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  • Name  William SIMPSON 
    Born  1752  Ballymoney , North Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Cemetery  William Simpson Family Cemetery, Goose Creek, Union County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military Service  Revolutionary War  [1
    • A soldier of the Continental Line in the Battle of Camden 1780 and until 1783.
    Died  21 Jan 1821  Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • William Simpson Married Martha Orr in North Ireland, 1770, had 3 children; John, Elizabeth, and James. When James was nursing, shortly before the Revolutionary War, they immigrated to America, Landing in Charleston SC and made there way up through SC to NC, and settled in Mecklenburg County, on the headwaters of 4 mile creek and South Crooked Creek, on what is now known as the Old Concord Road about 2 miles NW from Indian Trail in 1773. In 1778 he was granted 150 acres on the headwaters of 4 mile and N Crooked Creek. He resided here until 1785, when he sold that land, and bought land down Crooked Creek near Simpson Grave Yard. All lived there, until adulthood, except William, who died at age 10, When the Revolutionary War broke out, William enlisted for military service. He was at the battle at Camden when Gen Gates was defeated on Aug 16 1780. His name is on the monument at the Old Court House in Monroe, North Carolina.

      "William Simpson Family" by Ney McNeely, The Waxhaw Enterprise, 1911; reprinted in The Monroe Enquirer, "Our Heritage", Sept. 22, 1960.

      Of the pioneers who settled in this section of our country, no part of the world furnished so many as Ireland, and the grudge that Ireland had against England sharpened the fighting spirit of the American colonists in the War of the Revolution. It is said that none of the Irish pioneers in America were ever Tories, and that every one able to bear arms gladly enlisted and bravely fought for the American cause. Some time prior to the Revolution there lived in the north of Ireland a youth named William Simpson, whose heart was imbued with the love of liberty and the spirit of adventure. He loved, became engaged to and married a girl named Martha Orr, and with his young wife came to America. In the year 1773 he settled on Four Mile Creek, in Mecklenburg County, and built him a little home. His soul soon became fired with the spirit of the Revolution and when the war came he enlisted anxiously and fought bravely until the conflict terminated in its glorious conclusion. This William Simpson was the progenitor of the entire Simpson family in Union (county of North Carolina). ***** In 1778 William Simpson entered 150 acres of land on the head waters of Four Mile Creek. In 1785 he bought lands from James and Margaret Orr near where South and North Crooked Creek merge.

      From: AaronGFett@aol.com To: NCROWAN-L@rootsweb.com Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2002 14:19:48 EST Subject: [NCRowan] "Scots-Irish in the Carolinas" by Billy Kennedy pub. 1997 page 58-60 ........ The Ballymoney congregation agreed they must leave their homeland (Ireland) if life was to be made humanly bearable, and with other Covenanters (Presbyterians) they left for Charleston in South Carolina in five ships......autumn of 1772

      This letter appeared in the Belfast News December 22, 1772 and was Written by the passengers of the James and Mary

      "from Charles-town, Oct. 21, 1772 To Mr. James M'Vickar, Merchant in Larne

      Sir, These will inform you, that we arrived here all well and in good spirits the 18th instant (five children excpeted who died in the passage) after a pleasant and agreeable passage of seven weeks and one day. -Pleasant with respect to weather, and agreeable with regard to the concord and harmony that subsisted among us all: and, to confirm what we have heard you assert, before we left Ireland, we must say, that we had more than a sufficiency of all kinds of provisions, and good in their kind: and to speak of Captain Workman, as he justly deserves, we must say with the greatest truth (and likewise with the thanks and gratitude to him) that he treated us all with the greatest tenderness and humanity: and seemed even desirous of obliging any one, whom it might be in his power to serve. If you think proper, we would be desirous you should cause these things to be inserted in the public News Letter, being sensible they will afford our friends and acquaintances great satisfaction; and we hope they may be of some use to you and Captain Workman, if you resolve to trade anymore in the passenger way. Now, in confirmation of these thngs, we subscribe ourselves as follows:

      We are Sir, your most humble servants, Rev. Robert McCLINTOCK, John Peddan, Joseph Lowery, Timothy McCLINTOCK, Nathan Brown, Samuel Kerr, James Peddan, Alex. Brown, John Brown, Thomas Madill, Wm. Simpson, John McCLINTOCK, John Dicky, James Hood, John Montgomery, John Snoddy, John Caldwell, Robert Hadden, Wm. Boyd, Robt. Machesney, Wm. Eashler, Charles Miller, John Rickey, Charles Dunlop, Thos. MAKEE, James Stinson, Wm. Anderson, John Thompason, Hugh Loggan, Peter Willey, David Thompson, Hugh Mansoad, Robt. Wilson, Robt. ROSS, John Parker, James Young, Robt. Neile. p.s. We had sermons every Sabbath, which was great satisfaction to us. We omitted to let you know, that the Mate, Mr. Boal, as also the common hands, behaved with great care and benevolence toward us."
    Person ID  I1510  myfamilytree
    Last Modified  11 Mar 2009 

    Family ID  F5575  Group Sheet

    Family ID  F9608  Group Sheet

    Family  Martha ORR,   b. Abt 1752, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1832, Union County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1769  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    >1. John SIMPSON, Sr,   b. Between 1770 and 1772, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1844, Union County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Elizabeth SIMPSON,   b. Abt 1770, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >3. James SIMPSON,   b. Abt 1771, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1832, Union County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mary SIMPSON,   b. Abt 1774, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >5. Margaret SIMPSON,   b. Abt 1783, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1844, Union County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. Thomas SIMPSON,   b. Abt 1786, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860, Union County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    >7. Jane SIMPSON,   b. 1790, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1840, Union County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. William SIMPSON, Jr,   b. Abt 1792, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1795, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Robert SIMPSON,   b. Abt 1795, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >10. Martha SIMPSON,   b. 1796, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >11. David SIMPSON,   b. Abt 1798, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1860, Union County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    Headstones
    William and Martha Simpson plaque
    William and Martha Simpson plaque
    Marker
    Videos
    William Simpson Cemetery Video
    Cleanup of the William Simpson Cemetery 2007
    Simpson Cemetery
    Last Modified  11 Mar 2009 
    Family ID  F541  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCemetery - - William Simpson Family Cemetery, Goose Creek, Union County, NC Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    William Simpson
    William Simpson
    Marker
    William and Martha Simpson plaque
    William and Martha Simpson plaque
    Marker

    Histories
    William Simpson Family
    William Simpson Family
    Rev Martin and his Five Shiploads of Settlers
    Rev Martin and his Five Shiploads of Settlers
    Taken from Scotch-Irish Migration to South Carolina, 1772 by Jean Stephenson

    Census

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    NC, Mecklenburg, 1790, Simpson
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    NC, Mecklenburg, 1800, Simpson
    NC, Mecklenburg, 1800, Simpson
    NC, Mecklenburg, 1810, Simpson
    NC, Mecklenburg, 1810, Simpson

  • Sources 
    1. [S55] DAR Patriot Index, DAR.