William Wanless

William Wanless

Male 1789 - 1865  (75 years)

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  • Name William Wanless 
    Born 21 Aug 1789  (probably) Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Lived Between 1809 and 1865  between Back Allegheny and Greenbrier River, near Leatherbark Ck Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Land Purchase 10 Apr 1809  Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Wm. buys from Enoch McNeal for $350 90 acres on the west side of the Greenbrier River below Blakes on the Allegany Mtns, first granted to Moses Moore assignee... by virtue of a land office treasury warrant #13055 issued 3 Aug 1782 and conveyed from Moses Moore to Enoch McNeel. [Bath Co. Deed Bk. 3, p.344]
    Military Service 1812  [3
    Virginia Militia 
    Census 1820  Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1820  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (roll 129, p.65)
      1 male 26-45            [William]
      1 female 16-26         [Nancy]
      2 males under 10      [Andrew, Nelson]
      3 females under 10    [Eliza, Martha, Mathilda]
      1 person of house engaged in agriculture     [William]
      Neighbors: Jacob Warwick, Thomas Haddin (3 spaces away), Isaiah Curry, Chas. Colling, Sharps, Bridgers, Waughs, and Gays
    Residence 21 Dec 1821  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Petition that formed Pocahontas Co from Bath, Randolph, and Pendleton was passed by the VA legislature. William was a signer, as were many familiar neighbors. [1981 Poca. Co. History, p.17)
    Land Purchase 4 Sep 1823  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Wm. located 25 acres south of his land. [Poca. Co. Entry Book]
    Land Purchase 13 Oct 1825  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1825 Oct 13: Patented 125.5 acres on the west side of the Greenbrier river on the east side of Greenbrier Mtn, adj. a survey of 1000 acres surveyed in the name of Leonard Hite, including the house and part of the improvements formerly Henry Cups. Bounds include Alex'rs (?) line. Surveyed May 18, 1824, by Land Ofc. Treas. Warrant #7407(?) of 117 acres dated Feb 14, 1823, and 8.5 acres by LOTW #7705 dated Apr 19, 1824. [LVA -Wanger-card 21; Grants 74, 1825-26, p.275]]

      1825 Oct 13: Patented 80 acres on the west side of the Greenbrier river, on the east side of the Greenbrier Mtn, adj. land of Isaak [Jacob?] Curry. Surveyed May 12, 1824 by LOTW#7407 dated Feb 14, 1823. [LVA -Wanger-card 22; Grants 74, 1825-26, p.284]

