Joshua Teague1

M, #1611, b. 1732, d. 12 May 1802
Last Edited=28 Oct 2007
     Joshua Teague, son of William Abel Teague and Isabella E. Pennington, was born in 1732 at Cecil County, Maryland.1 Joshua Teague was the son of William Abel Teague and Isabella E. Pennington.1

Joshua Teague married Dorothy Caldwell in 1754 at Laurens District, South Carolina.1,2

Joshua Teague must have been quite involved in the "Regulator Movement in North Carolina, as evidenced in the Proclamation dated June 11, 1771, which reads as follows: (From the Colonial Records of North Carolina - Vol. 8)


"Whereas / have been in formed that many persons who have been concerned in the late Rebellion are desirous of submitting themselves to the Government, I do therefore give notice that every person who will come in either to mine or General Waddell's camp, lay down their arms and take the oath of Allegiance and promise to pay all taxes that are now due or may hereafter become due by them respectively and submit to the law of this Country, shall have his Majesty's most gracious and free pardon for all Treasons, Insurrections and Rebellings done or committed, on or before the 16th of May last, provided they make their submission afore said on or before the tenth of July next.

The following persons are however excluded from the benefits of this Proclamation, viz, all the outlaws, the prisoners, all those concerned in the blowing up of General Waddell's ammunition in Mecklenburg County, and the undernamed persons, to wit:

Samuel Jones Joshua Teague Samuel Waggoner
Simon Dunn, Jr. Abraham Greson Benjamin Merrill
James Wilkerson Edward Smith John Bumpas
Joseph Boring William Rankin William Robeson
John Winkler John Wilcox Jacob Felton
Thomas Persons

Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the Province, this 11th day June, A. Dom. 1771.

Wm. Tryon

God Save the King

It will be noted from the contents of this Proclamation, that the so-called "outlaws", with the exception of Joshua Teague and 15 others, were to be given until the 1st of July, 1771 to submit "to the law of this Country", however on June 19, 1771, on a shady knoll just east of the historic town of Hilisborough, N.C., six men called "Regulators" were executed.

Today a bronze plaque commemorates this small plot of ground with this inscription:

"On this spot were hanged
By order of a Tory Court
June 19,1771
Merrill, Messer, Matter, Pugh
And two other Regulators"

Joshua Teague was not an 'outlaw' within the meaning of Gov. Tryon's Proclamation. Instead, he was a Revolutionary War patriot who almost gave his life to the cause of American Independence. He had foreseen the coming of the above events and found it necessary to seek the safety of new territory to the south, Accordingly he moved into South Carolina several months prior to the above executions and purchased 200 acres of land in Craven County, S.C., on Jan. 29, 1771, situated on the Bush River. On Dec. 11, 1773, he purchased 300 acres on the Little River in the same county.2

Joshua Teague died on 12 May 1802 at Laurens County, South Carolina.1


  1. [S47] Roy Birch (e-mail address), online, Roy Birch (Ancestry World Tree), downloaded May 2001.
  2. [S94], online, Unknown Author (Ancestry World Tree #1188001), downloaded May 2001.