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Near Lowesville in Lincoln County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Early Trans~Catawba History

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, September 6, 2020
1. Early Trans~Catawba History Marker
Inscription.  In 1747 Adam Sherrill and his 8 sons migrated from Pennsylvania and settled west of the Catawba River. By July, 1749, John Beatty had also crossed the Catawba. Sherrill’s Ford (site underwater) and Beatty’s Ford (underwater) were named for them. Another ford used by the original settlers was Island Ford. During the late 1740’s Andreas Killen, Robert Leeper, Jacob Forney, Pieter Heyl, and John Clark settled on creeks which today bear their names. An early settler on the headwaters of Clark’s Creek was Henry Weidner (home destroyed). The site of his homeplace has changed little since 1750. Remnants of Beatty’s Ford and Tuckaseege roads, two of the earliest roads used by these and other early settlers, may still be seen.

During the Revolution important battles were fought at Ramsour’s Mill (June 20, 1780) (destroyed) and Cowan’s Ford (Feb. 1, 1781) (preserved).

During the Colonial and Early National periods it was customary to use privately-owned buildings for public purposes. Accordingly, the Tryon County Jail (partially preserved) was located in 1784 at the springhouse of Henry Dellinger, an early settler. Andrew Loretz
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By Tom Bosse, September 6, 2020
2. Early Trans~Catawba History Marker
was the first minister of the German Reformed Church in western North Carolina. His brick home (1793) is one of the oldest west of the Catawba River (preserved).

Open-hearth furnaces were established by Peter Forney, Alexander Brevard, Joseph Graham, and others between 1785 and 1800. The homeplaces of Brevard (Mt. Tirzah (preserved) and Graham (Vesuvius Furnace) (preserved) include sites of two of these furnaces. A third furnace, built by Peter Forney, still stands. The “Ore Bank,” a chief source of iron ore, was nearby (large pits to be seen).

Graham, a Revolutionary officer and leader of North Carolina troops in the Creek Indian War (1811-12); Alexander Brevard, who served under Washington at the battles of White Plains, Trenton, Brandywine, and Monmouth; and Robert H. Morrison, founder of Davidson College and father-in-law of generals D. H. Hill and “Stonewall” Jackson lie buried in Machpelah churchyard (preserved).

One of the outstanding homes of the trans~Catawba region is “Ingleside” (preserved), built by Daniel M. Forney, son of Peter Forney and grandson of the pioneer Jacob Forney who settled there.

“Mt. Welcome” (destroyed), another iron furnace built by Peter Forney, is the site of the birthplace of Robert D. Johnston, one of five Confederate generals born in Lincoln County. The
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others were Robert F. Hoke (home preserved), Stephen Dodson Ramseur (grave preserved), John H. Forney, and William H. Forney.

For early history of the area east of the Catawba see marker located on N.C. 150--500 yds. east of Catawba River, Iredell County.
 
Erected 1963 by Archives and Highway Departments.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraPatriots & PatriotismSettlements & SettlersWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary.
 
Location. 35° 25.684′ N, 80° 57.588′ W. Marker is near Lowesville, North Carolina, in Lincoln County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 73 and Eastlake Lane, on the right when traveling west on State Highway 73. Marker located at the McGuire Nuclear Power Plant Viewing Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8703 NC-73, Stanley NC 28164, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Cowan's Ford (approx. 0.4 miles away); How McGuire Works (approx. 1.1 miles away); Gen. William Lee Davidson Was Killed (approx. 2.4 miles away); Oak Grove (approx. 3.9 miles away); Richard Barry (approx. 4.2 miles away); Cottage Home
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(approx. 4.8 miles away); Stonewall Jackson (approx. 4.8 miles away); Ingleside (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowesville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 20, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 20, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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Feb. 28, 2021