Revolutionary War

John Henry Stonecypher, Jr. Revolutionary War Soldier

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John Henry Stonecypher, Jr. Revolutionary War Soldier by Ethelene Dyer Jones

On July 16, 1994, descendants and admirers of John Henry Stonecypher, Jr., Revolutionary war soldier, gathered for a service of dedication at the Stonecypher Family Cemetery in Eastanollee, GA, Stephens County.  An historical marker was dedicated and a patriotic program conducted. Stonecypher’s service as a Revolutionary soldier was recounted. A great, great grandson of Stonecypher and Sons of American Revolution member, John Paul Souther (late) of Gainesville arranged the program and led the effort to place a fence around the graves, secure the memorial marker, and plan and implement the impressive program.

As strains of patriotic music came from an impromptu brass band assembled by 7th and 8th generation great grandchildren of the patriot, and accolades were given, we were glad to be there. We knew we were participating in history and honoring a worthy individual who had put freedom above personal safety, liberty above personal comfort. We heard these words from John Henry Stonecypher himself, quoted from his pension application of September 3, 1832:  “I received no pay other than the liberties of my country.”  It was a glorious afternoon beside his grave and near the house he built for his family, still standing in splendor near the family cemetery.

John Henry Stonecypher, Jr. was born in Culpepper County, Virginia in 1756, the son of German immigrant Johann Heinricus Steinseiffer who came to America in 1753, and the grandson of Johannes Steinseiffer who came to America in 1749. John Henry, Jr. lived in Virginia until his family moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1763.

John Henry Stonecypher, Jr. enlisted in the United States Army in June, 1776 as a private in the North Carolina Militia under Colonel Cleveland and Captain Shepherd. He entered the service at the Wilkes County Court House and was made a guard over some prisoners-of-war at Salisbury under Captain Gordon Shepherd. This was a three months tour of duty.

He returned to Wilkes County Court House and was reassigned to a battalion at the Crew River where they sought to stop the Tories led by a Captain Roberts. At King’s Creek they also warded off Tories. That ended his second three-month’s enlistment.

He rejoined the service in June, 1780 at Wilkes County Court House under the leadership of Captain Rutledge in the regiment commanded by Colonels Loches and Isaacs. Commander-in-Chief was General Gates. He also served under General Rutherford. That term of service was three months.

His fourth term of duty in the North Carolina Militia began at Salisbury. The regiment marched to Charlotte Court House and then to Camden, South Carolina where he again fought under the command of General Gates. The militia (Overmountain Men) army was defeated. Stonecypher escaped and returned home to Wilkes County.

After a few days of rest, he went again to Wilkes County Court House and signed for the North Carolina Militia under Colonel Cleveland with whom he continued in service and fought in the Battle of King’s Mountain in October, 1780.

He was then placed under the command of General Davidson and engaged in the Battle of Okimish at Beattie’s Ford on the Catawba River. There they were trying to prevent the British under General Cornwallis from crossing the river. General Davidson was killed in the battle. The militia was defeated and retreated to the Widow Torrance’s house and lands.  There they were attacked the next morning in her Lane and again defeated. He went home for a brief furlough.

Stonecypher returned to Wilkes Court House, again joining with Colonel Cleveland. He remained with Cleveland until the latter was assigned to the Lejis Catuce. Stonecypher was then placed under the command of Colonel Hearne with whom he continued to serve until the Battle of Guilford (Court House) in March, 1781. At Guilford he was placed among the riflemen under Colonel Campbell. He was wounded in that battle. He returned home for his wound to heal.

In October 1781 he reentered service under the command of Captain Keys, Colonel Hearne and General U. Lowell. They marched to Pleasant Gardens on the Catawba River. From thence they engaged against the Indians who were siding with the British in Cherokee territory. The militia engaged in burning Indian villages at Wautauga, Cowee and Sugar Creek. He served until December, 1781. He was honorably discharged at Wilkes County Court House by Colonel Cleveland. Altogether, John Henry Stonecypher served three years as a private soldier in the Revolutionary War.

He married in Wilkes County, NC to Nancy Ann Curtis, daughter of Joshua Curtis, a lieutenant in the Revolutionary Army. Stonecypher was granted 20,000 acres of land in Rabun and Franklin Counties in Georgia in payment for his service in the Revolutionary War.  He and Nancy moved first to Hart County, Georgia in 1784. In 1786 they moved again to what was then Franklin County, Georgia and located on Eastanollee Creek where he built a dam and a water-operated grist mill. In 1790 he built a stately two-story house, hiring the services of an architect to plan and erect the dwelling.

He and Nancy had nine children:

Benjamin, b. 1787, Franklin County, GA, married Elizabeth Collins.

