William Magness

Male 1747 - 1816  (~ 69 years)


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  • Name William Magness 
    Born 0___ 1747  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 May 1816  (Rutherford County) North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Probate 0___ 1825  [2
    Buried Roberts Family Cemetery, Kings Mountain, Cleveland County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I4141  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 1 Mar 2015 

    Father Peregrine Magness, Jr.,   b. Abt 1722, (Prince George's County, Maryland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1800, (Warren County, Kentucky) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Mother Mary Naylor,   b. ~ 1725, (Prince George's County, Maryland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1800  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married Abt 1745  (Prince George's County, Maryland) Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F1556  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 0___ 1747 - Prince George's County, Maryland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 May 1816 - (Rutherford County) North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Roberts Family Cemetery, Kings Mountain, Cleveland County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Birth: 1747 Prince George's County Maryland, USA

      Death: May 6, 1816

      William Magness was born about 1747 in Prince George's County, Maryland, and moved with his parents to Virginia and later to Tryon County, North Carolina, which in 1779 became Rutherford and Lincoln Counties. William served as captain of a company in Col. Wm. Graham's Tryon Regiment of Militia during February and March of 1776.

      (13) William began acquiring land by 1774

      (14) and by the time of his death owned about 2500 acres.

      The 1790 Lincoln County Census shows him with 12 slaves; the 1810 census shows him with 19 slaves. William Magness never married, and he died on May 6, 1816, "Intestate and without legitimate issue."

      (15) His estate was eventually divided into seven shares, which went to his living brothers and sisters, and to the heirs of those deceased. However, there was considerable litigation, and the estate was not settled until 1825. Much of what we know about the family comes from these court proceedings. In 1819 four of William's brothers (Robert, Jonathan, Joseph, and Samuel) brought suit against the administrators, John Roberts and Benjamin Magness. The suit claimed that personal property had been sold worth about $17,000.00 but that still unaccounted for were nine slaves and a large quantity of cider and brandy.

      (16) When the real estate was divided in 1825, each of the seven shares was valued at $1400.00. A considerable sum for that time. William Magness was buried near Shelby, North Carolina, on Buffalo Creek in what is now Cleveland County, North Carolina, in the same cemetery as his sister Sarah Roberts and her family. His tombstone says "Sacred to the Memory of William Magness, who died May 6, 1816, age 69 years [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S4585] "The House of Magness", by John B. Cowden, 1876-1965, published 1956;, p. 7 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S48837] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=magness&GSfn=william&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=29&GScntry=4&GSo.

    3. [S4585] "The House of Magness", by John B. Cowden, 1876-1965, published 1956;, p. 8 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S4304] "The House of Magness", by John B. Cowden, 1876-1965, published 1956,, p. 7.