William Addington (c.1750 - 1805) MP

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Nicknames: "William Eddington"
Place of Burial: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
Birthplace: London, Greater London, England
Death: Died in Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia, United States
Cause of death: Endogenous depression
Managed by: Francis Gene Dellinger
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About William Addington

DAR Ancestor #: A000799 Red Flagged: "FUTURE APPLICANTS MUST PROVE CORRECT SERVICE".

Excerpts from the Addington Association:

His grandson, John L. Addington, Sr., in 1906, published a pamphlet entitled "Genealogy of the Addingtons." In it he asserted that his grandfather had been born in London, England about 1750 to wealthy parents. They saw to it that he had a good education. At about age 20, he wished to emigrate to America. Being unable to dissuade him, his parents supplied him with ample means for his passport and to supply him for a good while after leaving port. After arriving, William traveled a great deal before finally locating in Culpepper County, VA, where he was married to Margaret Cromwell, about 1774. When war was declared, he volunteered for the Army and served under General Washington. He was appointed commissary. He was present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, October 19, 1781. "Soon after the war, Grandfather (William) moved to eastern North Carolina with his little family, remaining a short time. Hearing of a country in southwest Virginia, called Clinch River, where land was good, range fine, and game plenty; with these inducements, Grandfather and twelve other families came to southwest Virginia. They made their exodus in the summer of 1785, and located in Russell County, VA, north of the mountain in the valley near Hayter's Gap."

William Addington appears on the 1790-1796, 1798, 1799, and 1802 Russell County Tax Lists. On July 12, 1802, William Addington was admitted to the Lunatic Hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he died February 9, 1805, and was buried on the grounds.

English origins

Unsourced tree suggests parents of Anthony Addington born Nov 29 1713, Fringford, Oxfordshire, died Mar 22 1790 & Mary Hilley, parents

of Henry Addington, Prime Minister & First Viscount Sidmouth. http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Addington-71  "The most famous Addington family is the one of Henry Addington who was prime minister of England in 1801. This family has been documented in the book Addington by E. V. H. Belfield published in England in 1959. Again, no evidence has been found to directly relate any of the American Addingtons to the family of Henry Addington, although some are probably related."

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Name: William ADDINGTON , Sr. 1

Sex: M

Birth: ABT 1750 in London, England

Death: 2 SEP 1815 in Williamsburg, James City Co., VA of Endogenous Depression

Military Service: Revolutionary War 2

Burial: Eastern State Hospital Cemetery, Williamsburg, VA

Reference Number: 1509

Medical Information: Committed from 1802 - 1805 in Eastern State Hospital, Williamsburg, VA

Note:

DAR Patriot Index:

ADDINGTON , William

Birth: EN 1750

Rank: Cmsry

Service: VA

Death: VA 9 Feb 1805

Patriot Pensioned: No

Widow Pensioned: No

Children Pensioned: No

Heirs Pensioned: No

Spouse: (1) Margaret Cromwell

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Excerpts from the Addington Association:

"William Addington was transported by Alexander Campbell, from Great Britain to VA, June, 1773 as per Prince William County, VA documents at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California."

As per the Addington Association, the following is excerpted from the book, Addingtons of the United States, published, 1998 by David Vern Addington and George Harcourt Bull:

"William Addington of VA, born about 1750 in London according to family tradition William Addington immigrated to the American colonies about 1770 according to family tradition and eventually settled in VA where he married Margaret Cromwell in 1774 in Culpepper County. A passenger record from Prince William County, VA documents shows a William Addington transported from Great Britain to VA by Alexander Campbell in June 1773 so this must be the correct date of his arrival. see records at http://ftp.rootswe b.com/pub/usgenweb/va/ship lists/misc0001.

William Addington is said to have fought in the American Revolution and been Commissary to George Washington. He is reported to have been present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. His name has not been found on any records of that war. (*Note there is a William Edlington found on the soldier's list of those who were present at the surrender of Cornwallis . William Addington signed his name as William Eddington. William died before Congress enacted the pension act for service in the Revolutionary War.)

