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William Court[1, 2]

Male 1784 - 1845  (60 years)

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  • Name William Court 
    Born 2 Dec 1784  New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    • Son of John Court
      April 28, 1834
      Cato, New York
      Lydia Court, in her petition for letters of administration for the estate of John Court, notes that John Court survived by son William Court


    • BIRTH
      recorded in John Court's bible: "William Court the second born son born December the 2, 1784"
    John Court Bible
    John Court Bible
    Gender Male 
    Military 10 Apr 1813  Salina, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • War of 1812: enlisted as private in Henry Whiting's Company, 23rd United States Infantry (23rd later became 2nd US Infantry)
    • Military Record:
      William Court
      Private, 25th U.S. Infantry (says 25, but think they meant 23)
      5' 10 1/2" tall
      dark brown eyes; dark hair; dark complexion
      Age: 29
      farmer
      Born: Schoharie, New York
      Enlisted: April 10, 1813 at Salina by Lt. Colwell
      Period: April 9, 1818
      Remarks: listed as being member of Capt. Henry Whiting's Company; listing of muster roll calls; discharged April 10, 1818, term expired; note that joined from 23 US Infantry and that 23 US Infantry made 2nd after May 17, 1815.
    • Colonel and Brevet Brigadier General Henry Whiting was commissioned a Cornet of Dragoons, October 20, 1808 and served on the Niagara frontier in the War of 1812 with Great Britain
    William Court Military Service US Army Register of Enlistments
    William Court Military Service US Army Register of Enlistments
    Military 10 Apr 1818  Sackets Harbor, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Honorably discharged from Army of United States upon expiration of term of service 
    • Discharge Paper
      William Court, Private of Captain Henry Whitting's Company, Second Regiment of Infantry who was enlisted the Tenth day of April 1813 to serve 5 years is hereby honorably discharged from the Army of the United States.
      The said William Court was born in Duanebush in the state of New York is 33 years of age, five feet ten inches high, light complexion, dark eyes, dark hair, and by occupation when enlisted a farmer.
      Given at Sackets Harbor this tenth day of April 1818
    William Court Discharge Paper
    William Court Discharge Paper
    Property 6 Oct 1818  Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    land patent for 160 acres, SW1/4 15-3N-1E; military warrant 19.220 
    William Court Land Grant
    William Court Bounty Land Warrant No 19.220
    Residence 1820  Greenfield, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William Court enumerated on census as head of household, with 3 males under the age of 10, 1 age 10-15, 1 age 16-25, and 3 age 26-44; 1 female age 10-15, 1 age 16-25, and 1 over the age of 45. 5 people engaged in agriculture. The only Wm. Court listed in Illinois 
    Residence 1830  Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William Court enumerated on census as head of household with 1 male under the age of 5; 2 age 10-14, and 1 age 40-49; 1 female age 5-9 and 1 age 30-39. The only William Court in Illinois 
    Individual Note 28 Apr 1834  Cato, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Lydia Court, in her petition for letters of administration for the estate of John Court, April 28, 1834, Cato, New York, notes that John Court survived by son William Court 
