Alexander Telford, of the Borden Tract, Augusta County, VA
Facts and Events
Alexander Telford was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Alexander Telford's land (Borden Tract NE, 40 acres, 1770; adjoining the 248-acre tract acquired from Alexander Miller previously in 1763) 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: this tract is identified only as "Telford 40" (acres) on the Hildebrand Map, but the reference to the neighboring land of the McCroskey's and Buchanan's show that this is the tract deeded to Alexander Telford by Borden's executors, as shown below. Also note that land of Robert Telford, Alexander's brother is located just to the west of this land, highlighted in blue).
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 286.--7th January, 1763. Alexander Miller and Hannah to Alexander Telford, £120, 248 acres, part of 92,100, and conveyed by Borden to Miller; corner tract surveyed for James McDowell. Teste: James McCampbell. David McCoskry. Delivered: James McCampbell, November, 1773.
- Page 343.--1st March, 1770. Same (From Borden’s executors) to Alexander Telford, £7, 40 acres of 92,100; corner William Berry and said Telford; corner David McCosky and James Buchanan. Delivered: James Telford, 14th June, 1805.
- Will of Alexander Telford
- Nov. 30th, 1790 - In the name of God Amen. The 30th of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety.
- I Alexander Telford Sr. of Rockbridge County and commonwealth of Virginia being weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory - thanks be to God for same - and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed of all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament.
- Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the hand of God who gave it, and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a christian-like and decent manner at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life.
- I give devise and dispose in the following manner that is to say - (that all my debts be paid) -.
- In the first place I give and bequeath unto my wife Mary all my moveables exclusive of my horses which I give to my son James Telford and that he is to find his Mother a horse and saddle during her life and that she is to live in the North end of the dwelling house supplied with sufficient support of provision and firewood.
- Likewise I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth thirty pounds and this is to be collected by my executors from my son James Telford when her necessity demands. If she dies before this is expended the remainder falls to her son Mathew and that he is to live with my son James Telford during life and to be supported by him.
- Likewise I give and bequeath unto my son James Telford his heirs and assigns forever my lands and tenements.
- Likewise I do give and bequeath to my sons Robert, William, David and Alexander Telford and daughter Jean McKee each of them one pound.
- I do hereby constitute make and ordain John Telford and James McKee my only and sole executors of this my last will and testament and do entirely disavow, revoke and disannul all and every former wills and legacies, requests executed by me in any way before this time, named willed and bequeathed, rectifying this and no other to be my last will and testament.
- In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day and year above witness.
- (Signed) Alexander Telford [Seal]
- Probated Feb. 5th, 1793, Rockbridge County, Commonwealth of Virginia.
Processioning List of 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 385.--15th February, 1765: Reported by Andw. Hall, Jas. Buchanan, viz: For John McCroskey, for Alex. Telford, for Rev. Jno. Brown, for William Patton, for Cap. Saml. McDowell, for James Greenlee, deceased; for Jno. Lyle, deceased; for David McCroskey, for Saml. Dunlap, for Jacob Anderson, for Andrew Hays, for Robt. Allison, for James Buchanan, for Andw. Buchanan, for Wm. Davies, for Wm. Berry, for James McKees, for Wm. Lusk, for Edward Tarr, for James McLang, for Henry McLang, for Isaac Anderson, for John Buntin, for William Young, for James Anderson, for James Thompson, for John Allison; for Alex. McCroskey, Jas. Duncan present; for Saml. Robinson, for Andw. Fitzpatrick.
Records of Alexander Telford in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- * Page 276.--6th May, 1758. John McCroskry's (signed Coskry) will, planter--To wife Elizabeth, Thomas Hill's bond; to daughter Elizabeth; to son James, 10 shillings; to son William, 10 shillings; to son John, 10 shillings; to son-in-law, William Caruthers; to son-in-law Saml. Huston; to son Alex. McCroskry, 10 shillings; to son Samuel, 10 shillings; to son David, 10 shillings; to son-in-law James Hope, 10 shillings; to granddaughter Margaret Hope and her two brothers; Saml. and David to pay the bonds assigned to James and William in case they lose not their lands by the enemy; Robert and Alexander Tedford's bonds to pay Margaret Hope; James and Isaac Anderson's bond to be divided between sons and daughters. Executors, son Samuel. Andrew Hays, Alex. Miller. Teste: James Moore, Jno. Maskamell, Alex. McCroskry. Proved, 15th November, 1758, by Moore and McCroskry. McCroskry and Miller qualified (the other not appearing), with Samuel Huston, John Cunningham.
