|Birth: ||Jan. 29, 1760|
|Death: ||Jun. 5, 1800|
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Leader in Franklin
Major Cage was one of the delegates from Sullivan Co to the convention of Dec 14, 1784, held at Jonesborough. Although he voted against independence "at this time," he suffered nothing by being in the minority. He was elected Speaker of the House of Commons of the First Assembly, which met in March, 1785. At the same session he was elected State Treasurer.
Williams publishes an answer to a letter received by Governor Sevier from Governor Martin of North Carolina. The letter was "forumulated by the Assembly" and is signed by Major Cage and Landon Carter, Speaker of the Senate.
Another address from the Assembly to Congress praying for acceptance of the session act and the admission of Franklin as a
state is likewise signed by Speakers Cage and Carter.
MEMBER OF CONVENTION
In May, 1787, a convention was held at Greeneville to consider the final adoption of the Constitution promulgated at the place in November, 1785. There is no complete record of the members of the convention of 1785. Possibly Major Cage was a member. He was a member of the convention of 1787, which adopted a Constitution. Before this convention adjourned William Cocke proposed a resolution favoring holding an election for members of the North Carolina Legislature on the same day that North Carolina should hold an election for this purpose in Franklin. The idea was that by this means the "Franks" could elect men favorable to a separation from North Carolina; in which event a sufficient number of members of the North Carolina Assembly would grant the separation.
On this motion, Major Cage was reported at the time to have spoken in substance as follows: "Colonel Cage was of the opinion that if we did not hold the SHAM ELECTION proposed under the authority of North Carolina, thereby to get friends to represent us in that Assembly, we should never bring about a reconciliation; and as a friend to peace as well as a faithful friend to the STATE OF FRANKLIN, he heartily wished that the motion now in question might be carried; thus, with their own weapons, we should prove victorious over our enemy."
Judge Williams prints a sketch of Major Cage, which is here copied, with the author's permission: "William Cage was born in Virginia in 1745. He removed to Chatham County, N. C., and served for a time as Major in the Revolutionary Army. His chief service was against the Tories under the noted Col. David Fanning. He seems to have been a prisoner of the Tories for a short time. He removed after the war to Sullivan County, N C. That county sent him as one of it's delegates to the House of Commons of the North Carolina Legislature of 1783, his associate being Col. Abraham Bledsoe. He was returned the succeeding session, along with David Looney. He voted against the first secession act; but became one of the moving spirits in organizing the new state of Franklin. He was elected Speaker of the Lower House of the first assembly, and was the first Treasurer of the State.
"In 1785 he removed to Sumner County, probably influenced to do so by the Bledsoes. When the territorial government was organized he was appointed by GOVERNOR BLOUNT sheriff of Sumner County, and by sucessive appointments he served until 1796, when he was succeeded by James Cage. Another son, Harry Cage, removed to Mississippi, where he became Supreme Judge and Congressman. "William Cage died at his home in Cage's Bend (of Cumberland River), March, 1811."
Built between 1775 and 1780 on land bought from the Cherokee. The oldest frame house in Tennessee
Revolution, Veteran of King's Mountain
Another memorial for his wife Elizabeth
He is thought to be the grandson of John Carter, Secretary of the Colony of Virginia
great grandson of Robert "King" Carter
and would a 1st cousin 1x removed to Declaration of Independence Signer Carter Braxton
Some Tennessee Heroes of the Revolution
First pamphlet pg 8
Landon Carter's widow, Elizabeth Carter, applied for revolutionary pension while residing in Carter County, Dec 8, 1838. She was born Jul 9, 1765. Landon Carter was a Captain in the Revolution. He served under Col. John Sevier and Col Arthur Campbell in 1780 and 1781. He married Feb 26, 1784 and died June 5, 1800. Jeremiah Campbell testifies that Landon Carter served as stated and that he, Jeremiah Campbell, was in Capt Carter's company and was in the South Carolina campaign. Isaac Taylor also testifies that he was in Capt Carter's Company. They were in the battle of Boyd's Creek and in an expedition against the Cherokee Indians.
Capt Landon Carter was the son of Col John Carter and Elizabeth Taylor and was born in Virginia Jan 29, 1760. He was educated at Liberty Hall, now Davidson College, N.C. He signed the Watauga petition to have the settlement annexed to North Carolina and he was an active leader in all affairs of the upper East Tennessee country. Carter County, Tenn was named for him and its county seat Elizabethton, was named for his wife. He was a strong supporter of the State of Franklin and was Secretary of the first Franklin Convention. He married Elizabeth McLin
Their children were
Alfred Moore born 1784 died 1850
John McLin born 1786 died young
Sarah Stuart born 1789 died 1879
William Blount born 1792
George Washington born 1794
Eliza Massengil born 1787
Mary (Polly) C born 1799
Grandfather of Nathaniel Greene Taylor
Great Grandfather of Governor Alfred Alexander Taylor
Great Grandfather of Governor Robert Love Taylor
John Carter (1728 - 1781)
Elizabeth Taylor Carter (1743 - ____)
Elizabeth Macklin Carter (1765 - 1842)
Alfred Moore Carter (1784 - 1850)*
Eliza Massengil Carter Gillespie (1787 - ____)*
Sarah Stewart Carter Brewer (1789 - 1879)*
William Blount Carter (1792 - 1848)*
Mary Cocke Carter Taylor (1799 - 1840)*
Created by: Carolyn Whitaker
Record added: Sep 15, 2012
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