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Saturday, May 05, 2018, 12:00 pm
Duplin County Historical Society Quarterly Meeting
The Life of Wallace Turnage
Wallace Turnage
Location: Rose Hill Restaurant
John Turnage will describe the life of Wallace Turnage,  a  kinsman  who  escaped  from  slavery  and  told his story (1846-1916).

John  Turnage grew up in Greene County, NC, on his family’s farm. He was educated at Snow Hill High School, Mount Olive College, Pembroke University, East Carolina University, and Principal Institute (Chapel Hill). He spent his  career  as  a  Principal  serving  elementary,  union,  and senior  high  schools.  He  attends  Love  Memorial  Baptist Church. Now, he enjoys his 25 years of retirement sharing his Christian testimony and love of family and history.
Cost: Lunch, if desired is $13
Open to the Public

Friday, July 06, 2018, 11:00 am
Historic Highway Marker Dedication
Honorable James Gillespie (1747-1805)
Location: Highway 24 and Paul Ed Dail Road
Descendants of the late
Honorable James Gillespie (1747-1805)
and the Duplin County Historical Society
invite you to a
Historic Highway Marker Dedication 
"Honoring the Life of a Noteworthy Patriot"
Friday, July 6, 2018, 11 a.m.
Highway 24 and Paul Ed Dail Road, east of Kenansville.

A short program highlighting the life of Gillespie will take place following the ceremony at Country Squire Restaurant in Kenansville

James Gillespie, (1746-1805) resided near the Duplin Village Grove (present-day Kenansville) much of his adult life. Emerging as a political leader during the American Revolution, the Scots-Irishman gained a loyal following from a constituency who repeatedly demonstrated trust in his character and leadership abilities.

A strong supporter of education and individual rights, Gillespie was a delegate to the 1776 North Carolina Provincial Congress at Halifax that drafted the State’s first Constitution and commissioned him as captain of a cavalry unit to aid South Carolina.  Dual roles as a wartime state politician and active officer in the Duplin Militia resulted in the burning of his home shortly after the British victory at the Battle of Rockfish in August 1781.

With a political career that included multiple terms in the House of Commons and State Senate as well as delegate to the Hillsboro and Fayetteville Conventions for ratification of the United States Constitution, the Honorable Colonel James Gillespie served the final years of his life in the United States Congress (1793-1799, 1803-1805). His wife, Dorcas Mumford (d. 1801) is buried near present-day Kenansville. The couple’s union produced seven children whose progeny reside in eastern North Carolina and throughout the United States.

Cost: Lunchean $10-$15
Open to Public
Reservations for James Gillespie Program/Luncheon
“Honoring a Noteworthy Patriot”
Country Squire Restaurant,
748 NC-50, Kenansville, NC 28349

Respond to: before JUNE 29


The Duplin County Historical Society meets quarterly on the first Saturday of February, May, August and November. Unless otherwise notified, the meetings are held at the Rose Hill Restaurant in Rose Hill at 12 noon. Lunch is available at the current pricing rate.