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Taking a Closer Look at Mecklenburg, NC: 'The Charlotte Town Resolves; May 31, 1775'

Resolves Adopted in Charlotte Town, Mecklenburg County,  North  Carolina,  May 31, 1775 This Day the Committee met, and passed the following RESOLVES: Whereas by an Address presented to his Majesty by both Houses of Parliament in February last, the American Colonies are declared to be in a State of actual Rebelion, we conceive that all Laws and Commissions confirmed by, or derived from the Authority of the King or Parliament, are annulled and vacated, and the former civil Constitution of these Colinies for the present wholly suspended. To provide in some Degree for the Exigencies of the County in the present alarming Period, we deem it proper and necessary to pass the following Resolves, viz. 1. That all Commissions, civil and military, heretofore granted by the Crown, to be exercised in these Colonies, are null and void, and the Constitution of each particular Colony wholly suspended. 2. That the Provincial Congress of each Province, under the Direction of the Great Continental Cong

Taking a Closer Look at Mecklenburg, NC: William Kennon and Dr. Ephraim Brevard

Mecklenburg County Courthouse  Source:  History of Mecklenburg County and the city of Charlotte - from 1740 to 1903  - Wikimedia Commons Previously we looked at Rev. Hezekiah James Balch  believed to be one of the committee of three who wrote the Mecklenberg Declaration of Independence . The other two men believed to be on the committee are William Kennon and Dr. Ephraim Brevard. Today we will take a closer look at these men of liberty and freedom: The website The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story tells us: "William Kennon (circa 1735 - ?) was one of the original signers of the Meckenburg Declaration of Independence. Although most of the signers were Presbyterians, William Kennon was Anglican and not even a citizen of the county. Although born and raised near Petersburg, Virginia, he went to the College of New Jersey, now known as Princeton University, to finish his formal education. "After his time there, he moved to Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina. Why he was in Charlott