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Elizabeth
Witherspoon

(1845 - 1932)

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Rankin
Witherspoon

(1817 - 1892)

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Wesley
Witherspoon

(1787 - 1856)

Thomas
Wesley
Witherspoon, Sr.

(1748- 1790)

John
Witherspoon II

(1726 - 1778)

John Witherspoon
(1700 - 17??)

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Thomas Wesley Witherspoon

 

 

Born: 17 Jan 1748, Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania
Died:  19 Apr 1790, Wilkes County, North Carolina

 

Thomas Wesley Witherspoon was born 17 January 1747/49 in Pennsylvania.  He was the first child born to John Witherspoon (b. 1726) and Martha Pettigrew. There are some who believe that this Thomas Witherspoon did not have "Wesley" as his middle name.

 
Thomas married Sarah "Sallie" Howard, the daughter of John Howard, in 13 Sept 1777.  She was born 02 Apr 1761 in Rowan County, North Carolina.  He was about 29 and she was 16.
 
 
Children of Thomas Wesley Witherspoon and Sarah Howard
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
John Witherspoon 27 May 1779
Wilkes Co, NC
28 Dec 1863
Caldwell Co, NC
Elizabeth "Betsy" Dula
Joshua Witherspoon 1782
Wilkes Co, NC
01 May 1856
Greene, VA
 
Sarah Dorcas Witherspoon 1785
Wilkes Co, NC
1854
Maury Co, TN
Matthew Harbison
Thomas Wesley Witherspoon 06 Jun 1787 16 Jan 1856
Catawba Co, NC
Margaret Rankin
David Witherspoon 04 Apr 1789
Wilkes Co, NC
01 Nov 1873 Penelope Gee
m. 01 Nov 1809
 
 
 
     
     
 

The Descendants of John Witherspoon (b. 1650, SCOTLAND)

 
 

Compiled by H. Glenn Williams, 1997

 
     
 

Thomas was born in PA, Jan 17, 1748, married Sept 13, 1777 to Sallie Howard (1761 - 1790) of Rowan County, NC; daughter of John and Nancy Howard; she died April 14th and he the 19th of April, 1790, during an epidemic of French measles.  All of the children, after the death of their parents, lived with their grand mother, Martha (Pettigrew) Witherspoon until her death in April 1810, when the family scattered (Rev. Dr. W. B. Witherspoon letter of 28 March 1934) Thomas was an elder brother of Captain David Witherspoon (1758 - 1828), and his daughter went to Tennessee; where they settled on Duck River and many of their descendants still live in that vicinity; Dorcas (1785 - ????) became the wife of Matthew Harberson before leaving NC, who became the father of Charles Wesley and Dr. John Alexander of Nashville, TN.  Both are buried in the family burial ground near Kings Creek.  His will was probated July 1790, Book No.1, Page 280, North Wilkesboro, NC.

 
     
 
 
Thomas' wife, Sarah/Sallie, died 14 Apr 1790 in Wilkes County, North Carolina, during an epidemic of French measles.  She was 29.  Thomas died a few days later on 19 Apr 1790 at the age of 43.
 
 

 

 

Will of Thomas Witherspoon, b. 1747

 

 

 
 

 

 

The Last Will & Testament of Thomas Witherspoon  

 
 

The Last Will & Testament of Thomas Witherspoon    July Term 1790

 

In the Name of God, Amen - I Thomas Witherspoon of Wilkes County and State of North Carolina being of a Low state of Health in Body  but  of  sound  understanding and memory; calling to mind the shortness of Life and certainty of Death do constitute this my Last Will and Testament and do desire it to be Record by all men as such.

Imprimis I Bequeath my soul to God who gave it and my body To be buried at the Discretion of my Executors and after all my just debts is paid, it is my will and desire that my Earthly Estate which it has pleased God to bless me with be divided Amongst my five children in the following manner.

