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William Arledge

Also Known As: "William /Aldridge/"
Birthplace: lived on Dutchman's Creek, Camden Dist/Fairfield Co, SC; 1792 tax list in Fairfield; 1800 Fairfield 00100 22000 00; 1810 Kershaw 00001/10001/2 slaves
Death: April 29, 1819 (78-79)
(WILL filed in Fairfield but not proved) lived in Kershaw Co, SC aft c1800
Immediate Family:

Son of John Arledge and Elizabeth Arledge
Husband of Mary Arledge
Father of Samuel Arledge; Ann "Nancy" Bell; Moses Arledge; Lydia Arledge; William Arledge, Jr. and 2 others
Brother of John Arledge; Lydia Arledge; Moses Arledge and Isaac Arledge

Managed by: Pam Wilson (may be slow to respond)
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About William Arledge

From the research notes of Pam Wilson <wilsonpam@mindspring.com>:

WILLIAM ARLEDGE b. prob. 1740's, d. 1819

This William is most likely the son of John Arledge and Elizabeth Thomas Arledge (who after being widowed by John Arledge remarried Matthias Fellows), originally from Northumberland Co, VA who settled in Camden District, SC.

In November 1998, Mike Marshall <michaelm@inna.net> sent me the following, from the records of old Frederick County, VA: 1745---ARLEDGE, John--Given power of attorney by Hannah Thomas for the collection of sums of money owed her by William Thomas Esq. and Henry Tapscot. Recorded 4 Mar 1745. The people mentioned in this power of attorney appear to have come from Northumberland County, Virginia. Insight into this power of attorney may be gained by taking note of the will of one Richard Thomas of Great Wicocomoco Parish, Northumberland County, dated 7 Sep 1741 and proved 9 Nov 1741. This will makes specific bequests to sons William and Richard as well as to daughters Ann Sampson and Elizabeth ALDRIDGE. It divides the remainder of Richard Thomas' estate among his four children--Richard, HANNAH Thomas, Robert and Mary. The executors of Richard Thomas' will were his brother, William Thomas, and Henry Tapscott. Witnesses were Dennis Conway and Moses Thomas.

These documents suggest that John ARLEDGE and Hannah Thomas may have been living in Frederick County, Virginia in 1745. And, John ARLEDGE/ALDRIDGE was quite likely the husband of Elizabeth Aldridge nee Thomas, and the brother-in-law of Hannah Thomas. The power of attorney given to John Arledge in Frederick County, Virginia in 1745 was probably to enable him to collect Hannah's portion of the residuary estate of her deceased father, Richard Thomas.

It appears from this document that William and Alice Fallin Arledge's son John Arledge and his wife Elizabeth Thomas Arledge (note: this is the Elizabeth who later remarried Matthias Fellows in SC) may have been in *Frederick Co, VA* before going to SC.

This also provides stronger evidence to support my belief that it was indeed *John ARLEDGE (aka Aldridge) of Northumberland County, son of William Arledge and Alice Fallin, the very same one who settled in SC in the late 1740s, who was married to Elizabeth Thomas (later Fellows). This is the John Aldridge/Arledge who has been claimed as an ancestor by various Allred and Aldridges. I believe that he went to Fairfield Co, SC, fathered a number of Arledge children (Moses, Isaac-who-married-Sally, probably John-of-Edgefield, William-of-Kershaw, etc.), died fairly young, and Elizabeth remarried Matthias Fellows.


William and his wife Mary had at least two daughters, Lydia (named after William's sister) and Ann. Chandler researchers claim that a Sarah Arledge married Joel Chandler of Edgefield District, SC, and if so, she would possibly have been a daughter of William and Mary. They had at least four sons--Samuel, William, Moses and Elijah. There is an Absolom Arledge listed living in the same vicinity in 1820 who is of the age to be another son, though he is never mentioned elsewhere, so his identity is in question. There is a Thom Arledge mentioned as owning land adjacent to Samuel in an 1806 deed, though this is the only mention ever found of him. Could he have been another son of William's?

