William M. Nance1,2,3

M, #16891, b. 18 January 1760, d. 8 November 1843

Family

Elizabeth Thornton b. c 1766
Last Edited5 Jan 2021
     William M. Nance was born on 18 January 1760 in Amelia County, Virginia Colony.4

     William M. Nance began military service in 1777 by entering the service as a Substitute for Wm. Mitchett under Capt. Gabriel Fowlkes ?, John Knight Lieut. and William Brookin Ensigh at the Courthouse of Amelia County.4

     He marched to Williamsburg and joined the Regiment under the command of Col. Vivian Brookin and after remaining there a short time was ordered to Hampton where he joined the army under the command of General Thos. Nelson where he served several months . . . not less than three months. He was disbanded at Hampton by Col. Brookin without any regular discharge and returned home.4

     In February 1779, he was drafted and marched under Capt. William Fitzgerald, Lieut. ? to Halifax Town, North Carolina where he joined Col. David Mason and marched through Hillsborough, Salisbury, North Carolina and joined Genl. Lincoln at Stono Camp, South Carolina and fought a hard battle with the British on the 20 Jun 1779 in which he was engaged from the commencement to the end after which he marked back to Camp where he remained some time. He knew Count Pulaski, Genl. Parsons and from thence was marched to Camden South Carolina and disbanded in Aug 1779 after serving a tour of six months during which time he was orderly sergeant and was disbanded by Col. Mason.

     He returned to Amelia County where he remained until ? day of Dec 1780 when he removed to the county of Pittsylvania where he has resided egver since and in the year 1781 he was drafted and marched from the county aforesaid under Capt. Charles Williams, Lieut. Dix or Hunt (he does not recall which) to York Town where he was regularly engaged in the siege until the surrender two days after which he with the other sick of the troops from Pittsylvania was dischaged by General Stephens which discharge was lost or mislaid.5

     William M. Nance, 22, married Elizabeth Thornton, daughter of Presley Thornton, on 9 November 1782 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.1,6

     Their children are listed on what is probably a bible page turned in when Elizabeth applied for a Widow's Pension:
James Nance, born 25 Oct 1783 - 4 Jan 1814 he "started to Norfolk in defence of my country"
Amelia Name, born 2 Nov 1787
John Nance, born 23 Mar 1798
Frederick Nance, born 2 Aug 1792
Robert Nance, born 21 Mar 1797
Polley May Nance, born 19 Mar 1799
Jincy Nance, born 23 Sep 1800
Patsy Malone Nance, born 12 Mar 1805.7

     On 17 September 1832, William M. Nance personally appeared in Court to swear to his military service during the Revolution at Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He was granted a pension of $49 per year.5

     William M. Nance died on 8 November 1843 at age 83 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.8

Citations

  1. [S2261] Adams, Lela C. and Bassett, Virginia, abstractors. Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills, 1767-1820 (Easley: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1986), page 179.
  2. [S3254] "Thornton: Branches to Westward," Fox, Richard Thornton, typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author, Library of Toby Turner, Houston, Harris County, Texas, Chapter Seven: page C.
  3. [S6422] William M. Nance, pension application W5402; index and images, NARA (Washington, D. C.https://www.fold3.com/image/25084052: downloaded 5 Jan 2021) imaged from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives microfilm publication Record Group 15, roll 1800. Provides his middle initial.
  4. [S6422] William M. Nance, pension application W5402, https://www.fold3.com/image/25084052, page 7.
  5. [S6422] William M. Nance, pension application W5402, https://www.fold3.com/image/25084052, page 7-8.
  6. [S614] "Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1660-1800," index, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com, accessed 29 Jun 2020, entry for William Nance and Elizabeth Thornton, 1782, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; citing original data from the The Generations Network Inc., Virginia Marriages to 1800.
  7. [S6422] William M. Nance, pension application W5402, https://www.fold3.com/image/25084052, page 4.
  8. [S6422] William M. Nance, pension application W5402, https://www.fold3.com/image/25084052, page 11-12.

