William Searcy

Male 1754 - 1841  (87 years)


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  • Name William Searcy 
    Born 27 May 1754  Granville County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1790-1810  Randolph County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1830-1840  Chatham County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _MILT Revolutionary War Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 20 Oct 1841 
    Notes 
    • 1773, Mar 4 -- Deed Book 1, Page 225, Guilford County, NC
      Jennings Thompson and wife Elizabeth deeded Joseph Carr 200 acres located on Flat Creek of Deep River. William Searcy Senr., Wm. Searcy Junr. and Windsor Pearce were witnesses.

      1773, Dec -- General Assembly Session Records
      Petition to move the Guilford County, NC courthouse toward the center of the county. William Searcy Junr. was a signer.

      1773, Dec 4 -- Deed Book 1, Page 240, Guilford County, NC
      Arthur Read and wife Martha deeded Ransom Southerland part of manor plantation deeded to Arthur and Martha Read by Will of Enoch Spinks Dec?d. Wm. Searcy Junr., Wm. Searcy and Thos. Cox were witnesses.

      1779 -- Tax List, Randolph County, NC
      William Searsey listed 640 acres in Windsor Pierce's District

      1780, Mar 16 -- Civil Actions, Randolph County, NC
      John Beck and William Searcy sign bond that John Beck will appear in court Jun 1780. Windsor Pearce was a witness.

      1781, Jan 6 -- 1779-1782 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Cumberland County, NC
      Willm. Searcy allowed $100 for services as patroller in 1780.

      1781, Feb - Mar 7, 1783 -- 1781-1922 Miscellaneous Records, Randolph County, NC Confiscation Act
      Wm. Golston, JP made oath that William Searcy claimed and reserved his property at Cornelous Lathem Senr.'s. [Editor's Note: Cornelius Lathem served with Col. Davd Fanning and much of his property was confiscated after the War.]

      1782, Nov 4 -- Land Grant #3a, Randolph County, NC
      William Searcy and Charles Goldston received 640 acres located on Deep River adjoining his own lines. Richard Cheek and Seth Hill were chain carriers.

      1782, Nov 4 -- Land Grant #1122, Guilford County, NC
      William Sercy received 500 acres located north of Deep River adjoining Charles Goldston, Reed and his own line. Seth Hill and John Pierce were chain carriers.

      1783, Nov 11 -- Deed Book C Page 14-15, Chatham County, NC
      Roger Griffith, Sheriff deeded Nicholas Nall 400 acres located on both sides of Ceder Creek. Jo. Rosser and Charles Goldston were witnesses. [Editor's note: Confiscated property of William Deaton Dec'd. for his loyalty to King of England and to settle judgement from Randolph County, NC for damages against William Searcy.]

      1783, Nov 16 -- Land Grant #1032, Guilford County, NC
      Cornelius Latham received 100 acres located on Rock Creek adjoining Sercy. William Sercy and John Pierce were chain carriers.

      1783, Dec 10 -- Land Grant #1025, Guilford County, NC
      William Hughlit and William Sercy received 300 acres located on both sides of Little River. Elijah Williams and William King were chain carriers.

      1783, Dec 10 -- Land Grant #1124, Guilford County, NC
      William Hughlit and William Sercy received 200 acres located on Fork Creek. Elijah Williams and James Presnall were chain carriers.

      1784, Jan 29 -- 1784-1787 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Cumberland County, NC
      Wm. Searcy, constable, allowed for attendance at Jul 1783 court.

      1784, Nov 8 -- Land Grant #1033, Guilford County, NC
      William Sercy received 100 acres located on Rock Creek of Fork Creek adjoining his own line.

      1784, Nov 8 -- Land Grant #1034, Guilford County, NC
      William Sercy received 200 acres located on Rock Creek of Fork Creek.

      1785 -- Tax List, Randolph County, NC
      William Searsy listed 1 white poll and 1495 acres in Capt. Garner's District

      1785, Feb 28 -- Land Grant #180, Randolph County, NC
      William Searcy received 120 acres located on Fork Creek adjoining his own line, John Pierce and John Hankins. William Argo and Rolley Spinks were chain carriers.

