Archibald Houston, of Stover's Mill Creek, Augusta County, VA
Facts and Events
Archibald Houston was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- Transcript:Will of Archibald Houston, Augusta VA, 1774
- Transcript:Houston's in Chalkeleys Chronicles
- Source:Chalkley's Chronicles
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- Mill Creek Hundred Houstons
||Person:Archibald Houston (2) acquired land from his father inlaw, John Stephenson, in the Stovers Mill Creek area of what was then Augusta County, but now lies within modern Rockingham County. Stover's Mill Creek, a tributary of the Shannandoah, does not exist as such today, but is probably now known as "Mill Creek" which discharges into the Shannandoah near Grotto's, Virginia. The USGS map of the area shows a feature known as Goode's Mill, which may be the location of Stover's original mill after which the creek was named.
|John Stephenson's property is described by some genealogists as being in the Cross Key's area, which encompasses modern Mill Creek. He is said to be buried in the Cross Keys' Cemetery, which may be the resting place of Archibald Houston, as well, though if present, both graves appear to be unmarked today.
from Source:Chalkley, 1912:
- Page 296.--21st March, 1753. John Stephenson, farmer, and Sarah to Archibald Houston, fanner [sic tanner? farmer?] , granted to John, 1743, 367 acres. Teste: Robert Cravens. John Pickens, Andrew Baskins. Acknowledged by Sarah, 17th August, 1753. (Note: this land was apparently located near Stover's Mill Creek, on the South branch of the Shenandoah River).
- Page 373.--8th August, 1767. John Cravens, eldest son and heir and executor of Robert Cravens, farmer, deceased, and Mary Cravens, widow and executrix of Robert, to Archibald Huston, farmer, £170, 470 acres, corner to tracts devised to Zebulon and Robert Harrison, part of 7009 acres patented to McCoy, Hite, &c., 26th March, 1739. Teste: John Wilson, Joseph Dictum, John Guin. (Note: this land was located on Linville's Creek)
- Page 237.--17th May, 1773. John ( ) Stephenson, farmer, and Sarah ( ) to Archibald Huston, farmer. Delivered: Jno. Huston, 7th February, 1785. Teste: John McMaster, James and George Huston. Patented to the Stevens, 1st June, 1741. Page 239.--Patented to John Stephenson, 16th August, 1756.
- Page 383.--18th August, 1767. Archibald Huston, farmer, and Mary to John Cravens, farmer, £171, 470 acres, part of 7009 acres patented to McCoy, Hite, &c., on Linvelle's Creek, corner that part devised by Robert Cravens to Zebulon and Robert Harrison, conveyed to Archibald by deed dated 8th of this inst. Teste: John Wilson, Joseph Dictum, John Guin. Delivered: Michael McMullin, March, 1770.
See:Transcript:Will of Archibald Houston, Augusta VA, 1774
- Page 259.--28th March, 1774. Archibald Huston's will--To wife, Mary; to son, John, 200 acres, part of Pond Spring tract; to son, Stephen; to James, 250 acres of tract whereon David Gravin now lives; to son, Archibald, infant; to son, George, 360 acres whereon testator lives; to son, Nathan, 100 acres, part of Pond Spring tract; to six daughters, residuary legatees. Executors, sons James and George, and Cap David Leard. Teste: James Bruster, John (his __ mark) Stephenson, Jennet (mark) Frazer, Isbell (mark) Campbell. Proved, 16th August, 1774, by Bruster and Stephenson. Mary appears and refuses to execute and renounces the will. David Laird and Geo. Huston qualify with James Bruster and John (mark) Stephenson.
- Page 302.--9th September, 1774. Archibald Huston's estate appraised and sold, and 21st May, 1783, settled and recorded--Sold to, viz: Stephen Huston, John Peder (Pedan), James Laird, Junior, Henry Coaler, James Waide, Michael Lease. John Hooper, Jno. Craney, Barney McMurry,George Weton.