Susannah, b. 1790, Franklin County, GA, married William Nix

James Thomas, b. 1793, Franklin County, GA, married Martha Ruth Camp

Fannie, b. 1797, Franklin County, GA, married _______ Cannon.

Mary, b. 1799.  Never married.

Nancy, b. Nov. 11, 1800, d. March, 1854.  Never married.

Lucy, b. ca 1801, married Anderson Moseley.

Amy, b. 1803.  Married Cooper B. Fuller.

Phoebe, b. April 16, 1807, d. May 10, 1865. Married Daniel Moseley who operated the old Stonecypher Mill

John Henry Stonecypher, Jr. died at age 96 on December 15, 1850 from injuries sustained in a fall from the mill house steps. Nancy Curtis Stonecypher, who was born about 1760, died July 12, 1852 (?). Both are buried in the Stonecypher Family Cemetery near the house he built at Eastanollee, GA.

Our lineage back to John Henry Stonecypher is through various family lines. Personally for me it is through my mother, Azie Collins Dyer, daughter of Francis Jasper and Georgianne Hunter Collins, Francis Jasper’s father, Frank (or Francis) Collins who married Rutha Nix; Rutha’s parents, William and Susannah Stonecypher Nix. Susannah’s father was the Revolutionary War soldier John Henry Stonecypher, Jr.

In the Souther and Dyer lines, John Paul Souther who arranged the stone placement and memorial service for John Henry Stonecypher, Jr.  in 1994, was the son of Jeptha Freeman Souther and Mintie Dyer Souther. Jeptha’s father was Jesse Souther, Jr. and his mother was Malinda Nix, daughter of William and Susannah Stonecypher Nix. And Susannah’s parents were Pvt. John Henry Stonecypher, Jr. and Nancy Curtis Stonecypher. There are other ties in family lines.  James “Jimmy” Nix, son of William and Susannah Stonecypher Nix, married Elizabeth “Betsy” Collins, daughter of Thompson and Celia Self Collins. Jasper “Grancer” Nix, a son of James and Betsy, married Harriet Caroline “Tina” Duckworth—thus bringing the Duckworths and another  family into the lineage. John Washington Nix, a son of “Grancer” and “Tina” married Cathryn Clarenda Dyer, a daughter of Henderson Andrew Dyer and Adeline Sullivan Dyer. Henderson Dyer’s parents were Micajah Clark Dyer and Morena Owenby Dyer. Clark Dyer invented “The Apparatus for Navigating the Air” and received a patent for it in 1874. Micajah Clark Dyer was the son of Sarah Elizabeth (Sally) Dyer, the first-born of Bluford Elisha, Jr. and Elizabeth Clark Dyer, first Dyer settlers in the Choestoe Valley of Union County, Georgia.

We salute our ancestor, John Henry Stonecypher, Jr., soldier for freedom in the American Revolution. His descendants are many. His legacy shines as a beacon to liberty.

[Sketch written by descendant Ethelene Dyer Jones, compiled from Stonecypher Family History by Watson B. Dyer and others and additional family information (Collins, Nix, and online) sources. Keith Jones shortened this sketch and presented it at the Dyer-Souther Heritage Association Reunion on July 18, 2009 when the program theme was “Honoring our Revolutionary War Patriots.”]

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This sketch, written by Ethelene, is as well researched as the others I’ve shared with you, but one line makes it my favorite. The quote that came directly from the mouth of John Henry Stonecyper Jr. – “I received no pay other than the liberties of my country.”

I believe that summed up the feelings of the Patriot Soldiers who fought for the birth of America. Some how, on some level of thought, they each realized what was at stake. They each realized America was an opportunity that would never come again, an opportunity for them and their families to live free.

Although I doubt they could have envisioned the life we live today, I do believe they fought for something bigger than their wants and dreams. They fought for the greater good of the new country of America and that means they fought for me.

Tipper

 

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19 Comments

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    Justin Thomas
    February 9, 2017 at 11:13 am

    My grandfather was Boyce Edwin Thomas, my grandmother was Mozelle Fulghum

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    Justin Thomas
    February 9, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I’m related to this guy.

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    Aaron
    February 3, 2014 at 2:45 am

    I am a descendant of John Stonecypher through my grandmother on my father’s side. I have heard that she grew up in that same old house that John H. Stonecypher built in Eastanollee. My dad tells me that when he was a kid they would often go up to N.E. Georgia around the Lavonia/Toccoa area to visit family and would drive up I-85 which ran right through the land he was granted for his service. My dad tells me that you used to be able to see the house still standing and that my grandmother would always point it out and say that she grew up in that house. My grandmother’s name was Alma Mozelle Fulghum, she married Boyce Edwin Thomas (my grandfather) after World War II. Our family definitely has a long history of military service in this country; like our fathers before us, I also served but in the US Marine Corps 2002-2010… Semper Fidelis! God, Country, Corps!

