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McCorkle

(1771 - 1842)

Francis
Marion
McCorkle
Sr.

(1742 - 1808)

Matthew
McCorkle

(1720 - 1772)

Samuel
McCorkle

(1697 - ????)

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Francis Marion McCorkle, Sr.

       
 

Born: 01 Sep 1742, Rowan County, NC
Died:  09 Oct 1802, Salisbury, Lincoln, NC

 

 

                           

Francis Marion McCorkle, Sr. was born on 1 Sep 1742 in Rowan Co., NC, to Matthew McCorkle and Jean Givens.  Matthew and Jean came to America (Pennsylvania) around 1740.  They were staunch Presbyterians.  Family tradition claims Jean’s brother, Ned, a youth at the time, stowed away on the ship until it was too far to turn back. 

                             

Francis Marion McCorkle Sr. lived in Mountain Creek about two miles north of Denver and served as an active member of the Rowan Committee of Public Safety, meeting thirty miles away in Salisbury, from 1774 to 1775 - at the beginning of the Revolutionary War (American Revolution).

                             

As an active patriot, Major Francis McCorkle fought at the battles of King's Mountain, Ramseur's Mill and Cowpens, serving as a Major - as well as the skirmish against Tarleton at Torrence Tavern.

                             

Descriptions of Francis' physical appearance say that he had a fine personal appearance, auburn hair and was over six feet tall as well as having an amiable disposition,.

                             

 

Francis Marion McCorkle was first married to Sara Jean Work on 26 Aug 1768 in Anson/Rowan County, North Carolina; John Work, bondsman; Thomas Frohock, witness.

 

 

 

 

 

Sara Jean Work the daughter of Col. Alexander Work , was born before 1750. She died on 1 Jan 1779 in Mountain Creek, Lincoln Co., NC.   Francis Marion McCorkle Sr. and Sara Jean Work had the following children:

 

 
Children of Francis Marion McCorkle Sr. and Sara Jean Work
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Matthew McCorkle III 15 Aug 1769 10 Sep 1844 (never married)
Isabella McCorkle 28 May 1771 26 Oct 1842 William Able Beatty
Jane/Jean "Jenny" McCorkle 15 Jun 1773 04 Feb 1834 Abraham Alexander
Alexander Work McCorkle 26 Jul 1775 26 Jan 1854 (never married)
Rebecca McCorkle 21 May 1777 31 Oct 1863 Gilbert Milligan
 
     
 

Tryon County, North Carolina, Minutes of the Courts of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1769-79
 

  1) July Term 1774
    A Deed of Sale from Francis McCorkle & Sarah his Wife to Peter Linebarger for 200 Acres Dated the 1st Day of August in the year of our Lord 1772 proved by Leonard Sailer Evidence thereto. Ord'd to be Reg'd.
                             
  2) January Term 1775
    A Deed of Sale from Francis McCorkle & Sarah his wife for 250 acres of Land Dated the 17 Day of January 1775 proved by Archibald Fleming Evidence thereto. Ordered to be Registered.
                             
                             
In 1778 a Petition to the Assembly for the creation of a new county west of the Catawba River was signed by Francis McCorkle, Moses Sherrill and others.
                             
 
Sarah Work McCorkle died 17 Jan 1779 at the age of 29.
 
 
During the American Revolution battle of Charleston, S.C., Francis married his second wife, Elizabeth "Betsy" Brandon on 13 Apr 1780 in Salisbury, NC (Rowan County), only 13 months after the death of Sarah.  At the age of 19, Betsy became the step-mother of Francis' five children.  Francis was twenty years older than Betsy.
 
Betsy daughter of Richard and Margaret Locke Brandon of Rowan. General Matthew Locke of Revolutionary fame was her uncle.  She was the Betsy Brandon who served the breakfast to President Washington and several of his aides in 1791 at the Brandon home six miles south of Salisbury, as the party was en route from Charlotte to Salisbury. [Annals of Lincoln County]
 

Elizabeth "Betsy" Brandon was born in 1761 and died on 20 Jan 1821.  Francis Marion McCorkle Sr. and Elizabeth "Betsy" Brandon had the following children:

                             

 

