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614. Col. John Pyle & 615. Sarah Baldwin

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4/8/1723, John born at Kennett, Chester Co., PA; s/o 1228. Samuel Pyle & 1229. Sarah Pringle.

1726, Sarah born at Christiana Hundred, New Castle Co., DE; d/o 1230. John Baldwin & 1231. Sarah Cloud.

John educated as a doctor in England at Oxford.

6/4/1744 at Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE, John, a Quaker, married Sarah in the Holy Trinity Church [Old Swedes Church.]

11/18/1744, John and Sarah named in the will of her father.

1750, They lived in Hartford Co., MD.

~1759, they moved to Orange Co., NC. They traveled from MD to PA, then by sea to Edenton, then by foot and horseback to Orange Co. Once there, John and Sarah took up residence on 243 acres of land on the south branch of Cane Creek. John’s neighbor was 612. Thomas Lindley. John and Sarah attended the Cane Creek and Spring Creek MM.

Dr. Pyle and Thomas Lindley became related by the marriage of their children, and they also became compatriots in the Regulator Movement; organized by local North Carolinians to oppose the British oppression caused by the Stamp Act.

1767, John lived in Chatham Co., NC.

1775, John, while opposed to the Stamp Act, was a loyal subject of England and accepted a position as Colonel in the British militia of NC. He was instructed to raise an army and commission other officers. John commissioned his son, John Pyle Jr. as a Major, and son-in-law John Lindley as a Capt.

4/23/1776, Colonel Pyle and his son Major Pyle, “ in a recent commotion in Halifax, North Carolina,” were taken prisoner by the Americans and transported to Maryland. They were quickly released and returned to NC and took up command as before.

2/25/1781, Col. Pyle with 400 loyalists was at the Battle of Haw River, loosing against Light Horse Harry Lee: “Pyle though wounded with many cuts of the sabre, crawled into a pond of water, where he concealed himself and was afterwards rescued by his Tory friends.” [Lee was the father of CSA General Robert E Lee.]

9/14/1781, Col. Pyle was at the battle of Lindley’s Mill, near the home of his neighbor, Thomas Lindley. After the battle at the mill, Captain William O’Neal of the American Militia called upon Doctor Pyle to aid the American wounded. John did so with “great skill and faithfulness”. Captain O’Neal recommended John for a pardon, which was granted by then NC American Governor Burke.

John, now unable to ride a horse because of multiple injuries, became an Adjutant in the HQ of General Cornwallis. John asked Cornwallis for a promotion to Brigadier – which was denied.

Col. Pyle, as a staff member to Lord Cornwallis, met with General George Washington, and eventually changed sides. King George posted a 5000 pound bounty for the capture of John Pyle. (S) Stories in British history books paint Col. Pyle as a traitor.

1/1804, John, age 81, died in Alamance Co., NC.

Children of James and Ruth:

i. John Pyle, born 1746 in Chester Co., PA.
5/17/1770 in NC, John married Sarah Brashear.
1818, John died in KY.

ii. Nicholas Pyle, born 1748 in Chester Co., PA.
1771, Nicholas married Ann Black in Pittsboro, Chatham Co., NC.
1829, Nicholas died in Sangamon Co., IL.

iii. Sarah Pyle (307), born 11/10/1750 in Hartford Co., MD.

iv. William Pyle, born ~1752 in Chester Co., PA.

v. Edith Pyle, born ~1754 in Chester Co., PA.
Edith married James Steele.

vi. Moses Pyle, born 1756 in ?.
1846, Moses died.

vii. Samuel Pyle, born ~1758 in Orange Co., NC.
Samuel married Jane Black.
1801, Samuel died.

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