In the summer of 2006 my mother and I drove all over the Swannanoa/Ashville area looking for William Whison's grave and we even managed to contact a gentleman who was keeping track of Rev. War veteran's graves, but we could not find it either. Here are all the notes we have from various people about William Whitson:
Notes for William Whitson from Jan King:
It is likely William Whitson was the oldest son of Thomas Whitson by his first wife (unknown)-he was born in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia...he cameto Rowan Co., North Carolina as a small child with his parents...around 1775-William married a neighbor, Anne McDowell. William Whitson served during the Revolution in the North Carolina Militia-he held the ranks of Captain and Major. He is mentioned in several Revolutionary War Veterans accounts...Philip Anothony was drafted in the Spring of 1780 and served as an "Indian Spy" under William Whitson...during this service Anthony helped erect a fort on the north fork of the Catawba near Turkey Cove. In George Catheys's report...he served a tour of duty under Colonel Charles McDowelll, Colonel Joseph McDowell and Major William Whitson...this company comprised of 95th Light Horsemen commanded by Captain Jonathan Camp...they marched to the "Big Bear" won of the Cherokee nation situated on the Tennessee River-there they destroyed property and several small towns...following this raid they returned to the main body of the regiment commanded by Colonel McDowell...retreated across North Carolina into the Watauga country after the battle of Camden...here they were joined by the combined forces Campbell, Servier and Shelby...they marched back across the Blue Ridge, eventually taking part in the Battle of Kings Mountain, Oct. 1780...William Whitson was referred to as Colonel William Whitson after the war...honorary title? For his military service, William received a certificate which he redeemed for land along the Duck River in Maury County, Tennessee in 1783. This land joined 3.000 acres owned by his uncle Jesse Whitson. William Whitson took up 640 acres of land on the Pigeon River adjoining the land of General McDowell (Greene County, Tennessee) in 1784 but let the warrant lapse. John and Joseph McDowell had 1,000 acres of land on the Pigeon River but they also let their warrant lapse. In 1800 William Whitson was living in Burke County, North Carolina in Morgan Township with a wife and six children (four males and two females)--he owned two slaves. William left a Will written while William was still a resident of Burke County, North Carolina...he mentioned selling my land in "this" county--the land described was located in North Carolina-he retained ownership of two tracts on Ivey and Rosses Creek. William's Will appears to have been the very first probated in Maury County, Tennessee Bk. A Vol. 1 p. 1 (1807-1810)...speculation William died "en route" to his new home in Tennessee. Upon her arrival in Maury County, his widow Ann had his Will entered into Probate-1807.
Ann was born in North Carolina and raised on her parents' plantation called Pleasant Gardens situated on the Catawba River in Burke County (now part of McDowell County) North Carolina. The McDowell family gained prominence in the western Catawba Valley of North Carolina especially after their outstanding service during the Revolution. Around 1775-Anne married a neighbor-William Whitson.
May be son of his father's first wife, Mary. (per Linda Schmehl firstname.lastname@example.org)
http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ifetch2?/u1/data/tn+index+8838160475728+Fhttp://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ifetch2?/u1/data/tn+index+8838160475728+F (US GenWeb Archives for TN):
Will of William Whitson Know all men by t_______ ____ents that I, Wm. Whitson of_________ county being in my ________do make and consti________ last Will and Testam_______ __ner and form follo_____ is to say first I m____ appoint my wife Ann my whole and _______ and guardian of my children except she should marry again or be insane or by any other misfortune be rendered incapable of fulfilling said appointment and ___ _____ allow my estate to be equally divided among my children except my three eldest sons, John, Thomas, and Joseph Whitson who have already received their share of my Estate and as I have sold my Lands in the County except one tract on Trecy? and one other on Rosses Creek of 100 Acres which I allow her to sell and make conveyances for the same and the money arising from such sales with the price of my other land I allow her my s'd wife to purchase land with for the use of my children except what she shall think will be necessary for purchasing Negroes for her use an other purposes which will be of use in educating my children or any other purpose for the benefit of them which she shall think necessary but in case should mary or any of the above misfortunes should happen I allow my estate after debts are paid real and personal to be divided as above ______ but if she should marry again I give ____ th to her one thousand Dollars of my ________ tow Negroes will all my household _______ and three hundred Dollars worth _____ck of horses, but if she should not ____ and become disabled by age or ________ I allow her to have as much of my property laid off by two good sufficient freeholders as shall maintain her in a decent and comfortable manner during her lifetime bit if she should not marry or become unable to do the business of Executrix or Guardian I allow her to hole as much of my estate in her hands as will maintain her during her life in a manner she shall think convenient and right and to dispose of my estate to my children in a manner she s____ think equitable and right between them. revoking every other will or wills by me heretofore make ratifying and confirming this as my last will and testament and in testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6th day of November 1806. (signed) Wm Whitson seal witnesses Wm. Smith William Young Interlined before signed by Wm. Whitson of 100 Acres & (with all my household furniture and three hundred dollars worth of my stock of horses) The above words enclosed within parenthesis were inter___d in the above will. Note: one corner of the original will book page is torn and represents the _____ in the above will.
