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Garrett Zinn was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- 20th June 1753 - Garrett Zinn received a patent of 900 acres on Woods River. Cor. Manuel Ekerling, opposite a long island; (listed in the records below):
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 113.--15th January, 1754. Garrett Zinn to Manuel Ekerling, 125 acres, part of 900 acres patented to Garrett 20th June, 1753, on Woods River Cor. John Miller.
- Page 118.--16th January, 1754. Garrett Zinn to John Miller, 380 acres being part of a 900 acre tract patented (see p. 113). On Woods River. Cor. Manuel Ekerling, opposite a long island. Teste: Ebenezer West.
Disposition of Land in Botetourt County:
- 1771, Aug. 13 - Robinson, David for Valentine Zinn & Chronomus Zinn, of Province of South Carolina to Ingles, Wm., Gent., 400 acres on West side of New River, called Dunkar's Bottom. [Annals of southwest Virginia, 1769-1800, pg. 543]. [Note: land sold after the death of Garrett Zinn by his sons].
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 8.--18th May, 1762. Johannes ( ) Miller, of Anson County, North Carolina, to John Smith, of Augusta, and Richard Pearis, of Frederick County, £52.15, 380 acres, part of 900 patented to Garret Zinn, 20th June, 1754, on Woods River, opposite an island; cor. Imanuel Eberling.
- Vol. 1 - Akerling vs. Linn (Zinn?).--Will filed 1767. Samuel Akerling (Ekerling), late of County of Augusta, in year 1750, owned land on Dunker Bottom, on New River, sold it to Garret Zinn. Bonds were put in hands of orator's brother, ____ Akerling, who lived on Gawgawganie, where he was taken prisoner, his house and effects burned by Indians. Garrett Zinn, in order not to be murdered by the Indians, moved to Carolina, where he died intestate, leaving Valentine Zinn (defendant) his eldest son and heir, who sold the land to Israel Christian (defendant).
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 23, 1769. - (103) Samuel Ekerling versus Valentine Zinn, son and heir-at-law of Garrett Zinn.--Chancery.
Records in Botetourt County, VA
- Page 188. October 4, 1770. William Davis of Philadelphia to William Christian. 120 pounds. 126 acres on the waters of New River, being part of a 100 acre tract granted to Garrat Zinn. Witnesses: James Fleming, Daniel May, Stephen Trigg.
- Morton, Oren Frederic. A History of Preston County, West Virginia. (Kingwood, WV: Journal Publishing Co., 1914).
In this remote locality, not less than fifty miles by any practicable route from the settlements on the South Branch, the brothers lived until about 1756. Their ammunition and salt running low, Samuel Eckerlin went eastward by the Indian path, and in the Shenandoah Valley he got what he wanted in exchange for his furs. But on his return, while lodging at Fort Pleasant on the South Branch, he was arrested as a spy in the service of red men. The suspiciou settlers would allow him to proceed only as a prisoner under guard. The French and Indian War was now well under way, and having suffered much already, they were determined to take no chances.
But when Eckerlin and his escort arrived at the Dunkard Bottom, it was only to look upon the ashes of the cabin and the scalped and mutilated body of the slain brother. During his absence the Indians had detected the settlement, and had made a summary example of what they regarded as poachinhg on their domain. The surviving brother was now glad to accompany his guard on their return, and the valley of the Cheat seems to have known him no more.
He came from the Valley of Virginia. In October 1747, he had taken a survey of 900 acres on New River, at a spot which at once became known as Mahanaim, or Dunkard Bottom, and is often mentioned during the war for independence. In 1767, Samuel Eckerlin brought suit against one Valentine Zinn, whose father Garrett, had purchased a part of this new River survey. In his bill Eckerlin states that he left the bonds with his brother, and that they were destroyed when the latter was murdered and his effects burned. Not wishing to lose his own scalp, Garrett Zinn moved to the Carolinas, and Valentine, his oldest son, sold the land to Israel Christian. It is thus a little curious that two river-tracts, some two hundred miles apart, should have received the same name from the same person. In 1751, Samuel Eckerlin purchased of one John Mills 100 acres on Little River in the valley of Virginia, paying the price of #33.33.
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