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177. William APPERSON175 was born on 22 March 1757 in New Kent County, Virginia.175 He died on 22 March 1826 at the age of 69 in Surry County, North Carolina.175

Family tradition states that Frances Poindexter Apperson's second husband was cruel to the children, especially William. Thomas Poindexter, her father, is said to have had one of his slaves kidnap the boy and he raised him. William married 6 Jun 1781 to Elizabeth Kerr, who was born 23 Dec 1763 in Goochland Co VA and died 28 Jun 1850 in Surry Co NC. Their family is said to have gone to Surry Co NC along with William's uncle Thomas Poindexter. He served in the Revolution and fought at the battles of the Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth and White Plains. He was wounded three times. He served from NC as a private in Capt Brown's Co. Some of his children moved on to Tennessee and then Missouri.

Surry Co NC County Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
Vol III, 1801-1804
Iris M. Harvey & Agnes M. Wells 1992
Tues 14 Feb 1804
Deed from John Poindexter to Wm Apperson acknowledged by Poindexter and ordered recorded.

1810 Census. Surry Co NC
On same page with John Poindexter
William Apperson: 1m -10, 3m 10-16, 2m 16-26, 1m over 45. 1f -10, 1f 10-16, 1f over 45.

1820 Census. Surry Co NC Capt John G. Poindexter's District
William Apperson: 1m 10-16, 1m 16-18, 2m 16-26, 1m over age 45. 1f 10-16, 2f 16-26, 1f over age 45.
William Apperson Jr: 1m under 10, 1m 26-45, 2f under 10, 1f 16-26
William Jr. married on 21 Jul 1817 in Stokes Co NC to Tilitha Vest.

The younger William Apperson was age 40-50 in 1830.
William's widow Elizabeth was probably living with her son Thomas:
1830 Census. Surry Co NC
Thomas Apperson: 2m -10, 1m 30-40, 1m 40-50. 2f -10, 1f 20-30, 1f 50-60,
1f 60-70.
William Apperson: 1m 5-10, 1m 10-15, 1m 40-50. 1f 30-40.

1840 Census. Surry Co NC
Elizabeth Apperson is listed as a Pensioner, Widow, age 77
Thomas Apperson: 1m -5, 2m 10-15, 1m 40-50. 1f -5, 2f 5-10, 1f 10-15, 1f 15-20,
1f 30-40, 1f 70-80.

William is buried in what is now called the Myers Farm Cemetery, East Bend, Yadkin Co, NC

Elizabeth applied for a Revolutionary War pension on her husband's service. She applied from Stokes Co where she was living with her son-in-law Thomas Sprinkle. She was too infirm to travel and testified from home on 19 Mar 1838. She stated her name was sometimes spelled "Epperson" and she was age 76 on 23 Dec 1837. She was the widow of William Apperson who was a private in the Revolution. He served as a substitute for William Harrison who had enlisted as a Continental Soldier under Capt Joseph Phillips in Surry Co in Col. John Armstrongs Regt. Her husband related he fought at Brandywine, Germantown near Philadelphia, Monmouth, White Plains, and was at New York. He served two years and six months - Harrison had enlisted for three years but had served six months of his time. For this service he claimed and received a Bounty of 228 acres of land in the Western district of Tennessee. William then served as a substitute for William Head of Surry Co in Aug of 1779 and marched to Salisbury and into South Carolina; he served three months. Next William entered as a substitute for David Poindexter in Capt Joseph Phillips Co at Surry old Court House in the Spring of 1780 in Col. Wm Shepperds Regt of Militia; he was ordered to transport lead from the lead mines to the Main Army. They marched in pursuit of Tories in many directions but returned home, always in readiness to meet at old Richmond as one of the Minute Men. He served three months for David Poindexter. Next was his own turn to be drafted and he turned out as a volunteer private in the same company of Minute Men under the same officers for three months in May of 1781. The applicant was married to William and he then served as a Guard at Richmond and was discharged in the fall of the same year, his discrage signed by Col. Martin Armstrong. She was well acquainted with her husband when he first went into the Service as her father and her husband's families resided not far from each other. She was married to William Apperson by Col. Martin Armstrong, a Justice of the Peace for Surry County on the 6th day of Jun 1781 at the house of Thomas Poindexter in Surry Co. William Apperson died 22 of Mar 1826 and she has remained a widow. She signed with her mark.

