Mial Scurlock

Mial Scurlock

Male 1724 - 1781  (57 years)

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  • Name Mial Scurlock 
    Born 1724  Richmond Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Jun 1781  Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1030  avefamily
    Last Modified 6 May 2009 

    Family Sarah Howard,   b. 1749, Richmond Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1801, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married UNKNOWN  Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. Elizabeth Scurlock,   d. 1795, Pittsboro, NC Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Patsy Scurlock
     3. Thomas Scurlock
     4. William Scurlock
     5. Mary Scurlock
     6. Nancy Scurlock
     7. James Scurlock
     8. Mial Scurlock
     9. John Scurlock
     10. Susannah Scurlock
     11. George Scurlock
    +12. Joseph Scurlock,   b. 1770,   d. 1833  (Age 63 years)
    Family ID F256  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Mial Scurlock Will, dated 28th May, 1781- Proved Feb. Court 1782
      Chatham Co., NC., Minutes, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Vol. 1781-1875 p. 403
      NC State Archives Film # C.022.30001

      The original only of this will is in the archives. It has not been filmed as part of the Wills and Estate Records.

      I Mial Scurlock of Chatham county in the State of North Carolina being very Sick and weak but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament in Manner and form following I Recommend my soul to the Mercy of my Creator not doubting but he will dispose of it as best Suits his Godly Wisdom; and as to the worldly goods it has pleased God to bless me with I Will that it be disposed of in manner and form following to wit-

      My Will and Desire is that all my Estate both Real and Personal be kept togeather in the hands of my Wife for the purpose of supporting and
      educating my children until my youngest Daughter Patsey shall arrive to the age of Sixteen years or my Wife shall Marry again and in case of the death of my Daughter, until my (the sentence is not complete here or else too many words written) the youngest Surviving child may arrive to lawful age, then my desire is that my Estate be divided in the following manner viz.

      I lend unto my Wife one sixth part of my said Estate both real and personal during her natural life at her death to be equally divided amongst all my children then living. When the time of division arrives as heretofore mentioned my desire is that all my Estate except Elizabeth Auld to whom I have heretofore given as much of my Estate as I could spare in Justice to the Rest of my children. My Will and desire is that if it should be the opinion of my Wife and my Executors
      hereafter to be mentioned that it should be proper and convenient to sell the Plantation where I now live and my moiety of the Mill and Plantation on Haw River which I hold jointly with William Dillard that they do it and apply the money arising from such sale to purchase another tract of land as near in value as may be in any part of the Country that be thought most safe and most agreeable to my said Wife subject to the division before mentioned and I hereby nominate and appoint my Wife Executrix and my son Thomas Scurlock, James Howard,Alexander Clark and James Williams of this my last Will and Testament.

      Signed Sealed and published and declared in presence of us this 28th,May 1782.
      Wit: J. Williams, Mial Scurlock, A. Clark. Geo. Hendry, Zacha. Harmon

      Feb. Court 1782 The above Will duly proved in Open court by the oath of Alexr. Clark and ordered to be Registered.
      DAR Patriot Index furnishes the following:

      Mial Scurlock born abt 1730 VA died abt June 1791 NC married Sarah ---- Major Patriotic Service NC.

      James born 24 Jun 1749 NC died 11 Jan 1805 NC married Lydia Poore Lt NC

      Thomas born before 1746 died abt 1792 NC married unknown 2Maj NC

      William born 19 Jul 1763 VA died 12 Oct 1840 GA married Rhoda Simmons Pvt NC Pensioner.

      Following information was found in Chatham County 1771-1791, edited by Wade Hadley,Doris G. Horton and Mell C. S trowd, Morre Printing Co 1972: "Mial (Miles) Scurlock father of Elizabeth, was born about 1745 in Chatham County,North Carolina and died in January or February 1782 in Chatham County. He was one of the founders of Pittsboro,North Carolina, and lived in or just south of the town. Planter,surveyor, miller, he owned 1,000 acres of land, a mill on Robinson Creek, half interest in a mill of Haw River , and other personal property. He served as Justice of the Peace and was appointed Major in the North Carolina Militia. "
      From "JoyceAlliene", 15 Dec 2008, on Ancestry.com:

      This Mial Scurlock was the son of Thomas Scurlock and his second wife widow Ann Linkhorne of Richmond County Virginia. He was born 1725 and died 17 June 1782 in Chatham Co, North Carolina. Some records show Mial may have been married twice but the genealogy records show Mial as married only to Sarah Howard born 23 May 1749 and died 9 March 1801. It is known that sometime before 1760, Mial and Sarah moved to the area in Orange County North Carolina which later became Chatham County. That is where their first son Thomas Scurlock was born. NOTE: Please consider that Chatham County was not established until 1771 from part of Orange County North Carolina. Therefore, most of the children that are reported born in Chatham county were probably born in what was then Orange County. It is reported that Mial was one of the founders of Chatham County. He ws a Planter, Surveyor and Miller. He reportedly owned 1000 acres of land, a mill on Robison Creek and part interest in a mill on Haw River. His accumulated property was about 20,000 pounds. He provided property for the Chatham County Court House and owned a tavern near the Court House. In April 1, 1771 Chathan County and St. Bartholomew's Parish in the state of North Carolina was formed from Orange County. It was named in honor of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham who was a most eloquent defender of the American cause in the English Parliament during the Revolution. On 10 May 1774, John Gunther Overseer for the road between Chatham County Courthouse and Seven Islands was assisted by Mial Scurlock and others in a jury whose task was the responsibility of laying out a road from Chatham Court House to Redfield Ford. John Gunther was the father of Lazarus Gunther who marrired Drusilla Scurlock daughter of Thomas SCurlock born 1735 in Richmond VA. The establishment of the county provided an "Interior Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions" where meetings could be held the first Tuesday of the month of February, May, August and November. Since there were no facilities, they were held in the homes of Captain Stephen Poe and Mial Scurlock.

