Notes for 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. In 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 11, 1763. There is a branch on the west side of the Catawba River about 5 miles above Granville's old line called Beaver Dam."
Reuben married c1762. His wife Sarah Sherrill the daughter of William and Agnes White Sherrill. Sarah was born October 24, 1746 in Virginia. Reuben and Sarah had thirteen children. Their second child, Avarilla was born February 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 colonies.
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 passenger money a second time.
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 (a Tory) while his brother William became a Patriot (Whig.) An account of their involvement appears in the "History of Catawba County North Carolina." The ancedote below is quoted from "The Annals" page 39. "Captain W. A. Day who lives at Sherrill's Ford recently told 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 sides at Ramsour's Mill. Just before the battle William Simpson, the Whig, was sent out on a scouting expedition, but 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 was so unhappy because of the bitterness shown him by his family and neighbors that he moved to the 96 District, Pendleton SC. He is in the 1790 census in that place. About 1790-99 Reuben organized a train of family and friends and moved to Wayne Co., KY. He is listed there on the 1810 Census.
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 Tennessee.
NOTE: Sarah Sherrill was the daugher of William and Agnes White. William was the son of Adam Sherrill "The Pioneer." Adam's son, Samuel was the father of Adam Sherrill born 1758 who was the husband of Rebecca Kilgore daughter of Charles and Martha Kilgore.
Reuben "The Tory" Simpson was one of my 128 6G grandfathers -TLE
More About Reuben Simpson and Sarah Sherrill: Marriage: Abt. 1762, Rowan Co. NC.
Children of Reuben Simpson and Sarah Sherrill are:
+Avarilla Simpson, b. 28 Feb 1766, North Carolina, d. 01 Jun 1857, Odon, Daviess Co. IN.