- Agnes PorterBEF 1767 -
Facts and Events
From Rockbridge Marriage Register 1, pg. 570
Know all men by these presents that we John Paul and John Porter------------
are held and firmly bound unto the commonwealth of Virginia
in the sum of 50 pounds currency to the payment whereof well and truly
to be made we do bind ourselves, our heirs Exc? & adm ? jointly and
severally firmly by these presents. sealed with our seals and dated this 5th
day of March 1784.
The condition of this obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage
shortly intended to be had and solemnized between the above bound
John Paul and Agnes Porter daughter of the said John Porter--------
if therefore there should be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage
then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force.
Teste John Paul seal
John Porter seal
In the Rockbridge Court of Chancery concerning the will of John Porter Sr.
this daughter is mentioned as Nancy which is the Americanized version
of the Gaelic version for Agnes.
Transcription said she died several years before her father. This was
later transcribed in error to read that John Porter, her father had died
several years before 1804 and stated so in Chalkley's Chronicles
could have been recorded wrongly by Lyman Chalkley as his will was
drawn in 1794 and it should have read that his will was written several years before death.
His obituary reads :
Source: Library of Virgina
Virginia telegraphe, or Rockbridge courier.
Title Died- Last week Mr. John Porter, an aged and respectable inhabitant of this county. (p. 2, c. 1)
Publication Area Thursday, January 26, 1804.
General Note From the marriage and obituary citations compiled by Bernard J. Henley from Virginia newspapers on microfilm at the Library of Virginia.
Add.Phys.Form Note Available on microfilm (Library of Virginia Film 323).
Subject Obituaries -- Virginia
Subject-Geographic Rockbridge County (Va.)
Subject-Geographic Lexington (Va.)
His will of 1794:
In the Name of God Amen.
I, John Porter of Rockbridge County and the State of Virginia, being in health of Body
and Soundness of my mind; but knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die,
and that it is the duty of every men to set his house in order before death.
I do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following.
That is in the first place- I resign my soul to Almighty God who gave it- and at my death
I commit my body to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named,
believing that I shall again receive the same at the Resurrection of the Just
And as to my worldly Goods which God has been pleased to bless me
I give and bequeath them as follows.
First I will and command that all my lawful debts and funeral charges be paid and discharged after
my death. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Hannah Porter all her wearing appearral,
a bed and furniture, one horse and a saddle and command that none of the said articles shall be
part of my estate. I also give and bequeath to my beloved wife the use and privilege of my house
whilst she remains my widow with the same freedom as when she was my wife. I give and bequeath
I give and bequeath to my said wife a maintenance of my Estate whilst she remains my widow.
Moreover I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife one Acre of land on the east side of the Spring
to have the entire profits thereof for her own use whilst she remains my widow.
I give and bequeath unto my oldest daughter, Nancy Paul five pounds of Virginia currency -
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Jane Wilson five pounds Virginia currency.
I give and bequeath unto my two Sons William and John Porter all the land of my Estate ( to be
divided between them) containing two hundred and thirty three acres-
I give and bequeath unto my wife Hannah, my two Sons William and John Porter all my cattle to be
equally divided among them.
I will and command my farming utensils to remain on the place to be used as formerly-
I appoint my son William Porter and my wife Hannah Porter to be the Executors of this my last
will and Testament.
I declare this to be my last Will and Testament renouncing all other wills heretofore made by me
as witness my hand and seal this seventeenth day of March one thousand seven hundred and ninety-four.
John Porter (Seal)
Signed and sealed in presence of us
John Paul and Agnes Nancy Porter had these children which is stated in the Chancery Records and states:
At Rockbridge June Court 1805
John Porter and William Porter
Hannah Porter, John Wilson and Jane, his wife
John Paul the Elder and guardian for Mary Paul, John Paul
Andrew Paul, James Paul & Hannah Paul, children
and heirs at-law of Nancy Paul deceased who
intermarried with said John Paul, the elder.