The Edwards and Buckles Families of SW Indiana:Information about William Skelton
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William Skelton (b. Abt. 1745, d. Bet. 1820 - 1830)William Skelton (son of John William Skelton and Eleanor Elizabeth Parks) was born Abt. 1745 in Mecklenburg Co. Virginia, and died Bet. 1820 - 1830 in Gibson or Warrick Co. IN.He married Sarah on 1767 in Virginia.
Notes for William Skelton:
Upper South Carolina was opened for settlement by the colonists in 1755. The area surrounding present day Greenville became the southern terminus for the Great Wagon Road leading from Philadelphia, along the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, across central North Carolina to the old Pendleton District of South Carolina.
William and Sarah seem to have been accompanied by his two younger brothers, Thomas and Robert Skelton, on the trip from Virginia to South Carolina.Both served in the Revolution, but in different regiments, and fought in the Siege of Ninety Six.
William bought a parcel of land on John's Creek, a tributary of the Enoree River in Union District, SC in 1770.He and Sarah divested themselves of title to this property on 10 Oct 1788.
They appear in the 1790 First US Census in Pendleton (now Anderson) County, SC.
William purchased land there on July 13, 1789 anddeeded it away in 1791.
In 1792 the Skelton family moved across the Savannah River to Elbert Co. GA where they bought property on Cedar Creek from John Scales.
About 1803 the Skelton/Scales families began migration into Warren County, KY and in 1807 they crossed the Ohio River and settled in Knox (now Gibson) County, Indiana Territory (Indiana was not yet issued statehood).
Four of William's sons, Jacob, James, Ralph and Robert Skelton were involved in the fighting at Tippecanoe in Indiana at the outbreak of the War of 1812. They mustered in at Vincennes, Indiana and fought under General William Henry Harrison, who later was elected the 9th president of the United States.
William moved in with his son, Zachariah, after Sarah died sometime in 1818 in Gibson County. William appears in the 1820 Census as living there, but not in 1830. He died sometime in that decade, but no record exists of either his or Sarah's death.
Land Deed Book, pages 91-92. 13 July 1789.
John Green, Blacksmith, of Abbeville County, South Carolina conveys to William Skelton, planter, for £.80, 200 acres.
The South Carolina Archives of Revolutionary War Records lists William Skelton as a Patriot for his provision of foodstuffs and a horse.
1820 Gibson Co. Indiana Census, p 238
William was one of my 64 5G grandfathers-TLE
More About William Skelton and Sarah:
Marriage: 1767, Virginia.
Children of William Skelton and Sarah are:
- Robert Skelton, b. Abt. 1767, d. Abt. 1793, Union or Pendleton Co. SC.
- Jacob Skelton, b. Abt. 1768, Pendleton District, SC, d. 23 Sep 1853, Gibson Co. IN.
- Prudence Skelton, b. 16 Apr 1770, Union District, SC, d. 1848, Washington Co. AR.
- Infant Skelton, b. 1772, Union District, SC, d. 1772, Union District, SC.
- John Skelton, b. 1774, Union District, SC, d. 15 Dec 1827, Montgomery Township, Gibson Co. IN.
- Infant Skelton, b. 1778, Union District, SC, d. 1778, Union District, SC.
- +Mary Ann Skelton, b. 17 Apr 1782, Union District, SC, d. 10 Feb 1850, Boonville, Warrick Co. IN.
- +Zachariah Skelton, b. 24 Sep 1784, Union Co. SC, d. 22 Dec 1856, Skelton Township, Warrick Co. IN.
- Infant Skelton, b. 1786, Union Co. SC, d. 1786, Union Co. SC.
- Ralph Skelton, b. 16 May 1787, Union Co. SC, d. 30 Mar 1861, Washington Co. AR.
- James Skelton, b. 1791, Pendleton Co. SC, d. 1814, Gibson Co. IN.
- +Robert Skelton, b. 1794, Elbert County, Georgia, d. 15 Mar 1853, Patoka Township, Gibson Co.Indiana.