Barnaby Cabe

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Captain Barnaby Cabe (b. circa 1720) was a North Carolina British loyalist during the Revolutionary War. He is also believed to be the subject of the folksong Barney McCabe.[1]

In real life Barnaby Cabe was a teamster and land owner in North Carolina.[2]

Cabe married Elizabeth Perkins in the 1740s and moved with his family to Orange Co., North Carolina about 1755.[3] Cabe was listed as having attended the Court of Common Pleas in Orange County in 1758.[4] In 1760 he purchased 112 acres of land in Orange Co., North Carolina.[5] He managed a gristmill on four thousand acres (16 km²) of land, and had nine daughters. His two wives predeceased him.[6]

In 1771, Cabe was a captain in the North Carolina militia,[7] He was one of fifteen men to be given a four-pound bonus by Governor William Tryon for action against insurgents in New Bern in March 1771.[8] During the American Revolution, he along with his son John, he carried supplies to the armies.[9] Barnaby has been described as being a Tory and loyal to the king of England.[10]

Cabe's Ford in Orange Co., North Carolina is named for him.[11]

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