|Birth: ||1756, Northern Ireland|
|Death: ||May 29, 1841|
From "The Witherspoons of Western Pennsylvania and Allied Famlies," by Evelyn Potter Park with Ruth Witherspoon Goldner, 1968, pp. 1-4:
William Witherspoon (1758-1841), Emigrant, came to America in 1790 or 1791 with his wife, Mary, and two children John and Elizabeth. At least one brother, Samuel, came with him. They were a part of that great emigration of Scotch-Irish who came to America following the Revolution. They were Seceder Presbyterians, and apparently all came from the Scotch clan of Witherspoons. Some Witherspoon families went to northern Ireland as early as 1712 and it is believed that this branch of the Witherspoon families came from Ireland since John Witherspoon gives his place of birth as Ireland on census records. John's daughter, Drusilla, stated many times that her father was five years old when he came to America.
This family must have gone on rather soon to Western Pennsylvania, the frontier of pioneer settlement in the early 1790s, because we find both Samuel and William Witherspoon on the Tax List of 1793 in Chartiers Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania at Cannonsburg. There Samuel married Nancy Agness Dobbins, whose family came to America at the same time as the Witherspoon family.
It is not known just when William went from there to Beaver County, but in 1809 we find a deed recording purchase of land on Big Travis Creek, Hanover Township, Beaver County.
In these early years, Beaver County was still a wilderness in which these hardy pioneer settlers were often threatened with Indian raids, a constant source of danger until after the War of 1812. Most of this area is now a part of Raccoon State Park, where an effort is being made to preserve its natural wooded beauty and wildlife.
Samuel Witherspoon, brother of William, was a tailor by trade and continued to live at Canonsburg until his untimely death in 1805, leaving his wife and seven small children. She, too, went up into the woods of Beaver County, probably to live near some of her relatives since we find Dobbins families living near her. She lived for several years in Big Beaver Township, and then moved to Little Beaver Township settling near Enon Valley with her only son, John Witherspoon. About this same time (1822) William Witherspoon moved to that vicinity.
William deeded his land at Frankfort Springs to his eldest son, John, in 1822. Mary Witherspoon, wife of William, died at Enon Valley, October 23, 1832, and it is believed that both she and William are buried in the Bethel Church Cemetery five miles north of Enon Valley. Mary's death is recorded in the Bible of her daughter, Elizabeth Allison.
During his later years, William made his home with his daughter, Jane Dungan, wife of Thomas Dungan, whose family were very early settlers at Frankfort Springs. Mary Ramsay, another daughter of William, lived at Enon Valley, as well as the daughter Margaret who married John Witherspoon, son of William's brother Samuel.
William Witherspoon's death is recorded in a Bible in the possession [as of 1968] of Robert W. Evans, 130 Elm Street, Oberlin, Ohio, who is a descendant of William's daughter, Jane Dungan. According to that record, William died May 29, 1841 at the age of 83 years.
The names of the children of William and Mary Witherspoon and the dates of their birth are recorded in at least two old Bibles. One is in the possession [as of 1968] of Mr. William Allison of Carrollton, Ohio, and the other is in the possession of Mr. Floyd Witherspoon, R.F.D. # 1, Enon Valley, Pennsylvania.
1. John Witherspoon born May 4, 1785
2. Elizabeth Witherspoon born Nov. 25, 1789
3. Alexander Witherspoon born Dec. 28, 1793
4. Samuel Witherspoon born March 22, 1796
5. Margaret Witherspoon born July 11, 1798
6. Jane Witherspoon born March 18, 1800
7. Mary Witherspoon born March 28, 1802
8. William Witherspoon born July 17, 1805
In addition, the Allison Bible records these deaths:
Alexander Witherspoon died April 10th, 1800
William Witherspoon died August 4, 1818
Mary Witherspoon died October 23, 1832
Note from Darrell Brown:
No legible tombstones survive with the names of William and Mary Witherspoon on them, and the gravesites remain unidentified.
John Witherspoon (1720 - 1805)
Mary Witherspoon (1760 - 1832)
John Martin Witherspoon (1786 - 1867)*
Elizabeth Witherspoon Allison (1789 - 1884)*
Samuel H Witherspoon (1796 - 1885)*
Margaret Witherspoon Witherspoon (1799 - 1867)*
William Witherspoon (1756 - 1841)
Samuel Witherspoon (1760 - 1805)*
Bethel Church Cemetery
Created by: Darrell Brown
Record added: Oct 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98201730