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Archibald Handley was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Land Records in Virginia
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 524.--18th August, 1762. Richard ( ) Kerr to Israel Christian, £64, 240 acres by patent deed from Col. James Patton to Richard Kerr, 18th November, 1752, on Welsh Run, a branch of Roan Oak. Teste: Wm. Christian, Thomas Barnes, Archibald Handley.
- Page 626.--15th May, 1764. Hugh Martin to Mathew Harper, £80, 200 acres, part of 1415 surveyed for William Henderson and conveyed to John Henderson, and from him to Mathew Harper, Mathew to John Henderson, from Henderson to Hugh Martin, on Christian's Creek; corner Thomas Rutledge's land, crossing Black's Branch. Teste: John Handley and Archibald Handley.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1768 (C). - William Crow vs. Capt. Walter Cunningham.--Sundries. 1762, 1763, 1764; 1762, March 25, to one pair shoes for your sister Betty; June 19, to your provision account, 174 rations, at £1; 1763; 1764; 1765; 1766,
January 21, to cash stopped for James and John Ward; January 23, stopped for Thomas Carpenter, Alexander Tilford, Wm. Daucherty, Archey Handley; 1767, April 10, your assumpsit for David Graham; May 15, to club at Poaking; November 20, to club at Vestry; 1768, April 26, to George; March 15, to cash answered for Captain Lynch. Credits--1766, February 11, by cash at Strother and McPherson's frolic; February 22, by cash answered for your son, £15. (Between the dates above scarcely a day passed without several charges for drinks. I have only noticed a few items of an extraordinarily long account.)
Will of Archibald Handley
- In the name of God. September 5th in the year of our Lord 1789
- I, Archibald Handley, being weak in body but in perfect memory thanks to Almighty God for all his mercys to me and calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it's appointed for all mankind once to die I have thought of it to make this my last will and testament in the manner and form following that is to say first I recommend my soul to God who gave it hoping through the merits of Jesus Chirst to rise with him in eternal glory at the last day and my body to the earth to be buried so in a decent and Christian manner and as for such worldly goods as it hath pleased God fare above my deserving to bestowe on me I dispose of in the manner and form following.
- First I give to Jean my well beloved wife whome I dearly love her living on my land during her natural life together with her bed furniture and clothing and one good cow to be kept on the land for her use after my decease to be disposed of at her death as she sees fit.
- Secondly I give to Sarah Shanks my Daughter ten shillings to be raised out of my estate
- and thirdly I give to James my son the one half of the land I now live on to Jome(Join ?) with Garritt Green, Micheal Askine (Erskine), James Alexander, and James Burnside it being the part he now lives on together with my clothing after my death and he is not to have any part of my personal Estate and out of the whole of my estate I allow all of my lawful debts to be justly paid and the remainder of any to be devided equally betwixt Grisal, Ann, Jean and Marey. And my land after my death when they choos to devide be sold either for cash or property as they and my Executors shall think best for the best price that can be got for it and equally divided betwixt Grisal, Ann, Jean, and Marcy (a transcription error I believe and should have been spelled Marey) and lastly I appoint James Handly my Brother and James my son Executors of this my last will and testament given under my hand.
- September 5th 1789 .
- (Signed) Archibald Handley
- Witness present: Micheal Askine (Erskine), John Handley
- At Greenbrier July Court 1796.
- The last will and testament of Archibald Handley deceased, was presented in court by James Handley Junr, one of the executors there in named and -------- by the oath of Micheal Askine and John Handly the witnesses there to subscribed and to be recorded and on motion of the said Executor who made oath according to law with John Handley and James Alexander his securitys entered into and acknowledge their bond in the penalty of one thosand pounds conditioned as the law directs and is granted him for obtaining a probate there of in due form. Liberty being reserved to thr executor named in the said will to join in the probate when he shall think fit----
- Teste: John Stuart
Information on Archibald Handley
From Rootsweb.com post:
Most researchers accept that Archibald Handley was born about 1730 of Scots-Irish heritage.There is some disagreement as to who his father was. Some think that his father was William Handley, though most agree that his father was John Handley (1st) and his mother was Grizel or Greselda (unknown).
According to the works of Mary Mortimer and Richard Hopkins, Archibald was one of six siblings; John(2nd), b.about 1720, Archibald, b. about 1730, Elizabeth, b. about 1732 or 33, Alexander, William , b. about 1738, and James b. about 1740. If these birth dates are somewhat accurate all of these children were born in Ireland.