Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia

Volume I

AUGUSTA COUNTY COURT RECORDS.

ORDER BOOK No. IV.

AUGUST 14, 1753.

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  (1) New Commission.
  (2) William Battersby qualifies Attorney.
  (3) Ephraim Love to clear a road, his place to main road that leads from the South Branch over Swift Run Pass.
  (6) Richard Dun, servant of Saml. Henderson.
  (7) Charles Conner, servant of Wm. Robinson.
  (7) John Denton, qualified Lieut. Co. of Foot; John Denton, Jr., qualified Ensign Co. of Foot; James Borsland, qualified Lieut. Co. of Foot.

AUGUST 15, 1753.

(8) Peter Hoult tried and acquitted of murdering Nicholas Trout who was killed by accident in a scuffle.

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AUGUST 16, 1753.

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  (9) Ludwick Francisco, qualified Captain; Edward McDaniel, qualified Cornet; Jeremiah Sciler, qualified Captain of Foot; Luke Collins, qualified Ensign of Foot.
  (10) Walter Patterson receives a certificate of good character in order to practise law.
  (10) Lewis Morgan, servant of Michael Kaufman.
  (11) James Bell to be sumoned to show cause why he does not administer on his decd. brother's estate.

AUGUST 17, 1753.

  (15) Sarah, wife of John Stevenson, relinquished dower in deed, John S.--to Archibald Husten.
  (17) Saml. Cloyd added to tithables.
  (22) Suit abates by John Rutledge's death { Underwood, &c., vs. Galespy and Rutledge.
  (26) John Neilly, no inhabitant.

AUGUST 18, 1753.

  (30) Robert Roy vs. George Neill and Momus Land} Abates by death of plaintiff.
  (38) Wm. Burk vs. Edward McGinniss } Deft. lives in Frederick.
  (60) James Huey removed out of this Colony.
  (61) Pierce Costley removed out of this Colony.
  (62) Mandamus from General Court to County Ct. requiring it to dismiss the jury in case of James Patton vs. James Cohoun--which is done and case continued.

NOVEMBER 21, 1753

  (66) Benj. Barnett, infant of Richard Barnett, decd., 16 yrs. old, chooses guardian.
  (66) John Figare and Edward Figare, his son, bound to peace.

NOVEMBER 22, 1753.

  (68) County levy--wolf heads.
  (72) George Trout, brother of Nicholas Trout, qualities on latter's estate--the widow refusing.

NOVEMBER 23, 1753.

   (73) John Paxton to be overseer of road from Edmonston's Mill to Fork Meeting House, with these: James Trimble, Michael Finney, John Berrisford, Wm. Holdman, John Hardin, Hugh Means, Joseph Lapsley, Peter Wallace, Saml. McClure, Abram Brown, John Moore, Robert Moore, Stephen Arnold, Saml. Paxton, Jas. Edmondson.

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  (75) John Mathews to be overseer of road from North Fork of James River, near John Mathew's, to Renix's Road, with these workers: Henry Brown, John Smiley, James Trimble, John Berriford, James Edmondson, Wm. Edmondson, Michael Finney, Wm. Holdman, Stephen Arnold, Hugh Means, John Harger, Wm. Scot, Edward Bishop, Alexr. McCorkall, Pat. McCorkall, Henry Fuller, Joseph Pain, Edwd. Baley, James Baley, John Peter Salling, Jas. Simpson, James Wolson, Alexr. Beggs, John Mathews, Joshua Mathews, John Maxwell, Jas. Frazier, John Hutcheson, Senr., John Hutcheson, Jr., George Sailing, Richd. Beton, Wm. Boil, John Sprowl, John Smith, Saml. McClure, John Smiley, John McCuley, Richd. Mathews, Sampson Mathews, Daniel Sancion, Saml. Paxton, Wm. Paxton, John Oleston, Samuel Oleston, Saml. Walker.

NOVEMBER 24, 1753.

