Facts and Events
Andrew Baxter was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Andrew Baxter's land (Borden Tract NE, 200 acres, 1743) 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: tract of William Evans, grandson of Andrew is adjoining this tract to the northeast).
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 363-66. 14-15 March 1742/3. Benja. Borden of Orange County to Andrew Baxter of same. Lease and release; for £6 current money. 200 acres, part of Benja. Borden tract of 92,100 acres of pattent land 6 Nov. 1739... corner to Mr. Benjamin Borden's tract... (signed) Benja. Borden. Wit: John Stinson, Wm. Evins, Richd. Cousart. 29 July 1743. Acknowledged by Benja. Borden, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 7, Dorman, pg. 61].
Will of Andrew Baxter
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Page 513.--15th September, 1748. Andrew Baxter's will. Wife, Margaret. 100 acres during her life, then to Andrew Stevenson, adjoining Wm. McClung. Legatee, Nathaniel Evans; legatee, Andrew Evans; legatee, John Pal; legatee, Jacob Anderson. Teste: Wm. McClung, George Stinson, David Moore. Proved. 15th August, 1753. by all witnesses; administrator granted Andrew Stevenson, who qualifies, with sureties Geo. Stevenson. David Moore.
Processioning List of 1748
- "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 14.--12 April, 1748: Processioners' Returns: Robert Huston and Alex. McClure: Processioned for Wm. Hall, Robert Allison present; 20th January, 1747-8, processioned for John McNab, Baptist McNab present; 20th January 1747-8, processioned for Robert Huston; 28th January, 1747-8, processioned for Charles Hays, Andrew Hays present; processioned for Wm. Givens, Andrew Hays present; 29th January, 1747-8, processioned for John Stevenson, Andrew Stevenson present; 29th January, 1747-8, processioned for Andrew Baxter, Nathaniel Evans present; 29th January 1747-8, processioned for Alex. McCleary, Moses Whiteside present; 30th January, 1747-8, processioned for Mathew Lyle, John Lyle present; 30th January, 1747-8, processioned for John Gray, Mathew Lyle present; 12th February, 1747-8, processioned for John Pater Sally, Michael Finney present; 10th March, 1747-8, processioned for John Paul, Roger Kays present. (Note: Nathaniel Evans was the grandson of Andrew Baxter).
Records of Andrew Baxter in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - DISTRICT COURT. - List of deeds recorded in Orange County executed by Benjamin Borden,
1734-1745: Andrew Baxter, 15th March, 1742. (Listed among many others).
- Page 207.--19th March, 1746. Benj. Borden to William McClung (sold in lifetime of Benjamin); 314 acres, 3 R., 25 P., for £9.7.0, part of 92,100 acres; John Stevenson's line; Andrew Baxter's stake. Witnessed and acknowledged as above.
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY 18, 1746/7. - (151) Andrew Baxter, nearly eighty, to be levy free. (Note: assuming that Andrew was perhaps 75-78 years old, this would place his birthdate sometime between 1669-1672).
- Vol. 1 - 1747 - Andrew Baxter petitions to be superannuated. Is now seventy-seven years old (if not seventy-eight). Has neither son nor daughter, nor servant, to help support him and his wife. (Note: this places Andrew's birthdate at about 1669-1670, and also proves that his daughters had all pre-deceased him).
- Page 43.--5th June, 1766. Andrew Stevenson and Sarah and John Paul and Mary to Robert Carruthers, £57, 200 acres formerly belonging to Andrew Baxter and bequeathed by him to Andrew Stevenson, his grandson, after the death of Margaret, his wife, by will dated 15th September, 1748, recorded in Augusta, but John Paul and Mary were the true proper heirs of said Andrew Baxter; corner Borden's tract. Teste: Walter Smiley, Joseph Ward. (Note: this provides evidence to support Andrew Baxter as the grandfather Andrew Stevenson, in addition to being perhaps the father of Mary, John Paul's wife? (more research needed)).