- Marriage (1): Rachel WORTHINGTON
- Marriage (2): Rebecca HOLLINGSWORTH
Information shows he was married to Rebecca Hollingsworth and to Rachel Worthington. It is unclear which is the mother of William's nine children.
William Coltrane , son of David, was a surveyor for the King. He is mentioned in the Colonial Records as a messenger for Charles Bond to Governor Caswell, March 4, 1778, with a requisition for $40,000 for repairing and outfitting the vessel, PENNSYLVANIA FARMER, for use in the Revolutionary War. (See North Carolina Colonial Records, Vol. 4, pages 346, 627, 636, 813)
The census of 1790 shows his family as consisting of three males over sixteen years of age, two under sixteen, and four females. A grant of 400 acres of land from the Earl of Chathammer, Lord Guilford, to William Coltrane (99) in 1782 is shown on the records of Guilford County, North Carolina. A grant of 360 acres is shown in 1786 and a grant of another 150 acres is shown in 1797.
William Coltrane married Rachel Worthington. The first family interest in genealogy is shown by his action after he removed to Guilford County.
William Coltrane had listed in the County records in Guilford Court House the names of his children. (See Book 1, p. 77) ....
William and Rachel Coltrane were Quakers, members of Concord Meeting, which was set up by Center Monthly Meeting, Guilford County, North Carolina. It is said that at this Meeting four of their children married four of the children of James and Martha (Millikan) Frazier. Hence the alliance of the families of Coltrane and Frazier commenced in the early days of settlement of the Piedmont section of North Carolina.
Lineage, identity, and spouses' identities (with Rebecca Hollingsworth [Coltrane]  specified as the first) established from DATA PROVIDED
1994 BY MARY GRAY COLTRANE (ZIMMERMAN) (7). The following excerpt was taken from those data:
William Coltrane - son of David Coltrane of Edenton, married Rebecca Hollingsworth. He lived in Deep River section in Guilford County which was then a part of Rowan County. He acquired land there in 1760 and it was 20 years before anyone else of the name secured deeds.
In 1790 he was the only Coltrane as his father had died before he came to Deep River. William Coltrane (99) was thought to be a Quaker.
Children of William Coltrane and Rebecca Hollingsworth: David, James, William, Jacob, Daniel, Abigail, Mary, and Rachel.
NOTE: No mention is made of a ninth child; i.e., Amey (or Amy) Jemima (Sagima) Coltrane (108) and the first eight offspring are listed as children of Rachel.
Worthington (Coltrane) in DESCENDANTS OF DAVID COLTRANE AND JAMES
OF NORTH CAROLINA.
The following excerpt was taken from NEWSPAPER CLIPPING (publication and date unknown):
WHO ARE YOU?
The Romance of Your Name
By Ruby Haskins Ellis
This very distinguished name is of Scottish origin, dating back for many centuries.
William Coltrane of Randolph County, N.C., was a messenger sent to Gov. Caswell in 1778, in the interest of repairing and outfitting he ship, Pennsylvania Farmer, to be used in the American Revolution.
William married Rachel WORTHINGTON.
William next married Rebecca HOLLINGSWORTH.