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  • ID: I14237
  • Name: William "The Rich Tory" WOFFORD
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT. 1701 in Prince Georges, Montgomery, MD
  • Death: ABT. 1788 in Union County, 96 District, South Carolina
  • Will: 1787 96 District, South Carolina
  • Note:
    William "The Tory" Wofford

    Member of church in Rockville, Maryland, 1727.

    Rockville in present Montgomery County formed 1776 from Frederick County,
    which was formed in 1748 from Prince Georges County.

    Was in South Carolina by 1752. Was in Maryland in 1751.

    South Carolina was originally divided into four Colonial Counties, one of
    which was Berkeley County. In 1765 South Carolina was divided into seven
    districts, one of which was Ninety-six District out of part of Berkley County.
    96 District was comprised of the Union and Spartanburgh Counties.
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    Will of William Wofford:

    In the name of God Amen I William Wofford of Union County in the State of So. Carolina
    being of sound and Disposing Mind Memory and Understanding Do make and Publish this my
    Last Will and Testament of and concerning the Worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bless
    me with in manner and form following viz-----------------------
    Imprimis my will is that after my Funeral charges and all my Just Debts are fully satisfied
    and Paid I give and bequeath unto my son Absolom One Shilling Sterling Money.
    Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Rhodes One Shilling Sterling Money.
    Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Hannah Merchant One Shilling Sterling Money.
    Item I give and bequeath unto Mary my daughter Mary Brian One Shilling Sterling.
    Item I give and bequeath unto my Beloved Wife Abigal all the Remainder of my Estate both real
    and personal whether in this State or else where to be Enjoyed by her during her natural
    Life and after her Decease I do give and Bequath all the aforesaid Part of my Estate which
    I bequeathed to my Wife Abigal aforesaid unto my beloved Daughter Rebeccah and her heirs
    and assigns forever, And Lastly I do Nominate and appoint my Beloved Daughter Rebeccah
    Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament. And do hereby revoke and Disannul all
    former Wills by me at any time heretofore made and Declare this to be my Last and only
    Will Dated this Twenty Eight Day of March in the year of Our Lord One thousand Seven
    hundred and Eighty Seven and the Eleventh year of American Independence
    Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the above named William Wofford to be his
    Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request did subscribe our names
    in the presence of Each other as Witness to the Same
    William (his " W" mark) Wofford
    Jeremiah Wilson (his mark)Ambrose YarbroughThomas Todd
    Box 1, Package 9, Probate records of Union County, SC.
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    Notes Taken from the Tennessee State Archives in Nashville, TN during April 2000:

    A number of early land grants,deeds and property transactions) were issued to men or sold by named William WOFFORD. They were all closely related, and all owned land in the same general area in South Carolina. I have preceded each property transaction I believe is William "The Rich Tory " Woffard's property transactions with the term "The Rich Tory".

    * Source: Some County Records Vol. 2 by Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, JR

    Union County, SC Deed Book A

    1. Page 148-150 3/16/1780 William Wofford of Lawson's Fork, 96 Dist, SC to Turner Roundtree of Fairforest for 1000 pds; 200 ac including house and plantation

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    Union County, SC Deed Book B

    2. Page 85 - 87 8/26/1785 William Wofford, ironmaster of Turkey Cove in Burke County, NC t Daniel Langston and Bennett Langston, planters both of Spartangburg Co, 96 Dist for 100 pds sterling 100 ac on branch of Tyger River called the Dutchman's Creek

    3. Page 118-121 (no Date) William Wofford of Burke County to John Hames of Union County, SC for 25 pds 200 ac on Little Sandy Run

    4. Page 183-186 3/29/1770 John Miller "on the Tyger River in Trion County in the Providence of NC" and James Vernon planter of "Fairforest Settlement" to William Wofford, esq. "lately of the settlement of Fairforest in the providence of SC" but now of Lawson Fork in the County of Tryan and Providence of NC for 500 pds 240 ac a branch of Tyger River called "Fairforest".

    5. "The Rich Tory " Page 226 - 229 Lease and Release William Wofford to Thomas Wright both of Union County 200 ac including the plantation where Thomas Wright now dwells on the North side of Tyger River; adj. to William Wofford, Lewis Bobo and the river part of a 300 ac tract whereon Wm. Wofford now dwells near a branch by Bryant Mill; granted by the Providence of SC to William Wofford on 24 Aug 1770 in the then called Craven County; Grant was bound on the N side by Tyger River; S by Lewis Bobo; all other sides vacant.

