Texas Family Group Sheet for the William Delafield Family

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Husband: William DELAFIELD (1)
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   Birthdate: 1763 - , Mecklenburg, Virginia, USA (2)
  Death date: 1860 - Marshall, Harrison, Texas, USA
      Buried: 1860 - , Harrison, Texas, USA
      Father: Nicholas DELAFIELD (1720-1785) (3)
      Mother:
    Marriage: Abt 1786                       Place: , , Georgia, USA
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   Wife: Nancy ???
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   Birthdate: Cir 1775 (4)
  Death date: Deceased
      Buried:
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Children
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1  M  Nicholas DELAFIELD (5,6)
   Birthdate: 1790 - , , Georgia, USA (7)
  Death date: 1854 - Marshall, Harrison, Texas, USA
      Buried: 1854 - , Harrison, Texas, USA
     Address: LaGrone's Chapel Cemetery, Harrison County, Texas
      Spouse: Sarah GORMAN (1805-1878) (8)
  Marr. Date: 22 Apr 1821 - , Hall, Georgia, USA (9,10)
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2  F  Nancy DELAFIELD
   Birthdate: Cir 1792
  Death date: Deceased
      Buried:
      Spouse:
  Marr. Date:
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3  M  John Glass DELAFIELD (11,12)
   Birthdate: 7 Sep 1794 - Sparta, White, Tennessee, USA (13,14)
  Death date: 27 Nov 1862 - , Titus, Texas, USA
      Buried:
      Spouse: Celia JONES (1802-1866) (15,16)
  Marr. Date: 21 Apr 1820 - , , Georgia, USA
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Burial Notes: Husband - William DELAFIELD
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probably on his farm, near LaGrone's Chapel Cemetery

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General Notes: Husband - William DELAFIELD
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There is a historical marker honoring William Delafield as a patriot in the LaGrone Cemetery
near Hallsville, Texas. He is also listed in the Roster of Texas Daughters Revolutionary
Ancestors. There is also a book "Delafield - The Family History" by Brigadere General John Ross
Delafield.
   The marker states:
     "A veteran of the American Revolution; lived in this area as patriarch of a family whose
history typifies westward movement of the people of the United States. Son of Nicholas
Delafield, a cooper in the English Navy in 1740s and an artisan living in Mecklenburg County,
Va., as early as the 1760s. William Delafield as a lad of 16 served in the militia company of a
neighbor, Capt. Reuben Vaughan, during the year 1779 when the former American colonies-- joined
together against the tyranny of George III of Great Britain. In 1785 William Delafield, then 22,
moved to Georgia. There he brought up a family and in 1827 was awarded land on basis of his
Revolutionary War service. By 1832 he and a son Nicholas lived in Alabama, where in 1836 both
received land grants in Barbour County. The son in 1846 settled here in Harrison County, Tex. By
1850 William Delafield also lived here, where he was known to neighbors as an elderly man who
sat in a rocking chair relating stories of old times. He had lost a leg, probably in frontier
fighting in Georgia against the Indians. His descendants include persons who have attained
distinction in military and civilian life in Texas and other states."

May 4, 1785
To His Excellency Patrick Henry, Esquire
Governor of Virginia
Sir,
   The power of pardoning for Felonious Offences being left with you & the Hin'ble the Council
of State, we beg leave to address you in behalf of William Delafield now under sentence of death
for horse stealing..
   Although we exercise the crime & are sensible that the most vigorous infliction of the laws
of our Country should attend it's conviction--Yet, Sir, as the Mercy of our country thro' your
Excellence (word unintelligle) is often extended to Offenders of this rank; permit us, urged
by a hope, that (as this is the first) it will be the last offence of this nature the unhappy
man will commit; to offer our Intreaties, accompanied by our wishes, that he may receive a
pardon.
   We might here mention several alleviating Circumstances, that might operate with your
Excellency in this consideration; but will only observe the anxiety of an aged Father for an
only Son, a Father whose Tenor of life (from a long couple of acquaintance) has ever been
esteem'd moral & irreproachable;--& the Son (this instance excepted) as far as we know or have
heard has never been charged with offence.--
   The sincear desire we are persuaded that rests with your excellency, to comply with every
request of this sort, --not incompatible, with the security and dignity of the Citizens over
whom you preside; & the instances that have been attended with Happy effects during your
administrations, prompts us to Hope our Request will be granted. --& with the Highest Respect
subscribe ourselves.
   Sir, Your excellencys most obedient & most Hbe servts.

Mecklenburg
May 4th 1785

Sam Hopkins, Jr.           Tingnal Jones Sr
William Taylor              Tingnal Jones Jr
Saml. Venable               Richard Swepson
Thos. Field                    Sam Goode
Henry Walker                Richd. Clausel

American Revolutionary War Patriots Buried In Texas:
William Delafield was another firebrand young man born in 1763 in Virginia, who served in the
American Revolution as a substitute for a friend. In 1785 he was charged with stealing a horse,
and sentenced to death! He received a pardon from Governor Patrick Henry and sentenced to hard
labor for three years, however, he escaped from public jail and went to Georgia where he married
and had a two sons and lost a leg fighting Indians. In 1850 he moved to Texas to live with his
son Nicholas who had already migrated to Texas. William Delafield died in 1860 in Harrison
County, Texas and was buried in a family farm cemetery located near LaGrone's Chapel. In 1972
there was a Texas Historical Marker placed on his grave, but no SAR or DAR marker has been
placed on his grave.


Last Modified: 22 Mar 2016

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Sources
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    1. Texas Historical Marker, William Delafield.  ... Son of Nicholas Delafield ... William
         Delafield ...
    2. Texas Historical Marker, William Delafield.  ... as a lad of 16 served in the militia
         company of a neighbor, Capt. Reuben Vaughan, during the year 1779 ...
    3. Texas Historical Marker, William Delafield.  ... Son of Nicholas Delafield ...
    4. 1830 Federal Census, Georgia, Hall, pg 70.  1 female age 50-60.
    5. Texas Historical Marker, William Delafield.  " ... By 1832, he and a son, Nicholas, lived
         in Alabama, where in 1836 both received land grants in Barbour County. The son in 1846
         settled here in Harrison County, Texas. ..."
    6. 1850 Federal Census, Texas, Harrison, pg 93A 699/704.  M Delafield.
    7. 1850 Federal Census, Texas, Harrison, pg 93A 699/704.  age 52, Georgia.
    8. 1850 Federal Census, Texas, Harrison, pg 93A 699/704.  S Delafield.
    9. McRay, Sybil Wood, Hall County, Georgia 1819-1839 Marriages Book A (Gainesville,
         Georgia), 5.  Nicholas Derifield to Sally Gorman, 22 Apr 1821.
    10. Marriage Certificate, Hall Co, GA Book A, Page 14.  Nicholas Derifield and Sally Gorman
         22nd April 1821 by Alexander Spence, JP.
    11. Coffe, Jack, John Glass Delafield. 10026 Hackberry Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70809.
    12. 1850 Federal Census, Louisiana, Bossier, pg 315 (629) hh# 1244.  John Delafield.
    13. 1860 Federal Census, Texas, Titus, pg 24, hh# 157.  age 64, South Carolina.
    14. 1850 Federal Census, Louisiana, Bossier, pg 315 (629) hh# 1244.  age 56, Georgia.
    15. Coffe, Jack, Celia Jones.
    16. 1860 Federal Census, Texas, Titus, pg 24, hh# 157.  Celia Delafield.

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