The Perry-Poole Family Tree - Person Sheet
The Perry-Poole Family Tree - Person Sheet
NameWilliam Daniell Sr. 115,121,122
Birth25 Nov 1743, New Hanover Co., North Carolina
Death5 Sep 1840, Clarke County, Georgia
BurialMars Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Watkinsville, Oconee Co., Georgia
FatherJohn Daniell (1707-1768)
MotherSarah Raven (1716-1788)
Misc. Notes
Revolutionary War soldier. William Daniell moved his family back home on Little River in Burke County, Ga., in 1786. They had been sent to refugee with his brother during the Revolutionary War. (see statement of his son George in the pension application for his sister Elizabeth, on file in Walton County, Ga. On 26 August 1795 William made a deed transferring a slave girl to his daughter Elizabeth, who lived in Elbert County, GA. A government marker is on William's grave in Mars Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Oconee County, Ga. [6]

William Daniell born November 25,1743 in Hanover County, North Carolina (now Brunswick County, NC). Little is recorded of his childhood, other than already seen in his father John Daniell. In John's will (dated Dec. 23,1763), giving William 549 -acre plantation called Tom Bells" where he lived, located on the west side of Lockwood's Folly River in Hanover Co., NC (now Brunswick County - Supply, NC) William had married Rachel Howe, late 1760 or early 1761. Their first six children (first two as twins) born in NC. In 1771 shows William Daniell, wife, 4 sons, 2 daughters; ranging in age from 12 to 2, came on passport from SC into Wilkes Co., Ga.

King George II had granted a 21-year charter to Trustee to settle the new colony of Georgia (named for him) but by 1754 the King organized the colony as a Royal Province and was granting "Head Rights" to each new settler of the Georgia Territory. William waiting for land ceded in Wilkes County, on October 13, 1773,"prayed" for 200 acres in Wilkes County, Ga. (deeded quickly, record dated November 1773) - March 7, 1775 granted 300 acres on Little River in St. Paul's Parrish, called Wrightboro, Ga.
(Source: Augusta Land Courts Journal Book M page 1070)

Also 1775 show William Daniell signed the Wrightsboro protest, he still supported the King and Mother Country. However, later when the King actually invaded the Colonies, these same signers realized the necessity to resist the harsh rule of England to protect the American way of freedom. These men were called "Minute Men" and "Refugee Soldiers". They left their homes to fight for their freedom for the United States. William Daniell served under General Elijah Clarke.
From the Roster of Revolution by Knight and the Georgia State Archives records the Certificate of Service; thus saying:
"State of Georgia:
These are to certify that William Daniell was an inhabitant of the State, prior to the reduction there of, by the British arms, and was a refugee soldier, from the same during which time he cheerfully did his duty as a soldier and as a friend to this and the United States.
Given under my hand this 2nd day of February, 1784
William Daniell certificate of service 791 under Elijah Clarke for service as a refugee soldier in the battle of Kettle Creek, the battle of King's Mountain and minor engagements. Feb. 2,1784. He is mentioned twice in "Hero of Hornet's Nest" a biography of Elijah Clarke by Louise F. Hayes in 1946.

During this time from 1771 in Ga., William & Rachel have 5 more children, 2 girls - 3 boys. The birth of George Daniel Sept.17, 1783; and the death of Rachel. Records show William started selling the Wilkes Co land about this same time. Some county boundaries have been moved and I have not been able to establish exact location of "Wrightboro".

With the Revolutionary War and William's involvement, it is now believed he sent his wife and small children to the home of his brother, George living at Chatham County, NC. Because it was a safer distance from the fighting. William & Rachel's youngest son George was born there; therefore Rachel is buried in Chatham County, NC. As soon as the war ended, William did bring his children back to the Ga. home on Little River. (See records in William's daughter, Elizabeth Daniell Davis.)
The records show that two of William Daniell's sons; James and
Thomas served in the Revolution. Recorded in 1784; William
Daniell acted as attorney for Benjamin Davis of Burke County, Ga.
Receiving in his behalf, Bounty grant of land for Revolutionary
Service. (Son-in-law)

Also in 1784, William Daniell received 287 1/2 acres in Franklin County, Ga. Military Bounty Grant; Roster of the Revolution, certified list of Georgia Troops, page 374. (Franklin Co. created on Feb. 25,1784 from Cherokee cession of May 31,1783 and Creek cession of November 1,1783; Elbert County was created December 10,1790 from Wilkes County) Land deeds record William Daniell bought and sold many different locations, as well as lands he owned converted to create a new county.

As was his father, John Daniell and his grandfather, Gov. Robert Daniell; William Daniell was very concerned in the affairs of this new State of Georgia. When the Constitution of the State was ratified in 1786, he was a representative from Washington, Wilkes Co, Ga. Many records show involvement in political affairs.

