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William Whiteside

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Probably Ireland
Death: October 17, 1777 (63-71)
Tryon County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Golden Valley, Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown Whiteside and Unknown Whiteside
Husband of Elizabeth Whiteside
Father of Davis Whiteside; Robert Whiteside; James Whiteside; John Whiteside; William Whiteside and 8 others
Brother of Thomas Whiteside

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About William Whiteside

William Whiteside (c.1710-1777), by Jerry Stockton

William Whiteside (c.1710-1777) is commonly shown as William Whiteside, Sr., but there is no evidence that he ever used "Sr." with his name. William's father is not known and might have also been a William. It does not appear that the son of William Whiteside (c.1710-1777) ever used "Jr." with his name.

Dr. Donald Whiteside, the foremost expert on the Whiteside family, did NOT show parents for William Whiteside who married Elizabeth Stockton and lived in Albemarle County, Virginia. Dr. Whiteside did show William was a brother of Thomas Whiteside who lived on Stockton's Branch of Mechum's River in Albemarle County, Virginia. Thomas and William Whiteside appear to be sons of unknown Whiteside and his wife unknown (nee unknown) Whiteside.

William Whiteside married Elizabeth (nee Stockton) Whiteside a daughter of Davis Stockton of Albemarle County, Virginia. The below chart shows William and Elizabeth (nee Stockton) Whiteside, and their children, in the far right column.

Davis Stockton's Children and Grandchildren chart

1747 ALBEMARLE COUNTY IN VIRGINIA, by Rev. Edgar Woods, 1901, pp. 362-363 "Ivy Creek, March 29, 1747. Whereas it is agreed or proposed that ye Inhabitants of Ivy Creek and ye Mountain Plain Congregation joyn together with ye Congregation of Rockfish, to call and invite ye Reverend Samuel Black . . . to be our Minister and Pastor . . . do promise and oblige ourselves to pay yearly and every year ye several sums annexed to our names, for ye outward support and Incouragement of ye said Mr. Samuel Black . . . according to ye Rules and Practice of our Orthodox Reformed Presbyterian Church . . . William Whiteside . . . Thomas Whiteside . . ." Among those who promised support for Reverend Samuel Black were: Richard Stockton, 12 shillings; Davis Stockton, 1 pound, no shillings; Adam Gaudylock, 10 shillings; William Whiteside, 10 shillings; Thomas Whiteside, 10 shillings; Thomas Lockhart, 10 shillings; Michael Woods, 1 pound, 10 shillings; and Michael Woods Jr., 10 shillings.

1751 ALBEMARLE COUNTY WILLS & DEEDS BOOK NO. 1, 1748-1752, pp. 348-350, 14 August 1751 "This indenture made this March the Second day in the twenty third year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the second & c. Anno Dom 1750 Between Paul Abney of County of Albemarle, Planter, of one part & John Graves of said County, Planter, of other part . . . a certain parcel of land being in County of Albemarle containing One hundred acres . . . unto John Graves his heirs & assigns forever In Witness whereof Paul Abney to these present hath set his hand & seal in presence of us Davis Stockton, Adam Goudylock, Robert Brenton, Wm. Whiteside . . . Paul Abney . . . At a Court held for Albemarle County the 14th day of August 1751."

1753 VIRGINIA LAND OFFICE PATENT BOOK NO. 32, 1752-1756, p. 55, 4 April 1753 "George the Second . . . in Consideration of the Sum of Thirty Shillings of good and Lawful Money . . . Do Give Grant and confirm unto William Whiteside one certain Tract or Parcel of Land containing three hundred Acres Lying and being in the County of Albemarle on both sides of Stocktons Fork of Mechums River . . . crossing Stocktons Fork . . . crossing the said Stocktons Fork of Mechums River . . . unto the said William Whiteside . . . and Behoof of them the said William Whiteside . . ."

