COUNCILMAN, George* 3474
- Born: Between 1790 and 1794
- Marriage (1): UNKNOWN, Unknown* before 1811
- Marriage (2): BOGGS, Nancy on 13 Oct 1818 in Orange County, North Carolina, United States 2811
- Died: Abt 1850, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States
In 1800 census, Mary Councilman's household includes 1 male under 10. If that is George, he would be born between 1790 and 1800. In 1810 census, Mary Councilman's household includes 1 male 16-26. If that is George, he would be born between 1784 and 1794. In 1820 census, Geo Councilman is 24-44, making him born 1776-1796. In 1840 census, Geo Counselman is 40-50, making him born 1790-1800. The overlapping dates for his birth are therefore 1790-1794.
Assume George is dead by 1850 Census [around September], since he does not appear, and his wife Nancy Councilman appears without him.
Noted events in his life were:
1. Census, 4 Aug 1800, Orange County, North Carolina, United States. 3473
Mary Councilman houseold:
1 male 0 to 10 [George]
2 females 10 to 16 [Sally, Catherine]
1 female 16 to 26 [Elizabeth]
1 female 26 to 45 [Mary]
2. Census, 6 Aug 1810, Orange County, North Carolina, United States. 3475
Mary Councilman household:
1 male 16-26 [George]
1 female 16-26 [Sally or Catherine]
1 female over 45 [Mary]
3. Census, 7 Aug 1820, Orange County, North Carolina, United States. 2561 Geo Councilman household:
2 males under 10 [George C., unknown]
1 male 10 to 16 [unknown]
1 male 26 to 45 [George]
1 female 26 to 45 [Nancy]
2 persons engaged in agriculture
4. Property, 4 Jan 1827, Orange County, North Carolina, United States. Deed from the heirs of the widow Councilman (dec'd), namely George Councilman of Guilford Co, George Thomas and his wife Catherine Thomas, and Henry Boggs and his wife Sally Boggs, all of Orange Co, to Jacob Isley of Orange Co. $200. 50 acres in Orange Co on waters of Rock Creek and joining Jacob Anthony, Peter Boggs, George Isley. (Alamance Co Deed Book 1, p180) I have a copy of this deed. [This suggests that George Councilman, Catherine Thomas, and Sally Boggs are all children of the widow Councilman.]
5. Appearance in Document, 27 Jul 1833, Orange County, North Carolina, United States. 3476 George Counsilman was bondsman for marriage of Simon Allen and Hannah Woody.
6. Appearance in Document, 30 May 1847, Orange County, North Carolina, United States. George Counselman [maybe this one, maybe his son] is bondsman for marriage bond of Wm Washington Boggs and Phebe Haliday (Orange Co Marriage Bonds)
7. Religion: Methodist, Oct 1847. 2562 George Councilman [maybe this one, maybe his son] was a trustee for a new church building called Freedom's Hill. When the Methodist Episcopal Church split over the slavery issue, some people on the edge of Chatham County were left without a church home. The split of the church led to the formation of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. Members of Cane Creek Meeting contacted the antislavery members of the local Methodist church and collaborated with them to request a preacher from the new Wesleyan organization. The preacher, Rev. Adam Crooks, arrived in October 1847 and began the construction of a new church in the Cane Creek community. The trustees for the new church building were George Councilman, Micajah McPherson, and Alfred Vestal. The original deed for the land was from Simon Dixon, and was witnessed by Hugh Dixon and Margaret Williams. The church was named Freedom's Hill. Even though the church had strong support from its Quaker neighbors, there were others in the area who did not like its antislavery stand and took strong measures to negate its appeal. Bullet holes in the siding of the building are evidence of the vehement emotions of the times. On several occasions, protesters fired into the building in an attempt to stop the worship services that were going on. Over the years the church fell into disrepair as members died or moved away and interest waned. In the 1950s, the old building was moved to the Wesleyan Campground near Colfax.
8. Story: Freedom Hill Church, 1847, Alamance County, North Carolina, United States. Freedom's Hill Church Stood Against Slavery
In October of 1847, newly ordained preacher Adam CROOKS left Ohio and headed south to minister to a small congregation in the Cane Creek area now known as Snow Camp. Only 23 years young, Crooks served the Wesleyan
Methodists, a new denomination that left the Methodist Episcopal Church because of their pro-slavery agenda. Rev. CROOKS no doubt voiced his abolitionist concerns as freely as his new denomination cried out against
slavery, because he and his church soon made quite a few enemies in this otherwise quiet Quaker community.
