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 while 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, stateprinter, 1926
- "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