Facts and Events
Francis McCown (McCoun) was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- Notebook. Data for Francis McCown of Augusta County
- Notebook: Land Record Notes for Francis McCown of Augusta County
Confusion of Francis McCown/McCoun/Francis McCune
There is considerable confusion in early records of this Francis McCown (McCoun, McCune) who lived in early Augusta County, Virginia. After extensive research of land and other records, it has been determined that there was only one Francis McCown, and multiple spellings in various records caused some researchers to believe that there were possibly two different Francis' in early Augusta County, Virginia. Included on this person page are notebooks listing the records in chronological order to assist other researchers of Francis McCown.
Early Importation to Orange/Augusta County, VA
The following appeared in Orange County, Virginia court to claim their "headrights" into Virginia:
- July 1740 - Francis McCown, Mary his wife; Markham & Elizabeth McCown (from Ireland)
Note: Headrights were grants of 50 acres of land per "head" - or per white male over the age of 16 who transported himself to the
colonies. They appear in the Court of Common Pleas in the county in which the land was granted.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Francis McCown's land (Beverley Manor NE, 196 acres, 1739) 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.
Francis McCown's land (Borden Tract NE, 328 acres, 1746) 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.
Francis McCown's land (Borden Tract SW, probable location of Francis McCoun's 728-acre tract, "adjoining Robert Erwin" (this tract is just outside but on the boundary of the Borden Tract) and Francis' 178 acre-tract acquired in 1760) 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 Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 262-66. 5-6 June 1739. Wm. Beverley, Gent., of Essex County to Francis McCune of Orange County, farmer. Lease and release; for £5.17.11 current money. 196½ acres, part of Beverley Manner... Jno. Lewis's line... (signed) W. Beverley. Wit: James Porteus, Thos. Wood, John Latham. 28 June 1739. Proved by James Porteus, Thos. Wood and John Latham. [Relinquishment of dower as above, Beverley to McLure]. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 3, pg. 18].
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Francis McCown (McCoun) received a patent of 720 acres (also listed as 728 acres in some records) "on Tees Creek, cor. Robert Erwin", in 1743, as shown in the 1753 record below, when Francis sold part of this tract to Robert Hamilton. (Note: The deed for this patent is most likely located in Orange County (the predecessor county of Augusta), Virginia records, where deeds were recorded prior to late 1745).
- Page 20.--19th June, 1746. Zeruiah Borden, widow, of Frederick County and Benj. Borden, of Augusta, executors of Benj. Borden, late of Orange, to Francis McCune, £3 current money Virginia; 328 acres, part of 92,100 acres patented to Benjamin, Sr. 6th November, 1739, the Barrens on the south side of the creek; corner to Joseph Kennedy. Witnesses, Jno. Smith, Samson Archee, Repentance Townsend. Acknowledged by Benjamin in person and for Zeruiah, 19th June, 1746.
- Page 3.--26th November, 1751. Robert Remick and Elizabeth, to Francis McCewn, yeoman, 300 acres on Cedar Creek of James River, at a place called Timber Plain; corner John Poack. Teste: Jno. Archer, Wm. Lusk, Joseph Lang. Delivered: Francis McKown, 19th May, 1752.
- Page 105.-- (undated, but had to be after 1751) Hugh Martin to Francis McKown, yeoman, 227 acres, part of a large tract sold by McKown to Martin, 1751, in Tees Creek; corner Robert Erwin's.
- Page 264.--6th February, 1752. James McCewn (McKown) to Francis McCewn (McKown), conveyed to James, 14th July. 1749, 400 acres. On a Timber Ridge on North Branch of James. Teste: Archibald (Richard) Brush, James McCord, Charles Wilson.
- Page 453.--10th June, 1757. Peter Wallace and Martha to Francis McCown, yeoman, £56, 150-1/2 acres on Whistle Creek in Forks of James; cor. Low Todd. Teste: Alex. Creaghead, Richard Woods, Ro. McElheney. Delivered: Samuel Wilson, Augusct, 1769.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 52.--9th March, 1745-6. Francis McCewn, yeoman, to Robert Erwin, yeoman, £12 current money; 200 acres, part of 728 acres (vid. 1, p. 48, for description). Witnesses. Charles Wilson, Samuel Norwood Thomas Taylor. Acknowledged by Francis and Margaret, his wife, 14th April, 1746.
