The Chestnut Creek neighborhood for the most part did not participate in the Osborne and Cox companies and Swift's militia company did not exist until 8 September 1779.
The two companies to the west of Chestnut Creek, Capt. Cox's did partially participate in the Cherokee war, but the county commanders complained that they did so with no enthusiasm.
Possibly amongst the Chestnut Creek settlers was William Rankin, who had been declared an outlaw by North Carolina's Governor Tryon.
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The Chestnut Creek community was probably fairly self-sufficient and almost everyone farmed and had a moderate amount of wealth.
Some were also craftsmen and millers and Elisha Bedsaul was a blacksmith.
The Cox family was related by blood to Herman Husband.
Husband was the best known leader of the Regulation and was a fugitive after Alamance 1771, traveling under the pseudonym Tuscape Death.
This war was likely to have been unpopular in the upper New River community served by the Osborne, Cox, Baker and Swift militia companies.
Quakers preferred to send peace emissaries to the Indians instead of troops -- such as Thomas Beals (who lived in the Chestnut Creek community off and on from 1782 to 1795) .
By the end of 1780 the Tories in the upper New River had been defeated and in 1781 a pardon was offered to those who would change sides and a number of the men who had captured Cox and Osborne are found once again on their militia rolls.
Many Tories who did not take the pardon fought a guerilla war and were killed in battle with local militias or hung by Benjamin Cleveland in his sorties across the Blue Ridge.
In fact, it appears these companies mutinied in 1779 and captured their own commanders, Cox and Osborne.
It is unclear if the people of the Chestnut Creek community participated in this revolt as none of them was named in the report of Capt.
In the entire community there were only two slaves, one owned by Elisha Bedsaul and one by David Fulton.