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Sheriff Richard Bray Paschal

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18th Sheriff of Chatham County

18th Sheriff of Chatham County

Served: Aug 1854- July 1865

Appointed/Elected: Elected

Age taking office: 34

Population: 19,101 in 1860

Birth date: March 3, 1820

Birth place: Chatham County, NC

Died: December 5, 1870

Buried: Chatham County, NC 


Mother: Nancy Bray, b. 1785 in Chatham County

Father: Richard Paschal, b. 1783 in Chatham County

Wife: Matilda Schmidt, b. March 18, 1823 in Randolph County, married 1845, d. August 8, 1922

Children: Mary Catherine, John Taylor, Eliza Ann, Loton Franklin, Lydia Jane, Janette Matilda, James Richard, Nancy Isa Dora, Robert Lee, George Washington


Tenure Notables


The American Civil War starts. 

In the diary of Sheriff R. B. Paschal, written during the Civil War period, he makes reference to branding a felon on orders of the Chatham County court. Branding was a common practice during the colonial period and was still used as late as the Civil War years.


Military Experience


Other Offices


In 1865 Richard Bray Paschal was in the North Carolina House of Commons

In 1866 Richard Bray Paschal was in the North Carolina Senate 
Richard Bray Paschal is a past master at Mount Vernon Masonic Lodge