    John Court:  Petition for Letters of Administration
    John Court: Petition for Letters of Administration
    Property 20 Jul 1834  Cayuga County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    per term in will of Elisha Williams, land he owned at death sold to John Court's kids, including William Court. Courts paid $550. Land located in Cato, part of Lot 9. 50 acres 
    • PROPERTY
      20 July 1834
      Cayuga County, New York
      Grantors: executor of Elisah Williams, deceased
      Grantees: (all of John's heirs): William Court, John Welch and Polly his wife, Martin Steward and Betsey his wife, Deliverance Wheeler and Margaret his wife; Ira Jones and Lydia his wife, Jacob McDonald and Esther his wife, Daniel Court, Earl W. Court, and William, John, and Edward Court, infant heirs of John Court Jr, son of John Court deceased
      per term in Elisha Williams' will, all land he owned at death sold to above-named grantees, who paid $550 for the land. Land located in town of Cato, part of Lot 9, 50 acres
      Deed Book UU Page 151-2
    John Court Cayuga Co Deed Book UU Page 151
    John Court  Cayuga Co Deed Book UU Page 152
    Property 28 Jun 1836  Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Wm. Court purchased 50 acres of land from Wm. & Catharine Jones, of Morgan Co., IL; William paid $200 for the land, which was located in Madison Co, fronting on the Mississippi River. Part of Geo Cadwell tract, Venice Twp; west of present-day Granite City 
    • LAND: 1836
      Purchase of Land
      William purchased land from Wm. Jones in 1836
      Madison County, Illinois Deed Book 13; Page 242
      28 June 1836
      Grantor: William Jones and Catharine Jones his wife, of Morgan County, Illinois
      Grantee: William Court, of Madison County, Illinois
      Consideration: $200
      Land: 50 acres; located in Madison County; fronting on the Mississippi; the north half of a tract of land that George Caldwell had previously sold to William Jones and Thomas Bothick (sic). Jones sold south half of that tract sold to Aaron Ricketts.
    William Court Land; Madison County, Illinois 1836
    William Court Land; Madison County, Illinois 1836
    Property 21 Jan 1838  Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William sold his 50 acres of land in Madison County to Joseph Squire, of Madison County, for the sum of $1,000. 
    • LAND: 1838
      Sale of Land
      William Court and Anna his wife, sold the 50 acres of land in Madison County that William had acquired in 1836
      Madison County, Illinois Deed Book 17; Page 242
      21 January 1838
      Grantor: William Court and Anna Court his wife, of Madison County
      Grantee: Joseph Squire, of Madison County
      Consideration: $1000
      Land: 50 acres; located in Madison County; fronting on the East Bank of the Mississippi River; same tract of land as the north half of a tract of land conveyed by George Cadwill to Thomas Bothick and William Jones by deed dated 10 November 1825, that the said William Jones and Catherine his wife then conveyed to William Court on 28 June 1830. The south half of the tract conveyed by Cadwill to Bothick and Jones, and by Bothick and Jones to Aaron Ricketts; and by Ricketts to Valentine Heaton; and by Heaton to William Corse. Courts land conveying bounded on north by tract lately purchased by Moses leeds of Porter Clay Commissioner appointed by the Morgan County Circuit Court for the heirs of Cadwell