    6. Page 438 - 440 6/28/1789 William Wofford of Lawson's Fork in Spartanburg County, SC to George Harlan of Fairforest, Union County for 60 pds Sterling 150 ac on the NE side of Fairforest Creek.

    7. "The Rich Tory "Page 382 - 383 William Wofford to Leonard Smith both of Union County, SC for 14, 6.0 Sterling; 100 ac part of a 200 ac grant to Thomas Brown by SC dated 8 Sep 1772 on a branch of Sugar Creek bound S by vacant land, E by James Blassingame, N by Widow Littlefield, W by Thomas Palmer. Conveyed by Brown to William Wofford and by Wofford to Wm. Littlefield, SR, descended by heirship to John Littlefield eldest son a heir at law of sd William Littlefield ; dec'd conveyed by John Littlefield to William Littlefield JR and from him to Leonard Smith (Recorded 1790).

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    Citizens of Immigrants - South Carolina - 1768

    1. P14 6 Jan 1768 William Wofford request for warrants of survey and certifying plants 150 ac Fair Forest Creek.
    2. P26 (no Date) The Governor signed Grants to William Wofford 150 ac in Craven County

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    Memorial and Quilt Rents Booked Sep 1968 by both the Lord's Proprietor and King granted land in the Colony of SC
    1. Page 497 William Wofford, 150 ac in Craven County on a branch of Tyger River called Fair Forest Creek. Survey certified 1/5/1768., granted 2/13/1768. Quilt Rents begins in two years. Recorded 5/3/1768
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    Also, I found a book "History of Spartanburg County, SC" by Landrum. A Section called "Wofford Family History" pages 221 through 231 and pages 232, 234, 235 and 237 contains historical and genealogical information on the Wofford Families.


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    The Woffard Volume by Zelma Price, 1964:

