b.WFT Est 1715-1725
Facts and Events
Abraham Brown was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 261.--20th April, 1754. Same (From Borden's Executors) to Abraham Brown. Benj., in his lifetime convenanted to sell 400 acres to Abraham. 480 acres, cor. John Paxton's old and new survey; cor. Alex. McCorkel; cor. Samuel McClure.
Processioning Lists of 1755, 1760, 1764 & 1765
- "Processioning" was the process or periodically reviewing and agreeing upon property lines between settlers. Processioning Lists can be useful in determining the area of a settler and the neighboring settlers at a specific time period:
- Page 160.-- (1755) Robert Young and James Davis, on north east side of Buffelow Creek and up the North River to the Mountain. Abraham Brown and William Holdman, on north east side Buffelow Creek below Wagon Road, thence down the North River to mouth of South River, thence, crossing North River, and down the same to mouth of Buffelow. David Dryden and River William Hall, in Cap. Joseph Kennedy's Company. Andrew Hays and Jacob Anderson, in Captain Joseph Culton's Company.
- Page 279.--1760: Processioned by James Trimble, John Maxwell, viz: For Joseph Lapsley (bad state health), for John Moore, for Robert Alexander, for John Wiley, for James Campbell, for Patt Young, for Robert Moore, for Joseph Walker, for John Smiley, for Abraham Brown, for Peter Wallace, for Francis McCoun, for David Tilford, for Robert McKlehaney, for William Hall, for George Campbell, for John Paxton, for Wm. Paxton, for Alex. McKorkle, for James Campbell.
- Page 377.--Processioners appointed as follows, viz (1764): William Robinson and James Robinson, from Heads of Roanoke to Fort Lewis. William Bryan and James Neilly, from Fort Lewis on Waters of Roan Oke. James Rowland and Joseph Montgomery, Thomas Ramsey and James Lawderdale, on Waters of Catawbo and James River on the South Side. James McGayvock, James Gilmore, John Poage, John Thompson, between Buffalo and James River. John Paxton, Abraham Brown, Andrew Miscampbell, Alex. Collier, between Buffalo and the North River to the North Mountain. Wm. Taylor, Thos. Paxton, Moses Whitesides, Jno. McClung, from North River to Beverley's line between the Great Road to the Court House and South Mountain. Andrew Hall, James Buchanan (son of William), Thos. Berry, James Trotter, from North River to Beverley's line between the Great Road to the Court House, by Cap. Bowyers and the North Mountain.
- Page 383.--1765: John Paxton and Abraham _____ report as follows, viz: For Joseph Walker, for Jno. Sommers, for Robt. Moore, for Saml. McClure, for Saml. Moore, for Jno. Taylor, for Christian Milliron, for Edmond Crump, for James Welch, for Wm. Paxton, for James Davis, for James Allison, for Richard Woods, for Joseph Lapsley, for James Campbell, for John Paxton, for William Hall, for George Campbell, for James Trimble, for Wm. Foster, for William Holeman, for James Bailey, for Andw. Brown, for James Edmiston, for James McLang, for John McKnight, for John McCallom, for Patrick McCallom, for Peter Wallace, for John Moore, for Abraham Brown.
- Brown, Abraham. Will probated Dec., 1784.
- Names wife Margaret, and children: Abraham, Jr., Robert, Peter, Cornelius, Henry, Michael, Elizabeth and Sarah.
- [A Brief of Wills and Marriages of Montgomery and Fincastle Counties, Virginia, 1733-1831 by Anne Lowry Worrell, pg. 46].
Will Abstract of wife Margaret:
- Brown, Margaret. Will probated Feb., 1803.
- Names children: Michael, Robert, Peter, Cornelius, Henry, James, Sarah Peekings, Margaret Tollet, and Elizabeth Barringer.
- [A Brief of Wills and Marriages of Montgomery and Fincastle Counties, Virginia, 1733-1831 by Anne Lowry Worrell, pg. 47].
Records of Abraham Brown in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Page 528.--10th November, 1753. Alexander Scott's appraisement. 21st November, 1753. Abraham Brown's bond as administrator of Drury Bailey, with sureties Wm. Davis, George Wilson.
- Vol. 1 - 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.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 21, 1755. - (423) Abraham Brown appd. Constable below the Brusby Hills, in the Forks of James River.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 23, 1764. - (85) Viewers of road from North Branch of James River to Buffelow report in favor of turning it by one Abraham Brown's.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 17, 1767. - (342) Abraham Brown, one tithable and 460 acres, added to tithables.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 19, 1768. - (138) Hemp certificate; Henry Larkin, Abraham Brown.
