William M. Wynne, Sr. (c.1705 - 1778) MP

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Nicknames: "Colonel"
Birthplace: Monks Creek, Dinwiddie County, Province of Virginia, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Pittsylvania County, VA, United States
Managed by: Linda Louise Ford
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About William M. Wynne, Sr.

William Wynne was a Justice in Brunswick, 1732; Sheriff of the county, 1736; moved to the far western frontiers of the country in 1738 to what is now Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He was granted 2000 acres joining his former land. This was at Wynne's Creek and Wynne's Falls, two places named in his honor--now in the city of Danville.

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The History of Pittsylvania County Virginia, p. 34

  • Brunswick was so sparsely settled that it was not until 1732, twelve years after its establishment, that a court for the county was organized. The first justices chosen for the great southern county were Henry Fox, Henry Embry, John Wall, John Irby, George Walton, William Wynne, Richard Birch, Nathaniel Edwards, Charles King, and William Maclin. Richard Birch qualified as Sheriff and Drury Stith as Clerk, but Stith later became surveyor of Brunswick, a position of much trust and authority in the uncharted wilderness. His deputies were Peter Fontaine, a son of the rector of Charles City County, Robert and Sherwood Walton. With the opening of the western country to settlers land speculation became rife, and Monette said, "In none of the provinces had the infatuation for western lands been carried to a greater extent than in Virginia."

The History of Pittsylvania County Virginia, p. 52

  • "William Wynne is appointed surveyor of that part of the road leading from Banister River to North River at Cargills'."

There was a point on Dan River known as Wynne's Falls named in honor of William Wynne, a very early settler who had moved with his family to this section from Brunswick County. At the falls there was a ford across the river over which ran the great mail road from north to south. The cultivation of tobacco was the main industry of the people of Pittsylvania County, and the burden of carrying their product to Richmond and Petersburg for inspection was so great that the inhabitants of the county petitioned Legislature in October 1793 for and inspection of tobacco at Wynne's Falls on Dan River. The petitioners further stated that "the situation of the place is suitably calculated for a Town, which will make the convenience of the Inspection more Servicable," and asked that a town be established "on the south side of Dan River, adjoining Wynne's Falls on the lands Larkin Dix sold to John Barnett"--Signed John Wilson, John Wilson Jr., William Ramsey, Joel McDaniel, George Adams, William Harrison, Robert Harrison, William Ware, Fra Mayberry, Robert Somerhays, James Paine, Peter Perkins, John Sutherlin, George Sutherlin Sr., Thos. Fearne.

DATE 1732

  • PLAC First Justices of Brunswick Co., VA

DATE 1753

  • PLAC Patented lands in Pittsylvania Co., VA

DATE 1753

  • PLAC amoung Tithables of Pittsylvania Co., VA

-------------------- http://www.angelfire.com/nc/HenryDixon/#The%20Family%20of%20Lt.%20Col.%20Henry -------------------- William Wynne (son of Joshua Wynne and Mary Jones) was born 1705 in Prince George County, VA, and died October 08, 1777 in Pittsylvania County, VA. He married Frances Reade on Abt. 1752, daughter of Clement Reed.

Notes for William Wynne:

William I was a wealthy landowner who bought and sols large areas of property moving west throughout southern Virginia. The falls of the river in Danville bear his name.

Copied from: http://web.utk.edu/~garywynn/Stuff2/Wynneage.html

From Va. Historical Genealogies Page 183

Colonel William Wynne, a younger son of Major Joshua Wynne, was born in Prince George County in 1705. (Deposition) His land fell in Brunswick County when it was formed from Prince George in 1732 and later in Lunenburg when it was formed in 1746. He was Justice in Brunswick in 1732, Sheriff of that county in 1736 and Colonel of Militia in Lunenburg in 1749. (Ex. Journals of Council 4 266-368; Bell, Sunlight in S,S. 116) The Tithables in Lunenburg for this family in 1749 were "Colonel William Wynne, William Wynne, Robert Wynne, Thomas Wynne". In 1750 they were Col. William Wynne, William Wynne Jr. Colonel Wynne moved to Pittsylvania where he was member of the first county court. (See V.H.G.-183 for his history there) In his will he mentions sons William, Thomas, Robert, and John. The first three names coincide with those in Lunenburg. In addition he had a son John and several daughters.

Copied from: Wynne of Tazwell County, Virginia p. 27

The philoprogentive quality of the Wynnes and their predilection for repeating Christian names renders it quite difficult to unravel the tangled skein of their descent. Land Patents, however, and indentures extablish the validity of the ensuing pedigree. William Wynne, son of Joshua and Mary (Jones) Wynne, and his wife Frances, removed in 1752 to that portion of Lunenburg Co., Va., which in the same year became Halifax Co. and afterwards Pittsylvania, where he died in 1778. His son, William Jr. presumably accompanied or followed him and ultimately died in Tazewell Co. But his sons Thomas and John remained in Lunenburg near the Brunswick line. John Wynne had received a grant of land in Brunswick on the south side of Tucking Creek adjoining the land of his brother Thomas in 1746, just before the change in county line placed the land in Lunenburg. Fifteen years later Thomas Wynne received almost 3,000 acres more on both sides of Hounds Creek and also on the southern branches of Tucking Creek adjoining the land of Richard Stone. Twice in the following year Thomas sold some of this particular land to John (surname now spelled Winn in both cases and both described as "of Lunenburg County" Lunenburg Deed Bk.7, p.231, 4/8/1762, and p.338, 7/30/1762. In 1765 John Winn (designated as "Senior") conveyed to John Winn Jr. 381acres on the south side of Tucking Creek in Lunenburg adjoining the lands of William and John Stone.

