Susan:There are SO many William Comptons, that it gets really confusing.You are right that the one you are asking about is a half-brother to my Amy Compton (who married Jarrett Brickey).I don't know much about William--can only list below his siblings and parents.Since he seems to have disappeared from your "sight" about the same time that his sister, Amy Compton Brickey, went to Missouri, he very likely went shortly before or after them.He might have ended up in Washington county, Missouri, where a lot of the Comptons settled.If I had his middle name or initial, I might possibly have something else on him.
This is what I have:Your William's parents were John Compton and his second wife, Margaret Shaeffer.William married Elizabeth Garlick.His other siblings were:Amy Compton (married Jarret/Garrard Brickey); Richard Compton married Elizabeth Cummins; Elizabeth Compton; Joseph Compton married Elizabeth Alley; Lydia Compton; John Compton Jr.; Stephen Compton; Jeremiah Compton Sr. married Elizabeth Laymon.William's grandparents were Isselstyne Compton and Aaltje Blaww; his great-grandparents were Richard Compton and Pruddence Isselstyne; and great-great grandparents were William Compton and Mary Bowne.
I didn't find William buried in the usual round of Compton cemeteries which I have records of.
I do know that William and Jeremiah both received land grants in Russell county, VA, for their Revolutionary War service; but I don't know if William ever "took up his land".
Our family's records and traditions indicate that most of the Comptons in Missouri (where I was born) are descendentsof John, Stephen, Richard, or William.
After John Compton died, Margaret Shaeffer Compton married (4-16-1780) William Aston.In some family records I have somewhere, William (classing himself as an orphan) brought suit against Margaret for the division of the estate of John Compton.I'll see if I can find the actual record, which would perhaps give a clue as to where William was at that time.
William and Elizabeth Garlick were married in Montgomery county, VA in 1785.They apparently migrated to East TN not long afterwards.
Sorry this doesn't tell you much; but I have stacks of Compton material which our family has accumulated and passed down over the years--letters, copies of some issues of Comptonology, cemetery records, pictures, etc.I was sifting through some of it to get this little bit; if and when I find more, I'll post it.If anyone else has questions about any Comptons that married into my line, I'll try to help--there are even Lewis, Maberry(Mayberry), Jamison and many other families I can't think of now.