m. abt. 1763
- William Trotter1763 - 1841
Facts and Events
William Trotter was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Will of William Trotter
State of Tennessee, Sevier County
- In the name of God Amen. I, William Trotter, Sr., being far advanced in age and knowing the uncertainty of life and that it is appointed for all to die, and being of disposing mind and memory, and being also desirous to dispose of worldly goods which it has pleased God to bless me with, do ordain this Will and Testament in place of all other wills made by me previous to this date, to wit, after my death it is my will and desire to be placed in a brick tomb I have had prepared for that purpose. I wish the same finished in a workman‑like manner after which I wish a small frame house, large enough for a man to walk around the tomb inside, to be built over it -- for it to be underpinned, shingle roof and the house painted block. John Catlett is to paint my name, birth and time of death on the same in large letters.
- I will and ordain to my children, Clabourn, Mariah -- wife of James Tooney, Diane -- wife of Daniel Atchley, Angelia -- wife of Amos Atchley, each five dollars, to Arminta -- wife of Samuel Newman, fifty acres of a hundred acre entry lying adjoining the tract where I now live which I deeded to Samuel Newman to repay him for taking care of me during my life time.
- I will bequeath twenty dollars to my friend, M. C. Rogers.* After my death I will and ordain that all the balance of the land and personal property of which I am possessed at my death after given due notice thereof shall be sold to the highest bidder on a credit of eighteen months and the proceeds disposed of as follows, to wit: after the expenses of my burial are satisfied and my debts paid I will and bequeath to my son James J. Trotter the sum of three hundred dollars if so much there be left. If there is any left after paying James T. Trotter, I will and ordain that Samuel Newman, my son-in-law, who I hereby appoint executor of this my last will and testament to dispose of as he may see fit and proper. In testimony whereof I have thereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 11th day of June, 1841.
- Wm. Trotter (Seal)
- Signed, sealed and made in presence of us and acknowledged
- Samuel Pate
- E. Brabson
- Certified as true copy by Wilson Duggan, C&M, Sevier County, 10 Feb. 1843.
Revolutionary War Pension Information
Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 5, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :
Trotter, William, born 12/1762 or 12/1763 near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; entered service 1781 in Augusta County, Virginia, where he resided, in Virginia regiment as substitute for Richard Trotter (no kinship given); mofed abt. 12 years after Revolutionary Way from Augusta County, Virginia to Jefferson County, Tennessee, for abt. 3 years, then to Sevier County, Tennessee, where he was pensioned in 1832; query letter in file says soldier listed on 1840 census of Sevier County, Tennessee & had son John; query letter in file 1927 from W.T. Kennerly of Knoxville, Tennessee, saus his wife was descendant of soldier & she was also a descendant of Virginia Revolutionary soldier William Robertson who was pensioned in 1833 at age 71. F-S1598, R2414.
Information on William Trotter
From "Sevierville History",
In 1942, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) relocated 525 families who lived near the banks of the French Broad River in northeastern Sevier County in order to build Douglas Dam. The $41.8 million dam flooded over 33,000 acres of farmland on the William Trotter farm and destroyed the old James Trotter House, but it brought electricity to East Tennessee and provided energy for the war effort, especially in Alcoa where sheet metal was produced for the war’s fighter planes. [Source: http://www.visitsevierville.com/vshistory.aspx]