William Daniell married 2 June 11, 1787 Mary (called Polly) Melton. She was the daughter of MOSES MELTON & Nancy Keen Melton (source: Bible of Moses Melton; Roster of Revolution; Ga. State Archives; Melton Family records)

Mary (Polly) Melton was born March 1, 1770. She was 17 years old and William was 43 at the time of their marriage. He built a new home for his bride in 1790 on Barber Creek, Jackson Co., land included when Clarke County was created Dec 5, 1801, and original land ceded by Indians. In this home was born to William and Polly - 13 children as recorded in Bible. With children of first marriage recorded 11 names; gives William Daniell as the father of 24 children. Some theories say others born & died but these are children named in Bible records. This house stands today exactly as it was originally built; I have visited there many times. The present owner, Mrs. Kinne has it registered on the National Historical Register. This land was in Clarke County until the Oconee County was created on February 25,1875.

The Mars Hill Church was organized in 1799, located across Barber Creek (south) and a short distance in front of William Daniell home (lay of the land). William joined Mars Hill church by letter in 1802; minutes show him as Deacon Jan.16, 1824. Early church minutes have many entries for these family members; are noted in each individual record.

All records prove William Daniell to be a devout Christian, very wise in making decisions that made him very influential in the pioneer day of forming our great State of Georgia. His strong character reflects in the many descendents, even down in the 4th generation, I know of many in the family, as was with my father, had people say, " A Daniell's word was as good as his Bond". They were known to be honest and truthful.

Seven of Williams' son became Baptist ministers. Many descendents became ministers, organizing churches, missionaries, teachers, attorneys, leaders in various political area, business executives engineers, builders, aptitude in mechanics, doctors, excellent record of military service, - but first and foremost as a general rule, these persons were and are -- men and women of professed Faith in God, members of various Church denominations. Most have the ability to face reality and deal with problems wisely. "Just Good Citizens"

This story was told by family members and found in other records:
"When William was 90 years old, he called in all his children and their families to spend two weeks with him. They came in covered wagons with their bedding. Each day they had beef, hogs, and turkeys. He had a large playground on the creek bottoms, which was under fence. He would lay down one corner of the fence for the children to pass thru; then he would put up the fence and then jump over like a young buck".

William Daniell died Sept. 5, 1840 - almost 97 years old. His will is on record at Athens, Ga. William Daniell Sr. Clarke Co. Ga. made will Nov. 7, 1837 -- Codicil added Jan. 27, 1839. Probated Oct. 5, 1840. Josiah and Jeremiah named as Executors. The Will names his wife Mary and their children; but of his first children; only the youngest, George is mentioned. Possibility he had given to them already as is indicated in record dated April 1789 "he gave his son Thomas power of Attorney to sell the land in Naptha District, which had been granted him in 1777". Copies of will, inventory and distribution are available, but space does not grant printing the complete data.
Mary "Polly" Melton Daniell died Oct. 3, 1843. William & Polly are buried Mars Hill Church Cemetery.

The DAR erected a tombstone as American Revolution Soldier. The Memorial service and unveiling was held on Sunday Sept.19, 1937 Mrs Leslie Battle Clark of Dallas, TX. was chosen to unveil the marker and to give a brief biography of William Daniell. (She was Lula Elizabeth McIntyre; Dau. of Missie Carmela Burnett & William Randolph McEntire; Missie was only Dau. of Elizabeth Daniell & Little Berry Burnett; Elizabeth was Dau. of Josiah Daniell, first son of William & "Polly") This 3rd Sunday was chosen because it was already annual reunion date since 1929. Many descendents attended this reunion.

Directions to the William Daniell home:
From Athens go west on the Atlanta highway [78 & 10] Turn left on 319 [Tall Tree Rd] go ? mile,Turn Left on Mars Hill Rd @ Oconee State Bank ,cont. on several miles, Mars Hill Baptist Church will be on the Right. To get to the William Daniell House continue past the church, about ? mile you will cross the Oconee Connector. Mars Hill Road becomes Daniell Bridge Road at this point.Turn to right at Founders Blvd. [Founders Grove Development] The house is on the right about 100 yards from the entrance to founders Grove. Most maps of this area are not correct.
Birth1747, Brunswick Co., North Carolina
Death17 Sep 1783, Chatham Co., North Carolina
FatherGen. Robert Howe (1732-1786)
Marriage1761, New Hanover, North Carolina
ChildrenJohn (1762-1830)
 Sarah (1762-)
 Thomas (1765-1825)
 William (1767-1800)
 James (1767-1819)
 Elizabeth (1769-1845)
 Mary (1772-)
 Nathaniel (1774-)
 Rebecca (1779-)
 Isaac (1781-~1850)
 George (1783-1855)
Birth11 Mar 1770, Hillsborough, Orange Co., North Carolina
Death3 Oct 1843, Clarke Co., Georgia
BurialOct 1843, Mars Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Watkinsville, Oconee Co., Georgia
FatherJeremiah Moses Melton (1741-)
MotherNancy Jane Keen (~1745-)
Marriage11 Jun 1787, Georgia
ChildrenThomas (1786-1852)
 Rachel (1789-1860)
 Susannah (1794-1826)
 Jeremiah Melton (1797-1874)
 Eleanor “Ellen” (1799-1871)
 Beaton (1801-1872)
 Masters H. (1802-1844)
 Clarissa “Cary” (1804-1857)
 Alfred (1807-1897)
 Stephen (1809-1858)
 Moses (1811-1892)
 Robert (1813-1881)
 Olive (1815-1859)
 James “Jim” (1819-1879)
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