- Page 226.--5th August, 1769. Dr. the estate of Henry Kirkham in account with John Summers and Mary Evans, late Mary Kirkham, administrator c. t. a.--Cash paid Ann Long, Saml. Todd, Alex. Collier, John Wiley, James Bambridge, Abram Brown, John Hickman, Saml. Kirkham's legacy; Paul Whitley, for malt for the vendue; James Beats, for stilling liquor for the vendue; Robert Shannon, for crying for vendue. By Saml. Sharp's bond; Saml. Mann's account. By Jeremiah Seeley's note, insolvent. By Israel Burnley's note, insolvent.
- Page 434.--18th November, 1747. £11 current money Virginia. Benj. Borden, &c., to Moses Trimble (sold in testator's lifetime), 345-1/2 acres, part of 92,100, adjoining John Huston on the Timber Ridge; corner to Samuel Gray; corner to David Edmiston; corner to Daniel Lyle. Teste: Joseph Lapsley, Alexander Douglass, Abraham Brown. Acknowledged, 18th November, 1747.
- Page 8.--4th November, 1752. Samuel McClure and Mary to John Paxton, 60 acres. Forks of James where Samuel now liveth, on Wood's Creek; corner Abraham Brown; corner Samuel McClure. Teste: Petty Wallace. Corner Paxton's old survey, Teste: Richard Woods, Petty Wallace.
- Page 744.--James Young, miller, to Lou Todd, carpenter. Delivered: William Todd, 16th May, 1756, 251 acres Fork of James, on Whistle Creek where Todd now liveth; corner Mathew Young. Teste: Arthur and Abraham Brown, James McCown.
- Page 749.--18th May, 1760. James Young, miller, to Matthew Young, farmer, 150-1/2 acres, where Mathew lives on Whistle Creek of James; corner Lou Todd. Teste: Arthur and Abraham Brown, James McCown.
- Page 527.--2d January, 1764. Borden's executors to John Paxton, £3, 32 acres in Forks of James, part of 92100; corner said Paxton and to Joseph Lapsley; Abraham Brown's land, branch of Woods' Creek. Teste: Wm. McKee. Delivered: John Paxton, August, 1766.
- Page 223.--4th November, 1766. Cornelius Brown, of Congras in South Carolina, taylor, power attorney to Abraham Brown, his brother, planter, of Augusta County, to make deed to William Davis, of County Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to 175 acres on Woods River, otherwise called New River, part of 350 acres conveyed by John Harrison to Cornelius. Teste: John Paxton, James Trimble, John Hickman, John Trimble.
- Page 104.--15th November, 1766. Alex. ( ) McKorkle and Mary ( ) to Patrick McKorkle, £25, 150 acres on North Branch of James, part of 300 acres whereon Alex. now lives; corner Abraham Brown's land. Teste: James McCluer, James Trimble, James Crow.
- Page 406.--17th May, 1768. Borden's executors to James Campbell, husbandman, £30, 175 acres in 92,100 acres on North Branch of James; said Campbell's old corner; Wood's Creek, Abraham Brown's line. Delivered: James Campbell, January, 1772.
Abraham lived on the Forks of the James, where he first appears on record. He purchased land in 1754 and stayed there until about 1773 when he sold his land to Matthew Elder. The property lies in what is now Lexington, Virginia. It was adjacent to his brother-in-law, Henry Kirkham.
Abraham was probably the first of the family to live on the lands on the New River. After 1773 he appears in Fincastle County records. He apparently had moved to the New River area by then.
The family had been under constant Indian harassment and they had a large and growing family. Each of the children wanted better land and opportunity for themselves. Abraham's uncle, Cornelius Brown, had earlier purchased some land in the New River area where they settled. Abraham and his sons added to this land over the years and they eventually owned about 2,400 acres which extended from about the "Horseshoe Bend" near today's Belspring north to today's Giles County line. The original land was sold by John Harrison, Jr. to Cornelius Brown.
Their first home was probably a log cabin located just above their spring. The spring is located 200 to 300 yards downhill from today's Route 600 across from the Brown cemetery. Michael Brown built a brick house to the right and somewhat downhill from the original log and wooden house by the spring. It is below a railroad track put in later that led to a coal mine in the mountain that was Henry Brown's inheritance from his father. This land is adjacent to the Giles County Line. The lands are still owned by Stella Brown and the heirs of Willard Kirkham Brown.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Virginia, Montgomery County, Will Book 1, pages 174, 175, 216.
- ↑ George T. Brown, Jr., Dayton, Ohio.
- ↑ Coupbackup2.FTW.
Date of Import: Jul 16, 1999