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Notes for William Dye Sr

The Family of William Dye & Phoebe Mounteer

Will of William Dey
September 4, 1784

In the name of God Amen I William Dey of South Amboy in the County of Middlesex and State of New Jersey being of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to the almighty God for the same and calling to mind the mortality of my body doe (sic) make and ordain this to be my last will and testament and as tuching such worldly estate whearewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life - I give and bequeath and dispose of the same in amnner and form following. It is my will and I do order that in the first place all my just debts be paid.
I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Margret DEY the sum of one hundred pounds in gold and silver, my best bed and beding, my best horst and riding chair with harnesses compleat, my best cow - all to be her own forever. And it is my will that my executors hereafter named are to pay yearly to my wife Margret, the sum of fifteen pounds in gold or silver, the first payment to be paid in six months after my disceas (sic) to be paid to her every year as long as she remains my widdow (sic) - and it is my will that my wifeMargret shall have my yong (sic) negro wench Kate, to wait upon her as long as she lives or remains a widow, After her discease it is my will that what is left her should be devided (sic) equally among the legatees hereafter named or their survivors. I have given already to my children as followeth - to my son William the sum of thirty pounds, my son Joseph thiry poounds, my son John thirty pounds, Kenneth one hundred and fifty pounds, Peter one hundred fifty pounds, my daughter Rebecca thrity-five pounds, Abba forty pounds, Lydia thirty-five pounds, Jane sixty pounds, my grandson Nemiah MOUNT thirty-five pounds, my daughter Eupphame forty pounds. All these sums is to be deducted out of each ones share, then to be divided equally amongst my children by my executors after that part that each one hase (sic) had allready (sic) is taken out of their shares - and it is my desire (sic) that my executors should discharge a certain boun that my son John is bound for my son Joseph to Gorge (sic) Weatheril before they pay any part of his share to him of any estate. And it is my wish that my grandson Nehemiah MOUNT shall draw his mother's shre equally with the rest of my children.

And it is my will that all my estate of land and moveable shall be sold at publick sale by my executors ___ (?) private sale as soon as they and my legatees think proper after my deceas. And the money ariseing (sic) for the sle to be devided amongst all my legatees as is herebefore mentioned by my executors.

An lastly I doe nominate, constitute and appoint my son William DEY and my trusty freinds (sic) Mathew RUE and W. PERRINE, son of Peter my executors to execute this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four 1784

In the presasents (sic) of use witnesses


Proved at Princeton, February 3, 1785

1810 census Mason Co., KY
William Dye Sr.

William Dye married Phebe Monteer. Came to Mason Co., KY from Plainsfield NJ with the Shotwell, Morris, Stout, Drake, Arms & Cahill families in 1788. William Dye purchased 300 acres of land in Mason Co., KY May 3, 1793. (Deed book A, page 277, the spelling is William Die).

Family Bible of William Dye and his wife Phebe Monteer. The Bible record reads:
"William Dye born August 1st [?] 1740
Phebe Monteer born March the 3d 1744
Married January 24th 1762
Children born to the above named
John Dye born November 15th 1762
Joseph Dye born February 6th 1766
William Dye born December 6th 1768
Monteer born Deceember [sic] 12th 1770
Ruth born February 19th 1775
Mary Dye born March 12th 1777
Margaret Dye born December 12 1780
Abigail Dye born February 17th 1785
Eliza Dye born June 2nd 1803"

This Bible is in the possession of David Dye of Millersburg, Kentucky. Eliza is apparently a grandchild, the daughter of Abigail. **Note that Luke Dye is not a son of William and Phebe. He is their grandson, and the son of John Dye who was married to Margaret. My information indicates her name was DeWitt. Luke is the ancestor of David Dye who has the Bible.

As to whether Phebe was a Mount or a Monteer, I cannot say, but their Bible indicates "Monteer".

The following appears on pages 204-205 of Dr. Daniel Drake's book, "Pioneer Life in Kentucky." Dr. Daniel Drake was the son of Isaac Drake, one of three brothers, who were the first settlers of Mayslick, KY. Dr. Drake was 2 1/2 yrs. old when they landed on June 10, 1788 at "The Point," (Maysville). It' not a pretty story, but it's part of the Dye history and therefore I will past it along.

