Notes for William Wiley, Jr.: WILLIAM WILEY, JR., was born in 1760 in the part of Orange County, North Carolina that became Guilford. There can be no doubt that he was a son of William Wiley, Sr., for family tradition is substantiated by the fact that at the time of his birth William Wiley, Sr. was the only Wiley owning property in the part of Orange that became Guilford, and the Revolutionary War Pension Application of William Wiley, Jr., says that he was born in Guilford County, North Carolina, in 1760. His record of service will be examined in detail.
After the war, William Wiley married Ann Shannon, daughter of William Shannon, the Guilford County Marriage Bond dated 29 December 1787. The pension application said they were married 4 January, 1789. About 1830, they moved to Ohio, and later to Hendricks County, Indiana, where the Court Minutes for the November term show that on 13 November 1832, William Wiley, aged seventy two, applied for a pension under the Act of Congress of 7 June 1832. His application was certified by the testimony of Abner Wiley and Thomas Wilson. His pension was granted, # W10002. In the application he said that he was born in Guilford County, North Carolina, in 1760, that he was drafted into the Guilford County Militia in April 1780, and served for four months as a private in Captain John McAdoo's Company, Colonel Armstrong's North Carolina Regiment from Orange County. He said that he marched from Guilford Court House to Salisbury where his regiment joined General Gates's army and marched to South Carolina. There, in an engagement at Colson's Ferry, they defeated a party of Tories. They encamped after more marching at Lynch's Creek where many fell ill, suffering from lack of provisions. William Wiley recollected that on one occasion each soldier drew a small quantity of molasses which he thinks contributed in no small degree to increase the disease then prevailing in the Camp. Afterwards he took part in the Battle of Camden where the toll of those killed, wounded, and captured was great.
The pension record continues. William Wiley had scarcely walked home to Guilford County when he was called and renlisted on 1 September 1780 and served three months in Captain Forbish's [sic, probably Forbis' Company under Colonel Palsley's and Colonel Davidson's North Carolina Regiment. He said this was termed the "pumpkin campaign" from the fact that the men had to subsist largely on pumpkins.
He also served for six weeks the following winter as a private in Captain Steward's Company in Colonel Paisley's Regiment and marched about ninety miles to Raft Swamps. He volunteered again on March 1781, as a spy and ranger and served fifteen days in Captain Forbish's (Forbis's) North Carolina Company. William Wiley, Jr., says he remained in North Carolina until about 1830 moved to Ohio where he stayed about a year, thence to Indiana. He said he was married 4 January 1789.
He was allowed pension on his application executed 12 November 1832 while a resident of Hendricks County, Indiana, where he died 12 October 1838. He is buried in the old Fox Family Cemetery about half a mile south of Avon. This is the inscription on his tombstone, which is now badly worn and crumbling:
Sacred to the memory of William Wiley who Fought for his Country in her Struggle for Liberty and Lived Long Enough to Enjoy her Freedom, and Departed this life October 12, 1838, aged 78 years and 6 mon th&
On motion to the Court, Isaiah Wiley was appointed administrator of the estate of William Wiley deceased and filed his bond. On 13 August 1840, Isaiah Wiley filed an account of the personal estate of William Wiley, which amounted to the sum of $93.75, all of which was received by the widow, there being no demands filed against the estate. The estate was then closed. Anny Wiley, widow of William Wiley, deceased, a pensioner of the Revolution, appeared before the Court on 15 May 1839 and produced satisfactory evidence that William Wiley was a pensioner of the Revolution at the rate of $33 per annum and that he died in Hendricks County, Indiana, on 12 October 1838
According to the General Services Administration file, his widow, under the Act of Congress of 7 July 1838, gianting half pay to certain widows, was allowed the pension on her application executed 13 November 1843, at $33 per annum to commence 4 March 1843. At that time she was a resident of Hendricks County, Indiana, aged seventy-two. This would place her birth date at 1771. She stated that her maiden name was Shannon.
The names and birth dates of the six sons are included in the pension record which states that the record of births was written by Nathan Armfield. The widow signed the pension application in probatecourt.
The pension record states, further, that Abner Wiley was living in Hendricks County in 1832, but it does not identify him as being the soldier's son, although he doubtless was.
Alfred Wiley on 13 November 1843, testified that he was past forty, a son of William and Ann Wiley, that he lived near them fQr about five years previous to the death of his father.
More About William Wiley, Jr.: Burial: Unknown, Fox Family Cemetery, Avon, Indiana.
More About William Wiley, Jr. and Ann Shannon: Marriage: January 4, 1789, Guilford Co. North Carolina.
Children of William Wiley, Jr. and Ann Shannon are: