Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Eleanor, Oh, Eleanor Harbin Triplett
Oh, Eleanor, what a strong woman you must have been and what courage you must have had. You were born about 1730 in Virginia, and married William Triplett sometime before 1758 when your first child was born. You and your husband William Triplett had about 11 children, Micajah, Nimrod, Mason, William, Thomas, Francis, John, Priscilla, Verlinda (my 4th great grandmother), Nancy, and Jesse.
An on-line publication, “My Triplett Family,” indicates that Eleanor maintained the home front while her husband and sons were serving in the North Carolina militia during the Revolutionary War. She continued their tradition on the farm of raising cattle, which became an important commodity when food became scarce during the war. Her determination, fortitude, and courage were demonstrated when she contributed cattle to feed the troops in spite of any British retribution which may have befallen her. In fact, according to the on-line article, she was compensated 982.10 pounds for providing beef to the soldiers.
Family lore implies that Eleanor’s husband, William Triplett, and their two eldest sons, Micajah and Nimrod, died of the measles in 1782 in an army camp at Hanging Rock. Did he die as family lore describes? Pension papers filed by his son, William, indicate that the senior William may have died prior to 1780. Data verified by the NSDAR also lead one to question whether he actually served in the militia. Nevertheless, Eleanor is recognized for her patriotic service of providing supplies for the Revolutionary War.
Both Eleanor Harbin Triplett and her husband, William Triplett, are identified by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution as NSDAR Patriots. Eleanor is identified as a patriot because of her patriotic service of furnishing supplies (food) for the cause. William is recognized for his civil service of serving as a juror and road surveyor. According to the NSDAR, William died about 1782 in Wilkes County, North Carolina.
Census records indicate that Eleanor apparently never remarried but remained the head of the household rearing her children on the family farm at Beaver Creek, Wilkes County, North Carolina. She died sometime after 1830 in Wilkes County, North Carolina.
Eleanor, Oh, Eleanor Harbin Triplett, one of few females recognized as a Revolutionary War patriot, how proud your descendants are of you with such strength, fortitude, courage, and resolve!
· Abbott, Hortense Ethel. Tripping Down the Triplett Path: Descendants of the Triplett Families, 1982.
· Genealogical Research System, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, http://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search/?tab_id=0
· “My Triplett Family,” http://home.earthlink.net/~bdvw/debsfamilyhistory/id1.html