1758 ALBEMARLE COUNTY IN VIRGINIA, by Rev. Edgar Woods, 1901, p. 363 "Albemarle Company of Militia, lately in actual service for the defence and protection of the frontier against the Indians, September, 1758. Hening's Statutes, VII, 203 . . . William Whiteside . . ." Captain James Nevill, Samuel Stockton, William Stockton, Adam Gaudylock, William Whiteside, Henry Brenton and Michael Woods, Jr., were among the 56 men mentioned as members of the Albemarle Company of Militia in William Waller Hening's 1820 book. Samuel and William Stockton were sons of Davis Stockton. Adam Goudelock and William Whiteside were sons-in-law of Davis Stockton. Adam Goudelock was married to Hannah Stockton, a daughter of Davis Stockton. William Whiteside was married to Elizabeth Stockton, also a daughter of Davis Stockton. Either Henry or Robert Brenton might have been a son-in-law of Davis Stockton. A 1773 record shows "Sarah Branton (late Sarah Stockton)." Michael Woods, Jr., was a neighbor of Davis Stockton.

1769 "Wm. Whiteside . . . George the Third . . . in consideration of the sum of Twenty Shillings . . . Do give grant and confirm unto William Whiteside one certain Tract or Parcel of Land containing one hundred and sixty Acres . . . sixth day of April one thousand seven hundred and sixty nine . . ."

Elizabeth Stockton, a daughter of Davis Stockton, married William Whiteside. There is a tradition that William Whiteside was born in Ireland, that he met and married Elizabeth Stockton in Ireland, and that three of William and Elizabeth (nee Stockton) Whiteside's children were born in Ireland. It also states that in about 1735 the William and Elizabeth Whiteside family, and the Davis Stockton family, left Ireland and traveled to America together. However, it does not appear that William and Elizabeth Whiteside had any children born by 1735, or even by 1737 when Davis Stockton is known to have been living in Goochland (now Albemarle) County, Virginia.

William Whiteside was probably living in Goochland County before his 15 March 1741 patent. The first children of William and Elizabeth (nee Stockton) Whiteside appear to have been born about 1740 or 1741. It is very possible that William Whiteside and Elizabeth Stockton did not meet and marry in Ireland, but instead met and married in Goochland County, Virginia.


  • 1. July 7, 1767, William and Elzabeth Whiteside to Adam Dean, three hundred and seventy-three acres or thereabout. Witnessed by William Winston, William Grayson, William Stockton and Maryan Winston.
  • 2. May 11, 1768, William Whiteside, bill of sale of mare, etc., to George Davidson. Witnessed by Michael Woods, Jr., and Samuel Davison.
  • 3. September 19, 1769, William and Elizabeth Whiteside to Adam Dean, one hundred and eight-one acres. Witnesses: Samuel Stockton, John Davis, James Walker and Prudence Stockton.
  • 4. August 6, 1770, writ dispatched from Albemarle to Amherst to examine Elizabeth Whiteside as to whether her consent was freely given to the last mentioned transfer. Commission executed by Timothy Riggs and John Robinson, Esquires, of Amherst, and their return ordered to be recorded by Albemarle Court at the session of March, 1771.

William Whiteside and his son Davis Whiteside were both signers of "The Tryon Resolves" in 1775. This was in then Tryon County, North Carolina. After the Revolutionary War part of Tryon County became Rutherford County.

The Tryon Resolves


Tryon Safety Committee Meeting, 14 Aug 1775

Proceedings of the Safety Committee in Tryon County. Met according to adjournment.

Andrew Neel was duly elected Clerk of the Committee.

Resolved, That Col. Charles McLean serve as Deputy Chairman in the absence of Col. Walker.

Resolved, That each Company elect three members of Committee for this County who on a Debate, are each man to have his vote.

