Facts and Events
Gibbons Jennings was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Survey in Augusta County, VA
Early survey from "Hume's Old Field Book", listing early survey's in Augusta County:
- (14) ( ) 1738, Gibbons Jennings, beginning between two White Oaks Cor. to James Bell and runneth thence to a Red Oak about 3 ch. from ye Run as goes by ye house. To James Bell's ( ) Cor. Red Oaks.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Gibbons Jenning's land (Beverley Manor NW, 650 acres, promised by William Beverley in 1738, but not fully conveyed to Jennings) 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. (Note: this land was the subject of several suits in Augusta County Court, as detailed below).
Gibbons Jenning's land (Beverley Manor NE, 375 acres, acquired from George Hume in 1740) 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 354-54. 13-14 March 1740 . George Home of Orange County to Gibbons Jennings of same. Lease and release; for £30 current money. 375 acres in Beverley Manor... on the south river of Shanadore in Robert Turk's line... Samuel Guy's line... back line of the pattent of Beverley Manner... formerly acknowledged to George Home by William Beverley, Gent. (signed) G. Home. Wit: Robt. McClanachan, Robert Erwin. 26 March 1741. Acknowledged by George Home. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 4, Dorman, pg. 58].
Records of Gibbons Jennings in Augusta County, VA
From Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 347-39. 23 June 1743. Richd. Winslow, Gent., Sheriff of Orange County, to James Davis of that part of the said county called Augusta. For £20. Isaac Smith of Orange County at a Court held 25 Feb. 1742 recovered against Gibbon Jennings late of that part of Orange County called Augusta £17.18.1 with interest. The Sheriff entered upon 375 acres at Sherindo (Shenandoah) of which Jennings was seized and gave publick auction, at which time of sale James Davis was the highest bidder having offered £20 current money which was the best price could be gotten. (signed) Richd. Winslow. Wit: Taverner Beale, Geo. Taylor. 24 June 1743. Acknowledged by Richard Winslow. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 7, Dorman, pg. 60].
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 213.--20th November, 1746. James Davis (Device) to John Black, £_____ current money Virginia; 375 acres in Beverley Manor sold by George Home, of Orange County, to Gibbins Jennings, of Shanando. 14th March, 1740, and recorded in Orange, and afterwards sold at auction by Richard Winslow to satisfy execution vs. Gibbins Jennings; on 21st March, 1742, to satisfy Isaac Smith. Deed by Winslow to Davis in Orange, 24th June, 1743; on South River Shanando in Robert Turk's line; Samuel Gay's line; Beverley Manor line.--James S. Davis. Witnesses, Thos. Lewis, Wm. Wright, Plineeas Griffiths. Acknowledged, 21st May, 1747.
- Page 319.--13th August, 1747. Wm. Beverley to Wm. Nutt, of Orange. Whereas, Wm. Beverley, on 14th April, 1738, did agree to convey to Gibbons Jennings, late of Orange County, 650 acres in Beverley Manor, which said 650 acres were laid off by Ro. Brooke, Gent., on Christy's Creek, at Moses Thompsons; a red oak by John Brackenridge's grove, who was murdered by the Indians; in consideration of which and other, 510 acres conveyed by said Beverley to the said Gibbons Jennings, he was to pay William £38.7.2. Jennings paid all but £10 and entered on the land and built a water grist mill thereon, and afterwards, on 2d September, 1740, agreed to convey the same land to Wm. Nutt in consideration of one gray mare. Mr. Jno. Lewis's bond for 350 acres, either in the Cow or Calf Pasture, 6 shillings cash and 1,000 yards of linen. Jennings left the colony without taking any conveyance for the land from Beverley or making any conveyance to Nutt. Nutt brought suit in County Court, Orange, vs. Jennings and Beverley, to compel a conveyance, and it was decreed, 27th July, 1744, that Beverley convey to Nutt. Deed to Nutt. Teste: Robt. Davies, W. Russell, John Lin. Proved by all, 19th August, 1747.
- Page 69.--28th November, 1750. Wm. Nutt to John Buchanan, 416-1/2 acres dated 27th July, 1744, part of 650 acres conveyed by Beverley by decree of Orange Co. Same land involved in suit in Orange, Nutt vs. Gibbins Jennings and Wm. Beverley, conveyed by Beverley to Nutt, 13th August, 1745; corner John Coulter, Mill Creek; corner James McCorkals, etc., water grist mill. Eleanor, wife of Wm. Nutt. Teste: Andrew Cowan, John Rutledge, Francis Beatey.
- Page 375.--1st May, 1756. John Black, plantationer, to John Black, his son, natural love, &c., and £5, 210 acres on South River Shanando in Beverley Manor, part of 375 acres conveyed bv Beverley to Geo. Home and by Home to Gibbons Jennings, 14th March, 1740, and by Jennings having afterwards absconded, said land was sold at public auction to James Davise by Richard Winston, sheriff of Orange, to satisfy Isaac Smith's judgment on Jennings by deed in Orange dated 24th June, 1743, and conveyed by Davise to Black, 21st November, 1746, patent line of Beverley Manor, William Bell's line ; John Ramsey's line. Teste: Jno. Morton. Livery, &c. Delivered: Jno. Black, May, 1763.
