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William Pendleton

Birthplace: Westerly, Providence Plantations County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Death: Died in Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Pendleton, Sr. and Patience Rogers (Potts)
Husband of Lydia Pendleton; <private> Burrows; <private> Burrows; Mary Pendleton; <private> Burrows and 1 other
Father of <private> Pendleton; Captain William Pendleton, Jr.; Amos Pendleton; Freelove Pendleton; Peleg Pendleton and 12 others
Brother of Col. Joseph Pendleton, Jr. and (Lieut) Joshua Pendleton
Half brother of Deborah Frink

Occupation: Colonel
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About Col. William Pendleton

  • Ancestor #: A088399
  • Service Source: BARTLETT, RECS OF THE COLONY OF RI, VOL 9, P 126
  • Service Description: 1) RECEIVED RECRUITS FOR THE ARMY 1780

He was a Deacon in 1752. DAR PATROIT INDEX, pp. 525. PENDLETON, Sr. b 3-23-1704 d 8-23-1786 m. (1) Lydia Burroughs PS RI (2) Mrs. Mary McDonald Cheeseborough DAR NATIONAL NUMBER 725017 A716. Services during the Revolutionary War were: President of Westerly, RI Town Council, 1762-1781. Subscribed L40 to Continental Loan Office in 1779 'to make up deficiency at Westerly. (Town Meetings iv, 135, 5) Was in charge of local defense. In July, 1780, Rhode Island Assembly appointed him recruiting officer. (Rhode Island County Record IX, 126) 'All 9 sons fought in Revolution' - (Brian Pendleton and His Descendants, page 103). Outfitted 2 privateers captured by British (Brian Pendleton and His Descendants, page 56). Fought in French and Indian War (Rhode Island county Record). National Society, Daughters of Colonial Wars; R.I. Genealogical Register, v4, #4, p355. Colonial Wars: Col. William Pendleton, born 23 March 1704, Westerly, R.I.; died 23 Sept. 1786, Westerly, R.I. Married 10 March 1725/6 in Stonington, Conn., to Lydia Burrows, born in Groton. RIGR: William Pendleton, under age, named in his father's will.

  1. Christening: 28 MAY 1704 Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut


BRIAN PENDLETON AND HIS DESCENDANTS, 1599-1910, Compiled by Everett Hall Pendleton, Privately Printed MCMX, found in the DAR Library, Washington, DC. Page 44, 56, 57, 58.

