BIECKNELL (Beicknell, Biecknell, THOMAS d. 31 Dec 1780 m. Rachel Sparks 22 Oct 1774 Wilkes Co. NC. The widow of Thomas Biecknell alleged that he was a private & lieutenant. He enlisted under Cpt. (later Col.) Richard Allen while residing in Wilkes Co. N.C, & was at the siege of Charleston. He served at various times under Cols. Lenoir, Cleveland & Hearne (?). After being wounded in the hip by a ball in the battle at Kings Mountain, he was carried to the house of a certain Bowman near Morgantown, NC. His wife joined him there & a tended his wounds until he died 11 weeks later. The couple had 6 children. Mary, the baby married Davis Roper. Rachel applied for pension 3 Dec 1845 while residing in Pickens Dist. SC & aged 88 years. FPA R12399--------------------------------------------
Burial: 1833, Wilkes North Carolina
Military service: Fought in the Rev. War
Notes for NANCY MELINDA AZBILL REEDER:
Married to a friend of Thomas who died in the War of 1812. She had 4 children by Reeder.
Nancy was taken to court for not bringing up her children properly. The following is from the Estill Co. court records. Page 136, 17 July, 1815, Summons against Nancy Reeder alias Becknell, charged incapable of bringing up her children in a honest manner. Aaron Reeder age about 9 bound out to David W. Bullock to learn the occupation of a cabinet maker. Arras [Aaron] Reeder bound to same. Elizabeth Reeder bound to Henry Beatty to learn the trade of housewifery, and John Reeder to learn the trade of millwright to Henry Beatty. The orphans of Roosey [sic] Reeder.