Facts and Events
David Robinson was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Land Record in Delaware
- 76. Deed. 16 Aug 1748. David Robinson of Mill Creek Hun in Co. of Newcastle on Del., & Annabel his wife, for the sum of 200 pounds, sold unto William Roe of New Garden Township in the Prov. of Penn., a full 1/4 share of below described Mill & Mill Lot. Whereas John Robinson became inherited to an 1/8 part ofhis father, James Robinson, Esq., real estate of which the Mill & Mill Lot commonly called Robinson‘s Mills in Mill Creek Hun. in the Co. afsd belonged. And whereas after the decease of afsd James Robinson, the afsd Mills were very much out of repair & for the putting of afsd goods in order again so that the heirs might benefit, the Guardians for the younger children of afsd James Robinson made an agreement with Joseph Robinson & John Robinson to repair afsd Mill and to pay an annual rent to repay. Signed: David Robinson, Annabel Robinson. Wit: Alexander Montgomery, James McMullan. Ack: Aug Term 1748. Rec: 9 June 1749. (Q1: 83)
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 310.--29th November, 1749. George Robinson, Gent., to David Robinson, 400 acres Buffiloe Creek. Patented to George, 25th July, 1746.
- Page 560.-(1753)-John Mills and Anne of Lunenburg, to David Robinson. Patented to James Patton and by him deeded to John. Buffalo Creek of Roanoke. Conavan's Creek. Cor. Wm. Graham. (Note: Date of 1753 established by several preceding records)
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 227.--24th November, 1755. David Robinson to Thomas Moor, £40, 100 acres, part of 400 conveyed to David by George Robinson, 29th November, 1769 (1749?), on Buffalo Creek of Roan Oak. Teste: Henry Murray.
- Page 229.--12th November, 1755. Same (David robinson) to William Graham, £122, 100 acres, part of 400 above, adjoining above. Teste: Robt. Martin, James Neelly. (Note: listed consecutively with record above)
- Page 704.--7th June, 1764. David Robinson and Annabale (Annabell) to Israel Christian, £80, 245 acres on Buffalo Creek of Roanoke, near Carvin's Creek, Wm. Graham's, about 20-24 acres is overlapped by Wm. Graham's patent and is excepted. Teste: Wm. Davis. James Robinson. David Bryan, Wm. Christian.
- Page 105.--David Robinson and Anneble (Annable) to Israel Christian, 10th August, 1765, £40, 167 acres by patent, 10th March, 1756, on Buffalo of Roanoke. Teste: David Robinson, Thos. Ramsey, Robert Buchanan, Daniel McNeil, James Robertson.
- Page 319.--11th March, 1768. David Robinson and Annable to Francis Smith, £440, 300 acres (two hundred of which is part of 400 conveyed to David by George Robinson 29th November, 1749, and the remaining 100 acres known by name of the Saw Mill place was reconveyed by William Graham to said David Robinson, on Buffelow Creek, branch of Roan Oak; corner Robert Breckinridge; corner Thomas Moore. Teste: Mathew Ralston, Wm. McMullen, James Hutcheson. Delivered: Thos. Madison, by Francis Smith's order, March, 1772.
Will of David Robinson
- Robinson, David - will probate June, 1787.
- Names wife, Catron, and children: William, George, James, Pricilla, Jane, Catherine, Mary, Elizabeth, Ann, Annabel, Phebe and Prudence. Son-in-law, William McDonald.
- [Source: Early Marriages, Wills and some Revolutionary War Records, Botetourt County, Virginia, Compiled by Anne Lowry Worrell, pg. 62].
Processioning List of 1765
- "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 382.-(Processioning List) -1765: Wm. Bryans and Jas. Neely report as follows, viz: For James Bryan (on Roanoke), for Wm. Bryan, Jr., for David Bryan (Geo. McAfee present), for Rees Bowin, for Hugh Mills, for David Cloyd (Tinker's Creek), for David Robinson, for Wm. Graham, for Wm. Graham (on Bufallo Creek), Benj. Paulson present; for Wm. Graham, Henry Holston present; for Peter Evans; for Thos. Tosh, Danl. McNeal present; for Jno. McAdoo, Jas. Mellin present; for David Dutton, Wm. Elam present; for Israel Christian, for Joseph Snodgrass, for Joseph Robinson, for John Neilly; for Baptist Armstrong, present Thomas Acres; for Wm. Carvin, for Wm. Terry, for Thomas Ackers, for James Neilly (on Carson's Creek).