   Admitted freeman at Westerly, 4 May 1731, and his long life was spent in that town as one of the most prominent citizens.
   In 1742 he was one of the Council of the First Church of Stonington appointed to form a church at Westerly. The records of this church state that on the 8th of April, 1752, "Deacon William Pendleton desired to commune with us which was granted." March 22, 1752, "The Revd. Mr. Park being returned from Boston, at the desire of Deacon Pendleton preached from Jeremiah ye 8-2."
   In June 1746, he was appointed a Justice of the Peace at Westerly and served as such for several years thereafter. On the 11th of Nov., 1746, he was directed by the Rhode Island Assembly to repair at cost of colony the government's part of the Pawcatuck Bridge; his appointment refers to him as "Captain." In 1747 he was a Deputy from Westerly to the Assembly and in May of that year was appointed Major in the third regiment of the King's County Militia.
   The following year he was re-elected to the Assembly and in June was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of his regiment. He continued as such during 1749 and in 1750 became Colonel of the regiment, as office which he held for ten years. In 1757, during the French and Indian War, he was appointed muster Master, and in 1758, the Assembly voted to pay Col. Pendleton 71 Pounds, 4 shillings for expenses in raising his regiment in 1756 (RI Col. Rec.). Among various items in the Westerly records relating to him we find that on "February 9, 1787, Col. Wm. Pendleton Col. of the Regiment of King's Country Appeared before this Council & pray allowance of 12 pounds for Numbering the  Inhabitants of this town accd to act of assembly, had an order" (West C & P Rec., iii. 509). It also appears that on the 30th of August, 1762, it was "Voted that Col. Wm. Pendleton have an order to the town treasurer for the sum of 55 pounds, 1s. old tendor for his expenses the Last Inferior Court he being Imployed in behalf of the town: (West. C & P Rec., iv. 12).
    Col. Pendleton was one of the wealthiest men in Westerly. The tax list for the town in 1757 shows that he was assessed 2,P, 12s-a greater sum than that paid by all the other Pendletons there combined-and the Rhode Island census of 1774 says that he owned a slave. There is also a tradition to the effect that during the Revolution he fitted out two privateers which were captured by the British. However that may be, it cannot be denied he served his country faithfully in that struggle while acting as President of the Westerly Town Council.
   This office Col. Pendleton held continuously from 1762 to 1731, and while the war was in progress, the councilors, besides their usual duties raised soldiers for the army, furnished them with clothing, and had charge of all matters relating to the local defense.
   Col. Pendleton further showed his patriotism by subscribing 40P to the Continental Loan Office in 1779, and 4P more at a later date to help make up the deficiency at Westerly ("Town Meeting," iv. 131,5). In July, 1780, the Rhode Island Assembly appointed his to receive recruits at Westerly. (RI. Col. Rec., ix, 126).
   Another tradition relating to Col. William Pendleton says that he was a good deal of a sportsman spending much of his time in hunting, accompanied by a negro slave, "Jack," and two dogs, "Prince" and "Granger." He carried two horns of powder with him, which he considered a day's sport to employ. There is much likelihood that there is more than a grain of truth in this tradition, as the Colonel's great-grandson, Hadlai F. Pendleton, of Norwich, NY, who is the authority for this anecdote, as well as many others relating to the early Pendletons, has Col. William's old powede-horns, and we have seen that the Rhode Island Census showed that he was the owner of a slave. We have, however, found no records to the dogs.
   Col. William Pendleton's will, dated at Westerly, RI, 18 August 1785 (See Appendix VIII), was probated 30 October 1786.
   William-4 Pendleton married (1), at Stonington, Conn., 10 March 1725/6, Lydia Burrows, daughter of John, Jr. and Lydia (Hubbard) Burrows. She was born at Groton, Conn., 19 April 1703, and died Westerly, RI 18 August 1750. On the 27th of July, 1752, Col. William Pendleton requested the Town Council of Westerly to appoint him guardian of his children by his former wife, so that he could receive the legacies given said wife by her father, John Burrows, late of Groton, dec. (C & P Rec. iii, 323).
   William married (2), at Stonington, Conn, 4 April 1751, (25 April in First Ch. Stonington Rec.), Mrs. Mary Chesebrough, widow of Zebulon Chesebrough, Sr., and daughter of John and Lucia (Stanton) McDowell. (History of Stonington).
   Issue data taken from Westerly Records.
 Source: National Society, Daughters of Colonial Wars; R.I. Genealogical

Register, v4, #4, p355.

 Colonial Wars: Col. William Pendleton, born 23 March 1704, Westerly, R.I.;

died 23 Sept. 1786, Westerly, R.I. Married 10 March 1725/6 in Stonington, Conn., to Lydia Burrows, born in Groton.

 RIGR: William Pendleton, under age, named in his father's will.


"1-58 Pendleton, William, March 23, 1704. 122 32-58 William Pendleton the Son of Joseph and Patience Pendleton was born the : 23 day of March one fift day of weeke 1704} Rigistred pr me Josph Pendleton Towne Clerke Westerle May ye 31st = 1704"

  1. Military Service: Revolutionary War Patriot, President of Westerly Town Council, 1762-1781 in charge of local defense. Recruiting officer July 1780
  2. Event: DAR Patriot Index page 525
  3. Reference Number: 10161
  4. Note: 1. William was admitted freeman May 4, 1731, appointed one of the counc il of the First Church at Stonington to form a church at Westerly 1742, el ected Justice of the Peace 1746, Deputy in 1747 from Westerly to the Gener al Assembly in Hartford, chosen Lieutenant Colonel of his regiment June 17 47 and Colonel 1750, appointed Muster Master 1757 during the French and In dian War at which time he was considered one of the wealthiest men of West erly, acted as president of the Westerly town council during the Revolutio nary War serving in that capacity continuously from 1762 to 1781, and subs cribed 40 pounds to the Continental Loan Office to make up a deficien cy at Westerly. The 1774 Rhode Island census recorded one slave in Willia m's possession who, by family tradition, accompanied William and two do gs in hunts .
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Col. William Pendleton's Timeline

March 23, 1704
Westerly, Providence Plantations County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
May 28, 1704
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony
February 11, 1727
Age 22
Westerly, Kings, Rhode Island, United States
June 21, 1728
Age 24
Westerly, Kings County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
October 30, 1731
Age 27
Westerly, Washington, RI
July 9, 1733
Age 29
Westerly, Washington County, RI, USA