The American Revolution in North Carolina

North Carolina State Senators

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

Delegate

Anson

John Childs

Beaufort

Thomas Respess, Jr.

 Bertie

Jasper Charlton

Bladen

Thomas Owen

Brunswick

Unknown / Vacant

Burke 

Ephraim McLean

Camden

John Gray

Carteret

William Thompson

Caswell

James Saunders

Chatham

Ambrose Ramsey

Chowan

Samuel Johnston

Craven

James Coor

Cumberland

Unknown / Vacant

Currituck

Solomon Perkins**

Dobbs

Benjamin Exum

Duplin

James Kenan

Edgecombe

Elisha Battle

Franklin

Benjamin Seawell

Gates

Unknown / Vacant

Granville

Memucan Hunt

Guilford

Alexander Martin

Halifax

Oroondates Davis

Hertford

George Wynns

Hyde

William Russell

Johnston

Samuel Smith

Jones

Abner Nash

Lincoln

William Graham

Martin

Kenneth McKenzie

Mecklenburg

Robert Irwin

Montgomery

Unknown / Vacant

Nash 

Nathan Boddie

New Hanover

John DeVane

Northampton

Allen Jones* / Samuel Lockhart

Onslow

Henry Rhodes

Orange

John Hogan

Pasquotank

Thomas Relfe

Perquimans

Thomas Harvey

Pitt

Edward Salter

Randolph 

John Collier

Rowan

Griffith Rutherford

Rutherford

Unknown / Vacant

Surry

William Shepherd

Tyrrell 

Jeremiah Frazier

Wake

John Rand

Warren

John Faulcon

Washington

Charles Robertson

Wilkes

Benjamin Cleveland
* Allen Jones was elected as Speaker of the Senate. John Sitgreaves was appointed Clerk. John Haywood was appointed Assistant Clerk. Allen Jones resigned on October 25, 1779. Abner Nash was elected as Speaker of the Senate on October 25, 1779. Samuel Lockhart was elected to represent Northampton County in the Senate after Allen Jones resigned.
** Solomon Perkins died while in office during 1779.
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