William Dye II was born on August 1,1740 in Middlesex County, New Jersey and he died in 1806 in Mason County Kentucky in 1808.
William Dye married Phoebe Mounteer in New Jersey. Came to Mason County Kentucky from Plainfield New Jersey with the Shotwell, Morris, Stout, Drake, Arms and Cahill families. Did this group pass through the Jersey Settlement? It is 509 miles from Cranbury, New Jersey to Maysville, Kentucky.
William Dye purchased 300 acres of land in Mason county KY May 3, 1793. (Deed book A, page 277. The spelling is William Die.)
He married Phoebe Mounteer who was born in New Jersey and died in Mason County, Kentucky in 1818/19. They had nine children:
The copy of the Will of William Dye appears in the History of Mayesville and Mason County, Kentucky (W. Glenn Clift).
I given a bequeath to my beloved wife, Phebe, two negroes, Phillis and Jin, two beds, a hores and saddlle, two cows, tables, size chairs, pot, kettle, frying pan, two smoothing irons and small wheel, also the dwelling house and improvements to go to my son, John Dye. I give and bequeath unto my son, John Dye, 100 acres of land, the half of this tract including the dwelling house and improvements I also give and bequeath unto my son Mounteen Dye one hundred acres of land and other half the track. I also give and bequeath unto my son, William Dye, Jr. two dollars cash. I give, grant and bequeath unto my son William's children, the 100 acres of land that my son William lives on, and it is my will and desire that my son William should be the guardian for his children and not the executor. I Give, grant and bequeat unto my daughter, Ruth Glenn, a negro boy named Cuff. I give and bequeat to my daughter, Polly Forman, a negro boy named Orviz. I also give and bequeath to my daughter, Abigail Dye, a negre boy named Dick. Moreover, the balance of my moveable estate to be valued by men that shall be recommended by my executors and appointed by the court to value the estate and their appraisement shall be equally divided bytween my daughters Ruth Glenn, Polly Forman, and Abigail Dye, after deducting what sum of money may be wantingto defray expenses.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. WINTESSES:
Its not a pretty story, but it's part of the Dye history and therefore I will past it along.
If the above assumptions are reasonable correct, then William Dye II (born on January 1, 1740 Plainfield, New Jersey; died in 1808 in Mason County, Kentucky) married on 24 Jan 1762 to Phoebe Mounteer would be a "good" candidate for "Old Billy". William II and Phoebe's son, William III was born 6 Dec 1768 Middlesex Co NJ. William III would have been in his mid-thirties when Dr Drake was "running his errands" so he seems to be a little young to be "Old Billy"
"The will of Phebe Dye, wife of William, Sr. is dated August 27, 1817. It disposes of some negroes and other personal property and several times mentions " my graduaghter, Eliza", this Eliza being the only new heir indicated by name. She must have been a favorite with her grandmother as she is given two or three bequests."
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