Facts and Events
Ephraim Vause (Vance) was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 456.--29th September, 1747. £30. James Wood, of Frederick, to Ephraim (Vance), of Augusta, 245 acres on Goose Creek patented to James Wood, 12th January, 1746, adjoining Francis Betty. Teste: James Patton, Jno. Buchanan, Charles Campbell. Proved, 19th November, 1747, by James Patton and Chas. Camell. (Note: Ephraim's surname was left off the Chalkley's record, but it is identified easily with the disposition to James Nealey in 1749, listed below).
- Page 235.--19th April, 1755. Robert Box to Ephraim Vause, 5 sh., 179 acres by patent 22d August, 1753, on a branch on the north side the Little River. Teste: Hugh Means. Proved, 1755 by James Neelly and James Campbell, and 20th November, 1771 by Hugh Means.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 408.--28th February, 1749. Ephraim Vause to Joseph Love, 200 acres on Goose Creek. Corner William Bewes. Teste: Francis Beaty, William Dunlapp, George Anderson.
- Page 503.--28th February, 1749. Ephraim Vause to William McCurry, 248 acres on South Branch Roanoke. Teste: Nathanial Evins, Adam Breckenridge, Tobias Smith.
- Page 599. 1st, Mar, 1749. Ephraim Vause to James Nealey, 245 acres. Corner Francis Beaty.
- Page 312.--5th April, 1760. Ephraim Vause to John Madison, £300, 1 parcel containing 360 acres and 1 parcel containing 320 acres adjoining and lying on Meadow Creek, a branch of Roanoke, whereon Vause formerly dwelt, patented to him 15th December, 1749.
- Page 169.--14th April, 1760. Ephraim Vause to John Stewart and John Given, £40, 179 acres on the Little River (description omitted).
Col. Ephraim Vause of Ft. Vause
For the protection of his family and his neighbors, Col. Ephraim Vause built a simple fort nearby on his farm. In June 1756, during the French and Indian War, Indians attacked and burned down his fort, killing several settlers and taking many prisoner. An account of this can be found in the following article:
Massacre at Fort Vause, Augusta County, VA
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - November 19, 1746. - (131) Road ordered from Ridge dividing waters of New River from waters of So. Br. Roanoak to end in a road that leads over the Blue Ridge--James Cambell and Mark Evans, overseers. Old Mr. Robinson and his sons, Thos. Wilson and his two sons, Wm. Beus and his brother, all the Ledfords, Saml. Brown, Henry Brown, Saml. Niely, James Burk, James Bean, Francis Estham, Ephraim Voss and servants, Francis Summerfield, John Mason, Tasker and Thomas Tosh, John and Peter Dill, Uriah Evans's sons, Mathuselah Griffiths and sons, John Thomas, Peter Kender.
- Page 40.--1st May, 1747. Isaac Bean's appraisement by Ephraim Vause, James Neelley, Erwin Patterson. Laboring wages from Robert Ellison.
- Page 191.--10th March, 1748. Mark Evans' appraisement by Ephraim Vause, James Nelley, Joseph Robinson.
- Page 155.--17th May, 1749. James Robinson's inventory and appraisement by Ephraim Vause, John Meason, Richard Hall.
- Page 321.--10th August, 1750. Appraisement of Saml. Brown, on Round Oak, by Ephraim Vause, Wm. Buis, Thomas Buis. 7th November, 1750. Appraisement of above on Cowpasture, by Hugh Coffey, Elicksander Mealray, Jno. Donaley.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 18, 1753. - (453) Ephraim Vance, qualified Capn. of Horse.
- Page 316.--18th May, 1753. William Daubnee Cawthon (Dabne Cowthon) and Ursula (Ursley) to Thomas Breneger, 50 acres, part of tract conveyed to Cawthon, 21st March, 1753, on Bradshaw's Creek of Roanoak. Teste: Esther Robinson and Wm. Robinson, Wm. Preston, Ephram Vorse.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 17, 1753 - (5) Alexr. McNutt chose John Brownlee his guardian. Esther Robinson qualifies Admx. of decd. husband, James Robinson. Appraisers are John Robinson, Ephraim Voss, Isaac Taylor, James Campbell.
- Page 136.--4th January, 1754. Patton to Thomas Luttenton (Littleton), 120 acres part of tract patented to Patton 3d November, 1750, on South Fork of Roanoke, also West Fork. Cor. to John Brunegar. Teste: Theodosia and Ephraim Vause.
- Page 36.--March, 1754. James Robertson's inventory by Jas. Campbell, Ephraim Voss, John Robeson.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 21, 1754. - (116) Richard Hadley and Wm. McDaniel, servants of Ephraim Vance.
- Page 203.--17th February, 1758. Colonel James Patton's estate; appraised by Thomas Stewart, John Ramsey, Edward Hall. List of bonds, bills, &c., due the estate: Ephraim Vause, 10th October, 1754. (Listed among many others).
- Vol. 1 - MAY 19, 1758. - (160) Ephraim Vanse, removed out of the Colony.
- Page 267.--17th August, 1758. Peter Kender's (Kinder? Ginder?) estate, account with Alex. Wright, administrator--To sundries from 22d August, 1748, to 22d August. 1749. Paid Erwin Patterson, Patrick Vance, for wages. Paid Alex. Ingram (4 days writing). Paid Ephraim Vause for crying the vendue. Paid Francis Cyphers, Henry Brown, Geo. Griffith. These did not pay for goods bought at vendue, viz: Joseph Kimmins, James McAfee, Jean Patterson, John Gold, Joseph McDonald, David Robinson.
- Page 540.--2d July, 1762. John Given and John Stewart and Sarah ( ) to Hugh Lenox and William Scott, merchants of Spottsylvania, £120, 179 acres on a branch on north side of the Little River of New River, patented, 22d August, 1753, to Robert Box and conveyed by Ephraim Vause to said John Given and John Stewart, 14th April, 1760. Teste: James Ward. Acknowledged and privy examination.
Information on Ephraim Vance
4.EPHRAIM VANCE (VAUSE)b. abt.1715, Ireland?. M. 11-Jul-1738 in Philadelphia Co. Pennsylvania to: THEODOSIA HEWLINGS, b. abt. 1722 in Burlington New Jersey.