Person:Archibald Kyle (1)

Archibald Kyle
b.est. 1743
d.bef. March 1784 Botetourt County, Virginia
m. 1738
  1. Margaret Kyle1741 - 1795
  2. Archibald Kyleest 1743 - bef 1784
  3. William KyleABT 1745 - 1821
  4. Mary Katherine Kyle1755 - AFT 1823
Facts and Events
Name Archibald Kyle
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1743
Death? bef. March 1784 Botetourt County, Virginia

Archibald Kyle was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Will Abstract

Kyle, Archibald. Will probate March 1784.
Names wife Mary and children Sally, Rhoda, Fanny and Marvin.
[Source: Early Marriages, Wills and some Revolutionary War Records, Botetourt County, Virginia, Compiled by Anne Lowry Worrell, pg. 58].

Records in Virginia

  • Page 137 - James Rowland, 230 acres, Looney's Creek. Adjoining the Duth Cooper, Archibald Kyle. February 26, 1768. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 49].

At a court continued & held for Botetourt County the 9th day of February, 1773
Present. Andrew Woods, George Skillem, John Bowman & Matthew Arbuckle, Gentlemen.
Ordered that Susanna Brazier serve Archibald Kyle, her Master, twelve months over & above the term of her present indenture for having a bastard child. (Note: this appears to be the same Susanna Brazier that later murdered Archibald's wife, Margaret, see record below).

At a court continued & held for Botetourt County the 11th of May, 1774.
John Herbison Plff. )
agst. ) In Case
Archibald Kyle Deft. )
This day came the parties &c. & also a jury, towit: Thomas Buford, Thomas McClure, Samuel Moore, Hugh McNeell, Mathias Yoakum, Thomas Harrison, Thomas Stennson, William Napier, Samuel Blair, Wm. Dougherty, George Dougherty and John Larkin, who retd. a verdt. in favor of the plff., awarding him one penny damages & costs.
Judgt. accdgly.

At a court held for Botetourt County the 11th of August, 1778.
The Commonwealth against George Lefener for a breach of the peace, parties heard. It is ord. that the said Lefener be bound in twenty pounds and two securities in ten pounds each that he shall be of good behaviour to all the subjects of this Commonwealth for and during the term & time of twelve months from this day. Whereupon the said George together with James Norvill ahd Archibald Kyle, his securities, came into court and acknd. themselves, the sd. George in twenty pounds and his said securities in ten pounds each of their respective goods & chattels, lands & tenements to be levied, with condition that the sd. George shall be of good behaviour the term &c.

At a court held for Botetourt County the fifteenth day of May, 1779.
Present: the Revd. Adam Smyth, Pat Lockhart, Thos. Rowland & Geo. Rutledge, Gent. Justices.
John Tatham Plff. )
agst. )
Joseph & David Anderson Defts. )
This day came the parties &c. & also a jury, towit: Samuel Walker, Junr., Archibald Kyle, Richard Thomas, Andrew Armstrong, Geo. Davidson, Jesse Clark, John Jameson, Wm. Galloway, Nicholas Carper, John Ross, Samuel Kinnerly, and John Davies, By consent of the parties and with the assent of the court, the jurors were withdrawn and discharged from rendering the verdict, and the same was continued.

First Wife's Apparent Murder

The following court record in Botetourt County Court appears to indicate that this Archibald Kyle had a prior marriage to wife Margaret that appears to have been murdered by a slave:

HOMICIDE: Susanna Brusine (a colored servant woman, property of Archibald Kyle) murdered Margaret Kyle (wife of Archibald Kyle).
Court proceedings: SE 10/4/1774 EXAM COURT: FELONY: HOM: Susanna Brusine, a colored servant woman, property of Archibald Kyle, on suspicion of her feloniously murdering Margaret Kyle, the wife of Archibald Kyle. pNG. Witnesses examined. fG. "and that she would to be tried for the same in the General Court." James Curray [Cuncy in Summers, Annals], John Jackson, & Samuel Adams post 100 l. bonds to appear as witnesses. [Appears from this record that she was a free woman of color who was indentured to AK. This is the only entry on her in the index.]
[Source: Botetourt County, Virginia homicides]


Archibald Kyle is a suspected sibling (or possibly a cousin) of Margaret Kyle who married James Rowland. Additional research/sources needed to prove.

From Genforum Message Board:
I have a Archibald Kyle in Botetourt County, 1763 & died in 1783 or 1784. Wife was Mary & children were Sally, Rhoda, Fanny & Marvin. Marvin later moved to Ala. I suspect that Archibald was from Pa. prior to moving to Va.