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General William Lenoir, Sr., General

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Brunswick County, Virginia, United States
Death: May 6, 1839 (87)
Wilkes County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Lenoir, Caldwell County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Lenoir and Mourning Morning Lenoir
Husband of Ann Lenoir
Father of William Ballard Lenoir, Jr.,; Mary Lenoir; Ann Jones; Thomas Lenoir; Elizabeth Lenoir and 5 others
Brother of Ann Nancy Lenoir; Robert Crawley Lenoir; Elizabeth "Betty" Lattimore; Leah Crowley Norwood; Mary Perry and 5 others

Occupation: Revolutionary War General, Major General
Managed by: Susanna White
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About General William Lenoir

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA with the rank of CAPTAIN. DAR Ancestor #: A069232

I came across an interesting article regarding then Capt. William Lenoir and his Company at the Battle of King's Mountain. It is a short but interesting read and they cite the source as NC Archives, Peter Thompson Papers P.C. 1377.1 It is titled "List of Wm. Lenoir's Company King's Mountain" on Pages 3 & 4 at the following url:

BIOGRAPHY: The Lenoir Family

Lenoir City (first known as Lenoir's Station) was named for the patriarch of the Lenoir family, General William Lenoir, and was founded by his eldest son General William Ballard Lenoir. General Lenoir was born on May 8, 1751 in Brunswick County, VA and was the youngest son of Thomas and Mourning Lenoir. At age 8, the he moved with his family to Surry County, NC.

BIOGRAPHY: General Lenoir had an extensive military and political career. Prior to the Revolutionary War, he went out on numerous expeditions against the Indians. During the Revolutionary War, he first served as 1st Lieutenant under Colonel Cleveland and then voluteered as a private during a forced march to overtake Ferguson at King's Mountain. After the war in 1795, he became a General in North Carolina Militia. As a reward for his military service, North Carolina awarded him 5000 acres located along the bank of the Tennessee River. Unfortunately, he could not occupy his lands, because others claimed ownership of the land. Finally in 1809, after a lengthy court battle, all claims were resolved, and the courts determined that General Lenoir was legally entitled to the land. In September 1809, he deeded this land to his eldest son Major William Ballard Lenoir.

BIOGRAPHY: After finishing his military career, General Lenoir embarked on his political career. He served two years as a Clerk of Wilkes County, NC. He was appointed Justice of the Peace and later served in both branches of the legislature. During his last term in the Senate, he served as President of the Senate. Later, he became the first President of the Trustees of the University of North Carolina.

BIOGRAPHY: On May 1, 1833, he applied for a military pension for his Revolutionary War Services (Pension S7137). On May 6, 1839 he died.

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General William Lenoir's Timeline

May 8, 1751
Brunswick County, Virginia, United States
Age 20
September 1, 1775
Age 24
Wilkes County, North Carolina, United States
Age 26
Caldwell, Orange County, North Carolina, United States
May 2, 1780
Age 28
Fort Defiance, Caldwell County, North Carolina, United States
Age 31
Age 34
Age 37
Age 40
Ft. Defiance, Wilkes Co., NC
March 7, 1796
Age 44
Caldwell, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States