|Birth: ||Oct. 27, 1749|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Dec., 1816|
William Henry Cone was born October 27, 1749 the son of William Cone and Elizabeth Morris Cone of Martin County, North Carolina. The Cones were descended from Conn of the Hundred Battles, the first high king of Ireland.
About 1765 William married Keziah Eudel Barber Cone at the Pee Dee Station in North Carolina. He was a patriot soldier during the French and Indian War (specifically the Cherokee War) preceeding the American Revolution. William was to become a farmer, landowner, justice of the peace, grand jury foreman, county tax collector, Georgia state legislator (from more than one Georgia county), Baptist minister (of the Little Ogeechee Baptist Church in Screven County, Georgia), and a Revolutionary War hero known as the "Fighting Parson" (while fighting with and serving as an acting captain under Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox," of South Carolina) in McLean's Regiment. The character of Reverend Oliver in Mel Gibson's movie, The Patriot, may have been based on the "Fighting Parson." William went on to become a major who commanded the 1st Battalion of the Richmond County, Georgia Militia. During the war he killed Cargile, a Tory spy, and led forces that drove Tories out of a region of Georgia that is today known as Bulloch County and into Florida. William and his men were captured and held at Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Saint Johns County, Florida, but they escaped in 1783. In 1784 William fought horse thieves in the Bulloch County area, and his actions led to the capture of the notorious Tory, Daniel McGirt. For his war time service, William was awarded hundreds of acres of bounty land. William was a pioneer of Bulloch County and in 1796, in the creation of Bulloch County out of Effingham, he was foreman of its first Grand Jury, May Term, 1797, Superior Court.
William and one of his fellow soldiers, Matthew Carter, Sr., married sisters. Matthew married Cassandra Barber Carter.
Keziah and William became residents of Cheraw County, South Carolina before migrating to Effingham County, Georgia and later to Bulloch County. They had nine children: Aaron Cone, Sr., Jane Elizabeth Cone Hardee, William Cone, Jr., Joseph Cone, Keziah Cone Dampier, Sarah Cone Knight, Nancy Ann Cone Hagin, Mary Cone Lee Best, and Elizabeth Cone. Keziah and William resided in the Ivanhoe Voting District (Briar Patch Census District) of Bulloch County, Georgia. His wife Keziah preceeded him in death, in 1810.
He later remarried (and divorced from) Martha Beacham Cone of Camden County, Georgia. William was 67 when he died in December of 1816 in Bulloch County and was buried, probably near his first wife's grave, in the Old William Cone-Barber Family Cemetery (Captain William Cone Cemetery) adjacent to the old Barber family homestead on the east side of the Old River Road near the Stagecoach Road on the western bank of the Ogeechee River south of Georgia Highway 119 (Guyton-Stilson Road). In 1985 a bridge across the Ogeechee River linking Bulloch and Effingham Counties was named in honor of him.
Among William's many notable descendants was a son, Aaron Cone, Sr., who was a courier during the American Revolution; a son, William Cone, Jr., who served in both the Georgia and Florida legislatures; a son, Joseph Cone, a pioneer of Thomas County, Georgia; a daughter Nancy Ann Cone Hagin, a founding member of three Baptist churches and a poet; a grandson, John Fletcher Hagan, a veteran of the Second Seminole War; a grandson, Aaron Cone, Jr., who assisted naturalist John Abbot in exploring Bulloch County; a grandson, William Haddock Cone, who was a Confederate veteran and a Florida state senator; a grandson Peter Cone who was a veteran of the War of 1812 and the First Seminole War and who was a Major General in the Confederacy; a grandson Daniel Newnan Cone who was a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty; great-grandsons, Paul Robert Cone and John Slater Cone, Confederate soldiers who died from wounds received at the battle at James Island, South Carolina in June 1862; a great-grandson, James Fleming Cone, a Confederate soldier who died on July 20, 1864 during the Battle of Peachtree Creek, in defense of Atlanta; a great-grandson William Giddens, a Confederate soldier who died in 1864 at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, just north of Atlanta; a great-grandson, Frederick Preston Cone, Governor of Florida from 1937 to 1942; great-grandsons and Confederate veterans Aaron Donaldson Cone, Isham Walker Cone, William Ashton Cone, Joseph J. Cone, John D. Cone, Ansel Barber Cone, and John W. Hagin; a great-grandson Joseph Smith Cone, a Lt. Colonel in the Confederacy and a Georgia state senator; a great-grandson Daniel Newnan Cone, Jr., a Confederate veteran who served in the Florida legislature; a great-grandson James Basil Cone, a dentist; a great-great-grandson Hutchinson Ingham Cone, Sr., a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a veteran of both the Spanish American War and World War I, and a Rear Admiral; a great-great-grandson Daniel Newnan Cone, III, a physician; a great-great-grandson Reamer Hamilton Cone, a teacher; a great-great-grandson Howell Cobb Cone, a founder of Georgia Southern University, an attorney, and member of the Georgia Legislature; a great-great-great-grandson Hutchinson Ingham Cone, Jr., a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army; a great-great-great-grandson William Henry Cone, a World War II veteran, a Lt. Commander in the Navy, and an attorney; a great-great-great-grandson Rufus McClelland, a World War I veteran; a great-great-great-grandson Harry McClelland, a World War II veteran; a great-great-great-great-grandson Pernell McClelland, Jr., a World War II veteran; a great-great-great-great-granddaughter Annette Cone-Skelton, celebrated artist and Co-founder and Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta; a great-great-great-great-grandson Waldo Floyd, Jr., MD, a physician; a great-great-great-great-grandson James Howell Cone, a Lutheran minister; a great-great-great-great-grandson John Cone, an accountant; a great-great-great-great-grandson William McDonald, a pastoral counselor and professor; and a great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter Sharlotte Neely Donnelly, PhD, a professor and author of Snowbird Cherokees; to name but a few of William Henry Cone's descendents.
Thanks so much to the dozens of Cone family genealogists for much of this information and to the late William Bernard Cone, Jr. for creating the site. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.
Keziah Eudel Barber Cone (1750 - 1810)*
Aaron Cone (1766 - 1835)*
Joseph Cone (1772 - 1839)*
William Cone (1777 - 1857)*
Sarah Cone Knight (1780 - 1859)*
Keziah Cone Dampier (1780 - 1851)*
Mary Cone Lee Best (1787 - 1862)*
Old William Cone-Barber Family Cemetery
Plot: Marked by DAR Headstone 1935
Maintained by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
Originally Created by: Wm. Cone
Record added: Dec 26, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 7033704