Facts and Events
Andrew Mitchell was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Advisory on Andrew Mitchell
CAUTION! Some researchers have confused this Andrew Mitchell with another Andrew Mitchell that came to America abt. 1755, married Mary McGowin and migrated to Orange County, North Carolina. This Andrew Mitchell was in Augusta County before 1742 and married Mary McKemey abt. 1745 in Augusta County, then migrated abt. 1747, supposedly to South Carolina.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
Andrew Mitchell acquired land through his wife, Mary Cunningham (from her first marriage to Samuel Cunningham), which is detailed in the following transaction in 1754:
- Page 385.--21st August, 1754. James Miller, taylor, and Cathorine, to Jones Henderson. farmer, £35, 3 tracts--first containing 112 acres purchased by said Miller of Andrew Mitchell and Mary which was conveyed to Mary before her marriage with Andrew by George Breckenridge and Ann, by the name of Mary Coningham; the second containing 57 acres purchased by James of David Stewart; the third containing 43 acres purchased by James of Beverly. Delivered to George Bigham, March, 1757.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 61.--19th August, 1748. Andrew Mitchell and wife Mary to James Miller, Beverley Manor.
Records of Andrew Mitchell in Augusta County, VA
- The Preston Papers: Copies of the Musters of Augusta County, From "The Annals of Augusta County, VA", by Joseph A. Waddell:
- Heare followeth a list of all the Muster (?) of Augusta County under their respective officers and Captains (as of 1742):
- Captain John Smith's List: John Smith, Captain; John Moffet, Lieutenant; William Anderson, Ensign; Daniel Daniston, Sergeant; Sam Hogshead, John Hogshead, Will Hogshead, Dan. McAnear, Math. Edmeston, John Finley, Walter Trimble, John Francis, Robert Ralston, John Young, Alex. Blair, Alex. Craig, Thomas Gillespy, And. Erwine, Benj. Erwine, John Erwine, Edw. Erwine, John Trimble, James Trimble, Rob. Moffett, James Wright, Rob. King, Jam. Armstrong, John Pattison, Jas. Lesley, Felix Kanady, Thomas Gordon, And. Mitchell, Jas. Robertson, Gabrl. Pickins, Rob. Leeper, Sam. Moore, John Miller, James Miller, Patr. Quine, Mat. Armstrong, John Ramsey, Dan. Daniston, Sam Northward, Rob. Renick, John Archer, Sampn. Archer, Jam.'s Sayers, Thos. McCulough, George Anderson, John Anderson, Rob. Poage, Rob. Patterson, Jas. Craford, Will Baskins.
- Page 37.--25th February, 1747: Church Wardens bind Rachel Sanders, poor orphan of Richard Sanders, formerly bound to Andrew Mitchel, to John Christian.
- Page 61.--17th September, 1747. Robert McClenachan qualifies guardian of Margaret Cunningham, orphan of Samuel Cunningham.
- AUGUST 21, 1747. - (257) Andrew Campbell complained that Saml. Gay has abused him and threatened to put him in the stocks and whip him. Saml. acknowledges his fault and is discharged. (259) Mary, widow of Saml. Cunningham, administers on his estate.
- SEPTEMBER 17, 1747. - (291) Robert McClenachan moves for counter security against Mary, wife of Andrew Mitchell, late widow of Saml. Cunningham, who stated they were leaving the Colony immediately. Counter security ordered and appeal taken. Robert McClenachan appointed guardian for (Margret, see p. 310; Andrew Mitchell appointed.) Mary Cunningham, dau. of Saml. Cunningham.
- Page 62.--17th September, 1747. Andrew Mitchell in behalf of his wife. administratrix of Samuel Cunningham, qualifies; sureties Jno. Pickens, Jno. Moffett
- Page 63.--18th September, 1747. Andrew Mitchell qualifies guardian of Margaret, orphan of Samuel Cunningham.
- NOVEMBER 21, 1747. - (340) Andrew Mitchell fined for abusing the court.
- FEBRUARY AND MARCH, 1748. - Thomas Harrison vs. Andrew Mitchell.--Case. Writ dated 18th August, 1748.
Note: it is clear from the above records that Andrew Mitchell and his wife had left Augusta County by the end of 1747.
Information on Andrew Mitchell
From "The Mecklenburg Signers and Their Neighbors" by Worth S. Ray, page 447: (Note: Samuel Cunningham had actually died a few years earlier, abt. 1742)
- 1. Samuel Cunningham married Mary McKemie, daughter or sister of John McKemie. Samuel Cunningham died a very young man in 1747, leaving one daughter Margaret Cunningham, who married Robert Armstrong. The widow Mary Cunningham married Andrew Mitchell. Robert Armstrong and his wife Margaret settled in the Watauga Valley, and finally in Knox County, Tennessee, where they left a large family of children and great-grandchildren; the genealogists have it that they came to Tennessee by way of South Carolina, where they resided for many years. John Armstrong, a brother of Robert, married Jean Baker, a daughter of Douglass Baker and his wife Jane Thomson, daughter of Rev. John Thomson and brother in law of James Cunningham, of Cub Creek, in Charlotte County. Both Robert Armstrong and his brother John Armstrong moved to Tennesee.