Susan Brown

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My ancester is William Voyles (174 (1 or 5) to 1798), one of two Welsh lines on my genealogical tree along with several English, Scot and possibly Dutch ancestors.

William Voyles was born in either 1741 or 1745, probably in Wales. There are some stories that say his father was Huguenot who escaped from France. In or around 1759, he, his father and three younger brothers went by ship to South Carolina. Jacob, the father, was very poor and didn't have the money for the ship's fare so he indentured William to the ship's captain for a period of four years as payment. William went back and forth during the next four years of his indenture, staying with his Uncle David whenever he was in Wales. As I understand it life in indentured service on a ship was arduous and often violent.

After the indenture was over he moved to North Carolina, and some of his brothers followed though his father stayed in South Carolina. Some stories say that the result of the indenture was estrangement from his father. His Uncle David immigrated to North Carolina at that time, persuaded to do so by William.

In 1776 he enlisted in one of the North Carolina units fighting with the Revolutionary forces and re-enlisted in 1779. He fought a number of battles, some with Marion's raiders. Between battles he and all the other soldiers would go home until they were needed again. He was captured by the British at Camden but managed to escape.

In 1787 and again in 1796 he and a brother received land grants for land along the western side of Coldwater Creek in what became Cabarrus County in North Carolina. His short life ended in 1798. He had married an Italian woman, Sarah Hannah Rhodecia Bundi who died in about 1807. She was making indigo dye and peeled some bark off an ash tree to use as kindling. A bee is supposed to have stung her in the ear while she was peeling the bark and killed her.

After William and their mother died the children struggled with each other and the land and many eventually moved on to Washington County, Indiana, where most of the family records can be found along with documentation.

William Voyles is seven generations back from me through his son, David.