Note: Published in the Winston-Salem Journal August 21, 1929 and found on page 258 of the Davidson County Heritage Book in an articale written by Patricia Foster Hiatt. Passed along by Margaret Beach, a descendant, is the following story. "When Cornwallis was heading to Guilford Courthouse for the battle in March 1781, he passed through Barney and Elizabeth's land. He seized all of the food and took all of the cows. Elizabeth had a baby who needed the milk. So she went up to Cornwallis personally and asked for one of the cows back. He agreed to her request... "Barney" Idol was not an active participant in the American Revolution as a soldier, however, he did support the American cause whenever he was able. His private papers contain an official document of his service to the North Carolina Militia by quarting the horses of American troops. One of Barney's sons, Jacob, enlised as a youth upon three separate occasions to fight the "Tories". When he was taken prisoner he escaped, only to re-enlist in the North Carolina Militia. In l974 the bulk of the estate was sold to outside interests after being in the family since 1778, a period of almost 200 years.
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