- Vol. 2 - 1779--March 22d, Anne, orphan of Archd. Huston, chose Thomas Hewit guardian. Abigail, ditto, chose James Brewster, ditto. Jno. Huston appointed guardian of Archibald Huston, orphan of Archibald Huston. Jno. Magill appointed guardian of Jane, orphan of Archibald Huston. Mary Huston (widow), ditto, of Eliz., orphan of Archibald Huston.
"Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Page 177.--1756: Processioned by Robert Hook and Pat. Frazier, viz: For Edward Beard, for Margt. Laburn, for James Craig, for Gasper Vought, for James Craig (same as above), for Henry Pirkey, for Mathew Thompson, for Andrew Leeper, for Henry Leaburn, for John Bell Vought, for John Stevenson, for Wm. Beard, for Archibald Huston.
- Page 378.--Processioners appointed as follows, viz (1764):
- David Cunningham and Samuel Downey, from Burden's line to Jenning's Gap between Keneday's Road and the North Mountain.
- James Bell, Samuel Black, James Fulton, and George Robinson, from Burden's line to Spring Hill between the South Mountain and Keneday's Road by Staunton and from thence by the Tinkling Spring Meeting House.
- John Ramsey, John Stuart, Geo. Crawford, Thos. Turk, from Spring Hill, thence by the Meeting House to Christian's Creek, thence down the Creek to the Mouth and down Middle River to South River, thence to South Mountain.
- William Hutchison (son of George), David Laird, David Bell, Thomas Patterson, from Ford of Christian's Creek below the Court House, down the same to the mouth, down Middle to South River, down to the Fork and up North River to Fowler's, to Staunton.
- Michael Dickey, Ben. Harrison, Michael Hogshead, James Gamble, from Court House to Jenning's Gap, then along the Mountain to the Dry River, down the same to the North River, down to Fowler's, thence to Staunton.
- Alex. Herron, Arthur Trader, Thos. Harrison, John Cunningham, from Fowler's along the road to the County line on the side of North Mountain.
- Adam Bird and John Thomas, in Brock's Gap to the mountain.
- Archibald Huston, James Brewster, Thos. Moore, Thos. Lackey, from County Line to Fowler's, then down North River to Mr. Jones's, then along the Picked Mountain to the County line.
- Henry Long, Daniel Price, Jacob Miller, Jacob Nicholas, from Mr. Jones's to the Picked Mountain, and as low as the County Line on both sides the river to Mouth of South River.
- Adam Rider and Michael Neese, in the Forests.
- Andrew Lockridge, Alex. Hamilton, Joseph Waughub, Lanty Graham, on both Rivers of Calfpasture and waters thereof.
- Page 592.--14th February, 1749. Hugh Douglas, laborer, and Margaret, to James Downing and Mary, his wife, relict of Peter Dyer (deceased), spinteres, 130 acres on Stover's Mill Creek. John Stephenson's line. Teste: Archibald Huston, John Stephenson. (Note: this record clearly shows that the land that he later acquired from John Stephenson was located on Stover's Mill Creek).
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 23, 1754. - (275) Archd. Huston qualified Lieut. of Foot.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 17, 1753. - (15) Sarah, wife of John Stevenson, relinquished dower in deed, John S.--to Archibald Husten.
- Page 293.--7th February, 1759. John Wingord's appraisement, by Archd. Huston, Jacob Nioles (Nicholas?), Valentine Pence (Bentz).
- Page 50.--9th October, 1759. Johan Paul Faught's (John Bellfaught) will--Wife, sole executrix; wife, Mary Katrine; 3 children, Katrine Cleman, Andrew and Casper Faught. Teste: Archd. Huston, Peter Funk, Catrine Funk. Proved, 18th August, 1761, by Huston and Peter Funk. Mary Catrine qualifies, with Christian Cleman, Geo. Trout (signed, Cath. Fought).
- Vol. 1 - MAY AND NOVEMBER, 1759 (A). - Beard vs. Graves.--Signatures of James Craig, Archibald Huston, Samuel Henderson and Robert Shanklin.
- Page 400.--19th June, 1760. John Colly's appraisement, by Archd. Huston, Wm. Beard, Jacob Parsinger.
- Page 41.--8th July, 1761. John Cally's appraisement by Archd. Huston, Wm Beard, Jacob Parsinger.
- Page 100.--10th September, 1761. John Faught's (Bellfaught) estate appraised by Archd. Huston, Gasper Kinder, Peter Funk.
- Page 83.--17th September, 1761. Valentine Pence's estate appraised, by Archd. Huston, Jacob Nicholas, Geo. Carpenter.
- Page 337.--18th September, 1761. Jacob Harman, Sr.'s will--To wife Catrina, tract adjoining where son Peter lives; to son Jacob, 134 acres, with a mill adjoining Peter Miller; to son Teawalt, 50 acres joining Shawp's line, against the Peaked Mountain; to son John's son, Peter Harmon; to son Peter; to 4 daughters; to daughter Elizabeth; to 5 grandchildren, Philip, William and Madlina Price; to the church near the Meeting House now built, 2 acres. Executors, wife Catrina and son Peter.--Jacob Harman. Teste: Archd. Huston, Jacob Parsinger, Peter Miller (German). Proved, 15th May, 1764, by the witnesses. Executors qualify, with George Man. Peter ( ) his mark. Cath. ( ) her mark.
- Page 122.--2d October, 1761. Robert Cravens' will--Mark. Executors, wife, and son, John Cravens; wife, Mary, a negro wench called Knelly. To son William, tract called the Great Meadow, 141 acres. To daughter Mary, 124 acres she now lives on. To grandchildren, Zebulon and Robt. Harrison, 200 acres on east side Linville's Creek. To daughter Margaret Harrison. To daughter Agnes, tract she lives on. To Magee (Maggie?). To son Robert. To daughter Elizabeth Cravens. To grandson Robert Cravens, 160 acres, called Wait's Cabin, on the Creek below Joseph Cravens. To grandson John Cravens, brother of Robert above. To granddaughter Mary Black, 470 acres where Saml. Monsey lives to be sold. Nine (9) children, viz: (?) Teste: Archd. Huston, Mathew Thompson, Daniel Love. Proved, 18th May, 1762, by Archd. Huston and Danl. Love. Executors qualify, with Edward Shanklin, Andrew Erwin, Mary ( ) her mark.
- Page 162.--5th July, 1762. Robert Craven's estate, appraised by Mathew Thompson, Archd. Huston, Jno. Stewart. Bonds due by Ro. McGarry, John Crow, Wm. Cravens.
- Page 217.--22d December, 1762. William Monger, blacksmith, to Augustine Price and Jacob Persinger, £28, household goods, iron stove, smith tools,; mortgage. Teste: Jacob Nicolos, Archibald Huston.
- Page 256.--10th March, 1763. Additional appraisement of Robt. Cravens' estate, by Jno. Stewart, Mathew Thompson, Archd. Huston.
- Page 263.--21st June, 1763. William Beard's bond (with Archd. Huston) as administrator of John Sheldon.
- Vol. 1 - 1763-4, Pt. 1. - Petitioners to open a road that usually led from a ford of the South River above Joseph Hannah's over Cole's ford on the middle and from thence to Mathew Thompson's, which has been lately stopped by Henry Reaburn, notwithstanding it has been a bridle way for nearly twenty years. Robert Scott, Patrick Frazer, James Bruster, Robert Hook, Robert Hook, John Denniston, William Hook, J. Madison, John Stephenson, Archibald Huston, John Craig, John Davison, John Davison, Jr., Patrick Willson, Robert Shanklin.
- Page 667.--21st August, 1764. Christopher ( ) Thompson and Mary ( ) to Jacob Conrod, £30, 95 acres on Cook's Creek; corner McDonald's line and one Fisher's survey. Teste: Archibald Huston, Daniel Love, James Thompson.
- Page 668.--21st/31st August, 1764. Archibald Huston, of Augusta, farmer, appoints Hugh Huston, of New Providence in North Carolina, farmer, attorney to recover Archibald's interest in the estate of David Huston, deceased testate. Teste: Felix Gilbert, James Thompson. (Note: this record provides clue to Archibald's family members)
- Page 372.--27th September, 1764. William Frazier's estate appraised, by Jacob Miller, Jacob Persinger, Archd. Huston--Henry Layburn's note.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 19, 1765. - (234) Esther Boyd, aged 15, orphan of Robert Boyd, chose Archibald Huston her guardian.
- Page 385.--19th March, 1765. Archibald Huston's bond (with Pat. Frazier) as guardian (chosen) to Esther Boyd, orphan of Robert Boyd.
- Vol. 1 - MAY, 1766 (C). - Marrow vs. Williams.--Sigs.: Archibald Huston and Joshua Boucher.
- AUGUST, 1766 (A). - Briggs vs. Joseph English.--I do promise to pay, &c., to Mr. Joseph Langdon, &c., 14th March, Ano. Dom., 1765. (Signed) Joseph English. Test: Archibald Huston, William Hoak. Assigned in Frederick County, 9th October, 1765, to David Briggs by Joseph Langdon.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 18, 1767. - (217) Saml. Henderson appointed surveyor of highway from John Madison's to Givens's Mill.--Tithables from James Craig's up Middle River to James Givens and on South River from William Patterson's to Christian Clemons. John Madison appointed surveyor of highway from his house to Jones's Ford, tithables on Middle River from James Craig's downwards, and on South River from William Patterson's downwards, and as low as said Madison's. Andrew Fought appointed surveyor of highway, vice Archd. Huston.
- Page 96.--24th November, 1767. Stephen Conrod's estate appraised, by Jacob Bare, Mathias Kersh, Archd. Huston.
- Page 99.--3d December, 1767. Nicholas Null's estate appraised, by Jacob Nicholas, John Couts, Archd. Huston.
- Page 402.--Patent to Samuel Lusk, 20th July, 1768. Teste: Archibald Huston, John Carlile.
- Page 398.--30th July, 1769. John Harrison's will, cordwinder--To wife, Phoebe; to son, Zebulun; to son, Reuben, the Long Meadow plantation; to daughter, Pheby Moore; to daughter, Ann Langdon. Executors, sons Zebulon and Reuben. A Baptist minister to preach his funeral sarment. Teste: Felix Sheltman, John Ray, John Harrison, Jr. Proved, 21st May, 1771, by Ray and Harrison. Executors qualify with Archibald Huston, James Beard.
- Page 293.--16th March, 1770. Nicholas Null's estate sold at vendue--To Abram Wright, Augustine Price, Henry Null, Honekil Hoofman, Paushton Ostler, Gill Price, Ponshton Hostler, John Ferrel (Terril), Hauverstine Price, Patrick Dickson, George Null, William McBush, Peter Brinninger, Windle Weaver, Francis Kirtley, Wm. Munger, Alvenious Bowyer, Samuel Muncey, Peter Bunginger, Thos. Birk, Philip Williams, Henry Bingaman. Cash from Charles Fry, John Couch. By Windle Sivers' bond, from Archibald Hughston. By Charles Rush's note, Nicholas Shirley.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 15, 1770. - (102) John Gratton, Alexr. McClenachan, John Poage, Saml. McDowell, George Moffet, Archibald Huston, John Hays, Wm. Bowyer, John McClenachan--qualified vestrymen.
- Page 237.--26th May, 1771. Jacob Argabright ( ) and Susanna Marrett ( ) to Conrat Smither, £35 acres, remainder of 250 acres patented to Jacob, 20th August, 1760, the other half of which Jacob sold to Election George Fridley, between Peaked Mountain and Shanandoh River. Teste: Archibald Huston, Valentine Cloninger.
- Page 485.-- (1771) Adjourned. Alex. McClenachan and Archibald Huston, Church Wardens.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 21, 1771. - (295) William and Michael Bowyer, John and Alexr. McClenachan, Daniel Smith, Samuel McDowell, Arcbibald Huston and Alexr. Thomson qualified Vestrymen.
- Vol. 2 - Page 486.--22d November, 1771: Following have been elected Vestrymen, qualify and subscribe to be conformable to the Doctrine and Discipline of the Church of England, viz: William Bowyer, Alex. McClenachan, Archibald Huston, Daniel Smith, Alex. Thompson, Michael Bowyer, John McClenachan, Samuel McDowel, John Gratton.
