William Humphries I is my great-great-great Grandfather. He came to this country from England with his two brothers sometime after the mid 1700's and prior to the American Revolution. William, and his brothers, John and David, came from the Yorkshire area of England. He first settled in VA prior to the Revolutionary War, and married Marriane Walker, daughter of Judge Walker. She died young, after giving birth to at least four sons, John, William II, David, and Samuel, who was the grandfather of Preyor Humphries, my great grandfather. Following the death of his wife, William moved to the area of old Tryon County about the time of the Revo.War and settled on the south side of Broad River in what is now Cleveland County, NC, and Cherokee County, SC. In approx. 1788, William married Frances Surratt, a resident of the present-day Cleveland County, NC area and apparently a widow, or at least she had children (Nancy Surratt and Leasdy Surratt) when William married her. William and Frances had several children: Anderson, Henry, Susanah, Margaret, Jane, and Frances.
He fought on the side of the American Patriots in the Revo. War, serving in the Continental Line under the command of Colonel Thomas Polk for two and one-half years. For his war service, he was granted 640 acres of land in what is now Washington County, Tenn., which he later sold. Records of the grant, No. 3099, issued 12/6/1786, can be found in the Tenn. Archives and record of the sale can be found in both Rutherford, NC and Spartanburg, SC County Court Houses. William was pensioned under claim W4000, as recorded in the National Archives Revolutionary War File.
William accumulated several hundred acres of land in the Cleveland County and Cherokee County area during his lifetime, in addition to the acreage in Tenn. which he sold. Tryon County records show that he purchased land in the present-day Camps Creek area as early as 11/3/1779. Cleveland County was once named Tryon.
William died about 1827, and was buried on his farm near his homeplace, about 200-300 yards north of the present-day NC/SC state line in Cleveland County. In 1937 the DAR through the efforts of Mrs. Mary (great aunt Sis) Humphries Jolly and her brother Coleman Humphries, erected a Military Tombstone at William's grave. However, the cemetery was plowed over around 1984-85 and the marker knocked down. The marker was found by some of the Humphries' descendents and placed in the Camps Creek Church cemetery; his remains are still in Cleveland county and his grave is not easily identified.
Samuel Humphries, I, son of William and Marianne and my great-great grandfather was born in 1781. He married Nancy McCraw. There children were Lawson, Celia, Daniel, Francis, William Bryson, Thomas Jefferson, Elizabeth, Ranny and Samuel, II. Samuel, I, died in 1849.
Daniel Humphries, son of Nancy and Samuel Humphries, was the father of Preyor Humphries, my great grandfather. Daniel married Maranna Bridges, who was born 5/20/1808. She was a daughter of Frances Jones and John Bridges. Daniel and Maranna made their home in the Camps Creek Community, near the head of Camps Creek. They had eleven children: Salina, Perry G., Stephen, Frances, Eunice, Luther Rice, Jesse, Summey R., Misaniar, Lawson, and Preyor, my great grandfather. Eunice and Luther Rice died young, during the 1850's.
Daniel was a farmer. After the Civil War, which four of his sons fought in, he and his son Summey entered the cotton gin, grain mill, and sawmill businee. An Humphries Company was formed which grew to include several large farm holdings in addition to the businesses. Their farming and business ventures grew and later included Peryor as a partner. They also owned a business at an area near Chesnee wich was called Kegtown. Daniel Humphries was commissioned by the NC Legislature in 1875 to lay out and build a road from Shelby to the NC/SC state line in the general direction of Spartanburg.
Daniel Humphries died 10/20/1883, Maranna Bridges Humphries died 8/15/1896.
My great grandfather Preyor Wilkins Humphries(6/16/1847-2/8/1926) married Cynthia Malissa Wood(10/30/1858-5/6/1932) daughter of Thomas M. Wood and Jane McCraw. They had 10 children.
My maternal grandfather, Roy Anumn Humphries (1/24/1892-2/25/1963) of Grassy Pond, SC, was their ninth child. He married Vanelia Maxwell McCraw (11/30/1894-3/19/1980) of Gaffney, SC. They had three children. My mother, Katherine Humphries (3/17/1919) married C.A. Kirby, Jr.(1/16/1918) of Gaffney, SC. They have 4 children. I am 2nd in the line up, born May 1, 1946. I have two children and live in Charlotte. NC.
C. A. and Katherine live in Boiling Springs, NC, which is in Cleveland County, NC, near the land that William I owned. Interestingly, C.A. Kirby's mother, now-deceased, is Rose Mabel Jolly of Union, SC. I find it amazing that all these names appear over and over in the family trees-Humphries, Sarrat, Jolly or Jolley, etc.
If anyone reads this and knows of any descendants of William I's brothers, I would be delighted to hear from them.