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  • ID: I4514
  • Name: William WILLBANKS Sr.
  • Surname: Willbanks
  • Given Name: William
  • Suffix: Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1746/1750 in , , VA/NC
  • Death: 22 Dec 1796 in , Union Dist., SC
  • Reference Number: 504
  • _UID: BDA96D888D62D611872CADF2889C830E3898
  • Note:
    The surname appears as WILBANKS, WILLBANKS, and WOOLBANKS.

    According to Wilbanks historian, Robert M. Wilbanks IV, most all the Wilbanks in America belong to one of six branches. The heads of these six branches were closely related either as brothers or cousins. The Wilbanks of Johnson Co., Texas are descendants of William Wilbanks, who married Abarilla Gos(t)wick in 1774 in Butte County, North Carolina and shortly afterwards settled in Union County, Ninety-Six District, South Carolina. He was a soldier of the Revolutionary War serving in Col. Brandon's Regiment from Union County, South Carolina. He died in 1796 in Union County, South Carolina. By 1860 descendants are primarily found in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.

    Paul Hollander's e-mails, July 17 & 18, 1997:
    William WILBANKS & Abrilla GOSTWICK were parents of Marshall.

    Lila Lee Hagerty's 1997 gedcom:
    1800 census, Union Dist., SC, lists John, Marshall, Evey, Gillum, and William WILLBANKS as heads
    of households.
    [I'm guessing that John, Marshall, Evey & William are sons of William & Abarilla, and that
    Gillum is William's brother.]
    [See the note for Abarilla regarding a daughter Avey/Aveyroilly/Averslan. Evey was a female.]

    17 July 1998 e-mail from Kay (Goswick) Kennemore regarding her webpage,
    Franklin Co., NC marriages -- Ebarilla GOSWICK & William WOOLBANKS, 27 August 1772.
    [Actually, they were married in Bute Co., NC; Franklin Co. was formed from Bute in 1779]
    Abarilla/Ebarilla b. ca 1750 MD, d. 1851 SC
    Children found -- WILBANKS Marshall b. ca1773 NC
    Hoseah b. ca1775 NC
    Joseph b. ca1775 NC
    Wm. Jr.
    Ever (?)
    Sarah m. HUNNICUTT
    Abarilla/Ebarilla was the daughter of Joseph W. & Sarah GOSWICK.
    From Kay Kennemore "Kay" <> 3 March 2005 There has been a lot of confusion on the SC Wilbanks/woolbanks, etc.. William and Abrilla (Goswick) Wilbanks sold their land in FCNC in 1775. They were neighbors to Joseph Goswick during that year. Their first 3 children, "Marshall", Hosea, and Joseph were all born in N.C., but I find that most desc list them born in SC, which is understandable since the boys were so young when they moved to Union District, SC. Somewhere amongst all my records I have the records of that sale, and if I run across it again, will send you a copy.

    Gary A. Wilbanks' 9 Apr & 21 Jul 1998 e-mails: (Desc. from Wm. & Abarilla)
    William Woolbanks/Wilbanks, b. about 1746 in Virginia or Granville Co., VA.
    Married Abarilla Goswick. He died in Union Co., SC in 1796 as a result of a lingering respiratory problem acquired during service in the American Revolution several years earlier.
    William's father was either John or William Woolbanks (brothers, born about 1715-1720) of Granville Co., NC.

    From Jane Curci <> 21 April 2009 DAR Patriot Index -- Associated Ancestor Revolutionary Record WILLBANKS, WILLIAM Ancestor #: A202606 Service: SOUTH CAROLINA Rank: PRIVATE Birth: (CIRCA) 1740 Death: 12-22-1796 NINETY SIX DIST SOUTH CAROLINA Pension Number: R11508vService Source: R11508V; SC ARCH, ACCTS AUD #8527B, ROLL #48.158Service Description: 1) CAPTS MOSES WHITE, WILLIAM YOUNG, THOMAS FARR; COL BRANDON; SCL

    13 July 1998 e-mail from Robert M. Wilbanks:
    Gillam was named as a brother of William in the 1845 application by Abarilla for William's Rev. War pension.
    Four Woolbanks men, William, Gillum, Richard, and Joseph (probably all brothers) served in Col. Brandon's Regiment in 1778 from Union District, South Carolina.
    [A later message says that Richard was a cousin and Joseph's relationship was not known.]

