The American Revolution in North Carolina

Thomas Robeson, Jr.

Colonel over the Bladen County Regiment of Militia - 1775-1779 & 1781

On September 9, 1775, the NC Provincial Congress appointed Thomas Robeson, Jr. as Colonel/Commandant over the Bladen County Regiment of Militia. He led the Bladen County Regiment of Militia at the battle of Moore's Creek Bridge on February 27, 1776. He resigned his commission on October 17, 1779.

From 1779 to 1781, Thomas Robeson, Jr. was compelled to provide his assistance in subduing the growing Loyalist sentiments in and around Bladen County, and he often quickly pulled together a small group of Militiamen to respond to a given incident. Some called him Captain during those occasions, but since he was a retired Colonel, most men simply called him Col. Robeson.

In 1781, after the ascendency of Loyalist Col. David Fanning, Thomas Robeson, Jr. often led detachments of the Bladen County Regiment of Militia - whether he acting as a concerned citizen or in an official capacity as a Colonel of Militia remains unclear. Some later pensioners recalled that he "acted as a Captain." One source asserts that Col. Thomas Owen, having been recently wounded, requested that Thomas Robeson, Jr. temporarily retake command of the regiment.

He is known to have led detachments of the Bladen County Regiment of Militia against the Loyalists at the battles/skirmishes of Stewarts Creek #2 (7/26/1781), Beatti's Bridge (8/4/1781), Tory Hole (8/27/1781), and Brown Marsh (9/1781).

Thomas Robeson, Jr. was a delegate to the Third Provincial Congress of August 1775 in Hillsborough; the Fourth Provincial Congress of April 1776 in Halifax; and, the Fifth Provincial Congress of November 1776, also in Halifax. He was elected to the NC Senate in 1777.

Thomas Robeson, Jr., the son of Thomas Robeson and Sarah Singletary, was born on January 11, 1740 in Bladen County, NC. He married Mary Bartram. He died on May 2, 1785 in Bladen County, NC.

In 1787, the NC General Assembly authorized the creation of Robeson County out of part of Bladen County. It was named after Thomas Robeson, Jr.


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