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Notes for Reuben Simpson

Reuben Simpson

From a copy of a manuscript by Mrs. Webb Mize of Gulfport MS
Reuben Simpson was the father of Averilla (Simpson) Kilgore. He was
born about 1744. Records found in Rowan County, NC indicate Reuben may
have been the son of William Simpson. One deed dated November 4, 1765
from William Simpson grants 72 acres of land to Reuben Simpson. This
land was on the West side of the Catawba River. On October 1768 Reuben
and his wife Sarah deeded the land to Griffith Rutherford.

Mrs. Mize states that "In Lincoln County, NC Reuben Simpson entered 640
acres of land in Burke Co, on the Beaver Dam Branch Oct II,(vm-I don't
know if she means 2 or 11) 1763. There is a branch on the west side of
the Catawba River about 5 miles above Granville's old line called Beaver

Reuben married c1762. His wife Sarah Sherrill the daughter of William
and Agnes (White) Sherrill. Sarah was B:10-24-1746 in VA.
Reuben and Sarah had thirteen children. Their second child, Averilla
was B:2-28-1766.

Mrs. Mize once interviewed Mr. James Simpson of Monticello KY. He was
the editor and publisher of the Wayne County Outlook. He was a
descendant of Reuben and Sarah Simpson. One bit of tradition he related
to Mrs. Mize concerned the immigration of the Simpson family to the

He had been told that two Simpson brothers had saved passage money to
come to America. When they reached the boat one brother had to go back
for something left behind. Before he returned, the boat had sailed. He
had to work another year to gather together his passage money a second

Another tradition related to Mrs. Mize by James Simpson was that
Reuben's father had left a will but since he had left everything to the
Baptist Church the children were not named in the will.
By the time the Revolutionary period arrived families were taking sides,
Reuben chose to remain loyal (Tory) while his brother William became a
Patriot (Whig). An account of their involvement appears in the "History
of Catawba County North Carolina". The anecdote below is quoted from
"The Annals" page 39. "Captain W.A.Day who lives at Sherrill's Ford
recently me that he had two great uncles, William Simpson, a Whig, and
Reuben Simpson, a Tory. They lived a few miles south of Sherrill's Ford
on the Catawba River. They were on opposite side's at Ramsour's Mill.
Just before the battle William Simpson, the Whig, was sent out on a
scouting expedition, but as soon as he heard the firing, he rushed back
as fast as his horse could run and when the horse was exhausted, he ran
afoot, determined to kill his Tory brother in the battle but before he
reached the battleground the victory was gained by the Whigs."
After the Revolution Reuben and his family moved to the 96 District,
Pendleton SC. Later he moved to Wayne Co KY where he died. His wife,
Sarah died July 11, 1826 in Wayne Co KY. Reuben's daughter Averilla
married Charles Kilgore, according to her recollections this marriage
took place on the "Chuckee" River (probably Nolichucky River) in

Vickie's Note: Sarah Sherrill was the d/o William and Agnes White.
William was the s/o Adam Sherrill "The Pioneer". Adam's son, Samuel was
the father of Adam Sherrill B:1758 who was the husband of Rebecca
Kilgore d/o Charles and Martha Kilgore.


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-Jerry A. Penley-

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