d.15 March 1798
Facts and Events
Felix Gilbert was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Felix Gilbert's land (Beverley Manor NM, 480 acres, 1765) 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 278 - Felix Gilbert, 250 acres, Branch of Greenbrier River. (Part of John Robinson Esq. order of council to take up 100,000 acres). Adjoining William Grags. Oct. 25, 1751. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 95].
- Page 895.—22d May, 1765. Robert Beverley to Felix Gilbert, £14.8 480 acres in Beverley Manor; corner to a 50-acres lot No. 1 in line of the Mill Tract; Anderson's road, the Plum Tree Draft; corner survey for John Harmon. Delivered: grantee, November, 1770.
- Page 897.--22d May, 1765. Same to same (From Robert Beverley to Felix Gilbert), £10, four lots in Staunton, Nos. 37, 38, 39, 40. Livery by Twig and Turff. Teste: Wm. Fleming, Jno. Brown.
- Page 244.—21st March, 1770. Daniel Harrison and Sarah to Felix Gilbert. On 23d June, 1763, Jonathan Douglass mortgaged to Daniel 306 acres on head of Broad Run, a branch of North River of Shanandore being' parts of two tracts of 400 acres each, one patented to Jonathan llth July, 1761, the other purchased by Jonathan from one Thomas Beal of Maryland, the remainder now in possession of Nicholas and Henry Mace and Patrick Quin, being the land whereon Jonathan then lived. Jonathan failed to pay the debt, wherefore Daniel brought bill in Augusta County Court; decree rendered 25th March, 1760. Now, £55. Teste: James McDowell. Wm. Patton. Delivered : Felix Gilbert, March, 1773.
- Page 222 - Felix Gilbert, 63 acres, between Cub Run and Peaked Mountain. Adjoining his own land. Feb. 7, 1773. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 79].
- Page 342.--14th August, 1774. Reuben Rutherford and Eliner ( ) to Felix Gilbert, part of 134 acres conveyed to Reuben by his father Joseph Rutherford, part of 400 acres patented to James Wood. 12th January, 1746, and by him devised to Mary by will recorded in Frederick. Teste: John Brownlow, Jacob Woodle. William West.
Records in Spotsylvania County, VA
- 3 Dec. 1745 - Samuel SHORT, Felix GUILBURT and Mungo PRICE, each of them personally came before the Court and acknowledged themselves to stand indebtd to our Sovereign Lord the King his heirs and successors each in the sum of ten pounds current money to be levied on their several land & tenements goods and chattells if they should fail to appear before this Court on the first Tuesday in May next as evidences for the King agst. Alexander McWILLAN and not depart thence without the leave of th e Court.
- 6 May 1746 - Samuel SHORT, Felix GUILBIRT and Mungo PRICE each of them came into Court and acknowledged themselves indebted to our Sovereign Lord th King his heirs and successors in the sum of ten pounds current money to be levied on their several lands & tenemants goods & chattells if either of them fail to appear as evidences for our sd. Lord the King against Alexander McWILLAN at the next Court held for this County & not to depart thence without the leave of the sd. Court.
- 3 Jun 1746 - Felix GUILBURT allowed three days attendance and forty three miles coming and going three times as and evidence for the King against Alexander McWILLAN. Samuel SHORT alloweed for three days and thirty miles coming and going three times for the same against the same. Mungo PRICE allowed for three days and thirty miles coming and going three times for the same against the same.
Records in Augusta County, VA
- Page 173.--17th November, 1756. Felix Gilbert's bond (with Hugh Hicklin, Robert Armstrong) as administrator of Nicholas Nutt.
- Page 248.--18th May, 1758. Felix Gilbert's bond (with Jno. Risk, Adam Dickinson) as administrator of Jno. Hutcheson.
- Page 270.--18th August, 1758. Felix Gilbert's account of estate of Nicholas Nutt.
- Page 282.--21st September, 1763. Felix Gilbert's bond (with Benj. Estill) as administrator of John Murphy.
- Page 829.—10th March, 1765. Justices of Augusa County, by Israel Christian and Felix Gilbert, to William Fleming, gent., order of 24th November, 1760, £5, lot 16 fronting a lot belonging to John Stewart and joining a lot whereon the said William now dwells. Livery of seisin by handful of earth. Delivered: Wm. Fleming, May Court, 1765.
- Page 414.--21st August, 1765. Felix Gilbert's settlement of estate of John Williams recorded.
- Page 451.--21st May, 1766. Felix Gilbert's bond (with Gabriel Jones) as administrator of Geo. Bowman.
- Page 391.--__ _____, 1769. William Salix's (prob. Sallie's) estate in account with Felix Gilbert.