On the 28th of December of the same year, 1838, Elizabeth Apperson again testified from the home of Thomas Sprinkles of Stokes Co NC. She again testified to her husband's service and presented the family record in a Bible which was copied. The dates of birth of William, Elizabeth, their children and some of the children of her son Thomas were listed. A note accompany the Bible pages, states that the same was written by the Reverand Wm Steele.

She was allowed pension of $80 per annum to begin 4 Mar 1848. It is likely there are other papers in the complete Pension File, W3915.

William APPERSON and Elizabeth KERR were married on 6 June 1781 in Surry County, North Carolina.175 Elizabeth KERR was born on 23 December 1763 in Goochland County, Virginia.175 She died on 28 June 1850 at the age of 86 in Surry County, North Carolina.

Elizabeth is the daughter of John Kerr and Elizabeth Henderson Kerr. No legible grave marker. She is believed to be buried beside her husband, Myers Farm Cemetery, East Bend, Yadkin Co, NC

William APPERSON and Elizabeth KERR had the following children:



John APPERSON was born on 8 March 1783.

In the Pension application of Elizabeth Apperson, the witness apparently noted that John, the first child, was dead [1838]. However there are other researchers who state that he died in 1862.



Peter APPERSON was born on 23 March 1784 in Surry County, North Carolina.175 He died on 31 March 1853 at the age of 69 in Ellis County, Texas.

Peter left North Carolina for the west in 1810, first going to Cumberland KY and on to Barren County, where he married Elizabeth Petty on 18 Nov 1817. She was the daughter of Rev. Ralph Petty, a Baptist minister. After a time in TN, Peter moved to Springfield MO by 1831; and, in 1845, he sent his son James Petty to locate land in Texas.

About 30 miles south of Dallas, James found a nice spring on the south side of Waxahachie Creek, and there he claimed land and settled. Land was cleared, houses built, and a couple of crops harvested before Peter arrived at the Apperson Plantation, as it was called, in 1848 - he was then 64 years old.

When Peter died, he was buried in the cemetery on his home place - the Old Apperson Homestead - one mile south of Waxahachie (Ellis Co, TX) on Waxahachie Creek, also referred to as the old Walter Heine farm.



Francis APPERSON was born on 7 May 1785 or 9 May 1785 in Surry County, North Carolina.175 He died in 1858 at the age of 73 in Cooper County, Missouri.

Francis Apperson, called Frank, was the third child of William and Elizabeth Kerr Apperson.
About 1807 in company with some North Carolina neighbors, which probably included the families of Levi Spears, Eli Mitchell and his brothers John Peter and Doctor Alexander Apperson, Francis Apperson headed west with a wagon train bound for Kentucky. He is found on the US Census of Cumberland Co, Ky with his wife and a son under the age of ten years living on land adjoining that of his brother John Apperson and his family. The same census shows Levi Spears, father of Francis' wife Nancy, living nearby. Eli Mitchell, father of Celia - the wife of John Apperson, had left the wagon train when it reached Overton County, Tn and settled on Kettle Creek. We do not know how long Francis stayed in Cumberland Co., Ky but we do know that he and his family, with his brother, Doctor Alexander, returned to Overton Co., Tn., where Doctor Alexander married Mary Ruth Mitchell, daughter of Eli Mitchell. Frances' daughter Mary or Polly was born there January 15, 1817. The family may have returned to Monroe County, Mo, Where they remained until moving to Cooper Co., Mo. near Pisgah in 1819. They were active in the organization of the Pisgah Baptist Church there that year.
Francis Apperson was to spend the rest of his life at his home place near Pisgah, Mo. He became a successful farmer and business man. Some of his land was patented and other tracts were bought outright. Eventually he owned about twelve hundred acres of land. Near his residence he set aside several acres for a family burying ground where Appersons and neighbors were buried. His wife, Nancy, was buried there in 1842, and Francis, who died in 1857 or 1858 was buried beside her. His will, dated March 27, 1857, was recorded December 15, 1858. There are no markers locating their graves in the old part of the cemetery, but we feel there must have been at one time. They were probably uprooted, as were many others, by a storm years ago and not replaced but piled with others in a large pile now located in that part of the cemetery. Therefore, because of this, we do not have exact death dates of Francis and Nancy Spears Apperson, nor her exact birth date.
In addition to many of his farming interests, Francis Apperson acted as a banker for many of his neighbors, loaning money out to them on interest for which he took their personal notes. From information furnished for a History of Cooper County, MO, by their son Gilbert Apperson, we know that Francis and Nancy Spears Apperson were the parents of seven children. As only four children were named in the his will, were assume that three died in infancy or early youth. Those named are as follows and data on the family of each of them has been obtained from the present day descendants. We assume that the child under ten years of age shown on the US 1810 Census referred to above, died young, as the oldest one on which we have information was not born until 1812.
(Taken from the Book The Apperson Family in America by Vera Apperson English 1977)