- Page 55.--9th April, 1746. Francis McCewn, yeoman, to Samuel Norwood, yeoman, £90 current money of Virginia; 500 acres, part of same patent as D. B. 1, p. 48, on Tees Creek. Witnesses, J. Buchanan, Henry Downs, Jr.; James Robertson. Acknowledged by Francis and wife Margaret. 14th April, 1746.
- Page 48.--11th April, 1746. Francis McCeon (McCune, McCewn), yeoman, to Hugh Martin, yeoman, £15 current money; 227 acres, part of a large tract of 728 acres belonging to McCewn patented to him 13th August, 1743, on Tee's Creek. Witnesses, J. Buchanan, John Hawkins, Henry Downs, Jr. Acknowledged, 14th April, 1746, when Margaret, wife of Francis, relinquished her right of dower.
- Page 90.--19th April, 1746. Francis McCowen (mark), farmer, to Wm. Bell, farmer, £55 current money Virginia; 196½ acres in Beverley Manor; Seth Poag's line; John Lewis' line. Witnesses, Jno. Buchanan, Joseph Culton, Silas Hart, James Trimble. Acknowledged, 18th June, 1746. Francis (his mark) McCown.
- Page 321.--28th November, 1749. Francis McCown, yeoman, to Andrew Steel, yeoman, Benjamin Borden, Kennedy's Creek. Teste: John Smith, Alexander Gibson, James McCowan.
- Page 554.--__ ____, 1753. Francis McCown to Robert Hamilton, late of Augusta. Delivered: Jno. Hamilton, 17th October, 1786. Part of 720 acres patented to Francis, 1743, on Tees Creek, cor. Robert Erwin. Delivered to John Hamilton.
- Page 400.--26th November, 1755. Francis ( ) McCown and Margret ( ) to Jno. Maxwell (delivered Wm. McGee, May, 1764), £65, 250 acres on a branch of Cedar Creek, a branch of James River, at a place called the Timber Plain; cor. Jno. Poage's land; cor. Francis McCown. Teste: Hugh McConwell, Ro. Renick.
- Page 484.--16th November, 1757. Francis ( ) McCown and Margaret to Andrew Duncan, £140, 317 acres conveyed to Francis by Benj. Jr., south side Moffett's Creek, cor. Joseph Kennedy's land; cor. Samuel Steel's land, Wilson's corner. Teste: Robert Brown, Petter Wallace. Delivered: Wm Edmondson, June, 1758.
Will of Francis McCown
- Page 94.--9th October, 1761. Francis McCown's will, farmer-wife, Margaret; sons, George and Francis; son, Malcom, the plantation formerly belonging to Mathew Young; son, James, the plantation in the Forks; daughters, Margaret, Nancy, Katrine; son, James, the plantation Saml. Norwood formerly lived on, and to pay Malcom i5 when come to age of "menuarty"; daughter, Isbell. Seven children. Executors, wife Margaret and son George. Teste: John Cunningham, Wm, McKemey John McNabb. Proved, 18th November, 1761, by the witnesses.--Margaret refuses to execute. George qualifies, with John McCown, Robt. Christian, George Moffett.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 18, 1761. - (108) - Margaret, widow of Francis McCown, rejected the provision for her in his will.
- Page 116.--9th December, 1761. Francis McCown's estate appraised, by Jacob Anderson, Archd. Buchanan, Hugh Cunningham.
- Page 496.--17th March, 1767. Vendue recorded of Francis McCown's estate to, viz: Wm. Naper, David Dredan (vid Dryden), James Bets, Richd. Bush, Pat. McCampbell, Wm. Taylor, David Gum, Wm. Napen (Naper?), David Quin, William Wooley, Wm. Culbert. Settlement of above estate-- Paid Jno. McNabb, Francis Randalls, Robt. McKeney, Saml. Gest, James Telford.
- Page 94.--"The last will and testament of Francis McCown, deceased, was not recorded by reason of its not being proved, but it still remains among the papers of May Court, 1773. Alphabet this."
