William Andrews, Sr.,
of Orange County, NC

William Andrews, Sr., was born Feb. 15, 1748/49, birthplace unknown, and died Feb. 2, 1824, in Orange Co., NC. He married Mary Lloyd(?), possibly the daughter of John LLOYD, Sr., & Elizabeth EVANS. She was probably born around 1750-1755 and died before 1824 in Orange Co., NC.  William and Mary are buried in a family cemetery on their land near Chapel Hill, NC. The cemetery was destroyed in the 1970's but there is a memorial sign erected by descendants.

Children of William Andrews, Sr., & Mary Lloyd(?):

  1. +John Andrews (Anders), b. abt. 1770, Orange Co., NC; d. Mar. 28, 1860, Grayson Co., VA; m. Mary "Polly" CHEEK, daughter of Robert CHEEK, Sr. & Ann COCKE, Nov. 30, 1801, in Orange Co., NC (b. 1780; d. 1866); reportedly bur. at either the Adam Wagoner Cemetery or the Osborne R. Anders Cemetery, near Independence, Grayson Co., VA.
  2. +Laban Andrews, b. 1770-1775, Orange Co., NC; d. 1842, Orange Co., NC; m. Rebecca KING, daughter of John KING & Hannah DAVIS, abt. 1792 (b. Aug. 6, 1773; d. 1855); bur. Laban Andrews Cemetery near Chapel Hill, NC.
  3. +Rev. Mark Andrews, b. 1770-1775, Orange Co., NC; d. 1850-1860, Morgan Co., TN; m. Elizabeth BAILEY, Sep. 5, 1796, Orange Co., NC (b. Feb. 10, 1774; d. Feb. 12, 1856).
  4. Sarah Andrews, b. abt. 1775, Orange Co., NC; d. bef. 1820; m. Jesse CATE, son of Richard CATE & Amelia SMITH, Dec. 15, 1795, Orange Co., NC; said to be buried at the Archibald Andrews Cemetery a.k.a. the Justice Plantation, Bingham Twp., Orange Co., NC.  Children: Emelia "Milly" Cate (c.1799), William Cate (1803), Mary "Polly" Cate (1805).  The three children are named in their grandfather William Andrews' will in 1820; their mother was presumably deceased.
  5. +Elizabeth Andrews, b. 1776, Orange Co., NC; d. Jan. 10, 1817, Ashe Co., NC; m. David EDWARDS, Jr., son of David EDWARDS, Sr., & Elizabeth MORRIS, Aug. 28, 1792, Orange Co., NC (b. Apr. 16, 1774; d. Oct. 5, 1828); bur. Elizabeth Edwards Cemetery, Hwy 18 near Zion Church, Alleghany Co., NC.
  6. +Henry Andrews, b. Oct. 20, 1777, Orange Co., NC; d. Nov. 29, 1851, Orange Co., NC; m. Candice CARRUTHERS, Jan. 13, 1808, Orange Co., NC (b. Mar. 15, 1789; d. Mar. 26, 1863); bur. at the Henry Andrews Cemetery west of Carrboro, Orange Co., NC.
  7. +Martha "Patsy" Andrews, b. abt. 1778, Orange Co., NC; d. 1870-1880, Orange Co., NC; m. Robert "Robin" CHEEK, Jr., son of Robert CHEEK, Sr. & Ann COCKE, Nov. 27, 1798, in Orange Co., NC (b. abt. 1777; d. bef. Aug. 1866).
  8. +Starling Andrews (Anders), b. 1780-1785, Orange Co., NC; d. aft. 1830, Ashe Co., NC; may have m. (1) Catherine CHEEK or Elizabeth WILLIAMS (sources conflict); may have m. (2) Patsy, last name unknown.
  9. +Jane "Jennie" Andrews, b. 1785, Orange Co., NC; d. 1870-1880, Alleghany Co., NC; m. Richard CHEEK, son of Robert CHEEK, Sr. & Ann COCKE, July 3, 1805, Orange Co., NC (b. abt. 1780; d. Feb. 2 or 3, 1865).
  10. +Archibald Andrews, b. Jan. 21, 1788, Orange Co., NC; d. Apr. 23, 1891, Orange Co., NC; m. Mary "Polly" REEVES, daughter of John REEVES & Mary GWINN, Jan. 8, 1811, Orange Co., NC (b. Dec. 23, 1787; d. Mar. 27, 1885); bur. Archibald Andrews Cemetery a.k.a. the Justice Plantation, Bingham Twp., Orange Co., NC.
  11. +William Andrews, Jr., b. 1792, Orange Co., NC; d. 1870, Alleghany Co., NC; m. Abi CHEEK, daughter of James CHEEK & Martha ESTRIDGE (ESTES), Aug. 29, 1810, Orange Co., NC (b. 1793; d. abt. 1870); bur. William Andrews Cemetery, Road 1428, 1 mile south of Zion Church, Alleghany Co., NC.

