Charles Donnelly, of the Borden Tract, Stewart's Creek and Cowpasture
Facts and Events
||Charles Donnelly, of the Borden Tract, Stewart's Creek and Cowpasture
||bef. 17 June 1783
||Augusta County, Virginia
Charles Donnelly was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Parentage of Charles Donnelly
Charles Donnelly is a possible, but not proven son of Arthur Donnelly and Lettice Downing. Additional research is necessary to prove.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Deed by Borden to Charles Donely - 11 Feby, 1741-2, 231 acres 1 R 32 P--part of 92100, on Mophet's Creek, cor. James Cook--ye Barrens. [Chalkley's Vol. 2].
- Page 289.--18th March, 1768. George Wilson and Elizabeth, of Hampshire, to Charles Donnelly, £90, 234 acres by patent 10th August, 1759, on Stewart's Creek above (corner James McCoy). Delivered to Charles Donnelly, March, 1778.
- Page 383.--25th October, 1781. Jane McCoy, of Greenbrier, widow and sole executrix of James McCoy, to Andrew and Charles Donnerley, patented 10th August, 1759, to said James on Stewart's Creek. Teste: Hugh Brown, Andrew Sitlington, Nathan Crawford.
- Page 220 - Charles Donnely, 75 acres, branch of Cowpasture River. April 26, 1773. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 79].
Will of Charles Donnelly
- Page 308.--15th February, 1779. Charles Donnelly's will (of Cow Pasture)--To wife, Mary; to daughters, Jean Bleake, Mary Brown; to other four children, viz: Andrew, Charles, Ann, Catherine; to sons, Andrew and Charles Donnally, Jr. Executrix, Mary and Col. Andrew Donnally and son Andrew. Teste: James Bleke, John Gay, Wm. (mark) Gillespy. Proved, 17th June, 1783, by Blake and Gillespy. Gay is since dead. The two Andrews qualify.
- Page 308.--16th June, 1783. Mary (mark) Donnelly relinquishes her right to administration on her husband's, Charles Donnelly's, estate and nominates Andrew Donnelly, of Greenbrier, and her son, Andrew Donnelly. Teste: James Bleake, William (mark) Gillespey.
- Page 350.--19th August, 1783. Recorded. Charles Donnally's appraisement by Alex. Crawford, Andrew Sutlington, Ralph Laverty.
Processioning List of 1767/68
- "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 450.--1767-68: Processioned by James Hugart: For Charles Donelly, Jno. Cartmill, Robert Stewart, Thomas Galespie, Jno. McCashling, Mary Moore, James McCay, Wm. McCay, Ralph Laferty, John Galespie, James Hugart.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - MAY, 1755 (A). - Ramsey vs. Jamesons and Gay.--John Ramsey, assignee of Charles Donnelly, who was assignee of John Handly, complains of John Jameson and Robert Gay, and Sarah, his wife, late Sarah Jameson. Bond dated 1754. Signed, Sarah Jameson.
- Page 156.--6th February, 1762.--James Litster's estate sold to, viz. James Ward, Geo. Wilson, Mathew Reed, Wm. Cabeen, Chas. Donnally, Ro. Armstrong, Edward Long, Pat. Cunningham, Andw. Greer, Thos. Fulton, Margt. Cameron, Jno. Stewart, Ro. Reed, Geo. Francisco, David Bell, Wm. Poage, Wm. Crow, Luke Bowyer, Abraham Thornton. Wm. Henderson, Jno. Buchanan, Thos. O'Neal, Alex. Gibson, Alex. Wright, Jno. Francis, James Simpson, Geo. Weaver, Philip Helveston, Jno. King, Geo. Anderson, Rev. Mr. Craige, Andw. Russell, Saml. Caldwell, Joseph Roberts, Jno. Gregory, Jno. Lucas, Mathew Clark, Jno. Anderson, Jr., James Robinson, Jacob Parsinger, Saml. Moore, Christopher Vinyard, Thos. Patterson, the Widow Bell, Ralph Gorrell, Jos. Russell, James Gilmore, Simon Robertson, James Hughes.
- Page 25.--26th February, 1762. Francis Tyler to Israel Christian, £40, a negro slave Hanna. Teste: W. Christian, Charles Donelly.
