Guns of Dobbs County citizens taken for use by king in battle against Regulators
The following is a list of men whose guns “were taken into the King’s Service for the Use of the Dobbs Detachment [against the Regulators] and … not returned to the Owners.” This can be found in the Colonial Records of North Carolina, Volume 22, pp 413-414.
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List of weapons impressed for the campaign against the Regulators

Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789

November 28, 1771
Volume 22, Pages 413-414

Account of Sundry Firelocks Pressed into his Majesty’s Service in the Expedition against the Insurgents in 1771, for the Dobbs Detachment, which were Lost, Broke or Destroyed.
Mott Hanks, one Firelock, Appraised to
£2
5
0
Martin Stone, 1 Do
1
15
0
William Waltens, 1 Do
1
15
0
Nathaniel Daniel, 1 Do
3
0
0
John Lawson, 1 Do
1
0
0
Thomas Martin, 1 Do
1
10
0
Joshua Creech, 1 Do
1
0
0
Peter Fountain, 1 Do
1
10
0
George Bell, 1 Do
3
10
0
Edward Carter, 1 Do
2
0
0
Nathaniel Williams, 1 Do
1
10
0
Richard Roberts, 1 Do
1
10
0
Wendal Davis, 1 Do
1
7
0
John Torrans, 1 Do
1
5
0
Solomon Daugherty, 1 Do
1
15
0
John Hodgson, 1 Do
1
5
0
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James Henby, 1 Do
3
0
0
Benjamin Scarborough, 1 Do
2
0
0
George Willson, 1 Do
2
6
8
Aaron Nusum, 1 Do
1
15
0
William Williams, 1 Do
1
15
0
William Riddick, 1 Do
1
12
0
James Davis, 1 Do
1
5
0
William Skinner, 1 Do
2
15
0
John Tilghman, 1 Do
1
6
0
Caleb Spivey, 1 Do
2
0
0
Thomas Grizzard, 1 Do
1
3
0
William Morris, 1 Do
3
10
0
Hilary Taylor, 1 Do
2
0
0
John Harrol, 1 Do
1
10
0
Micajah Hart, 1 Do
1
5
0
John Murphey, Junr., 1 Do
2
10
0
Lemuel Harden, 1 Do
1
10
0
John Langston, 1 Do
2
10
0
William Howell, 1 Do
2
0
0
James Hearon, 1 Do
2
0
0
John Edwards, 1 Do
0
15
0
Minon Patrick, 1 Do
2
0
0
Cornelius Lynch, 1 Do
1
12
6
James Wise, 1 Do
1
6
8
Moses Ritter, 1 Do
1
10
0
Henry Howell, 1 Do
1
5
0
Thomas Boyle, 1 Do
1
15
0
£78
0
6

I hereby certify that Sundry Armes were taken into the King’s Service for the Use of the Dobbs Detachment and those mentioned in the foreging List were not returned to the Owners, and that the sums against the respective names were the Particular sums each Firelock was appraised at by two Persons appointed by me for that purpose.

RD. CASWELL.

New Bern, 28th Nov’r, 1771.