  (76) Road ordered from Saml. Stalnaker's, on Holston River, to James Davis's--Saml. Stalnaker to be overseer, with these workers: James Davis and his sons, Frederick Corlock, David, George and Conrad Corlock, Frederick Starn, Jacob and Adam Stalnaker, Jacob and Henry Goldman, Isaiah Hamilton, Hamilton Shoemaker, Timothy Coe, Humphry Baker and son, George Stalnaker, Adam Andrews, Mathias Sarch, Michael Hook, Martin Counce, Jacob Mires.
  (76) Road ordered--Wm. Bryan overseer--from Wm. Carravan's plantation to Wm. Bryans on Roan Oak. These workers: James Campbell, Joseph Love, Wm. Bryan, Jr., John Bryan, James Bane, Henry Brown, Jr., James Neilly, Henry Brown, Sr., Alexr. Ingram, Edward Patterson, Jacob Patton, John Wood, Erwin Patterson, Andrew Cox, Jasper Terry, Wm. Terry, John Woods, Edward Moore, Peter Craven, Aron Hart, Miles Hart, Wm. Graham, Neal McNeal, Malcom Campbell, Wm. Armstrong, Tasker Tosh, Thomas Tosh, Daniel Evans, Uriah Acres, Thos. Acres, John McAdoe, Wm. Akers.
  (76) Road ordered--Wm. Carravan, overseer--from Charles Millicons to Wm. Carravan's, with these workers: Wm. Ralston and his sons, Charles Millicon, James, Joseph and Edward McDonald, Joseph and David Robinson, James Galliad, Archd. Graham, David Miller, Hugh Mills, Richard Kerr, Wm. Miller, Wm. Graham, David and Joshua McCormick, Tobias Smith, Steven Rentfro.

NOVEMBER 26, 1753.

  (77) James Mitchell complains that his master, Valentine Severe, abuses him--several of these complaints by several of Valentine's servants.
  (78) Overseers appointed for the Indian Road from the North Fork to the Main Branch of the James River.
  (105) Clerk ordered to send for a proper seal for this County.
  (106) Ordered that no money be paid to the persons building the new Court House without consent of the Court.

MARCH 20, 1754.

  (107) Momus Lawler, servant of John King.

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  (109) Bridge to be built at the place called Brown's Bridge.
  (109) Mary, wife of Alexr. Gibson, released dower in 26 1/2 acres conveyed by Alexr. to James Reaburn.

MARCH 21, 1754.

  (113) Susannah Patton qualified Admx. of her decd. father, Jacob Patton. (For military qualifications see infra under 15 May. These qualifications not indexed.)
  (115) Isaac Schooley--appraisers appointed--also in Frederick Co.
  (115) John Porton, infant, servant of James Miles and Thomas Hamilton, released from indenture.
  (116) Richard Hadley and Wm. McDaniel, servants of Ephraim Vance.
  (116) Causeway ordered to be built over the Marsh between the Co. Ho. and Tinkling Spring.
  (117) John Buchanan, Weaver--special bail.
  (118) Anthony Thompson, decd.--his goods to be delivered into Court.
  (123) Gibson vs. Wm. Scot } Following attached--5 pewter basins, 20 plates, 6 dishes, 1 looking glass, 1 silver punch ladle, 6 porringers, 3 punch bowls, 4 blankets, 2 pillows.
  (124) John and Agnes Mills, witnesses for Lunenburg.

MARCH 23, 1754.

  (126) Liquors rated.
  (126) Road ordered from Campbell's School House to Renix's Road--Saml. Walker, overseer--with these workers: William Bradshaw, John Maxwell, James Frazier, John McColley, John Peter and George Salley, Henry Fuller, Joseph Ryan, John Hutchings, John Hutchings, Jr., John Sprowl, Mathew Vance, Richard Benton, Wm. Burt, John Smith, Joseph Smith, John Allison, Wm. Byers, Richard Mathews, Sampson Mathews, Saml. Walker, Thos. Shaw, Stephen Arnold, John Peteet, Wm. Noble, Saml. Allison.
  (126) Road ordered from North River to Campbell's School House. John Mathews, overseer, with Alexr. McCorkell, Edmund Crump, John Harger.
  (129) Elizabeth McDonald--death abates suit.
  (129) On motion of Cap. Andrew Lewis, Wm. Pere, Josias Baker, Terrence Sweney, John Shaw, John Smith, Joseph Baxter, Bartholamy Burns, Geo. McSwine, who were listed for his Majesty's service, took the oaths.
  (130) George Bigham petitions for Admn. of estate of Robert Foil, decd., as being nearest of kin--rejected.

MARCH 25, 1754.

