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William Boydston

William Boydston

Male 1753 - 1838  (85 years)

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  • Name William Boydston 
    Born 24 Mar 1753 
    Gender Male 
    Died Dec 1838 
    Person ID I12714  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2020 

    Father David Boydston, Sr.,   b. 22 May 1716,   d. 3 Aug 1811  (Age 95 years) 
    Mother Mahala Snow,   b. 1716,   d. 1751  (Age 35 years) 
    Family ID F4434  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • William Boydston was a Revolutionary soldier born in Frederick County, Maryland. He married Elizabeth Jane (Betsy or Betty) Christian in 1778. William served in the Battle of Point Pleasant, Virginia, in Montgomery County Virginia, Militia; in Washington County N.C., later TN, Militia, under General Francis (The Swamp Fox) Marion, and under Colonel John Sevier.

      Early in their marriage, William and Betsy moved to Washington County, North Carolina, along with William's older brother, James. This area later became part of the State of Tennessee. After being attacked there by the Cherokee Indians, they moved further north to a safer location among the Nollichuckey Settlers. The Nollichuckey settlers were famous as riflemen. Undoubtedly William was an excellent rifleman himself, as he had had to defend himself and others from a multitude of enemies from an early age.

      William received a land grant in 1791 of 200 acres in payment for his military service. This land was to become Cocke County, Tennessee, in 1797. He and Betsy had four children, i.e., Nathaniel, Thomas, Priscilla, and Sarah.

      William was visiting his family in Gladstone, Missouri, when he fell ill. He died there in December of 1838 and was the first to be buried in Faubion Cemetery.

      The William Boydston Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, assisted by the Missouri Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard, marked his grave on March 24, 2002, the anniversary of his birth.
      The monument inscribed with his military record was placed in the Faubion Cemetery by Charles N. Kimball to honor the patriot.