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  • ID: I219677
  • Name: William BRIDGES
  • Given Name: William
  • Surname: Bridges
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: 8C45FB3D03E5D44890663D3AFCF41A58DC9B
  • Change Date: 31 JAN 2008
  • _COLOR: 3
  • Note:

    The story of the Rutherford County, North Carolina BRIDGES families begins with the Prince William County, VA. will of William Bridges dated Dec. 31, 1743, and proven April 23, 1744. His son, William Bridges, received two-thirds of the estate and his daughter, Mary Bridges received one-third. His wife was not mentioned. The executors named were his friends, William Roe and Charles Kil, who were to keep his children under their custody for four years. This appears to indicate his son William was the oldest son but would not reach his legal age for four years indicating William was born about 1726. Although the wife of William was living at the time William made his will, he gave all of his estate to his children. Witnesses to the will were Andrew Savage, Rose Veale (female) and John Lloyd. William Wroe, John Grant and Richard Foote signed the bond for William Wroe to serve as executor.

    The exact location of the Bridges' residence in Prince William County has not been determined, but it must have been near the Hamricks which were located near the present town of Manassas.

    It is believed brother Benjamin Bridges remained in Virginia and did not migrate to NC with his brothers. It is known that he had at least one daughter, Nance Bridges, to whom he gave land in 1766. A deed in 1768 appears to indicate that Benjamin Bridges had married Seybe, who had been given land by her father (Thomas Whitledge) in his will.

    Five of the six brothers moved to North Carolina during the middle 1760's to the area between Deep Creek of Flat River, Maho (Mayo) Creek, Cub Creek of Ta(?) River, Aaron's Creek and Grassy Creek; generally, the present eastern Person County (brothers John and William), and middle-northwestern Granville County (brothers Thomas and James): which at that time was Orange County and Granville County. Samuel Hamrick purchased land on Cub Creek which he sold in 1772. Samuel was listed on a 177(?) Granville County Tax List.

    Brother James Bridges was issued a Granville land grant on Oct. 13, 1761 for 34 or (34?) acres on Cub Creek of Ta(?) River in Orange County which had been surveyed on April 14, 1761 with John Bridges as chain bearer in Orange County Deed Book (?) pages 210-211 recorded (?) deed for 200 acres between Mayo Creek and Buc(?) Mountain Creek sold June 29, 1769 by John Tomson to John Bridges of Prince William County, VA.

    Some of the Bridges brothers apparently married earlier before leaving Virginia with the exception of brothers James Bridges and Thomas Bridges..

    Brother James Bridges married Lydia Lashley about 1764 (widow of Patrick Lashley) and brother Thomas Bridges married Ann Lashley on August 10, 1772 (daughter of Patrick and Lydia Lashley) in Granville County NC. Patrick Lashley's will was proven in 1759 and in 1764 James Bridges was appointed guardian of Patrick's daughter, Ann Lashley.

    The five Bridges brothers and their families moved westward across NC during the 1770's. Brother James had purchased land in Mecklenburg County in 1765 on both sides of Thicketty Creek, on the south side of Broad River, and in 1767 received a state grant on Bullocks Creek of Thicketty Creek (actually this land was located later in York County SC). Brothers James, Thomas and John settled on Buffalo Creek in York County SC. Brother William settled on Shoal Creek of First Broad River. Brother Joseph lived on Shoal Creek (with his son, Benjamin) and then moved to Greenville County SC and settled on Reedy River near the foot of Paris Mountain.

    It appears the five brothers and their families were initially associated with Buffalo Baptist Church with some of brother William's family later attending Sandy Run Baptist Chruch. Brother Joseph's son, Benjamin, was associated in 1799 with the Head of Enoree Baptist Church (now Reedy River Baptist).

    Brother James is listed in the 1790 York County census as "Saml." (which should be read as "Jams.") Brigs. Lydia Bridges (widow) was appointed administrator of the estate of brother James on Feb 6, 1792 in York County SC.

    Lydia died about 1804. Brother James was a deacon at Buffalo Baptist Church and served as a spy on the Indian expedition in 1779 and as "Captain of Horse" in 1780-1781 during the Revolutionary War.


