The belief is William Montgomery was born 1754 in the Waxhaws Region The Waxhaws encompassed present day Lancaster County. However, there is no proof William was born in 1754, or that he was born in the Waxhaws Region, or that he was born in South Carolina. Based on migration patterns South Carolina is most likely.
Timeline of William Montgomery
1754 Assumption by researchers that William was born in South Carolina.
1778 There is a Henry, James, John, Robert and two William Montgomery’s living in the Camden District of South Carolina. William would have been 24 years of age. Could one of the above two Williams be "our" William?
1780 Robert “Robin” Montgomery was born in South Carolina to William Montgomery and unknown mother. This is an assumption that Robert was born in South Carolina as there is no proof. In later census his children gave their father’s place of birth as South Carolina, and Georgia.
1785 February 23rd. Received of William Montgomery the sum of two hundred pounds it being the full of all accounts debts dues or demands against the Estate of the Deceased John Montgomery from the beginning this present date. I say received by me James MontgomeryIn this document it appears that William has paid James Montgomery 200 pounds ($288 in US dollars) to settle the estate of John Montgomery. Many researchers believe this lends a clue that John was the father of William. However, this is an assumption. There is no proof. Possibly this was a John Montgomery not of the immediate family. James was the executor of the estate. Was he a brother to William?
1786 According to family history William Montgomery lived in Greene County, GA. No records have been found placing William in this county. However, Greene County encompassed a much larger area that became part of Hancock County in 1793. There are records found for a John, William and Robert Montgomery in Hancock. Most likely the part of Greene County they lived in became Hancock County.
1788 Ellender "Nellie" Montgomery, step-daughter of William, is born in South Carolina. She is listed in the 1860 Taylor County, Georgia Militia District 741 as 72 years of age and a domestic.
1791"Rec’d of William Montgomery his tax in full for the year of 1791".What county or state? Was this tax paid in South Carolina or Georgia? If in Georgia was the tax paid for Greene County? Hancock was not established until December 1793.
1792 tax paid 1792. What county or state?
1793 tax paid. What county or state?
1793 December. Hancock Co., GA is formed from part of Greene and Washington counties.
1794 Tax Digest Index Hancock County, GA, Montgomery, Hugh, Capt. Adams area, p. 29; Montgomery, Joseph, Capt. Sanford area, p. 48; Montgomery, Robert, Capt. Sanford area, p. 48 There is no William in this list. Could this mean William has not moved to Georgia by this date?"
1795 Son, William C Montgomery is born. In the 1850 Lowndes Co, AL Census he gives his birth place as Georgia.Based on this the assumption can be made that William (the father) was living in Georgia.
1796 tax paid 62 centsWould assume tax was paid in Hancock County, GA.
1800 June 2nd. William Montgomery bought land in Hancock County from the heirs of Samuel Loftin of Pendleton County, South Carolina.
1800 John and William and Robert Montgomery are living along the Oconee River in Hancock County which is adjacent to Greene County. "Could John, William and Robert be brothers?"
1800 March 6th. Son, Samuel is born. In the 1850 Census Samuel lists his birth place as Georgia.
1800 Dec 10th. Paid tax $3.50 in Sparta, Hancock Co, GA
1801 Rec’d of William Montgomery his tax for the year 1801, $0.91 
1802 Rec’d of William Montgomery his tax for the year 1802, .75 cents
1802 Rec’d of Robert Montgomery his tax for the year 1802.
1802 Rec’d of William Montgomery his tax for the year 1802, .75 cents
1802 June 14. Some Montgomery researchers believe Williams first wife died, probably after the birth of Samuel, and that he married Margaret Forbes in Guilford Co., North Carolina. "Personally, I doubt that the William Montgomery and Margaret Forbes union is “our” William. If William was already living in Georgia why would he travel 335 miles to get married in Guilford, North Carolina? I would assume the second wife would be living in close proximity to William in Georgia."
1802 Step-daughters, Nancy and Sally were born 1800-1802 in Georgia. "If the William and Margaret Forbes marriage was correct these daughters would not be biological children of William. In Williams' will he states 'my wife and her 3 daughters ... then states to my sons William and Samuel.' Also, if they were not Williams children, then Margaret would have been married to another Montgomery. I would suggest that William was married to second wife Margaret after 1800 and she was the widow of another Montgomery.".