- Vol. 2 - Page 383.-(Processioning List of 1765) -For James Neilly (on Goose Creek), Abram Ellis and Wm. Carelton present; for Wm. Caulton (Carelton?), on Lick Run; for Col. Wm. Preston, 1,590 acres where he dwells, on a branch of Buffelo Creek joining David and Michael Cloyd, Widow McDonald, James Robinson, Saml. Robinson, Joseph Snodgrass, David Mitchell, Wm. Snodgrass; for Cap. Robt. Breckinridge, 797 acres, where he dwells, on Buffalo Creek, joining David Robinson, John Neilly, Rob. Neilly, Arch. Graham.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 24, 1753. - (76) Road ordered--Wm. Carravan, overseer--from Charles Millicons to Wm. Carravan's, with these workers: Wm. Ralston and his sons, Charles Millicon, James, Joseph and Edward McDonald, Joseph and David Robinson, James Galliad, Archd. Graham, David Miller, Hugh Mills, Richard Kerr, Wm. Miller, Wm. Graham, David and Joshua McCormick, Tobias Smith, Steven Rentfro.
- Vol. 1 - 1753-1754 (Part 1). - 13th March, 1754. Joseph and David Robinson and Edward McDonald appraised ye improvements and value of the stock on ye four sundry tracts of lands belonging to Joshua Hadley, and his expenses in coming to Virginia and moving his family there. 115-acre tract, called ye Half Moone, £23, 0, 0. 186-acre tract, called Long Bottom, £30, 0, 0. 400-acre tract at mouth of Craig's Creek, £44, 0, 0. 50-acre tract, called ye Pound Bottom, £10, 0, O. For six weeks' journey in coming to and going from Virginia, at 5 sh. per day, £10, 10, 0. For coming with his wagon, stock and family, six weeks at 20 sh. per day, £42, 0, O. Total, £159, 10, 0.
- Page 19.--13th March, 1754. Valuation of improvements on four tracts of Joshua Hadley and his expenses in coming to Virginia and moving his family there: 115-acre tract, called the Halfmoon; 186-acre tract, called Long Bottom; 400-acre tract at mouth of Craig's Creek; 50-acre tract, called Pound Bottom; 6 weeks' journey in coming to and going from Virginia at 5 shillings per day. To coming with his wagon stock and family six weeks at 26 shillings per day. By Joseph Robinson, David Robinson, Edmund McDonald.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 17, 1768. - (509) Commission for priv. examination of Annabella, wife of David Robinson, to deed to Francis Smith.
- 9. DAVID ROBINSON b ca 1712 md Annable abt 1740. On 18 May 1748 he and wife Annable sell land in Mill Creek Hundred to John Gillis for 143 pounds (DB Q, pg 61). On 16 Aug 1748 he and his wife Annable sell Robinsons Mills in Mill Creek Hundred to William Roe for two hundred pounds. In the deed recital it confirms that he is a son of James Robinson. (DB Q, pg 83) He moved to Augusta Co. before 29 Nov 1749 on which date he purchased 400 acres on Buffalo from his brother, George Robinson. ( F. B. Kegley, Kegley's Virginia Frontier pg 98 & 614, SW VA Hist. Soc., Roanoke, VA, 1938)
- He lived on Buffalo Creek near Robert Breckenridge until after the Indian Wars and then moved to North Fork. On 24 Nov 1755 he sold 100 A which was part of the 400 A which he bought from George Robinson to Thomas Moore. He purchased land from William & James Gorrell. He lived in Chester Co., Pa. for a few years as on 14 Jul 1760 he sold land to Wm. Graham from there. Win Graham is probably the one who md his sister, Priscilla In 1765 he and his wife Annable sold 245 A on Buffalo Creek to Israel Christian.
- He was a cousin to James Robinson of South Fork, whose son, John was killed by the Indians' at Vause's Fort. David was guardian for Elizabeth Robinson, daughter of John and it was from her and her husband, Alexander Montgomery that David bought land that was left to her by her father. David was a prominent militiaman and described a visit by the Indians in a letter to William Preston- "'The Indians came to the Fort last night and we endeavored to pay them all deference imaginable. We were obliged to cook for them in the night that we might answer their expectations and accommodate them to their satisfaction. There came with them John Allan, Sgt. Looney and an interpreter. They proposed not to go away until tomorrow and we were therefore under the necessity of sending for a fresh supply of beef, etc.' (Seed Bed of the Republic by Stoner)
- David was Second Lt. in Capt. Wm. Preston's Company of Rangers in 1755 & 1756 and was Capt. of a company in 1764 and 1766. For his services as a soldier he was allowed 2,000 acres of land. David Robinson & Annable sell land to Francis Smith on 11 Mar 1768 part of which was conveyed to David by George Robinson and a part conveyed to David by William Graham. (Lyman Chalkley, Scotch Irish Settlement in VA., pg 467) 8 May 1770 David Robinson grew 1,285 pounds of hemp (Botetourt Court Orders, p 48) He continued as a Captain of Militia in Botetourt County and served as a Justice from the origination of the county and was recommended for Sheriff. (Kegley's VA. Frontier, pg 614 & 615) The David Robinson land became the home place of Thomas Rutlidge where erected a new log house which is still standing.
- Only have record of one child:
- 1) Annable Robinson b ca 1744 md Moses or Alexander Montgomery ca 1764 in Augusta Co., VA.