      1785, Mar 5 -- Land Grant #178, Moore County, NC
      Robert Bird received 150 acres located between the head of Grassy Creek and Reedy Creek adjoining his own improvement. William Searcy and Robert Ellison were chain carriers.

      1785, Nov 4 -- Deed Book 2, Page 187, Randolph County, NC
      William Searcy deeded Nicholas Nall 100 acres located on Deep River. Land Granted to William Searcy Sr. and deeded to William Searcy Junr. William Findley and James Latham were witnesses.

      1786, Mar 20 -- Deed Book 3, Page 64/Deed Book 8 Page 86, Randolph County, NC
      William Searcy deeded Elizabeth Alston, daughter of Philip Alston two tracts: [1] 200 acres located south of Deep River adjoining Nall and Bowdon. [2] 600 acres located north of Deep River adjoining Argo, Searcey and Arthur Reed. William Needham and Nicholas Nall were witnesses.

      1786, May 16 -- 1784-1795 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 97
      William Searcy to Wm. Picken was acknowledged

      1786, Aug 29 -- Deed Book 3, Page 73, Randolph County, NC
      William Searcy deeded James Bowdon 16 acres adjoining Bowdon, William Read and Spinks. Winsor Perce and Shadrach Dimo were witnesses.

      1786, Sep 19 -- Deed Book 3, Page 84, Randolph County, NC
      William Searcy deeded Nicholas Nall 160 acres located on Deep River and Fork Creek adjoining John Perce and Edmond Waddil. Granted to William Searcy Senr. and deeded to son William Searcy. J. Knight, Winsor Pearce and Cornelius Latham were witnesses.

      1786, Dec 7 -- Deed Book 3, Page 71, Randolph County, NC
      William Searcy deeded Arthur Reed 100 acres located north of Deep River adjoining Arthur Reed and Richard Bird. John Pearce and Lewis Spinks were witnesses.

      1786, Dec 23 -- Deed Book 3, Page 111, Randolph County, NC
      William Searcy deeded John Garner 30 acres located on Deep River and Fork Creek adjoining Nicholas Nall and the county line. John Pearce and James Husey were witnesses.

      1787, Jan 1 -- Deed Book 3, Page 87-88, Randolph County, NC
      William Searcy deeded Aaron Hill two tracts: [1] 640 acres located on Deep River on Moore County line adjoining Charles Goldston, Argo and the Chatham County line. [2] 30 acres located on Deep River adjoining Nicholas Nall. John Powers, Winsor Pearce and John Pearce were witnesses.

      1787, Oct 2 -- Deed Book 3, Page 251, Randolph County, NC
      William Searcy deeded John Johnston 300 acres located on Deep River near the head of Buffalo Branch adjoining William Argo, William Searcy (Dec'd.) and Charles Goldston. John Pierce and William Argo were witnesses.

      1790 -- Census, Randolph County, NC Page 291
      William Searcey
      (16+) 1M
      (0-16) 2M
      5F

      1800 -- Census, Randolph County, NC Page 340
      William Searcy
      (45+) 1M
      (26-45) 1F
      (16-26) 1M 2F
      (10-16) 1F
      (0-10) 1M 3F

      1810 -- Census, Randolph County, NC Page 54
      William Searcy
      (45+) 1M 1F
      (26-45) 1M
      (16-26) 1M 1F
      (10-16) 1F
      (0-10) 1M 1F

      1830 -- Census, Chatham County, NC Page 449
      William Searcy
      (70-80) 1M 1F
      (40-50) 1F

