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Marriage: Children:
  1. John Edward "Ed" Dempsey: Birth: FEB 1842 in Amherst County, Virginia. Death: 17 MAY 1924 in Los Angeles County, California

  2. Mary A. Dempsey: Birth: ABT 1843 in Amherst County, Virginia. Death: 23 FEB 1859 in Fayette County, (West) Virginia

  3. Martha Elizabeth "Bettie" Dempsey: Birth: ABT 1845 in Amherst County, Virginia. Death: BEF JUN 1900

Marriage: Children:
  1. Paulina Dempsey: Birth: ABT 16 AUG 1848 in Amherst County, Virginia. Death: 4 JUL 1868 in Fayetteville, Fayette County, West Virginia

  2. Deliah Josaphene "Josie" Dempsey: Birth: 1860 in Fayette County, West Virginia. Death: bet. 1900-1910

  3. Sallie Dempsey: Birth: bet. 1850-1860.

1. Title:   "Virginia, Marriages 1740-1850," (index-only)
Publication:   <i>Ancestry</i>, citing Dodd, Jordan R., et al., <i>Early American Marriages: Virginia to 1850</i>, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, Utah

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  1810 U.S. Federal Census [see father's listing]
  1820 U.S. Federal Census [see father's listing]
  1830 U.S. Federal Census searching....could he have gone to Ohio with father?
  1836 Amherst Co Va Will Book 9 1834-1838 page 228
  Know all men by these presents that we Wilson Dempsey and Peter Rucker are held and firmly bound unto Edmund Penn, Ambrose Rucker, James Powell, Arthur B. Davies, John [illegible], William H. Garland and Henry I. Rose Gentleman Justices of the Court of Amherst County sitting and to their successors in Office in the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars current money of Virginia to which payment will and truly to be made we bind ourselves and each of us and each of our heirs, executors and administrators jointly and severally firmly by these present is sealed with our seals and dated this 20th day of June (1836) one thousand eight hundred and thirty six and in the 60th year of the Commonwealth. The conditions of this obligation is that if the said Wilson Dempsey administrator of the goods, chauses and credits of William Dempsey deceased do make a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the goods chauses and credits of the said deceased which have or/ shall come to the hands possession or knowledge of him the said Wilson Dempsey or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons for him and the same so made do exhibit into the County Court of Amherst when he shall be there unto required by the said Court and such goods chauses and credits do well and truly administor according to Law and further to make a just and true account of his actings and doings therein when thereto required by the said Court and all the rest of the said goods chauses and credits which shall be found remaining upon the account of the said administrator the same being first examined and allowed by the Justices of the said Court for the time being shall deliver and pay unto such persons respectively as entitled to the same by Law. And if it shall hereafter appear that any last Will and Testament was made by the deceased and the same be proved in Court and the executor obtain a certificate of the probate thereof and the said Wilson Dempsey do, in such case being required to render and deliver up his letters of administration then this obligation to be void else to remain in full force W. M. Dempsey (seal) acknowledged in open court Peter Rucker (seal)
  At a Court held for Amherst County on the 20th of June 1836. This bond was acknowledged in open court by the parties therein and ordered to be recorded. Teste Robert Lindsey
  Note: The photocopy of the above deed cut off the farthest left side. While transcribing the deed the missing words were replaced by comparing with other deeds of the same period as wording of deeds was often the same.
  1839 Dempsey to Hicks deed Deed Book X (Amherst County, Virginia); page 239: lists 5 names on Dempsey to Hicks land deed. August 8 1839. Wilson M., Seton Y., W. G., Louisa, and Eliza Dempsey. (looks like it says two hundred and three fourths acres; other records show 330 divided by 6 equals 55 times 5 equals 275 which would be 200 and 3/4 of 100 acres; are there documents concerning Isham's 55 acres?)
  1840 U.S. Federal Census Amherst County, Virginia Wilson Dempsey Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1 (Wilson) Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1 (Evalina) Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 1 Slaves - Females - Under 10: 1 Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1 No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 1 Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2 Total Free White Persons: 2 Total Slaves: 2 Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 4 (in file) Note: There are very light marks (seen # in parenthesis) in the fields for female under 5 yo (1), females 10 & under 15 yo (2), females 15 & under 20 yo (2), and female 40 and under 50 yo (1). They were most likely intended for the next household as total persons in household was 4.