"One of our Jersey neighbors, "old Billy Dye," as he was always called, pushing kind of farmer, also purchased negroes. I was often sent to his house on errands, and one day I reached his door just in time to hear the last blows and groans of a whipping. The slave came out in agony and tears, and the floor was strewn with fragments of the rod, over which he stood in the rage of a demon. On returning home, I related the whole to father, whose blood welled with indignation and he demanded to know if I did not speak out and let the old man have my mind; becoming almost angry with me because I had held my peace. This man had daughters, who brought disgrace on his name, and his two sons, after marrying, died confirmed drunkards; and still his was one of my principal visiting houses, and one of the fashionable places of resort for the young people of the neighborhood." From dates this is believed to be William Dye who married Phebe Mounteer, although William & Phebe had 4 sons, not 2.

The copy of the Will of William Dye appears in the History of Mayesville and Mason County, Kentucky (W. Glenn Clift).

This 13th day of August, 1806, I, William Dye, Senior, of the County of Mason and the State of Kentucky ....... recommendto be burined in a decent manner at the discretion of John Dye, my son, and Miles W. Conway, whom I here appoint my executors .....

I given a bequeath to my beloved wife, Phebe, two negroes, Phillis and Jin, two beds, a hores and saddlle, two cows, tables, size chairs, pot, kettle, frying pan, two smoothing irons and small wheel, also the dwelling house and improvements to go to my son, John Dye. I give and bequeath unto my son, John Dye, 100 acres of land, the other half of the tract. Ilso given and bequeath unto my son, William Dye, Jr. two dollars case. I give, grant and bequeath unto my son William's children, the 100 acres of land that my son William lives on, and it my will and desire that my son William should be the guardian for his children and not the executor. I Give, grant and bequeat unto my daughter, Ruth Glenn, a negro boy named Cuff. I give and bequeat to my daughter, Polly Forman, a negro boy named Orviz. I also give and bequeath to my daughter, Abigail Dye, a negre boy named Dick. Moreover, the balance of my moveable estate to be valued by men that shall be recommended by my executors and appointed by the court to value the estate and their appraisement shall be equally divided bytween my daughters Ruth Glenn, Polly Forman, and Abigail Dye, after deducting what sum of money may be wantingto defray expenses.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. WITNESSES:
Miles W. Conway
Abram Wise
Mounteen Dye
Benjamin Burroughs

"The will of Phebe Dye, wife of William, Sr. is dated August 27, 1817. It disposes of some negroes and other personal property and several times mentions "my graduaghter, Eliza", this Eliza being the only new heir indicated by name. She must have been a favorite with her grandmother as she is given two or three bequests." Phebe was married to William's brother Kenneth after they were both widowed. Phebe's daughter married Kenneth's son.

Eliza was the illegitimate daughter of William & Phebe's daughter, Abigail Dye. Abigail later married her first cousin, Peter Dye.
The Migration from Middlesex County, New Jersey to Limestone, Mason County

William, John and Kenneth Dye [Laurens (1) > Hans (2) > John Laurens (3) > William (4) , William (5), John (5), Kenneth (5)] sons of William Dye/Dey migrated from Middlesex County, New Jersey to Mason County, Ohio. The time of migration is difficult to determine but could have been as early as 1787 or as late as 1793. Places of birth of many of the grandchildren of William Dye/Dey are unknown.

Joyce Mills' history of the family of William and Margaret Dye/Dey (Volume 3) notes that William, John and Kenneth migrated with members of the Shotwell, Morris, Stout, Drake, Arms, and Cahill families.

Kathy Smith provided some selections from "Pioneer Life In Kentucky" by Daniel Drake (1870). The book by is in the form of letters written to his children over the years. The one that is abstracted below is in a letter to his daughter, Harriet Echo (Mrs. James Parker Campbell).

"My father, Isaac, was the youngest son of Nathaniel Drake & Dorothy Retan (Rattan). My mother, Elizabeth, always called Betsey, was the daughter of (Benjamin) Shotwell and (Elizabeth) Bonney. They were born within three or four miles of each other".