      1832, Aug 13 -- Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty, File R9342 William Searcy
      William Searcy (age 78), resident of Chatham County, NC applied for a pension. He testified that he was born in May 27, 1754 in Granville County, NC. At the time of the Revolution he was living at Searcy's Ford on Deep River in Guilford County [now Randolph] and now lives within 2.5 miles of the place in Chatham County. He joined Capt. John Williams' company of Light Horse from Granville County in Feb 1777 at the Chatham County courthouse. Later was ordered to return to Deep River to raise a party of rangers to suppress the Tory party operating the area. In 1781, his house was plundered by Tories under the command of David Fanning and his personal effects were destroyed or stolen. Nicholas Nall, Enoch Spinks (clergyman), James Johnston and Peter Craven (age 88 in 1833) testified they were acquainted with William Searcy and he served in the Revolutionary War. Sarah Searcy (age 84 in 1845), widow of William Searcy Dec'd., filed a claim on Apr 15, 1847. Eli Lambert, David F. Moore, Carey Searcy (daughter of William and Sarah), William Kidd (age 46 in 1847) and Olive Pearce (age 75 in 1845) submitted affidavits of support. A page from the family bible was submitted to show: Sarah Searsy, wife of William, was born Sep 11, 1760; Mary Searsy was born Jan 15, 1780; Peter Searsy was born Feb 6, 1782; Elisabeth Searsy was born Feb 5, 1784; Cary Searsy was born Nov 19, 1787; Aaron Searsy was born May 7, 1790 and Sarah Searsy was born Mar 12, 1793.

      1840 -- Census, Chatham County, NC Page 187
      Cary Searcy
      (80-90) 1M 1F
      (40-50) 1F


    Person ID I21171  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2020 

    Father William Searcy,   b. 1723, Nottingham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Feb and May 1776, Guilford County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Keziah,   b. 1725, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1063  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah,   b. 11 Sep 1760 
    Married 30 Mar 1779  Guilford County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Searcy,   b. 15 Jan 1780
     2. Peter Searcy,   b. 6 Feb 1782
     3. Elizabeth Searcy,   b. 5 Feb 1784
     4. Cary Searcy,   b. 19 Nov 1787
     5. Aaron Searcy,   b. 7 May 1790
    +6. Sarah Searcy,   b. 12 Mar 1793,   d. 5 Feb 1852  (Age 58 years)
    Family ID F6438  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 May 1754 - Granville County, NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Mar 1779 - Guilford County, NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1790-1810 - Randolph County, NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1830-1840 - Chatham County, NC Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    1823 Will, Randolph County, NC - Will of Windsor Pearce
    1823 Will, Randolph County, NC - Will of Windsor Pearce
    1776 Will, Guilford County, NC - Will of William Searcy
    1776 Will, Guilford County, NC - Will of William Searcy
    1776, Feb 4 [written] -- Will of William Searcey, Guilford County NC
    1776. May [proven]
    Heirs: wife Kezia; son William Searcy; daughters Keron Searcy and Mary Pearce; granddaughter Mary Pearce
    Witnesses: Arthur Smith, James Whittel and Adam Marmosh
    1783 Land Grant, Guilford County, NC #1032 - Cornelius Latham
    1783 Land Grant, Guilford County, NC #1032 - Cornelius Latham

    Histories
    1788 Petition, Randolph County, NC - Courthouse
    1788 Petition, Randolph County, NC - Courthouse
    1788, Nov 20 -- Nov 1788-Dec 1788, General Assembly Session Records Box 2, Folder 1

    To the Honourable the Gennerall Assembly for the State of North Carolina
    The Petition of the Inhabitance of Randolph County Humbly Sheweth That a Number of them Labour at a Great Disadvantage in Attending on Public Meetings Owing to the Place Whare the Coarte is held being so fare from the Center of the said County We your Humble Petitioners Beg that your Honourable Boddy Would Pass an Act Directing that Commishoners be Appointed for the Purpose of Centering the Said County & Erecting the Publick Buildings At or Neare the Center of the Said County and We your Petitioners are Ever Bound to Pray etc. [selected signers] Richard Bird, William Bird, Nimrod Brewer, Arther Reade, Isaac Redfarn, Jas. Ledlow, Jas. Lathem Junr., Wm. Reade Junr., Jno. Williamson, Wm. Needham, Math. Deaton, Eldrig Deaton, Windsor Pearce, Joseph Hix, Arther Smith, Michall Andrews, Howell Brewer Sen., Wm. Richeson, Jno. Lathem, Wm. Lathem, Drury Richeson, Jas. Needham, William Smotherman, Cornelias Lathom, Thoms. Cost Sen., Thos. Cost Junr., Jas. Lathom Senr., Johnson Lathom, William Searcy, Joseph Carr, Wm. Neadom, John Garner, Rolle Spinks, John Pearce, John Read, Wm. Argo, Robt. Carr, John Deaton, John Spinks, Lewis Spinks, Garrot Spinks, Enoch Spinks, William Read, Adam Andrews, Davis Andrews, Charles Stewart, William Pearce, Thos. Waddill, Dennis Carpender, John Needham Senr. and Wm. Smith.

