Major David Wilson

 

Will of David Wilson

Signed 19 Dec 1803

Recorded November Term 1814

Transcribed by Carolyn G. Smith, 1991

Source: Will Book I, pages 77-79

In the name of God Amen: I David Wilson of the state of Tennessee and county of Sumner, I do hereby make this my last will and testament viz: as follows.

I do bequeath unto my beloved wife Jean during her life one half of the house I now live in also all my household furniture, the use of a Negro woman named Rose and a Negro girl named Nancy and my roan horse.

I give and bequeath into my son William two hundred and fourteen acres of land being half the tract including Honey’s lick on Ginnon’s Creek-also five hundred acres on Caney Spring Creek a branch of Duck River.

I give and bequeath into my son James five hundred acres of land on Caney Spring Creek a branch of Duck River.

I give and bequeath into my son-in-law Zacheus Wilson five hundred acres of land on Caney Spring Creek a branch of Duck River.

I give and bequeath into my William Steel five hundred acres of land on Spring Creek a branch of Duck River.

I give and bequeath into my son Zacheus the plantation I now live on with all its improvements above excepted. Beginning at my son James south east corner running thence south to the old original line, thence west with original line to the old corner a mulberry. Ten north to James Wilson south west corner, also 50 acres transferred to me by Joseph Motheral adjoining the original tract on the west – also one thousand acres at the mouth of Caney Spring Creek a branch of Duck River being the half of the 2,000 acres tract to be divided equal in quantity and quality – also one sorrel mare and colt now on this plantation – also one half of my farming tools – also one Negro man called Cesar, provided said Zacheus pays to each of my legates thirty five dollars – also five hundred acres on Caney Spring Creek a branch of Duck River.

To son David – one hundred and sixty acres of land being part of the plantation I now live one. Beginning at William Wilson’s south east corner thence with the line north to William Wilson’s south west corner – also one thousand acres on Duck River at the mouth of Caney Spring Creek being a part of a two thousand acre tract to be divided according to quantity and quality – also one sorrel horse with half of my farming tools, with two cows and calves and such part of any hogs and sheep as my said wife shall choose to give to him – she being considered the possessor during her life – also one hundred dollars to be paid to him by my executor as soon as they can raise the money out of my indisposed land, - also five hundred acres of land on Caney Spring Creek, a branch of Duck River.

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary five hundred acres of land on Caney Spring Creek a branch of Duck River – also one bed and furniture – also a young Roan Mare –also four cows and calves.

The property above mentioned to my beloved to her at her absolute disposal both in her life and at her death – also the disposal of my clothes to whom she pleases – it is also provided of the above mentioned five hundred six acres tract, said two thousand ninety six acres tract, said two thousand taken off divided into eight equal shares shall be lotted for any legatee.

The remaining two thousand ninety six acres and said tract with all my other lands which I have not hereby disposed of I leave at the absolute disposal of my executors for the purpose of discharging of any just debts or _______ that may come against my estate. It is also hereby directed that my executors make a deed in fee to my son-in-law Jonathan Wilson for one hundred and twenty acres of land out of any of the land not hereby disposed of, of equal value to the Harpeth lands which he was to receive. Also a deed in fee to my brother Zacheus Wilson one hundred acres of any of my lands, not hereby disposed of, equal in value to what he was to receive of me on Harpeth. It is hereby provided that all my stock of cattle in Wilson County shall be equally divided into eight lots and lotted for, four head of horse creatures not hereby disposed of I leave to the disposal of my executors- it is also hereby provided that my executors have paid all my just claims against my estate. The remainder to be equally divided amongst all my legatees after my executors have received a just compensation for their trouble. It is hereby provided that my executors or heirs lay any of my duplicate warrants they shall have half the land for laying the same. If any of my heirs should not be satisfied with their lots, if any difference should arise I do hereby request them to settle it by arbitration and not go to the law and lastly I do here _______and appoint (My son William Wilson and my son Zacheus Wilson) my executors of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made. In testimony whereof I do hereby set my hand and affix my seal, this nineteenth day of December one thousand eight hundred and three.

