The Tryon Resolves

    The Tryon Resolves were a declaration adopted by citizens of Tryon County in the 
    Province of North Carolina in the early days of the American Revolution. In the 
    Resolves, adopted in response to the Battle of Lexington, the signers vowed 
    resistance to coercive actions by the British Empire against its North American 
    colonies. The document was signed on August 14, 1775, predating the United States 
    Declaration of Independence by almost 11 months.
    The Tryon Resolves were among the earliest of many local colonial declarations against 
    the British government. Other similar declarations from the same period include the 
    Mecklenburg Resolves adopted in nearby Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and the 
    Suffolk Resolves adopted in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
    As tensions between the North American colonies and the British government increased, 
    residents began forming Committees of Safety to prepare militia companies for a potential 
    war. On September 14, 1775 many of the signers of the Tryon Resolves formed the Tryon 
    County Militia in preparation for British retaliation against American revolutionaries.
    Text of the Tryon Resolves
    The unprecedented, barbarous and bloody actions committed by British troops on our 
    American brethren near Boston, on 19 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.
    John Walker 
    Charles McLean 
    Andrew Neel 
    Thomas Beatty 
    James Coburn 
    Frederick Hambright 
    Andrew Hampton 
    Benjamin Hardin 
    George Paris 
    William Graham 
    Robt. Alexander 
    David Jenkins 
    Thomas Espey 
    Perrygreen Mackness (or Magness)[1] 
    James McAfee 
    William Thompson 
    Jacob Forney 
    Davis Whiteside 
    John Beeman 
    John Morris 
    Joseph Hardin 
    John Robison 
    James McIntyre 
    Valentine Mauney 
    George Black 
    Jas. Logan 
    Jas. Baird 
    Christian Carpenter 
    Abel Beatty 
    Joab Turner 
    Jonathan Price 
    Jas. Miller 
    John Dellinger 
    Peter Sides 
    William Whiteside 
    Geo. Dellinger 
    Samuel Carpenter 
    Jacob Mauney, Jun. 
    John Wells 
    Jacob Costner 
    Robert Hulclip 
    James Buchanan 
    Moses Moore 
    Joseph Kuykendall 
    Adam Simms 
    Richard Waffer 
    Samuel Smith 
    Joseph Neel 
    Samuel Loftin 

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