Robert Cleveland, Capt. (1744 - 1812)

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Birthplace: Orange Co.,VA
Death: Died in Wilkes County, NC, USA
Occupation: American revolutionary from Wilkes County, North Carolina, and served as a Captain in the militia under his brother Colonel Benjamin Cleveland
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About Robert Cleveland, Capt.

Born January 5, 8 or February 8, June 8, 1744 on Blue Run in Orange County, VA.

Lived in Fauquier Co, VA. Records of Prince William Co, Brentsville, VA Book T 1775 - Lease Holtzelaw to Robert Cleveland of Fauquier co; 1775, Robert Cleveland to Holtzclaw for rent of farm in Prince William co. He accompanied his brother Col. Benjamin Cleveland to NC. Removed from Prince WilliamCo 1778 and settled in Wilkes Co, NC on the Yadkin river, and owned land there.

Captain of a volunteer company in Col. Benjamin Cleveland’s regiment at the Battle of King’s Mountain Oct 7, 1780 and bore a most important part. A solder of his corps, Dan White, used to say that to this brave captain was due the success of this battle; for, in the middle of the conflict, when all were giving away before Ferguson’s bayonets, Capt. Cleveland alone stood firm and unmoved, sustained the charge until Col. Benjamin Cleveland could rally the flying troops and come to his assistance. He was necessary to many of the daring deeds of Col. Benjamin.

On April 15, 1781 he lived on Lewis’ fork of the Yadkin, when he gathered some 30 volunteers and rescued his brother, Col. Cleveland, a prisoner of the Tories, with whom they had a skirmish. Captain Robert spent the remainder of his life on the Yadkin river. He was prominent in the community, and was one of the 5 Clevelands (the others being Gov. Chauncey Fitch Cleveland, Hon. Elijah Cleveland, Hon. Francis Cleveland, Hon Francis Landon Cleveland) who served in the Electoral college and was the FIRST one of the anme to be chosen to that distingusished and responsible office. He was elected for the 6th Presidential election 1809.

Capt. Robert Cleveland and his first wife, Aley Matthis are buried side by side within 150 yards of the old homestead dwelling now owned and occupied by Jesse Yates.

He was 1 of 5 Clevelands to serve in the Electoral College. He was elected for the 6th Presidential Election in 1809. He was one of the North Carolina Electors at large.

Buried next to his wife in Wilkes County on the Yadkin River near old homestead (written in 1899).

(Taken from Geneaology of Cleveland & Cleaveland Families).

More reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Cleveland

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Robert Cleveland, Capt.'s Timeline

1744
June 8, 1744
Orange Co.,VA
1769
1769
Age 24
1770
September 30, 1770
Age 26
Prince William Co.,VA
1772
October 31, 1772
Age 28
1774
December 7, 1774
Age 30
VA
1777
May 9, 1777
Age 32
Wilkes Co.,NC
1779
September 16, 1779
Age 35
Wilkes Co.,NC
1781
October 1, 1781
Age 37
Wilkes Co.,NC
1783
July 15, 1783
Age 39
Wilkes
1785
February 8, 1785
Age 40
Wilkes Co.,NC