Note: Mary Helen Haines notes:
Buncombe Co. Deed Book 9, pp. 31, 34, 36. John Sr. is deeding land to James (253 acres on Jonathan Cr.), to Reuben (175 acres on Jonathan Cr.) William (196 acres on Jonathan Cr.) and David (116 acres Jonathan's Cr.) in 1803.
Buncombe Co. Oct. court 1805:
1805, October Court, p. 54 (CMD1, p. 333 on-line)
Report of a Road Jury. The jury appointed past court to view and lay off a packway from Jonathan's Creek to Oconoluftee report that nine of them met, and viewed said ways and think a tolerable pack away can be made with a moderate share of labor. Signed by:
Reuben McFarland, James McFarland, John Hyde, William McFarland, Robert Reid, Robert Cain, David McFarland, William Welsh, Abraham Wiggins
In pursuance of said report it is ordered by court that William McFarland oversee said road from Jonathan's Creek to Soco Creek: all the hands from Edward Leatherwood's to the head of Jonathan's Creek to work under said Overseer.
William is listed in the Haywood County Court Pleas book p. 31 as Captain William McFarland's Company, on page 53, return of taxables for the year 1810, again Capt. Wm. McFarland's Company.
Willliam was chosen as Capt. of a company of militia and records the 1810 taxes collected on p. 53 of the Haywood Co. Minute Book Vol. 1.
It seems that William was the first son to sell his land in North Carolina and head west to the newly opened territory in Missouri.
In June, 1811 William McFarland of Haywood county sells his 196 acres to John Henry for $500. This land is on both sides of Jonathan's Creek, a tributary of the Pigeon River and includes the plantation where Wm. lives. It is bounded by Rubin McFarland, and is the land conveyed by John McFarland to William. Deed Book A, p. 565-566. (According to notes on John Henry's land on Jonathan Creek, this is called Maggie's Valley today)
From the Territorial Papers of the United States 1806-1814, Vol. XIV, p. 793 is a listing of the Civil Officers appt. by the Governor of the Territory, Commission Oct. 1, 1814. For the County of Ste. Genevieve, township St. Michael's, William McFarland was a township Justice. p. 45 shows William McFarland being appointed Justice of Peace April 1, 1815 for St. Michael's. Then on Oct. 1, 1816 and again Oct. 1, 1817, William McFarlane is appointed Justice of Peace for Lamine township in county of Howard. (pp. 276, 278) (what is now Cooper Co. La Mine township)
From the history of John S. McFarland (Wm.'s son) sent to the Loretto Archives in Missouri in 1946: "John S. A McFarland was born on 19 June, 1802, in the state of North Carolina. The family continued to reside in that state until the fall of 1811 when they removed to the then Territory of Missouri, and settled in what was then called Cook's settlement. The family continued to reside in that place (Cook's settlement ) until the fall of 1816. While living in Cook's settlement which was then in the bonds of St. Genevieve County, now in the bonds of St. Francis County while living there, James Smith, a young man from Kentucky came and taught school in the neighborhood, and brother Jesse who was older than me, and sister Mahala (who was younger than myself) went to school a year to Mr. Smith. This was the first school that the subject of this sketch ever attended, then about 13 years old. The next school in the neighborhood was taught by a man by the name of Jason Harrison, who afterwards was clerk of the county and circuit courts of Cole County, Missouri, and after that the lamented Joshua Barton taught school, and boarded at my fathers."
Cooper County Tax List 1819 - 22. McFarlands: Alex, David, Elijah, George (two), Jacob, James Sr., James Jr., Jesse, John, Samuel, William (two). One William would be this William and the other would be William Bell McFarland, son of John and Rebecca Bell McF.
William McFarland is listed as a Sheriff in 1819.
In the History of Cooper County, p. 144, is a listing of the first settlers of Boonville, It includes William and his sons Jesse and John S. McFarland.