1803 Rec’d of William Montgomery his tax for the year 1803. Abercrombie.
1803 March 5th. Sparta, Rec’d of William Montgomery payment on all accounts. James H. Jones
1804 Nov 2nd, Sparta, Rec’d of William Montgomery $7.78 on all accounts.
1804 Dec 12th. James H. Jones rec’d payment of $7.20 from William Montgomery.Note: William had charged coffee, salt, sugar and a large knife.
1805 Feb 2nd. James Jones rec’d $1.21-1/2 cents from William Montgomery paid on account.
1805 Oct 18th. John Ingles rec’d $5 from William Montgomery paid in full on all accounts.
1805 Dec 24th. John Chambers rec’d $6.18-3/4 cents from William Montgomery paid on account.
1805 Dec. William Montgomery paid $2.00 for charges he had made during the year to the blacksmith. He had a clevis made, a cutter point sharpened, a clapper put in a bell, mending and sharpening a cutter and fluke hoe.
1806 Sparta. William Montgomery pays on account which he has charged for 7 yards of calico, a nutmeg grater and a new grind stone.
1806 Sparta. Dec 6th. William Montgomery pays $22. 50 on his account for charges made for 27-1/2 pounds of sugar, 4 lbs of coffee, 18 yards of fine calico and 1 bolt of silk.
1809-10 Letter from Robert Montgomery to his parents, William and Margaret Montgomery in Wilkinson County, Georgia around 1809 to 1810
"Indiany Teretory, July the 15
Dier honored father and mother sisters and brothers I take this oppertunity to inform you that I am in good helth at preasent thank
Be to god for his marcy, and I hope that these few lines will find
you all in the same state of helth I have been very sick ever sence
i have been in this cuntry untill about five months agon about too
weekes after I came to this cuntry I tok what the colded the
inftuansy coff or colld and was nigh unto Death but god had marcy on
me after having recovered a little I cut my foot and gitting cold
init being in the hardest of the winter I ha like to have lost my
foot and long (?) of never was out of the hous for seven weeks nor did I walk upon hit in all most three months and the last of July I took the feavers which held me until Christmas Thiss I have related to you my destress of body and much more of my mind but thanks be to god for his mercy I now injoy my helth as well as ever I did in my life I am not setisfied with this
cuntry I expect to leave this part this fall I have som thoughts of
going to the mesury but I am not sertain whether I shall go to the
mesury or come back to tenicy I woul not advise any of my friends to
come to this cuntry for it is a sickly cuntry and ____ with so many
ill conveniances that a man hath no chance to make any thing
Religion is at this time improving very fast considering the newness
of the place the Baptist and Mathodists are the chief society in
this cuntry there is not a prespaterian minnister on this side of
the ohio as I have ever hard of I am now living on paloke a Branch
of the warbash and I never have heard any thing frome you since I
left your house I greatly long to see you all But I never expect to
live in your cuntry any more but if I move to tenicy I will come and
see you as soon as I can but I cant sel no time I am yet single but
I do no expect to continue so long I ad no more at present But
remains your loving Son untill Death Robert Montgomery I have many
things to right unto you my dier friend but time and oppertunity will
1813 Dec 22nd. Received December 22nd 1813 of Mr. William Montgomery four dollars & fifty Cents in full of his account up to this date. Jonathan Parrish, Per Jas Bynum Junr
1816 May 28th. Letter from Samuel Brooks to William Montgomery, Wilkinson Co., GA: Mr William Montgomery, Sir pleas to pay Uriah Perkins Eight Dollars and this my order shall be your Receit for the same May the 28 1816, Samuel (X his mark) Brooks. Note: Appears William owed Uriah Perkins $8. Uriah is asking for payment.
1817 August 18th. William Montgomery agrees to pay Philip Pittman $350 dollars before the first day of December 1818.
1817 August 27th. Rec’d of William Montgomery $150 dollars.
1817 "September 7th. Hancock County Georgia This Indenture made this Seventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventeen between William Montgomery of the State aforesaid and county of Jones of the one part and Major Peace of the said State and county of Hancock of the other part Witnesseth, that the said William Montgomery for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars to him in hand paid at and before the signing sealing & delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby paid by the said Major Peace at or before the signing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have bargained, sold, released and confirmed and by these presents doth bargain, sell, release and confirm unto the said Major Peace his heirs and assigns forever all that tract or parcel of land containing one hundred and fifty acres be the same more or less situate in the County of Hancock on the waters of Buffalo Creek bounded by Mallet, Shy, and the said Pease's lands beginning at a hickory corner and running South fifty degrees East fifty three chains Sixty two links to a pine corner, thence North forty degrees east along the old line to the dividing line between William John and the said Montgomery thence North fifty degrees west along said dividing line fifty three chains sixty two links to a Stake Corner on the old line thence South forty degrees West along the old line to the beginning hickory Corner, the same being part of a tract of land originally granted to John Acord bearing date the second day of August seventeen hundred and eighty six. Together with all and singular the rights members and appurtenances thereof belonging or in any wise appertaining to the said tract of land and premises to the only use benefit and behoof of him the said Major Peace his heirs and assigns shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents from himself his heirs and from all and every other persons or persons whatsoever. In witness whereof the said William Montgomery has hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written. Signed, Sealed, William Montgomery Registered the 8th June, 1818. Phil. L. Simms Clk Sup Court"
1818 March 7th. William Montgomery charged 2-1/2 gallons of molasses for a total of $1.87-1/2 cents. At a later date Daniel Nolly sends a letter to Margaret Montgomery that reads: "Madam your son left this county without settling the above a/c and we expect he had forgotten it – if you will be so good as to pay the account for him to Mrs Grace Whattley we shall be very much obliged to you this shall be receipt in full for his a/c with us – if you pay the a/c for him there is no doubt but he will pay you again. With much respect your servant Daniel Nolly", Note: At some time after this date William C. left Wilkinson County. Unfortunately there is no date for when the letter was sent.
1818 March 19th. " Last Will and Testament of William Montgomery
In the name of God Amen, I William Montgomery, being of sound mind and memory though in a low state of body make this my Last Will and Testament which is to say I give my soul to the supreme giver and my body to the earth in Christian burial and as giving the affairs of this world with which god has blessed me I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Margaret Montgomery and her three daughters Ellender, Nancy and Sally my houses and land except one hundred acres of the south side which I give to my son William and to my son Samuel one hundred acres of the east side. All my other property of every description after paying all my just debts I leave to the before mentioned wife and three daughters with the exception of my executrix paying to my other children $200 dollars each. Last Will and Testament of William Montgomery witnessed and signed by Mary and John Hale.
Note: In a letter William C wrote to his mother in 1838 he states that brother Samuel has written telling him that she wished to give him $200 dollars."
1818: Settlement of the Estate of William Montgomery, Wilkinson Co., GA
"William Montgomery Dr (debit)
Febuary 23 To 14 Gallons Wiskey 3.00 (apparently they drank a lot)
March 21 To box _____ ______ .75
Recd in full of all accounts to this Day by Miss Mongumry December 29, 1818
Recd by Me -------- Jacob Holland"
*1818 December 4th. Rec’d of William Montgomery Jr five dollars and 50 cents in full of his fathers a/c. Note: This shows William C is still in Wilkinson County.
1818 December 9th. William Montgomery dec’d had charged 14 gallons of whiskey at a total of $3.75. Margaret Montgomery paid this in full.
1818 December 15th. "Mrs. Montgomery to George Shinholser
One pair shoes for Miss Hellana $1.50 (I think this is daughter Ellender)
One pair shoes for Miss Sarah 1.50
One pair shoes for Miss Nancy 1.50
One pair shoes for Self 1.50
$6.00, Received the above account in full of all demands. George Shinholser"
1819 August the 9th
"Charles Stewart To Margaret Montumry Dr (debit)
To three head of Sheep at two Dollars & 50 cents Per head $7.50
To the nitting of three pare of socks at 50 cent per Pare 1.50
To three yards and a half of cloth at 50 cents per yard 1.75
To one wool hatt at three Dollars 3.00
To 5 boshels of corn at one Dollar and twenty five cents Per bushel 7.19 3/4
To one boshel and a Peck of Ry at one Dollar Per boshel 1.25
To three boshels of wheat at one Dollar and twenty five cents Per boshel 3.75
To one quarter of beef at 3.98
To one Mutton at 3.00
Total $39.92 3/4"
1819 November 2nd. "Bond 02 Nov 1819 Hancock County, Georgia
Know all men by these presents that I William Mount Gomery of Hand Cock am held & firmly bound unto Major Peace his heirs and asigns in the penal sum of five hundred dollars the payment of whitch I bind my self my heirs firmly by thise presents in witness whereof I hereunto set my hand & seal this 2d of November 1819. William Montgomery seal
The condition of the above obigation is such that if the above bounded William Mount Gomery shall well and truly Make or cause to be made unto the said Major Peace his heirs good & suficient wrights & titles to a certain tract of land containing one Hundred and fifty acres more or less lying and being in the County of Hancock on the waters of Buffelow joining Jessy Mallet and William John then the above obligation to be null and void ___ to remains in full force and virtue witness my hand & seal this second of November 1819. William Montgomery seal Robert McCook".
