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Lt. Colonel Frederick Hambright, I

Also Known As: "Frederick", "HAMPRECHT", "Hambrecht"
Birthplace: Germany
Death: March 09, 1817 (89)
York District, South Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Grover, Cleveland County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Hans Conrad Hambright and Anna Maria Barbara Hambright
Husband of Sarah Hambright and Sophia Mary Hambright
Father of Nancy Hoyle Rhyne / Stroup; Mary Esther Kuykendall; Elizabeth Jenkins; Captain John Hardin Hambright; Major Frederick Hambright, Jr. and 12 others
Brother of Anna Barbara Streaner; Johann Adam Hambright; Sargeant Henrich Martin Hambright; Eve Catherine Trinkle; Viet Hambright and 2 others

Occupation: Colonel, Soldier
DAR: Ancestor #: A049995
Label: War Hero
Managed by: Private User
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About Lt. Colonel Frederick Hambright, I

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA with the rank of LIEUTENANT COLONEL. DAR Ancestor # A049995
Note: Frederick arrived in Philadelphia with his parents on the ship "St.Andrew" in 1738,age 11. He left Pennsylvania for Virginia at age 28,3 years later to N.C.,settling near the South Fork River. In 1748,Frederick was enrolled in his local militia during the Spanish Alarm. He became a commander against the Cherokees in Rutherford's campaign,1771,and was a Delegate to the 3rd Provincial Congress near Hillsborough August 1775,from Tryon Co.N.C.,and a member of the Committee of Safety,and Committee of the Continental Congress. He served as a Captain on the frontiers against the Cherokees in the Carolinas and Georgia June 1776 and in the autumn of '76. Frederick was made a Lt.Col. 1777-79,and in late '79 served in Lillington's Brigade to relieve Charleston,S.C.,escaping prior to Charleston's surrender. In 1780,he served under Col.McDowell in the Broad River region; he succeeded Col.Graham at the Battle of Kings' Mountain (7 October 1780),the turning point of the war for the patriots. Prior to the battle,Hambright received word that the opposing commander,Maj.Patrick "Bulldog" Ferguson (the man who once had Gen. George Washington's head in his rifle sight,but thought it undignified to shoot a man in the back of the head),inventor of a breech-loading rifle,was donning a checked duster over his uniform. Hambright told his men,"Well,poys,when you see dot man mit a pig shirt on over his clothes,you may know who him is,and mark him mit your rifles". Near the end of the battle,Col.Hambright was shot through the thigh,and his boot overflowed with blood. He declined assistance,saying,"Huzza,my prave poys,fight on a few minutes more,and te battle will be over!" Maj. Ferguson mocked the Colonel,yelling to his Tories,"Huzza,brave boys,the day is our own!" Ferguson was shot down soon after. Col.Hambright refused aid after the conflict until the more seriously wounded could be treated. An honorary sword awarded to Frederick in 1786 is on display at the Kings' Mountain Battlefield Park,York Co. S.C. A monument on the mountain marks the spot where he was wounded. Frederick was an elder in Shiloh Presbyterian Church,and is said to have been stout,with piercing eyes. An interesting descendant of Col. Frederick Hambright and his 2nd wife is Thomas Dixon (Jr.) (1864-1946),attorney,legislator,pastor,author,playwright and lecturer. Other descendants: Horace George Hambright (c1876-96). Possible descendants: Roger Dee Hambright; Ralph Erskine Hambright Jr. (1922-45).




Frederick Hambright, colonial officer and local patriot, was born in Germany, probably the son of Conrad Hambright. Along with several members of the Hambright family, he emigrated to Philadelphia in 1738 on the ship St. Andrew. The family settled in Lancaster County, Pa. As a young man, Hambright moved to Virginia where he married Sarah Hardin, daughter of Benjamin Hardin. In the early 1750s they moved to the area that became Tryon County, N.C., with Joseph, John, and Benjamin Hardin, Nathaniel Henderson, James Kuykendall, Robert Leeper, and others. For protection from Indians he settled near the fort at the mouth of the South Fork of the Catawba River.

Hambright was a member of Captain Samuel Cobrin's company during the Spanish Alarm in 1747–48 at Wilmington. As commanding officer of the Tryon County militia, he campaigned against the Cherokee Indians in 1771.

In 1774, the Provincial Congress elected him to serve as a commissioner to help decide where to place the courthouse. He also served on a jury to lay out a road from Tryon Court House to Tuckasege Ford in present Gaston County on the Catawba River. Continuing civil offices in 1775, he was a venireman at the term of the Court of Oyer and Terminer for the Salisbury district and an active member of the Committee of Safety of Tryon County. Although he arrived a day late, he served as a member of the Provincial Congress at Hillsborough. Along with others, he signed the petition opposing Parliamentary taxation and supporting the Provincial and Continental congresses. After receiving permission to leave in September, he was elected by the Provincial Congress to be second major of Tryon County. In the following year, the Congress also elected him justice of the peace. Throughout 1776 he attended safety committee meetings in Wilmington and at Tryon Court House.

As a Revolutionary War officer, Hambright served under General Griffith Rutherford in his campaign into Georgia in 1776. Promoted to lieutenant colonel, he went to the relief of Charles Town in 1779 as a member of Colonel Alexander Lillington's brigade, but retired before the surrender. In the summer of 1780, he served under Colonel Charles McDowell in the Broad River region.

In the fall of 1780, Cornwallis sent Major Patrick Ferguson to stop the colonial militia. When Ferguson claimed on Kings Mountain that "all the Rebels from hell" could not drive him away, Hambright was second in command of a segment of troops under Major William Chronicle. In one of the four columns that converged on the British, Chronicle was shot in the first charge. His undisciplined militia then followed Hambright to participate in the victory. In a thick German accent, he is reported to have said, "Huzza, my brave boys, fight on a few minutes more and the battle will be over." Although wounded in the thigh by a rifle bullet, he remained in the saddle for the entire battle; when Samuel York of York County, S.C., suggested that he leave the field because of his profuse bleeding, he refused. After the battle, he was conveyed to a cabin on Long Creek. The deep wound required a long time to heal and caused him to limp for the rest of his life.

Hambright's first wife died, and he married Mary Dover in 1781. The following year he sold his Long Creek property near Dallas, N.C., and bought land near King's Creek, S.C., where he built a large two-story log cabin which burned in 1927. When he left North Carolina, he resigned the offices of lieutenant colonel and justice of the peace in what was by then Lincoln County. His bravery at Kings Mountain was rewarded by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1786, when he and the other commanders at the battle received an elegant mounted sword. Hambright's is now in the museum at Kings Mountain National Military Park.

For the remainder of his life, Hambright engaged in farming. He also served as a Presbyterian elder. At the time of his death he owned 700 acres of land, four slaves, and three mares. He had twelve children by his first wife and ten by his second. After fighting at Kings Mountain, his son John was named a captain in the Revolutionary Army and his son Frederick, Jr., became a major. Hambright was buried at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, one mile east of Grover, N.C. In 1931, the Daughters of the Revolution erected a monument to him on Kings Mountain.

Frederick Hambright was a military officer who fought in both the local militia and in the North Carolina Line of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He is best known for his participation in the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780.

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Lt. Colonel Frederick Hambright, I's Timeline

May 17, 1727
Queen Anne's County, Maryland, Colonial America
York County, South Carolina, Colonial America
Anson County, North Carolina, United States
March 17, 1762
Lincoln County, North Carolina, British Colonial America
North Carolina, USA
North Carolina, USA
Tryon, Gaston County, North Carolina, United States