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  • ID: I7136
  • _UID: 2190BD8D12FE430189631EA3FE990FFFA128
  • Name: William DEPRIEST
  • Suffix: III
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1760 in Goochland Co, Va
  • Death: 1844 in Bostic, Rutherford Co, NC
  • Burial: Salem Cem, Rutherford co, NC
  • Note:

    Born in Goochland Co, VA. By 1768 his family had moved west to Henry Co, Va.

    William was in the Revolutionary War militia, serving in the battles of Kings Mountain, Monch?s Corner, and Goose Creek. While a soldier he passed through Rutherford Co, NC.

    In 1783 William moved to Rutherford Co, NC and settled near Cherry Mountain. He was on the Tax List of 1785. He was still in Rutherford Co, NC in 1838 when he applied for a (Revolutionary) War pension. He died there in 1844, over 100 years old and was buried at the Old Salem Church, on the land he donated, along with many family members.

    [There are scads of DePriests in the Salem United Methodist Cemetery:
    the earliest being William C. DePriest, 1818-1897, who was most likely a grandson of William III.]

    William and Esther settled on Cherry Mountain where they farmed and produced "cherry bounce", a French cherry liqueur. According to family tradition, the cherry trees for which Cherry
    Mountain was named were the ones William planted from stock Robert DePriest had brought from France nearly a century earlier. Originally William and his brothers had a 10,000 acre land grant from Gen. George Washington for their service in the War.

    In 1932 George W. DePriest of Shelby, N.C. wrote a letter to the U.S. Pension office stating: that his grandfather, William DePriest, a Revolutionary War pensioner from Rutherford Co., N.C., was born in Paris, France and came to America when he was 16 years old. He was a Virginia private under George Washington. After the War he moved to Rutherford Co., N.C. where he lived to be over 100 years old and was buried at the old Salem church in that county. He says his brothers, James and Christopher DePriest, also served in the same war.
    The Pension office replied that they had found record of claims made by James or Christopher and suggested that he write the War Department for a military service record.

    The War Department replied, July 30, 1932:
    "William DePriest was born in 1760 in Goochland Co, VA. Before the Revolution, his father, whose name is not given, moved to Henry Co, Va, and William went to 'Halsien above the Long Island.' While residing near the Long Island, he enlisted sometime in 1778 and served twelve months in Capt. Joseph Martin's North Carolina company, called 'the Washington Rangers'; he next served 3 months, dates not given, in Capt. James Shelby's company, under Col. Montgomery and Shelby in the North Carolina troops and went on an expedition against the Cherokee Indians. He again enlisted and servied 3 months, dates not given, in Capt. Jesse Dean's? company, Col. Speier's North Carolina Regiment and was at the Battle of King's Mountain. After this, he returned to Henry Co, Va., enlisted there and served ten months in Capt. Samuel Martin's company, Col. William Polk's North Carolina Regiment and was in the battle of Monk's Corner and in a battle at Goose Creek and in several skirmishes. In 1783 he moved to Rutherford Co, North Carolina, where he was living when he was allowed pension on his application (dated??) Sept 10, 1838. In 1838 he referred to his wife, but did not give her name and there is no reference to children."
    See his pension application at:

    Some early marriages of Rutherford Co, NC, probably are his children:
    William DePriest Jr & Julee Cansiler, Dec. 30, 1809

    Find A Grave Memorial# 74923253
  • Change Date: 20 JUN 2016

    Father: William DEPRIEST b: ABT 1730 in Manakin, Goochland Co, Va
    Mother: Tabitha TONEY b: 3 APR 1729 in St. James, Northam Parish, Goochland Co, Va

    Marriage 1 Esther DAVES b: 1764
    • Married: 1783 in Rutherford Co, NC
    1. Has Children William DEPRIEST b: 10 AUG 1785 in Rutherford Co, NC
    2. Has No Children John Pitts DEPRIEST b: 1786 in Rutherford Co, NC
    3. Has No Children Jennie Jane DEPRIEST b: 1787 in Rutherford Co, NC
    4. Has No Children George W. DEPRIEST b: 1789 in Rutherford Co, NC
    5. Has No Children Elizabeth DEPRIEST b: 1791 in Rutherford Co, NC
    6. Has Children Green DEPRIEST b: 1793 in Rutherford Co, NC
    7. Has No Children James H. DEPRIEST b: ABT 1795
    8. Has No Children Elmira DEPRIEST b: 1797 in Rutherford Co, NC
    9. Has No Children Barbara DEPRIEST b: 1799 in Rutherford Co, NC
    10. Has Children Randolph DEPRIEST b: 1 FEB 1803 in Rutherford Co, NC
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