Resolved, That this Association be signed by the Inhabitants of Tryon county, [viz]

An Association. The unprecedented, barbarous and bloody actions committed by the British Troops on our American Brethren near Boston on the 19th of April & 20th of May last, together with the Hostile operations & Traiterous Designs now Carrying on by the Tools of Ministerial Vengeance Despotism for the Subjugating all British America, suggest to us the painful necessity of having recourse to Arms for the preservation of those Rights & Liberties which the principles of our Constitution and the Laws of God, Nature, and Nations have made it our duty to defend.

We therefore, the Subscribers Freeholders & Inhabitants of Tryon County, do hereby faithfully unite ourselves under the most sacred ties of Religion, Honor & Love to Our Country, firmly to Resist force by force in defence of our Natural Freedom & constitutional Rights against all Invasions, & at the same time do solemnly engage to take up Arms and Risque our lives and fortunes in maintaining the Freedom of our Country, whenever the Wisdom & Council of the Continental Congress or our Provincial Convention shall Declare it necessary, & this Engagement we will continue in and hold sacred ‘till a Reconciliation shall take place between Great Britain and America on Constitutional principles which we most ardently desire. And we do firmly agree to hold all such persons Inimical to the liberties of America, who shall refuse to subscribe to this Association.

[Signed by] John Walker, Charles McLean, Andrew Neel, Thomas Beatty, James Coburn, Frederick Hambright, Andrew Hampton, Benjamin Hardin, George Paris, William Graham, Robt. Alexander, David Jenkins, Thomas Espey, Perrygreen Mackness, James McAfee, William Thompson, Jacob Forney, Davis Whiteside, John Beeman, John Morris, Joseph Harden, John Robison, James McIntyre, Valentine Mauney, George Black, Jas. Logan, Jas. Baird, Christian Carpenter, Abel Beatty, Joab Turner, Jonathan Price, Jas. Miller, John Dellinger, Peter Sides, William Whiteside, Geo. Dellinger, Samuel Carpenter, Jacob Mauney, Jun., John Wells, Jacob Costner, Robert Hulclip, James Buchanan, Moses Moore, Joseph Kuykendall, Adam Simms, Richard Waffer, Samuel Smith, Joseph Neel, Samuel Loftin

Resolved, That we will Continue to profess all Loyalty and attachment to our Sovereign Lord King George the Third, His Crown & Dignity, so long as he secures to us those Rights and Liberties which the principles of Our Constitution require.

Resolved, and we do Impower every Captain or other Officer in their Respective Companies to raise sufficient force in order to detain and secure all powder and Lead that may be removing or about to be Removed out of the County; and that they do prevent any of such powder and Lead from being sold or disposed of for private uses; but to be under the direction of this Committee until the Delegates shall return from the provincial Convention; Provided nevertheless that this Resolution is not meant to hinder any persons Inhabitants of other County's from Carrying powder and Lead through this County to their respective abodes unless there is just Cause to suspect that they Intend such Powder and Lead for Injurious purposes; then and in such case notice is to be given to the Committee of the County in which such person resides, that they make such order thereon as to them shall seem proper.

Resolved, that Mr Daniel MeKissick do make application to the Council of Safety of Charles Town for 500 weight Gun powder 600 weight Lead, and 600 Gun Flints to be distributed under the direction of this Committee when it shall be judged necessary.

Resolved, That we do Recommend to the Captains of the Several Companies in this Regiment to call together their men in order to collect what money they can conveniently to provide powder and Lead, And that they make due return of what money is received to the Committee at next meeting.

Resolved, That this Committee meet at the Court House of this County on the 14th Day of September next there to Deliberate on such matters as shall be Recommended by Our Provincial Convention.

[Signed by] John Walker, Chairman.


  • Davis Whiteside is the 18th name in the 1st column.
  • William Whiteside is the 9th name in the 2nd column.

William Whiteside died in what is now Rutherford County, North Carolina, before the 1790 census.