His congregation of 40 members included Hugh DIXON, George COUNCILMAN, Alfred VISTAL and Ira HINSHAW and wife along with Macajah and Phoebe McPHERSON. They secured land from Simon DIXON and built a simple log structure on Freedom Hill. Standing 27 by 36 feet, the small sanctuary was built on a foundation of stacked fieldstones. The logs were fastened by pegs instead of nails and the floor was laid with one inch boards. The windows originally consisted of shutters. Simple hand-hewn pews filled the otherwise sparse and unheated room lit with oil lamps that hung from the ceiling. A solid mahogany pedestal served as the pulpit and it faced a "very thick and heavy" mourners' bench in the congregation.
The church, because of its staunch abolitionist stance, was attacked repeatedly by local mobs, as bullet holes in the solid side door made very clear. After one mob attack, however, some of the assailers were so moved by the resiliency of Rev. CROOKS and his steadfast congregation that they came and repented for what they had done.
During the Civil War, Confederate conscripters kidnapped church member Macajah McPHERSON because of his stand against slavery. His wife and grandson Monroe ROACH watched helplessly as he was dragged away and then hanged on a cliff from a dogwood tree. These Confederate "hunters" left the body hanging while they pursued another victim. In their haste they realized they did not have enough rope for the second hanging so they raced back and found Macajah hanging lifeless from the tree. Thinking he was dead, they cut him down and left the body. Little did they know that Macajah was merely unconscious.
Macajah was nursed back to health by his wife. There is a legend, however, that the dogwood tree never recovered from the event and later died from the trauma associated with the hanging.
The church and its congregation continued its ministry to the Snow Camp area. A stove vented through the tongue-in-grove ceiling was added. Glass windows replaced the shutters but the bullet holes remained in the doors, reminders of when neighbors attacked neighbors over the issue of slavery. One hundred years later, however the small sanctuary that stood as a sentinel to slavery had succumbed to disrepair. Long time Snow Camp resident
Dacie MOORE, who used to look after the church building which stood beside his house, says that men from the Damascus Rehabilitation Home used to bring their lady friends to the abandoned church for weekend flings. Once one of these parties started a fire in the building and Dacie had to put it out.
By the 1970's the run-down church was surrounded by saplings and other natural signs of neglect. What remained of the church was restored in 1973 by the folks of Neighbor's Grove Wesleyan Church under the leadership of their pastor, Rev. R.H. KINDSCHI. The building was carefully taken apart and moved west to a camp in Colfax in the North Carolina West District of the Wesleyan Church where it was reassembled. There it served as a reminder to campers of the brave stand of the Wesleyan Methodist against slavery and the costs many people paid for those convictions. In 1999 the church building was moved once moved to the campus of Southern Wesleyan University in the town of Central, South Carolina, The building is now being restored to its original condition. The restoration is expected to be completed next year.
The legacy that Freedom's Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church left for us is now reduced to oral histories, church records and a brief mention in the history of "Alamance County, Shuttle and Plow". The first Wesleyan church in the south, whose members stood resolutely against an institution that reduced many to servitude and worse, now consists of a few stones from the foundation and remnants of the chimney that fell and was replaced only to fall once more. Surely its legacy deserves a marker to join the other standards of history
that line the roads of historic Snow Camp.
Written by Tim ALLEN, pastor of St. John's New Mission UCC in Burlington, NC
Permission granted to copy this article from: City-County Magazine, April 2001. Ashlee COLEY, Publisher and Karen CARROUTH, Editor
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9. Property, 4 Feb 1850, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. William Boggs was in debt to "diverse persons", so he sold property to George Counselman [maybe this one, maybe his son] for $1, but George took on William's debts. The property included 56 acres on waters of Reedy Branch, 84 acres on waters of Little Cane Creek, as well as 3 horses, 1 ewe, and 10 hogs. (Chatham Co Deed book AH, p308)
10. Appearance in Document, 8 Feb 1850, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. William Boggs issues Deed of Trust to George Couselman Tr [maybe this one, maybe his son] (Chatham Co Deed book AH, p308)
George* married Unknown* UNKNOWN before 1811. (Unknown* UNKNOWN died before 1819.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
1. Story. In order for George Coucilman to have a son George C Councilman born in 1811, then George Councelman must have married prior to his marriage to Nancy Boggs on 10/13/1818.
George* next married Nancy BOGGS, daughter of Family BOGGS and Unknown, on 13 Oct 1818 in Orange County, North Carolina, United States.2811 (Nancy BOGGS was born about 1800 and died after 1850.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
1. Marriage, 13 Oct 1818, Orange County, North Carolina, United States. 2811 Councelman, George & Nancey Boggs, 13 Oct 1818; Jacob Isley, bondsman.