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William DePriest Receipt April 11, 1815

William Depriest Receipt dated April 11, 1815
William Depriest Receipt dated April 11, 1815

Recd of John Logan five shillings in full of all demands to this day. Except a note of twelve dollars & a half Recd by me Wm Depriest this the 11th of April 1815

Test Baber

William Depriest (X his mark)

I was very excited when I first came across this document. As many of you know by now, John Logan is my wife’s ancestor. Well William Depriest is my 7th Great Grandfather. My line to William, starting with my great grandfather Medford is: Claude Medford -> Clerecy Julia Wiggins -> Lousia A. Lollis -> Elizabeth Weeks  -> Noah Weeks -> Elizabeth Depriest -> William Depriest. It’s neat to know that our ancestors knew each other.

Much of my information on the Depriest family comes from research by Lela Whisnant which you can find on her website. I highly recommend this site for a more detailed account on the below information.

William’s great-grandfather was a French Huguenot named Robert Depriest that immigrated from France to Virginia before 1689. As a descendant of Robert’s, I am eligible to join the National Huguenot Society.

William’s grandfather was William Depriest I. William I was born in St. Peter’s Parish of New Kent County, VA 24 Oct 1689. William I died 2 Mar 1737 in Goochland Co., VA, at 48 years of age.

One of the most interesting characters in the family is William’s father, William Depriest II. William II was born was born in Hanover Co., VA about 1733. He had strong anti-British feelings long before the Revolutionary War. His first rebellious act was refusing service in the King’s Virginia Regiment in 1757. The act that ultimately caused him his life was the counterfeit printing of 80,000£ Maryland currency in 1767. Three years earlier the British passed the Currency Act which prohibited the striking of paper currency in the colonies. This act was causing economic chaos especially in Maryland. Patrick Henry, in a speech before the House of Burgess in 1765, called upon the colony of Virginia to make paper money in defiance of the King but was voted down. He ended his speech “if this be treason, make the most of it!” William apparently did. To give you a little perscpective on the situation, the total value of colonial exports at the time was 200,000£. Printing 80,000£ was obviously a political (not criminal) move by William. William died in jail while awaiting trial 13 Mar 1768 in Anne Arundel Co., MD, at 34 years of age.

My William, the subject of this document, was born in Goochland Co., VA 1760. He was a Revolutionary War veteran that fought against the British-supplied Indians and in several major battles like Kings Mountain, Monk’s Corner, and Goose Creek. John Logan was the Justice of the Peace that took William’s sworn testimony during his Revolutionary War pension application.

William and his wife Esther Daves settled on Cherry Mountain in Rutherford County, NC where they farmed and produced “cherry bounce”, a French cherry liqueur. According to family tradition, the cherry trees for which Cherry Mountain was named were the ones William planted from stock Robert DePriest had brought from France nearly a century earlier. William died in 1844 in Rutherford Co., NC at 84 years of age.

Back to the receipt, perhaps John Logan had purchased some of William’s cherry bounce. Another thing to note here is that this William (III) also had a son named William (IV). We definitely know that this is the elder William because he was the only generation of Depriests that was illiterate. There are existing hand-written documents by both his father and his son. I should also mention that this receipt has “Wm Depriest Receipt” labeled on the back of it so even though the last name is slightly corrupted on this document, we do know that it is William Depriest.

I am not exactly sure which Baber this is, but the Babers and Depriests were definitely allied families that intermarried.

If you have additional information on William Depriest and his family or have a clue about the identity of Baber, please leave a comment below.

About the Logan Project: I possess a box of 170 documents passed down 6 generations in the Logan family that originate from John Logan (1775-1841) of Rutherford County, NC. These documents are mainly receipts that show the various business and legal dealings of many different families from Rutherford County, NC. I will be posting these documents on this blog in chronological order. The scanned images of these documents are the copyright of Jonathan Medford. Do not redistribute these documents for the purpose of commercial gain without his expressed written permission.

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10 thoughts on “William DePriest Receipt April 11, 1815

    1. Hi! I know this over a year old but Willliam II Depriest is my 7th great grandfather actually. I am descended from his son James, so I guess that would make us really distant cousin! Thanks for all the info on him, this was really great. Oh yeah, and thanks for the story of the family tradition, that was really interesting and something I will make sure to tell my children when I have them.

  1. Reply from the Baber Genforum regarding the identity of the Baber in this post:

    “Most likely James Baber or one of his sons. William married there in 1808. Robert in 1816. James, Jr. in 1817. His other sons would have been too young at the time.

    The father would have been more of the age of De Priest and the most probable.

    Joe Baber

  2. Another Baber researcher thinks this is James Baber:

    “My husbands great grandfather is James M Baber who lived at logans store. I have been to the place where he is buried in Sunshine NC,and I noticed the DePriest family there beside him. My husbands name is Casey Burgin Baber Sr.”
    ~Donna Rominger Baber

  3. Almost certainly James Baber (b. 1762, m. Mildred Arthur). Examining the receipt, it appears to be signed JBaber. The only other possibiliy would be his son James G. Baber. James G. was rather consistant in using the G in his name to distinquish himself from his father. The only other Baber family in the area was that of John Baber, possible brother of James. John died in 1810 and I’m unaware of his having any sons whose first name began with J.

    Nice site.

  4. Thank you for sharing the DePriest receipt. As a direct descendant of William DePriest, I am always excited to see new information about him and his family. I took the liberty of looking at your family tree and I would like to point out an inconsistency in your records. You show that William DePriest married first Ann Elliott and second Esther Daves. William was born in 1760 and you are showing he was the father of Jane Depriest born 1770, which is not realistic. I believe that Jane is the daughter of John Depriest and Anne Elliott…NOT William DePriest.

    William Canselor DePriest, grandson of Esther Daves and William DePriest married Rebecca Myer Baber, daughter of James Baber. I believe that the J Baber attesting to the receipt is James Baber, who was a farmer, schoolteacher and sheriff in Rutherford County. His name appears on a number of documents from that time.

    One further note: I disagree with Lela Whisnant on the marriage of Esther Caroline DePriest, daughter of William DePriest and Juliana Margaret Canselor. Esther Caroline DePriest married Adam Weaver on 24 Dec 1850 in Rutherford Co., had 4 children, including a daughter named Julian. I have a list of proofs to show that this is the correct marriage for Esther Caroline DePriest.

    Please continue to share. Great site!

  5. I agree that the Baber in the 1815 note was James Baber (Sr.) who married Milly Arthur. James Baber (Jr.), his son, was too young to attest to a note. I also agree with Jo Campbell about who Esther Caroline Depriest married. James Bell operated a store in the Bostic area and Miles Philbeck wrote a terrific article in the Bulletin of Old Tryon County proving that the widow of Scroop Edgerton/Egerton married James Bell after the death of her husband. Ann or Nancy Battle Egerton, the widow, was the mother of Ransom, not his sister. Ransom’s sister Nancy married (surprise!) James Logan, son of Francis and Hannah Trimble Logan. This is my husband’s line. James Baber (Jr.) married Catherine Bell, d/o James Bell and Ann/Nancy Egerton. (My line as well as William DePriest above being my 5th great-grandfather.) Will share more if interested!

  6. I am also a descendant of Robert De Priest and his son of William. My records show that William was born Sept. 25, 1689, baptized Oct 24,1689,and died in 1738. William’s son, Randolph was born about 1723. Randolph is my 6th great-grandfather and the older brother of William. My records show that Robert was born in France, near Paris, in 1670. He was a huguenot. I believe this makes us distant cousins.

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