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ChurchmanAll Saints Anglican Church; Raleigh, NC. Image courtesy of All Saints website.

"Churchman" was a term applied to those who were members or supporters of the Church of England, or Anglican Church. It was in use in England by 1677 and in North Carolina by 1711, when missionary John Urmston observed that there were a few churchmen serving in the Assembly. Differences between churchmen and dissenters contributed to the Cary Rebellion, which erupted in 1711. With the end of the American Revolution and the disestablishment of the Anglican Church, the term, as it had been understood, ceased to be meaningful.


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