Ancestral Family Topic 440

 440   William Ligon III (-1796)
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William Ligon III, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, William Ligon III might describe his life as follows.

I was born just south of the James, but came to what is now Prince Edward County about 1740 to manage my father’s tobacco plantation along Sandy Creek. For “natural love and affection,” he gave me 600 acres there 14 January 1743/4. 
Ann Rogers and I were the parents of 9 children, all of whom remained in Amelia County.  During my lifetime I acquired as many as 2,400 acres in Prince Edward and Amelia counties, all of which I sold or gave to my sons.
During the Revolution, I was Deputy Commissioner of Provisions for Amelia County, responsible for providing bacon and other provisions for the county militia. Yet because I failed to attend my own militia draft I was condemned to six months service as a delinquent. John Watson petitioned the governor for my relief, kindly describing me as “a man of character” and “so true and valuable man.” 
Maybe Ann had too much of me or the children. Anyway she ran off in 1770. 
My brief will of 1796 didn’t go into any details as to why I left what little I owned to Caroline Foster during her lifetime. Although it may sound peculiar that I went on to ask that “all my just debts be paid out of the crop of brandy, which is now in the hands of Joseph Ligon,” I owned nearly 1,900 gallons of this popular liquor.

Who was William’s wife?
The Ligon Family and Connections identifies William’s wife, Ann, as Ann Webber, a daughter of John Webber and states that they married about 1744.  This conclusion is apparently based on an 1816 court order for Rodophil Jeter, Allen Jeter, John Jeter and Austin Seay, or any 3 of them, to proceed to state and settle the accounts between Paschal McGleason, acting executor of James McGleason, deceased, who was executor of William Ligon, deceased, and Richard Ligon, grandson of John Webber, and make report to this court.  Presuming 20 years to a generation, John Webber would have been born about 1704, to be the father of Ann Ligon. He could not have been living in 1816. William Ligon had a grandson named John Webber, but not a father-in-law.
The 1738 will of Robert Rogers of Goochland County identified wife, Susanna, and an unmarried daughter named Ann. Four years later the distribution of his estate placed Ann as the wife of William Ligon. It is also notable that William and Ann named children Robert and Susanna, for her parents. Consequently, Ann Rogers is undoubtedly William’s wife.

Court proceedings
For a year beginning in May 1744, William Ligon was defending himself in the Amelia County court against some form of legal charges brought by John Llewellyn. When Llewellyn brought a petition against William 18 May 1744, William’s father, who was still living in Henrico County, came 44 miles as a witness for his son. The court dismissed Llewellyn’s complaint and ordered him to pay court costs. But because William failed to reply to a second complaint Llewellyn brought, they rendered a judgment against him 17 Aug. 1744.
In the Amelia County court of 19 Jan. 1744/5, John Llewellyn brought a third complaint against William, who requested a jury trial, which was lengthy. John’s witness, Thomas Llewellyn, was paid 25 pounds of tobacco for being at the trial 5 days and they paid Charles Weatherford 100 pounds for 4 days attendance. Ligon paid Joseph Ligon 154 pounds for one day and traveling 43 miles and Allen Womack 25 pounds for one day. The jury found for the defendant and ordered Llewellyn to pay court costs and lawyers’ fees. When he evidently fled without paying, William sued him. Abraham Green, the sheriff of Amelia County, reported 17 May 1745, “John Lewelling is not to be found in my bailiwick.”

Land transactions
During his lifetime, William bought and sold substantial tracts of land in Prince Edward and Amelia counties. In 1746 he added 400 acres on Sandy Creek and 800 acres on both sides of Saylers Creek.  The latter tract included 400 acres he had purchased.  When he sold 48 acres of this land to Samuel Goode of Nottoway Parish 23 April 1751, for £15, Ann relinquished her dower right.  Goode bought the remainder of the tract 9 years later in Oct. 1760 when it then lay in Prince Edward County. 
In 1749 William Ligon bought from Henry Dawson 623 acres on the east side of the Appomattox River where he erected a mill and a tobacco barn.  He later sold a 108-acre portion of this tract to John Wright 26 July 1759 for £48.4. 
On 25 July 1759 David Greenhill deeded William 593 acres in Nottoway Parish, Amelia County, in the bent of the Appomattox River bounded by the river bank near “Ligon’s tobacco house, Ligon’s mill & mill pond…” for £260. Because Lucy Dawson had not relinquished her dower right Greenhill bought the land from Henry Dawson, William obtained acknowledged that he “doth take the land, running the hazard of Lucy Dawson acknowledging her right of dower.” 
William and Ann deeded 30 acres on the south side of the Sandy River in Prince Edward County to James Ligon of Chesterfield County for £30 in 1760,  sold 970 nearby acres to James Atwood for £260 in 1762,  and deeded Peter LeGrand of Prince Edward County 300 acres on the upper side of Buffalo River for £20 in 1765. 
In 1767 Prince Edward County charged William Ligon with 4 tithables and 318 acres. John Sadler and slaves Peter and Jenny were living on his property. His sister, Sarah Ligon, held 318 acres too. Each evidently held half the 650 acres William had given his parents when they came to Prince Edward County.
On 6 July 1768 William Ligon gave 230 acres each to sons William and Robert Ligon in consideration of “natural love & affection, and for his better preferment and maintenance.” This land was part of the 593 acres William had bought from David Greenhill in 1759.  Later the next year, on 23 Dec. 1769, William gave his son Thomas “One Negro gal named Millie.” 
On 15 Feb. 1768 William sold John Wayles 200 acres on the Appomattox River in Amelia County for £150. 
On 24 June 1773 William Ligon entered into two deeds with his sons, William and Robert Ligon. Robert lent “1,500 pounds” to William who secured his debt with 300 acres and 8 slaves. In turn William then lent the 1,500 pounds to his son William, who put up 300 acres in Amelia County and 5 slaves to secure the debt to his father. 
William Ligon III deeded land to these same two sons 22 July 1773: William got 50 acres on Franklins Creek for £30 and Robert received 100 acres, also on Franklins Creek, for £50. 