Processioning Lists of 1747, 1748 & 1760
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- * "Muster List of 1742" (similar to a Processioning List)- Capt. John McDowell's List: John McDowell, Captain; James McDowell, Ephraim McDowell, David Breeden, Alex. McClewer, John McClewer, Halbert McClewer, Sam McRoberts, Thomas Taylor, John McKnab, And. McKnab, Thos. Whiteside, Malco Whiteside, John Aleson, David Bires, Alex. McClure, Moses McClure, John Gray, Patt McKnabb, Wm. Hall, John Miless, Wm. Miles. James Hardiman, Charles Quail, Wm. Wood, Hen. Kirkham, Gilbert Gamble, James Gamble, Rob. Young, Math. Young, _____ Long, _____ Long, James More, Hugh Cunigham, James Cunigham, John Cares, Frances McCowan, Hum. Beaker, John Peter Salley, Mitch. Miller, Loromor Mason, John Matthews, John Cosier, Irwin Patterson, Edward Patterson, Joseph Finney, Michael Finney, Sam Wood, Rich. Wood, Joseph Lapsley.
- Page 4.--3rd September, 1747: Processioners appointed, viz: Capt. James Campbell and Erwin Patterson, on waters of Roanoke; John Sloane and Hugh Caruthers, on South Side of South Branch of James River joining Roan Oke; Joseph Long and Richard Woods, in Forks of James River; Alex. McClure and Robert Huston, from North Branch of James River to Andrew Baxter's, thence on a straight line to John Hayse's Mill, joining the North Mountain; Francis McCown and John Montgomery, from Andrew Baxter's on a straight line to John Hayse's Mill, joining the North Mountain to the Upper line of Beverley Manor; John Mitchell and James Fulton, from Upper line of Beverley Manor opposite to Robert Ramsey's as low as the Sugar Loaf, thence on a line to William Long's; Wm. McFeeters and Patrick Martin, from upper line of Beverley Manor, near Robert Campbell's, to the Buffalow Gap, from thence to William Ledgerwood's by the Sugar Loaf; Robert Christian and James Caldwell, from William Ledgerwood's in a line as low as John Madison's, thence to Samuel Davis's, near the South Mountain; John Linn and Robert Young, from Buffalow Gap as low as John Madison's, from thence as high as Ledgerwood's; James Hogshead and John Moffett, from Buffalow Gap to Walter Trimble's, from thence to Alex. Blair's, thence to John Finla's; Thomas Stevenson and David Edmonston, from Alex. Blair's to Capt. Samuel Gay's; Edward Erwin's and Wm. McGill, from Alex. Blair's to Samuel Wilkin's, thence to Henry Smith's; Wm. Thompson and Samuel Givens, from Samuel Wilkins to Capt. Henry Downs's, Jr.; Robert Craven and Thomas Harrison, from Samuel Wilkins' to the lower end of the Great Plain to Fairfax's line...
- Page 16.--12th April, 1748: John Montgomery and Francis McCown: 18th January, processioned for Patrick Hays; 12th January, processioned for Samuel Dunlap, Pat Hays present; 12th January, processioned for Wm. Lockridge, Samuel Dunlap present; 18th January, processioned for James Archer, Richard Cousor present; 18th January, processioned for Wm. Mc Canless, Robt. Dunlapp present; Jno. Lowry, Robt. Dunlapp present; Robt. Dunlapp, Robert Lowry present; 14th January, processioned for Samuel Anderson, Wm. McCanless present; Geo. Henderson, Ro. Lowry present; Wm. Mitchell, Jas. Moore present; 15th January, processioned for Wm. Cowdon, Robert Bags present; Francis McCown, John Downy present; James Moore, Alexander Walker present; James Robinson, Jas. Walker present; 15th January, processioned for Alex. Walker, Jno. Walker present; 27th January, processioned for John Walker, James Walker present; processioned for James Walker, James Robinson present; processioned for Samuel McCutchen; processioned for James Shields; processioned for John Shields; processioned for Nathan Lusk; 28th January, processioned for Thomas Berry; processioned for Wm. Berry; processioned for James Trimble; processioned for James Martin; processioned for Joseph Coulton; processioned for Robert Coulton.