      1825 Oct 13: Patented 28 acres on the west side of the Greenbrier river, on the east side of Greenbrier Mtn, adj. his own land and Jacob Curry. Surveyed May 12, 1824 by LOTW#7407 dated Feb 14, 1823. [LVA-Wanger-card 23; Grants 74, p.289]
    Census From 1830 to 1860  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1830  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (roll 199, p.93)
      1 male 40-50          [William]
      1 female 30-40       [Nancy]
      1 female 15-20
      2 males 10-15
      2 females 10-15
      1 male 5-10
      1 female 5-10
      1 male under 5
      2 females under 5
      Neighbors: Ralph Jr, James, John, Ralph Sr.
    Census 1840  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • pg 106
      William Wanlys
      1 male under 5
      1 male age 10-under 15
      2 males age 20-under 30
      1 male age 50-under 60  [William]
      1 female under 5
      3 females age 5-under 10
      1 female age 10-under 15
      1 female age 15-under 20
      1 female age 20-under 30
      1 female age 40-under 50
      4 of these are employed in agriculture
      no slaves or free colored people listed
      enumerated by Valentine Cackley
      Neighbors: John McGlaughlin sen'r, William Deaver sen'r, Benjamin Collins, Isaiah Curry, George Willfong, Jacob Casel, William Casel, John Casel, Charles Collins, Henry Higgins, Alexander McCloud, Jacob Gum sen'r, Joseph Woolfenberger, William Tallman, Boone Tallman, John Byrd
    Census 1850  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Sep.10, 1850, house #283 (roll 969, p. 281)
      William  60  farmer  real estate value: 2,220  b. VA
      Nancy    55
      Eliza    37
      Nelson   31  laborer
      James    11  attended school this year
      Nancy Nicholas  18   [William's daughter, newly married]
      Mary Leonard     14   [don't know who this is]
      Samuel Plumb    24   idiotic
      Frances F. Plumb  18 idiotic
      Peyton Nicholas    30  house joiner [Nancy's new husband]
      Preston Woodel    17  house joiner
      --Ancestry of Preston Wooddell is given on p.499 of 1981 Poca. Co. History book. He was killed in the Civil War (1864) at Fisher's Hill, near Winchester, VA.
    Land Purchase 1 May 1851  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Patented 94 acres on the west side of the Greenbrier river, joining his own land. Bounds mention the Deaver run, Wm's 125.5 acre survey corner, "the Knox survey now his land". Surveyed Mar 4, 1850 by LOTW#17823. [LVA -Wanger-card 25; Grants 105, p.343]
    Land Purchase 1 May 1851  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Patented 334 acres on the west side of the Greenbrier river, on Greenbrier Mtn, joining his own land, Samuel Cassel, Andrew Wanless, and a survey made for John Curry. Bounds also mention corner of Knox's survey. Surveyed Nov 24, 1849 by LOTW#17823. [LVA -Wanger-card 24; Grants 105, p.342]
    Census 1860  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Dunmore P.O., 23 July 1860 (roll 1371, p.53 or 733)
      William      70   farmer, r.e.value: 3900, personal: 1030
      Nancy       65
      Nelson       40   farmer
      Samuel See   36   laborer, idiotic
      Fransina Plumb  26  idiotic
    WILL 11 Jul 1865  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • to my beloved wife - the whole of my beds and bedding, all my household and kitchen furniture, 10 head of sheep, all my hogs, 4 head of milk cows, one safe and one saddle
      to my daughter Eliza Moore - $50
      to my granddaughter Nancy Jane Barlow - $50
      to my son Andrew - my blacksmith tools
      to my son James - ninety acres of land on which is situated my dwelling house and barn & c, and one entry of 28 acres adjoining the aforesaid ninety acres, and eighty acres known as the Grasse Ridge tract, and twenty acres bought from Amos Swink adjoining the aforesaid eighty acres, and all of my woodsor(?) acsels(?) [awls?] and two milk cows and calfs and all of my kittles and pots for wich he is to pay $800, $100 to be paid the first of January 1867 and $100 yearly until paid, and all my farming utensils
      to my son in law John W. Logan = 120 acres known as the Dever place and 2 entryes adjoining the aforesaid tract, for which he is to pay $100
      remainder of property  and money, after debts are paid, is to be equally divided between my daughter Patsy Nottingham, my daughter Jane McGlaughlin, and my daughter Nancy A. Nichols.
      son in law David McGlaughlin is to be executor
      Witnesses: Samuel C. Higgins, Michael Geiger
      [Poca. Co. Will Bk. 3, p. 370]
    Died 26 Jul 1865  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    PROB 9 Oct 1865  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 9 Oct 1865: Will proved, says Wm. is deceased.
      This is the earliest Wanless will in Poca. Co. will books. The only other Wanless wills are Charles C. bk 10 pg 303, Maud bk 11 pg 263, Harry A bk 28 pg 332

      24 Oct 1865
      Will Bk 3 pg 395
      Inventory of the personal estate of Wm Wanless
      Appraisers: Jacob T. Kerr, James Townsend, Michael Giger, Adam Nottingham

      Will Bk 3 pg 396 and 397
      List of Bonds of William Wanless dec'd
      amounts and due dates are shown in the original but omitted here
      Henry Sheets, John Curry, William J. Wooddell, Andrew Wanless (4 bonds due 1857-1860 total about $200), James Townsend, William G. Wilfong, William Carpenter, George W. Wastus(?), Henry Nottingham, James Waugh
      Submitted by David McGlaughlin, exec'r, 24 Oct 1865
      Recorded 8 Jan 1866

      Sale bill of personal estate of Wm Wanless dec'd
      Nancy Wanless (1 broad axe, 1 steel trap, cooper apparatus, whip saw, saddle bags, coopent saw, rifle gun, silver watch, 4 calves, 6 haystacks)
      David McGlaughlin (1 yearling bull, 4 planes, 1 red heifer, 10 sheep)
      Uriah Hevenner (3 yr old bull)
      Henry Nottingham (1 white-backed heifer)
      George S. McNeil (1 red heifer)
      James A. Ervine, William B. Wooddell
    Buried Hilltop Cem, Cass, Pocahontas Co, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Need to get William's War of 1812 records. Widow Nancy applied for pension at Greenbank in 1883, original allowance June 1873. Units given in 1812 Veteran's book online at Sierra Home <http://www.sierra.com/sierrahome/familytree/records/> as
      WILLIAM WANDLESS 4 REGIMENT VIRGINIA MILITIA.
      WILLIAM WANDLESS 6 REG'T (SHARP'S) VIRGINIA MILITIA
      WILLIAM WANLESS FLYING CAMP (MCDOWELL'S) VIRGINIA MIL.
      Based on other info in that database, the last one may also be known as the 5th Reg., and Joseph Guinn served in it too...