A William Aldridge is involved in many, many land transactions in SC as early as 1756 through 1775, several of them involving Mathias Fellows/Fellewes, Paul Johnson, Joseph Duke, John Single, among others. Names are spelled Aldridge, Alderage, Alderidge. I believe the earlier transactions are of William Aldridge, son of William and Alice, who would be the uncle of this later William. I have not found evidence that the earlier William (who died in 1784) had any children who survived him.

Elizabeth Arledge received a royal grant of 100 acres on Dutchman's Creek in Craven County beside William Arledge on 12 Dec 1766; on 6 Oct 1767 this was certified for Mathias Fellewis [Fellows]. I believe this was the older William as well. It would have been Elizabeth's brother-in-law, brother of her late husband John.

Colonial America, 1607-1789 SC Census Index: lists a William ALDRIDGE in 1778 in Camden Dist..

Name: WILLIAM ALDRIDGE State: SC County: Camden District Township: No Township Listed Year: 1778 Database: SC Early Census Index

In 1778, a William Aldridge and Mathias Fellows served on a jury together. This could have been either this William or the older one.

The other (older) William Aldridge/Arledge, brother of John, died in 1784.

There is a WILLIAM ALDRIDGE listed as a Head of Household in the 1790 census in 96 District, Spartanburg Co, SC, with 2 males over 16, 3 males under 16 and 2 females. Aldrige, William State : SC County : Spartanburg Dist. (96 Dist.) Year : 1790 Page # : Age ranges in household : 02-03-02-00-00 . However, Thurman Aldridge claims that this is the William Aldridge from his family. Also in Spartanburg Co (96 District) is listed a NICHOLAS ALDRIDGE (and in the Abbeville Co section of the 96 District we find two NATHANIEL ALDRIGE's). These are apparently from a different ALDRIDGE (not ARLEDGE) family, related to the Maryland Aldridges.]

Where was *this* William at the time of the 1790 census? He should have had a noticeable family by this time. Why is he not listed anywhere?

Could he have been the William ALDRIDGE in Mecklenburg CO, NC that year?

Aldridge, Isham State : NC County : Mecklenburg Co. Year : 1790 Page # : 159 Age ranges in household :


Aldridge, William State : NC County : Mecklenburg Co. Year : 1790 Page # : 159 Age ranges in household : 01-03-02-00-00


In 1792, a William Arledge is listed in the Fairfield Co, SC tax list with one slave and 247 acres of 3rd class land [Chester Bulletin 9-1990 p. 82]. Is this the same William, or his son? Probably one of them, since Willliam Jr would have been of age by that time. The only other William Arledge (b.c. 1775), son of Isaac, who later married Sarah Ford, would probably not have been old enough to be enumerated at this time.

In 6 June 1794, Elizabeth [Arledge] Felloes [Fellows], widow of John Arledge, sold to William Arledge, Sr the 100 acres granted to Mathias Fellows 22 Nov 1771 on Taylor's Creek and an additional 147 acre tract granted to Matthias Fellows 4 Apr 1794 for 50 pounds sterling (total 247 acres). Wit; John Yarborough, Asa Bell, Ann Bell [Fairfield Co. Deed Book K, 38-40]. Who was this William? The elder William in Fairfield had died in 1784. His brother Isaac's son William (b.c. 1775) was still a young man, being a minor in his father's 1790 will. I think since the Bells witnessed it, this was clearly her (Elizabeth's) son William, and Ann Arledge Bell was his daughter. So, at this time, this William was known as William Arledge SR., and his son as William Arledge JR, of Fairfield.

Note that this land was very close in proximity to that of his aunt and uncle William and Lydia Arledge Miller, since his son (William Arledge) is only 2 residences apart from William Miller on the 1800 census.

17 March 1799 Deed from William Arledge Sr. of Fairfield to William Arledge Junr. of Fairfield for 50 acres part of tract granted to Matthias Fellows 22 Nov 1771. Wit: Asa Bell, Moses Arledge, Elijah Arledge. These witnesses would be two of the sons and son-in-law of William (Sr.).

22 May 1800 Deed from William Arlidge Sr. of Fairfield Co to Charles Pickett, 100 acres on Dutchman's Creek originally granted to William Arledge Sr. [the same one, or the older one??] 8 May 1772. Wit: William Arledge Junr, Darling Jones. [Note: the Darling Jones family appears in NC in connection with the Clement Arledge family earlier in the century. This relationship needs further exploration].

