Facts and Events
Henry Holston was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Will of Henry Holston
- In the name of God, I Henry Holstine Senior of Botetourt County having a sound mind & memory thanks be given unto God & calling to mind the mortallity of my body do make const itute & ordain this as my last Will and Testament. . .to be buried in a Christian like manner nothing doubting but I shall receive the same again by the Mighty power of God and as touching my worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to help me with in this life. . .
- First I give and bequeath to Mersey my beloved wife full Benefit of my part of the land together with the dwelling house and other houses adjoining. . .all the household furniture and the Sorrel horse & all the cattle to be disposed of in any manner she thinks proper.
- Item: I give & bequeath to my son Stephen Hostine the upper end of my land or part whereon he now lives, its not necessary to mention the bounds or quantity of acres as he sold it to my Son Henry Holstine by me Consent and agreed to . . .?. .
- Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Rachel Holstine and her heirs, at my wife Mersey's decease the lower end of my plantation whereon I now live to extends up so far as a conditional line marked in presence of John Looney, John Taylor, John Snodgrass, and Isaac Taylor.
- (signed) Henry Holston
- Written: 16 September, 1804.
- Proved: February, 1805.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - ORIGINAL PETITIONS AND PAPERS FILED IN THE COUNTY COURT. 1745-1748. - Petition for road by inhabitants of Craig's Creek from Henry Houlston's (Holstine) to James Montgomery's. Signed Henry Holstine, Sr., Wicklor Welch, Stephen Holstine, George Barber, William Lee, John Shichelve, Waiter Welch. Henry Houlston.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 25, 1754. - (147) Road from Frederick Hartsaw's Mill, on Craig's Creek, up the Creek and across a mountain to James McAfee's. Henry Holdston, Jr., surveyor.
- Vol. 1 - 18th November, 1754. Entered for William Preston, assistant surveyor to Mr. Thomas Lewis, the following tracts of land, viz: 400 adjoining survey made on John's Creek; 200 above the uppermost survey on the South Fork of John's Creek; 200 on North Fork of said creek; 800 between Bradshaw's survey and Adam Looney land; 200 called the Sugar Land; 200 called the Mill Place, joining Jacob Patton's old place; 200 below Henry Holston's, joining Frederick Hartsough's land; 800 between Spreading Spring Draft and George Bindwell's; 200 joining Dayley's land; 200 between John McGowen's land and Nathaniel Evans's land; 800 below Laurel Gap, on Potts Creek; 400 on ye next large bottom; 400 on Purgatory Creek; 200 on ye Long Bottom; 400 between William Hutchison's and James Moore's. on ye Path; 400 between Pricilla Reise's land and James McAfee's; 200 at head spring of Little Catawba.
Henry Holston lived on Craigs Creek in that part of Augusta County that became Botetourt County in 1769. His farm included land that he had bought from the Patton estate and possibly some given to him by his father. In 1754, he sold some of the land to John Lowry.