Joseph Harman's Tavern


Harmon's Taern Ad

It has been called the  "Big Yellow House" by the residents of Chatham County and the Town of Pittsborough for many, many years!
Should it now be called  "The Big Yellow Tavern".
I have been researching for information about Patrick St. Lawrence, 18th Century Chatham County and the Town of Pittsborough. I was lucky to find a newspaper article dated October 9, 1792 confirming that the house was built and :
"Finished and Fitted for a Tavern"

See the advertisement below.


The ad to the left was found in the Fayetteville Gazette

 North Carolina Digital Collection

News Papers

 Fayetteville Gazette

Tuesday. October 9, 1792

 

Ray Carney

January 3, 2016

In 1805 Joseph Harmon purchased the St. Lawrence Tavern from James Donaldson, Donaldson had purchased the Tavern  at a Sheriff sale in August 13, 1798. Patrick St. Lawrence was in debit and left Pittsboro for parts unknown. It was rumored that St. Lawrence was on route to the West Indies and died during his journey.
Patrick St. Lawrence fell on financial hard times, Thomas McCarroll his step son and Robert Donaldson filed court papers to secure the funds owed to them by St. Lawrence. In August of the year 1798 the Chatham county Sherriff held a court sale of St. Lawrence holdings. Below is a partial inventory from the St. Lawrence estate that are related to the "Yellow House-Tavern". Note the statement of a large yellow house in the record. I find it strange that the sale is listed as the estate of Patrick St. Lawrence, even though he was not deceased at this time, he just left his family and debt. Other items that were listed in the sale included improved and unimproved lots, blacksmith shop and storehouse and its inventory.
Thumb Nail Pictures of Patrick St. Lawrence Estate Documents
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Cover document to the Chatham County Sheriff order below. I have not located a copy of Sherriff order for James Donaldson, but he is listed on this cover page.
Patrick St. Lawrence's stepson Thomas McCarroll secured a Sherriff's order against St. Lawrence for the sum of  three-hundred and fifty-eight pounds owed him.
Pg. 1 Sheriff sale St. Lawrence to Robert Donaldson and Thomas McCarroll August 13, 1778. Note that Patrick St. Lawrence profession is listed as an "Inn Keeper"
Pg. 2 Sheriff sale St. Lawrence to Robert Donaldson and Thomas McCarroll August 13, 1798
Pg. 3 Sheriff sale St. Lawrence to Robert Donaldson and Thomas McCarroll August 13, 1798
Pg. 4 Sheriff sale St. Lawrence to Robert Donaldson and Thomas McCarroll August 13, 1798
   
   
   
   
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