It seems that William moved across the county line into Kershaw County, SC around 1800, or the boundaries changed. Where was this William in 1800 census?

lived on Taylor's Creek/Dutchman's Creek, Camden Dist/Fairfield Co, SC;

In the 1800 Fairfield County, SC, census, a William ARLEDGE is a head of household with one male 16-26 and 4 females under 16. But this is a very young family and this William would be too old by this time. The William listed in this census would have been born 1774-1784. This is probably his son William. Isaac's son William did not have children by 1800.

1800 Kershaw census: A WILLIAM ALDRAGE and ELIJAH ALDRAGE are listed as heads of household in the 1800 Kershaw Co, SC census (William: 00010-00001-00 and Elijah: 00100-00100-00). William b. 1755-1774; Elijah b. 1775-1784. These seem to be William JR and Elijah. However, it appears that William Jr. was enumerated in Fairfield County (above), unless there is an additional William Arledge who is unaccounted for. So, where were William Sr. and Mary in the 1800 census? Could this be William Sr. in the 1800 Kershaw census, whose age is transcribed in the wrong column? This would make the most sense, since Mary's age range would be correct, and there are no children in the home. They are also adjacent to Asa Bell (10010-30010-00), b. 1775-84, who married their daughter Ann Arledge, b. 1775-84.

1 March 1802 [recorded 28 May 1802], Newberry District, SC deed to William ARLEDGE Sen. of Kershaw District from John and Elizabeth Dobbins of Newberry District for 200 acres of land on Granny Quarter Creek (on waters of the Wateree) in Kershaw District for $235, bonded by Daniel Mathis, Edward Moss Kelly, Stephen Medlock, and vacant land orig. granted to John Dobbins. Witnessed by Elijah Arledge and Thomas Johnson, dated 1 March 1802. [Elizabeth Dobbins was John's mother; Mary his wife released dower. Granny's Quarter Creek flows into the Catawba/Wateree River about 6 miles above Camden Town, acc. to Mills 1825 Atlas of Kershaw District.]

26 October in 27th year of Independence (probably 1803; deed proved 28 Jan 1804): William Arledge Sr. of Kershaw District to Isaac Arledge of Kershaw 100 acres on Granny's Quarter Creek (half the land shown in Dobbins deed). Witnessed by John Lang, Absolom (A his mark) Arledge. William's mark was a W. This is the most evidence we have that Absolom was a member of this family. The Isaac here is most likely Isaac (Jr), son of Isaac of Fairfield, who married Lydia Arledge (b 1775-80), daughter of this William & Mary. See 1806 deed below.

Fairfield County SC deeds: In 1804 (26 Jan) a William Arledge, planter, and wife Mary of Kershaw sold 50 acres to Stephen DUKES, blacksmith, part of a tract granted to Matthias Fellows on Taylor's Creek, joining land of Moses ARLEDGE and Jacob LOVE. Wit: Thomas Starke, Jr., Willliam ARLEDGE Jr., and Elijah IVEY. William's mark: W [Recorded 22 Mar 1804].That same year (6 Jan or Feb 1804), the same William and Mary ARLEDGE of Kershaw sold 97 acres on waters of Dutchman's Creek (Fairfield Co) to Stephen DUKES, blacksmith, bounded on SE by Matthias Fellows and Jacob LOVE, on SW & NW by Ephraim POOL [prob. Ephraim Pettypool] and on NE by George PEAY. Wit: Thomas STARKE, Jr. William ARLEDGE, Elijah IVEY. William's mark: W; Mary released dower 22 Mar 1804.