- Page 514.--10th December, 1771. Loudawick Fridley's estate appraised by Archibald Huston, Augustine Price, George Mallow.
- Page 493.--21st March, 1772. Phillip Harles' will--Executors, Mathias Kersh and Augustine Price; to wife, Margaret; to son, Martin Harless, tract on Sinking Creek called Clover Bottom, in Botetourt County; to son, Immanuel, infant, 600 acres where testator lives; to son, Philip, 113 acres in Botetourt; to son, David, 300 acres in Botetourt on Tom's Creek; to son. Henry, cash; to daughter, Margaret; to daughter, Mary. Teste: Archd. Huston, Samuel Bell, Margaret Bell. Proved, 19th May, 1772, by Huston and Bell (Saml.). Augustine Price qualifies with Charles Rush, Henry Price, Danl. Price.
- Page 10.--28th _____, 1772. Philip Harles' estate appraised by Archd. Huston, Frederick Ermantrout, Peter Miller.
- Page 122.--7th December, 1772. Robert Hook, Jr.'s, estate appraised by Patrick Frazer, John Davidson, Archd. Huston.
- Page 93.--18th May, 1773. Archibald Huston's bond (with Charles Rush, Mathias Lair) as guardian to Henry Stalp, orphan of Wm. Stalp.
- Page 164.--2d August, 1773. Rev. Thomas Jackson's estate appraised by James Bruster, David Laird, Archibald Huston.
- Page 278.--8th May, 1773. Conrad Bloze's will--To wife, Mary Catrine; to son, John Adam; to son, George Jacob; to wife, Valentine; to daughter, Eve Elizabeth. Executors, Jacob Mayer. Teste: Adam (mark) Hetrick, Archibald Huston, Rebeka Huston. Proved, 15th November, 1774, by Hetrick. Archibald and Rebecca are dead. Jacob Mayer refuses to execute. *Administration granted Mary Catherine, who qualifies with Anthony Ealer, Alvamous Bowyer, Jacob (mark) Bowyer.
- Vol. 1. - MARCH 18, 1773 - (100) Henry Stalp, aged 14, orphan of Wm. Stalp, decd., chose Archibald Huston his guardian.
- Vol. 2 - APRIL, 1803 (N to Z). - John Taylor, Archd. Taylor, James Taylor, Joseph Taylor, Jonathan Taylor, Wm. Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Francis Carter and Margaret, late Margt. Taylor, Saml. Twitchet and Catherine, late Catherine Taylor, Sylvenus Gibson and Elenor, late Elenor Taylor and Easter Taylor, devisees of James Waits, deceased, vs. John Huston--Writ of right, Rockingham. Two tracts, 150 acres in Rockingham; Jno. Stephenson's line, 20 acres, Stover's Mill Creek; James Downing's survey. Copy patent to John Stephenson, 400 acres on Orange (Augusta) County, on Stover's Mill Creek, of South River, Shenandore, 1st June, 1741. John Stephenson to Archd Huston, 18th May, 1773, recorded. John Stephenson's will, dated 13th October, 1777, probated in Rockingham 23d November, 1778; wife. Devisees, Jonathan Taylor and Easter Taylor, two of wife's children (infants). Daughter, Mary Huston, widow of Archd. Huston. Grandsons, Jno. Huston, Stephen Huston, George Huston and Nathan Huston. Grandchildren, Ann, Abigail, Sarah, Jane, Elizabeth and Archibald Huston (infants), daughter Mary Huston. Executors, Daniel Smith, Sr., and Felix Gilbert. Patent to James Waits, 1st September, 1782; 20 acres by survey, 18th December, 1751, on Stover's Mill Creek. James Waits' will, dated 9th October, 1771. Probated in Rockingham, 24th September, 1781. James Waits' will: Wife Catrine. John Taylor's children, they being the lawful issue of his wife Esther--Sarah and Catherine--to have more than others.
