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
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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