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William Haines Raper (son of John Raper and Sarah) was born 30 Dec 1725 in Bolton, Yorkshire, England, and died Feb 1795 in Abbots Creek, Guilford Co., NC. He married (1) Sarah C. on Abt. 1746 in Yorkshire, England. He married (2) Rebecca Simmons on 1770 in Guilford Co., North Carolina, daughter of William Simmons.

 Includes NotesNotes for William Haines Raper:
William and wife, Sarah, along with son, Jacob, immigrated to North Carolina about 1855. They settled in Abbotts Creek near Highpoint, Rowan Co NC which is located in Guilford Co today. William and Sarah lived and raised their family in this area for the remainder of their lives. He purchased 520 acres in 1755 near Highpoint, Rowan Co. In 1764, Wm sold 275 acres. He served in the American Revolution, providing supplies for the armies of VA and the Carolinas. Sarah died
in 1770, and William remarried shortly thereafter to Rebecca Simmons. They had a son, William Raper, Jr., born in 1771. It is not known when Rebecca died, but William married again in 1793 to Elizabeth Hollingsworth. William died somtime before Feb of 1795, as he made and signed his will in 1794, and it was presented to the court for probate in Feb 1795. In his will, he names his children. A copy can be obtained from the Guilford Co. court house. I have the will in file.
William had 5 children by Sarah and one son by Rebecca, no childen by Elizabeth. [From Raper/Rapier Family Home Page--
http://www.cdepot.net/raper/html/notes.html#NI0014]
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Vol. 5 N.C. Bible Records by Ruth Martin, 1936 Raper Family pg 217
Raper (1755-1852) William fame from Wales to NC on "The Horizon" settle in Guildford Co., 5 mi North of High Point, NC agt 1775. Owned shipping interests in England & America. Bought land in Rowan Co., NC in 1755. Rev. War job was to supply army in VA, NC & SC.

WILLIAM, SARAH, and their oldest son, JACOB were born in England. It is thought that their other children were born in NC. They came to America about 1755. They settled on Abbotts Creek near what is now Highpoint NC. WILLIAM served in the American Revolution, providing supplies for the armies of Virginia and the Carolinas. WILLIAM and SARAH had two sons: JACOB (b. 1747-1754) and Thomas (b. 1755); three daughters; Elizabeth (b. unk), Lydia (b. unk), Christina (b. 1767).

SARAH died about 1770, and WILLIAM remarried shortly thereafter to Rebecca Simmons. They had one son, William (b. 1771). It is not known when Rebecca died, but WILLIAM married again in 1793 to Elizabeth Hollingsworth. There were no children from this marriage.


WILLIAM died in 1795. In his will, he bequeathed to Elizabeth the use of his house and grounds, but actually left the whole of the plantation, 250 acres, to his son, William. He left the remaining portion to the rest of his children and appointed JACOB and William as his executors. We assume, as was customary at the time, that the older children had been given the majority of their inheritance prior to his death. Records show that WILLIAM deeded land to JACOB in February 1795, before WILLIAM'S will was written. At any rate, there was apparently enough property and possessions to assume that WILLIAM and his family were financially comfortable. It is interesting that he did not mention slaves in his will. Since it was usual for a man of these means and property to own slaves, we can speculate that he may have owned slaves and chose not to mention them in his will. It is also very interesting that WILLIAM signed the will with his mark. Since many of his ancestors were scholars and men of means, it seems unusual. Perhaps he was too sick at the time of the signing. It is a mystery. The exact location of WILLIAM'S grave is unknown. We suspect that he was buried somewhere on his home-place in Abbotts Creek. A marker to his memory was placed in the Abbotts Creek Cemetery in 1936. At that time, the name of his first wife, SARAH, was not known. WILLIAM and SARAH had two sons: JACOB (b. 1747/1754) and Thomas (b. 1755); three daughters: Elizabeth, Lydia, Christina. WILLIAM and his second wife, Rebecca Simmons, had one son, William.



More About William Haines Raper and Sarah C.:
Marriage: Abt. 1746, Yorkshire, England.

More About William Haines Raper and Rebecca Simmons:
Marriage: 1770, Guilford Co., North Carolina.

Children of William Haines Raper and Sarah C. are:
  1. +Jacob Raper, Sr., b. 1754, Yorkshire, England, d. 1840, Rowan, North Carolina.
  2. Christina Raper, b. 1764, North Carolina, d. Bef. 1795.
  3. Lydia Raper, b. 1752, Yorkshire, England, d. date unknown, Missouri.
  4. +Elizabeth Raper, b. 1750, Yorkshire, England, d. date unknown, Arkansas.
  5. +Thomas Raper, Sr., b. Bet. 1747 - 1754, Guildford, North Carolina, d. Abt. 1795, Guilford, North Carolina.

Children of William Haines Raper and Rebecca Simmons are:
  1. +William Haines Raper, Jr., b. 30 Dec 1771, Abbotts Creek, Guilford, North Carolina, d. 29 May 1859, Abbots Creek, Guilford Co., NC.
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