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William Underwood (b. 1759, d. 04 Mar 1852)William Underwood was born 1759 in Virginia, and died 04 Mar 1852 in Union, Georgia.He married Mary Eastridge.
Notes for William Underwood:
1. Text: Event: Type: CENSUS (2)
Place: Buncombe Co., North Carolina
2. Text: Event: Type: CENSUS (3)
Place: Haywood Co., North Carolina
3. Text: Event: Type: CENSUS (4)
Place: Macon Co., North Carolina
4. Text: I cannot go any further in my research because WilliamUnderwood, a Revolutionary War soldier, enlisted Cilpepper Co,VA on 3/19/1780 (maybe 1760) using an alias Wedgbar, Wedgbarr,Wedgbare, Wedgear, Wedgber, Wedgore, Widgbar. (In his Rev. warrecord it is spelled all these ways. I do find him for certainuntil Buncombe Co, NC census 1810 with 10 children. 1 girl and 3boys under 10 years; 4 boys 10-16; 1 girl and 1 boy 16-26; 1male 45+ and 1 femal 26-45. William was 51 and wife 41. I haverecord of their purchase of indian land in 1822, Macon Co., NCand also of son Elijah, the purchase of 2 tracts on theTuckaseegee River in the same area.
Sometime after 1831 he married Margaret Wilson. In 1830 HaywoodCo., NC census, Rev Jesse and his brother Feilding were listed.In Macon Co., Elijah, Barrett, Bennett, Anney and David werelisted. This was a very close family. Something broke it up. RevJesse went to Tenn in 1836. Elijah, Barrett, and Bennett went toGeorgia. Gilman Co. Ga census of 1850 (CCU note:never heard ofGilman Co., GA. Must have meant Gilmer Co., GA.
William died 3/4/1852. Margaret applied for pension as hiswidow. She was living in Union Co.,GA. Pension was granted. In1855 Margaret and her lawyer applied for bounty and named sons,Thomas J. and Wilson Underwood. (I have no record of these two,who must have been Margaret's children.) At this time a graveerror was allowed to be made and stand on record....They saidthat Thomas J. and Wilson were the only surviving children ofWilliam Underwood, therefore eliminating 12 of this children andtheir mother. And Gilmer Co.,GA was full of his children andgrandchildren at this time.
5. Text: State of North Carolina, Superior Court of Law, Haywood, County,October 4, 1824
This day came William Wedgbare alias William Underwood age 65years, into court being a court of record for Haywood County forthe purpose of obtaining a pension as a soldier of theRevolutionary Army
being unable to support himself any long by bodily infirmity;
That he enlisted in the Virginia Continental Establishment forthe war on the 19th of March or there about in 1780 for the war,in the county of Culpeper;
That he was marched to Cumberland Courthouse and there inspectedand received by Baron Stueben; That he continued to servefaithfully in the army____? continental serving faithfully as asoldier
on various skirmishes under the command of Baron Stueben in thefirst regiment of Virginia Regulars in Continental Establishmentcommanded by Colonel Posey, Major Finley, Captain Shelton'sCompany. Always in service, was at the Siege of Yorktown whereLord Cornwallis surrendered after which he fell under thecommand of General Anthony Wayne and was marched south and wasat the time of the Evacuation of Charleston before that city____and also at Savanah;
That he then continued in the service until discharged asappears from the certificate attached.
And he further swears that he has always been a resident citizenof the United States, that he has lived the County of Haywoodfor near nine years, that he has not for the purpose of bringinghimself within of an act of Congress 18th of March 1818 andsubsequent acts of Congress making provision for pension engagedin Land & Naval Service of the United States during theRevolution War conveyed away any of his property debts or claimseither as land equity for the purpose of receiving any ____?thereby for the purpose of obtaining a pension from the UnitedStates that he is infirm having met with the misfortune to havehis back and loin so that he cannot obtain a comfortablesubsistence by his body labors that he has no other property ofany kind or claim either Land or Equity by which he expects togain any benefit except that contained in the following. to beall to wit.
