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William Jared (Jarret-Jarratt)

William Jarrett NSDAR Certificate

William Jared (Jarret-Jarratt)
Ancestor: A061839
Child: Joseph / [2] Rachel Ray
Service: Virginia
Rank: Soldier
Birth: 6-3-1758
Death: 9-22-1827
Buffalo Valley Jackson Co. Tennessee
Service Source:
Gwathmey, Hist Reg Of VA In The Rev P 414
Service Description:
  1) Loudoun Co Militia
Residence: Loudoun County, Virginia
Spouse: Elizabeth Ralston

William Jarratt/Jared, Revolutionary War Soldier

William Jared (Jarret-Jarratt) was a Revolutionary War soldier of Loudoun Co., Virginia and a Tennessee pioneer that settled in Tennessee prior to statehood, June 1, 1796. He was born 3 June 1758 in Kingwood, New Jersey, probably at the Old Quaker Colony of Hunterdon, Co. where his maternal grandparents John & Naomi Hulme Whitacre lived. He was the son of John Jared and Hannah Whitacre. John Jared had a wagon-making business in Loudoun Co., Virginia, in the very northern tip of the state where Maryland is pierced almost to the Pennsylvania line. When William was just a boy his mother died on the 8th of November 1765 and his father was left with three children to raise on his own, William, Joseph and Naomi Jared. His father remarried a young 18 year old girl named Rachel Palmer on 23 August 1767.

John, William and Joseph are listed in the Loudoun Co., Virginia tithables for both 1778 & 1779 proving their residence during the Revolutionary War. The backwoods people of Virginia were fiercely patriotic to the cause of freedom and independent government. When the war for independence came in William’s young manhood, he was torn between the Quaker leanings of his mother’s family and his duty to the home and county he had helped his father wrest from rugged nature. The peaceful Quaker religion allowed no participation in war for any reason. Now the Jared home was threatened and John and his two oldest sons, William and Joseph, marched away to defend it. John Jared kept an account book and there is one page in the book devoted to transactions with his son, William. The entries read: “In yr. 1781 by work done by him (William) at home - I went to camp.” and In 1782, “By guarding the prisoners at Winchester.” In the book Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution, 1775-1783 by John H. Gwathmey, on page 414 there is a soldier listed as, William Jarret, Loudoun Militia, listed as the same in the book List of the Revolutionary Soldiers of Virginia by H. J. Eckenrode, Archivist, page 239.

William Jared married Anne Elizabeth “Besty” Roulston/Raulston on 2 December 1792, in Jefferson Co., Tennessee (prior to statehood). She was born 6 January 1770, Bedford Co., VA, the daughter of Revolutionary War patriot Matthew Raulston (1742-1800) & Martha Moore (1744-1806). William and his bride settled on property located near Buffalo Valley in Jackson Co., (now 11th Dist., Putnam Co.) Tennessee. They raised nine children, Moses, Martha, Naomi, Joseph, Ruth, William, Samuel, John and Matthew Jared. William Jared died on 22 September 1827 at his homestead. His wife Anne Elizabeth died 18 June 1835 at the same residence and they are both buried in the William Jared cemetery, resting in a quiet country setting where the sounds of Indian Creek, rustling leaves and singing birds are found.