Signed and sealed in the presence of

 

Zack Wilson

James S. Wilson

Note: Will of David Wilson proved by Zacheus Wilson and James S. Wilson, subscribing witnesses; William Wilson and Zacheus Wilson sons of said deceased, executors, qualified. Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions at Court house in Gallatin, third Monday of March 1804. Carol Wells, Sumner County Tennessee Minutes, 1787-1805 & 1808-1810, (1995). This was the first recorded court minutes since October of 1803.

 

Notes: Sumner County, Tennessee Will Abstracts, 1788-1882 by Shirley Wilson, 1987, p. 115:

Wilson, David, 19 Dec 1803 – Life estate to wife Jean, son-in-law Zacheus Wilson. Sons William, James, "my Jonathan Wilson, my William street, son Zacheus Wilson, son David, daughter Mary, brother, Zacheus Wilson. Land bought of Joseph Moteral. Ex: Wilson, William; Wilson, Zacheus. Wt: Wilson, Zach; Wilson, James S. ) Will Book, 1-77.

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DAVID WILSON’S LAND GRANTS

Grant No. 3, Book 7, Page 284, Date 1784, Acreage 2000 on file in Tennessee Archives, Nashville, TN:

The State of North Carolina. To All Whom These Present Shall com Greetings: Know ye that we for cirvis and vallor of David Wilson pursuant to an act of the General Assembly to amend an act for the relief of the officers and soldiers of the Continental line and for another purposes in and for the consideration expressed in the reports of our said Assembly have given and granted and by thee present to give and grant unto David Wilson a tract of land containing 2000 acres lying and being in our County of Green in the Middle District of the Western land lying on Caney Spring Creek on the north side of Duck River, beginning at a cedar tree on the river band about 5 poles above the mouth of a gutter coming into said river and run north 100 chains to a white ash tree, in a piece of cedar land, then east 150 chains to a (illegible) in all 200 chains to a walnut tree thence south 100 chains to an Elm standing on a ridge thence west to the river an down the river to the beginning. As by the plot hereunto annexed doth appear together with all woods waters, mines, minerals hereditaments and appurtenances to the said land belonging or appertaining to hold to the said David Wilson, his heirs and assigns forever yielding and paying to us said sums of money yearly or otherwise as our General Assembly may from time to time direct, provided always that the said David Wilson shall cause this Grant to be signtured in the register’s office of our said County of Green within twelve months from date hereof otherwise the same shall be void and of no effect.

In testimony whereof, we have caused these our letters to be made patent and our Great Seal to hereunto affixed.

Witness – Alex Martin,

Esquire, our Governor, Captain, General and Commander-in-Chief at Newbern this 19th day of November in the 9th year of our independence and in the year of our Lord 1784.

Alex Martin

By his Excellency’s command.

J. Glasgow, Secretary.

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Drapers Manuscripts 7-22-6, Series ZZ, vol. 7, p. 6

David Wilson, A Veteran of The French & Indian War (1754-1763) "To the Honble the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina The Memorial of David Wilson humbly Sheweth, That Your Memorialist served as a Subaltern Officer last War, by which Your Memorialist if entituled to two Thousand Acres of Land by proclamation of the present King of Great Britain in Council dated 1763, for consequence of which your memorialist at a very Considerable expence, went to the Western Waters, in the year 1775 and had the said Land layed off on the North side of Kentuckey River in the Commonwealth of Virginia but before the return could be made by the Surveyor, the British Government became extinct in these United States, and a resolve has passed the Legislature of Virginia, forbiding the Governer to grant titles to any of the said Officers but such of them as are resident in the said Commonwealth, which is exceedingly injurious to your Memorialist, for remedy whereof your Memorialist hopes your Honble David Wilson, A Veteran of The French & Indian War (1754-1763) "To the Honble the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina The Memorial of David Wilson humbly Sheweth, That Your Memorialist served as a Subaltern Officer last War, by which Your Memorialist if entituled to two Thousand Acres of Land by proclamation of the present King of Great Britain in Council dated 1763, for consequence of which your memorialist at a very Considerable expence, went to the Western Waters, in the year 1775 and had the said Land layed off on the North side of Kentuckey River in the Commonwealth of Virginia but before the return could be made by the Surveyor, the British Government became extinct in these United States, and a resolve has passed the Legislature of Virginia, forbiding the Governer to grant titles to any of the said Officers but such of them as are resident in the said Commonwealth, which is exceedingly injurious to your Memorialist, for remedy whereof your Memorialist hopes your Honble Body will pass a Resolve, directing the Governor of this state to grant Your Memorialist a Warrant to Survey and lay off the aforesaid Number of Acres on any unapropriated Lands within this State agreable to the above mentioned proclamation and Your Memoriallist as in duty bound shall ever pray. 30 April 1780 David Wilson North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol 4, No. 4, Nov. 1978, p. 260. From an original document filed in the N.C. Legislative Papers, Box L.P. 35-Session of 2 May 1780, at the N.C. State Archives, Raleigh.