    Richard (son of brother James) was shown in an 1802 deed to be a resident of Georgia and in an 1803 deed to be a resident of Spartanburg Dis., SC. In 1809 William Camp gave two and one-fifth acres of land to the deacons of the Church of Christ at Buffaloe in York District "whereon Buffaloe Meeting House now stands" near the spring, with James Bridges (son of brother James) and Peter Quin as witnesses. This James died in 1816 and is buried at Buffalo Baptist Church.

    Brother Thomas Bridges did not have any children. York County SC deed book A, pages 207-209 recorded in 1787 a deed from Abraham and Elizabeth Kuykendall (wife) of Tryon County NC to Thomas Bridges of Granville County NC dated Aug 4, 1771 for 332 acres on both sides of Buffalo Creek in Camden District, with brother James Bridges as a witness to this deed. This land was later in York County and now is in present Cherokee County, probably near Buffalo Baptist Church.

    Brother Thomas left a will dated July 28, 1781 and probated Jan 29, 1782 in Camden District (town of Camden later became the seat of Kershaw County) in which he gave his wife Ann, one-third of his property and loaned her the other two-thirds during her life time after which it was to be distributed equally among his brothers which he named: William; John; James; Benjamin; and, Joseph. Mentioned in this will was James Saterfield.

    Brother Thomas directed his executors (wife, Ann Bridges; and, Joseph Camp, minister) to care for his mother out of his estate as she is old, but it does not mention her name.

    The estate papers of brother Thomas Bridges contain receipts dated February, 1782 from his five brothers for their share of his estate. The receipt for brother Benjamin has a note on it, "Not to be recorded," probably indicating brother Benjamin did not sign it himself because he had remained in Virginia. Ann, (widow of brother Thomas) married Vierdham (?) Green sometime prior to May 15, 1799, at which time Ann (Bridges) Green witnessed a deed from her mother Lydia (Lashley) Bridges to James Bridges (son of brother James and Lydia (Lashley) Bridges), it appears that Ann (Lashley) died just prior to 1804 without any heirs.

    The known children of brother John Bridges include two sons and possibly a third son:
    Thomas
    William and possibly
    Edmond d prior to 1800 m Abigail (?) (appears in the 1800 census b prior to 1755).

    Brother John is listed in the 1790 census of York County as John Brigs. It is believed brother John was listed in the 1800 census as an elder member of his son William's household.


    The known children of brother Joseph Bridges include three sons:
    Benjamin b about 1750-55 d 1824 in Greenville County SC
    Thomas
    William
    These are listed in the 1790 Greenville County census as is brother Joseph.

    Brother Joseph .......was alive in 1799 in Greenville County when he sold his land, including the place where he was living, to John McClanehan. Brother Joseph and his two sons, Thomas and William, were not found in the 1800 census. Brother Joseph's son Benjamin was born about 1750-55 and died 1824 in Greenville County SC leaving a large family.

    It is believed that brother William Bridges was born about 1726. The name of his wife is not known, but apparently they were married about 1745 in Virginia and their children were born about 1745-65. In 1804, when brother William's sons, Aaron and Moses, transferred their church membership from Buffalo to Sandy Run an unidentified Catherine Bridges accompanied them. Brother William lived on 132 acres near the mouth of First Broad River in Rutherford County (now Cleveland).
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  • Birth: 1701
  • _SDATE: 1 JUL 1701 in , Westmoreland, Virginia
  • Death: AFT 31 DEC 1743
  • _SDATE: 1 JAN 1744 in , Prince William, Virginia
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    Father: William BRIDGER b: 1680 in , Isle of Wight, Virginia
    Mother: Elizabeth GODWIN b: 1678 in , Isle of Wight, Virginia

