William Lytle (1755 - 1829)

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Nicknames: "Little"
Birthplace: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Rutherford County, Tennessee
Occupation: Captain in the Army
Managed by: Mark Fowler
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About William Lytle


William Lytle, of Hillsboro, N.C., was the son of Robert Lytle (1729-1774) and Sarah Mebane Lytle, and served in the Sixth, First, and Fourth regiments of the North Carolina Line during the Revolutionary War. He entered as a lieutenant in 1776, and became a captain in 1779. He moved to Tennessee about 1790.


Captain William Lytle moved from Hillsborough, North Carolina, after the Revolutionary War sometime between 1790 and 1796. Having received a 3,840 acre land grant for his service in the Revolution. He chose his land in the bend of the Cumberland River.


One of the most shadowy family legends has it that Captain William was an Indian scout. The following is written by Joseph Martin, an Indian agent, from Long Island, September 1784, to his superior, concerning the Spaniards, the Chickasaws and a treaty:

"I shall set off to the nation immediately. William Lytle and Samuel Rowley, who trade with the Chickamoggies, inform me, that a treaty held at Pennsacola by the Spaniards in June 1783, they heard the Governor tell the Indians in open treaty, "not to be afraid" that they, the Indians, were not without friends. The Americans had no king and were nothing of themselves and was like a man that was lost and wandering about in the woods - and if it had not been for them and the French, the British would have subdued them long ago."

It seems reasonable that while Captain Lytle was trading with the Chickamauga’s, and choosing land for the grants. He was back in Hillsborough in 1786 and married Anne Taylor that year. She a girl of seventeen and he a man of thirty-one. William probably had a common law wife and he certainly had an illegitimate son who was raised up in the house with his children. The boy could not inherit; so when he came of age, his father give him a good horse, saddle and bridle and a square fifty-dollar gold piece and sent him into the world.

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Captain William Lytle's Timeline

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Age 33
Age 35
Age 39
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Age 40
Orange County, North Carolina
Age 46
Age 50
Rutherford County, TN
Age 74
Rutherford County, Tennessee