Comment: I believe this is William C. Montgomery, son of the elder William. Elder William had already died. His father did leave land to William C. However, William C most likely sold this land because he moved to Alabama circa 1820.
1819 Nov 29th. Rec’d of Margaret Montgomery 280 lbs sheet cotton for which she took goods in. S Wells
1821 March term. Georgia Wilkinson County. A motion made by Margaret Montgomery by petition as administrator of William Montgomery dec’d of Wilkinson. Stating that Haynes Crabtree of Jones County holds a bond on her testate for title to Lot No 102 in the 8th District of Jones County is therefore informed that she be authorized to make such title to the said tract of land as this law requires.
1821: April: (Estate of William Montgomery, by Margaret Montgomery, his widow:), Recd April __ 1821 of Margaret Montgomery Exec of the Estate of Wm Montgomery Deceased fifty Nine Dollars in full of all accounts up to this date. Saml Williams
1821: July 1821: Recd of Mrs Margarett Montgomery Admr one dollar Eighty seven & half cents in full for merchandize Bot (bought) of Daniel Nolley & Co this 30th July 1821. Gran Whatley
1821 August 9th. Margaret Montgomery, guardian $42 dollars for 2 saddles for the use of Nancy and Sally Montgomery.
1822 Sept 9th. Rec’d of Margaret Montgomery on the estate of Wm Montgomery $112.50 in my part of my legacy of the estate. Nacy Mongory
Note: Nancy actually wrote her name and spelled it as “Nacy Mongory”
1822 Sept 9th. Rec’d of Margaret Montgomery on the estate of Wm Montgomery $112.50 in my part of my legacy of the estate. Ellender Montgomery
1823 January 16th. Ellender Montgomery received $43.50 in part of my legacy of the estate of the deceased William Montgomery.
1823 January 16th. Nancy Montgomery received $43.50 in part of my legacy of the estate of the deceased William Montgomery.
1823 January 22nd. Rec’d of Margaret Montgomery executrix of estate of Wm Montgomery, dec’d bed and furniture and all other furniture received. Gideon T Stuart
1823 April 10th. (Unnamed individual) received one bed and furniture and books in part of my legacy of the estate of the deceased William Montgomery.
Note: I believe this unnamed person is Wm’s daughter Sally.
1823 May 7th. Thomas Bozeman received $112.50, two cows and calves and her part of the books, bed and furniture from the estate of dec’d Wm Montgomery. Thomas Bozeman. Note: Again, I believe the above was Sally as this entry says “her part” and she was married to Thomas Bozeman.
1823 August 5th. Rec’d of Margaret Montgomery executor in full of the estate of William Montgomery. Rec’d by Ellender Montgomery.
1823 August 5th. Rec’d of Margaret Montgomery executor in full of the estate of William Montgomery Dec’d by Thomas Bozeman.
1823 Rec’d of Margaret Montgomery taxes for the year 1823. Jesse Pittman
1823 September 1st. Agreement bet Margaret Montgomery & Thomas Bozeman 01 Sep 1823 Georgia (Wilkinson County). Articles of agreement M(page torn) & Entered into between Margaret Montgomery of the one part & Thomas Bozeman of the other part witnesseth that the said Margaret Montgomery is to put in possession of the said Bozeman one Negro by the name of Allen for the Sum of Twelve Months for which the Said Negro is to work in the crop or any other work the Said Bozeman May think proper to put him also Mrs Montgomery is to find one work Horse for which She the Said Margaret Montgomery is to draw one third part of all the crop that the the Said Bozeman Makes from under our hands this the 1st day of September 1823. Her mark Margaret x Montgomery Thomas Bozeman. Note: Margaret gives one negro and one horse to her son in law Thomas Bozeman for 1/3 of the crop Bozeman harvests.