- Page 154.--20th May, 1762. Settlement of Stophel White's estate by Jacob Anderson, recorded--Funeral charges, viz: 1 shirt, £1, 0, 0; muslin for a cale, £5, 0; 1 sheet, 5 yds., £17, 6; 7-3/4 gallons liquor, £1, 3, 3; 6 lbs. cheese, £3.9; bords and cofen and nails; £13, 6; 1-1/2 bu. flour (76 lbs.), £7, 3; 6 lbs. for shortening for said bisket, £0, 3, 5; vendue liquor, 2 gals., 1 pt., £6, 4-1/2 Paid James Arbuckle, David Galloway. Stophel White's vendue, sold to viz: David Drein, Jacob Anderson, Alex. Miller. Isaac Anderson, Marion rawford, Alex. Telford, David Dryden, Baptist McNabb, David Telford.
- Page 314.--2d November, 1763. Joseph McCord's vendue--Sold to Patrick Finley, Joseph Walker, James Logan, James Moore, Mary Brown, Jno. McCord, James McCallister, Alex. Telford, Jno. Somers, Mary Ann Clendennin, David Telford, Wm. McKee, Charles Boyles, W. Wolsy, James Gordon, Thos. Grubbs, Elizabeth Woods.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 22, 1767. - (248) Certificates of hemp: Alexr. Telford, Wm. McFeeters, Jr.
- Page 242.--11th February, 1769. Margaret Rutherford's will--Widow, being old and failed in body; to son, Samuel Rutherford, deaf and dumb; to sons, John Wallace and Thomas Hutson; to Rebecca Campbell, after Samuel's death; to James Wallace, £7; to Robert Wallace, £5; to Margaret Hutson, £5; to Isbela Hutson, £5. Executors, Alex. Walker, William Buchanan. Teste: Robert Tedford, George Buchanan, Alex. Tedford, John Tedford. Proved, 18th May, 1774, by all the Tedfords. Executors qualified with David Tedford, John Wallace.
- Page 59.--17th October, 1769. Thomas Paxton and Rebekah ( ) to James McDowell, Samuel McDowell and James Cowdon, £52, 378 acres, part of Borden's 92,100; Alexander Telford's line; corner James McCampbell. Teste: Isaac Anderson, James McCampbell, Alexander Sinclair. James Robinson. Delivered: Samuel McDowell, 17th August, 1772.
- Page 64.--17th October, 1769. Same (Thomas Paxton and Rebekah) to James Campbell (s/b James McCampbell), £80, 396 acres, part of Borden's 92,100; corner Alexander Telford. Delivered: James Campbell (s/b James McCampbell), November Court, 1773. Teste: Alexander McCroskry.
- Page 10.--20th August, 1769. Borden's executors to Thomas Paxton, £52, 774 acres, part of 92100, the creek, Alex. Telford's line.
- Page 374.--20th March, 1771. Margaret Linsey's estate settled by John Gilmore--Paid Alexander Deal, John Beaty, Robt. McLehenny, Timothy Ryan, Wm. Porter, Alex. and Robt. Tedford.
- MAY 18, 1774. - (463) Hemp certificates: David, Robert and Alexr. Tedford and Anthony Lewis.
- Page 422.--21st February, 1777. James Brownlow and Katherine ( ) to John McCullock. Teste: William Walker, Samuel Wier, Alexander Tedford.
- Page 43.--1st January, 1792. Archibald Stuart, of Augusta, to Robert Stuart, of Rockbridge, 5 shillings, 100 acres in Rockbridge conveyed to Archibald by Alexander Stuart, who purchased from Samuel McCampbell; corner Alexander Tedford.
- Page 97.--13th February, 1792. Alexander Stuart, of Rockbridge, to Robert Stuart; Alexander Tedford's line; corner James McCampbell.
- Vol. 2 - (undated, appears to be July, 1805) - Page 120--James Telford deposes, ditto, aged 42, son of Alexr. Telford, to whom 40 acres were conveyed, and who was a stone mason.