Schedule of William Wedgbare alias William Underwood
one____? about $40.00
2 cows & calf 20.00
2 bed & furniture 15.00
kitchen furniture 5.00
some poultry & Milk 7.00
Has Contracted for a the tract of 50 acres of land at $75.00 andpaid only $9.75 and no money to pay balance and the State willnot give him the land until paid for that he live on the Stateland with any title & have a wife 55 years old and infirm and isconsumptive habit & three children with his,
a son nearly of full age, a daughter about 12, and a little boyabout 10 years of age and no way to support but his trade of afarmer which he is not able to do much at.
Sworn in open court
John B. Love, Clerk and William X his mark Wedgbare
Note: The information on William comes from the LDS ancestralfiles and an
article written by Helen Weaver Casada. Helen is theggggdaughter of
William. The article by Helen was in a book in the Library inBlue Ridge
GA that I read on one of our trips to the south. The informationis not
exactly the same from the two sources, but most of the datamatches. I
put the data together the best I could.
When William applied for a Revolutionary War pension on Oct. 4,1824, he
stated he had a boy of age, a girl about 12, a boy about 10, awife 55
and consumptive (TB). At the time of his death, which waspublished as
being in March 1852, William supposedly was living in GilmerCo., GA, but
he was not listed in the 1850 census in either Gilmer or UnionCo. One
source gives DOD as March 4, 1852 in Union CO., GA.
Wm. D. Underwood, H Co., of Rutherford Co. was in the NCRegiment in
1838 Indiana Removal
1st..Annie, Indiana Cherokee
2nd Polly Eastridge
3rd Margaret Wilson
Listed as William Wedgbare Underwood on Cherokee Indian Claimfor monies by grandson William S. Underwood, May 18, 1905
On the 13th of July 1804, Barrot Underwood, aged 5 years the 12of July, is bound unto Charles RUFF (Will book 2, page 129);July 1804 Lewis Underwood bought at the sale of estate ofFrancis Reynolds, deceased (Will book.,2 page 127 & 128); 6thDecember 1805, Anna UNDERWOOD binds herself, her daughter Betseyand her son Joel unto John R. Johnson (Will book 1, page 143 and144) [ Wilkes Co., NC wills ? (e-mail Harold Cochran October 22,1998)]
That item names Barrett, Joel, and Betsey as belonging to Annawith William Underwood.
The Cherokee claims added the name of James to that list.
by Seaborn Underwood, a son of Joel, named his father as son ofAnna and Barrett, Bennett, James, and Bettie as his siblings. byLousinda Mitchell dau of Joel, their father was the son of Anna,and Barrett, Bennett, James, and Bettie were siblings.
So far I would believe that Barrett, Bennett, Joel, James andBettie were by Anna.
That would leave Fielding, Elijah, Enoch, David, Jesse, Elizaand William by Mary "Polly" Eastridge
Margaret Wilson and William had Thomas Jefferson, Columbus,Joseph, and Nelson.
(Also William is found living with Elijah and could be Elijah'sson not a brother) or there is two Williams about the same age,one of William and the other Elijah.
Also according to the bond Bettie must be Eliza who would beabout ten at time of the bond.-(source: e-mail from HaroldCochran July 2, 1998, no county or state is mentioned)
Subj: Wedgbar's birth year?
Date: 5/3/99 8:39:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Harold Cochran)
To: email@example.com (Bev Underwood)
Just ran the search for William Underwood in a new 'MilitaryRecords: Revolutionary War Pension
list" and got a hit on our William Wedgbar.
A statement, &c of the county of Haywood, North Carolina.
Name Rank Annual allowance Sums received Description of ServiceWhen Placed on Pension Age
Wm Underwood, Private, 96.00 , 855.69 Virginia Continental line,May 24, 1825,April 6, 1825
According to that data William Underwood would be born in theyear 1750 instead of 1759
Harold Wayne Cochran
Children of William Underwood and Mary Eastridge are:
- +Jesse Underwood, b. 13 Jul 1804, North Carolina, d. 26 Sep 1851, Mountain Glenn, Union County, Illinois.