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Biographical Directory of the Tennessee General Assembly, Volume - 1796-1861 by Robert M. McBride and Dan M. Robison, edited by Robert M. McBride, Nashville: The Tennessee State Library and Archives and Tennessee Historical Commission, 1975, pp. 805-806:

"Wilson, David (1852-1803 or 1804)

House of Commons, North Carolina General Assembly, 1789; representing Sumner county, later included in Tennessee; member and speaker, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, representing Sumner County, in Territorial Assembly, Southwest Territory, 1794. Born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, 1752; exact date of birth, names of parents, and extent of schooling not determined. Concerning his marriage, Dixon Merritt states, "There have been statements that David Wilson’s wife was Sallie McConnell but, in his wife, he refers to her as ‘my beloved wife Jean’ "; the eight children, presumably of David and Jean Wilson, were—Elizabeth, James, William, Mary, David, Jr., Narcissus, Zachariah Wilson, and one who name is not indicated, but who was married to William Street. David Wilson received from North Carolina a grant of 20,000 acres of land on Duck River in what is now Marshall County; he acquired other land; Sumner County tax lists for 1787-88 show that he owned 10,325 acres. Appointed justice of the peace or Sumner County, 1787; member of two North Carolina conventions—that of 1788, called to consider U.S. Constitution, and that of 1789, called to ratify U.S. Constitution; register for Sumner County at time of death. Home two miles east of Gallatin, Sumner County. Served in North Carolina Militia from Salisbury District during Revolutionary War. Died in Sumner County at end of 1803 or beginning of 1804; buried in unmarked grave near Gallatin. Wilson County named in his honor.

Sources: Merritt, History of Wilson County, 47-47; Cisco, Historic Sumner, 305-306; Roster of Soldiers of North Carolina in the Revolutionary War, 401, 402."

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The Great Leap Westward, a history of Sumner County, Tennessee from its beginnings to 1805 by Walter T. Durham:

p. 57: "The first court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Sumner County met on the second Monday of April, 1787, at the designated house of John Hamilton, near Station Camp Creek, about five miles west of what is now Gallatin…The magistrates attending the first court meeting were...David Wilson…."

p. 63: "In 1788, James Winchester, William Stokes, David Wilson, Edward Douglass and Daniel Smith were elected to represent Sumner county at a state convention at Hillsborough called by North Carolina to consider ratification of the Constitution of the United States."

p. 64: "Before the end of the year, however, the Constitution of the United States was ratified…This county was represented at the ratification Convention in Fayetteville by David Wilson…."

p. 68: "In 1790, Governor Blount commissioned David Shelby clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions in Sumner County. The following justices of the peace were commissioned: David Wilson…."

p. 71: "The Territorial General Assembly was convened in Knoxville in February, 1794, and David Wilson of Sumner was elected its first speaker."

p. 72: "David Wilson was appointed register of Sumner County by Governor Blount, September 27, 1794."

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Letter from Major David Wilson to General Daniel Smith, Governor pro tem. of the Southwest Territory.