    6 May 1998 e-mail from Betty Jo Power <>:
    Says that William WILBANKS & Abrilla GOSSETT were married 27 Aug 1774 in Bute Co., NC, and that William died 22 Dec 1796. [See correct marriage date below.]

    Robert M. Wilbanks <> 28 Jan 2003
    William Woolbanks-Wilbanks
    Born circa 1747-1749 Virginia or North Carolina
    Died 22 December 1796 Union County, South Carolina
    Married Abarilla Gos(t)wick 27 August 1773 Bute County, North Carolina
    Abrilla born 7 April 1752 Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland
    Died October 1853 Pickens District, South Carolina or Cherokee County, Georgia

    Robert M. Wilbanks <> 17 Sep 2003
    Two daughters of Major Duke marry sons of William & Abrilla in Union Co.

    From: "Robert M. Wilbanks IV" <> Oct 12 00:07:24 2003 Here is a cut-down biography of the William Woolbanks-Wilbanks who married Abarilla Gostwick in Bute County, North Carolina and settled in Union County, South Carolina. William served with his brother Gillum/Gilliam/Gwilliam, cousin Richard, and a Joseph Woolbanks-Wilbanks in the Revolutionary War. This biography is in the process of total redevelopment and so may not be completely current in regards to what is now known regarding William and Abarilla and children. But I hope this helps answer some questions. William Woolbanks was born circa 1748-1751 either in Virginia or North Carolina.
    William married Abarilla Gossett/Gos(t)wick on August 27, 1773 in Bute County, North Carolina. In her pension application, Abarilla, while she is certain of the date, she gives the year of the marriage as either 1773 or 1774. Her oldest son, Marshall, appears in the 1800 census as between 26 and 45 years of age, thus being born by 1774. If the marriage occurred in late 1774, Marshall could not have been born in that year. Therefore, I believe that the marriage occurred in 1773. Of course, Marshall's birthdate could also be off by a year.
    Abarilla was born on April 7, 1752 in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland to Joseph and Sarah Gostwick. Abarilla had two brothers who were named Joseph and Nicholas.
    Shortly after their marriage, William and Abarilla settled in Union County, in the Ninety-Six District of South Carolina.
    William is known to have had brother Gillam Woolbanks and they served together along with a Richard and a Joseph Woolbanks in Col. Brandon's Regiment during the Revolutionary War, in 1778, from Union District, South Carolina. They fought at Musgrove's Mill, Blackstock's Plantation, Kings Mountain, Siege of Ninety-Six and Eutaw Springs.
    After the war, William settled back down on his land in Union County. William was very active in church and was one of the men who helped to organize Padgett's Creek Baptist Church in 1784.
    On July 3, 1786, William Woolbank, a Sergeant in the Revolutionary War, received payment for militia duty in Brandon's Regiment.
    In 1787 and 1788 a William Woolbanks received 4 Land Grants in South Carolina. This may be one or two different Williams.
    William died on December 22, 1796 in Union County, Ninety-Six District, South Carolina.
    Abarilla moved with her daughter and son-in-law to Pickens District, South Carolina where she was living in 1845 when she applied for a pension as a widow of a Revolutionary War Veteran.
    Abarilla died sometime in October of 1853 probably in Pickens District, South Carolina.
    In her pension application, Abarilla declares that she had three sons during the war, they being Marshall, Hosea and Joseph. The following document located in the Union County Courthouse shows that Marshall, Hosea and Joseph had other brothers and sisters, who together granted their brother William Wilbanks, power of attorney. This document proves all of the children of William Woolbanks-Wilbanks and Abarilla Gos(t)wick.
