Facts and Events
Alexander McPheeters was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Alexander McPheeters's land (Beverley Manor NW, 303 acres, 1747) 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.
Original Survey of Alexander McPheeters' tract from Chalkley's:
- Page 262. -- 13 Aug. 1747. Deed to Alexander McFeeters for 10 pounds current money 303 acres in Beverly Manor, on the North Branch of Christy's Creek and described as follows: 1ying and being on a branch of Christy's Creek in Augusta County beginning at a black oak and hickory corner to Samuel Downey and John Turk run with Turks line due east 180 poles to a white oak and south 59 degrees east 14 poles to 2 black and one white oaks. North 26 degrees east 288 poles to a black oak on the top of a hill, thence north 64 degrees west 100 poles crossing the creek to two black oaks on a hill, south 60 degrees west 59 poles to a black oak two hickory saplings on McNabbs line., then with said line due south 96 poles crossing the creek to a black and white oak corner,, then south 49 degrees west 240 poles to the beginning.
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 337.--13th August, 1747. William Beverley to Alexander McPheeters, farmer, £10 current money Virginia; 303 acres in Beverley Manor on north branch of Christy's Creek; corner to Samuel Downey and John Turk; McNabb's line. Teste: As above, and Archibald Hamilton. Proved by all as above.
About Alexander McPheeters
From the "Clan McPheeters" website: http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/m/macpheeter2.html
- Alexander McPheeters who came to America about the same time that William McPheeters did,, is referred to in old records as "a cousin of William". Though the term "cousin" was rather loosely used in those days, it is likely that Alexander's father and William's father were brothers. On this hypothesis we claim that this tradition of the origin of the McPheeters name applies to the ancestors of Alexander McPheeters as well as William McPheeters. There may have been other "cousins" of the McPheeters family who came to America in those early days. Occasionally a name is found in early records that cannot be connected with either the Alexander or William lines.
Will of Alexander McPheeters
- Page 32.--21st January, 1761. Alexander McFeeters' will--Executors, wife and John Buchanan; son, Alexander; daughters, Janet, Ann, Martha, Rebecka; grandson, Alex. McFeeters; daughter, Elizabeth Speers. Teste: Wm. McFeeters, Elijah McClenachan, Alex. McFeeters. Proved, 19th May, 1761, by Wm. McFeeters and Elijah McClenachan. Executors qualify, with Wm. Ledgerwood, Wm. Ray (Reah). (Martha's mark .) (Will Book III, page 32.)
- Page 89.--17th November, 1761. Alexander McFeeters' appraisement, by Thos. Teat, Jno. Bigham, Wm. Currey recorded.
- Page 154.--19th May, 1762. Alex. McFeeters' additional appraisement, by Jno. Bigham, recorded.
Records of Alexander McPheeters in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 541.--28th February, 1749. Same (From William Beverley) to William McNabb, 300 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner Samuel Downey, Adam Thompson's line; corner John Campbell; corner James Callison; Alexander McFeeter's line. Teste: John Lin, John Linn, Andrew McClure.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 27, 1751. - (202) Grand Jury--James Trimble, James Caldwell, Wm. Baskins, Wm. Henderson, Robert Patterson, Alexr. Thompson, Andrew Russell, Mathew Armstrong, Archibald Hamilton, Thos. Gordon, Wm. Bell, James Robinson, Patrick McCullow, James Callison, Alexr. McFeeters, Thomas Waters.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 21, 1753. - (414) John Buchanan, James Clark, Jacob Lockhart, Thomas Kirkpatrick, John Berry, John Bartley, Wm. Martin, Josias Richards, William McFeeters, John Jameson, James Young, Hugh Young, Robert Young, William McClintock, Wm. Ledgerwood, John Trimble, Maurice O'Frield, Samuel Wallace, Robert Davis, Robert McClenon, James Moody, James Philips, Wm. Akry, Cornelius Donaho, George Peary, Adam Thompson, Thomas Peary, John Campbell, James Peary, Wm. McNab, Robert Scot, Thomas Reed, Abraham Masha, Thomas Dunn, Francis Dunn, Major Scot, John Bigham, John Black, Samuel Downing, Alexr. McFeeters, Andrew Cowan, James McCorkle, John Vance, James Gilmore and Patrick Martin--to keep road formerly laid off from James Young's Mill to said Buchanan's Mill.
