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Samuel Caldwell Tate
(January 30, 1801 - October 6, 1834)

The following excerpts were taken from:
"Tate and Allied Families": compiled by S. J. Ervin, Jr.

Phifer, Edward William, Jr. "Burke: The History of a North Carolina County" privately published by Edward William Phifer, Jr. 1977.

 

Following his first cousin, Samuel McDowell Tate, Samuel Caldwell Tate took over the reigns as Burke County Sheriff. Although records may be a bit conflicting, Samuel Caldwell Tate served as Sheriff sometime during the years of 1829-1831. He too had heavy family ties with the office of Sheriff.

 

As previously mentioned, his first cousin, Samuel McDowell Tate, the son of David Tate, Jr. was Sheriff. His uncle and father-in-law was Hugh Tate, the son of Samuel "Rock" Tate of Ireland and Elizabeth Caldwell Tate, who had also served as Burke's Sheriff during the years of 1811-1813. His ties did not end there however, for being the son of William Tate and Mary Bowman, his maternal grandfather, Captain John Bowman had served as Burke County's second Sheriff from 1779-1780. Therefore, Samuel Caldwell Tate should have been more than prepared for the duties that stood before him.

 

Not only did he serve as Sheriff, he also served as Chairman of the Burke County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions in 1833, and was the Secretary of the commission to obtain funds and superintend the building of the present Burke County courthouse. He passed away prior to the contract even being advertised, and was replaced by R.C. Pearson. The initial building was to be 60 by 60 feet, with two stories. The first floor was to have six rooms for offices, four of which were to have fireplaces and two jury rooms. The top floor was to house the courtroom. The courthouse was to be made of either stone or brick, and the roof was to be covered with zinc to be fireproof (Ervin pg. 70-71).

 

Samuel was also a member of the Masonic Order, the oldest and most popular of secret lodges, established in 1799 under the name of Rising Sun Lodge No. 38. The initial membership consisted of eight men, one of whom was David Tate, most likely the uncle of Sheriff Samuel Tate. On December 10, 1829, a lodge was again chartered in Burke under the name of Rising Sun Lodge, No. 100, and Samuel Caldwell Tate was among those listed (Phifer pg. 288). Sheriff Tate also served as Justice of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions in 1831 (Phifer pg 421).

 

He married his first cousin, Miss Elizabeth Ann Tate, daughter of Hugh Tate and Margaret Erwin Tate. He and his wife had three children: (1) Junius C. Tate- born in Burke County. He became a soldier in the Confederate Army, where he first entered during the start of the War of Secession as a First Lieutenant in Company F, 41st NC Calvary Regiment. He later was promoted to Captain of Company H, 65th NC Calvary. He served on the Burke County Board of Commissioners from 1870-1872. He married Sarah Clark Bond. (2) Margaret R. Tate - Born January 4, 1832 in Burke County and died on January 28, 1841. She is buried in Quaker Meadows Cemetery. (3) Mary Joe Tate- born in Burke County and married Lawrence Adams.

 

Samuel Caldwell Tate died on October 6, 1834 and was buried in the old Quaker Meadows Cemetery. His gravestone reads: "Sacred to the memory of Samuel C. Tate, who was born on the 30th of January, A.D. 1801, and departed this life on the 6th of October, A.D. 1834, in the 34th year of his age. Though lost to sight, to memory is very dear. He was just, kind and true. He died in the full triumphs of faith, trusting in Christ alone for salvation and pardon and peace through his death."

 

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