Children of Francis Marion McCorkle Sr. and Elizabeth "Betsy" Brandon
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Margaret McCorkle 07 May 1781   William King
Molly McCorkle 20 Oct 1783    
Sarah McCorkle 21 Oct 1784 25 Sep 1823 John Wilkinson
Elizabeth McCorkle 31 Jan 1785 13 Jul 1871 Jeptha Sherrill
Francis Marion McCorkle Jr. 22 Oct 1786 13 Sep 1853 Elizabeth Mariah Abernathy
Nancy Agnes McCorkle 28 May 1788    
Richard McCorkle 26 Jan 1790 22 May 1823 Agnes Sherrill
Thomas L. McCorkle Sr. 20 Apr 1793 c. 1870 Casimia "Casey" Sherrill
William Brandon McCorkle 19 Nov 1794 20 Oct 1868 Mary Marshall
John H. McCorkle 30 Jun 1796   Jinn Turbyfield
                             
                             
Rowan County, NC had nine militia companies.  Captain Francis McCorkle commanded one of the companies from the Catawba area consisting of over 100 men.
                             
Francis McCorkle had a large estate and many slaves.  He was farming 1000 acres of land at the time of his first marriage and according to the 1800 Census, he had 14 slaves.
                             
 

1800 Lincoln County Census

                             
                             
Name Males
under
10
Males
10 - 15
Males
16 - 25
Males
26 - 44
Males
45 & over
Females
10 - 15
Females
16 - 25
Females
26 - 44
Slaves
Francis McCorkle 4 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 14
                             
                             
Francis Marion McCorkle Sr. died 09 Oct 1802 and is buried in the McCorkle Family Cemetery in Terrell, NC, just off of Hwy. 150.
                             
 
                             
According to the 1850 Slave Schedule, two of Francis Sr.'s sons (Francis Jr. and Alexander) owned slaves, also.
                             
Name Number Age Sex Color Name Number Age Sex Color
Francis McCorkle Jr. 1 30 F B Alexander McCorkle 1 72 F B
  1 18 F B   1 54 F B
  1 17 F B   1 35 F B
  1 14 F B   1 28 F B
  1 8 F B   1 19 F B
  1 31 M B   1 16 F B
  3 26 M B   1 13 F B
  1 24 M B   1 11 F B
  1 10 M B   1 10 F B
  1 6 M B   2 9 F B
  1 5 M B   1 8 F B
  1 3 M B   1 7 F B
            3 5 F B
            1 4 F B
            1 2 F B
            1 4/12 F B
            1 49 M B
            1 41 M B
            1 40 M B
            1 30 M B
            1 21 M B
            1 20 M B
            1 19 M B
            1 17 M B
            1 15 M B
            2 10 M B
            2 8 M B
            1 7 M B
            1 5 M B
            1 4 M B
            2 3 M B
            1 2 M B
            1 1 M B
            1 2/12 M B
 
 
 
 
 

The McCorkle Family Cemetery in Catawba County, NC

 
 
At the old McCorkle graveyard, two miles north of Denver, a huge boulder was unveiled on 02 Sep 1932, in memory of Major Francis Marion McCorkle, a Revolutionary patriot, and his wife, 'Betsy' Brandon, and bears the following inscription: "In memory of Major Francis McCorkle (1741-1802) a soldier of the American Revolution, who fought at Ramsour's Mill, Kings Mountain, and other battles.  Here also rests the body of his second wife, Elizabeth Brandon (1761-1801), who shared his trials and triumphs. She was a daughter of Richard and Margaret Locke Brandon, of Rowan County."

It was erected by their descendants in 1932.  About three hundred of their descendants were present and addresses were made by George McCorkle of Washington, Judge Wilson Warlick of Newton, and William L. Sherrill, of Charlotte."
 

On June 14, 1933, a marker erected by the Elizabeth Maxwell Steele Chapter, D.A.R. of Salisbury, commemorating the event, was placed by the roadside in front of the original homesite of her father, Richard Brandon.

In January 1976, the Sons of the American Revolution erected a historical marker in his honor on NC 150 near his burial place on Lake Norman, in Catawba Co, NC.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SOURCES
 
The McCorkle Cemetery, Catawba County, NC
 
"The McCorkle Family"
by C. P. Crosby
756 Moores Mill Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA  30217
[G-G-G-Grandson of Major Francis McCorkle]
 

 

                           
                             

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