William Brittain

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William Brittain, son of (…) Brittain, was born before 1735.1 He died at Guilford Co., North Carolina, before February 1794.2

William married Rebecca Ballinger, daughter of Henry Ballinger and Hannah Wright, at Guilford Co. before 25 March 1758.3,4

In 1790, his household was probably the one enumerated in the Morgan District, Burke Co., North Carolina, with 1 free white male over 16, 2 under 16, and 2 free white females.5

He and his brother Benjamin are possibly sons of Samuel Brittain, who was granted a certificate from the Chester monthly meeting and received by the Hopewell monthly meeting, 28 February 1737/38, Hopewell being the place where Benjamin seems to have originated.

As his wife was disowned shortly after their marriage, it seems he was not of the Friends.6

William left a will dated 1 January 1794, and proved at the February court, 1794:
Son: Henery that part of my land lying on the South West of the branch called Murfries branch & joing Caleb Jonsons and Joseph Unthanks line with the improvements there on.

Son: Joseph between the sd Mirfies Branch & a line beginning at a post oak corner on my North line on the East side of the Great Road & running a straight course to the corner of William Coffin's field the North corner of sd. field near the maple branch on my line with the improvements thereon.

Son: William all the remaining part of my land with the improvements thereon.

Daus: Hannah Hunt, Mary Witty, Rebekah Robinson, Naomy Robinson, & Cath Brittain, & Anne Brittain each 5 sh.

Wife Rebekah the remaining part of my estate to be at her disposal while she remains my widow; if she marries it is my will that the remainder part of my estate to be equally divided between my two daus: Ruth Brittain & Anne Brittain.

Wife: Rebecca to have maintanance by the prophets [sic] of my land while she remains a widow of me. if she marries, the remaining part of my estate to be equally divided between my 2 daus. Ruth & Anne.

Seal: William (his x mark) Brittain

Exes: wife Rebekah & trusty friend Joshua Dix [Dicks] to make over by deed or deeds of conveyance the above mentioned land according to law

Wits: Daniel Baldwin (Jurat), Uriah Baldwin (Jurat) [both Jurats affirmed] & Thomas Terry.2


Rebecca Ballinger b. 15 Feb 1738/39, d. 27 Sep 1803
  • Henry Brittain2
  • Joseph Brittain2 d. 1830
  • Mary Brittain2
  • Rebeckah Brittain2
  • Naomy Brittain2
  • Catherine Brittain2
  • Anne Brittain2
  • Hannah Brittain2 b. say 1759
  • William Brittain2 b. say 1762
  • Ruth Brittain+3,2 b. say 1776, d. aft. Jan 1841
This person was last edited on2 Jan 2021


  1. [S1330] Estimated from estimated from marriage (no later than 1758).
  2. [S1162] Jane Smith Hill, An Annotated Digest of Will Book A: Guilford County, North Carolina: 1771 - May Court 1816 (Winston-Salem, North Carolina: p.p., 2005), 13, further cited as Hill, Will Book A of Guilford Co.
  3. [S1577] , Biographical Memoirs of Jay County, Indiana, to Which is Appended a Comprehensive Compendium of National Biography--Memoirs of Eminent Men and Women in the United States, Whose Deeds of Valor or Works of Merit Have Made Their Names Imperishable (Chicago, Illinois: B. F. Bowen Co., 1901), 358, further cited as Biographical Memoirs of Jay Co., Indiana.
  4. [S1156] William Wade Hinshaw and Thomas Worth Marshall, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (six vols., 1938; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991), 1:524, 528, further cited as Hinshaw and Marshall, Quaker Genealogy.
  5. [S2161] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790, 12 vols. (Washington D.C.: Department of Commerce and Labor, Bureau of the Census, 1907-1908), NC:110, further cited as Heads of Families, 1790.
  6. [S1156] Hinshaw and Marshall, Quaker Genealogy, 1:528, 6:370.