Isaac Windsor (1753 – 1821)

Isaac Windsor (1753 – 1821)

Contributed by Compatriot Donald E. Smith

Isaac Windsor was born in Montgomery County, Maryland on 20 June 1753, the son of Lazarus Windsor Jr. and Elizabeth Gayer.  He served in the American Revolution as a Private in the Militia of Montgomery County, Maryland, Middle Battalion, 3rd Company on September 4, 1777 and the 2nd Battalion in July of 1780.  He signed the Oath of Fidelity and Support of Maryland on the return of Will Deakins, Jr. dated 3 March 1778.

He married Nancy Anne Riley, daughter of Ninian and Elizabeth Taylor Riley at the Rock Creek Church in Montgomery County, Maryland on March 2, 1779.  She was born on 8 February 1760 in Prince George County, Virginia.  After the Revolution, they moved to Surry County (now Yadkin County) North Carolina in the spring of 1783 where he had received a land grant for his service in the war.  They brought with them Samuel and Elizabeth, their two small children, and located near the Riley parents who had moved to North Carolina around 1780.

Mr. Riley later decided to move to Kentucky and Isaac purchased additional land from him at that time.  He also accumulated additional parcels from others and was one of the largest land owners in the county according to the Surry County tax records of 1812. 

Church records at Flat Rock Baptist Church (then called Petty’s Meeting House) at Hamptonville, North Carolina, show that Isaac and Nancy Anne attended church there.  Their hymn book dated 1803 still exists and is privately owned.

Isaac died on April 15, 1821 at the age of 67 and Nancy Anne died on 15 January 1845 at the age of 84.  They are both buried at the Windsor Family Cemetery near Windsor’s Crossroads in Yadkin County, North Carolina.