Jane Thornton1

F, #16892, b. circa 1778
FatherPresley Thornton1 b. 1735

Family

William Wilson b. c 1773, d. b 12 Jul 1860
Last Edited25 Jan 2021
     Jane Thornton was born circa 1778, daughter of Presley Thornton, in Virginia.2,3 She was also known as Jenny.4

     Jane Thornton married William Wilson on 11 March 1800 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.1,4

     On 6 January 1812, her father left her one equal share of his whole estate in his will of this date.1

     On 18 November 1815, the heirs of the Presley Thornton estate sold 417 acres on Mountain Run, adding a clause "reserving dower to Mary Thornton, the widow and relict of the said Presley Thornton during her natural life according to a line that has already been agreed on, by which 139 acres are allotted to the said Mary Thornton" in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.5

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
1830presumably as the free white female 40 thru 49 years of agePittsylvania County, Virginia
185072 years of agePittsylvania County, Maryland Colony3
186081 years of age and living with a Thomas C. Wilson, age 54, possibly her son, and a Rhoda James, age 40. Jane has no occupation but with real estate valued at $8,000 and personal property worth $10,500. She is living immediately adjacent to Greenbury Thornton, her brother's sonCascade PO, Pittsylvania County, Virginia2

Citations

  1. [S2261] Adams, Lela C. and Bassett, Virginia, abstractors. Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills, 1767-1820 (Easley: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1986), page 179.
  2. [S5784] "1860 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. (ancestry.com): accessed 30 Jun 2020), Jane Wilson, 1860, Southern District, Cascade, Pittsylvania, Virginia; citing page 403, family 347, FHL Microfilm 805,370.
  3. [S5959] "1850 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (www.ancestry.com), accessed 25 Jan 2021, entry for William Wilson, 1850, Pittsylvania, Virginia; citing roll 968, page 95a, family 410, image 55 of 185; citing original data from the National Archives MIcrofilm Publication M432.
  4. [S614] "Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1660-1800," index, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com, accessed 29 Jun 2020, entry for William Wilson and Jenny Thornton, 1800, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; citing original data from the The Generations Network Inc., Virginia Marriages to 1800.
  5. [S3254] "Thornton: Branches to Westward," Fox, Richard Thornton, typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author, Library of Toby Turner, Houston, Harris County, Texas, Chapter Seven: page 52, citing Pittsylvania Deed Book 19, page 365.

William Wilson1,2

M, #16893, b. circa 1773, d. before 12 July 1860

Family

Jane Thornton b. c 1778
Last Edited26 Jan 2021
     William Wilson was born circa 1773 in Maryland Colony.3

     William Wilson married Jane Thornton, daughter of Presley Thornton, on 11 March 1800 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.1,4

     William Wilson, Committee for Mary Thornton (the widow of Presley), paid for her board and upkeep to Charles T. Oakes (could he be a son of Isaac and Frances), Moses Thornton, and William Wilson.5

     On 23 April 1830, William Wilson committee pays board for Mary Thornton to Greenberry Thornton (one of grandsons), William Wison and E. Thornton.6

     On 15 August 1831, William received compensation for Mary Thornton's board from 25 Apr 1830 to 17 Jun 1831.7

     On 20 August 1832, Wiliam Wilson, committee for Mary Thornton, deceased, completed all payments due on her account to Moses Thornton and others.8

     William Wilson died before 12 July 1860 when his wife was enumerated without him.9

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
1830with one free white male 15 thru 19; two free white males 20 thru 29; one free white male 50 thru 59 (himself); one free white female 20 thru 29; one free white female 40 thru 49 (his wife). One free colored female 24 thru 35. Slaves: one female under 10; two females 24 thru 35Pittsylvania County, Virginia10
185077 years of age. Also living in his household were the following presumed childen: Thomas Wilson, age 45, Farmer; Susan James, age 36; and Ellis J. Wilson, age 38, FarmerPittsylvania County, Virginia3
Farmer with real estate valued at $2,0003

Citations

  1. [S2261] Adams, Lela C. and Bassett, Virginia, abstractors. Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills, 1767-1820 (Easley: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1986), page 179.
  2. [S3254] "Thornton: Branches to Westward," Fox, Richard Thornton, typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author, Library of Toby Turner, Houston, Harris County, Texas, Chapter Seven: page 53; citing Pittsylvania County Accounts Current Book 5, page 399.
  3. [S5959] "1850 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (www.ancestry.com), accessed 25 Jan 2021, entry for William Wilson, 1850, Pittsylvania, Virginia; citing roll 968, page 95a, family 410, image 55 of 185; citing original data from the National Archives MIcrofilm Publication M432.
  4. [S614] "Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1660-1800," index, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com, accessed 29 Jun 2020, entry for William Wilson and Jenny Thornton, 1800, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; citing original data from the The Generations Network Inc., Virginia Marriages to 1800.
  5. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter Seven: page 53; citing Pittsylvania County Accounts Current Book 8, page 260.
  6. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter Seven: page 53; citing Pittsylvania County Accounts Current Book 9, page 369.
  7. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter Seven: page 53; citing Pittsylvania County Accounts Current Book 10, page 92.
  8. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter Seven: page 53; citing Pittsylvania County Accounts Current Book 10, page 181.
  9. [S5784] "1860 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. (ancestry.com): accessed 30 Jun 2020), Jane Wilson, 1860, Southern District, Cascade, Pittsylvania, Virginia; citing page 403, family 347, FHL Microfilm 805,370.
  10. [S5986] "1830 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (Provo, Utah), accessed 25 Jan 2021, entry for William Wilson, 1830, Pittsylvania, Virginia; citing M19, roll 201, page 405, line 27, FHL microfilm 29,680, image 181 of 196; citing original data from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Frances Thornton1,2