After the war, William Addington moved his family to NC and then to Russell County, VA. There are numerous descendants of William Addington through his sons Charles Cromwell Addington and William Addington, and daughters Elizabeth Addington (m. Alexander Montgomery) and Margaret Addington (Tandy Welch and Peter Stallard). William Addington died in 1805 in a hospital in Williamsburg, VA.

Most of the descendants of William Addington have remained in VA but there are concentrations in KY and TN. The history of this family was first recorded in 1906 by John L. Addington, Sr., a grandson of William Addington. Hugh M. Addington, a great great grandson of William collected family data and published his book, History of the Addington Family in the United States and England (Service Printery, Kingsport, TN, 1931). This book serves as the basis for a great deal of Addington family history that is known. The descendants of William Addington were updated in an excellent book entitled The Addingtons of VA, the Descendants of William Addington and Margaret Cromwell by Nancy Clark Brown and Rhonda Robertson published in 1994. There is an Addington Association for this family that holds annual reunions in southwest VA."

As per the Addington Association web site, in 1906, John L. Addington, Sr., the son of Charles Cromwell Addington and grandson of William Addington, published a pamphlet entitled: GENEALOGY OF THE ADDINGTONS, Saratoga Printing Company:

"William lived with his parents, in the city, until he was about twenty years old. His parents were very wealthy, and kept him in school from the time he was old enough, and consequently, he had a fine education. There where, about this time, a large number of emigrants from England to the colonies in North America. His desire being to come to America. His parents tried to persuade him from coming, but seeing their persuasion proved futile, they furnished him with ample means for his passport and to supply him for a good while after leaving port.

He traveled a great deal and finally located in Culpepper County, VA where he was married to Margaret Cromwell, about the year 1774, a short time before the war between Great Britain and the Colonies. Served under General George Washington and was appointed Commissary, which position he held during the service. He was present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, October 19, 1781. Soon after the war, William moved to Eastern NC with his little family, remaining a short time. Hearing of a county in Southwest VA, called Clinch River, where land was good, range fine and game plenty; bear, deer and wild turkeys in abundance; with these inducements, Williams and twelve other families came to Southwest VA. They made their exodus in the summer of 1785, bringing their horses and cattle with them and located in Russell County, VA, north of the mountain in the valley near Hayter's Gap.

September 9, 1783, William and Margaret moved to Caswell County, NC, where a son was born. Here they remained until early 1785 when they moved to the Hayter's Gap section of Washington County, VA. They settled in an area today known as Addington Cove, where a small stream known as Addington Branch has its headwaters. This area still echoes the memory of their early settlement. On November 4, 1799 William withdraws his entry of 100 acres made on July 26, 1792 and reenters his 100 acres on the top of War Gap Ridge, near Jacob Crabtree. It is probable that this move was done to be nearer to Margaret's brother Charles Cromwell, who was also a resident of the War Gap Ridge Section, having moved there prior to 1785.

On July 12, 1802, William was admitted to the Lunatic Hospital in Williamsburg, VA. William appears on a list of patients at the Hospital from 1800 to 1815. He was being treated for melancholy, today more commonly known as depression. He was buried on the ground of the hospital. There now stands a Memorial to all that were buried there."

-------------------- Mitary : Revolutionary war , comminsary to General George Wasington . Never recieved pension for sevice in war . he was present at the surrender of Cornwalli at Yorktown 10/19/1781. However ADDINTON is not found on records but EDDINGTON is. medical : he was commited to Eastern State Hospital for Endogenous ( or depression) in williamsburg va 1802 and died there in 1805

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William Addington of Virginia's Timeline

1750
1750
London, Greater London, England
1773
June, 1773
Age 23
Virginia

A passenger record from Prince William County, Virginia documents shows a William Addington transported from Great Britain to Virginia by Alexander Campbell in June 1773 so this must be the correct date of his arrival. see records at http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/va/shiplists/misc0001.

1774
1774
Age 24
Culpepper, Virginia, United States
1777
October 10, 1777
Age 27
Culpepper, Virginia, United States
1779
1779
Age 29
Culpeper, VA, USA
1780
1780
Age 30
Culpeper, VA, USA
1787
1787
Age 37
Russell, Virginia, United States
1797
February 28, 1797
Age 47
Russell, Virginia, United States
1805
February 9, 1805
Age 55
Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia, United States
February, 1805
Age 55
Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia, United States