    Know all men by these presents that we Averila Wilbanks and Sarah Wilbanks, Hosea Wilbanks, Joseph Wilbanks, Shadrick Wilbanks, of the state of South Carolina Pendleton District And we Marshal Wilbanks, Fredrick Wilbanks and John Wilbanks of the State aforesaid Union District for divers Consideratians & good causes hereunto moving have made ordained and appointed & by these presence do make ordain Constitute & appoint our Trusty friend and Brother William Wilbanks of the State aforesaid & District of Union our Lawfull and True attorney for and in our name and to our use to ask demand recover and receive of and from any person or persons in South Carolina Whatsoever giving & these Presents Granting our Said attorney our Sole and full Power And Authority, to take and Pursue & follow Such Legal Courses for the recovery receiving and attaining of the Same, as our Selves mought or could do were we personally present and upon the receipt of the Same arquitances and other Sufficien!
    t discharges for & in our names, Sell Land make Sign Seal and deliver good and Lawfull deeds for the Same & also make ordain or appoint and or more attorneys under him to Substitute or appoint and again at his pleasure to revoke & further to do perform and Execute for us and in our names, all and Singular thing or things which shall or may be necessary Touching and Concerning the premisis as fully thoughrily & Entirely as we the Said Avorila Wibanks, Hosea Wilbanks Joseph Wilbanks Shadrick Wilbanks and Sarah Wilbanks of Pendleton and we Marshal Wilbanks Frederick & John Wilbanks of Union in our own persons ought or Could do in and about the Same ratifying & allowing & Confirming the Same whatsoever our Said Attorney Shall Lawfully do or Cause to be done in and about the Executian of the Premisis by Virtue of these Presents -- In Witness whereof we have hereunto Set our hands and Seals this 6th day of January one thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty --
    Aveyrilly X Woolbanks {seal}
    Sarah X Woolbanks {seal}
    Shadrick Wilbanks {seal}
    Hosea Wilbanks {seal}
    Joseph X Wilbanks {seal}
    Marshal Wilbanks {seal}
    Fredrck Wilbanks {seal}
    John X Wilbanks {seal}
    South Carolina } Personally appeared Caleb Smith before me the
    Union District } Subscribing Justice and made Oath that he was Present and Saw the above assignors Sign Seal and deliver the within Power of attorney to William Wilbanks for the uses and Purpose within mentianed -- Sworn to and Subscribed before me this 22nd day of January 1820.
    Wm. White J.Q. Caleb Smith
    Recorded this 25th day of January 1820.
    Issue of William and Abarilla (Gos(t)wick) Wilbanks:
    I. Marshall Wilbanks
    II. Hosea Wilbanks
    III. Joseph Wilbanks
    IV. William Wilbanks, Jr.
    V. Shadrack W. Wilbanks
    VI. John Wilbanks
    VII. Sarah Wilbanks, married Jesse Hunnicutt
    VIII. Frederick Wilbanks
    IX. Aveyroilly Wilbanks
  • Change Date: 1 Jan 2007 at 14:23:47

    Father: John or William WOOLBANKS b: ABT 1715/1720 in , Granville, NC

    Marriage 1 Abrilla GOSTWICK b: 7 Apr 1752 in Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD
    • Married: 27 Aug 1773 in , Bute, NC
    1. Has Children Marshall WILBANKS b: ABT 1774 in 96th Dist., Union, SC
    2. Has Children Hoseah WILBANKS b: ABT 1775 in , , NC
    3. Has No Children Joseph WILBANKS b: ABT 1775 in , , NC
    4. Has No Children John WILBANKS
    5. Has Children William WILBANKS Jr. b: ABT 1783
    6. Has No Children Aveyroilly-Evey WILBANKS
    7. Has Children Shadrack W. WILBANKS b: ABT 1785 in , Union, SC
    8. Has Children Fredrick WILBANKS b: ABT 1794 in ,Union,SC
    9. Has No Children Sarah WILBANKS
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