Facts and Events
Francis Hargrave was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 357.--17th August, 1778. John Anderson to Francis Hartgrover, only son and heir-at-law of James Hartgrove, deceased, of Wilks County, North Carolina, contract, 22d April, 1763, between John and James; lot 6 in Staunton. Release of mortgage. Teste: William Anderson. (Note: Francis' brother Robert had died prior to 21 May 1778, as listed in Augusta County records).
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 87.--9th September, 1773. Francis Hardgrove and Sarah, of Surry County, North Carolina, to John David Griner, part of lot 14 in Staunton, house wherein Edward Long lived, faces James Huston and James Hughes. (Note: Greer family sources claim that this land was acquired by John Greer, not Griner)
Records of Francis Hargrave in Augusta County, VA
- Vol. 1 - SEPTEMBER 16, 1777. - (226) Commission to take priv. examination of Sarah Hartgrove, in South Carolina, wife of Francis Hartgrove. Deed to David Griner. (s/b David Greer).
- Page 1.--25th August, 1770. William Wilson and Mary ( ), of Albemarle and John Hunter, Sr., and Frances, of Augusta, to Francis Hart, grove of Staunton, £40. In Staunton, part of lot No, 14, 5 poles north and south and 4 poles east and west, only excluding a house on northwest corner wherein Edward Long lived, of 18 by 22 feet in length and breadth. Lot faces James Hustons front on south and James Huse on west, containing 20 square perches, only reserving said house; also 2-1/2 acres wood land on south end of lot of 30 acres between (betwixt) Col. William Preston's land and Joseph Gamble's wood land, about 1/2 mile northwest of Staunton bounded according to courses of Staunton, lot No. 10. Delivered: Francis Harterove, 9th September, 1773.
Information on Francis Hartgrove
From Rootsweb.com post:
Francis Hartgrove (or Hartgrave) was also there (in Augusta County). This is a son-in-law of John Greer and Nanny Walker, who appears in Wilkes County records and brother-in-law of Benjamin. 18th July 1778, according to Augusta county court records, Sarah, wife of Francis Hartgrove, appeared in Wilkes County, N.C. before court (to show
she was not being coerced into signing -- customary here). Same year release of mortgage filed in Augusta Co., but signed in Wilkes County, N.C. which shows it is the same F.H.
From Declaration of Matthew Sparks of Wilkes County, North Carolina:
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
State of Tennessee
On the 14th day of September A.D. 1832. personally appeared in open court, before the worshipful Henry Wright, Wilson Lightfoot & Saml Ingram Justices of the Court of pleas and quarter sessions now sitting Matthew Sparks a resident of said county, and State, aged about seventy four years, who being first duly sworn, according to Law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of an act of Congress passed June 7, 1832, states that he was born, in Rowan County near Salisbury in the State of North Carolina, on the 20th day of January A.D. 1759. and there lived with his father until he was between fourteen and sixteen years old, when he removed, With the other members of the family to New River in Wilkes County in the State aforesaid, and there this declarant resided until three of four years after the close of the Revolutionary War, at which time this declarant removed to Wilkes County in the State of Georgia, after residing in this latter place about two years, this declarant removed to the frontier part of the State last mentioned in what as well as this declarant now recollects was then Franklin County, here this declarant with his father and other settlers erected a fort which was then and probably still is called Sparks Fort. In this neighborhood this declarant's father was killed by the Indians. after residing at this place two or three years this declarant removed to Granville District in the State of South Carolina, where he resided seven or eight years, when he removed to Jackson county in the State of Georgia, here this declarant resided 6. or 7. years, when he removed to Livingston County in the State of Kentucky about the year 1807. or 1808. where he resided about two years, from thence again removed into the Territory of Illinois, and the County of St. Clair about the year 1810. He here settled on Silver Creek within 8, or 10 miles of the town Belleville and remained 5. years. He then removed down on a creek called Muddy, in said Territory, where he resided 2. years; About the year 1817. declarant states, he again removed over into Arkansas Territory, where he settled on White River and remained about 2. years; from thence he went to Arkansas River about 40, or 50 miles above Little Rock, the aforesaid Territory, where he lived 2. years; Then removed from there to the Saline on the waters of Ouachita within 25 miles of Little Rock, where he again settled, and resided until the 2nd day of August, Last, when he removed into this County.
In the fall of a certain year I do not recollect what year, Nor do I remember how long after my return from my first tour, but not more than on [sic] or two years, I was again drafted into the service, in a company commanded by Captain Samuel Johnson, and Elisha Reynolds Lieutenant, this corps consisted exclusively of three or four companies of footmen, and was commanded by Major [Francis] Hargrove of Wilkes County North Carolina, Godfrey Isaacks was one of the Captains. We were drafted for 3. months, and were marched through pretty much the same country as on my first tour, and for the same purpose. I remember that it was a particular object of the expedition to go into a part of North Carolina where the Scotch very much abounded We came to a part of the country where the main American Army, commanded, by I do not recollect whom [Horatio Gates], had recently passed [summer 1780?], and found ourselves in great want of the means of subsistence; after being marched about through the sandy parts of North Carolina, two months without meeting with any parties of Tories or having any engagement we were marched back to our own County having learned there was more occasion for us there than where we had been. not long after we marched home we were dismissed by our Officers without receiving any formal discharge.
From Will of William Low:
Will of William Low Dec'd June 1780 In the name of God Amen. William Low of Wikes County and province of North Carolina, being in perfect soundnes of mind, memory and calling to mind tha all flesh must d ye , Do make this my last will andtestament. Viz . First I bequeath my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my executor hereof to be named. It is first my will that all my just debts be lawfully paid and as for my worldly estate as God has been graciously pleased to bless me, I dispense of as followeth Viz . My will is that my beloved wife Mary Low have and injoy all my estate bothhers and real during her natural life or widowhood and after her decease or marriage, my will is that I leive to my son Isaac Low begotten by the body of my last wife Mary one tract or parcell of land containing two hundred acres lying and being on the right hand l ittle fork of Gus Creek. My will is that I lieve to my son Geo Low and son John Low my son David Low begotten by the body of my last wife Mary one tract or parcell of land containing three hundred sixty acres to be equally divided between the three it being the plantation whereon I now live and my will is that the remainder of my estate be sold and equally divided between all my children begotten by the body of my last wife Mary. My will is that I leave to Stephe n Low son of Samuel Low deceased one tract of land containing one hundred and nine & a half acres in Bedford County in Virginia lying and being on Lick Creek adjoining to the place that myself lived on and I do appoint my beloved wife Mary my true and lawfull executor of this my last wil l & testament believing all others wil l do as requested. This to be my last will and testamen in witness wherof I have set my hand this 12 day of January 1780 in the presence of Francis Hargrave, Benjamin Grier Lewis
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Hardgrave, Cecil E (Cecil Edward), and Clarence R. (Clarence Russell) Williams. A history of the Hardgrave family: the descendants of Major Francis Hardgrave Revolutionary War soldier. (Vallejo, California: C.E. Hardgrave, c1998 (North Little Rock, Ark. : Russell Pub. Co., 1998)).