Facts and Events
Conrad Peterfish (Biedefisch) was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 163.--2d November, 1768. Thomas ( ) Burk and Clearey ( ) to Conrad Peterfish, £14, 177 acres on Dry River, branch of Shanandore, patented to said Burk, line of land patented for John and Lewis Neall. Teste: Joseph Hannah, Robert ( ) Frazor. David Frazor.
- Page 84 - Conrod Peterfish, 11 acres. Adjoining his own land. August 6, 1789. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 126].
Will of Conrad Peterfish
- In the name of God Amen, I Conrode Pietefish of the county of Rockingham, State of Virginia being weak in body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory or you may say thus, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and blessed be to Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following; that is to say, First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Catharine, first the Chest and whatsoever therein is, and all the Books that are in the House; and all the Hemp and Flax that are in the house; now further my said wife is to have possession in the house where I now live in, until such time as my son John Pietefish builds my said wife such a house that she is satisfied to live in; further my said wife is to have two milk cows, and hay and fodder sufficient to keep them found by my son John; and ten bushels of wheat and Four bushels of corn per year; and one Shote in the spring or One Hundred weight of Pork per year, and she is to have the garden where I now in possession, and privileges of the orchard for the use of apples, further my said wife is to have the Third part of my moveable Estate and the money that is to be collected and the notes and bonds that are out; and the other two parts to be equally divided between my two daughters, Katy and Mary Pietefish, excepting the Twenty Pound Bond is to be divided between my two said daughters.
- Further; do I give and devise to my elder son, John Pietefish his heirs and assigns, all that my Messuage or Tenement situating lying and being in the County of Rockingham, State of Virginia. Together with all my Freehold Estate, whatsoever, To hold to him the said John Pietefish, his heirs and assigns forever, such as lands deeded and patented and houses which I make to him, and to each of them or their heirs and assigns forever. This my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In Witness whereof I have set here unto my hand and Seal the Twenty-Second day of December in the Year of our Lord, one thousand seven Hundred and Ninety-five
- Signed Conrode Pietefish
- Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Conrode Pietefish his last will and testament in the presence of us who hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator.
- (signed) Wm. Pence, John Hammer, Harmon Aughe.
- Source: Ruth L. Lepper, Petefish Family in America
Processioning List of 1767/8
- "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 settler’s lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Page 446.--1767-68: Processioned by John Coutts and John Miller, viz: For John Miller, for John Fudge, for John Munge (Conrad Fudge present), for Geo. Hufman, for Geo. Gunrod, for Henry Dick, for Peter Brunemer, for Henry Lung, for Francis Kirtley, for Christopher Cisling, for Boston Nester, for Jerod Peterfish, for Stephen Hanceberry, for John Sellers, for Jacob Runkle, for Nicholas Null, for Charles Fie, for Daniel Link, for Daniel Price, for David McComis, for John Burk, for Mathias Cersh, for Jacob Hammer. (Note: this processioning list shows "Jerod Peterfish", but it is likely Conrad Peterfish, since there are no other records of another Peterfish living on the Shenandoah River in Augusta County during this time period).
Records of Conrad Peterfish in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 501.--18th March, 1767, recorded. Valentine Pence's estate to Peter Miller, executor--Paid Henry Long, who married one of Valentine's daughters, her legacy; paid Jacob and Adam Pence, their legacies; paid Jacob Nicholas as exla of Mathew Sharpe. Received from Conrad Peterfish, Jno. Counts, Christian Teter, Jacob Moyer, Christopher Reisling, Nicholas Null.
- Page 239.--17th August, 1769. Settlement recorded of estate of Stephen Conrad (Geo. Conrod, executor)--Paid, viz: Jacob Bear, John Fudge, Jno. Michl. Stophelmire, Mathias Kersh, Michl. Summy, Jno. Seller, Valentine Mitcher, Paul Lingal, Mauks Swadley, Jacob Archinbright, Peter Smith, Saml. Maggot, Michl. Shirley, Jacob Shell, Christian Pikle, Jacob Peters, Conrad Peterfish, George Fullingar, Geo. Mallo.
- Page 257.--17th February, 1774. Henry Dick's will--To wife, Catharine, executrix; to children, viz: John, Runamus, Henry, Jacob, Michael, Charles, Christian, Catharine Dick, when youngest is of age. Teste: Conrad Peterfish, John Kirtley, Charles Foy. Proved, 16th August, 1774, by Peterfish and Foy.
Information on Conrad Peterfish
- Conrad Peterfish immigrated to America on 2 November 1752, entering through Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, on the ship, Phoenix. He was one of 208 male passengers. He was able to sign his own name, rather than making his mark as some of the other passengers did.
- Conrad was a paid soldier from Augusta County, Virginia, in the French and Indian War. On May 29, 1767, he purchased 86 acres of land on the north side of the Shenandoah River. His largest known land purchase was made on November 2, 1768, for 177 acres in Augusta County. On August 6, 1789, he purchased an additional 11 acres. According to Virginia Valley Records by Wayland, in 1790 he owned 266 acres in the 12th Military District.