Photograph of Deupree's Tavern
Photograph of William Deupree's Home

The family records of William Deupree (1759-1854) of Charlotte Co., VA, are written in a suede-bound ledger book, six inches wide by fifteen inches tall, and one and a half inches thick. The book was used for many purposes by William Deupree, who had a tavern on the King's Road (Route 713) and Old Courthouse Road (Route 730) south of Keysville. The ledger contains a few pages of tavern business, and many pages of the ongoing settlement of the estates of two of his sons who predeceased him, Overton Deupree (who died in 1832) and Moses A. Deupree (who died in 1833). There are some pages missing, and lots of blank pages. The earliest date in the book is 1832, and the latest date in the book is 1850. Several of William's youngest grandchildren practiced writing their names on the endpapers.

The family record seems to have been written in 1842 with a few additions after that. Although the entries after 1842 are in a shaky hand, there is a very clear entry for 1850 which may have been written by someone else.
The ledger book was found in an abandoned Charlotte Co. building in 1957 by Mrs. Gene Hile McKinney. She kept the book, although other valuable papers were saved and given to the Virginia Historical Society. These papers include many letters written by William Deupree's descendants back to Virginia, both before and after his death. In 1983, Mrs. McKinney published the Deupree family records in The Southsider: Local History and Genealogy of Southside Virginia, and I was a subscriber to the quarterly magazine. Mrs. McKinney subsequently sent me the ledger book. The records appear on four pages near the middle of the book. .

List of Ages my Family

Wm Deupree Born July 7th 1759
Amy Pettus Born August 17th 1761
Wm Deupree & Amy Pettus Married Decr 27 1780
Julia first Daughter Born Septr 22d 1782
Mary 2d Daughter " April 18th 1784
Thomas 1st Son Born June 12th 1786
Susanah 3 Daughter born April 30th 1788
Wm Son born July 30th 1790
Nane [Nancy] Daughter Born November 6th 1791
Joseph Son born April 4th 1794
John ditto born July 18th 1796
Overton ditto Born November 3d 1798
Amy Daughter born Octr 8th 1800
Prudence Daughter born Novr 4th 1802
Abram Lewis Son born Octr 2d 1805
Moses A Son born Occtr 21st 1807
Nancy Deupree present Wife born May 1775
Married to me December 31st 1833
Parsha L. Lipscombe born January 11th 1827
Wm Deupree's Daughter
Pamilia Married August 1839


[following single entry in a different color of ink, possible a different handwriting:]
Nancy Brown 2nd Wife of Wm Deupree Esq
was born 29th May 1775


List ages Wm Deupree Jr Children
[following single entry in different ink and possibly different handwriting:]
Parsha L Lipscomb & Mary M. Watson married 31 May 1850
Mary J. Deupree now Willingham
Born Septr 1st 1816
Susanah T. Deupree X Jennet
was born January 13th 1819
Thos L Deupree born Septr 6 1821
Pamilia F Deupree now Gwin
was Born Jany 22d 1824
Jos W. Deupree born Feby 14 1827
Benjamin F. Deupree
was born Octr 25 1829
Robert Deupree born Octr 31 1839
[name left out] Born Octr - 1841 [this was Margaret]
Patience 2d Daughter Mary C
Born March 1845

List of Deaths
Amy Deupree first Wife Died May 28th 1828
Son John Died August 22 1798
Son Abram L. Died April 15 1808
Daughter Susana died Jany 7th 1815
Son Joseph died Octr 11th 1814
Son Thomas died Jany 7th 1825
Son Overton died May 8 1832
Son Moses A. died Feby 14th 1833
Daughter Mary C. died Augt 10th 1834
Letty Deupree Wm Wife died Augt 14th 1836
John Cheaney [inserted above] Jr Wife died May -- 1838
Harmon Elam died May 31st 1838
Wm Deupree Son died July 23d 1842
James Brooks died 1842

Ages of Amy Foards family
Devereaux Foard
Born Novr 5th 1797
Amy W. Foard Born Octr 8 1800
Sarah A. P. T. Foard born Jany 7th 1822
Amy E. C. M. Foard born Jany 14 1824
Wm T. A. Foard born Feby 15 1826
Moses A. D. Foard born March 28 1828
Mary S. A. Foard born Augt 3 1830
Jos S. H. Foard born Jany 7 1833
Julia Frs J Foard born Aprl 12 1835

Ages Moses Deuprees Children
Julia Ann Deupree
Born April 1st 1829
Isabella Christiana Feby 13 1831
Amy Jane Novembr 9 1832

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Sarah A. P. Foard Daughter of D. & A. Foard
Married to James Hicks Octr 10th 1839
1841 his elder Daughter
Sarah A. P. T. Hicks Daughter born -- 1841

[Contributed by Susan Deupree Jones, 1997]