Alexander Brownlee, of Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VA
Facts and Events
Alexander Brownlee was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Alexander Brownlee's land (Beverley Manor SW, 222 acres acquired from John Brownlee, Alexander's brother, in 1756) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. (Note: it is clear from the processioning lists below that Alexander Brownlee was living in the vicinity (probably this same property) as early as 1748).
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- John Smith conveyed 400 acres to Alexander Brownlee for 400 acres lying at head of the great Poplar Bottom, on the North River, at the lower end of the Great Stony Lick, before 1st July, 1740. (Note: same land listed in "Brownlee vs. Smith", 1750 in records below, this is the same land sold to John Trimble in 1754, listed in dispositions below).
- Page 519.--Patent to Alex. Brownlee for 400 acres, 20th June, 1749, on north side of the southermost branch of the North River. Delivered: Robert and Samuel Gragg. (Note: another record below in 1780 indicates the date of this patent was 12 June 1749).
- Page 345.--20th August, 1756. John Brownlee and Sarah to Alexander Brownlee, £l5, 222 acres, part of 444 acres conveyed by Phinley McCluer to Brownlee, 27th May, 1742, recorded in Orange, in Beverley Manor, cor. said Jno. Brownlee's land on Pine Run, line of Fulton's land.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 357.—21st August, 1754. Alexander (his mark) Brownlee and Sarah to Jno. Trimble, 400 acres by patent, dated 8th November, 1752, on the southermost fork of the North River of Shanando on Stoney Lick Branch, near a Stony Lick.
- Page 178.--20th August, 1753. Alexander Brownlee ( ) and Sarah ( ), to John Cozbey, £14, 5, 400 acres patented to Alexander, 20th June, 1749, on No. Side Southermost Branch of No. River of Shanando. Teste: John Brownlee, Pat. Campbell, Mathew Thompson.
Processioning Lists of 1748, 1756 & 1767-8
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Page 17.--James Fulton and John Mitchell make returns, viz: 1748, 26th March, processioned for Samuel Doak, present Samuel Braford; processioned for John Mitchell, present Samuel Doak; processioned for Samuel Braford, present Samuel Doak; processioned for John Buchanan, present James Cowen; processioned for Martha Mitchell (widow), present John Buchanan; processioned for James Cowen, present David Mitchell; processioned for David Moor, present Jas. Cowan; processioned for Robert Wilson, present Andrew Alexander; processioned for Andrew Alexander, present Robert Wilson; processioned for Patrick Campbell, present Joseph Reed; processioned for Joseph Reeds, present Chas. Campbell; processioned for Chas. Campbell, present Pat. Campbell; processioned for Patrick Hays, present Wm. Robinson; processioned for Robert Alexander, present Robert Ramsey; processioned for Robt. Ramsey, present Pat. Hays; processioned for Sarah Ramsey (widow), present Robt. Ramsey; processioned for John Lockhart, present Pat. Hays; processioned for Thos. Beard, present John Lockhart; processioned for Samuel Wilson, present Robert Wilson; processioned for David Doak, present Samuel Wilson; processioned for Eleanor Mitchell (widow), present Robert Wilson; processioned for John Teats, present Thos. Beard; processioned for James Linn, present Samuel Doak; processioned for John Brownlee, present Wm. Smith; processioned for George Breckinridge, present, Breckenridge; processioned for James Robinson, present Anthony Black; processioned for Anthony Black, present Jas. Robinson; processioned for Wm. Robinson, present Robinson; processioned for Jas. Fulton, present Alex. Brownlee; processioned for Samuel Steel, present John Fulton.
- Page 176.--1756: Processioned by John Tate and Samuel Doak, in Cap. James Mitchell's Company, viz: for Widow Mitchell, for Wm. Thompson, for James Robinson, for Charles Campbell, for Saml. Brawford, for John Mitchell, for Saml. Doak, for Widow Fulton, for Robt. Alexander, for Nathl. and Robt. Steele, for David Hays, for Helen Mitchell and Jno. Tate, for David Doak, for James Cowan, for Robert Sayers, for John Campbell, for Pat. Campbell, for John Ward, for Widow McTyre, for John and Alex. Brownlee, for Saml. Steele, for Patrick Hays, for John Fulton, for Thomas Tate, for Robert Willson.
- Page 441.--Processioners' returns, by Thos. Shields and Jas. Meteire, (1768-7),viz: For Patt. Campbell, for Wm. Campbell, for Robt. Willson, for Thos. Brown, for Wm. Thompson, for Pat. Hays, for John Ward, for Wm. Purrens (Purvens), for James Henry, for Nathl. Steele, for Geo. Bright, for Roben Mitchel, for Robt. Alexander, for Wm. Walker, for Roben Willson, for John Mitchell, for James Mitchell, for John Buchanan, for David Cunningham, for Wm. Campbell, for Thomas Mitchell, for James Meteire, for Hugh Hays, for Reuben Steele, for Thomas Steele, for Thomas Shields, for David Doake, for John Teate, for Samuel Doake, for Samuel Brawford, for James Cowan, for Saml. McCutchen, for Alex. Campbell, for James Moffett, for Wm. Cunningham, for David Doake, for Hugh Fulton and James Fulton, for Saml. Steele, for Alex. Brownlee, for John Brownlee.