Moses Jared (1794-1827) md Malinda Byrne (1800-1881), d/o William Byrne & Rhoda England. Rhoda lived to be 104 yrs. old, everyone called her “Granny Byrne". Martha “Patsy” Jared (1795-1832) md Lawrence Byrne (1798-1854), brother of Martha. Naomi Jared (1797-1876) md John Simmons (1790-1868), brother of Jane Simmons who md Col. James Raulston, s/o Matthew Raulston & Martha Moore. Joseph Jared (1800-1885) md 1st Dorcas Byrne (1803-1833), d/o William Byrne & Rhoda England - md 2nd Rachel Rhea Ray (1810-1891), d/o Joseph Ray & Kessiah Hensley. Ruth Shamblin Jared (1802-1878) md Martin Brown. Rev. William Jared, Jr. (1805-1861) md Martha Phillips Jett (1815-1896), d/o John Jett & Martha White. William Jared Jr. was a Methodist minister in the days of the Circuit Riders and lived in Sparta, TN. Samuel Raulston Jared (1807-1883) md Mary Sophroni “Susan” Scruggs (1812-1877), d/o Archibald Scruggs & Sara Nunally. John Jared (1811-1896) md Ann Carr/Kerr (1812-1900), d/o Joseph Henry Carr & Naomi Jared. John & Ann lived in the 11th Civil Dist., Putnam Co., TN and are buried in the John and Ann Carr Jared Cemetery across the road from the William Jared Cemetery. Matthew Raulston Jared (1813-1847) never married.

On the 20th of October 2007 a dedication was held at the William Jared Cemetery after a full clean-up, repaired tombstones and a fence was installed. The community worked together on the project, funds, planning and the physical labor of love brought a positive result. Special attention to the clean-up work was performed by Robert Shanks, Ted Huddleston and his sons, Donnie & Gary. A historical entrance sign that had been commissioned by Audrey June (Denny) Lambert & Jean Allen Hudson was unveiled by Jean as an appropriate talk was given by Audrey. The sign is cast aluminum, doubled sided with the names and dates of the people known buried in the cemetery on one side and William Jarratt/Jared’s dates and Revolutionary service shown on the other side with the official NSDAR insignia. The sign was made by Sewah Studios of Marietta, OH and was installed by Michael Henry Lambert and Ted Huddleston.

A large audience of over 100 people attended this event on the farm of Robert Anderson Shanks. Seventy one years had gone by since a crowd of descendants gathered to pay tribute to their ancestors buried in this cemetery that includes the families of the Jareds, Dennys, Byrnes, Edmonds and others that have not been identified. Over 44 field stones and pieces of broken markers were found marking at least up to 60 more graves. The last time a gathering was held at this cemetery was in May of 1936 when descendants of John (1737-aft.1804), William & Joseph Jared (1760-1848) honored the memory of their ancestors of the Revolutionary War and gave tribute to William & Joseph Jared who were prominent pioneer residents of what is now Putnam County. Members of several NSDAR chapters and descendants of William Jared were on hand for the October 2007 dedication. Participators were Ann Miriam Shanks Gwaltney NSDAR French Lick Chapter, Nashville, her sister Naomi Carolyn Shanks Huddleston, Claude Ann Huddleston Burton NSDAR Old Walton Road Chapter, Cookeville, & Maurine Ensor Patton, all g/g/g granddaughters of William Jared & Audrey June Denny Lambert, NSDAR Stoney Creek Chapter, Rochester, MI, g/g/g/g granddaughter of William Jared. Vice President General NSDAR, TN Martha Elizabeth Summers Willis, Harold Ralph Maynard, Marissa Zoe & Jamie Casey McBurnett, Charlene Ann Thomas Wanser led the singing of “Gathering Flowers for the Master’s Bouquet” & the Veterans Honor Guard members, Terry Johnson, Vic Humeniuk, Curt Tays, Al Williams, Greg Nead, Roy Tudor, Forrest Powell, Darius Bielicki & Earl Richardson all contributed to the honorary service for William Jarratt/Jared.