- Page 279.--1760: Processioned by James Trimble, John Maxwell, viz: For Joseph Lapsley (bad state health), for John Moore, for Robert Alexander, for John Wiley, for James Campbell, for Patt Young, for Robert Moore, for Joseph Walker, for John Smiley, for Abraham Brown, for Peter Wallace, for Francis McCoun, for David Tilford, for Robert McKlehaney, for William Hall, for George Campbell, for John Paxton, for Wm. Paxton, for Alex. McKorkle, for James Campbell.
- Page 290.--1760: Processioned by _____ ? _____: For Robert Hamilton, for John Collier, for James Davis, for James Moore, for John Hanna, for Henry Kirkham, for Robert Young, for David Wallace, for Robert Erwm, for John McKey, for Hugh Cunningham, for John Gilmer, for Wm. McChime (McCune), for John Beatty, for Francis McCown, for John McCown, for Anne Long, for William Gilmer, for Adam Thompson, for Samuel Kinkead, for John Campbell, for Thomas Piery, for Maj. John Brown, for Robert Young, for James Young, for Samuel Young, for Hugh Young, for Robert Allen, for William Martain, for John Jamison, for Samuel Wallace, for Maurice Ofreel, for Robert Philips, for John Trimble.
Records of Francis McCoun in Augusta County, VA
- Vol. 1 - JUNE 18, 1746. - (48) Margaret McCowen's privy Exn. (wife of Francis?).
- Page 16.--26th June, 1746. Robert Sayers, late from Pennsylvania. Will--Sons, William, Alexander; wife, Cathren; daughters, Margaret, Ann, Elizabeth. Executors, John Buchanan and Joseph Culton, Gent. (desiring Col. Patton to assist if he will grant me the favor). Teste: Jno. Buchanan, Wm. Adair, Francis McCown, Thos. Beard. Proved, 20th August, 1746, by all except Beard. Wm. and Alex. Sayers qualify executors 20th August, 1746, with sureties John Buchanan and John Hays.
- Vol. 1 - August 20, 1746 - (74) James McCune to be overseer vice Francis McCune.
- Page 222.--22d November, 1746. Samuel Norwood to John Gilmer, yeoman, £130; 500 acres, part of a large tract formerly Francis McCown's land and sold to Samuel by Francis. 9th April, 1746, recorded in Augusta on Tees Creek. Witnesses, Robt. Erwin, John Carr, Hugh Martin. Acknowledged, 21st May. 1747.
- Page 47.--3d August, 1747. Jean Bohannan. Will--Son, John; granddaughter, Mary Bohanan (daughter of John); eldest daughter, Elizabeth Bohanan; granddaughter, Jean Bohannan; second daughter, Margaret Campbell, the tablecloth I brought from Ireland; granddaughter, the bay colt that was lately put to Elizabeth Bochanan; granddaughter, Mary Bochanan. Executors, Joseph Culton and Robert Edmiston. Teste: Joseph Culton, Robert Edmiston. Francis McCown, John Betty. Proved, 19th August, 1747, by Francis McCown.
- Page 144.--17th May, 1749. Martha Anderson's bond as above, with sureties Francis McCown, Andrew Hays.
- Page 158.--19th April, 1748. John Patterson's will--To be buried in the graveyard that is hard by Francis McCown's; wife, Agness; son, John (infant); son, George; daughter, Agness; legatee, John Green Executors, Francis McCown and wife. Teste: Francis McCown, Robt. Gamell, John Betty, 18th May, 1749. Will not proved because witnesses not present, but administration, c. t. a., granted Agness. (Note: it appears that this John Patterson may be a possible brother of Francis McCoun's wife, Margaret Patterson. Additional research necessary).
- Page 186.--23d August, 1749. Isaac Anderson's appraisement by Hugh Martin, Francis McCown, Andrew Hays.
- Page 248.--23d May, 1750. William Henry's bond as guardian of James McCord, orphan of Wm. McCord, with surety Francis McCown.
