Captain John Hardin Hambright

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About Captain John Hardin Hambright

On October 7, 1780, brother met brother, neighbor met neighbor, Patriot met Loyalist on a battlefield in rural South Carolina. The battle lasted an hour: the brevity belied the import. Thomas Jefferson proclaimed the Battle of King's Mountain turned "the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War, with the seal of our independence."

Fewer than one thousand American Heroes, through skill, luck, and the leadership of cunning strategists, defeated Patrick Ferguson, a brilliant star of the British military might. John Hardin Hambright, and his father, Lt. Colonel Frederick Hambright, were two of those Heroes.

Their participation in the Battle of Kings Mountain was documented in the "The Patriots at Kings Mountain" by Bobby Gilmer Moss which, along with "King's Mountain And Its Heroes: History Of The Battle Of King's Mountain, October 7th, 1780, And The Events Which Led To It" by Lyman Copeland Draper, Anthony Allaire, and Isaac Shelby, has long been recognized as the definitive listing of the participants.

The Daughters of the American Revolution have also documented their participation in the American Revolution. That organization designated Hardin "DAR Ancestor Number A204524", and his father "DAR Ancestor Number A049995".

John Hardin Hambright was the son of Frederick Hambright 1727 – 1817 and first wife, Sarah Hardin 1733 – 1780. Frederick Hambright had immigrated from Germany and had settled in the area of Tryon County, North Carolina, where he became active in local affairs. He signed the Tryon Resolves in 1775 protesting the unfair practices of the British: this predated the Declaration of Independence by a year.

On Ocotober 28, 1784, John Hardin Hambright married Nancy Black in York District, SC. She was born August 13, 1763 in North Carolina and died March 1, 1845 in McMinn County, Tennessee.


State of Tennessee

McMinn County

On this 11th day of April 1840 before the Subscriber a Justice of the peace personally appeared Nancy Hambright a resident of the State of Tennessee in the County of McMinn aged seventy-seven years who being duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 7th 1838 entitled an act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows

that she is the widow of John Hambright who was a Captain in the service of the United States in the Revolutionary war that the said John Hambright was a Captain to my personal knowledge and served in a Regiment raised in Lincorn [Lincoln] County North Carolina which was commanded by Colonel Grimes Colonel commandant Frederick Hambright Lieutenant Colonel

he commanded a company of Light horse and was a volunteer he was elected Captain before he was eighteen years old and continued to serve until the war ended declarant often saw Captain Hambright and his Company he was in the Battle of Kings Mountain [indecipherable word or words, it may be an aborted attempt to referred to "declarant" but the actual letters appear to be "dectos"] was on the battleground the next day after the Battle

declarant knows of her own knowledge that he served two years and has often heard Captain Hambright say that he served three years as a Captain but declarant does not know of her own knowledge he served more than two years neither does declarant know how many engagements he was under but knows he remained in service until the war was over declarant has some documents in support of her claim which will be sent to the Department declarant has a family record showing the true ages and marriage of herself and John Hambright Deceased which was left in her possession at the Decease of John Hambright and was written by Joseph Wilson at the request of John Hambright her husband the other scraps is papers that has been in my possession ever since his death and that he resided in Lincorn County North Carolina when you served in the United States Army

declarant further say that she was married in South Carolina York District by what was called proclamation without any License declarant does not know whether there was any record made of it or not or what the law was about it she further Declares that she was married to the said Captain John Hambright on the 28th day of October 1784 and that her husband the aforesaid John Hambright died on the 6th day of February 1830 that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the first day of January 1794 viz. at the time above (mentioned written) stated.

Sworn and subscribed before me on the day above written S/ William Rogers, JP S/ Nancy Hambright, X her mark

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Captain John Hardin Hambright's Timeline

March 17, 1762
Lincoln County, North Carolina, British Colonial America
July 22, 1785
South Carolina, United States
May 7, 1787
South Carolina, United States
March 29, 1789
Reliance, Polk County, Tennessee, United States
March 29, 1789
Reliance, Polk County, Tennessee, United States
March 6, 1791
Reliance, Polk County, Tennessee, United States
March 22, 1793
May 1795
Reliance, Polk County, Tennessee, United States
September 3, 1803
McMinn County, Tennessee, United States
July 5, 1805
Hiwassee, Polk, Tennessee, United States