George PLOTT versus George PLATT (British Loyalist)
Two Different Men
At this time, I want to clear up confusion of information concerning a totally unrelated man named George P l a t t and his wife Lucretia, who lived in old Bute County, N.C., with deeds dated 1763, 1764 and 1769. Bute County was named after a British Earl of Bute, John Stuart. Bute County was divided into Franklin County and Warren County. This man, George P l a t t, who spelled his surname with an “a”, was a British Loyalist with a British heritage. During the time period Mr. P l a t t and his wife Lucretia owned land in old Bute County, our George Plott and Margaret Wagner had married in Pennsylvania about 1761, given birth to their first two daughters, paid Berks County taxes, moved to Mecklenburg/Cabarrus County, set-up a homestead and had additional children (a total of nine children). George and Margaret’s children were born c. 1762 through c. 1780. In fact George and Lucretia P l a t t sold by deed a property in Bute County, N.C. on the 16th day of October 1764. I calculate a distance between old Bute County, NC to Berks County, PA to be 500 to 600 miles with modern roads and cars. I cannot fathom how long it would have taken to travel such a distance in the 1760’s.
On a deed dated, “Sixteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Sixty four Between George Platt Planter of Bute County and Provance of North Carolina”, Mr. Platt was recorded to be a ‘planter’. The occupation 'planter', generally, refers to a tobacco planter, which Mr. Platt reports on a Memorial, Claims D (Dunbar) M-P, R. S. S.C., that he lost tobacco when he fled from America. On census, the Plott line has always referred to themselves as ‘Farmers’ of vegetables.
Mr. Platt had moved from Bute County, N.C. to Loyalists, Camden District, South Carolina, and eventually, evacuated back to England at the end of the American Revolution, as the Colonist won. To the date of this report, NO documentation has been found and/or released that George Plott was in the eastern side of North Carolina, had a wife named Lucretia, migrated through New Bern, or migrated through Bute County, N.C.
With haste, people are attempting to gather information and “piecemealed” a story of George Plott’s voyage and entrance into America; and, are not dutifully studying the facts and details of documents for accuracy. Ergo, wrongfully, George Platt’s information is being included into the story of George Plott’s voyage to and movement through America by him migrating from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to New Bern and Bute County, N.C.; of which, both locations are false information for George Plott with an “o”. I repeat that there is NO documentation that George PlOtt lived in Bute County, Franklin County, Warren County, Craven County, or New Bern, N.C. The stories of George PlOtt living in these areas have been wrongfully construed since the 1930’s to present. George Plott NEVER lived in Bute County, Franklin County, Warren County, Craven County, or New Bern, N.C.; until documentation is found and/or released to prove otherwise.
Which side of the American Revolution did the Plott Family Align?
Our George Plott, who moved from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina supported the American Independence from the British. We find his name recorded on an April 18, 1778 petition, "The Humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the County of Mecklenburg", which was addressed "To the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina". In the body of the petition, the names of the men listed on the petition expressed their "allegiance" of "Publick Faith is already Pledged to the Officers and Soldiers Raised in this State for the Continental Army". In 1786, George was appointed to jury duty in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Being selected for jury duty would have meant that the other men in the community knew that George had allegiance to American local, state and federal governments. Also, as a side note, at this time, it appears that George's father, Görg Plott did not sign any Oaths of Allegiance to the British Crown when the Plott family arrived in Philadelphia in 1741. The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) have accepted George's brothers, Frederick and Adam in to their "Patriotic Service" ancestor registry