Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia

Volume I

AUGUSTA COUNTY COURT RECORDS.

ORDER BOOK No. I. (cont.)

NOVEMBER 22, 1746.

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  (142) Commission to examine records.
  (142) Posts of directions to be set up on roads.
  (142) Road ordered from Co. Ho. to Timber Broge (Ridge?).
  (144) James Fowler vs. Saml. Givens.
          Deft. pleaded--Plaintiff's own assault.
          Plt. replied--Defendant's own wrong.

FEBRUARY 18, 1746/7.

  (151) Ro. McMahon--garnishee.
  (151) James Connerly, charged with felony in stealing deer skins--acquitted; but convicted of killing 38 red deer contrary to law and fined, and being a vagrant person, put under recognizance. Joseph Lane and Baptist McNabb securities.
  (151) Andrew Baxter, nearly eighty, to be levy free.
  (151) Robert King to build a water mill.
  (151) John Ruddle to build a water mill.
  (151) Henry Guy to build a water mill.
  (152) James Allison, to build a water mill.
  (152) John Stevenson qualified Lieut. Foot.
  (152) Adam Harman qualified Captain Foot.
  (152) John Edwards qualified Under Sheriff.
  (152) John McCown, Michael Finney, Thos. Williams, appointed Constables in Forks of James--precincts to be laid off by Richard Burton.

FEBRUARY 19, 1746/7.

  (153) Baptist McNabb qualified Ensign of Foot.
  (153) Adam Dickerson to build a water grist mill.
  (153) Wm. Aylett, John and Henry Guy to appraise Crockett's estate.
  (153) Abraham Drake chose Thomas Grubbs guardian.
  (153) Administration of Abraham Drake's estate committed to Thos. Grubbs, guardian of Abraham Drake, son of Abraham Drake. John Davis, Alexr. Mathews, Daniel Stover and George Leath, appraisers.
  (153) Ro. McClenahan--Ordinary license in County.
  (154) Catherine Cole, servant of David Stuart.
  (154) Wm. Aylett, Thos. Symster, Wm. Ayler and John Guy, appraisers.
  (154) Ulrich Kyhner to build a mill at the narrow passage, rejected.
  (154) John Hodge, leave to build a mill.
  (154) Catherine Quin, recognized on charge petty larceny.
  (155) Lucus Morgan (servant of Wm. Miller) imported from Ireland under 19 years and in this Colony above 6 months.
  (158) Jurymen--Wm. Elliott, Joseph McClelhill, Andrew Nutt.
  (159) When Church Wardens are chosen they are to bind out Wm. Anderson.

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FEBRUARY 20, 1746/7.

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  (161) 14, 2 Penna. Money == 10, 11, 6 Cur. Money, Va.
  (162) Jurymen--Wm. Beus, Ro. Brown, James Price, John Lynn.
  (163) James Wright, dead over 30 days without will, has very small estate and Sheriff ordered to sell it.
  (163) Report on Clerk's Office--favorable.
  (163) Christian Boyter--witness.
  (164) Margret Sherrill--witness.
  (164) John McClewrath--garnishee.
  (167) John Hunter relinquished his right to qualify on estate of his mother, Elizabeth Hunter, in Lunenburg Co., who died lately intestate in said Co., to Wm. Hunter, his younger brother.
  (167) John Rutledge and James Bell produced deeds from Thomas Galesby, but Henry Downs claimed that he was Galesby's security for 50, and Court refused to record deeds.
  (167) Robert Renix qualified Lieut. of Horse.
  (167) John Ramsey qualified Constable in Cap. Thompson's Co.

MARCH 18, 1746/7.

  (168) James Montgomerie qualified Coroner.
  (168) Road ordered from lower end of cow-pasture to Carter's Mill, and Adam Dickenson, James Scot, Wm. Galespy, James Simpson, Wm. Dowerty, Andrew Maldrough, Hugh Coffey, John Donerly, Alexr. McKay, John Mitchell, John Moore, Ralph Laverty, John Cockmill, James Huy, Wm. Hugh, James Stewart, James McKay worked it.
  (168) Road ordered from Caleb Jones's mill down to County line, James McKay, Moses McKay, Henry Harding, John Hill, Philip Crine, Thos. Land, Wm. Hursh, Thos. Burk, Wm. Harrel, Thos. Grubbs, Wm. Hawkins, Zachery McKay, Joshua Job, James McNeal, Adam Cunningham, Jacob Sterrell, Charles Coxe, Charles Burk, Ephrm. Leech, Caleb Job.
  (168) Road ordered from Top of the Ridge to John Terrald's and James Beard's, with these tithables, John Bomgardner, Jacob Harmon, Robert and Saml. Scot, John Stevenson, Robert Hook, Wm. Burk, Mathew Thompson, Charles Duel, Nicholas Noel, John Lawrence, Jacob Pence, Henry Dickens, Valentine Pence, George Scot, John Viare, Jacob Harmon, Sr., Mathew Sharp, John Harmon, Ro. Frazier, James Beard, Mathew Thompson, John Robton, Stiffell Francisco, Wm. Lamb, Samuel Lockard, Ro. Smith.
  (169) Daniel Kidney acquitted of stealing Indian fodder from Henry Christwell.
  (169) Saml. Wilkins to keep an ordinary.
  (169) John Archer required to deliver up to Catherine Quin her child, and James Carter and Ro. Davis, arbitrators.
  (171) James Burk  (greatest creditor) Admr. Isaac Bean.

