Facts and Events
Daniel Donovan was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records of Daniel Donovan in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY 17, 1789. - (681) William Brown, orphan of James Brown, aged 9 years 1st of May next, to be bound to Daniel Donovan.
- Vol. 1 - DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENTS. - APRIL, 1790. Augusta Sec.--Inquisition at Staunton the 19th of May, in the thirteenth year of the Commonwealth, before Joseph Bell, gent, one of the coroners. Upon the view of the body of a person unknown in a cave, discovered by Michael Grove, John Robeson, Robert Jacobs, -- dead and much consumed and upon oaths of (the jurors who sign below) -- do say that he was awhite man, and it appears to them from circumstances to be the body of a certain William R. Watson, who was an inhabitant of Staunton about November last, and that the said person has been murdered wilfully by some person or persons unknown to us. (Signed) Joseph Bell, coroner; John Griffen, foreman; Michael Garber, Samuel Merritt, William McDowell, Michael Sivert, Herman Lovingood, Owen Owens, James McLaughlin, Abraham Groves, Francis Huff, John Gorden, Henry Hauk, Robert Astrop, Hugh McDowell, Michael Cawley, James McGongal, Daniel Donavan.
- Vol. 1 - MAY, 1793 (M to Z). - William Blair vs. Daniel Donavin.--Writ, 20th December, 1792. I, Daniel Donavin, of Randolph County, Virginia, am bound to William Blair, Sr., of same county and State. Bond dated 18th November, 1788.
- Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1794--August 19, Daniel Donavin and Jacob Woods, surety. Daniel Donavin and Elizabeth Woods. Affidavit of Elizabeth's full age. (Note: this record, combined with the will of Jacob's wife Mary, who named her daughter Elizabeth Donovan in her will, links Jacob Woods as the father of Elizabeth Woods that married Daniel Donavin).
Other Donovan records in Augusta County
- Vol. 2 - Rockingham County Records - 1783--April 29th, Ezekiel, Reuben, and Josiah Harrison going to Georgia same order as to Gawin Hamilton. Samuel Harrison granted certificate of good character and Wiggish principles. Captain Thomas Hewit appointed guardian to Mary, orphan of John Cloverfield. Jeremiah, son of Wm. Haney, to be bound. Margaret, daughter of Wm. Haney, to be bound. William Donnophon proves he lost a smooth-bore gun in serving a tour of duty under Colonel Naul at Stoner's Mill, near Portsmouth, in 1781. Cornelius Cain appointed Captain vice Wm. Herring. Ulrick Gorton appointed Lieutenant in Captain Wm. Herring's Company. Michael Mullen appointed Ensign in Captain Wm. Herring's,Company. Richard Custard appointed Captain vice Michael Baker, and former order appointing John Riddle is reversed. Noah Humble appointed Ensign in Custard's Company. Jno. Hopkins appointed Ensign in Captain George Baxter's Company. Court of Claims.
- Vol. 2 - Marriage in Augusta County - 1787, --By Rev. Wm. Wilson: April 30th, Denis Donovan and Betty Cofney. (Note: possible brother?).
- Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1790--September 29, Jeremiah Donovan and Elizabeth Dunbar, daughter of Francis Dunbar (consent); witnesses, William Dunbar, Leroy Newman. (Note: possible brother?).
- Vol. 2 - Marriage in Augusta County - 1790; By Rev. Archd. Scott: October 16th, Jeremiah Donovan and Elizabeth Dunbar.
- Vol. 1 - MAY, 1793 (A to L). - William Knowls and wife, Mary (Donavan).--14th February, 1792. (Note: possible sibling?).