- Page 305.--22d June, 1763. Daniel Harrison and Sarah to James Green, £9, 100 acres in north fork of Linwell's Creek. Teste: James Gamwill, Charles Donnelly.
- Page 366.--11th October, 1764. William Fitzjarrell's estate appraised, by James McCoy, Thos. Gillespey, Chas. Donnally. Vendue bill recorded 21st November, 1764; to Jno. McCaslin, Thos. Spencer, Geo. Lewis, Francis Jackson; to Timothy Sullivan.
- Vol. 2 - Page 405.--12th October, 1765: As it has pleased your Worships to send an order to nominate four Persons in the Cow Pasture to mark the lines of the Several plantations there, we the subscribers, hereof, have gone from the Forks at James River upwards to Joseph Mays (Maes) and Thomas Feemster and William Black, from there to the head of the waters. There is many places that there is no livers in and others that doth not know their lines. The names of such as we found their lines are as follows: James Scott, William Gillespy, John Handly, Wm. McMurry, James Beard, Cap. Jno. Dickinson, James Hamilton, Ralf Laferty, John Cartmill, James Hugart, Robert Stewart, James McCay, Charles Donelly, Thomas Gillespy. James McCay, James Scott. N. B.--The above is as exact as we could make it to ye Worshipful Court. May, 1765, Parish debtor to James Hill. To summoning an inquest on Geo. Henderson, deceased. To burying said Henderson.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 21, 1767. - (86) Thos. Bradshaw appointed highway surveyor, vice David Trimble. Chas. Donnerly appointed highway surveyor from Painter Gap to James Gay's.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 18, 1768. - (521) Commission ordered to privily examine Elizabeth, wife of George Wilson, to deed to Charles Donnelly.
- Page 106.--17th May, 1768. James Hugart's estate appraisement, by James McCoy, Charles Donnerley, John Cartmill, recorded.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 25, 1769. - (125) Charles Donnerly and John McCreery appointed surveyors of road from Capt. Charles Lewis's to, the Fork of Dickinson's Road.
- Page 219.--24th February, 1770. Patrick Davis and Esther to James Millican, £30, 44 acres by patent dated 10th September, 1767, on Cowpasture River. Teste: Charles Lewis, Charles and Andrew Donnelly. Delivered: Andrew Donnelly, December, 1775.
- Page 182.--4th December, 1772. William Sitlington's estate appraised by Charles Donelly, Ralph Laverty, William Reach--1 servant man appraised to Dorby Dedy, £18.00.0; 1 servant man. named Joseph, appraised to Blackhouse £15.10.0; 1 servant man, named Augustine Picket, £14.00.0; 1 servant man, named Richard, appraised to Edwards, £14.00.0; 1 servant woman appraised to £12.00.0.
- Vol. 1 - SEPTEMBER 15, 1778. - (356) James Gay appointed road surveyor from Jenning's Gap to John Hodge's house. Adam Bratton appointed road surveyor from the place above Andrew Hamilton's where William Matear leaves off to Col. Mathews's storehouse. Charles Donnelly appointed road surveyor from Col. Mathews's store to Leonard Bell's former bounds. Andrew Anderson appointed road surveyor from the Middle River to William Poage's, with tithables from William Wallace's down.
- Page 120.--2d October, 1780. Michael Coiner's will, soldier under Major Posey--To wife, Margaret; to daughter, Margaret Counner, remainder of pay for services in present war. Executors, wife Margaret and Robert Scott. Teste: Walter Davis, Francis Best, Jas. Davis, Chas. Doneley. Should daughter Margaret die before coming of age or before marriage, her estate to be divided between John and Wm. Griffin, my stepsons. Proved, October Court, 1793, by Walter Davis. Scott refuses to execute, and 15th July, 1794, proved by James Davis.
- Vol. 1 - OCTOBER 17, 1780. - (303) Hugh Hicklin appointed road surveyor from the County Line to the School House in the Indian Draft; Charles Donnerly, thence to Leonard Bell's. James McChesney appointed road surveyor from where Thomas Mines now lives. Samuel McCutchon appointed road surveyor from Mines's to Rusk's Mill.