"After the marriage of my parents, about the year 1783, they went to housekeeping near my grandfather Drake's, on his land where the town of Plainfield, (New Jersey), now is". [John and Kenneth Dye were born in Plainfield, New Jersey

"My father and his brothers (Abraham and Cornelius) were not contented with their position, and thought of emigrating. At that time, your native state was the habitation of Indians only, and KY was but 9 years older than myself...The brothers at first thought of moving (to Virginia) [where other Dye's had migrated]; but when two of them, including my father, made a visit there, they hesitated...The Rev. William Wood, (a Baptist minister) who a few years before had Kentucky, came back...and gave such a glowing account of Ky that old Virginia was soon forgotten. The Rev. Mr. Gano, of New York, another Baptist minister, or some of his sons, had visited Ky and his breath of praise still further fanned the flames - till at length the iron ties of affection for home and friends were melted, and a departure was determined upon.".

"There were a number of motives which accounted for this spectacular migration to the West. Land was relatively cheap and an inhabitant of one of the Atlantic states could sell his hundred acres there and acquire, in Kentucky, over a thousand far more fertile ones and have a substantial sum remaining. The desire for adventure or for acquisition of riches in a newly developing territory doubtless played a part. Some there were, probably, who wished to escape prosecution either for debt or crime. Taxes were high in the Seaboard states after the Revolution, and they could be avoided by emigration".

"The decision extended to five families: - the three brothers (Isaac, Abraham, and Cornelius Drake), Mr. David Morris (at times spelled by him, Morriss), older than either of them, who was married to my mother's cousin, and Mr. John Shotwell, rather younger, who was the brother of Mrs. Morris". [Three of John Shotwell's children - John, Nathan and Charlotte Wells Shotwell married three of Kenneth Dye's children - Rachel, Margaret and William Dye]

"The time fixed on for their departure was the latter part of the spring of 1788. Their first point (was) Red Stone Old Fort where Brownsville, (Pennsylvania), now stands. Their mode of travelling was in two horse wagons. The family of my father consisted, after himself and my mother, of myself, about 2 years & 7 months old, my sister Elizabeth, afterwards Mrs. Glenn, an infant at the breast, and my mother's unmarried sister, Lydia, who chose to accompany her into the wilderness, rather than submit to the caprices of a step mother for a longer time". [Two of William Dye's children - Ruth and Mounteer - married Robert and Aisley Glenn (brother and sister). Perhaps Elizabeth Drake Glenn noted above was a member of this or a related family,]

"Behold, then, the departure! these five persons, three of whom were adults, with all their earthly goods crowded into one "Jersey Wagon," to be hauled over the yet steep & rugged Allegheny mountains, and throughout an overland journey of nearly 400 miles by two horses. their travel was by Corryell's Ferry, on the Delaware Coryell's Ferry, now New Hope, Pennsylvania, thanks to Tom Robert Shaw - see above map], and Harris' Ferry, now Harrisburg, (Pa.), which you have visited, on the Susquehanna." New Hope is about 25 miles from Plainfield, New Jersey.

"I know not the length of time we were in reaching Red Stone Old Fort [- see above figure, less than 20 miles south of the Jersey Settlement] and nearly 300 miles from Middlesex County, New Jersey] , nor how long a preparation for the voyage to the "Point" or "Limestone" now Maysville, (Ky), detained us. When I was at or just leaving Mayslick nearly 3 years since, Mr Jasper Morris told me that his father had kept a diary of the journey, which was in his possession, and which I long very much to see. How many families were crowded into one boat, I do not know. The first and last landing (before reaching Limestone) was at Fort Pitt, now Pittsburg. The danger of being attacked by the Indians was too great to justify a landing (between that point and Limestone).

The flotilla, I presume, consisted of several boats, for the Rev. Mr. Gano, with a numerous family, including the present Mrs. Gen. Gano and her brother, Dr. Wm. Goforth, afterwards my preceptor, belonged to the river community. One of Mr. Gano's boats got stoved, but no lives were lost. That which my parents were in met with no accident; and on the 10th of June, 1788, just 64 days after the first settlement of Ohio at Marietta, we landed at Limestone, KY, which then consisted of a few log cabins only, though Washington, 4 miles off, was something of a village...".

