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PVT William Wolverton

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PVT William Wolverton

Birth
Hunterdon County, New Jersey, USA
Death 1849 (aged 63–64)
Desha County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Desha County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 185149856 View Source
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William Wolverton
Veteran of the War of 1812
Pioneer Settler of Louisiana, Mississippi and Desha County, Arkansas
William Wolverton was born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey in 1785, the son of Gabriel Wolverton and Abijah Pascal. He was the great-grandson of Charles Wolverton, who had sailed from Dorsetshire, England in 1682 with William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania. Charles moved across the Delaware River and was one of the first settlers in New Jersey and became the overseer of a Quaker colony there.
As a young man William left New Jersey bound for the South. The precise route that he took is not known. Romantics might think that while traveling through Kentucky on the Ohio River headed for the Mississippi, William met his future wife, Anna Lethome.
On July 25, 1807, William, 22, and Anna, 19, appeared in Baton Rouge, Louisiana before a Spanish-speaking priest to be married. At that time, Louisiana was under the rule of Spain and the King of Spain decreed that all marriages were to be conducted in Spanish in the Catholic Church; although as in this case, a notation in the marriage record could indicate a Protestant marriage.
The couple next shows up in Amite County, Mississippi Territory on the 1810 territorial census. William and Anna’s first son, John, was born that year. Sometime before 1814 the small family moved just across the Mississippi Territory line to St. Helena Parish, Louisiana.
Like many others in Louisiana, William Wolverton answered the call from Andrew Jackson to serve in the Battle of New Orleans. He enlisted as a private in the 2nd Division of the 12th & 13th Regiments, Consolidated Militia.
It is unknown what happened to William’s wife Anna, but at some point, he married Sarah. William had a total of nine children who were all born in Mississippi and Louisiana except the last one who was born in Arkansas. James remained in Leake County, Mississippi where his wife’s family lived.
William’s family next appeared in 1838 on a list of Desha County’s first settlers. It is possible that William came to Arkansas because of the availability of bounty land that was given to veterans of the War of 1812 in Desha and other Arkansas counties.
William Wolverton and family appear on the 1840 census in Redfork Township in Desha County with his family and seven slaves. Tax rolls show he and his son John were paying taxes in Desha County until the late in 1848. After that time, only John appears on the tax rolls. William Wolverton does not show up with the family on the 1850 census and is presumed to have died.
Desha County records show the presence of William’s son James from Leake Co., Mississippi during the final settlement of William’s estate in 1869. Back in Mississippi in 1880, the census enumerator recorded James’ father William as being from Germany rather than Jersey. The mistake made some researchers believe the family was German rather than English.
Written by William's 3rd Great Granddaughter, Sheila Moore Mitchell


Inscription

PVT William
Wolverton
1785-1849
War of 1812
2nd Division
LA Militia
Battle of
New Orleans

Gravesite Details

Gravesite marked and dedicated Nov. 11, 2017 designating William as a Veteran of the War of 1812 by Sheila Moore Mitchell and George Mitchell

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