PETITIONS FOR THE FORMATION OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY
[The following two petitions were submitted to the North Carolina General Assembly meeting in November 1790. The resulting bill to form Buncombe County was not passed in that session. The bill was re-submitted the following year and was passed. Some of the signatures are faded and quite difficult to interpret.}
State of North Carolina 25th Sept. 1790
The Honourable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina now Sitting at Fayette Ville.he Petition of the Inhabitants of that part of Burke County lying west of the Appalachian Mountain Most Humbly ShewethThat the local Situation of your Petitioners renders it exceedingly difficult and (in the winter season of the year) almost impossible to attend at the Court House of said County as Jurors, witnesses, &c., a number of the inhabitants on the west side of said mountain living seventy or eighty miles distance from said Court House and several very bad mountains to cross.And by annexing or adding that part of Rutherford County lying west of the Apalachian Mountain to that part of Burke County west of the Mountain, your Petitioners conceive that there would be a sufficient number of inhabitants to form a respectable County -- Therefore Hope your Honours will take their case under your most prudent consideration and in your Wisdom grant them a Separate County if you should consider expedient, as your Petitioners Humbly conceive it would conduce to the ease & Convenience of Inhabitants, and your Petitioners will every pray.
John WhitsonThomas WhitsonWm. Whitson
Noted in Buncombe Co., NC Court Minutes 1794-95 as juror and inspector for election.
Listed in First Families of Old Buncombe [NC] at www.obcgs.com/ffob.htm.
A LOT OF BUNKUM Vol. II, #2 February 1981
William Whitson and Anna (McDowell) Whitson: by JoAnne Whitson Allenbaugh
Death date from Will Book A pg 1 Maury, TN
1790 Census from Burke, NC, Morgan District
NC State ArchivesRev. Army Accounts K-ZWhitson, William 60 4; VI 22 1; A 214; 1 60 2
Old Buncombe First Families
The Men of Those Days
A look at some of "the men of those days," from "Asheville and Buncombe County" by F. A. Sondley, LL.D. and "Genesis of Buncombe County" by the Hon. Theodore F. Davidson.
Colonel John Patton was born April 4, 1765, and was one of Buncombe's first settlers. He removed to that county while it was yet Burke and Rutherford and settled first where Fernihurst now stands. From here he removed to the Whitson Place on Swannanoa above the old water works. After residing there for some while he returned to the vicinity of his former home, and bought and fixed his residence upon the Colonel William Davidson place, where the first County Court was held. At this place he continued to reside until his death on March 17, 1831.
Per JoAnne Allenbaugh:
"William Whitson was born ca 1760 in Burke/Rowan county North Carolina, son of Captain Thomas Whitson of Burke (now Caldwell) county North Carolina. The Whitson family was near neighbor and associate of the General Charles McDowell and his family.
William Whitson was in the Burke county Militia, listed as a Captain in Phillip Anthony's pension declaration, 1780. Also listed as a Major in George Cathey's pension declaration.
William Whitson was serving as a Lt. Col. of the Buncombe county Militia,___ when he had to call out the troops to go after some desperate outlaws______ Walton county, Georgia, then a contested part of Buncombe county NC.
William Whitson, July 1793, along with David Vance and William Gudger and others were named trustees for Newtons Academy. Newtons Academy was named for a Presbyterian preacher and school teacher George Newton.