- Page 208.--8th October, 1781. Elizabeth (mark) Clark's will--To daughter, Jean Elliot's heirs; to well beloved Elizabeth Breath (Reath, Reoth?); to daughter, Sarah Elliot; to daughter, Anne Dounlap; to daughter, Margret Clenkaid; to son, John Gridle; to son, James; to son, Alexander and to Alexander's wife; to four daughters; to son, Samuel; to son, William's heirs; to son, Robert. Executors, son Robert Clark and William Reaoh. Teste: Charles Donally, James McCleerey, Robt. Patterson, Geo. Berry. Proved, 20th November, 1781, by McCleerey and Berry. Robert Clark qualifies.
- To the Worshipful Court of Augusta County, the petition of the sundry inhabitants in the bounds of Captain Long's Company of Militia humbly showeth:
- That your petitioners, while headed by Captain Christian, and since headed by Captain Long, then enjoyed the greatest tranquility, but now likely to he clouded by the loss of so noble an officer by a mere delusion.
- The most of us can, and will (if called upon), undertake to declare on oath that Captain Long behaved himself at the Battles of Hot Water and Jamestown as a good soldier and a noble officer. As to his conduct at York we cannot pretend to say farther than from the most authentic accounts that we could collect he had not that fair play that a true citizen ought to have had. From which motives induces us to believe, and truly hope, your worships will, when you come to look at the affair, reinstate him in his post, that we may continue our old rank, as we have ever been faithful subjects, contributed every thing in our power for the benefit of the States, turned out cheerfully our quota of men on every occasion.
- Therefore, as your worships is the only door we are to go through to justice, humbly hope you will recommend him to his Excellency, the Governor, which will prevent us from falling from our old rank, to wit, the second in the Battalion to the youngest, and your petitioners shall, as in duty bound ever pray, &c &c.
- (Signed) Jas. Davis, John Christian, Jr., Rich'd Shires, Saml. Blackwood, John Brooks. Jr., Robert Scott, Samuel Brooks, John Black, William Black, Joseph Bell, Ensign; Thomas Rutledge, Gill. Christian, James Bert, Gilbert Christian, Giles Brooks, W. Christian, William Davis, Thomas Kear, Benjamin Carr, James Wright, John Bell, Edward Rutledge, Samuel Armstrong, Neal O'Dear, Joseph Kerr, Robert Christian, Francis Best, Charles Donely, Jonathan Brooks, Jacob Gabert, Anthony Black, Alexander Wright, William Shields, William Brown, Robert Christian, Lieutenant; Gabriel Alexander, James Bready, Jacob van Lear, John Christian, Mathew Alexander, John Bready, Joseph Colter, John Alexander, John Bready, George Marshall.
- Vol. 2 - Delinquents and Supernumeraries, 1782; List of James Davis, D. S.: Chas. Donely. Rockingham
- Vol. 1 - MAY 19, 1785. - (56) Charles Donally and George Clendenning returned no inhabitants.
- Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond - 1787--March 6, George Shaw and John Griffin, George Shaw and Nancy Mays, daughter of Rebecca Mays (consent). Teste: Charles Stewart, Charles Donnelly.
- Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond - 1787--March 19, John McCreery and Charles Donally, surety. John McCreery and Margaret Black, daughter of Wm. Black (consent). Teste: John Montgomery, Alex. Black. John is son of Ro. McCreery (consent). Teste: Geo. Benson, Wm. McCreery.
- Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond - 1789--March 13, Thomas Crow, Jr., and Nancy Donally, daughter Charles Donally (consent), Mary Donally (consent); witnesses, Jno. Wayt, Stephen Smith; surety, Alexander Lewis.
- Vol. 2 - SEPTEMBER, 1798 (A to G). - John Brown vs. Saml. Mitchel, And. Wardlaw. 317 acres in Rockbridge. Survey Aug. 1, 1774 for George Moffett by James Trimble 328 acres. Deed by Borden to Charles Donely 11 Feby, 1741-2, 231 acres 1 R 32 P--part of 92100, on Mophet's Creek, cor. James Cook--ye Barrens.
- Vol. 1 - 1823-1824-1825. - Joseph Coalter deposes, same time and place: Some time ago he was informed by a certain Mary Donnally, then an old woman, now deceased, who had lived in Patton's family, that said Patton had at first made a large survey, perhaps about 1,700 acres. (Note: this is likely Charles Donnelly's wife Mary, who was apparently a Patton).