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William Wardlaw

  • Birth 1700 Scotland
  • Death Sep 1761 Augusta County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 98549280

Sources relied upon for this biography are primarily the two Wardlaw genealogies, Genealogy of the Wardlaw Family, by Joseph G. Wardlaw, published in 1929, and An Account of the Family of D. L. Wardlaw, published 1891. Both concluded that despite extensive research, little was known about the early origins of the Wardlaw family. In the absence of early records, dates are therefore approximate, and most of the history pre-1750 is based on family tradition.

The original court records of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1745-1800, compiled by Lyman Chalkey, do provide primary records of William Wardlaw's role in the Presbyterian Church, land records, and probate.

William Wardlaw, son of Robert Wardlaw and Jeanette Hutson, was born "about 1700, probably in Scotland or Ireland" .

According to family tradition, William Wardlaw and his father, Robert Wardlaw, immigrated from Scotland or Northern Ireland to Pennsylvania about 1725-29. William left Pennsylvania 1737-1740 and settled in that part of Augusta County, Virginia which is now Rockbridge County.

The Wardlaw Genealogies state that William Wardlaw and Jane Harper (named Jeanette in his will) were married 1728-1730, but that no record of the date or location of their marriage has been found. Their seven children are estimated, or known, to have been born between 1735-1750.

Of the seven known children of William and Jane HARPER Wardlaw, five are linked to them below (John, Hugh, Joseph, William, and Robert). The other two are:
i. James Wardlaw, born about 1735, married Martha Steele,and died 2 March 1816. Sometime after November 1761, when he deeded land for the New Providence Church in Augusta County, he left Virginia and settled in Fayette County, Kentucky.
ii. Margaret Wardlaw, born about 1750, married Robert Kennedy, and lived in Virginia. She and Robert are both mentioned in a family letter dated 18 February 1819, as still living.

William Wardlaw and his family were Presbyterians, and attended the New Providence Presbyterian Church, organized in 1746. In 1753, William Wardlaw was among the signers of a call to the Rev. John Brown to come to the ministry of New Providence Church in Augusta Co.,Virginia.

William Wardlaw wrote his will on 1 October 1761, in which he stated he was a planter, living in "Borden's tracke", and named his wife Jeannet, and seven children: John, James, Hugh, Joseph, William, Margaret, and Robert. His sons Joseph and William were given "the plantation testator lives on." Robert was given "the plantation of woodland lying beside Samuel Buchanan." Witnesses to his will were Robert Weer, James Wardlaw, John Wardlaw, and Hugh Wardlaw.

William's will was proven on May 18 1762. His wife, called Jeannette, and son John were named Executors, with James and Hugh Wardlaw as bondsmen.

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