Records for Alexander Brownlee
From Chalkley's: (Note: some later records may be for a different Alexander, perhaps a son or nephew)
- Vol. 1 - MAY, 1750 (A). Brownlee vs. Smith.--Bond of John Smith, of Orange County, Virginia, to Alexander Brownlee, of Donigall, in the County of Lancaster in Pennsylvania, dated 9th June, 1739. Conditioned that Smith shall make a title to Brownlee for 400 acres lying at head of the great Poplar Bottom, on the North River, at the lower end of the Great Stony Lick, before 1st July, 1740. Suit brought 25th February, 1746, by Alexander Brownlee, of Donigall, &c.
- Page 471.--27th November, 1752. Valuation of improvements on Alexander Brownlee's 400 acres on North Branch Shanado by John Finley, John Hogshead.
- Page 89.—18th March, 1755. James Fulton's appraisement taken by Hugh and Sarah Fulton, executors, appraised by Alex. Brownlee, Patrick Hays, Robert Alexander.
- Page 345.--20th August, 1756. John Brownlee and Sarah to Alexander Brownlee, ?15, 222 acres, part of 444 acres conveyed by Phinley McCluer to Brownlee, 27th May, 1742, recorded in Orange, in Beverley Manor, cor. said Jno. Brownlee's land on Pine Run, line of Fulton's land.
- Page 216--.5th September, 1757. John Wilson's will, shoemaker--To wife Agness; to daughter Sarah; to brother Robert Wilson and brother James Wilson's son John; to brother James' son William; to James McKnut, 1/2 of shoemaker's tools. Teste: John Christian, John Brownlee, Alex. Brownlee. Proved, 18th November, 1757, by John Christian and Jno. Brownlee. Agness renounces the provisions, and Agness qualifies, with Robt. McClenachan, Richard Woods.
- Page 211.--21st November, 1759. John ( ) Cozby (Cosby) and Elizabeth ( ) to Edward Erwin, Jr., £26, 400 acres on north side southermost branch of North River, Shanando, conveyed to John by Alexander Brownlee, 20th August, 1755. Delivered: Edward Erwin, May, 1767.
- Page 521.--15th August, 1769. Patrick Hays, in Derry Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to Samuel Hays, £250, 215 acres in Beverley Manor, by deed, 18th May, 1750, corner Thomas Yates' land; corner James Mitchell; corner William Hays. Teste: Patrick, John and Robert Buchanan, Wm. Brownlee. Delivered: Alex. Brownlee, October, 1779. (Note: this is likely a younger Alexander Brownlee).
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 16, 1774. - (2) Wm. Gilmore and Alex. Brownlee qualified Constables. Robert Curry qualified Captain of Militia.
- Vol. 1 - JUNE 20, 1775. - (76) Samuel Hunter, vice Alexander Brownlee--Constable.
- Page 342.--29th August, 1777. Persons to whom Roger North's estate is indebted--Joseph Kinkead, Holstein; John Young, N. M., son to Hugh; Wm. Hutchison, son to George, Greenbrier. Page 344.--Above estate settled by Catherine North, administratrix 1776, November 7, paid James Clarke for freedom dues; 1777, May 29, paid Alex. Brownlee, 11 months' storekeeping; August 28, paid Mr. Curry for teaching (schooling) Phill.; September 30, paid Michael Bowyer for do; 1777, by cash from Capt. Hays for soldiers; September 2, by cash from Wm. Rush, son to John; by cash from Jno. Jonett.
- Page 325.--19th September, 1780. Edward Erwin (Irvine) and Mary, to Benj. Crow. of Rockingham, part of 400 acres patented to Alex. Brownlee, 12th June, 1749. Teste: James Gauy (Guy), Francis Mara, Robert ( ) Gregg.
- Page 262.--222 acres whereon Alexander Brownlee, Sr., lived; 387 acres patented to Alexander McClenachan 19th June, 1787.
- Page 180.--23d April, 1789. Jennate McCutchen's will--To James Brownlee, Sr., two-thirds of her share of Wm. McCutchan's estate; to the rest of her legatees, tract on Pine Run patented in name of Wm. McCutchan. Teste: John, William, Alexander Brownlee. Proved, 15th September, 1789, by William and Alexander Brownlee. Executor qualifies.
- Page 152.--Plantation Alex. Brownlee, Sr., lived on; tract patented to Alex. McClenachan, 19th June, 1787. Delivered to John McCorley, 28th December, 1791.
- Page 292.--15th October, 1797. David Fulton's estate appraised by John McCarty, Alex. Brownlee, John Fulton.
Information on Alexander Brownlee
From Historical Papers and Addresses of the Lancaster County Historical Society, 1921, pg. 152:
- Alexander Brownlee was a resident of Donegal Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, June 9, 1739, and on that date bought 400 acres of land from John Smith, cooper, on the Great Poplar Bottom of the North River in Augusta County, Virginia. The records further show that in 1776 he was living in the county and state last named. Court Papers 3S8.