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William Wren[1, 2]

Male Abt 1735 - Bef 1810  (~ 74 years)


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  • Name William Wren 
    Born Abt 1735  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Misc 23 May 1760  Brunswick Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    and witnessed a deed from Thomas Tomlinson to Wm. Ezell 
    Possessions 28 Jan 1761  Prince George Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    purchased land in Brunswick County 
    Address:
    Brandon Parish 
    Possessions 11 Apr 1761  Brunswick Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    and sold land to Benjamin Williams 
    Misc 1773  Brunswick Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    and witnessed a deed between Wm. and Eliz. Massey and Benj. Rives 
    Possessions Oct 1773  Brunswick Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    sold land to Benjamin Rives 
    Misc 1776  Brunswick Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    and witnessed a deed from John Dobie 
    Misc 26 May 1777  Brunswick Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    and swore to the witness of John Dobie's deed 
    Military 1780  Lancaster Co., South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    provided seven beef cattle for General Sumter's troops 
    Possessions 21 Feb 1780  Brunswick Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    sold his land in Brunswick County 
    Address:
    Meherrin Parish 
    Misc 6 Aug 1781  Greensville Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    witnessed the will of John Tomlinson II 
    Misc 1783  Greensville Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    appears in the tax list 
    Possessions 22 Nov 1784  Lancaster District, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    bought land from Thomas Crawford 
    • Lancaster County Deeds, Book A, pp 86-87, 22 Nov 1784, Thomas Crawford of Camden Dist. S.C. to William Wren of same for L150 sterling... land on N side of Waxhaw Creek, originally granted to Joseph Crawford, adj. Archibald Chrockets (sic) land, including an improvement, adj. Robert Crawford, 17 A also adj. sd. tract, part of tract grated to Stephen White, conveyed to Isaac McCullah and from Isaac McCullah to Jos McCulloch, from sd. Jos McCulloch to James Crawford, adj. Robert Lockhart, Nathaniel Tomlinson, I-- Tomlinson... Thomas Crawford (LS), Wit: Robert Crawford, Jno Foster, Jno Crawford,. Prov. by Robert Crawford, before Andw Foster, J.P. 22 Nov 1784
    Misc 17 Mar 1785  Lancaster District, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    witnessed a deed from Nathan Tomlinson to Nathaniel Tomlinson 
    • Lancaster County Deeds, Book A, pp 84-85, 17 Mar 1785, Nathan Tomlinson of Camden Dist., to Nathaniel Tomlinson for s5 sterling, 170 A in the Waxhaw Settlement between the Waxhaw Creek and Twelve Mile Creek. Nathan Tomlinson (x), Wit: William Wrenn, John Foster, Thomas Rhodes. Prov. by William Wren, 17 Mar 1785, before Andw Foster, J.P.
    Military 26 May 1788  Lancaster Co., South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    received payment for cattle supplied in 1780 
    Misc 24 May 1792  Lancaster District, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    witnessed a deed between Jesse Roper and George Wren 
    Misc 13 May 1793  Lancaster District, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    witnessed deed from Robert Crawford and wife Jane to Robert Hancock 
    • Lancaster County Deeds, Book B, p. 257, 13 May 1793, Robert Crawford and wife Jane of Lancaster Co., to Robert Hancock of same, for L 140 sterling, 376 A granted to Samuel Burnet, 200 A part of sd. grant adj. Moses White, Joseph White... Robert Crawford (Seal), Jean Crawford (Seal)., Wit: William Crawford, William Wrenn
    Died Bef 1810  Lancaster Co., South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • DEATH: 1800 SC census last reference found for William Wren. He doesn't appear in any land records after 1800 and the probate records do not exist for that period.
    Person ID I6770  Scott Dickson's Family
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2019 

    Family Mary Tomlinson,   b. Sussex Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Lancaster Co., South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Married Bef 24 Apr 1759  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Children 
     1. Theodorick Wren,   b. Bef 1759, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1780, Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 21 years)
     2. Elizabeth Wren,   b. Bef 1759, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 2 Jul 1839, Putnam Co., Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 80 years)
     3. George Wren,   b. Abt 1760, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1832–12 Mar 1835, Waxhaw, Lancaster Co., South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
     4. Mildred Wren,   b. 1771, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1851, Chester, Chester Co., South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 9 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F837  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1735 - Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Bef 24 Apr 1759 - Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - and witnessed a deed from Thomas Tomlinson to Wm. Ezell - 23 May 1760 - Brunswick Co., Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - purchased land in Brunswick County - 28 Jan 1761 - Prince George Co., Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - and sold land to Benjamin Williams - 11 Apr 1761 - Brunswick Co., Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - and witnessed a deed between Wm. and Eliz. Massey and Benj. Rives - 1773 - Brunswick Co., Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - sold land to Benjamin Rives - Oct 1773 - Brunswick Co., Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - and witnessed a deed from John Dobie - 1776 - Brunswick Co., Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - and swore to the witness of John Dobie's deed - 26 May 1777 - Brunswick Co., Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - provided seven beef cattle for General Sumter's troops - 1780 - Lancaster Co., South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - sold his land in Brunswick County - 21 Feb 1780 - Brunswick Co., Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - witnessed the will of John Tomlinson II - 6 Aug 1781 - Greensville Co., Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - appears in the tax list - 1783 - Greensville Co., Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - received payment for cattle supplied in 1780 - 26 May 1788 - Lancaster Co., South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Bef 1810 - Lancaster Co., South Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • A Feb 1806 deed references Alexander Wren and a tract of land owned by Winnyfred Wren adjacent to George Wren. It seems like Alexander is likely another son. Also that Winnyfred is another daughter. The fact that she owns land on her own would imply that (a) she is of legal age (at least 14, I expect) and (b) her father likely has died and willed the land to her. Not sure how to square that with Betty's notes on the 1800 census.

