William G. "Billy" Eads of Washington Co., VA

William G Eads of Washington Co VA

Billy Eads of Washington Co VA

Records of Ed Mitchell (1019 Oakland Dr, Bristol TN 37620):
According to a letter from Ed Mitchell to an unknown person: "Your ancestor Sally Rush was a sister to my great-great grandmother, Margaret Mumpower. Old man Billy got mad at both of them for marrying men he did not approve of and quit speaking to both of them - Sally and Margaret. All of the children quit speaking to Billy when he remarried, except William King, who inherited everything when Billy died. He later committed suicide as did his brother Bradley. There was much friction and hatred in the family. The neighbors overlooked it by saying that they were just Indians and that's the way Indians acted."

1860 census lists name as EADES; 1870 census lists as EADS. 1880 census shows William's father b.NC & his mother b.VA. Billy's ages in censuses:39-1860; 49-1870; 58-1880. Billy Eads was part Cherokee Indian according to Ed Mitchell. Billy weighed about 300 pounds and was very strong, according to a descendant at Rush family reunion.