Patriots Remembered Jacob Kornegay Jacob Kornegay was born in 1732 in Craven Co, NC. He was the grandchild of the first Kornegay that arrived in the colonies at New Bern, NC in 1710. He was reared in Duplin County, NC. His father, George Kornegay, had 11 children by 2 wives. Jacob married Mary Elizabeth Fontaine Nov 14, 1759 in Craven Co., NC. Mary Elizabeth died between 1768 and 1777. He married Mary Ward July 19, 1777. Jacob had a total of 12 children, five by Mary Elizabeth Fontaine and seven by Mary Ward. His children were John, Martin, Anne Civil (Duncan the Flowers), Rockalena (Ward), George, Rebecah (Foley), Luke, Abraham, Henry, Penelope (Garner), Bryan and Mary (Carraway). In George’s will, he left Jacob a sizable amount of land. In Jacob’s will, the holdings had greatly increased. In 1776, Jacob was a member of the Duplin county militia, serving both as a Sergeant and a Captain. He fought in the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge, NC. On the early morning of Feb 27, 1776, the Patriots, numbering 1000 men, awaited the 1600 strong Loyalist force. The battle lasted only minutes, but the Patriots were victorious losing only one soldier. The victory ended the British plans for an invasion of the colony. On April 12, 1776, the Provincial Congress of North Carolina instructed its delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia to vote for independence. North Carolina was the first colony to declare its independence from Britain. He died July 1, 1796.