It appears that only two MASHBURN men served with the Continental Army. Both were probably of the Onslow County Branch.
8th NC Regiment
a Private under Capt. Robert Raiford for 3 years.
Dropped from the rolls in Feb. 1778.
2nd NC Regiment 1781-1782
a Private under Capt. Benjamin Carter.
Discharged on 5/19/1782.
It also appears that the Western NC Branch were Tories, either by choice or conscription.