    1785 Petition, Randolph County, NC and Moore County, NC
    1785 Petition, Randolph County, NC and Moore County, NC
    1785, Dec 6 -- Petition, Nov 1785-Dec 1785 General Assembly Session Records, Box 1 Folder 7
    Only the petition was included. No details but speculation is that it was a petition to erect a courthouse in the center of Randolph County, NC. Signers: [selected signers from Randolph County page 1 and 3] William Reader, John Graves, Evachel Hancock, John Lawley, Elisha Lawley, Uriah Wright and Nathanl. Tucker. The names listed on the second page are largely from Moore County and are listed in their entirety: Isaac Dun, William Dunn, William Smith, Bartholomew Dunn, John McAulay, Alexander Morrison, George Grimes, Bartholomew Dunn Junr., Normand McLeod, Nicolas Newton Senr., Allan Morison, Malcom McLeod, John Kees, George Ceagle [Cagle], Thomas Kees, Nathanyel Melton, William Kees, Richard Dunn Junr., Moses Keys, William Keys, Benja. Simmons, Jesse Brown, Vincent Davis, Averit Smith, William Maness, James Maness, John Shuffield Junr., David Davison, Ambrose Maness, Joseph Cockman, Wm. Smith Senr., Wm. Smith Junr., John Smith, Samuel Tidwell, John Cagle, Jacob Stutts Jur., Isom Smith, George Cagil, Thoms. Minyard, David Cagel, Nicolas Wallis, Stephen Richardson, Normand McLean, John Allin, Adam Shuffield, John Caringer, John Shuffield Senr., Isom Shuffield, Shadrack Manes, Meshach Manes, Hezekiah Dunn, James Munyard, Henry Cagle, Jacob Caringer, William Dunn, Nathan Smith, Jacob Stutts Senr., Richard Dunn Sen., John Morison, Murdoch McLeod, Hector McLean, James Bowdon, Travis Bowdon, Windsor Pearce, John Pearce, Gideon Meakins, John Caneday, Willm. Searcy, John Reade, Charles Stewart, Micaj. Hendry, John Garner, Edward Moore, Rolley Spinks, Alexd. Kanedy, David Kanedy, James Garner, Joseph Carr, Robt. Carr, John Spivey, James Mallett [?], Christopher Yow, John Spinks, Wm. Reade, Jessy Pitts, George Carringer Junr., John London [?], George Caringer Sen., Wm. Harris, Charles Grey, David Andres, John Powers, Adam Andres, Wm. Williams, Richd. Bird, James Deaton, Wm. Bird, Isaac Deaton [?], John Cagle and Elias Allred. [Editor's Note: While we can't be certain that these are in fact signers of the Randolph County petition we have been unable to locate a similar one for Moore County during the same time frame. Some of these names appear to be actual signatures while others are clearly written by the same person as other names around them. The Randolph County petition suffered from similar challenges including some signers that would be under 21 years old. Regardless, this is quite a list of northern Moore County residents during the late 1780's.]
    1790 Petition, Randolph County, NC - Courthouse Relocate
    1790 Petition, Randolph County, NC - Courthouse Relocate
    1790, Nov 22 -- Nov 1790-Dec 1790 General Assembly Records Box 3 Folder 26
    Petition to relocate courthouse to center of the county. Signers include: William Searcy, William Bowden, Edward Waddel, James Presnol, William Wright, Joseph Wright, John Graves, William Graves, Richard Graves, John Latham, John Larrance, Evachel Handcock, John Handcock, Enoch Spinks, Rolli Spinks, John Reed, Lambert Reed, Wm. Reed, George Onslot, John Onslot, John Larrance, Wm. Reeder, Jno. Reed Junr., James Graves, Samuel Graves, Thos. Cost Senr., Thomas Cost Junr., John Vanever, John Argo, William Argo, Amanuel Azbel, Elisha Lolly and Jno. Lolly.