The American Revolution in North Carolina

North Carolina State House of Commons

1779

This General Assembly met in Smithfield from May 3rd to May 15th in 1779. They met again in Halifax from October 18th to November 10th in 1779.

During the 1779 session, the NC Legislature abolished Bute County and Tryon County, and they created eleven (11) new counties: Franklin, Gates, Jones, Lincoln, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, Rutherford, Sullivan, Warren, and Wayne. All of these new counties began sending delegates to the NC General Assembly in 1779.

County

Delegates

Anson

Stephen Miller

Charles Medlock

Beaufort

Robert Tripp

John Kennedy

Bertie

James Campbell

John Johnston

Bladen

Thomas Brown

Samuel Cain

Brunswick

Unknown / Vacant

Unknown / Vacant

Burke 

Thomas Whitson

William Morrison

Camden

Caleb Grandy

Willis Bright

Carteret

John Easton

Solomon Shepperd

Caswell

William Moore

Peter Farrow

Chatham

Jeduthan Harper

John Luttrell

 Chowan

Thomas Benbury*

William Boyd

Craven

Hardy Bryan

Benjamin Williams

Cumberland

Robert Cochran

Robert Rowan

Currituck

Thomas Younghusband
(aka Thomas Youngblood)

John Humphreys

Dobbs

Thomas Gray / William Caswell

Jesse Cobb / Abraham Sheppard

Duplin

Richard Clinton

James Gillespie

Edgecombe

William Haywood#

Etheldred Exum##

Franklin 

Thomas Sherrod

Green Hill*** / John Norwood

Gates

Jacob Hunter

William Baker

Granville

Thomas Person

Philemon Hawkins, Jr.

Guilford

James Hunter

Daniel Gillespie

Halifax

Willie Jones

Augustin Willis

 Hertford

William Wynns

Arthur Cotton / William Baker

Hyde

Joseph Hancock

Benjamin Parmele

Johnston

Lewis Bryan###

Philip Raiford

Jones

Frederick Hargett

Samuel Hill Lincoln

Lincoln

Miles Abernathy

Unknown / Vacant

Martin

Samuel Smithwick

Samuel Williams

Mecklenburg

Caleb Phifer

David Wilson

Montgomery

John Kimbrough

Solomon Gross

Nash

William Horn

Thomas Hunter

New Hanover

John A. Campbell

Timothy Bloodworth

 Northampton

James Vaughan

Robert Peoples

Onslow

James Howard

Edward Starkey

Orange

William McCauley

Mark Patterson

Pasquotank

Thomas Reading

John Blackstock

Perquimans

Jonathan Skinner

John Whedbee

Pitt

James Gorham

John Williams

Randolph 

Absalom Tatum** / John Arnold

Jacob Shepperd

Rowan

Moses Winslow

Matthew Locke

Rutherford

Robert Abernathy

Unknown / Vacant

Surry

Gray Bynum

Frederick Miller

Tyrrell

Benjamin Spruill

Joshua Swain

Wake

Thomas Hines

John Hinton, Jr.

Warren 

Joseph Hawkins

John Macon

Washington

Jesse Walton

Henry Clarke

Wilkes

Elijah Isaacs

Benjamin Herndon

Town

Delegate

Edenton

Robert Smith

Halifax (town)

Henry Montfort

Hillsborough

Thomas Tullock

New Bern

Richard Cogdell**** / Richard Dobbs Spaight

Salisbury

Maxwell Chambers

Wilmington

William Hooper
* Thomas Benbury was elected as Speaker of the House. John Hunt was appointed Clerk. John Haywood was appointed Assistant Clerk. Evan Swain and John Gooding were appointed Door Keepers.
** Absalom Tatum already held the position of Clerk of Court in Randolph County, and on May 8, 1779, he was ordered to vacate his seat in the House of Commons. A new election was ordered for June 17-18. John Arnold was elected to take his place and he was seated on October 18., 1779.
*** Green Hill accepted the position of Treasurer of the Halifax District. John Norwood was elected to take his place and was seated on October 18, 1779.
**** Richard Cogdell accepted the position of Treasurer of the New Bern District. Richard Dobbs Spaight was elected to take his place and was seated on October 18, 1779. It was determined that there were irregularities in this election and was deemed illegal. Yet another election was ordered.
# William Haywood died in office in November of 1779.
## Etheldred Exum died while in office. On October 19th, the House ordered a new election in Edgecombe County for November 15-16.
### Lewis Bryan died in November of 1779.
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