Hi Peggy.I am actually replying to you in a very round about way.I received an email fromyou via Ancestry.com concerning Revolutionary War William and I cannot figure out the mechanics on how to answer it.
Let me say that I share your concerns about William's age as a Revolutionary War Veteran. However I do believe the military back then had jobs such as messenger, horse holder, stable raker, etc.I have noted that some have entered the DAR because their ancestor sold Indian corn to the patriots.Coming forward you should see some of the jobs I held down in my 26 year naval career.
I am sure you have seen Philemon's Little Red Book.This is probabable the best documented evidence in existence on William's family. Ifyou do not have it or have access to it I will be happy to fax you a copy. It is available (or was) in the State Archives.It documents all of William's children, marriages, and most grandchildren.
Here is my kicker on William.I have never believed that Revolutionary William and son of William son of John were necessarily the same person.There were at least 3 other Williams running around that part of Georgia and Tennessee at the time that could have filled the bill of Son of John.
Why do I have this feeling? It is Philemon's Little Red Book that makes you stop and think. In it some of the ancestors make statements like "William is believed to bethe the son of William who came from Scotland".The writings of J.F. Ogletree, a son of Philemon, statedthat William accompanied his father William the elder when he came from Scotland in 1750. We can go on forever on this subject and not be able to prove any of it.I will only say that early researchers like Dr. Wiley D. Ogletree, Hope Hull Ogletree and others did wonderful work but worked without the aid of computers and modern travel so they lumped every Ogletree foundin one direct line with John Ogletree of Wilkes County.Then more modern and brilliant researchers like K.C. Ptomey and Rhoda Fone started establishingother linesand noticed you can have the same name without the same great grandfather. Wow, I rattled.Have not done that in a long while. Dan