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William Owsley

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Virginia
Death: 1823 (56-64)
Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Nancy Gardner Owsley and Sibella Owlsley
Father of Micajah Owsley; Celia Maddox; Elizabeth Owsley and Martha Lucinda Patience Ousley

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About William Owsley

Notes for William Owsley by Terry D. Smith at William Owsley first appears on the 1787 tax list for Fayette County, Virginia. On 23 Oct 1790, he was commissioned Ensign in the Fayette County Militia. He was a resident of Clark County from its formation from Fayette County in 1793 and on 23 May 1793 was appointed one of its first constables (Clark Co. Minutes 1: 24). He was exempt from payment of taxes in 1795, appears on the 1796 tax list, but is absent from subsequent Clark County tax lists. On 24 Oct 1796, William Owsley purchased 118 acres from George and Sarah Fowke, a part of the 1000 acre tract granted to Thomas Ransdill and sold by him to George Fowke (Clark Co. Deeds, 2: 104-107). This is the same property William Owsley was taxed for in Montgomery County from 1797, which land was noted on the tax lists as having been entered in the name of Thos. Ransdale.

He next resided in Montgomery County when it was formed from Clark County, 14 Dec 1796 and appears on tax lists for that county until 1809. On 7 June 1807, John Owsley, of Clark County, relinquished his rights and title to an unspecified bill of sale to William Owsley, of Montgomery County (Montgomery Co. Deeds, 2: 255-256). In 1809, he moved to Gallatin County where he remarried. On the day he acquired his marriage license, 13 Nov 1809, he purchased a tract of land comprising 183 acres on Corn Creek, from the estate of John Gardner, the former husband of his new wife (Gallatin Co., Deeds B: 39). On 2 July 1810, William Owsley, of Gallatin County, appointed John Owsley, of Clark County his attorney to handle all of his affairs in Montgomery County, to include a suit filed by one Elijah Crens (Montgomery Co. Deeds, 5: 403-405). On 28 Nov 1810, he sold this land in Gallatin County to Robert King (Gallatin Co. Deeds, B: 147). Thereafter, he disappears from Kentucky, never to return. It appears he and his wife, Nancy, were either divorced or he deserted his family.

On 7 Dec 1815, William Owsley was living in St. Michael Township, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri on land also claimed by his son, Micajah Owsley (Ste. Genevieve Co. Deeds, C: 218-219). Between May 1816 and May 1821, Ste. Genevieve County court records made frequent mention of the case of James Bryan vs. William Owsley and vice versa. Insofar as his son, Willis Y. Owsley, served as a witness on behalf of his father during the course of this trial, and that Nancy Owsley reverted to using the name of Nancy Gardner, as is evident in the 1820 and 1830 censuses of Gallatin County, it becomes obvious that the couple was separated either through divorce or desertion. It is not known when William Owsley died though his death certainly occurred before 1830.

William Owsley first married Sibellen Yeates, daughter of Joshua and Nancy (Boydston) Yeates. By deed of 13 March 1834, the land of Joshua Yeates, deceased, was divided amongst his heirs, which included the representatives of his deceased daughter, Sibellen Owsley, naming them as Celia Mattocks, Lucinda Mayfield, Micajah Owsley, Willis Owsley and Jeptha Owsley. Joshua Yeates had died shortly before July 1831 (Montgomery Co. Wills, D: 272-273, 277-279). These heirs received equal shares in land Lot. No. 11, in Montgomery County (Montgomery Co. Deeds, 24: 6-7). Thereafter, each of the heirs sold their small shares first to George Yeates, a son of Joshua Yeates, and following his death in 1842, to his widow, Susan Yeates (Montgomery Co. Wills, E: 73). The birth and death of Sibellen was recorded in the Yeates family bible.

William Owsley was married 2ndly, by license of 13 Nov 1809 in Gallatin County, to Mrs. Nancy Gardner. She was buried near her first husband, John Gardner (1772-1806), in the Kyle-Gardner Cemetery, now in Trimble County. On 27 May 1823, Robert King sold Nancy Owsley the 183 acres he had purchased from William Owsley in 1810, which land she was to use during her life and after her death it was to be divided equally between her five heirs, William Gardner, Hiram Gardner, John Gardner, Anne Gardner and Sibellen Owsley (Gallatin Co. Deeds G: 18). In 1850, she was living in Trimble County in a family that included her son, William Gardner, 40 and insane, and William Overton, 15, certainly her grandson.

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William Owsley's Timeline

Age 22
Clark County, Kentucky, United States
August 9, 1789
Age 26
Age 36
Kentucky, United States
April 4, 1800
Age 37
Montgomery County, Kentucky, United States
Age 60
Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, United States