Digital Davie shares glimpses of Davie County history through digital images of the people, places, institutions, and events that have shaped the county in the past and continue to do so today.
Digital Davie makes extensive use of the research published in the book History of Davie County in the Forks of the Yadkin by James W. Wall, Davie County historian, whose dedication and lifelong interest in promoting county history are much appreciated by the citizens of Davie County.
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Divisions between Tory sympathizers and Patriots ran strong and deep. Church records and minutes of the Rowan Committee of Safety reflect pressures brought to bear on local citizens. An April 1777 law defined treason and required an oath of allegiance from local Tories at the risk of land seizure and banishment. Samuel Bryan, large landowner along the Yadkin River, raised a Tory force of 800 men in the region. Few names of local Patriots made it into official records, with one important exception being Richmond Pearson, originally a member of Bryan's company. At the first muster after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Pearson refused to join ranks. The crowd decided that a fistfight between Pearson and Bryan would determine the side on which the company would fight. Pearson won and became the leader of the "Fork company for Liberty."