Outlyers were people with Loyalist , or Tory, sympathies on the eve of the American Revolution  who hid in the countryside to avoid being impressed into the Patriot ranks. The Moravians  noted that living along the Yadkin River were "many who sided with the King [and] were driven from house and home by persecution." They asserted that these individuals were "the first Outlyers, as they were later called." In passing through Salem  some of them, when questioned, replied that they "were on their way to join the King's Standard and do their duty."
1 January 2006 | Powell, William S.