      Cadwell Tract
      As seen from the 1836 and 1838 deeds, William's land in Madison County was part of the George Cadwell tract of land.
      George Cadwell was a physician and politician. He settled in Illinois from Eddyville, Kentucky, in 1802. He landed from a boat in the American Bottom, not far above old Fort Chartres. He remained in the Bottom for some time, and then moved and settled on the Illinois bank of the Mississippi, above St. Louis, where he purchased 200 acres of of the south end of the Nicholas Jarrot survey. The land is located in present-day Venice Township, just north of the Merchant's Bridge, opposite the Gabaret Island, and due west of Granite City. At the time, the land was in St. Clair County; became part of Madison County when that county was established in 1812.

      George Cadwell sold the north half of his land (100 acres) to William Jones and Thomas Bothick, circa November 1825 (when he sold the north half)
      Jones and Bothick divided that 100 acres; sold the northern half to William Court; sold the southern half sold to Aaron Ricketts; Ricketts to Valentine Heaton; Heaton to William Corse.
      A side note - William Court purchased his land in present-day Jersey County (then Greene) from Aaron Ricketts. Ricketts acquired that land from Jefferson Crull circa 1835-36 (see Greene County Book F-492).

      Per The Centennial History of Madison County:
      "Dr. George Cadwell (and his brother-in-law John Messenger, the pioneer surveyor of St. Clair and Madison counties) in 1802 came to Illinois. After a very hard journey across country in wagons ... Dr. Cadwell finally reached the banks of the Mississippi, where in the present Venice township, a short distance north of the Merchants' Bridge site, he purchased 200 acres of the south end of the Nicholas Jarrot survey."

      and in describing Venice township, mentions that "George Cadwell was a resident of section 13 at a very early date."

      Per: 1906 Historical Encyclopedia Of Illinois & History of Morgan County IL
      "Messinger and Dr. Cadwell left Eddyville in the year 1802, and landed from a boat in the American Bottom, not far above old Fort Chartres. They remained in the Bottom for some time, and Dr. Cadwell moved and settled on the Illinois bank of the Mississippi opposite the Gaborit Island, and above St. Louis."

      Per ??:
      "Dr. Cadwell practiced his profession at Fair Haven, Vermont, and Eddyville, Kentucky, until he located in Madison County in 1802, on the banks of the Mississippi River, opposite Gabaret Island, where he purchased two hundred acres of land which, by the description in the deed, is located just north of the Merchant's bridge and immediately west of Granite City....."


      Joseph Squire, to whom William sold the land in January of 1838, was appointed postmaster of "Six Mile" in September of 1838. Six Mile is present-day Granite City area. Six Mile because it was 6 miles from St. Louis on National Road.
      Joseph Squire is enumerated on 1840 census as residing in Six Mile. Per ____, he also operated a hotel "Western"
    William Court Land; Madison County, Illinois 1838
    William Court Land; Madison County, Illinois 1838
    Deed Book 17 Page 415-a
    Property 12 Apr 1838  Greene County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    purchased land from Aaron Ricketts in Greene, now Jersey Co.; land described as NE ¼ NE ¼ Section 8 Township 7 Range 13. In present-day terms, land located just south of the intersection of Illinois Route 100 and Otter Creek Road. B/W Rosedale & Nutwood 
    • LAND: 1838
      Purchase of Land
      Jersey County, Illinois
      General Grantee Index Books A and B
      Grantee: William Court
      Grantor: Aaron Ricketts
      Warranty Deed
      April 12, 1838
      Consideration: $500
      Greene County Book C - 196
      NE ¼ NE ¼ Section 8 Township 7 Range 13
      Filed June 4, 1838

      Record also located in Greene County Book K-63
      Ricketts had been his neighbor down in Madison County. See above.
      Jersey County formed from Greene County February 28, 1839
    William Court Land in Jersey County
    William Court Land in Jersey County
    William Court Land in Jersey County
    Residence 1840  Jersey County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • CENSUS READING: 1840
      Jersey County, Illinois
      William Court
      Males: 1 age 5-9; 2 age 10 - 14; 2 age 20 - 29; 1 age 50 - 59
      Females: 2 age 15 - 19; 1 age 40 - 49
      Number of persons over 20 who cannot read and write: 3
    Individual Note 30 Jun 1841  Jersey County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • CONSENT FOR DAUGHTER'S MARRIAGE
      June 30, 1841
      Jersey County, Illinois
      gave consent for marriage of daughter Margaret to Milton L. Richey
    William Court Consent for Daughter Margaret's Marriage
    William Court Consent for Daughter Margaret's Marriage
    Will 2 Jun 1844  Jersey County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William Court Will
page 2
    William Court Will
page 1
    Died 27 Jul 1845  [6
    Will 7 Aug 1845  Jersey County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will produced to court and proven on oath by Jonathan Plowman and Jefferson Crull, two subscribing witnesses to will 
    • WILL
      recorded in Jersey County Order Book A, page 106

      Will written June 2, 1844. Jefferson Crull and Jonathan Plowman, witnesses. Names wife Anna, plus children Charles, John, William, Lydia Maltimore, and Margaret Ritchie. Also describes his land, which he left to wife Anna for life, and then to sons Charles and John.
      Produced and proven in probate court, Jersey County, Illinois, in August of 1845.