- Page 391.--1st June, 1763. James Black, plantationer, and Sarah ( ) to John Ramsey, £107.10, 165 acres in Beverley Manor on both sides South River of Shanando, part of 375 acres conveyed by Beverley to George Home, and by George Home to Gibbons Jennings, 1750, and said Jennings having afterwards absconded, the land was sold to highest bidder, viz., James Davise, by Richard Winston, sheriff of Orange County, to satisfy Judgment against Jennings in favor of Isaac Smith, 21st April, 1752, and Winston conveyed the land to Davise in Orange County, 24th June, 1753, and land was conveyed by Davise to John Black, 1756; corner Robert Patrick, William Bell's line. Teste: Robert Brown, Andrew Greer, Samuel Black. Livery of seisin. Delivered: Jos. Black, January, 1773.
Information on Gibbons Jennings
From Chester County, Pennsylvania Records:
- Gibbons Jennings signed a petition in 1736.
From "History of Baltimore City and County, Maryland. Vol. I," by J. Thomas Scharf, Regional Publishing co; Baltimore 1971, Chapter VII, Page 64:
- PENNSYLVANIA BORDER TROUBLES
- The dispute with regard to the boundary line between Maryland and Pennsylvania was the occasion not only of much bitter feeling, but of actual collisions and conflicts between those living near or occupying debatable ground.
- In 1736, Governor Ogle directed Thomas White, deputy surveyor, to lay out two hundred acres of land in the disputed territory of Baltimore County, and lying on the west side of the Susquehanna, for each of the following persons: Henry Munday, Edward Leet, Charl. Higginbotham, JAMES KAINE, John Smith, HUGH KAINE, James Nickleson, Robert Trotter, Robert Rowland, William Miles, William Greenlee, Stephen White, John Cross, JOHN KAINE,SR., JOHN KAINE, Edward Ryly, Patrick Savage, Arthur Browlee, James Love, Anthony Dixson, Benjamin Dixson, John Morrow, Thomas King, Ralph Higginbotham, John McNabb, James McGee, Barnibe Clarke, Thomas Moore, Richard Ryan, George Bond, Thomas Linass, William Linass, John Linass, John Coats, Robert Jesson, George Moore, Robert Moore, Gibbons Jennings, Thomas Scarlet, William Carpenter, Richard Pope, Thomas Charlton, John Charlton,Sr., Edward Charlton, John Charlton, Thomas Charlton, Jr., Richard Sedgwick, William Betty, William Betty, Jr., William Webb, Thomas Dawson, and John Dawson. Henry Munday and Edward Leet, however, were arrested by the Pennsylvania authorities, and this design to occupy the debatable land fell through.
From "Accounts, 1730's - James Woods, Sr. (Abt. 1707-1759)":
- James Rutledge Payment to Gibbons Jennings - 1739
From "The Clarendon Courier, publication of the Old New Hanover Genealogical Society", Vol. 8, No. 3, Fall 1996:
- Page 293. June 22, 1751. Gibbons Jennings, mercht. of New Hanover County to Samuel Collider of same place, blacksmith, 200 acres joining on West land of Henry Bishop, by Patent of Feb. 17, 1737. Wit : Nicholas Lober, Michael Lober, Junr.
From Onslow County, NC Records:
- On April 8, 1752, 320 acres in Onslow County, North Carolina was purchased by Thomas Cummins from Gibbons Jennings, a merchant, for 33 pounds 6 shillings and 8 pence.
- Onslow Regiment Militia in 1754 - Gibbons Jennings (listed among many others).
- North East Company - A list of Company of foot under command of Captain Richard Ward in the Regiment commanded by Colonel John Starkey: Gibbons Jennings (listed among many others) on 5 October 1754.
- Gibbons Jennings witnessed a deed in Onslow County, North Carolina between Joseph Berryman and William Black on 27 Feb. 1758. (130 acres NE side of NW branch of New River, on Half-moon swamp, part of tract granted to Francis Sumner 12 Sept. 1745 and transferred to Berryman 2 July 1757. Wit: James Hill, Gibbons Jennings).
From Craven County, NC Records:
- 1757: January 5th , Moses Anderson and wife Averella, Onslow co. sells to David Gordon, Johnston Co, ------ acres on the north side of Neuse River, at the head of the northeast branch of Powells Creek; deeded in 1736 by John Howard to Carson Scott and Averella Scott now Averella Anderson, (Cary Godbee and Gibbons Jennings, witnesses)
- Bryan, Ann Cady [-] -- 25 [illegible] 1761 / 1761 -- of New Bern -- Sister Sally [? hard to read] ... land on Core Creek sold to pay doctor and funeral expenses. Brother John Council Bryan, one lot in New Bern town near "the Gate Westerly." Brother William John Bryan, 1/2 lot in New Bern near Thos. Sitgreaves lot near the Western Gate. Nephew Thomas Sitgreaves, front of a lot on Nuse side of town. Remainder divided between brothers and sisters. Executor: [illegible and torn]. Wits: Jams. Parkerson, ____ Cogdell, Gibbons Jennings.