon Bennett

John Bombardy

Anthony Coster

Robert Edney

John Enright

John Gogen

Antonio Imenes

Miles Jennings

John Lovey

James Sortrig

Brief History of the Regiment:

On September 9, 1775, the Provincial Congress authorized thirty-five (35) existing county Militias to be organized. All officers were appointed and commissioned by the Provincial Congress.

There are very few records associated with the Chowan County Regiment, therefore, few men are known. It is very likely that this regiment provided units to other battles/skirmishes than the one identified below, however, there is yet to be any proof thereof.

The Chowan County Regiment was active until the end of the war. Units of this regiment were known to have participated in the following known battle:


Known Battles / Skirmishes:


Briar Creek (GA)

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