- Vol. 2 - Huston vs. Huston--O. S. 266; N. S. 93--Bill, 1817. Complainants are, viz: Stephen Huston and as administrator of Nathan Huston, deceased; Mary Ann Huston, widow and administratrix of John Huston; Patty Huston, widow and administratrix of Archibald Huston, who was son of John Huston, deceased; Polly Huston, daughter of Archibald Huston; Walter Huston, son of John; Peter Eyler, administrator of Joseph Huston, one of sons of John Huston; Polly Huston, widow of Joseph Huston; Jenetta Huston, daughter of Joseph; Julius Foster and Patsy, his wife; Joseph Mahoy and Grizzy, his wife (Patsy and Grizzy being daughters of John); Polly and Sophia Huston, daughters of John; Nathan, Cynthia, Jane, George, David Huston, infant children of John; and George Huston. Previous to 1792, John Huston, deceased, and his brother, Archibald, owned 3 tracts in Rockingham, about 300 acres on Mill Creek. John Huston's title was derived to him by being eldest son and heir, and he agreed with Archibald that they should sell the land and divide with their brothers, Stephen, George and Nathaniel (?). They were sons of Archibald Huston who died, testate, leaving part of the land to his son James, who died 1774 under age.
Archibald Huston, b.prior 1723, N.Ireland, d. 1774 Augusta Co. VA.
m. Mary Ann Stephenson, dau of John Stephenson and Sarah Waite.
Lieutenant county militia French and Indian Wars.
Children: John, Nathan, James, Stephenson, George, Archibald,
Abigail, Sarah, Ann, Jane, Elizabeth.
Augusta Co., Virginia Book of Records Vol. II Pg 275
MARRIAGE LICENSES IN AUGUSTA COUNTY Date: June 20, 1749
Archibald Huston and Mary Stevenson
Augusta Co., Virginia Book of Records Vol. III Pg 413
Date: 21 August, 1764. Archibald Huston, of Augusta, farmer, appoints Hugh Huston, of New Province in North Carolina, Farmer, attorney to recover Archibald's interest in the estate of David Huston, deceased testate, Teste: Felix Gilbert, James Thompson
Augusta Co., Virginia Book of Records Vol III Pg 186
Date: 28th March 1774 Archibald Huston's Will - To Wife, Mary; to son, John, 200 acres, part of Pond Spring tract; to sons, Stephen; to James , 250 acres of tract whereon David Gavin now lives; to Archibald, infant; to son, George, 360 acres whereon testor lives; to son, Nathan, 100 acres, part of pond spring tract; to six daughters, residuary legatees, Executors, sons James and George, and Cap. David Leard. Teste; James Bruster, John (his mark) Stephenson, Jennet (mark) Frazer, Isbell (mark) Campbell. Proved 16 August, 1774, by Bruster and Stephenson. Mary appears and refuses to execute and renounces the will. David Laird and George Huston qualify with James Bruster and John (mark) Stephenson.
Augusta Co., Virginia Book of Records Vol III Pg 166
Date: 09th September, 1774 Archibald Huston's estate appraised and sold, and 21st May, 1783, settled and recorded- Sold to viz: Stephen Huston, John Peder (Pedan), James Laird, Junior, Henry Coaler, James Waide, Michael Lease, John Hooper, Jno Craney, Barney Mc Murry, George Weton
Augusta Co., Virginia Book of Records Vol. II Pg 40
Date: 13th October, 1777 John Stephenson's will, probated in Rockingham 23rd November, 1778; wife. Devisees, Jonathan Taylor and Easter Taylor, two of wife's children (infants). Daughter, Mary Huston, Widow of Archd. Huston. Grandsons Jno. Huston, Stephen Huston, George Huston, and Nathan Huston. Grand children, Ann, Abigail, Sarah, Jane, Elizabeth and Archibald Huston, (infants), daughter Mary Huston.
Augusta Co., Virginia Book of Records Vol. II Pg 365
Date: 27th April 1779 Jno. Huston appointed guardian of Archibald Huston, orphan of Archibald Huston
Augusta Co., Virginia Book of Records Vol. II Pg 365
Date: 24th May 1779 Jno. Magill appointed guardian of Jane, orphan of Archibald Huston. Mary Huston (widow), ditto of Eliz., orphan of Archibald Huston.