Tryon Resolves, Declaration of Independence, NC Hornets Nest in Revolution

Almost a year before the US Declaration of Independence was signed, a group of patriots in Tryon County NC, just west of Charlotte, signed The Tryon Resolves. The Tryon Resolves, signed in August 14, 1775, was a list of grievances against the British government in response to the battle of Lexington. During the revolution, the area around Charlotte was referred to as a hornet’s nest because of the fierce opposition the british encountered. In fact, one of the worst defeats the british suffered was at the Battle of Kings Mountain, just west of Charlotte. Here is the text of The Tryon Resolves, followed by a photo of the signatures.
The unprecedented, barbarous and bloody actions committed by British troops on our American brethren near Boston, on 19th April and 20th of May last, together with the hostile operations and treacherous designs now carrying on, by the tools of ministerial vengeance, for the subjugation of all British America, suggest to us the painful necessity of having recourse to arms in defense of our National freedom and constitutional rights, against all invasions; and at the same time do solemnly engage to take up arms and risk our lives and our fortunes in maintaining the freedom of our country whenever the wisdom and counsel of the Continental Congress or our Provincial Convention shall declare it necessary; and this engagement we will continue in for the preservation of those rights and liberties which the principals of our Constitution and the laws of God, nature and nations have made it our duty to defend. We therefore, the subscribers, freeholders and inhabitants of Tryon County, do here by faithfully unite ourselves under the most solemn ties of religion, honor and love to our county, firmly to resist force by force, and hold sacred till a reconciliation shall take place between Great Britain and America on Constitutional principals, which we most ardently desire, and do firmly agree to hold all such persons as inimical to the liberties of America who shall refuse to sign this association.



18 responses to “Tryon Resolves, Declaration of Independence, NC Hornets Nest in Revolution

  1. Thank you for posting the Tryon Resolves. They are an often overlooked document in our Revolutionary history. I might add as a side note that they are of particular interest to me as one of the signers, Davis Whiteside, is my fifth-great grandfather.

  2. I recognize Whiteside.
    John is my ancestor. He is buried in a private cemetary not far from the battlefield. His home is the oldest continually habitated home in Cleveland County NC.

  3. Jacob Forney was my ancestor. Yes, the importance of what the North Carolinians did for our freedom takes a backseat in history. But from what I have read about the people, they were just happy to fight for freedom, whether or not they gained recognition!
    My favorite movie is the Patriot, because it is based on Ramsour’s Mill, where Jacob’s son Abraham (my 4th great) fought!

  4. Mine signed the Tryon Resolves.

  5. Did you see the first installment of the History Channel series entitled “America: the Story of Us”??

    Very entertaining, but I had a samll gripe with the creators of the program.

    Take a look at my review today and tell me what you think …

  6. citizenwells

    I concur.
    Comment posted on your blog.

  7. How did John Whitside die? Whre is he burried?
    I understand Davis Whitside died of injuriers he recived at the bbattle of kings mountain.

  8. Charles Baker

    I am trying to determine whether the Benjamin Hardin who signed the Tryon resolve was Sara hardin’s Father, or her Brother. Sara was married to Frederick Hambright, of Kings Mountain fame. She had 3 brothers, John, Benjamin, and Joseph, who were active at Cowpens, Ransor’s Mill, and Kings Mountain. Sara Is my 8th Gen Grandmother.

  9. Your story and the posts are illuminating as I am researching George Black. George was my grandfather (5th). He was a Justice of the Peace and lived near the Gilbert Town Courthouse and had two sons living on Cathey’s Creek. I believe he moved to the area with the Whitesides and Withrows from the Nottingham Settlement area. Anyone interested in this research please contact me.

  10. Mr. Black, I am interested in knowing more about the Black’s and Whiteside connections……Are the Black’s connected with Blacksburg KY?

  11. Wm.Whiteside is my relative along with his 10 brothers — I do not understand how they note he was born in Ulster, Co.Kildare — as Kildare is not a part of Ulster nor Northern Ireland. Whose records are these. Gilbert Asdown

  12. Artie, please contact me at regarding the Blacks and Blacksburg, KY.

  13. William Whiteside was my 6th-great-grandfather. Still looking into possible connections to other signers.

  14. I am a descendent of Davis Whiteside, also a signer, Davis was Williams son.

  15. I am not directly descended from any of these, but a good percentage of the names here are uncles and cousins of mine–the two Carpenters, Jonathan Price, the two Dellingers (including John who fought at King’s Mountain), Jacob Costner, Adam Sims. There are a couple of other connections, not kin in this generation. In 2007 a Costner cousin showed me where Jacob drowned, and showed me the Costner cemetery where he is buried. It’s interesting to me that 5 of these men are German, one generation down from York, Pennsylvania, Price and his father-in-law Robert Ewart (a Committee of Safety man{ and his Scottish clan described by Cyrus Hunter were at King’s Mountain, and Thomas Costner and others of the family.
    Signing the Resolves took courage, perhaps as much as fighting did.

  16. I am Googling all the signers of the Tryon Resolves and finding information about most of them, not all. Does anyone know if this work has been done–I mean has anyone published a brief biographical account of the signers especially one that would indicate whether they became Patriots or Tories and when they died?
    I see another “connection”–Robert Alexander. Any children of his by Mary Jack would be cousins of mine. A Mississippi triple cousin of mine says that in the South if you are not kin you are connected!
    The Costner cousin I mention in the previous post still lives on ground that has been in the family since before the Revolution!

  17. I wish I could add to a previous comment rather than stringing comments out!
    One more signer–a cousin, Adam Sims, whose brother George was the author of the astonishing 1765 Nutbush pre-Regulator speech. The Nutbush speech was apparently lost until 1916 but Herman Husband quoted it in his Regulator tract, IMPARTIAL RELATION. What remarkable men!

  18. I have found a couple more family connections, but I need help this time!

    I am pretty sure there is no such critter as Robert Hulclip. I am pretty sure the last name is Heslip or Haizlip or Heslep or one of several variant spellings of folks who were THERE at the right time and kin to the Hamptons. Are there any descendants of the Haslips or the other spellings around? One descendant in 2000 did say an ancestor signed the Resolves but gave no evidence or other information.

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