~ The pieces are all sewn together, stitched with love.........and a quilt tells a story and the story is our past ~

The Arrowood family immigrated from England to Maryland in the 1700's. They went south, eventually settling in the mountains of North Carolina. Later , some went further south, into the Piedmont of North Carolina, in search of work and a better way of life.

I am in search of my family.

I search for those that came before me, and lived their lives as best they could. I am in search of their stories, how they lived, and how they loved.

I shared this love of seeking the past with my Dad, sharing each new finding with him, the thrill in his heart intermingling with mine. I continue this search in his honor, and hope to know these people of ours when I join up with them all in heaven.

~ Steve Lewis Arrowood 1932-2008 ~

Come with me, back to a simpler time and place. A place far removed from the hectic pace of today. To a time when life was hard, but the rewards were great. When your quality of life was determined by your own sweat, your own toil, and your own ingenuity.

Would you like a glass of sweet tea? Let's sit out on the porch where we will catch the sweetly scented breeze of summertime. Maybe Grandma will fry up some of her wonderful chicken... Time slows here.


"We shape our lives not by what we carry with us, but what we leave behind."

~You live as long as you are remembered.~

"Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. " Author: Unknown

"But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you from the wisdom of former generations."


Arrowood Family

Monday, January 18, 2010

Captain John Philip Dellinger ~ County of Tryon

Our ancestor fought in the Battle of Ramseur's Mill and the Battle of King's Mountain during the American Revolution.

He was known as Captain Johan “John” Philip Dellinger.

The son of Johannes Philipp (Pioneer) Dellinger, Sr.
Brother of Heinrich “Henry” Dellinger of Magnolia Grove and father to George Henry Dellinger that moved to the mountains of North Carolina and started up the grist mill.

Captain John Philip Dellinger was born October 23, 1743 in Oberacker Karlsruhe, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.

Our line goes like this:

Johannes Philipp (Pioneer) Dellinger, Sr. b. 1706
Captain Johan “John” Philip Dellinger b. 1743
George Henry Dellinger b. 1779
David Dellinger b. 1809
David Alphonso Dellinger b. 1853
Virginia Belzonie "Vergie" Dellinger b. 1881
Maude Rose Hull b. 1908

John Philip Dellinger was a strong supporter of freedom for the
American colonies. He was one of the 49 signers of The Tryon Resolves.

The Tryon County Declaration of Rights and Independence from British Tyranny.

This monument was placed on N.C. Hwy 274, just outside of Cherryville in 1949 by the Daughters of The American Revolution. John's name appears on the right hand column, the ninth name down.
It was at this site, that the first Tryon County Courthouse once stood.

He was elected to the Tryon Safety Committee representing his Indian Creek neighborhood.

He led both infantry and cavalry troops as a Captain, but was on duty as a
private soldier.

John Wilfong is quoted as saying "he never knew a better soldier or a braver officer."

He participated in the Cross Creek Expedition, the Battle of Cowpens,
Ramseur's Mill, and Kings Mountain.

After his marriage, he moved away from the families' original location
on Leepers Creek and settled in Catawba County, in the vicinity of his
father-in-law, in an area near Hickory, North Carolina. He may have
later, moved even further north to Lyle Creek.

John acquired property on Indian Creek in 1773, where he operated a mill,
and where he brought his bride. He later acquired other properties in the
area. John Philip Dellinger’s land bordered John Wilfong’s.

Barbara married Capt. John Philip Dellinger during the Revolutionary War, and had to
spend a year or so in Pennsylvania for safety with their first baby, our ancestor Henry,
while he was away fighting.

In 1781, when hostilities were over, they built their home on Henry Weidner's, (Barbara’s father’s) land on Jacob‘s Fork. (The present-day Jacob's Fork community is not that far from me, so another road trip is coming up, so stay tuned!)

Henry later divided Barbara's share among their children.

John participated in the usual civic duties expected of a prosperous

Their children were Henry, Catherine, John, Joseph, Barbara,
Jacob, and another son who died young.

John and Barbara made their home between their son Joseph and daughter Barbara, during their declining years.

Strangely, their burial place is unknown. But that is not to say that I will stop looking!

Barbara died at her daughter Barbara Sigman's home at the age of 85,
and oddly, no funeral was preached.

1 comment:

  1. Johann Phillip Dellinger is my seventh-great uncle, and the above-mentioned Heinrich is my seventh-great grandfather. Small world!