10 Jan 1805, William Arledge Jr. and wife Mary of Fairfield to Austin Peay for 50 acres on Taylor's Creek, orig. granted to Matthis Fellows 22 Nov 1771. Wit: Anderson Rochell, Joseph Muse and Isaac Graham

Kershaw Dist, SC: 5 Aug 1806: Isaac and Lida ARLAGE of Fairfield to William ARLAGE Jr. for 100 acres on Granny's Quarter Creek, part of land granted to John Dobbins. Signed ISAAC ARLEDGE, LYDDA ARLEDGE (both using a seal). Wit: Austin PEAY, Thos. STONE Jr. , Wm. Turner

8 Aug 1806: William Arledge and wife Mary of Fairfield to John Henson, "all our proportion of all the plantations and tracts of land which belonged to the late Obediah Henson". Wit: Isaac Arledge, Benjamin Burke, Samuel ___?

14 Nov 1807: William ARLEDGE Sr. of Kershaw to Asa BELL, formerly of Kershaw but now of Tennessee, 50 acres "on which I now reside" on Granny's Quarter Creek, on east side of said creek, adj. James Dunlap. Macajah Thomas, being part of 200 acres from John Dobbins: "Be it understood that I William Arledge Sr and my wife Mary Arledge are to live on said 50 acres during our lives or pleasure..." William's mark: W. Wit: John H. McQuater, Wm. Powell

State grant 4 Sept 1809 of 974 acres in Fairfield (v 53, p. 595). Would this be to a younger William? Perhaps to Isaac's son William?

1810 Kershaw Co SC census

Manufacturers of homespun cloth p. 226

2nd column:

...D Russell

William Barrett

B. Barrow

W Aldrige

Sam Aldrige

P. Shrock

H. Shrock

S. Kelly

T' Gardner

J Duke

R Hammons...

1810 census Kershaw Co SC

...Thomas Greer

David Russell

John Russell Jr.

Joseph Ward(?)

Bennel Barrow

William Barret

William Aldrige 00001 // 1000102

William Aldrige Jr. 00010 // 2110002

Samuel Aldrige 20010 // 0010105

Philip Shrock...

1810 Kershaw Co, SC census lists:

156 ALDRIGE, Samuel 20010-00101-05 [son of William and Mary]

156 ALDRIGE, William 00001-10001-02 [William Sr, Mary and one young daughter or granddaughter]

156 ALDRIGE, William, Jr. 00010-21100-02 [son of William and Mary]

Son Elijah was not listed in 1810 SC/Kershaw Co. or any SC county--where was he? Perhaps he had already moved to Richland County and missed the enumerators, since from probate records, he apparently died there in late 1817. Also, where are daughter Lydia and her husband Isaac Arledge? Son Moses was listed in Fairfield Co, SC 1810 census: 183 ARLEDGE, Moses (21010-30010-00). The other possible son [who is questionable as a son since he does not have a common family name and only appears once in a census, in 1820] is Absolom, who does not appear in any 1810 SC census.

A William Arledge is listed in the 1810 Fairfield County census: 191 ARLEDGE, William 20020-01010-06). I believe this is William (b. 1775), the son of Isaac and Anna Arledge of Fairfield, who married Sarah Ford.

Graham Louer writes that a William died in Kershaw in 1813, leaving a widow Mary. Is there a Kershaw will?? He believes that this would be William JR, son of William Sr., who died before his father did.

A Deed of Gift in Fairfield Co SC dated 7 Oct 1814 reads like a will, and leaves estate to daughter Lydia and her husband Isaac Arledge. If William had sons, why are they not named?

Fairfield Deed Book X p. 298

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, FAIRFIELD DISTRICT Be it made known unto all whom this presence may

appear greeting wherewas I William Arledge Seniour of the State and District aforesaid being not in a good condition of health but of a sound and perfect memory Thanks be to God for the same for unto in consideration of my pure love and affection which I have towards my beloved daughter Lidia and her husband Isaac Arledge both of the State and District aforesaid I do hereby make and constitute this my deed of gift in the manner and form as follows. I do hereby give and bequeath unto my daughter Lydia aforesaid and Isaac Arledge her husband aforesaid a certain Mulatta girl named Jenny aged about seventeen years to have and to hold together with all her There in case she Brings any to them Selves and children forever that is to say after my self and beloved wife's Desolution and are no more in this transitory world at which time this my deed of gift aforesaid is to be in full ? and virtue and not before. Intestam only sobere of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Seventh day of October 1814.