Otto Juettner published (1909) a historical and biographical sketch of Daniel Drake. Selected abstracts from his work offer a biographer's view of Daniel Drake.

Daniel Drake's story of Old Billy Dye refers to William Dye who migrated to Mason County, Kentucky, as "our neighbor in Plainfield". This could be interpreted to mean that William did not migrate with the Drake, Morris and Shotwell parties but followed them a few years later. Regardless, this story helps paint a picture of the migrations from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.

It is interesting that John Shotwell, Cornelius Drake, and Jacob Drake inventoried the estate of "Old Billy" Dye.

Mason Co., KY land deeds
A- 316 29 May 1793 Hugh Shannon and Rebecca his wife of Scott co Ky AND Alexander Dougherty of Mason co Tr: Sale of 100 acres Mason co land for 46 pounds Wt: William Dye, William Johnson, Mountur Dye, William Johnson, Jr. Clerk: Thomas Marshall, Jr.

A-284 30 May 1793 Hugh Shannon of Scott co Ky AND Isaac Drake of Mason co Ky Tr: Sale of 200 acres Mason co land for 87 pounds. Desc: As surveyed by Pearce Lamb Wt: David Morris, Abraham Drake, William Johnson, William Dye, Reune Drake Clerk: Thomas Marshall, Jr.

526 - 25 June 1796 Hugh Shannon and Rebecca his wife of Scott co Ky AND William Dye of Mason co Tr: Sale of 80 acres Mason co land for 45 pounds Desc: By lands of Robert Flora, Charles Evans, and a part of Shannons Pre and Settlement. Wt: John Dye, William Dye, Mounteer Dye, George Folks Clerk: Thomas Marshall, Jr.

55 - 28 Oct 1796 John Mitchell of Maysville, Mason co AND Andrew Woodrow of Mason co Tr: Sale of lots #175, 176, 177 and 178 in Maysville, Mason co Wt: Pierce Lamb, Charles Owans, William Dye Clerk: Thomas Marshall, Jr.

390 - 4 Aug 1807 William Dye and Pheba his wife of Mason co AND William Johnston of Mason co Tr: Sale of Mason co land Desc: Land which was conveyed by Hugh Shannon of Scott co in 1793 to Dye. Located by land of Abraham Drake, dec'd, and Pearce Lamb. Clerk: Thomas Marshall

392 - 4 Aug 1807 William Johnston of Mason co and Charity his wife AND William Dye of Mason co Tr: Mortgage of above land, the previous land of Hugh Shannon. Clerk: Thomas Marshall
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--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Husband: William Dye
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Born: 1 AUG 1740 at: Plainfield, Middlesex County, New Jersey
Married: 24 JAN 1762 at: New Jersey
Died: 1806 at: Mason County, Kentucky
Father:William Dey
Mother:Margaret Salter Anderson
Other Spouses:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wife: Phoebe Mounteer
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Born: 3 MAR 1743/44 at: New Jersey
Died: ABT. 1818 at: Mason County, Kentucky
Other Spouses: Kenneth Dye
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: John D Dye
Born: 15 NOV 1762 at: Middlesex County, New Jersey
Married: at: Middlesex County, New Jersey
Died: NOV 1833 at: Mason County, Kentucky
Spouses: Ida Margaret Anderson DeWitt
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Joseph Dye
Born: 6 FEB 1766 at:
Married: at:
Died: UNKNOWN at:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: William Dye
Born: 6 DEC 1768 at: Middlesex County, New Jersey
Married: 2 SEP 1794 at:
Died: UNKNOWN at:
Spouses: Hannah Lamb
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Mounteer Dye
Born: 18 DEC 1770 at:
Married: 11 DEC 1797 at: Mason County, Kentucky
Died: 17 NOV 1838 at:
Spouses: Ailsey Glenn
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Mary Dye
Born: 12 MAR 1777 at:
Married: at:
Died: 24 AUG 1835 at:
Spouses: Joseph Forman
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Margaret Dye
Born: 12 DEC 1780 at:
Married: at:
Died: UNKNOWN at:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Abigail Dye
Born: 17 FEB 1785 at:
Married: 20 APR 1805 at: Mason County, Kentucky
Died: 1825 at:
Spouses: Peter Dye Zephania White