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The Carruth Journey
 

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This information was presented at the 2009 Carruth Family Reunion at Hopewell Methodist Church, near Cumming, Ga, in October 2009.

This information was presented at the 2009 Carruth Family Reunion at Hopewell Methodist Church, near Cumming, Ga, in October 2009.

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  • Very interesting. My youngest son, Jonathan David Hager, is a PCA minister at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. This is the first record I have seen that showed Carruths connected to a Presbyterian denomination and also the first 'Linda' (my name) Carruth on an old family tree. Thank you for all your hard work in compiling this information.
    Linda Ellizabeth Carruth (Hager) Davis b. 6/1/1949 Biloxi, Mississippi to Thomas Albert Carruth (9.18.1911-6.16.1990) son of William Henry Lee Carruth, Sumrall, Miss. We recently celebrated what would have been my father's 100th birthday.
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    • Pennsylvania to Georgia
      • Irish were stubborn, did not take well to refinement of current colonists.
      • Were Presbyterian – were not welcome in many of the other colonies.
      • Pennsylvania was only colony with total freedom of religion.
      • Port of Philadelphia was major point of entry.
      • Southeast Pennsylvania soon became very crowded.
      • Lord Granville opened land for settlement in NW quadrant of NC.
      • Existing Moravian Colony at Bethabra (near Winston-Salem).
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      • Wagon Road was predated by Indian Trading Path.
      • Conestoga Wagon Designed to Travel Route.
      • First “Superhighway”.
      • Main North-South Route in early history of nation.
      • Forked at Roanoke – Wilderness Road led through Cumberland Gap to Kentucky.
      • Today, I-81 and US 11 roughly follow route in Virginia.
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      • Mary Carruth was born Abt 1697 in Northern Ireland, and died 1796 in North Carolina. She married John "Old John" Huggins 12 Jan 1715 in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He was born Abt 1690 in Ballymartin Parish, Antrim County, Northern Ireland, and died Abt 1752 in Rowan County, North Carolina.
      • John Carruth was born Abt 1699. He married Unknown.  
      • James Carruth was born Abt 1701, and died 2 Sep 1775.    
      • Walter Carruth was born 1703 in Ballymartin, County Antrim, Ireland, and died 19 Feb 1769 in Rowan County, North Carolina. He married Sarah Allison Biggs Abt 1727 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She died 1 May 1768 in Rowan County, North Carolina.    
      • Adam Carruth was born Abt 1704 in Antrim County, Ireland, and died 1782 in Gaston County, North Carolina. He married Elizabeth Beattie Abt 1742 in prob. Pennsylvania. She was born 1724 in Augusta County, Virginia, and died Aft 1782 in Gaston County, North Carolina.     
      •   Elizabeth Carruth was born 1705 in Antrim County, Ireland, and died 1766 in Cumberland County, North Carolina. She married Thomas McCormick in Antrim County, Ireland. He was born 1702 in Ulster, Northern Ireland, and died 1762 in East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.  
      • **Alexander Carruth was born Bet 1707 and 1710, and died 1739 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He married Jane Abt 1729.
      • Included thousands of settlers beginning in 1740s.
      • Carruths were part of first group to migrate to area.
      • Scots-Irish and Germans were predominant groups.
      • Many Presbyterian and Lutheran churches date to this era.
      • Remained separate from coastal settlers.
      • Seen as stubborn, crude, and unsophisticated.
      • Most missionaries sent from Charleston failed!
      • Provided security from Indian attacks from the west.
      • Seeds of rebellion were sown in this community.
      • Culminated in “Meck-Dec” that predated the Declaration of Independence.
      • Principle group to fight Ferguson & Cornwallis at King’s Mountain, Cowpens, and Guilford Courthouse.
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      • Oldest Associate Reform Presbyterian Church in US.
      • Founded by Rev. Hugh McAden from Philadelphia during southern missionary journey in mid 1700s.
      • Walter Carruth mentioned as having a group worshipers meeting together.
      • Graves of Walter, as well as two other Carruths, are in the Coddle Creek Church Cemetery.
      • By the time of Walter’s death, the family had moved on to other areas.
      • Moved into Gaston, Mecklenburg, Lincoln and Tryon Counties, as well into Greenville and Spartanburg in South Carolina.
      • Of the three brothers, Adam’s line has beome the largest.
      • Robert was the only son of Alexander to live to adulthood.
      • By the third generation, there were several Roberts (makes it confusing!).
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      • Apparently had large farm & orchards along N. Pacolet River.
      • Homestead predates Polk County, Tryon, and Columbus.
      • Will on file at NC State Archives.
      • Land records on file in Rutherford County, NC.
      • Granted Land Patent on several tracts (Original grantee of land from the state of NC.)
      • Most likely part of Revolutionary War pension.
      • Leroy Carruth (Ross Anderson’s Father) married Sibey Lankford.
      • Ephriam Carruth (Leroy’s Brother) married Susan Lankford, Sibey’s first cousin.
      • Linda Myra Carruth, First Cousin to Leroy and Ephriam, married John Lankford, Sibey’s brother.
      • Catherine Carruth (Unknown Relative?) married Curtis Lankford, Sibey’s Brother.