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Noble will speak on John Dooley and the search for his gravesite tonight


DR. DAVID NOBLE DR. DAVID NOBLE Author and amateur historian Dr. David Noble will speak on “John Dooly and the Search for his Graves­ite: Are We in Egypt Yet?” in the Oc­tober edition of the Lincoln County Historical Society’s History in the Park lecture series. The talk will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 4, in the May House at the Lincoln County Historical Park.

John Dooly was a very active and effective rebel leader during the Revolutionary War. He led one of the three arms of the patriot forces dur­ing the Battle of Kettle Creek, which took place in Wilkes County in 1779. The legend says that he was murdered in his home by Tories in September 1780 and was buried nearby.

Dooly became one of Dr. Noble’s favorites as Noble was working on his book and became curious about the location of Dooly’s grave after speaking at the Elijah Clark Day commemoration in 2017. He spear­headed a cadaver dog search that proved to be fruitless, but further re­search provided additional insight on the original burial site. He found that the initial site was near the Savannah River and was subject to inundation when Clarks Hill Lake was filled. The grave was moved by the Corps of Engineers, and Noble has uncov­ered documentation of the grave lo­cation. In his talk, he will provide a perspective on Dooly and cover his research on the gravesite location, in­cluding why “Egypt” is important in the search.

Noble is a dentist with an extensive interest in archaeology and the history of the American Revolution. He went to dental school at the University of Michigan and served in the Army be­fore going into private practice in the Atlanta area. He also taught periodon­tics part time at the Emory University School of Dentistry. Noble has been a member of the Atlanta Chapter Sons of the American Revolution for over 25 years and is the co-author with Richard Marsh of the book, Patri­ots in Georgia Revolutionary War Engagements 1776-1782, published by the Atlanta Chapter Sons of the American Revolution. He also says that he is an amateur having a good time, not a professional historian.

“I held the October History in the Park date open all season because I really wanted to get Dr. Noble to speak to us about John Dooly, Lin­coln County Historical Society Vice President Gary Edwards said. “I was fortunate enough to see him again in August and he finally agreed to speak to us on this date. He was holding out because he wanted to do this talk after a magnetometer study had been done to verify his conclusions about the lo­cation of Dooly’s Fort. His research to locate Dooly’s grave is impressive in its detail and complexity. I was fortunate to be present at the cadaver dog search and during several of the expeditions to precisely locate the gravesite. I’m really looking forward to his talk.”

The “History in the Park” lectures are held at the Lincoln County His­torical Park, 147 Lumber Street in Lincolnton, on the first Thursday of each month. Desserts, water, coffee and tea will be served after the pre­sentation, allowing plenty of time to speak individually with the speaker. There is no admission fee, however donations to the Historical Society will be gladly accepted. The Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information, contact Lamar Wade, president, at 706-401-0820 or Edwards at 757-831-9556.

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