1760-1765 At age 10-15 William supposedly arrived in America with older brother, Charles, before the Revolutionary War. There is a record of Charles' arrival in 1760 but none the same date for William.
NJ, near Philadelphia, PA was where they settled and there he married Mary.
Hunterdon Co, NJ was the family homeplace and may be the same place as the last residence.
Early 1780s NC. Following sons, James and Charles, the family moved to the Jersey settlement on the Yadkin River, which is now Davidson County, NC area. They lived on the waters of Lick Creek, probably between 1st Creek and Flat Swamp. State Grant #2670 - at 30 shillings the 100 acres to William Dailey, 100 acres on Flat Swamp and Buck Branch next to Leonard Smith and John Conger.
His name appeared on several land transfers:
Deed Book 11, p 720. 20 Sep 1788. William Roberts, planter, and wf May (X) to Thomas Brakin/Braiken of Orange Co., NC, for L153.04; 121 A on Dutchmans Crk adj Robert Foster, Samuel Baily, William Butler, Graves, and John Allen. Wit: William Butler, Lairince [sic] Daly. Prvd by Butler at May Ct 1789.
Deed Book 12, p. 169. 13 May 1790. James McCulloh, planter, to John Henderson Sr. for L3 gold and silver, 4 A adj this Grantor, Which he bought from Benjamin Nern?. Wit: Laurance Daly, John James, Henry (X) Hendricks. Prvd by James at Aug Ct 1790,
Deed Book 14, p. 721. 29 Nov 1792. George Bond, planter, and wf Sarah, of Mechlenburg Co. NC to Nathan Weiatt/Weiate, planter, of Rowan, for L20, 320 A on Lick Crk adj Moses Park, John Weiatt, and William Dailey; which was a grant to this Grantor on 18 May 1789 [12:210]. Wit: Wm Cole, Michael Beck. Prvd by Beck at Nov Ct 1796.
Deed Book 14, p. 746. 20 Sept 1796 / Nathan Wiatt to Adam Smith of Orange Co, NC for L120 hard money, 200 A on Lick Crk adj Moses Park, John Wiatt, William Dayley, and William Sandy; and being land conveyed from George Bonds to this Grantor on 18 May 1789. Wit: William Ward, Lydia(X) Ward. Proved by William Ward at Feb Ct 1797.
Deed Book 17, p.240. 30 Jan 1800. State grant #2624 @ 30 sh per 100 A to William Cole, 117 A on Lick Crk,[adj] Andrew Sullivan, Frederick Goss, Abraham Giles, and William Dailey.
Deed Book 18, p. 359. 13 May 1801. William Cole to his son John Cole for love and affection. 117 A on both sides of Lick Crk adj this Grantor, Andrew Sillivan, Phillip Trotter, and William Dailey. Ti being a grant to the Grantor on 30 Jan 1800 [17:240}. Wit: Mark cole, Andrew Sillivan. Prvd by Sillivan at Nov Ct 1801.
Deed Book 19, p 499. 19 April 1803. Michel Peck to William Sandy for L400 specie, 50 A on Lick Crk adj this Granto and Daley. It was part of the land where this Granto resided. Wit: Robert (X) Williams. Jesse Henry. Prvd by Henry at Nov Ct 1805.
1790 Rowan Co, NC. He and son Lawrence were the only Dailys in the county that year at census time, Mary's father was also in that county. William's household included 1 male over 16, 3 males under 16, and 4 females.
1794 Davidson Co, NC. William entered land there according to land records: The State Grants #2670, at 30 shillings the 100 acres to William 100 acres Flat Swamp and Buck Branch next to Leonard Smith and John Conger. This piece of property was sold in 1816 by grandson, Edmund Daily, son of Charles, who may have inherited it. Buyers were James and Joseph Cerick.
1800 Salisbury, Rowan Co, NC. That year the census recorded living in William's house: 2 males under 10, 1 at 10-25, William was over 45, 2 female 16-25, and probably Mary, also over 45. He was the only Daily in the county but there were several Palmers including Mary's father.
1810 The only William Daily/Dailey in NC that year lived at Hyde Co but he also lived there in 1800 so it was not this man.
1820 Where was he that year?
1830 St Maries Dist, Wake Co, NC. Was he the man living there at census time? He was 50-60 years old and had in the household 1 female at 10-15, 2 at 20-30 and 1 was 60-70.
US & Int'l Marriage Records, 1541-2000, has 1740 as William's birth year.