William (1Research) Case of South Carolina
William Case was born in about 1688 Windsor, Hartford, CT. William's date and place of birth is set from this amazing story from the American Revolution:
Diary of Lieut. Anthony Allaire, of Ferguson's Corps.
Monday 4th. Got in motion at six o'clock in the morning, and march ten miles to Case's creek, where we halted all night.
Tuesday 5th. Got in motion at five o'clock in the evening, and marched a mile and a half to Pacolet river, and halted. . .
Wednesday 6th Got in motion at eight o'clock in the morning; marched six miles to Buck's creek; dined at one Nelson's. Here was a hearty old man, named William Case, a hundred and nine years old. He is a native of New England. Talks very strong; gives some faint description of New England. His memory began to fail seven years past; he lost his eyesight about eighteen months past; is otherwise very hale; walks amazingly spry, and danced a jig.
King's Mountain and its heroes: History of the Battle of King's Mountain, 1881 <http://www.tngenweb.org/revwar/kingsmountain/allaire1.html> 19 April 2009.
Note 1: Another record of this story states William's age was 100 as opposed to 109. Therefore, his date of birth is relatively correct.
Note 2: Was William 90 or 100. At that advanced age, dates are relative. Therefore, his date of birth is relatively correct.
Note 3: From this narrative, we learn that our Cases were Tories. This would explain the families migration from the family home after the Revolution.
William probably married in New England prior to his arrival in South Carolina. And, son Isaac may have also been born in New England.
William is first found in South Carolina through the 12/1735 Purrysburg Township record for son Isaac. Purrysburg was established in 1732 as an ethnic German settlements in the hinterland of South Carolina similar to Orangeburg. And, the promise of free land drew many settlers. However, this settlement did not catch on, and many settlers moved on to newer, more fertile lands.
William is first cited in the 4/25/1754 Anson Co NC land record which states "being the place where William Case now lives." As William was the patriarch, he would be listed. Reasonable conjecture leads to the belief that son Isaac lived on the family property.
As previously stated, Old William at age 100 or so came out to cheer on the King's troops on their way to the Battle of King's Mountain on 9/6/1780. And, he died sometime later.
Born c. 1688 Windsor, Hartford, CT
Married c. 1705 in New England to an unknown spouse
1732 Purrysburg Township (now Jasper Co) SC established
Migrated by 2/1735 to Granville Co SC
12/18/1735 Granville (now Jasper) Co SC Land Grant
|Granville Co SC Land Grant vic. Purrysburg on Days Creek
of the New River.:
Description: MOORE, MATTHEW, PLAT FOR 150 ACRES IN PURRYSBURGH TOWNSHIP.
Names Indexed: MOORE, MATTHEW; LAPRINE, MATTHEW; CASE, ISAAC; ST. JOHN, JAMES; ROW, HUGH
Locations: PURRYSBURGH; GRANVILLE COUNTY; DAYS CREEK; NEW RIVER
Migrated by 12/1753 to Anson Co NC (now Cherokee Co SC)
12/18/1753 Anson Co NC Land Grant
|On Apr. 25, 1754 a survey of 202 acres on the north side of the Broad River was made for John Oats, being the place where William Case now lives. Thomas Case and William Case were chain bearers for the surveyor.|
1762 Mecklenburg Co NC split from Anson Co NC
1768 Tryon Co NC split from Mecklenburg Co NC
1772 NC/SC boundary established
9/6/1780 Revolutionary War Diary entry
Died after 9/1780 Old 96 Dist. (now Cherokee Co) SC
1. Isaac Case b. c. 1710 Carolina Colony
2. James Case
Born c. 1715 Carolina Colony
Married c. 1740 in South Carolina to Abigail Case b. c. 1720
Date and place of death unknown