- Vol. 1 - 1753-1754, Pt. 1. - Petitioners ask that the following be assigned to work the road from James Young's mill to John Buchanan's mill: John Buchanan, James Clark's tithables, Jacob Lockhart's tithables, Thomas Kirkpatrick's tithables, John Bertly, George Bertly, William Martin, Josias Richards, William McFetters' tithables, John Jameson, James Young, Hugh Young, Robert Young's tithables, William McClintog, William Ledgerwood, John Trimble, Moses A'Friel's tithables, Samuel Wallis, Robert Davis, Robert McClenan's tithables, James Moody's tithables, James Philips, William Eckrey, Corneles Donahow, Alexander Ritchey, to be overseer; Adam Thomson, to be overseer; George Peevy, Adam Thomson's tithables, Thomas Peevy, William McNabe, Robert Scoat, Thomas Reed, Abraham Masha, Francis Dune, Mager Scoat, John Bingham's tithables, John Black's tithables, Samuel Downey, Alexander McFetters, Andrew Cowen, James McCorkell, John Vance, James Gilmor, Alexander Ritchie's tithables, Patrick Martin's tithables.
- Page 188.--16th March, 1754. Beverley to Samuel Downey, 80 acres in Beverley Manor. Cor. Alex. McFeeters, Wm. McNabb's line; cor. said Downey's old survey.
- Page 16.--15th March, 1755. John Wilson, Gent., to James McClery, James Mitchell, James McCutcheon, Robert Wilson, William Thompson, Alexander McPheeters, Saml. McCutchon, trustees chosen by the Presbyterian Congregation of the North Mountain Meeting House. £12, 10, 6; 306-1/2 acres in Beverley Manor being the tract of land whereon the house now stands commonly known by the name of North Mountain Meeting House; Cap. James Lockhart's line; for the use of the members of said congregation adhering and continuing to adhere to the Synod of Philadelphia as it stands now constituted provided that if any member or members of the said Congregation who have paid any of the purchase money of said land shall or do change or turn to any other denomination or Religion, then their part of said money be repaid them and they to have no further demands on the same. Provided that surviving trustees may elect trustees to fill vacancies, and sell the land except 20 acres to be kept for the church andgraveyard.
- Page 393.--30th May, 1760. John Spear's will--Wife, Jean; sons, Hugh. Executors, wife Jean and Alex. McFeeters. Teste: Jno. Brown, James Gilmer, James Phillips. Proved, 19th August, 1760, by Gilmer and Phillips. Both executors qualified. Jane Spear, Alex. McFeeters, Jas. Gilmer.
Information on Alexander McPheeters
- The Campbell of Kirnan who married Elizabeth, oldest child of John Walker and Catherine Rutherford, had, by her, eight children. Of these, three certainly came to Augusta county, Robert, John Walker and Jane. The latter married Alexander McPheeters, a relative of William* McPheeters, who married her kinswoman, Rachel Moore. Her son, Robert McPheeters, was a ruling elder and worthy citizen of Augusta. Major John Walker Campbell married, but had no children. Their cousin, Captain Charles Campbell, who married Mary Anne Downey (her mother was Martha McPheeters), was the father of Dr. Campbell, of Lexington, Virginia; of John W. Campbell, of Petersburg; and of William Campbell, who married Elizabeth McPheeters, his relative, and sister of Rev. Wm. McPheeters. (Source: "Historic Families of Kentucky", by Thomas Marshall Green, pg. 52-56)