      The records fail to indicate how many sessions of the court met in the residence of Captain Poe or Mial Scurlock, but it is assumed that the committee chose the site for the location of the court house and other public buildings acted with promptness and that the seat of government was soon established at the point selected, viz: on the farm of Mial Scurlock about one-half mile south of the present town of Pittsboro. The exact spot on which the court house stood may still be pointed out, as the site of the old jail, which was just south of the court house and about 75 yards northwest for the Scurlock dwelling, the only habitation in the immediate vicinity. It is said that the Commissioners determined upon this location because of its being near the geographical center of the county and that it was near a never failing spring noted for excellent water. There was no village or settlement at the original capital of the county, which was known as "Chatham Court House. The only buildings near were the residence of Major Mial Scurlock which had a storehouse and some outbuildings. The seat of government remained at this place until sometime after the Revolution when it was removed to the present location of Pittsboro. During this period, formal severance of relations with Great Britain began and Chatham's Justices were Richard Parker, Robert Rutherford, James Sellars, Francis Drake, Abner Hill Jeduthan Harper, Joab Brooks, Isaiah Hogan, Matthew Drake, Mial Scurlock, Samuel Stewart, Alexander Clarke, John Thompson, and Balaam Thompson. When the new Congress asssembled the Royal Governor fled and preparations were made for war with discussions held in secret at the Scurlock home. Besides orders that two regiments be raised, provisions were made for each district to recruit ten companies of fifty ment each to be called "Batallions of Minute Men" and that a committee of safey be appointed for each District, County, and Town. Upon the Committee of Safety for Hillsboro District were Mial Scurlock and Ambrose Ramsey and John Thompson. This Congress in 1775 also made provisions for the organization of a Militia force and apponted Field Officers for the same. Those appointed were: Colonel Ambrose Ramsey; Lieuteanant Colonel Jeduthan Harper; Major Mial Scurlock and Second Major Elisha Cain. These men and women established the foundations of the new country of the United States of America and help form the basis of of the Constitution it would have, but they first they had to develop the governments of individual townships and states.

      In 1776, the Provincial Congress met in Halifax to which several delegates from Chatham County attended. At this meeting the State of North Carolina first voted explicit sanction of the Independence of America:

      RESOLVED: That the delegates from this Colony in the Consitutional Congress be empowered to concur with the delegates of the other Colonies in declaring Independence and forming foreign alliances, reserving to the Colongy the sole and exclusive right of forming a Constitution and laws for the Colony, and of appointing delegates from time to time to meet the delegates from other Colonies for such purposes as shall hereafter be pointed out. In accordance with a resolution or ordinance of the Council of safety for the Colony, an election was held in the various counties and borough towns of the State on 15th of October 1776 to elect delegates who were to assemble at Halifax on 12 November of the same year for the purpose of framing a Constiution and establishing a permanent government for the State. In certain sections, this election appears to have been conducted amidst great excitement and considerable rioting, but so far as the records disclose, Chatham held its first popular election in a quiet and orderly manner. It may be of interest to know that though the area of the county was much larger than at present, the mode of travel most primitive, and the roads few and unquestionably bad, there was but one voting place in the county, all electors having to journey to the Court House to cast their ballots. The delegates chosen by the electorate of Chatham at this election were Ambrose Ramsey, John Birdsong, MIAL SCURLOCK, Isaiah Hogan and Jeduthan Harper, leading men of the county. In Jan 1777 the first General Assembly under the constiution designated MIAL SCURLOCK as one of the Senators to attend the General Assembly. He did so but later resigned to become the Chatham County Clerk in place of William Alsoton. Mial was appointed the County Clerk in 1777 and was appointed to the State Legislature in 1778. Also in this year he was appointed county commissioner with John Ramsey and John Nall to take possession of confiscated estates of those who had adhered to the British Government rules. He was involved in laying out the town of Chatham, North Carolina. In 1776, Mial was appointed guardian of a minor child by name of Cinchy Stewart whose parents had died. Mial's will was proved by Alexander Clark on the inventory returned by wife Sarah Scurlock in Feb 1782 and recorded in Chatham County North Carolina 1782. On 13 May 1783 after Mial's death, Sarah was granted a liquor license to operate the tavern which she and Mial owned in Chatham County. In the first Federal Census of 1790, Sarah was reported to have had fourteen slaves. During the time of the Revolution and Lord Cornwallis foray into North Carolina, he made his camp in the home of Mial Scurlock (recently deceased). The tradition is that the British Commander stayed at this home and treated Mrs. Scuurlock and her children with consideration, though she was outspoken in her devotion to American Independence as she was the widow of an officer in the State Militia and the mother of a soldier in the Continental Army. Her property was not permitted to be molested and all her possessions were protected.