      Is this the same William? We don't know of any other William Wanless who was in VA in 1812. The BLM land patent database shows Military Warrant # 41611 for 80 acres in Marquette Co, Wisconsin, issued to William Wanless, Private in Capt. Lamkin's Company, Virginia Milita, War of 1812. That is the same company that James Gillaspie husband of Margaret Wandless was in.
      WI - 4th PM - 1831 MN/WI 016N - 008E SESE sec 22
      WI - 4th PM - 1831 MN/WI 016N - 008E SWSW sec 23
      William assigned the warrant to Francis Russell, who had the land located. Dated 1 July 1865, under President Abraham Lincoln. Francis Russell located other land in the same area.
      Also:
      Warrant # 14245 for 80 acres in Montgomery Co, Illinois, issued to William Wanless, Private in Captain Lamkin's Company, 6th Regiment, VA Militia, assigned to John K. Sharon, located 1 July 1854 under President Franklin Pierce. IL - 3rd PM 010N - 004W WSE sec 4

      1870 census: see son James Jr's entry for remaining household members after Wm's death
    Person ID I30  1: Ralph(?) & Margaret Wandless or Wanless
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2012 

    Father Ralph Wanless,   b. 28 Mar 1756, Newcastle, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1842, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Lucretia (Crissey) Nichols,   b. 1765-1775, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1837-1850, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 20 Sep 1788  Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F10  Group Sheet

    Family Nancy Wilson,   b. 9 May 1795, Augusta/Rockingham Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1882, Pocahontas Co, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 18 Apr 1811  Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. Eliza Wanless,   b. 24 Oct 1812, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1907, Pocahontas Co, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     2. Martha "Patsy" Wanless,   b. 15 Feb 1815 OR 16 Feb 1815, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1883, Appanoose Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     3. Andrew Wanless,   b. 4 Jun 1816, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1896, Wanless, Pocahontas Co, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     4. Matilda Wanless,   b. 22 Jan 1818, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1844, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     5. Nelson Wanless,   b. 3 May 1819, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1864, Beverly, Randolph Co, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     6. Ralph Wanless,   b. 9 Sep 1822, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1832, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)
     7. Rachel Wanless,   b. 24 Apr 1824, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1870  (Age 46 years)
     8. Jane Wanless,   b. 15 Jan 1826, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1882, Back Allegheny, Pocahontas Co, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     9. Allen Wanless,   b. 28 Mar 1828, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1843, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
     10. Mary Wanless,   b. 2 Feb 1830, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1844, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 13 years)
     11. Nancy Ann Wanless,   b. 2 Jan 1832, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1916, Yakima, Yakima Co, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     12. Melinda Wanless,   b. 26 Oct 1833, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1850, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
     13. Margaret Wanless,   b. 23 Dec 1836, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1844, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 7 years)
     14. James W. Wanless, Jr.,   b. 17 Sep 1838, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1916, Pocahontas Co, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Documents
    William Wanless d. 1865, Pocahontas Co, West Virginia - will, estate inventory, and estate sale bill
    William Wanless d. 1865, Pocahontas Co, West Virginia - will, estate inventory, and estate sale bill
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2001 
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    William Wanless & Nancy Wilson, Pocahontas County, West Virginia, ca 1865
    William Wanless & Nancy Wilson, Pocahontas County, West Virginia, ca 1865
    Believed to be William Wanless (son of Ralph Wanless & Lucretia Nichols) & his wife Nancy Wilson, taken circa 1865 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, probably by a traveling photographer. These were 2 badly damaged tintypes, found in the back of a Bible that originally belonged to Eliza Wanless Moore (daughter of William & Nancy). The tintypes were scanned and restored by a professional restorer.

  • Sources 
    1. [S71] Bible of William Wanless.

    2. [S73] Land Records - Pocahontas Co, BOUGHT & SOLD SEVERAL PARCELS DURING HIS LIFETIME. (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S84] Military Records at NARA, HIS WIDOW NANCY APPLIED FOR A PENSION BASED ON HIS WAR OF 1812 SERVICE, BUT I HAVEN'T SEE THOSE RECORDS YET. ALSO AN ENTRY IN A WAR OF 1812 VETERAN'S BOOK AT SIERRA HOME ONLINE GAVE HIS UNIT AS "FLYING CAMP (MCDOWELL'S), VIRGINIA MIL." (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S83] Tombstone, WILLIAM WANLESS, B. AUG 21, 1789, D. JULY 26, 1865, 75 YRS, 11 MO, 5 DAYS.  WIFE NANCY IS NEXT TO HIM, AND DAU. ELIZA MOORE. (Reliability: 0).

    5. [S4] Marriage Records - Augusta Co, VA.

    6. [S5] Bath County Marriages, P.40 BOND FILED APR 9 FOR WILLIAM WANLESS & NANCY WILSON. SURETY, ISAAC MOORE. AGNESS WILSON CONSENTS FOR DAU. NANCY. WITNESSES, FRANCES WILSON & ISAAC MOORE. RETURNED APR 18 BY OTHO WADE.MARGARET THE FOLLOWING YEAR. (Reliability: 0).