- Page 323.--22d August, 1770. Felix Gilbert's bond (with John Madison) as administrator of William Sallix (prob. Sallie).
- Page 186 - Timothy Warren, 85 acres, branch of Linvils Creek. Adjoining Felix Gilbert, Francis Green, Daniel Harrison. September 21, 1771. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 67].
- Page 34.--18th November, 1772. Daniel Smith's bond (with Felix Gilbert, Sampson Mathews, Abram Smith, Robt. McClenachan, Wm. McDowell) as sheriff.
- Page 35.--Bond as above to collect quit rents, &c.
- Page 41.--19th November, 1772. Hugh Bodkin's recantation of slanderous words about John McMahon. Teste: Felix Gilbert, David Laird, Joseph Reaburn, David Bell.
- Page 46.--21st November, 1772. Daniel Smith's bond (with Felix Gilbert, Abraham Smith) for collection of County proportion.
- Page 331.--22d May. 1773. Daniel Smith, High Sheriff of Augusta, to John and Mathew Thompson. Sale under decree of County Court, 23d May, 1772, Felix Gilbert vs. James Cotton.
- Page 5.--6th September, 1773. Matthew Thompson, late of Augusta County, now of County of Granville, South Carolina, to Felix Gilbert. Pattent to Mathew Thompson and Mathew Thompson, Jr., 5th March, 1747, on Honey (Stoney ?) Lick Branch. Teste: Gasper ( ) Goodenburgh, Joseph Haynes. Delivered: George Kissel, 4th May, 1774, for Mr. Gilbert.
- 1775 Jan 15. New Commission from Dunmore, viz: Silas Hart, John Dickinson, James Lockhart, John Christian, Daniel Smith,* John Poage, Abraham Smith,* George Moffett,* Alexr. McClenachan,* Mathew Harrison, Michael Bowyer,* John Gratton, Thomas Hughes, Elijah McClenachan,* Josiah Davidson, John Skidmore, John Campbell, Thos. Smallman, John Gibson, John Stephenson, John Cannon, Silas Hedge, William Gee (McGee?), Archd. Alexander, Felix Gilbert,* Samuel McDowell,* Sampson Mathews,* William Bowyer,* George Mathews,* Alexr. Robertson,* John Hayes,* James Craig, John Frogg, Wm. Teas,* George Croghan, Edward Ward, Dawsey Pentecost, Wm. Crawford. John McCullough, Geo. Vallendegham and David Shepherd. (Those marked (*) qualified.) (CO Book 16 - 30)
- 1802 April (V. 2 Chalkley). John Taylor, Archd. Taylor, James Taylor, Joseph Taylor, Jonathan Taylor, Wm. Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Francis Carter and Margaret, late Margt.Taylor, Saml. Twitchet and Catherine, late Catherine Taylor, Sylvenus Gibson and Elenor, late Elenor Taylor and Easter Taylor, devisees of James Waits, deceased, vs. John Huston– Writ of right, Rockingham. Two tracts, 150 acres in Rockingham; Jno. Stephenson's line, 20 acres, Stover's Mill Creek; James Downing's survey. Copy patent to John Stephenson, 400 acres on Orange (Augusta) County, on Stover's Mill Creek, of South River, Shenandore, 1st June, 1741. John Stephenson to Archd Huston, 18th May, 1773, recorded. John Stephenson's will, dated 13th October, 1777, probated in Rockingham 23d November, 1778; wife. Devisees, Jonathan Taylor and Easter Taylor, two of wife's children (infants). Daughter, Mary Huston, widow of Archd. Huston. Grandsons, Jno. Huston, Stephen Huston, George Huston and Nathan Huston. Grandchildren, Ann, Abigail, Sarah, Jane, Elizabeth and Archibald Huston (infants), daughter Mary Huston. Executors, Daniel Smith, Sr., and Felix Gilbert Patent to James Waits, 1st September, 1782; 20 acres by survey, 18th December, 1751, on Stover's Mill Creek. James Waits' will, dated 9th October, 1771. Probated in Rockingham, 24th September, 1781. James Waits' will: Wife Catrine. John Taylor's children, they being the lawful issue of his wife Esther--Sarah and Catherine--to have more than others. (April 1802)
Information on Felix Gilbert
From "The Backcountry Towns of Colonial Virginia", by Christopher E. Hendricks:
- Like Winchester, Staunton depended upon an overland trade to transport its goods, because as Johann David Schoepf noted: "Staunton has no navigatable stream near it". County officials diligently worked to have roadways cleared, sometimes enlisting the aid of the colonial legislature. With the developoment of a road network to the county seat, inns and taverns prospered, and stores quickly followed. Felix Gilbert established a store in town by 1748, and soon faced competition from Israel Christian. Alexander Wright, a merchant operating in Fredericksburg, purchased lots in Staunton and opened operations there, signalling interest in the new town from Tidewater interests.
