Soldier with local ties was Whig Party nominee for Georgia governor

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On Nov. 19, 1870, D.W. Barnes, who was married to Elizabeth Thorn, called daughter Elizabeth Barnes in the will of Martin Thorn, made petition and was given the administration of the real property valued at $800 and the personal property valued at $250.


Jacob Taylor born in 1799 made his will in Wilson County on July 9, 1860:

(1) son and executor William Taylor, 24 acres of land north of Great Branch where he lives adjoining Joseph Watson and heirs of Burket Barnes, beginning north of “the public road leading from Hadly’s Mill to the Town of Wilson,” northwest, with the Barnes line to Powell Branch and up it, then southeast to Great Branch and up it to the fork above, then northeast. to “the Poor House Lands;” Also 200 acres along the Poor House lands to David Dew, along Dew to the road, and with Dew and Watson to the beginning; two slave boys, all stock, household and kitchen furniture already given to him; half the sale of two slaves and any residue;

(2) daughter Louiza Martin, wife of John H. Martin, the other 200 acres adjoining John Barnes and William T. Barnes; two slave boys, stock, household and kitchen furniture already given to her; half the sale of two slaves and any residue;

(3) witnessed by J.G. Ellis and B.H. Bardin:


1. William T. Taylor was born in 1829. He married Amanda who was born in 1834. In the Wilson County Census of 1860 (No. 450,447) they were worth $3,036.

a. William P. Taylor was born in 1851.

b. Zillah Taylor was born in 1855.

c. John T. Taylor was born in 1857.

d. Martha A. Taylor was born in 1859.

2. Louisa Taylor was born in 1840. She married John H. Martin who was born in 1832. In the Wilson County Census of 1860, they were worth $4,595 and Jacob Taylor was living with them.

a. Jacob J. Martin was born in 1858.

b. Penelope Martin was born August 1859.


Duncan Lamond Clinch is another distinguished son of old Edgecombe County, and his name is completely forgotten in the area of his birth. Rembert W. Partick, vice president of the Southern Historical Association, is writing a biography of the man and would be glad to hear anything of interest that any reader might bring forward in connection with the Lamon and Clinch families. His address is the University of Florida.

Clinch is an old family in Surry County, Virginia, tracing back Christopher Clinch who died there in 1679. He was apparently the father of Christopher Clinch (1679-1737) who married Hannah (died in 1739) and had:

(1) Joseph John Clinch

(2) James Clinch married Jane and died before Feb. 4, 1748/49

(3) William Clinch

(4) Mary Clinch

(5) Margaret Clinch and

(6) Elizabeth Clinch married a Holt.

One of these sons must have been the father of Christopher Clinch who was in Edgecombe (now Nash) County by 1765, and we may presume that he was the father of Joseph John Clinch (adult by 1779) who married Mary Lamon in 1782 and appeared a John Clench in the Nash County Census of 1790 with one male over 16, one male under 16, four females and 18 slaves. During the Revolutionary struggle, Captain Edward Clinch and Lt. Col. Joseph Clinch were in Col. Thomas Eaton’s Regiment of North Carolina Militia. In 1786, Joseph J. Clinch represented Nash County in the North Carolina House of Commons. His wife’s kinsman Archibald Lamon represented Nash County in the House from 1817 to 1824.

Duncan Lamon, father of Mary Lamon, was a Scotch gentleman who settled on Tar River and operated a ferry near his plantation home about five miles west of the present Rocky Mount. The Nash County Census of 1790 listed Duncan Lemmons and his sons John and Archibald Lemmons with a total of 59 slaves. The family had correspondingly large land holdings in Nash County.

Col. Duncan Lamont Clinch was born on April 6, 1787, near Tarboro on a plantation that is supposed to have been called “Ard-Lamont.” He appears to have had sisters born in 1783, 1785, 1789 and a brother Joseph John Clinch Jr. born in 1791, who entered the United States as an Army lieutenant in 1812, Duncan L. Clinch himself entered the United States resigned with the rank of captain in 1820, and died in 1827 while in the Army with the rank of first lieutenant on July 1, 1808, and saw service in Louisiana and in New York in the War of 1812. He appears to have sold out his interests in Edgecombe County in 1812. As lieutenant colonel in charge of recruiting in Virgina and North Carolina in 1817 and 1818, he had his headquarters in Raleigh.

Going down to the Florida-Georgia border, he declared five slaves and made his official residence in Camden County in 1821. He was placed in command of the United States troops in Florida and fought the opening battle of the Seminole War in 1835 with the rank of brigadier general (as of 1829). He resigned from the Army in 1836 soon became the second-largest rice planter in Camden County, Georgia, producing from 50,000 to 60,000 bushels a year.

In 1844 he represented Georgia in the United States House of Representatives, and in 1847 he was defeated by a narrow margin as the Whig candidate for governor of that state. He died on Nov. 27, 1849, possessed of about 10,000 acres in Georgia, more than 25,000 acres in Florida, nearly 300 slaves, and a summer estate in Clarksville, Georgia.

The first wife of Col. Clinch was Eliza Bayard McIntosh, daughter of a very wealthy planter of Camden County, and they had eight children (one daughter married a South Carolina Heyward and another married Robert Anderson, who commanded Fort Sumter at the beginning of the Civil War). He had two other wives before the time of his death, but no children by them.

Hugh Johnston was a Wilson County historian who wrote these historical capsules that previously appeared in The Wilson Daily Times. They are reprinted from a volume of his “Looking Backward” series of books available at the Wilson County Public Library.