- Page 197.--22d September, 1750. Francis Beaty to William Martin, 359 acres on Mud Lick Run on a branch of Roanoke called Goose Creek. near an iron mine. Teste: Wm. Harbison, Erwin Patterson, Francis McCune.
- Page 278.--28th November, 1750. Francis McCown's bond as guardian of James McCord, orphan of William McCord, with surety Jno. Weiley. James chose his guardian.
- Page 50.--28th November, 1750. Same to Andrew Steel, 463-1/2 acres on Joseph Kennady's Mill Creek, adjoining Francis McCune.
- Page 325.--12th February, 1751. James Carr to John Betty, yeoman, 325 acres, Broad Creek, a branch of Buffalo. Teste: John McKown, Francis McCown, Samuel Norwood.
- Page 11.--16th November, 1752. John Poage and Mary to Wm. Cleghorn, blacksmith, 214 acres on Cedar Creek of James; (corner) Francis McCown's land. Teste: John Smith, John Anderson, Daniel Harrison.
- Page 379.--10th August, 1753. James Young and Sarah to Patrick Young, 340 acres on Whistle Creek in Forks of James, cor. Joseph Walker, North Branch James; cor. tract surveyed for Sarah Young. Teste: John Low, Francis McCown.
- Page 61.--21st August, 1754. Francis McCown's bond as guardian (chosen) to Edward Paris, orphan of Wm. Paris, with sureties William Young, Samuel Crawford.
- Page 331.--21st August, 1754. Joseph Kennedy (his mark), Gent., and Elizabeth, to Samuel Buchanan, James Walker, Robert Reagh, John Logan, Alexander Miller and William Kennedy, trustees appointed and chosen by the Presbyterian Congregation of New Providence in Augusta County for and on behalf of themselves and the rest of the said Congregation and their successors adherents to the Squad of New York of the other part. Consideration: The sincere regard, good will and affectionate love which he beareth unto the said Congregation, and with an eye to encourage the worshipers of the most Blessed and Glorious Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is God over all, and Blessed forever, Amen; and for and in consideration of the sum of six pence sterling; for public use and benefit of the said Congregation for a Presbyterian Meeting House to worship Almighty God in and for a burying place and graveyard to them and such as shall hereafter joyn with them the said Congregation of New Providence a certain moiety piece or parcel of land whereon the said Congregation hath already began to prepare and build a meeting house containing 3 A., 1 R., 27 P., on west side Moffet's Creek in Borden's tract; said Kennedy's and Francis McCown's line being a line of land now in possession of Andrew Duncan. Delivered to Samuel Buchanan, 21st June, 1758.
- Page 183.--16th March, 1757. James Mountgomery's appraisement, by Francis McKowan, John McKowan, Jacob Anderson, Jno. Buntin.
- 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: Francis McCown, 22nd November, 1753 (listed among many others that acquired land from Col. James Patton).
- Page 193.--8th November, 1760. Same to Samuel Norwood, £__, 400 acres of 92100; cor. Francis McCown, bank of Kerr's Creek; cor. William Hamilton. Delivered: Wm. McKee, May, 1764.
- Page 418.--18th November, 1760. Jacob Cunningham's appraisement, by Jno. McCown, Jno. Willey, Andrew Hays--The following notes against Daniel and Samuel Lyle, Edward Fearis, Wm. Davis, Jno. Delap, James Brains, Francis McCown, Robert Moore, Francis Randall, Neaiell McClister, Robert McKeney, David Tallford, James and John Gilmer, Jno. Dunlap, French McKown (prob. s/b Francis McKown), Wm. Olley, Richd. Brush, Samuel Horad, Alex. Dell, Edward Bovill, 1 neager fellow.
- Page 857.--19th March, 1765. Samuel Norwood and Elisabeth to Robert McElhemy, blacksmith, 1150, 400 acres in Borden's tract; corner Francis McCoun's (McCown), bank of Kerr's Creek, Wm. Hamilton's land. Teste: Hugh Cunningham, John McKee, Wm. Napier. Delivered: Cap. James McDowell, February, 1769.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1767 (D). Malcolm McCown (widow's son) Dr., to John Taylor. 1766, February 5, to account. (Note: Malcolm McCoun was Francis McCoun's son).