William DePriest
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William DePriest (1689 - 1738)

William "Guilliaume" DePriest
Born in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent County, Colony of Virginiamap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Goochland, Goochland County, County of Virginiamap
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Profile last modified | Created 29 May 2012 | Last significant change: 25 Oct 2021
01:00: LaMyra Morton edited the Biography, Birth Place and Death Place for William DePriest (1689-1738). (add ussc sticker; correct locations) [Thank LaMyra for this]
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William DePriest was a relation of a Huguenot emigrant (1540-1790).


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William DePriest was a Virginia colonist.

William (French: Guilliaume) was born 25 SEP 1689 at St Peters, New Kent County, Virginia.[1] He was christened Oct 24, 1689. William's mother died about a month after he was born.

His father, Robert Depriest was born after 1660, probably in France. Robert Depriest came to America (Virginia) as a French Huguenot during the late 1600s. Robert died in Goochland County, Virginia, in 1710. A Robert Depriest was taxed on 350 acres as evidenced by the 1704 Quit Rent Rolls of New Kent County, Virginia, page 488. On May 17, 1785, Robert Richardson convened to Jon Richardson 300 acres in Hanover County, Virginia that were received from Robert's grandfather, Robert Depriest.

William married Judith about 1725. William & Judith's children:

  1. Randolph, b abt 1726 VA; m Mary Mims; d abt 1828 NC
  2. William Jr, b abt 1730 VA; m Tabitha Toney; d 1768 VA
  3. Mary, b abt 1731; m George Southerland
  4. Alice, b abt 1733; m Elisha Hall
  5. Naomi, b abt 1735; m John Salmon; d aft Jan 1791
  6. John Bunyan, b 1737; m Elizabeth Rice; d 1800
  7. Robert, b 1737; m Martha Bailey

When Hanover county was formed from New Kent County the DePriest family was in the new county. This is where they lived for about 9 years, until 1734.

In 1734 (3 years before he died) William purchased 200 acres in Goochland Co., Va. where the DePriest family lived along Lickinghole Creek. Goochland County deed book shows a deed dated June 16, 1740 (George Southerland to Robert Chowning) for land on the north side of James River on branch of Lickinghole Creek, "bounded by William DePreist, dec'd", etc. [William's daughter Mary married George Southerland III]

William died in 1737 (age 47) and Judith raised most of her children before she finally married a neighbor, John Hodges in 1750. William made provision in his will for the education of his 5 children, so the two youngest boys, John and Robert, must have been twins born after William's death.

An entry into the Goochland Co., VA Records
April 1755/17 June 1755: "Randolph DePriest, William DePriest, George Southerland and John Salmon are held firmly bound to John Hodges for 100 lbs. Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound, RD, WD, GS, and JS have this day agreed with the said John Hodges who intermarried with the widow of William DePriest Decd. and mother of the above bound RD, WD, wives of GS, JS that the wife of John Hodges is to have one feather bed, and the furniture thereunto belonging and one iron pot of the estate of William DePriest and the above bound RD, WD, GS, JS and the infants Robert DePriest and John DePriest the remaining part of the estate now to be found by John Hodges and Judith, his wife. Signed: Randolph DePriest, William DePriest, George (X) Southerland, John (X) Salmon. witnesses: John Smith, Frances Smith


  1. Nuckolls, Charles R.. The Roses: The Nuckolls Family, the Lyman Family, and One Hundred Fifty Immigrants Who Helped Shape America. Bloomington, Indiana: iUniverse, Inc, 2010, Pages 408-409. Repository: #R6 Call Number: 929.107207, King County Library System
  • Source: S-2134466396 Repository: #R-2146861572 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Note: Data: Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=8806704&pid=981
  • Repository: R-2146861572 Name: Ancestry.com Address: http://www.Ancestry.com Note:

See also:

Author Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine Pages 52 Language English;eng;en Location Sacramento California Regional Family History Center; http://www.familyhistorycenter.info/index.html [2]


  • WikiTree profile DePriest-23 created through the import of Dankowski Family Tree.ged on May 28, 2012 by Laura Mercado. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Laura and others.

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Depriest-78 and DePriest-23 appear to represent the same person because: They have the same relatives. The dispute over the country of birth of William's father Robert has been resolved in favor of it being France.
posted by Bill Brooks

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