Notes

William Andrews, Sr., was one of the earliest settlers in Orange County, NC.  He owned land near on the upper reaches of the town of Hillsborough, extending south of the "Great Road" (the old Raleigh-Greensboro Stage Coach route) to the upper limits of Morgan Creek near the present-day town of Orange Grove.  (View map)

There is little information about William Andrews' origins.  Some sources claim he was born in Halifax County, VA, but evidence is lacking.  Unfortunately, "Andrews" is an extremely common surname.  William's ancestry could be English, Scottish, German (Andersch), Dutch (Andrus), or even Swedish (Andersen) (there was a large Swedish settlement in Maryland in early colonial days).

William's wife Mary is often identified as Mary LLOYD, possibly the daughter of John LLOYD, Sr., and Elizabeth EVANS of Orange County, NC, but this is not documented.  The Andrews and Lloyd families did have a long association in Orange County.  One interesting fact is that John LLOYD, Sr., apparently raised Mary and William Andrews's son Mark Andrews.  This information comes from an affidavit that Mark Andrews filed 1846 in support of an application for a Revolutionary War widow's pension filed by Hannah Lloyd, the widow of William Lloyd (son of John Lloyd, Sr.)  However, there is no direct evidence, such as a marriage bond, will, or deed, to prove that Mary was the daughter of John Lloyd, Sr.  (Information kindly provided by Gerald Collins.)

William Andrews, his wife, and four of their children were buried in a family cemetery on their land near Chapel Hill.  The cemetery was destroyed in 1973 by the owner and no stones now remain.  (Mary Andrews Brooke, The Cemetery Survey of Orange County, North Carolina (1976).  Mrs. Brooke wrote in her notes that William's children Jinny, Mark, Patsy, and Starling were also buried in this cemetery, but that seems doubtful because all four of those children moved away from Orange County.

Mrs. Brooke also wrote that "William Andrews was a farmer and owned a large tract of land.  He had many slaves and was considered in very good circumstances.  He was a large, extremely strong man and enjoyed hunting and wrestling as a sport.  It was said that he was unbeatable by his wrestling opponents."  (Cemetery Survey, supra.)

Note:  William ANDREWS (with an "s") is often confused with William ANDREW, the son of Robert ANDREW (no "s") of Orange County, NC.  The book The Anders and Andrews Families of Orange, Ashe, and Alleghany Counties in NC and Grayson County, VA, by Clifford Rector is one source that contains this error, probably relying on information in the Cemetery Survey of Orange County, supra.  In fact, Robert's son William ANDREW (no "s"), who died 1826, was NOT the same individual as William ANDREWS (with an "s"), who died in 1824, as proven by their separate wills. (Orange Co. Will Book E, p.47, and E, p.120.)  The LDS Ancestry files are VERY confused in this respect, and should not be relied on.  The ANDREW family (no "s") were Quakers who came to Orange County from Pennsylvania in 1767.  Their comings and goings are fairly well documented by the minutes of the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting and Spring Monthly Meeting of Orange County.  There is no evidence they were related to "our" ANDREWS family.

