b.est. abt. 1750
d.bef. 27 May 1816 Augusta County, Virginia
m. ABT 1738
Facts and Events
David Carothers (Caruthers) was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
David Caruther's land (Beverley Manor SE, 200 acres, 1773) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
Will of David Carothers
Records of David Carothers in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
From Scots-Irish in Va.-Vol-2: David Caruthers filed a marriage bond to Elizabeth Jackson, dau of David Jackson on 14 March 1786.
From Virginia Marriages to 1800: David Caruthers married Elizabeth Jackson on 18 March 1786 in Augusta County, Virginia.
From Virginia Bond, Marriage, Probate Records 1639-1850: The will of David Caruthers dated 25 May 1810 in Augusta County, Virginia mentions wife Elizabeth, sons John and James and oldest daughter Jean. Book WB12-164 Prove Date 27 May 1816
From his obituary John Caruthers was born in Augusta County, Virginia 4 July 1793.
Therefore, we know that David of Augusta County, Virginia had a son named John sometime after 1786. We know that our John was born 4 Jul 1793 in Augusta County, Virginia. But is there any information to show that they are the same person?
After studying Census and Tax lists for Augusta County (details follow) it would appear that there were at most two Caruthers families in Augusta County-The David Caruthers family and the Thomas Caruthers family. We do not see another John as a head of household. Therefore, it would appear likely that there was only one John in Augusta County during this time period.
1790 US Census: Unfortunately the Virginia census records for this year is missing. A reconstructed Tax list for 1790 http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/ shows David Caruthers in Augusta County.
1800 US Census: Unfortunately the Virginia census records for this year is missing. A reconstructed Tax list for 1800 http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/ shows David Caruthers in Augusta County and Thomas Caruthers in Augusta County.
1810 US Census: David Caruthers in Augusta and Thomas Careathers in Augusta
1820 US Census: Elizabeth Caruthers in Stanton, Augusta County and John Careathers in Waynesboro, Augusta County. (1 male 26-44 and 1 female 26-44 is consistent with his just marrying Nancy Brown earlier in 1820.)
The date of birth of all David's children is not known. However David's will shows two sons, the eldest born 1786 and one eldest daughter, Jean, birth unknown. He mentions the other daughters would receive bequests as they come of age. Which would imply they were born after 1794, as the will is dated 1810. So, if James was the oldest child, David's birth date was probably 1766 or before. Which means he was aged at least 50 or more when he died in 1816. This would change to an older age if Jean was the oldest child or if he had started having children later in life.