Facts and Events
Elizabeth Downs was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 228-30 [4 pages]. 22-23 Sept. 1742. Jacob Castle of Orange County to Eliza. Downs of same. Lease and release for £5 current money. 125 acres in that part of Orange County called Augusta, being the remainder of 200 acres on Sherrando River on the mouth of the Hawksbill River sold by Jacob Stover deced to Jacob Castle 25 June 1740 out of which Jacob Castle sold to Jacob Cogur 75 acres 25-26 June 1740. (signed) Jacob Castle. Wit: James Cathey, Jos. Kincade, Willm. Anderson. 23 Sept. 1742. Proved by James Cathey, Joseph Kinkad and William Anderson. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 8, Dorman, pg. 77]. (Note: it was unusual for a single woman to acquire land by herself in early Virginia, unless her family had a prominent social standing).
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 326.--17th May, 1752. Edward Watts and Elizabeth, of Culpeper, to John Magret, 125 acres. Mouth of Hawksbill of Shanando; 200 acres sold by Jacob Stover to Jacob Castle; Castle sold 75 acres to Jacob Coger, 26th June, 1740, and 125 acres to Elizabeth Downs, present wife of Edward Whats. 33d September, 1742.