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Chief’s Daughter Makes Dramatic Contribution to the Revolutionary War

The following is a guest post by my friend John. He’s the descendant of a real American Hero. Gosh, you just can’t beat those clever Revolutionary women with a stick. The British found that out the hard way.

This is the story of my ancestors who played an interesting role in revolutionary history and the local history as well.

                The genealogy of this story is, in itself, interesting enough. The Poindexter family is a direct line to my mothers side of the family, the Matthews. My great grandmother was originally a Poindexter before marriage. And there have been many other cross family tree connections since the early 1700’s. The focus of my story however, begins with Betty Donnaha. She was the daughter of the Indian chief of the Donnaha tribe which was localized around the Yadkin River basin. As a side note, Wake Forest excavated their tribal site and exhumed many remains  and artifacts which are now on display, in fact, my great grandfather X10 is on display in the exhibit. His Daughter Betty Donnaha eventually married Thomas Pledge who had two children, Elizabeth Pledge and Francis Pledge. Where it gets interesting is with Elizabeth, who eventually married Thomas Poindexter.

                Elizabeth and Thomas Poindexter lived together close to their family in Yadkin county, eventually having 12 children total. And when the revolutionary war began Thomas Poindexter served the revolutionary forces as a captain in charge of a regiment of revolutionists. They were critical in the skirmishes around the Yadkin river. Especially in the battle of Shallowford. Since Thomas Poindexter was away with the revolutionary forces Elizabeth was left alone at home with the British being very close by. To aid the war effort Elizabeth began sewing secret messages and military correspondence in her daughters dresses, and then sent them on “errands” through British lines. She did this throughout the conflict and after the war was recognized for her bravery in wartime. Today she is recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution and they have recognized her significance in the revolutionary war in the North Carolina region.

                To be able to trace my family history back so far in North Carolina is a point of pride for much of my family. My grandfather was a historian and he went to great lengths to paint a clearer picture of the influential role that our family has played in the region. From the early family settling in the late 1600’s through my grandfather myself who was influential in establishing several state parks and even more protected land that is local to our home place. And since his passing it has become a point of interest of mine to go through these documents to get a clearer idea of our families history as well. And as a reward I get to come across stories such as the one i just told.

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JoLynn Lawson — the pressure is worth it

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams-October 11, 1798

It’s not easy being red, white and blue. The mainstream media hate us. The Islamic Extremists hate us. The progressive liberals hate us. Hollywood hates us. Yet, we endure, and, lately, the numbers of patriots are even increasing. To us, America is a good thing. And the rising tide of threats to the way of life we have too often taken for granted is not going unnoticed. In fact, it is causing us to get off our couches, forego the quiet nights at home and get involved. Yes, actually do something political.

BJ Lawson and his wife JoLynn, making their second attempt at unseating Congressman David Price, feel that there is an entirely different mood in the country this time. In fact, JoLynn feels like the wind is at their backs. “We have lots of people who have joined the campaign who have always been Democrats, always been Republicans. They have left both parties and now are independent.”

Politicians in Washington have forgotten who brung’em to the dance and are getting slapped cross-eyed for their rude behavior. Americans don’t like being jilted. In fact, we’ve never taken that well. You know, a woman scorned and all that. Makes us give the next fella a harder look. JoLynn believes voters are researching more, carefully scrutinizing candidates and deciding with purpose upon whom to spend their time and money. BJ Lawson seems to be passing muster.  

“When we ran the campaign in 2008,” she says, “we were fighting more of an uphill battle. It was an education. The campaign passed out copies of the constitution which was a unique thing. People were not talking about it then. We passed out 50,000 copies and it was a great opening for a conversation. It allowed a lot of people to let their guard down, in relation to whether they were a Republican or a Democrat, and just talk about what makes America great. This year, people remember that about BJ and about the campaign and we’ve passed out a lot more.”

They pass out copies of the constitution. How novel.

But throwing his hat into the ring has caused Lawson’s family to embark on a difficult journey. The media have scrutinized him, his speeches, and his family, and gone over their background with a fine tooth comb.  There is no room for even a single misstep. Is the pressure worth it? Is the fight for liberty worth throwing everything about yourself under a microscope?

JoLynn doesn’t hesitate to answer. “BJ and I feel strongly that if principled people don’t get involved o advance a message of truth, work to follow the Constitution, and strive to live up to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence we will lose the very country that our forefathers fought and died to give us.”

Every citizen of America has a part to play in preserving the Republic. Some may give their lives. Some will only be asked to give their time. But we must give something if we want the country to survive a wave of socialist policies. “We want to do our part,” says JoLynn, “to see if we can’t turn this ship in the right direction. I really do believe that the people who care about America and the founding principles were quiet, but they ‘re not willing to be quiet anymore.” She sighs and adds, almost as an afterthought, “It’s an uphill battle against the media.”

Our history, however, is filled with stories of uphill battles that turned into landslides of victories. Patriots fight and win; that’s the American Way.