Wilson’s Station July 23

1793

Dr Sir:

The Indians have done no damage in your neighbourhood (sic) since you left this county. In the brave defense made at Greenfield (Station) mentioned in my last, James Hay, a young man, behaved with great bravery for which he deserves the notice of his countrymen. I shall give you a listed of those killed and wounded since my last (vis) May 20th. John Hacker, a Spy killed on Drakes Creek June the 25th, James Stell and his oldest daughter was killed and his son wounded going from Greenfield to Morgan’s Station. June the 4th, Adam Flenar, Richard Robeson and Wm. Bartlett killed and Abraham Young and John Maxfiled wounded at the Gilead Spring on the road to B. Barrow. June 29th Isaac Heaton and Jos. Heaton killed and a negro wounded at Heatron’s Lick; July 1st Jacob Casselman killed and Joseph Casselman wounded near Hays Station. July 15th, William Campbell wounded near Nashville. July 1th, Mr. Joslen wounded at this own house. July 19th, William Smith killed at Johnson’s Lick. The Barbarious (sic) Circumstances attending the above murders, I mention not, as you can readily have an idea from what you have seen and known yourself. Dr Sir, I received letters from you from which I thank you. One of them respecting the number and value of the horses taken by the Indians. Whether any method be taken to ascertain the same, I know not, as we told the president in our address we would not mention our property; it is to be lamented that our horses are no sooner taken by the Indian, than they are in the hands of our fellow citizens of Holston. They must certainly e men of consequence that are concerned in this business, or they could not carry it on under the very eye of government with impunity. Sir, our court paid no regard to the acts of the Governor or Judges as they refused to take bond of the Clerk and Register agreeable to such acts; the Federal Constitution capitation or Direct Tax shall be laid only agreeably to the General Census; if then the Governor’s power does not originate in the General Government, from whence is it:

Sir, this District considers it a great a grievanced (sic) that the paymaster of the Territory does not attend to pay the Militia for their services. Sir, the people look up to you for redress of this grievance. Sir, I send you enclosed a 5-Dollar Treasury warrant on the state of South Carolina. If you will sell it for me, you will much oblige your Most obedient Honourable (sic) Humble Servant

Danl. Smith David Wilson

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From Biography written by Caroly G. (McCrary) Smith:

"No mention has been found of any members of David's [Wilson] family being killed by Indians except an account of the Indian attack on Greenville Station published in the Knoxville Gazette on May 15, 1793, which occurred on April 27, 1793. William Hall and William Wilson were mentioned as having found the Indians during that attack. The article also stated that William Wilson had lost a brother and William Hall had lost his father and two brothers. William Hall's father and brothers were all killed in 1787 several years earlier.

William Wilson was a son of Major David Wilson, possible the oldest. No record has been found giving the name of the deceased son. Two possibilities were George Wilson and Archie Wilson, both killed by the Indians prior to the attack on Greenville Station."

 

From Early History of Middle Tennessee by Edward Albright, 1909, Chapter 34 (Assault on Zigler's fort, in Sumner County, occurred June 26, 1792):

"Archie Wilson, a fine young fellow, who had volunteered his services to defend the fort that night, fought bravely, but finally when wounded and retreating, was brought to bay and clubbed to death. His body was found next morning about a hundred yards from the station."

This attack is where all the family of Joseph Wilson [son of Robert "Old Robin" Wilson] were captured and later ransomed. In one account it was report that Joseph was wounded but escaped with his son of 12 years old [The History of Sumner County, Tennessee by Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887, p. 4]. It would appear Joseph was married before as he married Sarah White in 1787. No information about this possible first wife has been found. Source: Jean Wilson.

The William Wilson, son of Major David Wilson, mentioned above, married Sarah "Sally" Brevard. They named their first son Archibald Wilson. This could have been in honor of the slain Archie Wilson or perhaps the slain Archie himself. Source: Jean Wilson

 

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The History of Mecklenburg County from 1740 to 1900 by J. B. Alexander, M.

D., Charlotte, NC: Observer Printing, 1902.

The Members of the General Assembly from 1777 to 1902, Inclusive, and Time of

Service.

Years Senate House

1778………….Robt. Irwin…………………………..Caleb Phifer, David Wilson

 

1779………….Robt. Irwin…………………………..Caleb Phifer, David Wilson

1780………….Robt. Irwin…………………………..Caleb Phifer, David Wilson

1781………….Robt. Irwin…………………………..Caleb Phifer, David Wilson

1782………….Robt. Irwin…………………………..Caleb Phifer, David Wilson

1783………….Robt. Irwin…………………………..Caleb Phifer, David Wilson

1784………….James Harris……………………….Caleb Phifer, David Wilson

1785………….James Harris……………………….Caleb Phifer, George Alexander

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