  1848 August 31, 1848 Amherst County Circuit Court Chancellory Files No. 2 1841-1849 page 448 #431 Sixth Day August 31, 1848 Thursday Amherst County Wilson M Dempsey___________________________________________Plaintiff against Isham C. Dempsey, Seaton Y. Dempsey, Wesley G. Dempsey, Patrick Rowsy and Eliza his wife, Simeon A. Burch and Louisa his wife, Zacharias Drummond and John J. Morgan, James Powell Sheriff of the County of Amherst Young & Meem __________Finley and _________and Morgan __________Defendants This cause came on this day to be heard upon the papers formerly read and the report of the commissioner Zach Drummond made in the pursuance of the decretal order of the 7th day of November 1844 and was argued by consul. Upon consideration whereof the court doth ratify and confirm the said report except so much thereof as relates to the portion of Seaton Y Dempsey. The courts being of opinion that the lien of Young & Meem to said Seaton's portion of the fund is superior to that set up by the said Drummond doth adjudge order and decree that the said Zacharias Drummond do pay to Young & Meem the sum of ninety six dollars and seventeen cents with interest thereon to be computed at the rate of six per cent per annum from the 20th day of January 1846 till paid. And the court doth further order that the said Zacharias Drummond who is hereby appointed a commissioner for the purpose do convey by deed with special warranty the lands in the bill and proceedings mentioned to the respective purchasers thereof at their several costs. And the purposes of this suit having been attained the court doth order that the same be discontinued.
  1850 U. S. Federal Census Amherst County, Virginia Eastern HH #750-750 Line 5-10 Dempsey Wilson M 38 M Overseer (Eastern Amherst) Dempsey Palina 28 F Dempsey John 10 M Dempsey Mary 8 F Dempsey Betty 5 F Dempsey Palina 2 F (103 in file)
  See "History of Fayette County" 1926, pg. 576 Lists a William (sic, could this be Wilson?) Dempsey who settled (no date given) on the tributaries of Mulberry branch above Camel Settle.
  11 June 1855 a male boy named Orange to mother Mary, informant was Wilson Dempsey of Amherst, owner. Vital statistics, 1853-1860 of West Virginia; Film # 007499353; Calhoun - Hampshire counties; image 112 of 554 MRIN13554 1855 Orange slave of Wilson Dempsey birth
  11 February 1857 West Virginia Births and Christenings, 1853-1928 Name William Dempsey Gender Male Birth Date 11 Feb 1857 Birthplace Meadow Fork, Fayette, Virginia Name Note Slave Race Black Father's Name Willson M. Dempsey Mother's Name Mary Indexing Project (Batch) Number C54978-9 System Origin West Virginia-EASy GS Film number 34485 Film # 007499353 Image 120 of 554 Citing this Record "West Virginia Births and Christenings, 1853-1928," database, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2014), William Dempsey, 11 Feb 1857; citing Meadow Fork, Fayette, Virginia, reference ; FHL microfilm 34,485. ( : accessed 10 June 2017) MRIN13555 1857 William Dempsey birth slave
  1860 U.S. Federal Census Fayette County, (West) Virginia: Dempsey, Wilson 54 M W Farmer real est. 1000 personal 8000 Virginia Dempsey, Polina 27 F W Virginia Dempsey, John E. 18 M W Farmer Virginia Dempsey, Elizabeth 13 F W Virginia Dempsey, Polina 3 F W Virginia Dempsey, no name 5/12 F W Virginia Slave Schedule 1 35 M B 1 30 F B 1 22 F B 1 12 F B 1 8 F B 1 7 F B 1 7 F B 1 3 M B 1 1 M B (image 2 in file)
  Settlement of vouchers for 1860 (Wm. M. Dempsey, maybe Wilson) Loose papers (boxes 1-2), env. ?-1 to ?-3 (no dates), env. 1787-1, 1824-1, 1841-1, 1851-1 to 1869-3 > image 124 of 584 image 129 of 584 image 130 of 584
  More Loose Papers
  1861 More Loose Papers
  1870 U.S. Federal Census Fayette County, West Virginia: August 22, 1870 Fayetteville P. O. Wilson M. Dempsey 68 M W VA Farmer 1500 225 Paulina Dempsey 45 F W Housekeeper Margaret Dempsey 18 F W At home Deliah J. Dempsey 13 F W John E. Dempsey 25 M W Farm Labor married Nov. Fanny Dempsey 20 F W At home married Nov. (wife of John E.) John Bohn 25 M W Hired Labor Irvin Treadwell 25 M W Hired Labor (check image)
  1880 U.S. Federal Census Fayette County, West Virginia Fayetteville, 14D Dempsey, W.M. W M 78 married Farmer VA VA VA Dempsey, Perlaney W F 65 wife married NC VA VA Dempsey, Josephene W F 20 daughter single WV VA VA (check image)
  He bought hay for $15 from the estate of S. V. Waters in 1883:
  Wilson Dempsey The next place above Settle's was owned by Wilson M. Dempsey, who had first lived at the Coleman Branch farther down Laurel Creek. He had 500 acres of the best land on Dempsey Branch, comprising the farms of Ed Dempsey, his son, and Daniel Wingrove, his son-in-law. The Dempsey log cabin, located at the mouth of a long hollow, was incorporated in the two-story frame building erected after the war by Ed Dempsey and more recently owned and occupied by R.E. Amick and wife Emma. Ed Dempsey operated a store there after the war, and about 1873, a post office was established there named Dempsey. Leaving the estate to his sons and daughters, Wilson Dempsey moved down the creek a half mile or more to a house in the bottom. Children of Wilson and Paulina Dempsey were Ed, Elizabeth, Paulina, and Josephine. [Source: L. Neil Darlington's book "Cabins of the Loop and Environs of the Southern Half of Fayette County Virginia (now West Virginia) pg. 608; published 1988]
  Slaves owned by Wilson M. Dempsey: One name found in 1860 was Wilson S. DEMPSEY was found on the 1860 Slave Schedule of Fayette County. He was the brother of my 3rd great-grandfather Seaton Y. DEMPSEY. While Seaton appears to have been a poor man - he had debts even before he left Amherst County to come to Fayette County in the 1850s - his brother Wilson married into a more well to do family and was a clever business man who bought 500 acres of the best land on Dempsey Branch. Wilson and Seaton came to Fayette County at the same time. In 1860 Wilson was on the Slave Schedule with 9 slaves between the ages of 1 and 35 years. He was not listed on the 1850 Slave Schedule in Amherst however in 1840 he had two slaves: a males between 10 and 24 and a females under 10. Could his first wife Evalina Carolyn Rhodes have brought them into the marriage in 1839? Were they the older male and female seen with him in 1860? Are the others their chidren?
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