  (142) Wm. Leopard, overseer from Bingaman's Ferry to Roan Oak, near Tobias Bright's, also from Widow Draper's to Jacob Brown's.
  (142) Road to James Miller's on Reed Creek.
  (142) Road from Alexr. Sayer's Mill to James Davison's, on Holdston's River, James Davis and James McCall, overseers.

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  (142) Road from Jacob Brown's, on Roan Oak, to Isaac Taylor's--John Robinson, Sr., overseer.
  (147) Road from Frederick Hartsaw's Mill, on Craig's Creek, up the Creek and across a mountain to James McAfee's. Henry Holdston, Jr., surveyor.

MARCH 26, 1754.

  (168) Joseph Bell--witness.

MARCH 27, 1754.

  (181) Benj. Scot, security for Judith Scot, Admx. of John Scot, decd., who has since married Joseph Carpenter, prays counter security.

APRIL 3, 1754.

  (186) Patrick Hair, convict servant of John Anderson, convicted of stealing out of the courtyard, nigh the house of Wm. Murray, sundry goods, property of Rev. Robert McMordie.

APRIL 17, 1754.

  (187) John Smith, servant of Archd. Carns.

MAY 15, 1754

     This date is deferred--here follow military qualifications including since 21 March.
  (118) George Robinson--Captain of Foot; Wm. Gray--Lieut. of Foot; Wm. Dyer--Lieut. of Foot.      Prior to March 21, in Vol. IV, military qualifications are not noted in this book and must be looked up--down to 15 May.
  (193) Thomas Harrison qualified Lieutenant.
  (194) Road ordered from Widow Sloans to end of Carravan's new road, John McGown be overseer.

MAY 16, 1754.

  (194) Robert McMahon qualifies Admr. of his son, Saml. McMahon.
  (195) David Miller qualifies Admr. of his father's (Wm. Miller) estate.
  (197) James Murphy, child of Catharine Quin.
  (198) Thomas Rutledge Admr. of John Rutledge, decd., Thomas and John were brothers.
  (200) Alexr. McKenny, servant of Wm. Murray.

MAY 17, 1754.

  (205) John Clark entered last night Ro. McClenachan's house and demanded satisfaction for a decision rendered by Robert in a cause in Court--bound to peace.
  (206) Many attachments vs. Wm. Murray, who was contractor for the new Court House; also vs. John Harmon.

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  (210) John Wilson's death abates suit.
  (214) Scire facias ordered on recognizance of Joseph Collet, charged by Henry Brown for robing him of his wife and sundry goods.

MAY 18, 1754.

  (219) Anne Brown, wife of James Brown, came into Court and called Justice William Wilson a "rogue, and that on his coming off the Bench she would give it to him with the Devil," bound to good behovior.
  (227) Jacob Miller vs. Elizabeth Thomas } Elizabeth is an infant.

MAY 20, 1754.

  (247) Daniel Drody--juryman.
  (251) James Patton vs. James Calhoun } Submitted to arbitration. Patton was under obligation to deliver 2 patents to Calhoun, contracted when there was no fee to the Governor for signing the patents. Before patents were delivered, law was enacted giving Governor a fee. Patton charged this to Calhoun. Award is that each pay fee for one patent.

MAY 21, 1754.

  (252) George Berry petitions that his father, James Berry, be relieved from levy--granted.
  (252) James Murphy, Sarah and Rebecca McGinas, children of Catharine Quins to be bound out, Catharine being a charge on the County.
  (252) Esther Smith, a child of Nicholas Smith, to be bound out, he being an idle person without visible means.

AUGUST 21, 1754.

  (253) Christian Wilson, wife of William Wilson, informs the Court that her husband has left the Colony and left three small children, two of whom she cannot support, viz: Danl. and Elizabeth Wilson, who are ordered to be bound out.
  (254) Isabella Moore, servant of Robert Poage.
  (255) Saml. Pegg, servant of James Allen; Edwd. Hays, servant of Wm. Robertson; Robert Gaw, servant of Ro. Renix.
  (256) Owen Callihan, servant of John Wilson.
  (259) John Atkins and Henry Cristwell committed for fighting in the courtyard.

AUGUST 22, 1754.

  (262) Wm. Russell vs. Francisco, et als. } Certiorari from Genl. Court. Co. Ct. replies that issue is made up here and should be tried here unless there is a further order from Gen. Ct.
  (263) Nicholas Mills qualified Lieut. of Foot.
  (268) Thomas Weems, John Malcome--witnesses.

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