Names listed on the William Jared Cemetery entrance sign: William T. Byrne, Jr. (1813-1830), s/o William T. Byrne Sr. & Rhoda England, sister Dorcus Byrne Jared (1803-1833), 1st w/o Joseph Jared. Elizabeth “Besty Ann” Denny (1832-1918), Jonathan Denny (1822-1902) & his wife Agnes Winfree (1828-1894), Timothy Denny (1825-1898) & his wife Elizabeth “Hettie” Paul (1844-1922), children of Zachariah & Catherine Stallings Denny. F. J. could be an Edmonds (1898-1899), Mattie F. Edmonds (1897-1897), d/o John & D. L. Edmonds. Arthur B. Jared (1890-1891). Moses Alexander Jared Jr. (1827-1903), s/o Moses & Malinda Byrne Jared & his wife Maranda Jane Price (1830-1874) & their sons Robert Huston Jared (1872-1888) and Moses Simon Jared, Jr., (1868-1901) & his wife Lucy A. Denny (1869-1891), died in childbirth, d/o Jonathan & Agnes Winfree Denny. Moses Alexander Jared Jr. married 2nd Sarah Arena Thompson (1843-1906), d/o Esquire Sr. Looney & Arena Davis Thompson. Joseph Jared married 2nd Rachel Rhea Ray (1810-1891), d/o Joseph & Kessiah Hensley Ray. Not listed: Martha “Patsy” Jared Byrne (1795-1832), d/o William Jared & Elizabeth Raulston & w/o Lawrence Byrne (1798-1854), s/o William T. Byrne Sr. (1768-1823) & Rhoda England (1773-1877).

“Gathering flowers for the Master's bouquet,
Beautiful flowers that will never decay.
Gathered by angels and carried a way,
Forever to bloom in the Master's bouquet”.

It is the hope of the community and the descendants of William Jared that this cemetery is preserved for the future generations.

Story compiled by Audrey J. (Denny) Lambert
Denny-Loftis website:
(Great-great-great-great granddaughter of William Jarratt Jared)


Book of Jared by Eleanor McAllister Hall, Vols. 1, 2, & 3.

Research by Audrey J. (Denny) Lambert, Stoney Creek Chapter NSDAR, MI, National Number: #811361.

NSDAR Patriot Index: William Jarratt (#811361), John Jared/Jarratt (#811361A879), Joseph Jared/Jarratt & Matthew Raulston (#811361A907).

Office of the Historian General, NSDAR, letter dated 26 July 2006 granting Audrey J. (Denny) Lambert permission to place a marker for Revolutionary War soldier William Jarratt/Jared in the William Jared Cemetery, Putnam Co., TN. Research by the Office of the Historian General and the Genealogy Dept. within the Office of the Registrar General, Washington D. C. Historical marker dedicated on the 20th of October 2007.

Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy by William Wade Hinshaw, author and publisher; Thomas Worth Marshall, Editor & Douglas Summers Brown, collaborator and Historian for Virginia, pub. 1950, pgs. 523 & 578.

Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution, Soldiers - Sailors - Marines 1775-1783, by John H. Gwathmey, pub. 1938, pg. 414.

List of the Revolutionary Soldiers of Virginia, Special Report of the Dept. of Archives and History for 1911, by H. J. Eckenrode, Archivist, pub. 1912, page 239.

First Families of Tennessee by East Tennessee Historical Society, pgs. 188 & 258.

Loudoun Co., VA Tithables 1758-1786, Vol. 2 1770-1778, complied by Marty Hiatt & Craig Roberts Scott, Iberian Pub. Co., Athens, GA 1995, pub. 1995, pg. 884.

Loudoun Co., VA Tithables 1758-1786, Vol. 3 1770-1786, complied by Marty Hiatt & Craig Roberts Scott, Iberian Pub. Co., Athens, GA 1995, pub. 1995, pgs. 1059 & 1240.

Putnam County Tennessee Cemeteries by Maurine Ensor Patton, pgs., 309, 310 & 312, pub. 1995.

William Jared Cemetery located on Robert Shanks’ property on Indian Creek Rd., Putnam Co., TN (N36° 08.726' W85° 45.375').

William Jared Family Bible, is in the possession of J. Y. “Jake’ & Peggy Ogeal Jared Wallace, (d/o Morgan Hurt Jared & Ogeal Sanders), Putnam Co., TN.

Marriage record: Jefferson County, Tennessee: Reel 23, pg. 1, TSLA, Nashville, TN:

William Garret to Elizabeth Roulstone - Dec. 2, 1792

Nashville Christian Advocate, May 26, 1848, pg. 4 - Joseph Jared Obituary.

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