Capt. David Gray, of the Borden Tract
Facts and Events
David Gray was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
NOT to be confused with David Gray (1754-1839) of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Franklin County, Indiana. There are several Ancestry Member Tress that have confused the two David Grays that are not likely related.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
David Gray's land (Borden Tract SW, two tracts of 100 acres, 1761) 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.
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 165.--29th January, 1761. Borden's executors to David Gray, £__, 100 acres of 92100; Moses Whiteside's cor. on John Davidson, Samuel McCosky's line..
- Page 168.--29th January, 1761. Same (Borden's executors) to David Gray, £__, 100 acres of 92100, James Greenlee's cor. on John Davidson's line; Moses Whiteside's line, William Gray's cor.
- Page 274.--12th May, 1762. Moses Whitesides and Margaret to David Gray, £10, 109 acres, part of Bordin's tract; cor. said Whitesides.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 348.--10th May, 1768. David Gray and Ruth (mark) to James McCrosky, £18, 100 acres; James Greenlee's corner on John Davidson's line; Moses Whiteside's line; William Gray's corner. Teste: Moses Whitesides. John Carouthers. Benj. Gray. Delivered: Jas. McCoskry, son to James, 27th March, 1788.
Disposition of Land in Rockbridge County Records:
- 1784 - 2 March, David and wife Ruth sold to David Rogers, late of the state of New York for 2.00 pds., a 200 acre plat in Rockbridge Co., VA. The plat had corners to Samuel McCrosky, James Love, and Moses Whiteside (Rockbridge Co. Deed Book A, p. 418).
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:
- Vol. 2 - Page 443.--Processioned by Wm. Caruthers, David Gray, 1767, 1768: For John Paxton, for Nathl. Evans, for James Robertson, for Wm. Ramsey, for Alex. McClure, for James Harries, for Saml. McCaskrey, for Widow Davidson, for Wm. Caruthers, for Jno. Peoples, for Thomas Paxton, for Patrick Lowrey, for John Dailey, for Thomas Dreydan, for Moses McClure, for Benj. Gray, for David Gray; for Widow Taylor, And. Taylor present; for Widow Huston, Jno. Huston present; for Joseph Reed.
Partial Will Fragment: [Original burned in the Fayette County courthouse fire in 1803, some characters or words added in brackets]
- n all that worldly substance which it has to bestow upon me I leave to be divided as fo[llows:
- l my just debts are paid I bequeath to my wife
- [re]mainder of all my moveable property to be divide[d]
- tion between herself and my three youngest daughters
- and Fanny and my wife to have her living on the la[nd]
- live on. I next bequeath to my son John five shillings
- Patrick the land on which I now live to him and
- ery to my son Samuel five shillings, to my daugh[ter]
- [Ru]th five shillings and to my son David five shillings
- the last place I constitute and appoint my wife Ruth
- [th]e sole Executrix of this my last will and testament
- [pro]ven under my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of ____
- [o]ne thousand seven hundred and ninety one.
- (Signed) David Gray, l.s.
- [signe]d and sealed
- [in pre]sence of
- [Joh]n Allison
- res Berry
- [Wil]liam Esplin
- [Fa]yette County July Court 1793
- This last will and testament of David Gray [presente]d in Court proved by the oaths of John A[llison], William Esplin subscribing wit[nesses]
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 396.--23d April, 1751. John Gray's will, yeoman--Wife, Agness; son, Jacob; son, William; son, David; son, Joseph; son, Benj.; daughter, Ann Gray; son, Saml.; son, John; daughter, Elizabeth. Executors, son Samuel and John Lyle. Teste: Archd. Alexander, James McClung, Daniel Lyle. 27th November, 1751, proved by all witnesses, and both executors qualify, with sureties Archd. Alexander and James McClung.
- Page 133.--The last will and testament of John Davison, being taken suddenly ill of a colick and departed this life the 11th of April, 1762, expressed these words (to wit): that all his just debts should be paid and Elizabeth, his wife, should have her share as the law directed, and all the rest to be equally divided amongst his four children--Thos. Paxton, David Gray. Proved, 18th May, 1762. Elizabeth Davison ( ) and Danl. Lyle qualify, with Thos. Paxton and David Gray. [Note: this record may indicate a relationship between David Gray's wife Ruth (some say she was a Davidson) and John Davidson, additional research needed to prove].
- Page 69.--10th August, 1767. Borden's executors to Benjamin Gray, £26, 260 acres, part of 92,100; corner widow Davison and William Taylor, poplar in Daniel Lyle's line, David Gray's corner. Delivered: Benjamin Gray, 26th September, 1773.