William Whitson married Ann McDowell, ca 1780, at Pleasant Gardens (now McDowell county), daughter of "Hunting" John McDowell and Annie Edmisten. At the close of the Revolutionary War, William Whitson became a justice of the newly formed Buncombe county NC. He served as justice, along with the celebrated David Vance, from 1790 through 1796.
Between 1804 and 1806, William Whitson began selling off his property, getting ready to take up land in Maury county TN. He died ca Nov 1806 and his grave, marked by the DAR, is in Swannanoa section, 7 miles from Asheville, NC. He lived on Swannanoa river above Recreation Park. His widow, Ann McDowell and all but two sons, John & Joseph, moved to the area of Maury county TN.
William Whitson's will was the first will to be filed for probate, 1806, in Maury county TN."
More about the location of William Whitson's property in Buncombe Co., NC, 7 miles from Ashville, near the Swannanoa River on Haws Creek, above Recreation Park, near the old water works, near current site of the Ashville Golf Course, in 1983 the site of a hospital.--per Allenbaugh and Bellomo
Buncombe County was officially created in 1792. It was named after Revolutionary War hero Colonel Edward Buncombe of Tyrell County for political reasons. Called the “State of Buncombe,” the county originally included present day Buncombe, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Swain, Transylvania and parts of Polk and Yancey Counties. On April 16, 1792, the first Buncombe County Court, which served as the County's governing body, met at the house of Colonel William Davidson at Gum Spring (near the present entrance to the Biltmore Estate). Justices were James Alexander, James Brittain, James Davidson, William Davidson, Philip Hoodenpile, David Vance (Clerk of Court), and William Whitson. The first order of business was for the men to remove their coonskin caps. The Court then filled public offices, including Thomas Davidson as entry officer of land claims and James Patton was surveyor. The Court also levied taxes and ordered William Davidson to build a gristmill on the Swannanoa, near his sawmill. In addition, the Court ordered several men to lay a road from William Davidson's to Benjamin David's (at Davidson's Creek). However, the commission could not agree on a location for the county seat. In December of 1792, the state legislature named a second commission to locate the county seat and to place a courthouse, jail, and stocks. In July 1793, the county seat was established as “Morristown” on a well-drained plateau where two old Indian trails crossed (today's Pack Square). The village was renamed Asheville in 1797 in honor of Governor Samuel Ash.
When Walton County, Georgia, was formed, the boundary between Georgia and North Carolina had not been located. North Carolina believed that most, if not all of Walton County was actually in the boundaries of Buncombe County, North Carolina, which had been formed in 1791. North Carolina issued land grants and tried to collect taxes in this area it considered to be Buncombe County. Georgia denied the validity of these claims.
The confusion and arguing over the limits of each state's authority led to what was called the "Walton War". The absence of a legally recognized boundary by either Georgia or North Carolina aggravated the problem. Violence continued between pro-North Carolina and pro-Georgia settlers for some time. The 35th latitude was the border recognized by both North Carolina and Georgia. A commission was formed in 1807 to survey the area, and it was discovered that all of Walton County lay in North Carolina. Walton County was returned to North Carolina as part of Buncombe County in 1813.
On the 17th of December 1804, Lt. Col. William Whitson, Commander of the Buncombe County Militia, was distressed to "hear that the Walton Bandittey had taken armes and are Commiting Deprodations on the honest Civil Citson of this County", he ordered Major James Brittain "to raise as many Militia of your Battalion as you shall think necessary and pursue them from place to place and from day to day until you have taken their Leaders, if possible and show them that we have Law sufficient to suppress unruley Citisons".
From records in the Buncombe County Courthouse, we find where Daniel Killian was deeded 75 acres of land on Newfound Creek by William Whitson in 1791.
Asheville and Buncombe county
By Forster Alexander Sondley, Theodore Fulton Davidson, The Citizen Co., 1922
p. 42"Haw Creek," called originally "Whitson's Creek" from William Whitson who settled the place at its mouth, now the home of Mr. Frank Reed, and next called T. T. Patton's Mill Creek when Mr. T. T. Patton occupied that farm and built a mill on the stream, and still later known as "Haw Creek," because of the large number of black haw (Viburnum) bushes which grew on its banks.