William Whitfield, III

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About William Whitfield, III

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor # A124694

William Whitfield III had 30 children by his four wives. He had 40 descendants that served in the Confederate Army.



William Whitfield III and his brother, Needham, fought in the "Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge" during the American Revolution. The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge was a battle fought near Wilmington, North Carolina on February 27, 1776. The victory of North Carolina Patriots over Scottish Loyalists helped build political support for the revolution and increased recruitment of additional soldiers into their forces.

William was a private in the Light Horse; he and his brother-in-law, Daniel Williams, took prisoner General McDonald, Commander of the Tories.

William and and his brother Needham Whitfield (Clerk to Col. Casswell, who commanded the Patriots), also took prisoner another high ranking Loyalist officer, Farquhard Campbell.

After the war, Farquhard Campbell married Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith (Whitfield) widow of Alexander Smith and sister of his captors. By his wife, Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith (Whitfield), Farquhard Campbell had three sons, James, William and Robert. Robert Campbell married Flora Rogers, daughter of Gen. Benjamin Rogers who fought against the British in South Carolina along with Gen Francis Marion (the "Swamp Fox").

William Whitfield III had 30 children by his four wives. He had 40 descendants that served in the Confederate Army. He lived, died, and was buried at his home, Rockford, on the Neuse River, Wayne County, North Carolina.

William Whitfield, III BIRTH 1 Jun 1743 Lenoir County, North Carolina, USA DEATH Mar 1817 (aged 73) Wayne County, North Carolina, USA BURIAL Whitehall (Seven Springs) Seven Springs, Wayne County, North Carolina, USA MEMORIAL ID 67098437 · View Source

MEMORIAL PHOTOS 4 FLOWERS 5 Family Members Parents Photo William Joshua Whitfield 1715–1795

Photo Rachel Bryan Whitfield 1723–1780

Spouses Photo Hepzibah Hatch Whitfield 1745–1829 (m. 1793)

Photo Sarah Hurst Whitfield 1743–1792

Photo Hester Williams Whitfield 1747–1792

Siblings Photo Charity Whitfield Smith 1756–1818

Photo Needham Bryan Whitfield 1758–1812

Photo Lewis Whitfield 1766–1849


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William Whitfield, III's Timeline

June 1, 1743
North Carolina, Colonial America
August 8, 1764
Rockford House, Wayne, North Carolina, USA
June 4, 1765
Wayne County, NC, United States
Wayne County, North Carolina, United States
May 2, 1770
Duplin County or Seven Springs, Wayne County, NC, United States
Rockford, Surry County, NC, United States
July 30, 1776
Wayne County, North Carolina, United States
September 15, 1788
Wayne Co, NC