William Underwood

William Underwood (1776 - 1831)

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William Underwood
Born in York, PAmap
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[spouse(s) unknown]
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Died in Knox, Ohiomap
Profile last modified 11 May 2019 | Created 3 Apr 2014
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William Underwood was born in York County, Pennsylvania in 1776. His parents were Zephania Underwood and Rebecca Lewis, members of the Quaker Church. William was the great grandson of Alexander Underwood who was a Quaker minister for twenty two years. In 1800 William married Deborah Kirk who was the daughter of Ezekiel Kirk and Hannah Crookham. Deborah was born in Pennsylvania in 1781. Within seven years William and Deborah became the parents of five children including twin daughters. They were Ezekiel (1801-1856), Rebecca (1803-1880), William (1805-1855), Deborah (1807-1852), and Hannah (1807-1837).

Apparently his wife Deborah died by 1817. In November of 1817, William asked for the certificate of membership of four minor children, namely Ezekiel, Rebeckah, Hannah, and Deborah Underwood to be moved to Centre MM in Clinton, County, Ohio. Son William would have been twelve years old at the time. It appears that he was left in Pennsylvania when his father and siblings made the move to Ohio. About 1834, son William married Hannah Aller in Pennsylvania. By 1840 son William. and his family were living in Knox County, Ohio. Daughter Rebecca married Elijah Taylor in late1817; so her father had one less minor child to care for. Deborah Kirk Underwood's parents likely helped William get established and helped with the three minor children who were still dependent on him when they made the move to Ohio. In 1812 Deborah's father, Ezekiel Kirk, had requested a change of membership for himself and wife Hannah plus four minor children, William, Sarah, Tim, and Mahlon for the Centre MM in Clinton County, Ohio.

In early 1819 William married Mary Williams in Clinton County, Ohio. They had three sons; Israel Underwood (1820-1891), Isaac Underwood (1821-1904), and Jesse T Underwood (1824-1893). When William died in early 1831, he left everything to his wife and three young sons. Sons Israel and Jesse T both fought in the Civil War.

All eight of William's children lived to adulthood. Everyone married and had families of their own.


  • Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Minutes and Removals 1805-1948; Collection: Baltimore Yearly Meeting Minutes; Call Number: RG2/B/C374 3.3; Monthly Meeting: Centre Monthly Meeting; Historical Meeting Data: Centre Monthly Meeting; Type: (Orthodox or Hicksite); Pre-Separation/Hicksite; Yearly Meeting: Baltimore Yearly Meeting; Meeting State: Pennsylvania; Meeting County: Centre; From minutes of Centre MM: Centre Monthly Meeting in Pennsylvania To Centre Monthly meeting State of Ohio: Dear friends Request being made for a certificate for William Underwoods four minor children namely Ezekiel, Hannah, Rebeckah, and Deborah Underwood the (sic) being removed and settled as we are informed within limits of your meeting as members we therefore Recommend them to your Christian Care and oversight with disiors (sic) for their welfare given forth at Centre Monthly meeting State of Pennsylvania held the 16th of ye 11th mo, 1817 and signed on behalf of the same by Samuel Spencer and Naomi Richards Clks [Note that son William was not mentioned. At age 12 he might have been left in Pennsylvania with relatives or friends. William later married in PA and moved to OH]
  • Probate Case Files, Ca. 1808-1920; Probate Place: Knox, Ohio; Name: William Underwood; Probate Date: 20 Dec 1830; Probate Place: Knox, Ohio, USA; Inferred Death Year: Abt 1830; Inferred Death Place: Ohio, USA; Item Description: Probate Case Files, Box 15-16, 1859-1864; Box 17, 1808-1830s; [Mentions second wife Mary and her children Israel, Isaac, and Jesse].
  • Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 1904; Roll: 06; Name: Wm Underwood; Gender: Male; Child: Isaac Underwood
  • Original data: Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013; Name: Wm Underwood; Spouse: Mary Williams; Child: J T Underwood

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