Copyright November 2000 by Robert W. Scott, Lake Hiawatha, N.J.
John Wilkins (1741-May 14, 1838) was born in Northumberland Co., Va., according to information in his Revolutionary War pension application. Wilkins said that this information came from his grandmother.
John married Sarah Webb, daughter of William and Winneford Webb, according to information provided by Sarah when she applied for a widow's pension. According to her statement, the couple married in March 1770 in Northumberland Parish. Sarah's account says the Wilkins moved from Virginia to what was then Surrey Co. N.C., in 1773. During the Revolutionary War, John volunteered for one year in the militia in 1777 under Capt. William Hickman. In different tours, John served 18 months two weeks. Later, John marched to Guilford Courthouse, two weeks before the battle there on March 15, 1781. The pension application does not state if John fought in that battle.
On Jan. 21, 1797, he purchased 200 acres on Buffalo Creek from William Meredith. There are no records of JohnÂ’s selling any land, so he held this tract until it is was sold to George Wilkins as part of John's estate in 1845.
John wrote his will on Aug. 18, 1832 in Stokes Co. It was recorded in June 1838. Sarah probably died shortly after filing the pension application in 1838 as no payment is recorded. John and Sarah's children are listed in his will, including two sons, George and William, who were excluded from any inheritance. Sarah provided the children's birth dates in her pension application, as well as providing the names and birth dates of her siblings and the names of her parents.
Children of John Wilkins and Sarah Webb
1. Child, born April 1771, per Sarah's pension application.
2. Nancy Wilkins born Aug. 31, 1774 She married Richard Vernon and they lived 1850 Stokes Co.
3. John Wilkins Nov. 20, 1777-1870 died Stokes Co., N.C., where he left a will. Possibly unmarried.
4. William Webb Wilkins May 11, 1779- Feb. 24, 1854 Born N.C., died Shelby Co., Ind. He married on Nov. 5, 1805 in Stokes Co., Frances Prosser, 1787-Aug. 27 1882, William left Stokes County after 1830 and lived briefly in Jefferson Co., Ind., by 1833, quickly moving on to Shelby Co., Ind., by 1834. Both William and Francis are buried in the Wilkins Cem., Moral Twp., Shelby Co.
5. Delisha Wilkins born March 23, 1781 died 1860/70 She m. 24 Dec. 1809 in Stokes Co., Benjamin Hutchinson/Hutcherson b. 1778/79 They lived 1860 in Stokes Co. He was alive 1870 in Stokes Co., age 90.
6. Elizabeth Wilkins born Dec. 21, 1782 died after 1860, probably in Craig Township, Switzerland Co., Ind. She married Jeremiah Hutchinson/Hutcherson. They moved to the Jefferson/Switzerland Co. area by Oct. 22, 1829 when they purchased 160 acres, in Milton Twp., Jefferson Co., Jeremiah's will in Craig Twp., was written on March 13, 1840 and probated May 5, 1845.
7. George Wilkins Feb. 28, 1786-1875 He married Elizabeth ? and lived in Stokes Co. He purchased his fatherÂ’s land in 1845. His will was written Jan. 29. 1874 and proved in 1875. Will was consented to by his wife.
8. Jeremiah Wilkins born Nov. 3, 1789 in Stokes Co., died 1837/1840 Jefferson Co., Ind. He married Elizabeth Vernon born ca. 1795 He purchased land in Milton Township, Jefferson County, on Oct. 27, 1829. His last record came when he voted on the first Monday in April 1837 in an election in Milton Township. She was not in the 1870 census.
9. Thomas Wilkins June 5, 1792-1880 born and died in Stokes Co. He made a will May 9, 1866 and it was proved in June 1880 in Stokes Co. He m. Delyshee born born 1799/1800. She is listed as Letitia in 1870 census.