In 1782 William was living in Amelia County, head of a household of 5 whites and 8 blacks.  In 1785 his family was 7 and he owned two dwellings and two other buildings. 
In Dec. 1792 William, presumably too old to work the land himself, leased his plantation to Philip Webber Jr. for two years if, “Webber his heirs &c… doth hereby bind himself to pay the sd. [Ligon] his heirs &c. the sum of forty Pounds per Annum, furnish the sd. Ligon With firewood wash and milk Clothe the Negroes pay all Taxes both for land as well as Slaves…” On 16 July 1794 Phillip paid William £28.3.8¾ for the year 1793.
William deeded his son Joseph Ligon 100 acres on the west side of Johnson Mill Creek 21 Feb. 1795. 

Will and probate
William made his will in Amelia County 22 Sept. 1796 and it was proved 27 Oct. 1796. 

Will of William Ligon III
22 September 1796
In the name of God Amen. I William Ligon, Sr. of Amelia county being sick in body but of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows:
Imprimis. My will is that all my just debts be paid out of the crop of brandy which is now in the hands of Joseph Ligon.
Item. I lend to Caroline Foster my land and plantation whereon I now live together with three negroes to-wit, Nell, Ben, and Peter and also all my stock of all kinds and all my household furniture during her natural.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son, Joseph Ligon, after the death of Caroline Foster the land and plantation whereon I now live also three Negroes to-wit, Caesar, Jude, Diner to be paid to him and his heirs forever.
Item. After the death of Caroline, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Rogers two negroes to-wit, Nell and Peter also one feather bed and furniture during her natural life and unto whom she may give them unto.
Item. My will and desire is after the death of Caroline Foster that my executors do hire out the negro lent her named Ben until my grandson Benjamin Webber arrives unto the age of twenty-one years and the money to remain in the hands of my executors until my grandson come to lawful age at which time I give and bequeath the said money unto my grandson John Webber and the said negro Ben unto my grandson Benjamin Webber to be to them and their heirs forever.
Lastly, I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint James McGleason and Benjamin Chapman executors of this my last will and testament.
William Ligon

John Hendrick Jr., John Wright, and Polly Wright witnessed the will. We do not know what William’s relationship was to Caroline Foster whom William let live on his plantation for the remainder of her life.
The appraisement of the estate of William Ligon was brought to the court 26 Dec. 1796. The total value was £382.11.2, which include 1,872 gallons of brandy worth £0.6.8 per gallon. 
The executors of William’s estate were James McGleason and Benjamin Chapman. On 31 July 1799 McGleason distributed £5.4.4½ cash legacies to Robert Ligon, Joseph Ligon, R. Webber, and Thomas Ligon.  Other legatees were Samuel Williams, William Williams, Philip Webber, Martha Rogers, and Ann Norris. 
The executors evidently partitioned William’s land into 96-acre parcels. On 15 Jan. 1805 son Thomas Ligon deeded his 96 acres to Richard Ligon for £230.8, and Richard Ligon bought the 96-acre portion belonging to his sister, Martha (Ligon) Rogers, in 1808.  It was not until 1816 that Amelia County ordered the final settlement of William’s estate. James McGleason, being dead Paschal McGleason was acting executor.

Son Richard Ligon
Although The Ligon Family and Connections identifies Richard Ligon as a son of William and Ann Ligon, it was their nephew Richard Ligon who married Ann B. Webber.  There is no evidence that William had a son named Richard.