F, #16894
FatherPresley Thornton1 b. 1735

Family

Isaac Oakes
Last Edited19 Jan 2021
     She was also known as Fanny.1

     Frances Thornton married Isaac Oakes on 10 November 1796 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, with Clement Nance, Minister of the Gospel, officiating.1,3,4

     On 6 January 1812, her father left her £40 to be raised and levied out of his estate in his will of this date.1

     On 18 November 1815, the heirs of the Presley Thornton estate sold 417 acres on Mountain Run, adding a clause "reserving dower to Mary Thornton, the widow and relict of the said Presley Thornton during her natural life according to a line that has already been agreed on, by which 139 acres are allotted to the said Mary Thornton" in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.5

     I am unable to find Isaac Oakes in the 1800 or 1810 census enumerations in Virginia or adjoining states. There is an Isaac Oaks in 1820 census in William County, Tennesse; one Isaac Oakes in 1830 in Guilford County, North Carolina; and another in Grainger County, Tennessee. There is an illie Okes in 1830 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. There is no way to tell if any of these men are this Isaac Oakes. I could not find either him or Frances in 1850 so am at a dead end for now as of 17 Jan 2021.

Citations

  1. [S2261] Adams, Lela C. and Bassett, Virginia, abstractors. Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills, 1767-1820 (Easley: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1986), page 179.
  2. [S3254] "Thornton: Branches to Westward," Fox, Richard Thornton, typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author, Library of Toby Turner, Houston, Harris County, Texas, Chapter Seven: page 54.
  3. [S614] "Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1660-1800," index, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com, accessed 29 Jun 2020, entry for Isaac Oakes and Frances Thornton, 1800, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; citing original data from the The Generations Network Inc., Virginia Marriages to 1800.
  4. [S2220] Pittsylvania County, Virginia Marriages 1700-1799, contributed by Cecil D. McDonald, Jr. and transcribed by Wes Blair and Pam Miller, online at ( http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/pittsylvania/vitals/marriages/1700-1799.txt ), uploaded 29 Jun 2008, site verified as active 3 Jun 2019, Thomas Oakes and Frances Thornton, 1796, accessed 30 Jun 2020.
  5. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter Seven: page 52, citing Pittsylvania Deed Book 19, page 365.

Isaac Oakes1,2,3

M, #16895
Last Edited19 Jan 2021
     Isaac Oakes married Frances Thornton, daughter of Presley Thornton, on 10 November 1796 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, with Clement Nance, Minister of the Gospel, officiating.1,4,5

     William Wilson, Committee for Mary Thornton (the widow of Presley), paid for her board and upkeep to Charles T. Oakes (could he be a son of Isaac and Frances), Moses Thornton, and William Wilson.2

     I am unable to find Isaac Oakes in the 1800 or 1810 census enumerations in Virginia or adjoining states. There is an Isaac Oaks in 1820 census in William County, Tennesse; one Isaac Oakes in 1830 in Guilford County, North Carolina; and another in Grainger County, Tennessee. There is an illie Okes in 1830 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. There is no way to tell if any of these men are this Isaac Oakes. I could not find either him or Frances in 1850 so am at a dead end for now as of 17 Jan 2021.