      Notes for William Wren (Betty Wren)

      NOTE: William Wren was from the Cattail-Fountain Creek area of that part of Brunswick Co. VA that fell into Greensville Co. VA. No definitive evidence has been found to place him in a family. Wrens were in Brunswick in the early 1700's.

      1760 DEED: Brunswick Co VA, 23 May 1760, Thomas Tomlinson to Wm. Ezell. Wit: William Wren, Wm. Majors, John Houseman.

      1761 DEED:Brunswick Co VA, 28 Jan 1761, Nathaneil Carter & wife Ellender to William Wren of Brandon Pr., Prince George Co. for 50 pounds 117 ac. on N side Roanoke R. on branch of Cattail Ck. Wit: Jon Vinson, John Tomlinson & Richard Renn p 614. DB 6. NOTE:On p.616, DB 6,28 Jan 1761, Richard Renn buys from Nath. Perry of Granville Co NC.Wit: Jon Vinson, John Tomlinson & William Renn.

      1761 DEED:Brunswick Co VA, 11 Apr 1761, William Wren to Benjamin Williams. Wit:James Oliver, Nathl. & Susanna Mabry.

      1764 WILL:Sussex Co VA, 26 Sept 1764/ 17 Jan 1765 WB-B-24. Will of Burrel Tomlinson.....to nephew Theodorick Renn son of William Renn.....to sister Mary Renn.

      1773 DEED:Brunswick Co VA, Benj. Rives purchased from Wm. & Eliz. Massey 200 ac., Wit: William Wren, Rich. (x) Massey, James Advent.

      1773 DEED:Brunswick Co VA, Oct, Conveted to Wm. Rives, 200 ac, wife Mary waivers dower rights. Wit:Benj. & James Advent, William Wren.

      1776 DEED:Brunswicke Co VA, DB-12-197, John Dobie of SC sells land on Cattail Cr. Wit: Wm. Robinson Jr, Wm. Advent, William Wren. Proven 26 May 1777 by oaths of Wm. Robinson & William Wren.

      NOTE:Those people noted as witnesses in Brunswick deeds were later found in Lancaster Co SC. This would lead one to believe that the William Wren in Brunswick Co VA was the same as one in Lancaster Co SC.

      1780 DEED:Brunswick Co VA, DB 14, 21 Feb 1780, p8, William Wren & Mary his wife of Brunswick Co & Meherrin Pr. to Henry Mangum for 7,000 pounds 371 ac. Wit: Briggs Goodrich, William Robinson, John Camp & John Woodroof. Proved 27 Mar 1780. Land was on Carter's Creek bounded by Massey, Soloman, William Robinson Littleberry Robinson,William Peebles, John Collier.

      1780 REV WAR: Wm Wren supplied 7 beef cattle for the troops of Gen Sumter. Recieved compensation 26 May 1788. NOTE: This would indicate that Wm Wren was in Lancaster by 1780 but no record of deeds for this time period exist. The first 54 pages of Lancaster DB-A are missing.

      !1781 WITNESS: Greensville Co VA, WB-1-8, 6 Aug 1781-24 Jan 1782, will of John Tomlinson II, Wit: Wm. Sykes, Wm Tomlinson, Wm Wren. NOTE: Many of the people of Lancaster Co SC during the Rev War returned to their former homes in VA because of the terrible fighting in the Waxhaw area. [THE WAXHAWS, Pettus, p52.] This would account for Wm Wren having been in Greensville Co VA to witness the will of brother-in-law John Tomlinson II and account for Wm Wren to be on the 1783 tax list in Greensville Co VA.

      1783 CENSUS: Greensville Co VA, State Census, William Wren , Susuanna Tomlinson, Catoe, Robinson, Massey, Vincents all citizens of Lancaster Co SC have returned to VA. Above.

      1790 CENSUS:HEADS OF FAMILIES-SC, p25. 1 WM 16>, 2 WF, 2 slaves.

      1800 CENSUS:Lancaster Co SC, p13, NA film, SC-50. 00001-00011-07. NOTE: This record was copied from the actual census record. Some indices, e.g."accelerated index", record the numbers for the name below Wren [Guy Wallis] as Wren's record, therefore indicating a much larger family. Last record found for Wm. Wren. The female between 26-45 would be dau. Mildred b 1771, ref. 1850 census Chester Co SC, who didn't marry until 1809

  • Sources 
    1. [S13] Wren Patterson, The Wren Family In America.

    2. [S57] Wren Family Research Notes.

    3. [S808] Betty Wren Research Notes, Descendants of William Wren and Mary Tomlinson.

    4. [S1563] Lancaster Co., SC Deed Abstracts 1787-1811, p. 2, cites Book A, pages 86-87, deed from Thomas Crawford to William Wren.

    5. [S1563] Lancaster Co., SC Deed Abstracts 1787-1811, p. 2, cites Book A, pages 84-85, 17 Mar 1785, deed from Nathan Tomlinson to Nathaniel Tomlinson.

    6. [S1563] Lancaster Co., SC Deed Abstracts 1787-1811, p. 37, cites Book B, p. 173, Deed from Jesse Roper to George Wrenn.

    7. [S1563] Lancaster Co., SC Deed Abstracts 1787-1811, p. 48, cites Book B, p. 257, 13 May 1793 deed from Robert Crawford and wife Jane to Robert Hancock.


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