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 Rachel <I>Montgomery</I> Stokes

Rachel Montgomery Stokes

Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA
Death Nov 1862 (aged 86)
Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA
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The daughter of Hugh Montgomery and Catherine Sloane.

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

Rachel's twin sister Rebecca Montgomery was the wife of North Carolina's General James B. Wellborn.

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 Montgomery Stokes (1797–1869)
Thomas Jefferson Stokes (1899-1854)
Rebecca Camilla Stokes Emmit (1800- )
David Montfort Stokes (1802–1838)
Sarah Montfort Stokes Hackett (1806–1841)
Montfort Sidney Stokes (1810-1862)
Henry Irwin Stokes (1813–1818)
Catherine Jane Stokes Alexander (1814–1854)
Ann Neville Stokes Jones (1818–1895)
Rachel Adelaide Stokes Crane (1827–1879)

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". The plantation encompassed over 10,000 acres.

Rachel's twin 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]

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rachel Montgomery Stokes (25 Oct 1776–Nov 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86359252, citing Stokes Family Cemetery/Morne Rouge, Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Amy Caddell (contributor 46939056) .