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Rachel Montgomery Stokes
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Birth: 1775
Wilkes County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov., 1862
Wilkes County
North Carolina, USA

The daughter of Hugh Montgomery and Catherine Sloane.

Rachel Montgomery married Montfort Stokes on Jan. 6, 1796 in Wilkes County, North Carolina.

North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
Groom: Montfort Stokes
Bride: Rachel Montgomery
Bond date: 6 Jan 1796
Bond #: 000167544
Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
ImageNum: 005579
County: Wilkes
Record #: 02 234
Bondsman: Lewis Demoss
Witness: Wm B Lenoir

Their known children:

Hugh M Stokes (17961869)
David Stokes (18021873)
Sarah Montfort Stokes Hackett (18061841)
Henry Irwin Stokes (18131818)
Catherine Jane Stokes Alexander (18141854)
Ann Neville Stokes Jones (18181895)
Rachel Adelaide Stokes (18271878)

Montfort Stokes was elected United States Senator in 1816 and served for six years. In 1823 Senator Stokes was elected governor of the state (North Carolina) by the legislature.

The Stokes Plantation, on the Yadkin River near Wilkesboro, was named "Mourne Rouge" which translated means "Red Mountain".

Rachel's sister Rebecca Montgomery married Gen. James Wellborn and their plantation, "The Bends", on the Yadkin River 3 miles west of Wilkesboro, was adjacent.

These lands, known as the Moravian Surveys, were inherited from their father Hugh Montgomery.

Four stones, each well over four feet long, were placed in the ground to mark the town of Wilkesboro's corners after Gen. William Lenoir laid out the town in 1800, wrote J. Gordon Hackett of Wilkesboro in 1948 in a sketch of Wilkesboro's history.

With the recent clearing of brush, the rectangular stone placed on the original southeast corner is easily seen a few feet off the south side of Henderson Drive near where the street turns a curve around the Presbyterian (Old Town) Cemetery.

Andrew Carlton, Wilkesboro's town planner and community development director, concurred that it is one of the town's original cornerstones. Carlton said he isn't aware of the other three stones still being in place.

Rebecca Stokes and Rachel Wellborn, daughters of Hugh Montgomery, donated the town's original 50 acres after the N.C. General Assembly passed an act directing that Wilkesboro be laid out in 1799.

This 50 acres was part of the property that Montgomery acquired while he was Lord Granville's agent during the days of the Lord Proprietors.

The first lots were sold on May 22, 1800. Hackett said the town's first church stood at what now is the southwest corner of Main and Bridge streets and the first official county courthouse stood where a federal courthouse and post office (now owned and occupied by Johnson United Country Real Estate) was later built. The home of James Dodge, and later Dr. James Calloway, was on this lot.

[Wilkes Journal Patriot Monday, January 27, 2014]
Family links: 
  Hugh Montgomery (1720 - 1779)
  Catherine Sloan Montgomery Cleveland (____ - 1841)
  Montfort Stokes (1762 - 1842)
  Henry Irwin Stokes (1813 - 1818)*
  Hugh Montgomery (____ - 1833)**
  Nancy Anne Montgomery Ingram (1755 - 1840)**
  Jane Montgomery Campbell (1767 - 1840)**
  Rachel Montgomery Stokes (1775 - 1862)
  Rebecca Montgomery Wellborn (1776 - 1860)*
  Mary Graves Cleveland Franklin (1782 - 1858)**
  Benjamin Cleveland (1784 - 1858)**
  Elizabeth Cleveland Smith (1792 - 1879)**
*Calculated relationship
Stokes Family Cemetery/Morne Rouge
Wilkes County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Amy Caddell
Record added: Mar 07, 2012
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Rachel <i>Montgomery</i> Stokes
Added by: Amy Caddell
Rachel <i>Montgomery</i> Stokes
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Rachel <i>Montgomery</i> Stokes
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- Amy Caddell
 Added: Mar. 9, 2015
My great-great grandmother. Rest in peace.
- Robert Martin Griffith
 Added: Mar. 9, 2015

- Julie Foreman
 Added: May. 16, 2014

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