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth MEDCALF b: ABT 1710 in , , Virginia
      Children
      1. Has No Children William Moses BRIDGES b: ABT 1726 in Stafford County or King George County Virginia
      2. Has No Children Mary BRIDGES b: BET 1727 AND 1740 in Stafford County or King George County Virginia
      3. Has No Children Thomas BRIDGES b: BET 1727 AND 1740 in Stafford County or King George County Virginia
      4. Has No Children Benjamin BRIDGES b: BET 1727 AND 1740 in Stafford County or King George County Virginia
      5. Has Children Joseph BRIDGES b: ABT 1734 in Prince William, Virginia
      6. Has No Children James BRIDGES b: BET 1727 AND 1740 in prob. Prince William, Virginia
      7. Has No Children John BRIDGES b: BET 1727 AND 1740 in prob. Prince William, Virginia
      8. Has No Children Richard BRIDGES b: BET 1727 AND 1740 in prob. Prince William, Virginia
      9. Has Children Benjamin BRIDGES b: ABT 1743 in Prince William, Virginia

      Sources:
      1. Abbrev: BRIDGES TO THE PAST
        Title: Mills Y. Bridges 109 Mary Street Carrboro NC 27510 who was assisted by Mrs. Hedy Newton, Mrs Mildred Gee, BRIDGES TO THE PAST ( reprint of A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: BRIDGES TO THE PAST Published in "THIS WEEK/COURIER-SUN" Part 1, Wednesday, June 30, 1976; Part 2, Wed, July 14, 1976; and, Part 3, August 4, 1976. Submitted by Rose (Bridges-Kreitman) Clark, to Myrtle Bridges 25 Oct 1999.)rs. Hedy Newton, Mrs Mildred Gee, BRIDGES TO THE PASTrs. Hedy Newton, Mrs Mildred Gee. BRIDGES TO THE PAST. reprint of A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: BRIDGES TO THE PAST Published in "THIS WEEK/COURIER-SUN" Part 1, Wednesday, June 30, 1976; Part 2, Wed, July 14, 1976; and, Part 3, August 4, 1976. Submitted by Rose (Bridges-Kreitman) Clark, to Myrtle Bridges 25 Oct 1999.
        Text: To all that will be receiving this article I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Rose (Bridges-Kreitman) Clark, b 1931 in Madison (Madison County) Nebraska. A number of years back I had asked my Aunt De Loris (Bridges) McGee about our Bridges family and from her I received the copy of this article that contained 3 parts of the following information on "Bridges to the Past". I am sorry to tell you that I do not know if any of the authors are still living today as this article as you can see is over 23 years old and do not know what city in NC this newspaper was published in. My intent on passing this article on to you is the hope that if anyone is looking for one little piece of information that might assist in a link I would be glad I had made this effort. Rose

        Name: Footnoters. Hedy Newton, Mrs Mildred Gee, BRIDGES TO THE PAST ( reprint of A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: BRIDGES TO THE PAST Published in "THIS WEEK/COURIER-SUN" Part 1, Wednesday, June 30, 1976; Part 2, Wed, July 14, 1976; and, Part 3, August 4, 1976. Submitted by Rose (Bridges-Kreitman) Clark, to Myrtle Bridges 25 Oct 1999.)
        Name: ShortFootnoters. Hedy Newton, Mrs Mildred Gee, BRIDGES TO THE PAST
        Name: Bibliographyrs. Hedy Newton, Mrs Mildred Gee. BRIDGES TO THE PAST. reprint of A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: BRIDGES TO THE PAST Published in "THIS WEEK/COURIER-SUN" Part 1, Wednesday, June 30, 1976; Part 2, Wed, July 14, 1976; and, Part 3, August 4, 1976. Submitted by Rose (Bridges-Kreitman) Clark, to Myrtle Bridges 25 Oct 1999.
      2. Abbrev: Unproven Relationship
        Title: Vern Taylor's best guess, Unproven Relationship
        Name: Footnote
        Name: ShortFootnote
        Name: Bibliography
        Note: Many of the birth dates have been changed in order to make this lineage work with the parents listed on the Internet.
      3. Abbrev: Probate Record
        Title: Probate Record
        Name: Footnote
        Name: ShortFootnote
        Name: Bibliography
        Repository:
          Name: New Braunfels, Texas

        Repository:
          Name: Barbara Wiley has Photocopy, Acampo CA.

        Text: Will of William Bridges of Prince William County, VA. dated Dec. 31, 1743, and proven April 23, 1744.
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