From "A History of Rockingham County, Virginia", by John Walter Wayland:
- It is quite probable that one of the oldest centers of trade in what is now Rockingham was at Peale's Cross Roads, the point 5 miles southeast of Harrisonburg, where the roads from Swift Run Gap and Brown's Gap come around the end of Peaked Mountain and cross the Keezletown Road. Felix Gilbert had a store at or near this point in 1774, and likely had been located there for a number of years preceding. A tanyard and other productive establishments marked the place later.
From Genforum.com post
Re: John Gilbert & bro. Felix
Posted by: Mary Ann Harding Date: February 28, 2002 at 20:24:08
In Reply to: Re: John Gilbert & bro. Felix by Jeff Bryan of 7588
I am interested in information about this John Gilbert and his family, where they settled, etc. I have been looking for parents, siblings, immigration date for Felix Gilbert.
Felix Gilbert was b ca 1723 Scotland who m Oct 1761 in Fauquier Co VA to Ann Marie Grant, d/o Capt William Grant of Prince William Co VA and his first wife Hester Foote. Felix was merchant in Augusta & Rockingham Co VA; also Wilkes Co GA.
Felix and Ann's daughter Sarah m Henry Beverley Gibson. She died ca 1825; prob buried at Americus GA. Their daughter Rebecca m Theophilus Hill. Did Henry Gibson remarry? Does anyone know where he is buried? Or have a complete list of Henry and Sarah's children?
Felix's other children are William Grant Gilbert (ca 1765), who died unmarried in 1831, Wilkes Co GA; Elizabeth Gilbert, who married Dr Gilbert Hays of Wilkes Co; Nancy Ann Gilbert (b 13 Jun 1769 d Dec 1823) who m Capt John Taylor (RS-CL VA), a son was Judge John Moore Taylor of AL and MS; Maria Gilbert, who m/1 Robert Christmas and m/2 Andrew Shepherd; and Felix Hayward Gilbert who m Sarah Hillhouse. Is this a complete listing of Felix and Ann Gilbert's children?
Acquisition of Land in Greenbrier County, VA (Same Felix Gilbert?)
1751, 25 Oct Felix GILBERT 250 acres, adj Wm GRAGS
(Source: Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, Greenbrier Co., 1750-1769, http://gregsmith.info/williams_research/surveys_1750to1769.html)
Will from Wilkes County, Georgia: (possible tie?)
Page 329--HILLHOUSE, SARAH. Georgia, Wilkes Co. I Sarah Hillhouse of the county and state aforesaid being of sound mind and memory and desirous of securing the inheritance of my property in justice and equity, do make and ordain this my last will and testament as follows: As I have already given my son the greater part of my property, I presume he will not expect any addition at my death although my unabated maternal affection would induce me to do more, could it be done in justice to his sister. And having been repeatedly solicited by my son-in-law Felix Gilbert not to give his daughter Sarah Alexander any part of my estate because of the large property he should leave her. In justice therefore to my daughter Mary Shepherd and her family I feel it my duty to comply with his oft repeated request, I give and bequeath the whole of my property of every description personal and real for her own individual use and benefit and behoof. I do hereby give and fully grant unto her the right and privilege of selling, exchanging or any way altering the property real or personal that I may leave in whatever manner she may think best, the same to her children at her death. It is particularly my wish as my daughter has the management of the property coming to her children from their father's estate and also of my own that they should be perfectly satisfied with whatever may be done by her or by her consent in the management of their property in either estate, and as I have perfect confidence in the equitable manner in which she has already and will continue to manage their property and though it may not be in strict compliance with the letter of the law with a view therefore to prevent any difficulty between my daughter and her children orbetween the children themselves it is particularly my wish and direction that in case any of her children, their heirs or representatives should ever demur to or contend for anything different than she may have done or directed to be done or may hereafter do in the management either of their fathers or my property, that one or those thus contending shall be and are by my last will entirely excluded from all part, share or benefit of my property of every kind otherwise left them through their mother. I request my daughter Mary Shepherd to act as my executor of this my last will and testament in this most liberal intent and meaning, feeling the most unbounded confidence in her justice and maternal affection. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first of February Eighteen hundred and thirty one. (Signed) Sarah Hillhouse. Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of: Wm. W. Smyth, Leann Ruddle, Frances A. Lipham. Probated Feb. 7, 1832.
(Mrs. Hillhouse was the widow of David Hillhouse who came from Conn. to Wilkes Co. She was the first woman editor in Ga., and in her shop were printed the "Early Laws of Georgia," by order of the Legislature. One of her daughters married Felix H. Gilbert. See Vol. 1, p. 83).