William Wasson

William Franklin Wasson (1812 - 1893)

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William Franklin Wasson
Born in Iredell, North Carolina, United Statesmap
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Died in Sharpsburg Township, Iredell, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 4 May 2019 | Created 12 Sep 2011
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William Franklin Wasson was born on Mar 6, 1812 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States. He died on Feb 1, 1893 in Sharpsburg Township, Iredell County, North Carolina.[1]

Spouse: Elizabeth Holldand (1835-1900)


  1. Margaret Frances "Maggie" Wasson (1864–1945)
  2. Robert Lee Wasson (1865–1952)
  3. James Claudius Wasson (1875-1929)

William Franklin Wasson is the second son and fourth child of William John Wasson (1761-1854) and Elizabeth Lowrance (or Lawrence) (1779-1861). He married Elizabeth Holland (b.11/29/1835,d.4/19/1900). William's great grandparents were Archibald Wasson, Sr. (BET 1714 AND 1719 IRELAND - 1785) and Elizabeth Woods (b.1720 IRELAND).[2]

William was a very brave and well respected public servant during one of the most perilous events in the history of the U.S. serving as Sheriff of Iredell County, North Carolina from 1858 to 1874 during the American Civil War.[3]

Sheriff of Iredell County

William Franklin Wasson served as Sheriff of Iredell County, North Carolina from 1858 - 1874. Frank Wasson served well during this period, made extremely difficult because of the Civil War and the invasion of the area by Union troops. He served as Iredell County Sheriff for 16 years, one of the longest serving Sheriffs. Wasson left office with clean hands and during his official career and enjoyed the confidence and esteem of the public. Members of the Wasson family still reside in Iredell County. One of relatives, the late Jake Wasson and his wife Kay, provided the writer with a very important page from Sheriff Wasson’s notepad. From this page dated October 2, 1867, we find some very interesting information. Included are the names of the persons jailed in the little log jail located on Broad Street where Cooper Street intersects today.[4] They were:

  • William A. Sheffey, age 35, Horse Stealing
  • John A. Mayo, age 25; Horse Stealing
  • Joe Black, age 25, freedman; Stealing
  • Pallosan, freedman, escaped from jail by force over the jailer. Age, about 22, not very darke. (The escape was on October 2, 1867.)
  • Thomas C. Duly, age 23, Murder. (With Ann Milton’s help, Thomas murdered Laura Foster Dula and was tried in the tiny courthouse that once stood in the town square, defended by none other than Zebulon Baird Vance, former Governor of North Carolina. Dula was convicted and was executed on the “Circus Lot,” the land where the Statesville Depot sits today. Dula rode in the back of a new Ohio wagon sitting atop his casket, which was in the rear of a brand new OHIO Wagon. Dula sang the song made famous by the Kingston Trio in the 1960s, "The Ballad of Tom Dooley!" Sheriff Wasson may be responsible for Tom being Dooley rather than his real name Dula. He spelled it in his note pad, "DULY." The Sheriff hanged Dula on May 1, 1868.)

Wasson did not seek re-election in 1874. He died at his home in Sharpsburg Township at the age of 80 in 1893, and is buried at the Snow Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery in North Iredell County. After 16 years as Sheriff, Wasson, tired of the work, did not seek re-election.


  1. #C1870, #C1880, #FG
  2. #FG
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  4. #Sheriff, #Keever p 97
  • History of the Sheriffs of Iredell County, North Carolina, accessed Sep 12, 2017
  • "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW8N-8WC : 12 April 2016), W F Wasson, North Carolina, United States; citing p. 20, family 139, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,643.
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCX3-V72 : 11 September 2017), William F Wasson, Sharpesburg, Iredell, North Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district ED 154, sheet 241D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0969; FHL microfilm 1,254,969.
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #58524485 Retrieved Sep 12, 2017.
  • "North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2Z7-QQ6Q : 21 November 2016), W F Wasson, 1893; citing Iredell, North Carolina, United States, State Archives, Raleigh; FHL microfilm .
  • "North Carolina, Freedmen's Bureau Assistant Commissioner Records, 1862-1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V61Y-Z7C : 12 December 2014), William F Wasson, 1862-1870; citing NARA microfilm publication M843 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,616,860.
  • Iredell Piedmont County, by Homer M. Keever, with illustrations by Louise Gilbert and maps by Mild red Jenkins Miller, published for the Iredell County Bicentennial Commission by Brady Printing Company from type set by the Statesville Record and Landmark, copyright, November 1976, by Homer M. Keever. See Iredell, Piedmont County for more details.
  • WikiTree profile Wasson-103 created through the import of STITES (Rbt Sept-9-2011).ged on Sep 11, 2011 by Robert Stites. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Robert and others.
  • S-1870803716 Repository: #R-1879354075 Title: Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850 Author: Dodd, Jordan Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.Original data - Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Kentucky.Original data: Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individu Note: APID: 1,2089::0
  • Repository: R-1879354075 Name: Ancestry.com Address: http://www.Ancestry.com Note:
  • Source: S-1879345225 Repository: #R-1879354075 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. 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: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/29431797/family
  • Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, Ancient, Free, and Accepted Mason, 1870, Raleigh, page 78, Statesville Lodge


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