Person:Hugh Dever (1)

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Hugh Dever, of North River & Beaver and Mossy Creek
m. abt. 1728
  1. Hugh Dever, of North River & Beaver and Mossy Creekabt 1728 - bef 1778
  2. Charles Deverabt 1730 -
  3. James DeverABT 1731 - ABT 1790
  4. John Deverabt 1735 -
  5. William Deverabt 1737 - bet 1790-1800
  • HHugh Dever, of North River & Beaver and Mossy Creekabt 1728 - bef 1778
  • WAgnes Blainabt 1731 - 1790
m. est. 1748
  1. James Deverabt 1749 - abt 1802
  2. William Ewing Deverabt 1756 - 1824
  3. Hugh E. Deverabt 1758 - bef 1815
  4. John Deverabt 1760 - abt 1815
  5. Margaret Deverabt 1762 - abt 1789
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Name Hugh Dever, of North River & Beaver and Mossy Creek
Alt Name Hugh Devier
Alt Name Hugh Diver
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1728 Ann Arundel County, Maryland
Marriage est. 1748 to Agnes Blain
Death? bef. 27 April 1778 North River, Augusta County, Virginia

Hugh Dever was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land in Virginia:


  • March 12, 1749 - Hugh Dever bought 120 acres on Beaver creek. [Source: "Life and Family of William Deaver", Family Tree Maker
  • 16 August 1756 - Hugh Dever received a patent from Governor Gooch for 200 acres in Augusta County, as follows:
Upon payment of 20 shillings by Hugh E. Devier to the Receiver General of George ll in Colony of Virginia, 200 acres lying in Augusta County and bounded as follows: Begins at a pine, corner to Silas Hart's land and runs thence S. 10 degrees East 140 poles to three pines and north 80 degrees West 40 poles to two pines on a line of Daniel Smith's land, thence with said line 280 poles to the beginning, called the Elks Draft tract- are to be granted him- to be held of our Manor of East Greenwich in the County of Kent, England, in free and common soccage and not in capetsan by Knights' service, yielding and paying to us our heirs and successors for every fifty acres of land and so proportionately for a lesser or greater quantity than fifty acres the fee rent of one shilling yearly, to be paid upon the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, and also cultivating and improving three acres, part of every fifty acres of the tract above mentioned within three years after date of these presents.. Should said Hugh E. Devier allow the quit rents to fall in arrears or should he fail to improve said lands, said tract reverts to George ll and/or his successors. Given at Williamsburg under seal of our Colony, August 16, 1756, in the 30th year of our reign.

[Source: "Life and Family of William Deaver", Family Tree Maker

  • Page 117 - Land Survey, Hugh Diver, 30 acres, North River of the Shenandoah. Adjoining Daniel Henderson. June 13, 1768. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 43].
  • Page 8 - Hugh Diver, 170 acres, Mossey Creek. Adjoining Henry Miller, Ervins, John Davis, McCaumis, Thomas Reads. May 18, 1780. [Source: Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791 [Augusta & Rockingham Counties], by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 99].
  • Page 8 - Hugh Diver, 210 acres, North River. Adjoining Miller's land formerely Henderson's Silas Hart. May 18, 1780. [Source: Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791 [Augusta & Rockingham Counties], by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 99].


Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:


  • Page 336.--29th November, 1749. Hugh Dever to Daniel Smith, 80 acres on North River, Shannado. Corner Charles Dever. Teste: Jas. Smith.
  • Page 339.--28th November, 1749. Hugh Dever to Charles Dever, 119 acres. Corner to above. Corner Daniel Smith. Corner John Davis, Beaver Creek.
  • Page 904.--22d May, 1765. Hugh ( ) Davor (Dever) (Diver) and Anne ( ) to Robert Williams, £40, 100 acres on headwaters of Cub Run. Teste: Hugh Hamilton, John Frezer. Delivered: Robert Williams, October, 1776.

Will of Hugh Dever

Will of Hugh Dever, dated 12 Mar 1774 and probated in Rockingham 27 Apr 1778:

  • To wife, Agnes; son James Dever 1 pound current money; son, John Dever- 200 acres of land that joins his plantation and Thomas Reeds; Son, Hugh Dever - 26 acres of land whereon he has now inproved and 126 acres of land on the north side of Spring Creek; son, William -the land I now dwell on being three surveys- one of 200 acres- one of 115 acres and one of 25 acres; These three sons to maintain their mother; dau, Margaret Dever; and Granddaughter, Margaret Dever. Son, William to be executor. Signed in presence of James Bell, William Bell and John Bell. [Source: "Dever and Related Families" by Linder pub McClain Printer - p66]
  • Vol. 2 - ROCKINGHAM COUNTY RECORDS. - The following notes are from the Minute Book of the County Court of Rockingham through the Revolutionary Period: 1778--April 27th, Hugh Diver's will probated.