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    Morris Nix
    July 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    / Looking for my connections to Confederate veterans. My ancestor is William Nix. He married Susannah Stonecypher. (I think) Any help would be appreciated. Anyone got directions to cemetary in Stephens County.

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    Danny Simmons
    February 16, 2013 at 10:31 am

    John Henry Stonecypher was my 4th great grandfather

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    Mary Holcomb Brock
    July 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    John Henry Stonecypher was my my 5x greatgrand Father via Benjamin-Charles-Frankie m Hilliard Holcomb-John Henry Holcomb-Paul McFarland Holcomb-Me Mary Jane Holcomb.Hello to all my Cousins .God Bless America

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    Michelle Robinson Roper
    November 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Tipper:
    I have reason to believe that I am related through same line as you- through Susannah. I believe she and William Nix are the parents of James Nix who fathered Sarah Elizabeth Nix with Elizabeth Collins. Sara Elizabeth married Powell Lafayette Mitchell and had an Alice Mitchell (my great grandmother). Alice married a Walter W. Wilson (I think this name is made up though). Do you have any information to support this? Thanks for any help.
    regards,
    Michelle

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    John Bobby Stonecypher
    July 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    John Henry was my great great great great grandfather

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    Mary Jackson Myers
    January 15, 2011 at 10:25 am

    John Henry Stonecypher was my 3rd great grandfather. his son James Thomas Stonecypher,his daughter,Margarette Susannah Stonecypher,who married George W Fincannon. Thier daughter Mary Louanna Fincannon, who MarriedJames Henry Bellew,then my mother, Annie Delphia Bellew, who married Arthur H. Jackson.i am a member of the United Daughters OF the Confederacy, and have tried to put the war records of all James Thomas stonecyphers sons in the permanent U.D.C. war record. i have looked for two years for any information onJames Thomas Stonecypher Jr. does any one know anything of him besides his name,maybe his birth,a marriage, death or if he even had a war record I sincerely appreciate all our soldiers through all the wars. God Bless Them all.

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    Sharon
    December 31, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I am behind in my reading but here goes. My fourth great grandfather Jacob Workman fought in the Revolutionary war . It is believed his three brothers did also. I had heard this tale as a child but this year was able to trace my roots and found out the story is true. God Bless them all.

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    jacob stonecypher
    October 27, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Alright these are the correct steps to my 7x great-grandfather.
    my father is michael stonecypher, my grandpa was charles stonecypher, my great-grandpa was robert morris stonecypher, his father was charles edgar, his father was epp morris stonecypher, his father was willim stonecypher, his father was james thomas stonecypher, whose father was the infamous john henry stonecypher jr.

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    jacob stonecypher
    October 27, 2010 at 2:57 am

    I’m almost 99.9% positive this guy was my great 5x-7x grandfather… let’s see… my father is michael stonecypher, his dad was Robert Morris Stonecypher, his father was charles edgar stonecypher, and his was Epp Morris Stonecypher, his father was William Stonecypher, and his James Thomas Stonecypher, and finally John Henry Stonecypher jr.

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    David Templeton
    July 5, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Tipper, please tell Ethelene that I have enjoyed reading her three accounts and have come to admire her people for their love of country and family. Her stories are always a pleasure because she knows so many stories and because of her very good talent for writing. I look forward to her entries. I am also happy when Eva Nell writes into the Blind Pig.
    Thank you all.

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    Janet
    July 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Happy 4th to you, Tipper. I’m so thankful to all our veterans from the Revolutionary War on down.

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    Ken
    July 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Tipper,
    John Henry Stonecypher Jr’s famous
    words of not getting any pay other
    than the Liberties of his Country
    is like Patrick Henry’s “Give me
    Liberty of Give me Death.” Great
    Americans and we thank them for
    contributing to OUR Freedom. Now
    its our job to keep it. Happy 4th.
    Ken

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    Steve Elrod
    July 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I thank God for these brave men who fought for our independence and freedom. I was born 51 years ago today and am so thankful to be born in America.

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    Vicki Lane
    July 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Wonderful post, Tipper and Ethelene! Happy Fourth!

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    Elizabeth
    July 4, 2010 at 10:29 am

    We must never forget we still have the same kind of military men and women still fighting and dying for our country.

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    Eva M. Wike, Ph.D.
    July 4, 2010 at 9:40 am

    WONDERFUL READ FOR A SUNDAY MORNING ON THE FOURTH OF JULY 2010! I will try to send this to my brother, David, in Afganistan!
    Love, Eva Nell

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