"Those who settled in this township between the years
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1815 and 1820, were William McFarland, John S. and Jesse McFarland, George, Samuel and Alexander McFarland, William Mitchell, James Bruffee, Robert P. Clark, Joseph and William Dillard, Littleberry Hendricks, Wm. Bartlett, Jesse Ashcraft, Russell Edgar, John M. Bartlett, Abram Gibson, Thomas Twentyman, James Dillard, Jacob Newman, William Potter, Frederick Hour, William Poston, George Potter, Benj. L. Clark, John J. Clark, Kyra Dunn, K. McKenzie, Marcus Williams, James, Robert and Alexander Givens, Jacob Chism, John B. Lucus, Charles B. Mitchell, Nicholas McCarty, Lewis Edgar, John B. Seat, Jacob McFarland, James McCarty, William Ross, Abiel Leonard, Joseph W. Bernard, James McFarland, Ephraim Ellison, John Roberts, Thomas Mitchell, Reuben George, Fleming G. Mitchell, Jesse Thomas, Asa Morgan, Peter B. Harris, James Chambers, Benj. F. Hickox, William H. Curtis, William W. Adams, John D. Thomas, William Lillard, James H. Anderson, Peyton R. Hayden, John S. Brickey, Peyton Thomas, David Adams, Luke Williams, John Potter, Andrew Reavis, David Reavis, Jonathan Reavis, Jesse Homan, John H. Moore, Green B. Seat, W. D. Wilson, Thomas Rogers, Mrs. Mary Reavis, William Chambers, James Chambers and Justinian Williams."
Cooper County has its first election in 1820 in the town of Lamine. William McFarland was a judge of the election. James McFarland ran for Congressional Representative, but was not elected. Voters included John Cathey, George Cathey Sr, David, Jacob, William McFarland, and Wm George Sr.
1830 census: Cooper Co.
There was no newspaper in Cooper Co. at the time of William's death, so the "Administrator's Notice" was placed by his sons, the administrators, Jesse M'Farland and John S. M'Farland on October 4, 1834 that all claims and debts against the estate should be made. MHH: This explains why some trees in the past have listed Cole Co. and the place of death I assume.
The following are notes from the McFarland genealogy website of Gary Morris: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hollow/8143/genealogy/mcfarland/rbtlanc.txt --
***** 48 ***** William McFARLAND, son of John McFARLAND and Mary KINDER, was born
10 Nov 1775/1776 in Bedford County, Virginia, died 17 Sep 1834 in Buncombe(?)
County, North Carolina. Married 27 Dec 1798 in Buncombe(?) County, North
Carolina to Susannah GEORGE born 30 Apr 1782 in Virginia, died 13 May 1848.
----- NOTES FOR William McFARLAND:
CENSUS: 1800 NORTH CAROLINA, Buncombe County 10100-00100. P. 181.
CENSUS: 1810 NORTH CAROLIA, Haywood County. William McFarland P. 198.
SOURCE: WFT Disk #11.
===CHILDREN of William McFARLAND and Susannah GEORGE
+ 173 Jesse McFARLAND b 17 Apr 1800 Buncombe County, North
Carolina. M Ann McFARLAND.
+ 174 John Strother McFARLAND b 19 Jul 1802 Buncombe County,
North Carolina. M Elizabeth HOUX.
+ 175 Mahala K. McFARLAND b 23 Dec 1804 Buncombe County, North
Carolina. M William DAVIS.
176 Eleanor McFARLAND b 23 Sep 1807 Buncombe County, North
177 Sally Elvira McFARLAND b 16 Sep 1810 Haywood County,
+ 178 Houston C. McFARLAND b 28 Dec 1812 Cape Girardeau,
Missouri. M (1) Elizabeth ROBERTSON. M (2) Susanna B.
179 Honor Melvina McFARLAND b 16 Sep 1820 Missouri.
180 Mary S. McFARLAND b 16 Sep 1820 Missouri.
+ 181 Elizabeth Ann McFARLAND b 21 Dec 1824 St. Genevieve,
Missouri. M William RANKIN.
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