1823 Dec. 16th. Sale of land by Margaret Montgomery, Thomas Bozeman and Gideon Stewart witnessed sale to Robert and Gideon Raines. The land was in the 5th district of Wilkinson Co. Lot No. 46, No. 46, No. 64, No. 4
Note: It appears the Montgomery family members are beginning to sell land and preparing for moves to other areas of the state or other states.
1827 June 1st. Letter from Thomas Bozeman. Dear mother sister and brother. I take up my pen to inform you that we are all in good helth with the exception of my wife she is quite lowe in health though keeps up on foot. Thank god for his mercies hoping these few lines will find you and family in good health and the ______ all inquiries ___________ Pearson has been seven weeks with consumptive disease though is mending some Jesse Pitman wife is dec’d and James Crumpton also the spring is bin very cold and backward with us and quite dry Samuels family was well when I saw him last I want you and brother Perkins to write to me every opportunity I have received no letter from you yet Nothing more at present only remains your loving son and daughter until death. Thomas Bozeman Sally Bozeman. Note: Daughter and son in law of Wm and Margaret Montgomery. Note: Thomas and Sally Bozeman had left Wilkinson County for Crawford Co, GA.
1834 Samuel Montgomery bought land in what was then Crawford County in 1834. He and his wife, Vashti Branan, moved there before 1840. He was the son of William Montgomery and she the daughter of James and Sarah Tommey Branan of Wilkinson County.
1834 September 3. Letter from Wm C Montgomery living in Lowndes Co, AL. Letter of William C. Montgomery - 9/3/1834 - Lowndes Co., AL. In this letter William writes his brother Samuel and asks why they have not written him in 2 years.
1835 March 28th. Margaret Montgomery pays tax for the year 1834.
Note: This appears to be the last tax Margaret pays in Wilkinson Co, GA. After this date she is living with son Samuel in Crawford Co, GA.
1838 September 21. Letter from Wm C Montgomery living in Lowndes Co, AL. Letter from William C. Montgomery, September 21, 1838 to Georgia. In this letter William acknowledges that his mother wants to give him $200 dollars.
1838 Nov. 1. Letter of William C. Montgomery, Nov. 1, 1838 - Lowndes Co., AL. In this letter William thanks his mother, brother and sister for the money and gifts for the family. This is the last documentation indicating that Margaret Montgomery is still living with son Samuel in Georgia.Letter of William C. Montgomery, Nov. 1, 1838 - Lowndes Co., AL
Research of William has been a 30 year endeavor. Personally, I think I have reached end of the line or the brick wall. Wilkinson County records may have provided many, many more hints about William and his family. Unfortunately, the Wilkinson Co Courthouse burned 4 times over the many years. In 1864 it was burned by Sherman's troops on their march to the sea.
Any additional information that someone may come across would be greatly appreciated. Ruth MontgomeryMontgomery-6011 22:13, 1 October 2016 (EDT)
↑ "Museum of the Waxhaws and Andrew Jackson Memorial", www.museumofthewaxhaws.org/
↑ Family History and Research of Ruth Montgomery, descendant of Robert Montgomery.
↑ Vincent Montgomery Papers, Emory University, Series I. Early Family Papers, 1785-1875, Folder 1: Deeds, wills, tax receipts, estate papers, bills, and correspondence of John Montgomery (d. 1785?); William Montgomery, his son (d. 1818?); William Montgomery, his son; Robert Montgomery, son of the elder William, who lived in Indiana Territory; James Montgomery, another son of the elder William; and Thomas and Sally Bozeman, probably Sarah Montgomery, step-daughter of the elder William. Also similar papers of Elizabeth C. Wright (Mother-in-law of Thomas Shine) and her son William Wright and some unidentified papers, probably of former owners of Shine or Montgomery land
↑ Family History and Research of Ruth Montgomery, descendant of Robert Montgomery.
↑ Family History and Research of Ruth Montgomery, descendant of Robert Montgomery.
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