William and his brother Samuel and his sister Jane set out
for Tennessee in the early 1800s. Samuel was granted
permission by the local Indian Agent to live in the
Cherokee Nation at the place of John Rogers in 1803. From
there Samuel went to Franklin County. William and Jane went
to Giles County.
Like the Norwoods of South Carolina, William was a farmer
and landowner. But for reasons unknown William never
acquired the large sums of land like his father and
grandfather. Some of the land he did have was lost due to
unpaid taxes. But like his father and grandfather, William
did serve in the local militia. During the War of 1812, he
served in Captain James Reed's company for 3 months. They
were stationed at a supply depot at Fort Deposit, Alabama.
William and Kissiah left Giles County about 1821 and moved
to the newly open lands west of the Tennessee River.
William was one of the petitioners that formed Madison
County Tennessee. Although his family was listed in the
1830 Madison County census, he also had activities in other
counties, namely Henderson and Carroll. William was not a
stranger to the court system. In 1822 he was charged with
assault and fined one dollar and in 1824 he filed a suit
against L.F.W. Holland in Carroll County. The charge was
trespass and William decided to drop the suit.
About 1840 William left Madison County and moved to Carroll
County, Tennessee. All records or the lack of records
indicate William did not own the property he lived on in
Carroll County. In 1845, William and his son John witnessed
the last will and testament of James Pinkston. William and
James would not live to see it, but their families would be
involved for many years.
In 1850 William and Kissiah were living by themselves.
They more than likely died before 1860 since they are not
listed in the 1860 census.4 5 6
- 1850 Federal Census, Carroll County, Tennessee pg 251
- Historical collections of the Georgia chapters, Daughtersof the American Revolution. Atlanta, Ga.: C.P.Byrd, state
- "Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950," database withimages, FamilySearch
- Captain James Reed's Unit Muster Roll
- Magisterial Resolutions of Respect and Other RecordsMadison County Tennessee
- Tennessee Records of Carroll County Minute Book 1826-1833