This information is contributed by Carla Townsend
*STANSELL, John * John STANSELL was born in 1758 in Beaufort (Pitt) County, NC Lived in Wake (or Johnston) County in 1775, where he enlisted for first tour of duty along with brother Jesse. Marched with unit into backcountry of South Carolina, and on way back settled in Mecklenburg (Union) County, NC. Served as a dragoon in militia units of Captain Charles POLK 1776-77 to Cross Creek and against Cherokees. Appears to have been part of 4th NC Continental Line in 1777-78 along with Colonel William POLK, but little documentation available on this term. Active again as militiaman when war returned south in 1780. Pension application W6200 reads: /"John Stansell, who was a soldier of the army of the United States under William Polk as Captain (Colonel) in the Southern Division of the army commanded by General Greene...also served as a dragoon some length of time...one to two years, maybe more." /State controller's records indicate John and brother Jesse also served in units in eastern NC, paid by Newbern District in 1781. John STANSELL returned to Mecklenburg (Union) at end of war, married Edith POWELL in 1786, and raised a family of nine children near present-day Indian Trail, NC after living in southern Cabarrus County 1786-1795. Militia captain in Cabarrus 1793-95, justice of peace in Mecklenburg County 1804-08 - died July 12, 1826. Many children moved west to Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama, but descendents of some branches still live in Charlotte, NC area. Son John STANSELL, II settled Chattanooga area, fought in War of 1812.