1790 census, Rutherford County, North Carolina, p. 135, Eliza Whiteside

1790 census, Eliza Whiteside



In the name of God, Amen, I William Whiteside, of the County of tryon and State of North Carolina, Being very sick and weak in Body, But of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto god, calling unto mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men out to Die, Do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend by Soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it and my Body I Recommend to the Earth to be Buried in Desent Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executer, nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I Shall Receive the Same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly Estate Wherewith it has pleased God to Bless me in this life I give, Devise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form:

I Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved wife Elizabeth, my household goods and moveable effects and also my plantation during her life and after her Decease all the Movables to be Equally divided between these my children, Davis Whiteside & Robert & James & John & Margaret and William, Thomas and Samuel & Adam, and if She should depart this Life before my Son Francis Whiteside comes of age my Children above mentioned to have the Benefit of the plantation and So Soon as my son Francis comes of age he may enter in possession of the same for I do bequeath my Land to him allowing him to pay twenty pounds to my Daughter Ann in Twelve months after he Enters into possession of my plantation and also to pay to my Daughter Elizabeth Twenty pounds of the Value of the land in Two years after he enters into possession of Said plantation and the Third year he Shall pay my Daughter Sarah Twenty pounds, all Lawful money of North Carolina. I also give and Bequeath my Son James Whiteside my Land on the South Mountain in Virginia, Augusta County, allowing him to pay fifteen pounds Virginia Currency towards the Discharging my Debts and the Remainder of my Debts to be paid out of moveables before Devided.

I also appoint and constitute my son William Whiteside and Thomas Whiteside to be my Executers of this my last Will and testament and I do here By utterly Disalow, Revoke and Disannul all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies, Bequests and all Executers by me in any Wise Before Named, Willed and Bequeathed, Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In Witness Whereof I have here unto Set my hand and Seal, this twenty fourth of October in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven. Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced and Declared by the Said William Whiteside as his last Will and Testament in the presents of us who in his presents and in the presents of Each other have hereto subscribed our names.

His Mark - William Whiteside (Seal)

Davis Whiteside, James Whiteside (Wits.)



"In an election held for that purpose, William Gilbert and Davis Whiteside were elected to represent Rutherford County in the house of commons . . ."


Jerry Stockton - jerrystockton8@msn.com

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William Whiteside, who married Elizabeth Stockton, is not shown on any documents as William FRANKLIN Whiteside. There are several documents that show him as William Whiteside, but there are no known documents that show him as William FRANKLIN Whiteside or William F. Whiteside. He appears to have been born about 1715, a time when middle names were very uncommon. William and Elizabeth (nee Stockton) Whiteside had nine sons, none were named FRANKLIN and none appear to have FRANKLIN as a middle name. The name of FRANKLIN was later used as a middle name in the Whiteside family, however, that was probably for "Benjamin FRANKLIN." The later use of the middle name of FRANKLIN in the Whiteside family is not evidence that William Whiteside was William FRANKLIN Whiteside. Several deed records, church records, military records show him as William Whiteside and his will shows him as William Whiteside three times. NO documents show him as William FRANKLIN Whiteside.

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William Whiteside was a son of unknown Whiteside and unknown (nee unknown) Whiteside. There is absolutely no EVIDENCE whatsoever that he was a son of Thomas and Mary (nee Calvert) Whiteside.

William Whiteside married Elizabeth Stockton, a daughter of Davis Stockton (c.1685-1761) of Albemarle County, Virginia.

William appears to have been a full brother of Thomas Whiteside of Albemarle County, Virginia.

Whiteside Family Association

Jerry Stockton - jerrystockton8@msn.com

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William Whiteside's Timeline

Probably Ireland
Age 25
Pequea Valley, Lancaster, PA
Age 31
Batesville, Albemarle County, Virginia
February 22, 1743
Age 33
Age 35
Albemarle County, Province of Virginia
Age 36
Albemarle County, Virginia
Age 37
Albemarle County, Virginia
Age 39
Albemarle County, Virginia
Age 40
Albemarle County, Province of Virginia