Records

May 14, 1765. Orange Co., NC, Deed Register. Sale from William ANDREWS to Jacob MASON, 1/2 acre, witness: William REED. (Source: Eve B. Weeks, "Orange County, North Carolina: Register of Deeds 1752-1768 and 1793" (Heritage Papers, Danielsville, GA, 1984).)

1779 Tax List, Orange Co., NC: William ANDREWS, Daniel ANDREWS, Hugh ANDREWS, James ANDREWS.

1790 Tax List, Orange Co., NC, St. Thomas Dist., p.97: William ANDREWS, 1 white poll, 200 acres

Note: William ANDREW (no "s"), Robert ANDREW, and Robert ANDREWS, Jr. are listed in the 1790 Tax List of Orange Co., NC, Caswell Dist. They were not related to William Andrews who is listed in St. Thomas' Dist.

1800 Census, Orange Co., NC, p.498: WILLIAM ANDREWS
1 w/m under 10 2 w/f under 10
1 w/m 16-25 3 w/f 10-15
1 w/m over 45 4 w/f 16-25
  1 w/f over 45
  no slaves

1810 Census, Orange Co., NC, p.137: W. ANDREWS SR.
1 w/m under 10 1 w/f 10-15
1 w/m 16-25 1 w/f over 45
1 w/m over 45 no slaves

1816 Tax List, Orange Co., NC:
William ANDREW, Cain Creek, 282 acres, $1,187
Wm. ANDREW, Morgan's Creek, 200 acres, $400

1820 Census, Orange Co., NC, p.352: WM ANDREWS
1 w/m over 45 1 w/f 26-45
  1 w/f over 45

Feb 15, 1820. Orange Co., NC. Will of William ANDREWS, dated Feb 15, 1820, proven Feb. 2, 1824, names sons Sterling, Archibald, Laban, Mark, John, Henry, and William, daughters Patsy CHEEK, and Ginnie CHEEK, heirs of daughter Elizabeth EDWARDS; grandchildren Milly CATE, William CATE, and Polly CATE. Sterling ANDREWS to receive all land lying west of the Haw Branch and west of the Hog Branch; Archibald ANDREWS to receive all land lying east of said branches. All other heirs receive 5 shillings each. Execs: Laban ANDREWS, Mark ANDREWS. Wit. Thomas BREWER, John [illegible]. (Orange Co., NC, Will Book E, p. 47.)

Will of William Andrews, Sr.

Dated Feb 15, 1820; proved Feb. 2, 1824
Orange Co., NC, Will Book E, p.47

In the name of God, Amen. I, WILLIAM ANDREWS of Orange County , State of North Carolina, being very aged but of sound and disposing mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament.

First of all I commend my soul to God that gave it. My body to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian-like burial at the discretion of my executors, As touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give and dispose of in the following manner.

Item, my desire is that all my just debts should first be paid.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son STERLING ANDREWS all my land lying west of the Haw Branch and west of the Hog Branch.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son ARCHIBALD ANDREWS all my land lying east of the aformentioned branches.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son LABAN ANDREWS five shillings.

Item, I give to my grand children the lawful heirs of ELIZABETH EDWARDS, five shillings.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son MARK ANDREWS five shillings.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son JOHN ANDREWS five shillings.

Item, I give and bequeath to my grand children MILLY CATE and WILLIAM CATE and POLLY CATE five shillings each.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter PATSY CHEEK five shillings.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son HENRY ANDREWS five shillings.

Item, I five and bequeath unto my Daughter GINNIE CHEEK five shillings.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son WILLIAM ANDREWS five shillings.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son ARCHIBALD all my personal estate at my death.

I also constitute and appoint my sons LABAN ANDREWS and MARK ANDREWS executors to this my last will and testament. In witness, whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th day of February 1820

WILL. ANDREWS {seal}

witnesses
Thomas BREWER {seal}
John [illegible] {seal}

Orange County - February Term 1824
The execution of the foregoing last will and Testament of WM. ANDREWS was duly proven in open court by the oath of Thomas BREWER and subscribing thereunto ordered to be recorded at the same time LABAN ANDREWS qualified as executor accordingly.

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