      In his will, William described his land as the NorthEast quarter of the NorthEast quarter of Section number eight, township number seven North, Range Number thirteen west of the third principal meridian. This is the land William purchased in 1838. Jefferson Crull had originally purchased the land, at a public domain land sale, in December of 1835.
      In present-day terms, this land is located roughly just south of the intersection of Illinois Route 100 (The Great River Road) and Otter Creek Road, situated between Rosedale and Nutwood.
    William Court Probate Record
    William Court Will
page 1
    William Court Will
page 2
    Probate 7 Aug 1845  Jersey County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    court appointed Thomas Wedding, John Darvielle, and John C. Crull to appraise the goods and personal estate of William Court. 
    Probate 30 Aug 1845  Jersey County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    appraisement conducted; The goods appraised included oxen, pigs, cows, farm utensils, corn, oats, looking glass, various items of furniture, a clock, and a shot gun. The total appraised value was $143. 
    William Court:  I&A page 1
    William Court:  I&A page 2
    Property 10 Mar 1851  Jersey County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Charles Court purchased brother John's interest in their father William's land. Charles and his mother then sold the land in 1853. 
    Property 7 Oct 1853  Jersey County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Anna and son Charles sold William's land to Franklin McAuley. 
    • LAND: 1853
      Sale of Land
      Jersey County, Illinois
      GENERAL INDEX, GRANTOR
      Books A & B (A-Z)(1822-1855)
      Grantor: Anna Court
      Grantee: Franklin McAuley
      Instrument: 2 CO
      October 7, 1853
      $50
      Book J; page 214
      NE¼ NE¼ Section 8 Township 7 Range 13
      Filed: February 1, 1854
      (this is the land mentioned in Williams' will)
      On this same date, Charles Court sold this same parcel of land to F. McAuley
    Buried Rosedale, Jersey County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Rosedale Cemetery
    • BURIAL
      William is buried at the Rosedale Cemetery, located in Rosedale, Jersey County, Illinois. He is buried alongside his wife Anna. Son Charles and grandson Charles H are buried nearby (behind/'next' row, to the extent there are rows). Daughter Lydia is also in this cemetery, though in a different location. William, Anna, Charles, and Charles H are buried on top of the hill - just about at the crown of the hill. They are located to the right of the road, as you take the road up from the Rosedale Methodist Church.
    • https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/11626961
    • approximate gps: 39.044790, -90.546157
    William and Anna Court
    William Court
    Person ID I186  My Family Tree
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2020 

    Father John Court,   b. 2 Feb 1762,   d. 29 Mar 1834  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Lydia Wright,   b. 18 Nov 1763,   d. 25 Mar 1849  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 14 Nov 1782 
    Family ID F49  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna Abbott,   b. 1790, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1854  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 1818-1819 
    Children 
    +1. William Court, Jr,   b. 1819, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1895, Rosedale Township, Jersey County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [Birth]
     2. Lydia Court,   b. 1822,   d. 19 Nov 1844  (Age 22 years)  [Birth]
    +3. Margaret Court,   b. 22 Jan 1825, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1868  (Age 43 years)  [Birth]
     4. John Court,   b. 10 Sep 1828, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1915, Hardin, Calhoun County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [Birth]
     5. Charles Court,   b. Dec 1830, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1856  (Age ~ 25 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F48  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S306] Court Family Bible.
      noting William Court the second born son to John and Lydia Wright Court

    2. [S307] Letters of Administration.
      petition for letters of administration filed by Lydia Wright Court names William as surviving child of John Court, decs.

    3. [S302] Citation Text: calculated from tombstone. Death date 1845, age 64 years. Also, if calculate from e.

    4. [S306] Court Family Bible.
      stating William Court the second born son December 1784

    5. [S308] Military Records.
      for William, with age and place of birth

    6. [S310] Tombstone.
      inscribed with full date of death


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