William Arledge (seal) [Witness] James Briant

According to Graham Louer, there is some record of a deed dated 29 April 1819 from a William Arledge deeding certain items to daughter Lydia and her husband Isaac Arledge. This means he was still living in 1819. Louer wrote in personal correspondence: "On 29 April 1819 William Arledge of Fairfield District, 'for love and affection which I bare [sic] for my daughter Lydia and Isaac her husband of the said District...' gave them a slave, some livestock, all of his furniture, and 'other of my personal property consisting of household and kitchen furniture to have and to hold...after the decease of my beloved wife....' All debts and funeral expenses were to be paid from said propoerty. No land was conveyed (Fairfield CO, SC, Deed Book AA, pp. 407-8)."

In 1820 in Kershaw County census, we find ABSALOM ARLEDGE (111101 00101), ISAAC ARLEDGE (10100

00100) and MARY ARLEDGE (010000 00101: one male 10-15, one female 16-25 and one over 45). Is this Mary the widow of William Sr. with two of her children living with her? If so, it appears that this William (Sr.) died between April 1819 and the census taking of 1820. No will has been found.


Is this the same William?:


William ARLRIDGE, Fairfield Dist., 974 acres, v53, p595, 4 Sept 1809

FAIRFIELD Co, SC LAND SALE RECORDS (recorded from Deed Book Index, Winnsboro, SC)

1790 Moses ARLEDGE from William ARLEDGE, Bill of Sale, Release, Bk A, p. 87

  • 1791 William ARLEDG to Saul ROCKLEY, Convey, Bk F, p. 2 [From Graham Louer: Wm and wife Mary of St. Mark's Parish sold 100 acres (granted Wm in Mar 1771) to Saul ROCKLEY. Dutchman's Creek]

1795 William ARLEDGE, Sr. from Elizabeth FELLOS, Convey, Bk K, p. 38. Is this the same as Graham Louer's note: 6 Jun 1794, William Arledge bought 100 acres on Taylor's Creek and 147 acres (other) from Elizabeth FELLOWS, widow of Matthias, to whom both tracts originally granted.

1799 Mar 27 William ARLEDGE, Jr. from William ARLEDGE, Sr., Release, Book M, p. 144 [from Graham

Louer: William of Fairfield sold 50 acres granted to Matthias FELLOWS in 1775, with Moses and Elijah Arledge, to William Arledge Jr.]

1804 Isaac and William ARLEDGE from Mabry and Rachel HILL, Relinq. Legacy, Bk O, p. 369 [this is probably the William and Isaac, sons of Isaac Sr.]

1805 William ARLEDGE, Jr. to Austin PEAY, Release, Bk P, p.278

1806 William ARLEDGE from Bird OWEN, Release, Bk Q, p. 18

1806 William ARLEDGE to Stephen DUKES, Release (2), Bk Q, pp.228, 230

1810 William ARLEDGE from Jesse GWYN, Release, Bk T, p. 127

1810 William ARLEDGE from Edmond RAINES, Release, Bk T, p. 301

1815 William and Mary ARLEDGE to John HENSON, Release, Bk X, p.146 [This is probably William Jr, son of William Sr., though William Jr. is probably deceased at this time. Need to see deed.]

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William Arledge's Timeline

lived on Dutchman's Creek, Camden Dist/Fairfield Co, SC; 1792 tax list in Fairfield; 1800 Fairfield 00100 22000 00; 1810 Kershaw 00001/10001/2 slaves
where in 1790 census?? HOH 1800 Kershaw, 1810 Kershaw Co, SC 00010/21100/ 2 slaves
old enough to be married and witness a deed in 1794
1794 grant on Taylors Creek, Fairfield; moved to Kershaw by 1806. HOH Kershaw Co, SC 1810 20010/00101/ 5 slaves; Fairfield SC 1820 & 1830 census
Fairfield, SC; 1792 tax list in Fairfield; HOH 1810, 1820 in Fairfield Co, SC
HOH 1800 Kershaw Co, SC census (DOB range 1775-1784)
Fairfield Co, SC
Age 50
cannot locate him: should be in Fairfield County SC
April 29, 1819
Age 79
(WILL filed in Fairfield but not proved) lived in Kershaw Co, SC aft c1800