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In viewing headstones and documentation you will see that some have incorrect information.
See the interesting discussion of what is known about Indian Billy at the blog by Elizabeth Morrison. Her essay, "He Was Called Indian Billy", includes a copy of William Ice's Last Will and Testament.
Son of Frederick Ice and Nelly. Was captured by Indians, was to his family, was an Indian fighter, Revolutionary soldier, buried at Ice Cemetery, Barrackville, West Virginia, He married four times, with at least 16 children.
William "Indian Billy" Ice was about 15 years old in 1745 when he was captured and taken away by a raiding party of Mahican/Mohawk and Kishpoko, led by Killubck (1722-), and carried to their camp. This camp has been designated as near where Chillicothe, Ohio, now stands.
Family tradition (further embellished very by Greene, cited above) holds that while with the Indians, William married into Kishpoko among the Mahican/Mohawk. was married to Catherine (some say Pheasant) in Ohio in 1752, and is said to have had 7 children with her, including Christina (1752), Elizabeth (1754), Eve (1756), John (1758), Lewis (1760), Thomas (1762) and Catherine "Kitty" (1764). In 1765, William returned to the whites with his Kishpoko wife Catherine and their children. Catherine was unhappy among the whites and left soon thereafter with her children.
Another tradition holds that William escaped to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. In the meantime, Billy's father, Frederick Iaac Jr, had, about 1759, moved to Ice's Ferry on the Cheat River near present day Morgantown, West Virginia. As the story goes, Indian Billy was working on the survey for the Mason-Dixon line when his work crew came within about 10 miles of Frederick's new (W.) Va. home. The Mason and Dixon Line was started in 1763, but stopped. It was again started on June 4, 1766 and reached the top of Allegany Mountains. He was eventually found and was reunited with his family in the 1750/early 1760s.
William G. Ice married Miss Margaret (Higginbotham) in (West) Virginia in 1766, and they settled on Buffalo Creek, Barrackville, Monongalia Co. (now Marion Co.), (West) Virginia, where they raised a family of 10 or 11 children, including Margaret "Peggy" (1766), George (1767), Susannah "Sarah" (abt 1770), Eve (1773), Mary (1775), John (1775)-[twin of Mary?], Thomas (1777), Abraham (1781), William Galloway Jr (1785), Sarah "Sally" (1786), Isaac (1788).
After his wife (Margaret's) death in Monongalia Co., (West) Virginia, between 1798-1801, he married her widowed sister, Mrs. Mary (Higginbotham) Scott, in 1802, and they had 1 son -- Haydon Bayles Ice (1803)-- before she died in July 1803.
William married last Elizabeth (Shreve) in Harrison Co., (W.) Virginia, on March 14, 1804, and they lived on Buffalo Creek, Barrackville, Monongalia Co. (now Marion Co.), (W.) Virginia. To this union, 4 additional children were born and raised: James, Frederick, Benjamin and Sally.
The son George is placed in this position in his father's 1818 will, but he did not join the suit. Perhaps he had died or moved away.
1730: Births Monongalia County: child William Ice Apr 1, 1730 parents Frederick/Mary Galloway 
1740 : Captured by Mohawk Indians, mother killed. South Branch Potomac River, Hampshire, Virginia, USA
William was an early settler on Buffalo Creek in Monongalia Co. (now Marion Co.), (W.) Virginia. The record of surveys show that he had a tract of 400 acres surveyed on both sides of Buffalo Creek May 28, 1785, to include his settlement "made in the year 1770."
1780 : Barrackville, Marion, Virginia, USA
On May 3, 1796, he had an additional survey for 56 acres also on Buffalo Creek. He sold 35 acres to Thomas Scott on Sept. 12, 1797.
On 12 September 1797, William and Margarett ICE convey to Thomas SCOTT, Northwestern Territory, 35 acres on the north side of Buffeloe Creek, part of a larger tract granted to Ice and on which Ice now lives. ... Del [Delivered]: to Thomas Scott, 3 April 1800."
1800: Monongalia, Virginia census.
In 1811, William Ice conveyed 100 acres to the heirs of Joshua Baker.
1820: Tyler, Virginia census.
23 MAR 1826 : Personally gave deposition in lawsuit over sale of land/Monongalia, Virginia, USA
In 1827, there was a suit to break his will, which left most of the property to the four children of his third marriage. The plea to overturn the will states that William Ice, recently departed this life, was about 96 years of age when he died, and "for many years prior to his death he was totally imbecill, and besides being deaf the other organs of sense appeared to be so weakened as to render him incapable...etc." The depositions taken in this suit from 72 witnesses included such names as Zackquill Morgan, Thomas Haymond, William J. Willey, Daniel Musgrave, and mand Ices, including Indian Billy's half-brothers Andrew and Adam. The author does not know how the suit turned out.
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