Descendants of William Ligon III
Information about the children of William Ligon III, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 Susanna (Ligon) Williams (c.1740-),  
Samuel Williams,  Thomas Williams,  Susanna Anderson,  Thomas Anderson,  
Mary Wright,  George Wright,  Benjamin Wright,  
Anderson Williams,  Mildred Shepard,  Samuel Shepard,  Anne Holman,  
William Ligon Williams,  Mary Gannaway,  William Gannaway,  Elizabeth Wright,  Katherine (Keller) Van Meter,  
William D. Clark,  
John Williams,  Polly Lee,  Joseph Lee,  
Polly Williams,  Love,  
Reuben Williams,  
Samuel Williams,  Betsy Wingo,  
Robert Williams,  
Joseph Williams,  Susan Woodson,  John Woodson Jr.,  Elizabeth Raine,  Susanna Booker,  William Ligon,   
Charles Williams,  
Benjamin Williams,  
 Martha (Ligon) Wright Rogers (c.1747-),  
William Wright,  John Wright,  
John Rogers,  Richard Ligon,   
John Wright,  
Lucy Wright,  John Hendrick,  
Mary Wright,  William McGlasson,  
 Mary (Ligon) Webber,  
Philip Webber,  
Benjamin Webber,  
John Webber,  
 William Ligon IV (-c.1803),  
Susanna Woodson,  John Woodson Sr.,  Mary Miller,  Susan Woodson,  Joseph Williams,   Henry Skipwith,   Richard Ligon,   
Thomas Elmore,   William Wood Jr.,   Efford Bentley,  Benjamin Chapman,  Thomas Ligon,   Ambrose Jeter,   James Gills,  
Polly Ligon,  Yancy Holman,  
Judith Ligon,  Thomas Thompson Swann,  
William Mayo,   
Thomas Swann,  Thompson Swann,  
Elisabeth (Swann) Spencer,  
Dr. Sterling Ford,   
Susanna Ligon,  Samuel Ward,   Richard Ligon,   
William Ligon V,  Martha Wright,   Elizabeth (Burns) Lockhart,  William McGowan Lockhart,  
Maj. Joseph Tucker Ligon,  
Thomas Ligon,  
Elizabeth Beacham,  Prudence Beacham,  John B. Goodrich,  Philip Thurmond,  
Woodson Ligon,  Elizabeth M. Allen,  John Garrett,  
John Ligon,  Rhoda Marshall,  Alexander Marshall,  
Benjamin Pollard,   
Elizabeth Ligon,  Henry Johns,  
Patsy Ligon,  Anderson Stone,  Woodson Booker,  
Sally Miller Ligon,  John Phillips,  Richard Ligon,   
Miller Woodson Ligon,  
Joseph M. Ligon,  Sally —,  Nancy Woodson,  
 Robert Ligon,  
Sarah Cary Mitchell,  Edith Watkins,   
Edmund Booker,   John Booker,   Christopher Ford,   Stephen Cocke,   
Thomas Ligon,   
 Thomas Ligon (c.1745-c.1807),  
 Joseph Ligon (-1830),  
Nancy Keturah —,  
Abram B. Walthall,  William Green,  John W. Deaton,  George Wright,  
Nancy H. Ligon,  Anderson H. Jennings,  William Ligon,   
Susan Ligon,  John C. Jackson,  Joseph Jackson,  
Benjamin Ligon,  Catherine Jackson,  James Jackson,  Mary —,  Francis Jackson,  
William Ligon,  Martha Davis,  Benjamin Davis,  
Joseph Ligon,  Keturah Jackson,  James Jackson,  Mary —,  
Peter Ligon,  Martha Ward,  Richard Ligon,   Lewis,  
 Ann (Ligon) Norris,  
 daughter (Ligon) Williams,  
William Williams,  
 Phillip Webber (c.1695-1761),  
Thomas Comer,  Annis Paisley,  Robert Paisley,  Eleanor McClean,  Parthenia (—) Webber,  
Thomas Mims,  Edward Moore,  John Scott,   Joel Chandler,  
Joseph Dabbs,  George Thompson,  Isaac Ragland,  
Arthur Hopkins,  Rev. William Douglas,  
Rev. William Douglas,  
Betty Webber,  
Mary Webber,  
Annis Webber,  
Augustine Webber,  
Anne Webber,  
Mary Webber,  
Phillip Webber,  Tahpenes Ward,   
Rev. William Webber,  
Ann Winn,  Joseph Anthony,  
Susannah Winn Webber,  Baxter Folkes,  
Charles Webber,  
Archer Webber,  
Elizabeth Webber,  Timothy Ford,  Reuben Ford,  
Molly Lindsey Webber,  William Puryear,  Joseph Webber,  
Polly Webber,  William Johnson,  Rev. Reuben Ford,  
Keturah Webber,  John Bryers,  
Sarah Webber,  Amos Wilkins,  
John Webber,  Elizabeth Farrar,   

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Soldiers of colonial and American wars
Samuel Williams - Revolutionary War Yancy Holman - Revolutionary War
Joseph Tucker Ligon - Civil War Robert Ligon - Revolutionary War

Names on the map
Ligontown, Amelia County, named for William Ligon Webber Memorial Baptist Church named for William Webber

Selected sources
Ligon, William D. Jr. The Ligon Family and Connections 2 vols., 1947. • Volumes devoted to the ancestors and descendants of Thomas Ligon, including William Ligon, William Ligon, William Ligon, Thomas Ligon, and William Baxter Ligon.

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