MARCH 18, 1746/7.

  (172) Appraisers of John Jennet's estate.
  (173) Wm. Burk complains that Torance McMullen has a horse the property of the widow Fulsher of Orange.

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MARCH 19, 1746/7.

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  (173) Liquors rated.--Ordinary keepers required to abide by these rates, and if any sell bad liquor, he is to forfeit his license.
  (173) John Bramham qualified Under-Sheriff.
  (175) David Davis and John Smith to lay off a road from the Co. Ho. to top Blue Ridge, near Rockfish Gap, and from thence to Falls of James River and Fredericksburg.
  (177) Sarah, wife of Robert Allen, a witness from Frederick Co.
  (179) John Newport, Assignee of Ogullion vs. Joseph Wait } Three days work, six shillings.
  (181) James Campbell and John McCown appd. Constables.

MARCH 20, 1746/7.

  (181) Court for proof of Public Claims and Receiving and Certifying Propositions and Grievances.
  (181) A Proposition and Grievance from this County concerning a place to fix the Court House on--it is ordered to be certified that a copy of the order of Council and all Col. Beverley's letters to this Court concerning the Co. Ho. and letters from the Court to him be sent to Genl. Assembly, and that Beverley never made any answer to the last letter sent him by this Court. Court adjourned.

APRIL 1, 1747.

  (191) Examination of Rebecca Buchanan for murder. She was so sick, trial deferred until May Court.
  (191) Mary Ann Campbell, Ruth Buchanan and Rebecca Buchanan, the other criminals, be committed for trial till May Court.
  (191) Rebecca Hays, Isabella Taylor, Sarah Paxton, Elizabeth Davis, Mary McClung, Agnes Gray, Esther Lyle, Agnis McClure, Catherine McNabb, Jane Hall, Prudence Campbell, Elizabeth McCroskie and Hannah Miller appeared and their husbands recognized that they appear at May Court to testify against Rebecca Buchanan, Jr., and Senr., Mary Ann Campbell and Ruth Buchanan. John Carmichael also recognized.

MAY 20, 1747.

  (192) Trial of Rebecca Buchanan, Jr., on suspicion of murder, and Rebecca Buchanan, Sr., Mary Ann Campbell, Ruth Buchanan, alias Carmickell, on suspicion of being accessories. All acquitted except Rebecca, Jr., who was committed for trial at Williamsburg.
  (193) Thos. Paxton, James McClung, Isaac Taylor, Gilbert Campbell, Wm. Hall and Andrew McNabb recognized that their wives, as above, appear as witnesses: William Lusk in behalf of Agnis Grey; Saml. Davis in behalf of his mother, Eleanor Davis; Moses McClure in behalf of his mother, Agness McClure; Andrew Hays in behalf of his mother, Rebecca Hays; Silas Hart in behalf of Esther Lyle. Acknowledged themselves as above. Wm. Henry also acknowledged as above.

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MAY 21, 1747.