Records of Hugh Dever in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:


  • Page 222--28th December, 1749. William Magill's appraisement, by John Seawright, John Erwin, Charles Campbell. Cash by Hugh Dover and Hugh Ross.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY 28, 1751. - (574) Road ordered from John Davis's mill to Wood's New Cleared Gap, and John King, with Andrew Erwin, John McGill, Wm. McGill, Robert Fowler, Hugh Campbell, John Erwin, Edward Erwin, Robert Carscaden, Francis Erwin, Edward Erwin, Wm. Frame, Benj. Erwin, Charles Campbell, Robert Campbell, Wm. Brown, Michael Dickey, Robert Brown. Henry Smith, Hugh Diver, Charles Diver, David McCummins, John Davis, Danl. Smith, James Anderson, John Francis, Wm. Alexander, Robert Gamble, Andrew Combe, James Patterson, Francis Brown, Gabriel Pickens, keep it in repair.
  • Vol. 1 - 1751 - Petition for road from John Davis's Mill to Woods's Gap, or to the road now clearing over the mountain near said Gap: Andrew Erwin, Robert Fowler, Edward Erwin, Francis Ervin, Charles Campbell, Michael Dickey, Hugh Diver, John Davies, John Francis, Andrew McCombe, John Magill, Hugh Campbell, Robert Carskadan, William Frame, Robert Campbell, Robert Brown, Charles Diver, Daniel Smith, William Alexander, James Patterson, William Magill, John Erwine, Edward Erwine, Benjamin Erwin, William Brown, Henry Smith, David McCammis, James Anderson, Robert Gamble, Francis Brown, Gabriel Pickens.
  • Page 616.--5th June, 1764. Silas Hart and Jane to William Ramsey, £3, 120 acres on North River of Shanando; corner said Hart's and Hugh Diver's patent land, pine on the Oak Draft, near Hugh Diver's corner, part of 280 acres patented to Silas, 7th July, 1763. Delivered: John McCoy, 9th November, 1767.
  • Page 42.--12th November, 1767. William Ramsey and Agness, eldest son and heir of James Ramsey, to Margaret Ramsey, £18, two tracts on North River of Shanando--A containing 120 acres, corner Silas Hart and Hugh Diver, side of a small meadow called the Elk Draft, being tract conveyed to said Ramsey by Silas and Jane Hart, 5th June, 1764; B containing 80 acres conveyed by Daniel and Jane Smith to James Ramsey, father of said William, 18th August, 1756, on North River of Shanando; corner Charles Diver's land. Teste: Daniel Henderson, John Douglass, Nathaniel Douglass. Delivered: Thomas Reed, 21st May, 1770.
  • Page 96.--17th November, 1767. Abraham Smith (and Sarra) to James Hanna, £5. (This is a deed of B. and S., but recites a lease prior which does not appear of record at this place.) 150 acres; corner Hugh Diver's land. Teste: William Crow, James Hill, Benj. Keys.
  • Page 480.--8th February, 1769. James Hanna to John Crawford and Robert Bruster, £50, 150 acres on Briery Branch, corner Hugh Diver's land. Teste: James Divier, Charles Callahan, Robert Dunwoody, Daniel Henderson. Delivered: Samuel Dunn, 11th March, 1773.
  • Page 393.--18th December, 1769. Daniel ( ) Henderson to Abraham Smith, £30.4.10, mortgage, 675 acres on Bever Creek and Spring Creek; corner Hugh Devers land. Teste: James and Hugh Divier, John Craford, James Dunn. Delivered: Abraham Smith, September, 1770.
  • Page 449.--Patent to James Dever, 23d May, 1773. Teste: John Davies, John Devir, Hugh Devir.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 17, 1773. - (150) Cornelius Fitzwater--servant of Hugh Dever.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 18, 1773. - (157) Robert Dowling--runaway servant of Hugh Dever.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 17, 1773. - (235) Cornelius Fitzpatrick, runaway servant of Hugh Diver, Sr.
  • Page 334.--29th August, 1777. List of those indebted to the estate of Roger North--Molly Mathews, Michael Diveyer, John Pans, Taylor, Edward Brayton, Mary Dillon, Wm. Collen, Carolina; Hugh Divier. No. River. (Listed among many others).
  • Vol. 2 - Cutler vs. Garton--Will of Hugh Diver, of Augusta, dated 12th March, 1774. Probated in Rockingham, 27th April, 1778. Wife, Agness; sons, James, John, Hugh, William; daughter, Margaret; granddaughter, Margrit Diver.

Information on Hugh Dever

The DEVER/DEVIER Family. Descendants of Hugh E. Dever (born abt. 1728) and his wife, Agnes Blain , both of Augusta County, Virginia. Webpage of Charles Vernon DeVier. [Source: http://www.gnibo.com/blain]


From Genforum.com post:


Re: Devers of Rockingham County, VA Posted by: Margaret Nichol (ID *****8191) Date: October 25, 2002 at 18:15:31 In Reply to: Devers of Rockingham County, VA by Wilmer L. Kerns of 1053

Elizabeth Dever could be the daughter of Hugh and Agnes Blain Dever of Rockingham County, Virginia. Two brothers, Charles and Hugh Dever migrated from Maryland, c1755, and settled in what was then Augusta County. They lived on adjoining property, but when Rockingham County was formed, Hugh Dever's property fell within the new county. One of these brothers is, no doubt, the father of your Elizabeth. [Source: http://genforum.genealogy.com/dever/messages/746.html]