Then, after a dozen years, John Stone Sr. of Mecklenburg sold to John Winn, his son-in-law, also of Mecklenburg, 141 acres in that county beginning at the mouth of Buffaloe Creek along the Roanoke River. In exchange for which Winn sold to Stone similar land which he had purchased in 1768. In 1765 Peter Wynn of Lunenburg purchased some land in Mecklenburg.

That Peter Wynn was a son of John Wynn (Wynne, Winn) is demonstrated by John's Will:

Item, I give unto my son Peter Winn the lower part of my land according to the new line as before mentioned wiht ninety acres a survey lying on the Opposite Side of the Creek which is now in his Possession to hin and his heirs forever... The will refers to John's wife as Ann known to be the daughter of John Stone of Mecklenburg for the latters will mentioning son-in-law John Winn and his wife Ann. Peter Winn's wife Letty or Lettice was a daughter of Richard and Mary (Yancy) Stone.

William Wynne For 100 years after the settlement of Jamestown new settlers continued to make their homes primarily in Tidewater Virginia, With the beginning of the second century of colonization there had begun a very pronounced westward movement of settlers. One very distinct direction of this movement was through Southside Virginia where was to be found rich, new soil. Tobacco was king and Southside had the kind of land to grow the finest tobacco.

William Wynne, son of Joshua, was a pioneer leader in this movement. The record of his movement from Stony Creek in Prince George County across Brunswick, Lunenburg, Halifax, on to the Dan River in Pittsylvania County is recorded in Deed Books and in the Executive Journal of the Council of Colonial Virginia. As early as 1727 he had acquired tracts of land on Stony Creek and Nottoway River during the same period, William Wynne, a younger son of Major Joshua Wynne, was born in Prince George County in 1705. (Deposition) His land fell in Brunswick County when it was formed from Prince George in 1732 and later in Lunenburg when it was formed in 1736 and Colonel of Militia in Lunenburg in 1749.

The Tithables in Lunenburg for this family in 1749 were 'Colonel William Wynne, William Wynne, Robert Wynne, Thomas Wynne". In 1750 they were Col. William Wynne, William Wynne Jr, Colonel Wynne moved to Pittsylvania where he was a member of the first county court.

In his will he mentions sons William, Thomas, Robert & John, The first three names coincide with those in Lunenberg. In addition he had a son John and several daughters. 1715-William Wynne a witness in a case-pg 86 Vol 20 Va. Historical Magazine-Prince George County Records. (During the siege of Petersburg 1864-65 almost all of the records of Prince George County were destroyed or carried off by soldiers of Grant's army. A few volumes have been recovered, The last was as order book (court proceedings) 1714-1720.

(This entry was an extract from it) 8 Aug 1721 Suit. between Richard Cureton & his wife & Richard Harrison. William Wynne aged about 22 years deposition. p9 d84 Prince George Co.

25 Nov 1724 Survey For William Wynne South side of Stony Creek adjoining Wm. Smiths Line pg 816 Prince George Co. 1721-pg 183 Va Historical Genealogies-William Wynne, a younger son of Major Joshua Wynne, born in 1705, for he made a deposition in Prince George in 1727 in which he gave his age as 22, (V.M. 38, p 243) His land fell in Brunswick County when same was formed from Prince George. He was a Justice in Brunswick. Brunswick was so sparsely settled that it was not until 1732, twelve years after its establishment, that a court for the county was organized.

More About William Wynne and Frances Reade: Marriage: Abt. 1752

Children of William Wynne and Frances Reade are: Mary Wynne, b. Abt. 1727, Brunswick County VA3628. +William II Wynne, b. August 10, 1729, Brunswick County, VA, d. July 08, 1808, Tazewell County, VA. +Thomas Wynne, b. 1731, Brunswick Cty, VA, USA3629, d. 1794, Wilkes County, Georgia. +John Wynne, b. Abt. 1733, Brunswick County VA, d. Aft. August 17, 1793, Lunenberg County, VA. Robert John Wynne, b. Abt. 1736, Brunswick County, VA, d. Bef. July 28, 1808, Pittsylvana, County, VA. Margaret Wynne, b. Abt. 1739, Brunswick County, VA, d. Aft. January 02, 1797, Laurens County, VA. +Elizabeth Betsey Wynne, b. Abt. 1741, Brunswick County VA, d. 17673630. Martha Frances Wynne, b. Abt. 1743, Brunswick County, VA, d., Caswell County, NC.



      
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Colonel William M. Wynne, Sr.'s Timeline

1705
1705
Monks Creek, Dinwiddie County, Province of Virginia, (Present USA)
1724
1724
Age 19
Halifax County, Virginia, United States
1726
1726
Age 21
Prince George, Virginia, United States
1729
August 10, 1729
Age 24
Brunswick County, Province of Virginia, (Present USA)
1735
1735
Age 30
Prince George's County, Province of Virginia
1737
1737
Age 32
1738
1738
Age 33
1739
1739
Age 34
1741
1741
Age 36
Brunswick, VA, USA
1743
January 11, 1743
Age 38
Brunswick, VA