Francis Donnelly, of the Calfpasture
Facts and Events
Francis Donnelly was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Parentage of Francis Donnelly
Francis Donnelly is a possible, but not proven son of Arthur Donnelly and Lettice Downing. Additional research is necessary to prove.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pg. 107-109 - Indenture 2 April 1745 between John Patton and John Lewis, county of Augusta, and Francis Donely of same... for five shillings.. sold 266 acres in Augusta lying in both sides of the Great River of the Calf Pasture.. beginning.. Robert Gay's land.. corner to Henry Gay's land. . . . (signed) James Patton (Seal), John Lewis (Seal). Witnesses: Jas. Carter, Robt. (B) Bratton, Robt. Crockett. Paid £9.0.1½ .. Release recorded 25 July 1745. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 10, Dorman, Pg. 40].
Will of Francis Donnelly
- Page 57.--19th July, 1761. Francis Donnally's will--Wife, Sarah (and the child she now bears); six sons, Samuel, Henry, Francis, William, John, James; daughter, Mary. Executors, wife, Wm. Ledgerwood, James Callison. Teste: John Berryhill, David Scott, Alex. McFeeters, Archibald Armstrong. Proved. 18th August, 1761, by McFeeters and Armstrong. Executors qualify, with Thomas Meek and Hugh Martin. Sarah's mark ( ). Callison's mark ( ). Meek's mark ( ). Ledgerwood's mark ( ).
Records of Francis Donnelly in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 12.--__ October, 1760. John Guy's estate settlement (the name is Gay in the order), by Henry Gay, administrator--Sold to Francis Donnally, Martha Guy, Henry Guy, Arthur Greer. widow Savers, Wm. Bunting, Agnes Guy, Jean Moffet, Mary Guy, James Borling, Thos. Brown, Timothy Sullivan. Sundries to Elizabeth Gay, Ann Gay. Paid to John Vance, Nathaniel Lyon, John Neall, John Jamison, James McCoy, Arthur Hamilton, Maj. Brown, Commadore Brown.
- Page 68.--17th October, 1769. Henry Gay and Martha ( ) to James Frazier, £10, 100 acres on Great River of Calfpasture, joining Francis Donaley's land. Teste: Samuel Blackwood, Andrew Steel.
- Augusta County Will Book 3, 143-44, 15 Nov 1761.
We the appraisers of the estate of Francis McDonald now deceased being first sworn have appraised all that was laid before us according to the best of our judgement