For a more detailed time line of William's life:
From research conducted by Richard Wooton; this is a compilation of Wooten and Related Families Association (WARFA) newsletters and Special Study IX:
Additional research notes on William Wooten, the Elder of Edgecombe Co., NC; William was born circa 1710-1717.
1. Nov. 17, 1728 - Nuncupative will of William Rutter in IOW gave tools to William Wootten for making leather items...may have been an apprentice to Rutter....he seems
to have treated William as his son.
*Mar 22, 1730 - still a minor; deeded 500 acres by his Uncle Hardy Councill.
2. By Nov. 1738, Richard Wooten and Lucy Councill/Council, parents of William are deceased.
3. 1738 - following the death of his parents; William was living on his own lands in IOW - Blackwater/Beaver Dam Swamp area.....
4. 1741 - Edgecombe Co., NC was formed from Bertie Co.
5. Mar. 15, 1742/43 - NC Colonial Council proceedings at Edenton: approved a petition for a land grant of 300 acres in Northampton Co., NC to William Wooten.
6. Nov. 1744 - Marriage: Ann Bryant (Special Study IX, p. 2). **Bryant family evidence: Nov. 21, 1744 - deed involving William and his wife in IOW Co., VA .... James Councill and James Bryant of IOW...deed involves part of the land owned by Hardy Councill to William.
7. Oct . 1, 1745 - deed - William Wooten to John Daughtry ... sold 200 acres to John Daughtry - part of land deeded by Hardy Councill to Richard, Lucy, and William in 1730. (Ann did not appear to sign this. By law, she had three months to sign this deed.) James Bryant has a life-time interest in this land; purchaser of the land is J. Councill.
(James Councill married Elizabeth Bryant) Byrant land adjoins IOW Wooten(s) land. William has one son, James. This is a new Wooten name.
8. 1749 - William is in Northampton Co., NC. (He witnessed the will of George Norwood on April 4, 1749. Also, witnessed a deed from William Norwood to Philemon Bradford on June 22, 1749.)
9. [p. 3.] 1755 - William resides in Johnston Co., NC - maybe living with his brother, James, on Buffalow River land grant.
10. Jan. 26, 1755 - deed - Northampton Co., NC. William's occupation is given as "cordwainer." [From previous discussions, you will recall that this involved working with leather goods.]
11. Mar. 16, 1755 - William sold 300 acres (land grant) to James Turner. This was recorded May Term 1755. This is one day after council granted the land.
12. Mar. 29, 1756- purchased land in Bertie Co., NC from Smithwick Warburton; 100 acres in Buckerlburg. William's occupation is given as "taylor."
13. June 6, 1756 - William purchased 188 acres in Edgecombe Co., NC from Cornelius Autrey for 30 pds. VA money. His occupation is listed as "hatter."
William was also farming at this time. Sold his Northampton lands (300 acres) to James Turner. He now has two sons, Amos (b. bef. 1755...1745-1755) and James (b. 1750-1755); sons, Joel and Joshua were born after 1756; son, William was born bef. 1760 and died April 1778 at Valley Forge while in Second NC Continental Regiment; daughter, Faitha married ___ Taylor.
* 1756 - William's brother John is still living in or near William's household. On July 10, 1757, his brother, John is believed to still be living with or near William.
14. Aug. 1756 - William is living on Autrey's Creek (Otter Creek).
15. 1757-1762 - son Joel was born in NC.
16. bef. 1760 - son William was born in NC.
16. 1758 - Halifax Co. was formed from northern Edgecombe Co., NC.
17. Aug. 6, 1761 - William's brother, John received a land grant of 700 acres about 1 mile from William's land.
18. Mar. 10, 1764 - deed from Jonas Spell to William Wooten for 513 acres on south side of Tar River. William now has 701 acres in Autrey Creek area.
19. 1779 - William returned to VA to sell lands inherited from his nephew, Hardy Wooten. These seem to be 200 acres in IOW and 110 acres in Southampton Co., VA.
20. [p. 51] Dec. 28, 1779 - William was in Southampton Co. selling to John Pope the 110 acres Richard Wooten II bought from William Bath in 1769.
21. Dec. 30, 1779 - William is found in Isle of Wight Co. [IOW], VA. He was on the IOW side of Blackwater; selling to John Barnes the same 200 acres which Hodges Council had willed to his daughter, Lucy Council in 1699. He did not stay to acknowledge deeds in court; these were confirmed by witnesses on May 11, 1780 (Pope deed) and On Aug. 3, 1780 in IOW (Barnes deed).
22. William's two oldest sons own a total of 1,000 acres in NC. Joel and Joshua are living at home. William no longer seems to be acquiring land for himself.
23. Jan. 13, 1783 - William makes a gift deed to his son, Amos. Both are listed as "hatters." witness: Joel and James Wooten.
24. Aug. 2, 1784 - deed by Amos Wootten, hatter, to Faitha Taylor (widow), 250 acres. [This is probably his sister, who was born circa 1760.] This land was for her sons: Joseph and James Taylor. She later married Hardy Summerlin. (p. 23 - Questions whether or not Faitha is Amos' sister-in-law or his sister) [Any answers from our list members?]
25. Feb. 26, 1791 - William makes a gift deed to his son, Joshua.
26. Feb. 26, 1791 - William makes a gift deed to his son, Joel.
27. April 2, 1792 - William made his will.
28. May 30, 1792 - William's estate was inventoried.
[Note: In 1795, NC permitted daughters to equally inherit with sons. Does any one know how early this began?]