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, Daughters of the American Revolution. Atlanta, Ga.: C.P.Byrd, state pr
- "Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950," database with images, FamilySearch
- Captain James Reed's Unit Muster Roll
- Magisterial Resolutions of Respect and Other Records Madison County Tennessee
- Tennessee Records of Carroll County Minute Book 1826-1833