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  (194) David Kinkead and Winifred, his wife, witnesses.
  (196) On petition of Abraham Drake, Sr., Admr. of Abraham Drake, his decd. son granted him during minority of his grandson, Abraham Drake, Admn. to Grubs is revoked.
  (196) George Wythe qualified Attorney.
  (196) Sarah Hays, widow of George, Adm'tes on George's estate.
  (196) Admn. of Joseph Watson granted to his widow, Elizabeth.
  (196) Admn of John Taylor granted to Peter Dyer, greatest credr.
  (196) John Davis a runaway servant.
  (196) George Gabriel, horse thief.
  (197) Andrew Muldrough, John Donerly, Alexr. McClary, and Hugh Coffie, appraisers of John Watson.
  (197) Martin Coffman, Peter Roughenough and Jacob Burnet, appraisers of Abraham Drake.
  (197) Thomas Williams and John McCowen qual. Constables.
  (198) Michael Finey, qualified Lieut. Foot.
  (198) Saml. Delap appd. Constable, vice Nath. McClure; John Spear, Constable, vice Jno. Trimble; James Galespy, Constable, vice Wm. Wright; Ro. Ramsey, Constable, vice Thos Black; Alexr. McCroskie, Constable, vice Charles Hays; John Erwin, Constable, vice James Hogshead; James Hogart and Wallace Ashton, Constables, vice James Maies; Thos. Cohoon and David Miller, Constables, on Roan Oke; Archd. Hamilton and David Stevenson, Constables, vice Danl. Deniston; James Slone, Constable, vice James Hony; Geo. Draper, Peter Rentfro and James Cohoon, Constables, vice Humb. Lyon; John Ramsey, Constable, vice Wm. Guy; James Beard and John Maggot, Constables, vice Adam Miller; Andrew Scot, Constable, vice John Ramsey; John Campbell, Constable, vice Ro. Givin; John Leath, Constable, vice Elisha Job; Valentine Sevear, Constable, vice Wm. Carroll; John States, Constable, vice James Robinson; Ro. Montgomerie and John McClintin, Constables, vice Wm. Scot.
  (199) Wm. Russell neglected his duty as attorney.
  (199) Road ordered from Fork of the New Road, near Jumping Run, or Colletts, to the Co. Ho., and John Dobikin, John Smith, Jacob Dye, Thomas Moore and William Brown lay it off.
  (199) Grand Jury Presentments: Col. Thomas Chew, common swearer; John Bramham, sheriff, common swearer; John O'Neal and Mary Corbit, alias Smith, adultery; James Kerr, disturber of common peace by carrying lies and as a common lyer; Valentine Sevear, swearing six oaths; Ro. Harper, being drunk and swearing three prophane oaths; John Bramham, for prophanely desiring God to damn George Robinson and his company; Robert Young, breach of Sabbath; James Kerr, breach of Sabbath; James Burk, common swearer.
  (200) Daniel Curlew, breach of Sabbath; James Burk, prophaner of God's name by common swearing.
  (200) Road from Co. Ho., formerly laid off by Wm. Thompson, be re-laid off by David Stuart and Andrew Russell.
  (200) Robert Trimble exempted from levy for infirmities.

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  (200) John Allison have license to keep a ferry from his landing to Herbert McClures.
  (200) Road to be repaired from Alexr. Thomson's to top of Ridge leading to Louisa, and Wm. Thomson, Jr., with the tithables from the So. Mountain across by the Peaked Mountain to North Mountain and from So. Mountain by Ro. Turk's across by John Anderson's to North Mountain assist.
  (202) Sheriff ordered to ask Orange Court to connect a road with the road near Swift Run Gap to Top of the Ridge.
  (202) John Edmondson, leave to build a mill.

MAY 22, 1747.

  (202) Samuel Black, a dissenting minister, took all the oaths.
  (204) John O'Neal died at house of John Preston and his estate so inconsiderable--none will admr., and sheriff ordered to sell.
  (206) John Maycomb--a witness.

MAY 23, 1747.

  (213) Saml. Blythe to be summoned--petn. Mordecai Early.
  (214) Rob. Caldwell appd. Constable, vice Val. Sevear.
  (215) Thos. Cotner refused license to sell liquors. Wm. Watkins and Alice, his wife, witnesses; Ruben Franklin, witness; Adam Miller and Barbara his wife, witnesses.

JUNE 17, 1747.

  (216) John Johnson acquitted of being a runaway slave.
  (216) Lewis Morgan, servant boy of Martin Coffman, to learn blacksmithing.
  (216) Administration upon John Young granted to James Young (his brother.)
  (217) Thos. Waterson appd. Constable, vice David Stevenson; Wm. Carr appd. Constable, vice James Gillespy; Andrew Fought, appd. Constable, vice Rob. Finley; John Spear, James Beard, Archd. Hamilton, Andrew Scot, qualified Constables.
  (220) Isaac White--Garnishee.

JUNE 18, 1747.

  (221) John Westvall qualified Constable.
  (221) James Coburn. Michael Harness, James Simpson, Michael Shef, appraisers John Bogard's estate.
  (221) James Porteus neglected his duty as attorney.
  (221) 7, 11, 8, Penna. Money == 5, 11, 9, Cur. Money.

JUNE 19, 1747.

  (239) Robert Patterson and James Alien to view a road from John Picken's Mill to Lower Meeting House, and Andrew Lewis and Ro. Poage view a road from said mill to the Co. Ho.

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