These patriot militiamen under Sumter and Graham riding north toward Beattie’s Ford probably passed well to the east of the home of John Davidson at Rural Hill (www.ruralhill.net). John Davidson (1735-1832), came to the Carolina backcountry from Pennsylvania at age 16, trained as a blacksmith. Plying that trade, he later established a foundry in Lincoln County with two sons-on-law and became a successful cotton farmer as well. He was active in civic affairs serving in the Colonial Assembly. But, when the time came for Liberty, he revealed himself a patriot. He signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775 at the Charlotte Courthouse and served as a major in the militia during the American Revolution. He lived to be 96. His daughter, Elizabeth, married William Lee Davidson, Jr., the son of notable General William Lee Davidson who was killed at the Battle of Cowan’s Ford in February 1781. (Ref: “The Davidsons of Rural Hill, The First Three Generations,” by James H. Williams and Ann Williams, Charlotte, NC, August 31. 2012, www.ruralhill.net)
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Randell Jones (www.danielboonefootsteps.com), “Historic Rural Hill,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed January 20, 2020, http://bythewaywebf.webfactional.com/omvt/items/show/64.