Facts and Events
Alexander Mathes was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants:
- G-321: Alexander Mathews of Augusta County, 400 acres in said County. Surv. Mr. John Baylis. on East side of Flint Run. 14 Sept. 1749. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 38].
- G-405: Alexander Mathews of Augusta County, 265 acres in said County. Surv. Mr. Geo. Hume. Adj. another tract of Mathews. 6 Aug. 1750. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 43].
- IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I Alexander Mathes of Shanendon County and Colony of Virginia considering the mortality of my body and that it appointed for all men once to Die, do think it proper to leave my temporal affairs in as settled a manner as I can, and for this purpose I make a last Will and Testament; and being of sound mind and memory I first of all recommend my soul to God who gave it, with an humble resignation; and my Body to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner I will as followeth viz.
- Expence. That all my just debts and funeral charges be first paid and satisfied.
- Item - I give and bequeath unto my Beloved sons, James and John to them their heirs and assigns forever, that tract of land whereon they now live, to be divided in this manner, by a line that is already run Beginning (a) a white oak marked AM on the North line or side, thence south some degrees west to the back line near the Bruchey mountain, containing 132 acres each less or more.
- Item - I give and bequeath unto my four sons Alexander, Jeremiah, Benjamin and George to them their heirs and assigns forever all that tract of land whereon I now live containing 400 acres according as it is now laid off and devided amongst them only making this Reserve that my beloved wife Grizzel Mathes shall have the use of and enjoy one third peart of the said land during her natural life including the house & plantation where I now live.
- Item - I Give and bequeath to my Beloved wife a third peart of all my movabls of every sort and kine.
- Item - I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Benjmine Mathes two pearts of my moveables to him his heirs and assigns.
- Lasty, I do nominiate and appoint my two sons James and Benjmin Executors of this my last will and testament and revolking all and every other will or wills heretofore made declaring this only to be my last will and testament.
- In testamony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 5 day of September anno Domeni 1783.
- (Signed) Alexander [his "A" mark] Mathes (L.S.)
- Signed, sealed published and declared by the Testator to be his last will and testament in the presence of us.
- Abraham Keller
- John Hutchison
- John Netherton
- At a Court held for the County of Shanandoah on Thursday the 30th day of October 1788.
- The last will and testament of Alexander Mathes, decd., was exhibited to the Court by James Mathes and Benjamin Mathes Executor therein named and was proved by the oathes of John Netherton and John Hutchison witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. On the motion of said Executor a probat thereof in due form is granted them they having given bond and security according to law.
- Teste: John Williams, C. S. C.
- Copy Teste: Anna Catherine Spiker, D. Clerk, for Loy I. Coffman
- [Source: Will Book "B", pg 499, Shenandoah, County, Virginia, also listed in "Genealogies of Virginia Families" from Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, pg. 639-640].
Records of Alexander Mathes in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY 19, 1746/7. - (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.
- Page 29.--13th March, 1747. Appraisement of Abraham Drake's estate by Jno. Davis, Alex. Mathes, Daniel Strofer. Recorded, 18th March, 1746.
- Page 113.--11th December, 1748. John Willey (Wiley)'s will--Daughters, Jean and Margaret; son, George. Executors, Alexander Mathews and George Leath. Jean is aged 7 years 13th of next June. Margaret is aged 5 years 23d of next April. George is aged 2 years 23d of next April. Teste: Thos. Brown, William Beames.
- Page 114.--16th February, 1748. Executors qualify on above, with sureties Daniel Stover, Peter Rufenough (signed Peter Ufner). (Note: immediately follows record above).
- G-324: Reuben Paget of Augusta County, 400 acres in said County. Surv. Mr. John Baylis, Adj. Alexander Mathews, on Flint Run, John Calfee. 18 Sept. 1749. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 38].
- Vol. 2 - Page 63.--28th August, 1750: Orphan Jane O'Neal bound to Alex. Mathews (aged 8 years last July).
- M-336: James McCoy & Adam Cunningham of Frederick County, 216 acres in said County. Surv. Mr. George Hume. Adj. Thomas Norman, Alexander Mathews. 3 April 1765. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 161].
- O-121: Adam Cunningham of Frederick County, 133 acres on Flint Run of South River in said County. Surv. Peter Stephens. Adj. Alexander Matthews, Reuben Paget, Norman, Cunningham. 1 Feb. 1768. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 194].
- P-16: Adam Cunningham of Frederick County, 255 acres in said County. Serv'd 8 Oct. 1756 by George Hume for Cunningham (and forfeited by Advertisement recorded in Book N.) Deed to Cunningham. Adj. Alexander Matthews. 5 Mar. 1771. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 209].