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Biography: Charles Abercrombie born ca.1742 – a Revolutionary War Soldier




Hancock County, Georgia

Charles Abercrombie was a soldier of the American Revolution, and an early settler of Hancock County, Georgian. He was born about 1742 in North Carolina and died in 1819 in Hancock County, Georgia., the son of Robert Abercrombie of Scotland who emigrated to America and settled in Hancock County, Georgia. He was an officer in the Revolutionary War and is said to have been “a gentleman of great wealth and influence and held the rank of major in the patriot army during the Revolutionary war. Charles served in the North Carolina line. He served in 1778, as 1st Capt. of Hillsborough District, NC and in 1781 as Major of 3rd NC Regiment.

Charles never moved to Alabama but many of his sons migrated to Alabama at an early day and became prominent citizens so his biography has been included here.

He was patriotic in every sense of the word and while the eventful struggle was in progress erected a large fort which was designed as a protection and free use for friends and neighbors.” In 1776, Charles served as Justice of the Peace in Orange County, North Carolina. He moved to Greene County, Georgia before March 10, 1781, where he owned 230 acres. By May 4, 1786, he owned 287.5 acres in Greene County, Georgia.

He married Edwina Dicey Malinda Boothe Dec. 18, 1769 in Mecklenburg, North Carolina.

Their children were:

  1. William Abner Abercrombie (b. January 10, 1771, NC -d. 1826 Montgomery, Alabama) He married Mary Patterson and they had the following children: Abner (b. June 12, 1818); Alfred; Charles; Edmund; John; Mary; William A. (b. Feb. 27, 1810)
  2. Edmund Abercrombie (b. January 12, 1773, NC – 1829 GA) married Mary Pollard, daughter of Robert and Orancy Pollard. They had the following children: Sallie Watts, Malinda Booth, Robert and Mary Pollard.
  3. Sarah Abercrombie (b. January 29, 1775- d. 1842) m. Thomas Raines.
  4. Wiley Abercrombie (b. February 17, 1777, NC – Sep 4, 1829, Putnam Co., GA) married 1st unknown Surgis, had daughter Rebecca; married 2nd Jand Simmons; married 3rd Elizabeth M. Carson on July 16, 1812, GA- their children were Ariadne Early; Elizabeth M. and Nancy
  5. Leonard Abercrombie ( b. Feb. 2, 1779, NC -d. September 16, 1837, Montgomery, Alabama) He married Sallie Comer in 1805 in Putnam County, Georgia. Leonard is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama. He was a Commissioner in Putnam County, Georgia. He emancipated his slaves, Fanny (alias Fanny Martin) and her ten children, Moreau, Jane, Emily, Morgan, John, Maria, Eliza, Betsey, Fanny, and Lavinia Dec. 8, 1821. Leonard was living in Dallas County, Alabama in 1830. He and his wife Sallie had three children: Milo Bolling (b. March 1, 1806, Ga. -d August 22, 1860, Cross Keys, Alabama): Charles; and John Comer.
  6. Jane Abercrombie (b. December 26, 1781, NC – Oct 30, 1841, Millbrook, Elmore County, AL) married Bolling Hall (Dec. 25, 1767, VA – Feb. 25, 1836, Elmore County, Alabama) See his biography here They had many children.
  7. John Boothe Abercrombie (b. August 12, 1785, GA – Dec. 18, 1825, Milledgeville, Baldwin Co., GA) m. Elizabeth Martin; They had at least two known children Sarah and Martha Elizabeth.
  8. Gen. Anderson Abercrombie, (b. August 28, 1786, Georgia – February 21, 1867, GA.) m. Sidney Grimes (1800 GA – May 9, 1876, Russell County, Alabama ) They had the following known children:
  9. Sarah (1824 -1882 FL); Charles Thomas (1824 GA-1873 AL); James Jackson (1826 Ga-1901 Opelika, Lee Co., AL) his biography follows; Everard H. Abercrombie (1827 AL-1902 SC); Mary F. Abercrombie (1837-1900) Florida (1840 -1925)
  10. Nancy Abercrombie (b. June 3, 1788), married Barnes, of North Carolina;
  11. Charles Abercrombie, (b. April 8, 1790) married Mrs. Elizabeth (Grimes) Martin;
  12. James Abercrombie (b. February 18, 1792 – 1861) m. Evalina Elizabeth Ross; ( biography follows)
  13. Milo Abercrombie (b. 1792) (biography follows)
  14. Mary Abercrombie (b. 1794)
  15. Elizabeth Abercrombie ( b. 1798)

Charles Abercrombie died August 23, 1821, in Sparta, Hancock County, Georgia and is buried in the Abercrombie Cemetery with his wife Edwina Dicey Malinda Boothe Abercrombie who died September 1804.

The cemetery is a “private burial place which is surrounded by a brick wall, on land formally owned by him on the outskirts of Sparta, Hancock Co. The Nancy Hart D.A.R. Chapter of Milledgeville, Ga and the Hancock Co Chapter at Sparta placed a Government marker on his grave.”


  1. History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 3
  2. DAR The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 34 page 50 -Mrs. Marie Cooke Hickey. DAR ID Number: 33141
  3. Obituary from Darien Gazette, Darien GA, 9/29/1821: “In Hancock County on the 26th MAJ Charles Abercrombie in his 77th year. He was a valiant officer in the Rev War and was honored since several times with public office.”
  5. Find A Grave Memorial # 34723039 # 44794852 # 74765125 # 74765342 # 74765616 # 74766531 # 14560482 # 74769718 # 90941245 # 14560437 # 14560458 # 74776536 # 74776370 # 21842797 # 34628726 # 90941245 # 91511990

This biography is included in the Book Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable Alabama Pioneers Vol. III along with several other Abercrombie families in Alabama.

Charles Abercrombie’s descendants can be found in the book Some Descendants of Charles Abercrombie (1742 -1819) with Notes & Sources

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