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Taking a Closer Look at Mecklenburg, NC: Thomas Polk

Image Source:  Gen Thomas Polk (1730-1794) - Find a Grave Memorial "The Resolves were a bold set of anti-British resolutions, adopted on May 31, 1775, at a meeting in Charlotte organized by Thomas Polk and they helped to fire a spirit of independence." (Source: Mecklenburg Resolves | NCpedia )  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story gives us this brief biography of Thomas Polk: "In 1755, surveyor Thomas Polk (1732-1794) built his home where two Indian trading paths met. Many years later this crossroads would become the Square, the intersection of Charlotte's busy Trade and Tryon streets. Polk married Susannah Spratt, whose family was one of the first to make their way through the wilderness to what would become Charlotte Town. With Abraham Alexander and John Frohock, Polk bought 360 acres of land from Britain's Lord Augustus Selwyn. The land lay where the future downtown Charlotte would flourish. "In the 1770s, conflicts grew between settlers an

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