William Kinney I (b. December 13, 1733, d. Aft. 1824)
William Kinney I was born December 13, 1733 in Scotland, and died Aft. 1824 in N.C.. He married Sallie Parks.
Notes for William Kinney I: The original name was McKinney. William dropped the "Mc" after immigrating from Scotland. They came from Scotland to New York, then New Amsterdam, in about 1750 and bought several parcels of land.
He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and took part in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse on March 15, 1781. Legendary history handed down by all old members of each branch of the family protrays his part in the battle as "He fired the first shot at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse".
He was one of the first deacons of the old Jersey Baptist Church. His home was known as the White House because it was the only one painted at this time in History. It was 4 miles from Old Jersey on a road which anciently ran from Salisbury to Alamance. It was located near what is now Highway 8 about 2 miles south of Lexington, NC. According to family legend, it was a large plantation with a schoolhouse, Isaac Kinney house and other buildings located on a lane of cedars leading in a semi-circle to the White House. The family cemetery was about 300 yards away. The remains of a smokehouse could be seen in 1972. (Zebulon Ausband history and the Lexington Dispatch, 1972 Special Edition.)
"The sturdy men and women of the old Jersey lands...contributed ...to the cause of liberty and independence of any comparable small areas of people in America. These God fearing and God loving, freedon seeking people of English, Dutch, German, Scotch, Irish and Welsh forebears now scattered in their progeny over the face of the globe fight on for righteousness and freedom wherever they may be." (Zebulon Ausband in History of the Ausband Family and Related Kin- 1940)
Transcription on the Grave Stone: William Kinney Pvt. North Carolina Troops Rev. War Born in Scotland about 1733 "Tradition" He fired the first shot at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. The bullet moulded from a pewter plate in his home near this spot Killed a British sentry.
More About William Kinney I: Burial: Unknown, Old Kinney Whitehouse, Davidson County, N.C.. Taxes: 1790, Paid taxes on nine negro slaves..
Children of William Kinney I and Sallie Parks are: