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173. 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.

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.

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



Francis APPERSON was born on 7 May 1785 or 9 May 1785 in Surry County, North Carolina.175



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



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.



Bennet APPERSON was born on 5 February 1798 in Surry County, North Carolina.175



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