William Whitfield II – Continental Army Officer – Virginia


William Whitfield II (May 20, 1715 in Chowan County, North Carolina – March 31, 1795 in Bertie County, North Carolina) was a Captain of the 6th Virginia Regiment during the American Revolutionary War and a planter. He was a son of William Whitfield I, the patriarch of the Whitfield family. He purchased Seven Springs, North Carolina from Buckskin Williams, the father of Benjamin Williams, the Governor of North Carolina.


He married Rachel Bryan, and his sons, Needham Whitfield and William Whitfield III were in the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge during the revolutionary war. The former was a clerk to Colonel Caswell and the other a private in the Light Horse Cavalry, taking prisoner General McDonald, who was the Commander of the Tories.

William was a Dobbs County member to the 1761 and 1762 North Carolina General Assembly held in Wilmington. In 1779 he was a member of Governor Richard Caswell’s Council held in New Berne, and a Justice of Peace for Johnston County, North Carolina. He was later a Colonel.


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