Name: William Eason
Birth: 22 MAY 1771
Death: 1 OCT 1831
Burial: UNKNOWN Mt. Carmel Methodist Church Cemetery, Reidsville, Evans Co, GA
From Huxford's "Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, Vol. 1", page 76:
William Eason, one of the first settlers of Tattnall County, GA and ancestor of many Wiregrass Georgians, was born in North Carolina May 22, 1771, a son of George Eason, R. S. The family moved to South Carolina in William's boyhood and it seems he grew up there. He was married in 1795 in Barnwell District, SC to Sarah Mattox, born December 3, 1777, in South Carolina, daughter of Michael McKenzie Mattox, R. S.
He is credited with building the first Methodist Church building in Tattnall County - Mount Carmel Church. The date has been placed at 1803, which was two years before the county was fully organized. He was a very devout member of the Methodist Church, as was his wife, and they were prominent in its affairs in their county until their deaths. Mr. Eason was a local Methodist preacher, and was first licensed in South Carolina. All of his children became faithful members of the Methodist Church.
William Eason served in the War of 1812 as a private under Capt. E. P. Wester at Fort Perry on the Altamaha River in Tattnall County from January 18, 1814 to March 10, 1814. This was a detachment of Georgia militia.
He died October 1, 1831. His wife lived 20 years longer and died May 16, 1859. She spent her last years with her son, Michael M. Eason. She and her husband are buried on their old home place four or five miles southeast of Reidsville.
He left a will which named Michael M. Mattox and Daniel Sikes as executors. It was probated in 1832. A division of the slaves of the estate was made September 5, 1836, between the following sole heirs and legatees of the testator: William Tippins (in right of his wife); Elijah H. Mattox (in right of his wife); Abraham D. Eason; William M. Eason; Michael M. Eason; and Dr. Daniel Sikes (in right of his wife).
Census References: 1810, Tattnall Co. GA jury list; 1820, 1830, Tattnall Co., GA; 1840, 1850, Tattnall Co., GA, widow only.
Father: George Eason b: ABT 1735 in North Carolina
Sarah Mattox b: 3 DEC 1777 in South Carolina
in Barnwell District, South Carolina
- Mary Elizabeth Eason b: 25 MAY 1800 in South Carlolina
- Elizabeth Juliann Eason b: 23 APR 1802 in South Carolina
- Abraham Darlington Eason b: 15 APR 1816