    (William Wofford (4) is referred to in records of Prince Georges Co., Md. as William Wofford Jr.)
    26 March 1726, will of 2John Bradford, of Prince Georges Co., Md. (proved 11 May 1726), shows two tracts of his lands on Rock Creek as then being occupied by 2William Mackcoy (McCoy) and William Wofford, Jr. (ARCHIVES, MD)
    (Note that William Wofford (5) herein stated that
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    he was born 25 Oct, 1728, near Rock Creek in Prince Georges Co., Md.)
    2William Wofford member of church in Rockville, Md., 1727. (ANDREA MS., p. 28) (Rockville in present Montgomery Co., formed 1776, from Frederick Co:, which was formed in 1748, from Prince Georges Co ) (It is possible that this reference is to William Wofford, Sr.)
    This William Wofford (4) was in S. C. by 1752 (appears to have been in Maryland, 1751). This was long before the "five brothers", his nephews, came to S. C. He or his son William was a Colonial Soldier of S. C., 1752- most likely the son. (ANDREA, p. 33)
    William Wofford (4) was an appraiser of estate of 2Hugh McDonald in 1762, and of 2Thomas Pendley in 1723. (ANDREA MS.p P. 27, 28)
    A number of early land grants (prior to the Revolution) were issued to men named WOFFORD, and it is difficult to identify each of them, and particularly difficult to identify the several men named William Wofford. They were all closely related, and all owned land in the same general area in South Carolina.
    It seems definite that the following record applies to this William Wofford (4):
    6 April, 1773, William Wofford a plat on warrant for lands on Crawford Creek, on the South Pacolet River, by lands of 2Abagail Terrill, and by vacant land. Surveyed 8 March, 1774, by 2Zachariah Bullock.) (ANDREA MS., P. 4)
    (See other records herein.)
    (South Carolina was originally divided into four Colonial Counties, one of which was Berkeley Co. A movement was begun about 1765 to divide the province into seven districts, but these seven districts seem not to have officially functioned until some few years later. From this Colonial County of Berkeley, one of those seven districts called "Ninety-six (96) District", was created. Within those seven districts were sections or areas called "counties", and in this Ninety-six District were two such sections or areas called "Union County" and "Spartanburgh County". These are now referred to as "old or original Union County" and "old or original Spartanburgh County".
    Most of the early land grants shown for Wofford are shown to be in Craven County (one of said four original counties). Those lands were actually located in said Berkeley Co., but being located in the Berkeley-Craven area in which for many years the county lines were indefinite, these grants, as well as the grants for many others, were issued for lands shown to be in said Craven Co.)
    (This William Wofford (4) is not one of the "five brothers" referred to concerning SC Woffords, but he is their uncle.
    Beyond a doubt, this is the William Wofford, "the rich Tory", who is spoken of by 2Ensign Campbell in his diary, wherin he states that at the house of William Wofford they (he and his troops) obtained an abundance of necessary refreshment the
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    2William Wofford from whom so many Wofford descendants shy away.
    Well, let the descendants of William Wofford of the "five brothers" be now at peace, for William Wofford, "the rich Tory", was in truth not their ancestor, although he was by descendants of the "five brothers" projected into the picture of the "five brothers", and then vehemently denied by them as being "a rich Tory".
    This William Wofford (4) was indeed a rich Tory. However, had these descendants of the "five brothers" ascertained that there were other Woffords, including a William Wofford, in S. C. long ahead of the "five brothers", it would never have been necessary for them to make any denial that their ancestor was a Tory.
    There are many well-born, prominent and patriotic American citizens whose ancestors, with deep and abiding convictions, were loyal to their fatherland, or the fatherland of their fathers, and to their 'King'; and this compiler cannot concede that any "taint" attaches to their names therefor.
    This compiler is one of said William Wofford's descendants, through one of his daughters. She is also a descendant of 2James Wofford (5), one of the "five brothers."
    It is evident from the record that some of the sons of this William Wofford (4) were not Tories that they were loyal and fighting Revolutionists.
    The will of William Wofford (4) (signed by mark) is dated 28 March, 1787. He states that he is of Union Co., S. C., but formerly of North Carolina. To wife Abigail his entire estate for life, and then to daughter, Rebeccah (some claim name is Rachel but all records we have state name is Rebeccah), who is named the executrix. One shilling each to "my oldest children": 2Absalom Wofford, 2Hannah Marchant, 2Elizabeth Rhodes, and 2Mary Brian. Wit. by 2Jeremiah Wilson, 2Ambrose Yarborough, and 2Thomas Todd. (In Will Box 1, #9.)
    Note: Statement as to "my oldest children" may have included only those by the second wife who had not moved from his section of the state, or were not dead. We note that, with the exception of his son Benjamin and daughter Margaret, all of his children who appear to have been born by his second wife are named in the will. These may be "my oldest children". Son Benjamin appears to have already moved far away, and daughter Margaret was dead. None of his children who appear to have been born by the first wife are named in his will.)




    Father: William WOFFORD b: ABT. 1674 in St Mary's County, Maryland
    Mother: MARY b: ABT. 1679 in Prince Georges, Montgomery, MD

    Marriage 1 HANNAH b: ABT. 1725 in Prince Georges, Montgomery, MD
    • Married: ABT. 1725 in Maryland
    Children
    1. Has Children Hannah WOFFORD
    2. Has No Children Mary WOFFORD
    3. Has Children Elizabeth WOFFORD b: ABT. 1740 in Prince Georges, Montgomery, MD
    4. Has No Children Margaret WOFFORD b: 15 JUL 1742 in Prince Georges, Montgomery, MD
    5. Has Children Abosalom WOFFORD b: ABT. 1752 in 96 District, South Carolina
    6. Has No Children Benjamin WOFFORD b: 1754 in 96 District, South Carolina

    Marriage 2 MARY b: ABT. 1704 in Prince Georges, Montgomery, MD
    • Married: ABT. 1725 in Maryland
    Children
    1. Has No Children Clara WOFFORD b: in Prince Georges, Montgomery, MD
    2. Has No Children James WOFFORD b: in Prince Georges, Montgomery, MD
    3. Has No Children Jerimiah WOFFORD b: in Prince Georges, Montgomery, MD
    4. Has No Children Joseph WOFFORD b: in Prince Georges, Montgomery, MD
    5. Has No Children William WOFFORD b: ABT. 1730 in Prince Georges, Montgomery, MD
    6. Has No Children Absolom WOFFORD b: ABT. 1732 in Prince Georges, Montgomery, MD
    7. Has No Children Nathaniel WOFFORD b: ABT. 1733 in Prince Georges, Montgomery, MD

    Marriage 3 Abigail TERRELL
    • Married: ABT. 1773 in Union County, 96TH District, South Carolina
    Children
    1. Has No Children Rebeccah WOFFORD
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