Will of Francis Apperson
To my daughters: Mary Jones and Milly York...
To my sons: Gilbert Apperson and William Apperson
Written: 27 March 1857
Witnesses: Thomas Harris, Stanton Harris and Thomas A. Harris.
Recorded 15 December 1858



Richard APPERSON was born on 6 September 1786 in Surry County, North Carolina.175









Doctor Alexander APPERSON was born on 28 March 1792 in Surry County, North Carolina.175 He died on 11 December 1865 at the age of 73.

Married Mary Ruther Mitchell (1794-1854)

Buried Old California City Cemetery, California, Monieau Co, MO.



Mary P. APPERSON175 was born on 26 November 1794 in Surry County, North Carolina.175 She died before 1838 at the age of 44.

The witness taking Elizabeth Apperson's pension application testimony listed Mary P. as "dead" in 1838. The Poindexter book gives her a death date in 1920 which would be impossible and lists children born when she was in her 60's and 70's. Obviously a miss-match. The Poindexter book also suggests she had a twin that died, but the testimony of Elizabeth is quite clear that twins were born and died in 1796.



[Child] APPERSON175 was born on 24 November 1796.175 He/she died on 24 November 1796 at the age of 0.

The witness to Elizabeth Apperson's application testimony stated that she had twins, born dead on 24 Nov 1796.



[Child] APPERSON was born on 24 November 1796.175 He/she died on 24 November 1796 at the age of 0.






Elizabeth APPERSON175 was born on 30 June 1799 in Surry County, North Carolina. She died on 5 May 1851 at the age of 51 in Stokes County, North Carolina.

Elizabeth married Thomas Sprinkle, 17 Feb 1815. Her mother was living with her in 1838 when she applied for his husband's revolutionary pension benefits.

1820 Census. Stokes Co, NC
Thomas Sprinkle. 1m -10, 1m 26-45. 3f -10, 1f 16-26.

1830 Census. Stokes Co, NC
Thomas Sprinkel. 1m 5-10, 1m 10-15, 1m 20-30, 1m 40-50. 2f 5-10, 2f 10-15, 1f 20-30.

1840 Census. Stokes Co, Bethania District
Thomas Sprinkle, 3m -5, 1m 15-20, 1m 20-30, 1m 40-50 [Thomas], 1m 80-90
1f -5, 1f 15-20, 1f 30-40 [Elizabeth]
The old gentleman is listed as a Pensioner, age 82, named Noah Baley.
1850 Census. Forsyth Co NC Family 1225
Thomas Sprinkle, age 56, farmer. Elizabeth, age 51.
Bennett 26, George F. 19, Peter A. 15, Nancy A.L. 13, James P. 11,
Elizabeth Davis, 31, and her children: Thomas W. 9, Amelia A. 11, Isaac E. 7
Elizabeth James, age 2.

1860 Census. Richmond, Forsyth Co NC Bethania P.O. Hh 1842
Thomas Sprinkle, age 67, farmer, b. N.C.
He must have remarried: Luvitha, age 52
James P. 21, John A., 16
Thomas W. Davis, 18
Eugene Davis, 15



George APPERSON was born on 16 June 1801 in Surry County, North Carolina.175