Citations

  1. [S2261] Adams, Lela C. and Bassett, Virginia, abstractors. Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills, 1767-1820 (Easley: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1986), page 179.
  2. [S3254] "Thornton: Branches to Westward," Fox, Richard Thornton, typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author, Library of Toby Turner, Houston, Harris County, Texas, Chapter Seven: page 53; citing Pittsylvania County Accounts Current Book 8, page 260.
  3. [S3254] Fox," Thornton: Branches to Westward," typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author to Library of Toby Turner, Chapter Seven: page 54.
  4. [S614] "Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1660-1800," index, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com, accessed 29 Jun 2020, entry for Isaac Oakes and Frances Thornton, 1800, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; citing original data from the The Generations Network Inc., Virginia Marriages to 1800.
  5. [S2220] Pittsylvania County, Virginia Marriages 1700-1799, contributed by Cecil D. McDonald, Jr. and transcribed by Wes Blair and Pam Miller, online at ( http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/pittsylvania/vitals/marriages/1700-1799.txt ), uploaded 29 Jun 2008, site verified as active 3 Jun 2019, Thomas Oakes and Frances Thornton, 1796, accessed 30 Jun 2020.

Barbary Thornton1

F, #16896, b. 1757
FatherPresley Thornton1 b. 1735
Last Edited27 Nov 2020
     Barbary Thornton was born in 1757, daughter of Presley Thornton.2

     Barbary Thornton married (--?--) Jones. Not only can I not find a marriage record, but without a first name I cannot find them in the census either. Most recent attempt was 26 Nov 2020.1

     On 6 January 1812, her father cuts Barbary out of his will of this date by leaving her only one shilling.1

Citations

  1. [S2261] Adams, Lela C. and Bassett, Virginia, abstractors. Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills, 1767-1820 (Easley: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1986), page 179.
  2. [S3254] "Thornton: Branches to Westward," Fox, Richard Thornton, typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author, Library of Toby Turner, Houston, Harris County, Texas, Chapter Seven: page C.

(--?--) Jones1

M, #16897

Family

Barbary Thornton b. 1757
Last Edited27 Nov 2020
     (--?--) Jones married Barbary Thornton, daughter of Presley Thornton. Not only can I not find a marriage record, but without a first name I cannot find them in the census either. Most recent attempt was 26 Nov 2020.1

     In 1782, there were five men with the surname Jones listed in the 1782 Virginia Census. Without a first name, I cannot proceed.

Citations

  1. [S2261] Adams, Lela C. and Bassett, Virginia, abstractors. Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills, 1767-1820 (Easley: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1986), page 179.

Susannah Thornton1

F, #16898, b. 1761
FatherPresley Thornton1 b. 1735
Last Edited28 Nov 2020
     Susannah Thornton was born in 1761, daughter of Presley Thornton.2

     Susannah Thornton married (--?--) Watts. I cannot find a marriage record for them as of 28 Nov 2020.1

     On 6 January 1812, her father cuts Susannah out of his will of this date by leaving her only one shilling.1

Citations

  1. [S2261] Adams, Lela C. and Bassett, Virginia, abstractors. Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills, 1767-1820 (Easley: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1986), page 179.
  2. [S3254] "Thornton: Branches to Westward," Fox, Richard Thornton, typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author, Library of Toby Turner, Houston, Harris County, Texas, Chapter Seven: page C.

(--?--) Watts1

M, #16899

Family

Susannah Thornton b. 1761
Last Edited24 Jan 2021
     (--?--) Watts married Susannah Thornton, daughter of Presley Thornton. I cannot find a marriage record for them as of 28 Nov 2020.1

     In 1782, there was a Richard Watts listed in the Virginia Census for that year with 10 White Souls, but I have no idea if he was Susannah's husband. Without a first name, I cannot proceed.

Citations

  1. [S2261] Adams, Lela C. and Bassett, Virginia, abstractors. Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills, 1767-1820 (Easley: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1986), page 179.

Saray Thornton1

F, #16900, b. 1761
FatherPresley Thornton1 b. 1735
Last Edited26 Nov 2020
     Saray Thornton was born in 1761, daughter of Presley Thornton.2 She was also known as Sarah.2

     Saray Thornton married (--?--) Barnett. I cannot find a marriage record for them as of 26 Nov 2020, so, no first name for her husband.1

     On 6 January 1812, her father cuts Saray out of his will of this date by leaving her only one shilling.1

Citations

  1. [S2261] Adams, Lela C. and Bassett, Virginia, abstractors. Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills, 1767-1820 (Easley: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1986), page 179.
  2. [S3254] "Thornton: Branches to Westward," Fox, Richard Thornton, typescript, 13 Apr 2000 sent by author, Library of Toby Turner, Houston, Harris County, Texas, Chapter Seven: page C.