Imprimis to my four well beloved sons appd. John, Joshua, Westley & David Witherspoon.  I Will & Bequeath all my Land, Both Improved an unimproved to be divided Equally Among my four sons appd. in the following manner.  That is to say it is my desire that my lands be rented out to some carefull industrious man for a small term of years At a time in such manner as for the Tennant to Improve The Lands & the Rents after paying the tax of the Land to go to the support of my four sons appd.  It further is my Desire that when my sons become of age that the Lands be Divided among them as they become of age by Lott agreeable To Quantity and Quality.
 

Imprimis to my well beloved daughter Dorcus I will & Bequeath my Negro girl Dinah, also one feather bed And furniture, one side saddle & her departed Mothers wearing apparel.

Imprimis to my four well beloved sons John, Joshua, Westley & David Witherspoon, I will and Bequeath all my Personal estate which is not already bequeathed such as Horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, Household furniture & plantation Utentials, Debt Due as well as Bills & Bonds together with every Part & parcel of my Estate to be Equally divided among them.  It further is my will and desire that the Rents of the Land appd., the use of the Negro Girl Dinah Bequeath to my Daughter also the use & increase of all my personal estate to go to the maintaining and Schooling of my five well beloved Children appd.  It further is my will and desire that All my personal estate be valued by two or three Juditious & honest Free holders Whome the Honorable Court of this county may see cause to appoint and That a Just Inventory be made out by them returnable To the court and that my Executers give bond security For the Delivery of such Estate in such  this do equal justice to my children appd. that is to John, Joshua, Westley & David Witherspoon and that benefits Increase & profits of such estate go to the support Of my children which I wish to be Raised in a Christian manner.

It further is my will and desire that my Beloved Brother James Witherspoon and trusty and well beloved Friend Benjamin Howard be Executors to this my Last Will and Testament.  In witness whereof I have here Unto set my hand and affixed my seal this 10th day Of April 1790. 

                                                     Thomas Witherspoon (Seal)

Signed, Sealed and Acknowledged
In presence of us
James Trexton
Anananias Allen
Thomas Carlton
Wm. Ivanson

 

Transcribed by Curtis & Carolyn Loftin with the help of Jane McCuiston

 

 
 

 

 

Witherspoon Family Cemetery

 

The Witherspoon Family Cemetery, on a hill, off Old Grandin Road, King's Creek, NC

 
The cemetery is on Grandin Road.  From Lenoir, follow Route 18, north toward Wilkesboro.  Go about 10 miles to King's Creek School (on right).  Pass Wheelings Store (on left).  Turn Left on Grandin Road.  Go about 2.7 miles, cemetery is on the right, up on the hill.  Just past the cemetery is a trailer where Gary Sherrill lives.  The property is owned by Mrs. Peggy Broyhill (a Witherspoon descendant).
 
 
 

 

 

Witherspoon Family Cemetery

 

The headstones of Thomas Wesley Witherspoon and Sarah "Sallie" Howard Witherspoon
in the Witherspoon Family Cemetery, Old Grandin Rd, King's Creek, NC

    

 

T.W.
Here lies the body of
Thomas Witherspoon
Deceased, April the 19 AD 1790
Prepare, Prepare For Death
O Man, For you must follow me


Sallie Howard
Born
2nd April 1761
Married to
Thomas Witherspoon
Sept. 13, 1777
 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

SOURCES:

 

"The Descendants of John Witherspoon", Compiled by H. Glenn Williams, 1997, sixranch@swbell.net

 
 

Thanks to Dr. Frank Witherspoon from Memphis, TN, for additional information on Thomas Wesley Witherspoon
and the Witherspoon Family.  You can contact Frank at
fwspoon@bellsouth.net

 

A special thanks to Jane McCuiston for her encouragement and for sharing Wills, Photos, Information and much more about Thomas Witherspoon and the Witherspoon Family.  You can contact Jane at jemccuiston@aol.com .

 
 
 
 

If you have additional information or photos of Thomas Wesley Witherspoon, please contact me.