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Lumberton in Robeson County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

John Willis

John Willis Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, March 1, 2017
1. John Willis Marker
Inscription.  Founder of Lumberton, captain in Revolution, later brigadier general; member of legislature, conventions of 1788, ’89. Plantation was here.
Erected 1953 by Archives, Conservation and Highway Departments. (Marker Number I-38.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsPolitical SubdivisionsWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1787.
Location. 34° 38.033′ N, 79° 0.195′ W. Marker is in Lumberton, North Carolina, in Robeson County. Marker is at the intersection of Fayetteville Road and Goodwin Avenue, East 24th, and North Cedar Streets, on the left when traveling south on Fayetteville Road. It is on the island between Fayetteville Road and North Cedar Street in this complex intersection with four street names. Fayetteville Road becomes North Pine Street two blocks south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lumberton NC 28358, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this
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marker, measured as the crow flies. Angus W. McLean (here, next to this marker); First Hebrew Congregation (approx. one mile away); Lumberton Bicentennial Park (approx. one mile away); First Rural Health Department (approx. 1.1 miles away); Thompson Institute (approx. 1.9 miles away); Burnt Swamp Association (approx. 7.8 miles away); Honorable Hamilton McMillan (approx. 11.8 miles away); University of N. C. at Pembroke (approx. 11.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lumberton.
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for Lumberton, North Carolina. “Robeson County is located in the Coastal Plains region of southeastern North Carolina. The county was created from Bladen County in 1786 by two American Revolutionary War heroes and residents of the area, General John Willis and Colonel Thomas Robeson. The county was named after Colonel Robeson and the land for Lumberton, the county seat, was donated by General Willis, who is also credited with naming the county seat Lumberton.

“The area was a frontier destination for both white and numerous free families of color from Virginia in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Many free blacks were descendants of white men and African women, whether slave, free or indentured, from the colonial years when working classes lived and worked near each other. The County has a high proportion
Angus W. McLean and John Willis Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, March 1, 2017
2. Angus W. McLean and John Willis Markers
This view is north. Fayetteville Road is on the left and continues north. Cedar Street is on the right and terminates at this intersection with Goodwin Avenue, which continues to the left as 24th Street.
of Lumbee, who have been recognized as a Native American tribe by the state of North Carolina” (Submitted on March 25, 2017.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 756 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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