The American Revolution in North Carolina

John Hinton, Jr.

1st Major in the Wake County Regiment of Militia - 1775-1778
Colonel over the Wake County Regiment of Militia - 1778-1783

On 9/9/1775, John Hinton, Jr. was commissioned as a 1st Major under Col. John Hinton, Sr. (his father) in the Wake County Regiment of Militia, both of who participated in the battle of Moore's Creek Bridge on 2/27/1776.

Most historians end with John Hinton, Jr.'s service as a Major. However, if they were to continue researching the would find the following information:

On 8/18/1778, John Hinton, Jr. was commissioned as a full Colonel, alongside Col. Michael Rogers, in the Wake County Regiment of Militia, replacing his father, John Hinton, Sr., who had recently resigned. Col. John Hinton, Jr. served in this position until the end of the war (assumed, records incomplete).

Col. John Hinton, Jr. led the Wake County Regiment at the Siege of Charleston, SC (3/28-5/12/1780), and he and most of his men were captured by the British when the town surrendered. All were soon thereafter paroled and sent home.

In the Fall of 1781, Col. John Hinton, Jr. led the Wake County Regiment in the Wilmington Expedition, first under Brig. Gen. John Butler, then under Brig. Gen. Griffith Rutherford for a short while until their time expired.


John Hinton, Jr. was born on 3/14/1748 in Johnston County, NC, the son of John Hinton, Sr. and Grizelle Kimbrough. He married Ferebee Smith on 6/27/1765 and they had seven (7) known children. John Hinton, Jr. was elected to represent Wake County in the House of Commons during 1779. John Hinton, Jr. died on 10/19/1818 in Wake County, NC.

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