A Biographical Sketch of
COL FREDERICK HAMBRIGHT
(Patriot Ancestor of Judge Edward F. Butler, Sr.;
Edward F. “Rhett” Butler, II; and Jeffrey Darrell Butler)
Fredereich Hamprecht (German Spelling), was born in Neunstetten, Germany on 17 May 1727. He migrated with his family to Philadelphia, PA on 17 Oct. 1738, on the ship St. Andrew , at age 11, later settling in Lancaster County, PA. Judge Butler has visited his birthplace.
Researchers agree that Frederick remained in Pennsylvania until about 1755, when he moved to Virginia.. It was while in Virginia that he met and married his wife Sarah Hardin. He did not move to NC until 1760. It is clear however that he arrived in NC much earlier. For instance he purchased land there in 1753 and 1754.
He was on the muster roll of Capt. Samuel Colburn's company in Anson Co., NC in the 1750's during the French and Indian Wars. An undated return of the muster roll of the Mecklenburg Co., NC Militia showed him as a Lieutenant under Col. Nathaniel Alexander in "Hard___'s Company". On 25 Mar 1771 he was a Captain with his own company in the Tryon Co., NC Militia. He fought with Capt. Cobrin's company during the Spanish Alarm, 1747-1748.
By 1771 he was the Captain commanding the Tryon Co., NC Militia. He participated in the 1771 Regulator Movement. At Wilmington, NC he was elected as a delegate to the North Carolina Continental Congress, which met in Hillsboro on 21 Aug. 1775. He also served on the Tyrone Co., NC Committee of Safety. In 1779 he was promoted to Lt. Col., being assigned to Lillington's Brigade, and he was also appointed as a Justice of the Piece by the Provincial Congress. Later that year he was promoted to Colonel.
At Kings's Mountain he was second in command of the Lincoln Co. Volunteers, about 1000 hand picked volunteers, also known as the “South Fork Boys”. The commander was killed in the first moments of the battle. Col. Hambright assumed command. He was wounded in the leg but even with his boot full of blood, he refused to dismount. He led the troops to victory and most nobly and courageously and became a hero. No portion of the advancing Whig columns evinced more irresistible bravery and suffered more severely than the troops under his immediate command.
In 1786 the North Carolina Assembly presented him with a beautiful sword for his “VOLUNTARY AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICES IN THE DEFEAT OF MAJOR PATRICK FERGUSON AT KINGS MOUNTAIN".
He died on 9 May 1817 in York Co., SC : Col. Hambright is buried in the old Shiloh Presbyterian cemetery, one mile east of Grover, NC. His stone is some four feet high, two feet wide and two and 1/4 inches thick. About 1922-1923 the Col. Frederick Hambright Chapter of the D.A.R. placed a bronze marker on his grave, with the following inscription:
" Colonel Frederick Hambright A Soldier of the Revolution ” Erected by D.A.R.
He is shown on the huge monument at Kings Mountain National Battlefield, as one of the leaders of the Patriots. There is also a large brass road sign on Battlefield Road, near the battlefield entrance to Col. Hambright, reflecting his heroic conduct during the battle.
On Oct 6, 2009, the National Society Sons of the American Revolution will place a SAR Patriot Marker on his tombstone during a ceremony to be conducted by Judge Edward F. Butler, Sr., President General of the SAR, together with members of the SAR color guard, and members of the Col. Frederick Hambright Family Association.
Colonel Frederick Hambright DAR Grave Marker
Colonel Frederick Hambright Road Marker
Colonel Frederick Hambright Tombstone