Facts and Events
Andrew Hall was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records of Andrew Hall in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Page 97.--26th March, 1773. James Thompson's (in Burden's tract) will--To son, John, 140 acres on which John lives joining Robert Allison; to son, William; to son, James, 238 acres; to son, Joseph; to wife. Mary; to daughter, Mary; to daughter, Catrin; to daughter, Margaret Hall; to daughter, Elizabeth Ward; to grandson, James Hall; to grandson, James Ward. Executors, sons John and James. Teste: Saml. Lyle, Thos. Cunningham, James McCluer. Proved, 19th May, 1773, by Lyle and McCluer. John Thompson qualified with Samuel Lyle, Danl. Lyle. (Note: Andrew Hall married Margaret, James Thompson's daughter).
Will of Andrew Hall
- In the name of god Amen. I, Andrew Hall, Senr of the County of Rockbridge and state of Virginia being in a low state of health but of perfect mind and memory. And knowing the mortality of my body do make and ordain this my last will and testament ot take efect at my decease ~ I order my body to be buried decently in the usual manner ~
- I order my executors to pay all my just debts ~
- I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Margaret the one third of my movable estate during her life with the same priviliges of my real estate as she would be entitled to in case I have died intestate.
- I give my sons in law Revd Saml. Houston, John Houston, Robt. Gold, James Steele, each one guinea.
- I give and bequeath to my sons James & John the Judgment I obtained against Iahab Graham and recommend it to them to collect it if possible ~
- I give and bequeath to my daughter Isabella a negro girl named Betty, a feather bed and furniture, a chest of drawers, a Cow and Calf ~ and I order my executors to furnish her when she may require it a horse and saddle worth at least twenty pounds ~
- I give and bequeath to my son Andrew his heirs and assigns forever one hundred and forty acres of the Plantation I now live on to lie in the bed of the River and to include the dweling house orcard and spring we use, the division to begin on the river below the fording in such place and be continued in such manenr as will best suit him and my son Samuel who is to get the remainder.
- I also give and bequeath to my son Andrew my waggon and three of the team viz the Bay, the Gray and the black also a walnut chest I have generally called my own also a Bed and furniture ~
- I give and bequeath to my son Samuel the remainder of my Plantation which lies adjoining Samuel Ramseys land to him, his heirs and assigns forever ~ I also give and bequeath to my son Samuel his heirs, and assigns *****A CLAIM I HAVE ON THE HEIRS OF BENJM. BORDEN DECD ARISING FROM A DEFICIENCY IN THE QUANTITY OF LAND IN A CONVEYANCE MADE BY (ILLEGIBLE) BORDIN TO MY FATHER WILLIAM HALL FOR THE LAND I NOW LIVE ON***** ~
- I also give and bequeath to my son Samuel a bed and furniture. I order my executors to furnish my son Samuel with a horse and saddle worth at least twenty pounds ~ I order my son Andrew to pay my son Samuel twenty pounds when he may need for building ~ My household and kitchen furniture not before bequeathed, I give to my Daughter Isabella my sons Andrew & Samuel to be equally divided between them.
- I give and bequeath to my son Andrew all my farminig utensels and order him to furnish my son Samuel with a like kind of farming tools when he may need them as will be equal in value to the one half of mine agreeable to the apraisment ~ I order my son Andrew to furnish my daughter Isabella with proper and necessary food until she marrys with peaceable residence in the house till she marrys ~ The remainder of my estate after paying the debts I owe and legacies above mentioned I leave to my sons Andrew and Samuel.
- I hereby appoint my trusty friend John More (Jno. SN) AND MY SON Andrew Executors of this my last will & testament and allow them each for the same fifteen Dollars ~ Witness my hand and seal this thirtieth day of August seventeen hundred and ninety eight.
- (signed) Andrew Hall (SEAL)
- Signed sealed and acknowledged
- In the presents of
- Andrew Alexander
- Robert McDowell
- Daniel Windell
- Hugh Wilson
- At a Court held for Rockbridge County the fifth Day of February 1799
- This writing purporting the last will and testament of Andrew Hall Deceased was produced in court by John Moore and Andrew Hall Executors therein named & proved by the oaths of Andrew Alexander and Robert McDowell subscribing witness and ordered to be recorded.
- The said John Moore having renounced the Executorship And on the motion of said Andrew Hall who made oath according to Law certificate is granted him for obtaining probate thereof in one form on giving security and he together with Andrew Alexander and Thomas Kem his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of $3000 Conditioned according to Law
- Teste: A. Reid, Ct.
- [Source: Rockbridge County, Virginia - Will Book 2 - p112-115].
I would like to note that Catawba is not in Rockbridge County - it is in present day Roanoke County and would have been Montgomery Co. at the time of Andrew's death. Andrew never lived in Catawba and it's due to the bogus story that George von Kromer wrote that Andrew has become associated with Catawba. Andrew's will was filed in Rockbridge County where he resided. Andrew's will is to follow - which you will also note that he had died bef. 2-5-1799
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, VA - Created in 1776 from Botetourt & Fincastle Counties - If Andrew had lived in Catawba his will would have been filed in Montgomery County - not Rockbridge County. None of the land in the Borden Grant was ever in Catawba.