- Vol. 2 - Page 428.- - Processioners appointed, viz: Hugh Crockett and Isaac Taylor, from head of Roanoke to Fort Lewis. Edward Carvin and Nathaniel Evans, from Fort Lewis down on Waters of Roanoke. Thomas McFerran, James Moore, Jr., James Alcorn, Wm. Rolands, on waters of Cuttawba and James River on South Side. James Simpson, John Maxwell, John Mitchell, Jonathan Whitley, between Buffelow and James River. Joseph Lapsley, Wm. Hall, Wm. Paxton, Saml. McClure, John Gilmer, Jonathan Cunningham, between Buffelow and North River to the North Mountain. John Lyle, David Gray, Wm. Caruthers, John Paul, from North River to Beveriey's Line on South Side of Burden's land road that leads to John Paxton's. William Kennady, Robt. Steel, Archibald Reach, William Reach, John Thompson (James's son), Henry McClung, from North River to Beverley's Line between the Great Road to the Court House by Cap. McDowell's and to North Mountain. William McFeeters, Jr., George Berry, James Sawyers, Jr., William Bell, Jr., from Burden's line to the Road that goes from Staunton to Jenning's Gap on the North Side of Kennady's Road.
- Page 126.--14lh May, 1768. William Taylor's estate appraised, by David Gray, Henry McClung, William Lusk.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 20, 1777. - (221) Tithables to be taken in following Companies: Capt. John Gilmore's, Capt. John Lyle's, and Capt. David Gray's, and oath of allegiance to be administered to all.
- Vol. 2 - William Moore's Declaration, August 7th, 1832: Enlisted under Capt. Samuel Wallace, Lieut. Edmonson, Col. John Bowyer, Gen. Muhlenberg; he became Captain under Col. Samuel Lewis, Maj. Long, and Maj. McIlhaney. John Davidson deposes that he was a soldier under Capt. Gray at Yorktown, and Andrew Moore was a soldier. John McLane, aged 76, deposes that he marched under Capt. Andrew Moore.
- Vol. 2 - John McClain's Declaration, August 7th, 1832: Capt. David Gray, Capt. Andrew Moore, Lieut. John McCleery, Ensign James McDowell, Col. John Bowyer, Col. Parker, Capt. Samuel Wallace. John Davidson and Captain William Moore testify as to his services.
- Vol. 2 - John Davidson's Declaration, August 8th, 1832: Was born in Augusta (now Rockbridge), October 20th, 1757; was living in Botetourt when called into service; Gen. Muhlenberg, Col. Parker, Col. Willis, Capt. Gray, Capt. Andrew Moore, now deceased; Lieut. John McClung, Ensign James McDowell, Col. Bowyer, Capt. David Gray, Maj. John Wilson, Ensign George Ware, Capt. Wallace, at Fort Young; Capt. William Moore. Amende September 31st, 1832: Capt. William Lyie, Col. Samuel Lewis, Capt. John McLane.
- Vol. 2 - Adam Hickman's Declaration, September 3d, 1832: Age 70; drafted under Captain James (William) Holt, of Rockbridge; Capt. Gray, Henry Evans, Capt. William Paxton; Wm. Miller was his messmate; was born in Germany in 1762; emigrated with his parents in his second year and came to Rockbridge when six.
- Vol. 2 - [undated, likely between 1820-1832] - Andrew Wiley's Declaration: Drove cattle under Thomas Vance to Point Pleasant in 1777; Colonels Dickinson, Gilmore, and Campbell were on this expedition; again marched under Capt. Robert Sawyers, General Morgan, Capt. Andrew Wallace; again served as substitute under Capt. James Hall; companies of Capt. Campbell and Capt. David Gray, Gen. Muhlenberg; John Davidson and John Wiley were fellow soldiers; Gen. Green, Col. Stephens, Col. McDowell, Maj. Stuart, Col. Campbell, Capt. Tilford.
Records in Rockbridge County, VA
- 1783 - Rockbridge County, VA--Personal Property Taxes lists David Gray's household as consisting of two free males over 21 (the other named as John Gray), no slaves, six horses, and twelve cows.
Records in Fayette County, KY
- 1788- The Fayette County, KY, Tax List includes David Gray and his two oldest sons, John Gray and Patrick Gray.
- 1792 - David Gray and Ruth his wife to Acquilla Gilbert, 70 acres in Fayette County, part of the Isaac Hite tract, for one thousand pounds. Witness: Samuel Lusk, Patterson Bullock, Samuel Gilbert.