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for The State Vol. 11 Issue 42, Mar 1944
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It isn't a generally known fact, but on two separate occasions, North Carolina officially acted as guardian for two young children and provided for their education and upkeep. Both were aided because of incidents that occurred during the War of 1812. Udney Maria Blakely was the daughter of Captain Johnston Blakely, the gallant captain of the warship Wasp, which vanished at sea and was never found. The other ward was James Forsyth, the only son of Benjamin Forsyth, a hero from Stokes County who was killed during the fighting in Canada.
Plank roads formed an interesting link in the progress of transportation in the state during the antebellum period and were the forerunner of the present good roads in North Carolina. This type of road was a Russian invention. Getting goods to eastern markets from the Piedmont region was hampered by a lack of good roads and railroad lines. Legislation passed in 1849 authorized construction of plank roads in which flat wooden planks were laid closely to make a firm roadbed.
Lewis David von Schweinitz was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1780 and was a great-grandson of the founder of the Moravian Church. His interest in botany began before he was seven and the interest never ceased. His early education was in Nazareth. His father was called back to Germany in 1798, and the family went with him. There he continued his botanical studies. He married just before just before returning to America in 1812 and established himself at Salem, North Carolina. He published many botanical works and received many honors, one of which was the presidency of the University of North Carolina. He declined because it would keep him from his studies. He died in 1824.
Kidd highlights important events in the more than two centuries of agricultural history and the half century of industrial expansion in Cabarrus County.