Facts and Events
Jacob VanLear was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 197.--21st March, 1754. Robert Moffet, planter, to Jacob van Lear, farmer, 490 acres in Beverley Manor. Cor. to James Patton, Co. Lieut. his mill tract on Christian's Creek; Wm. Long's line; James Bell's line; Wm. Christian's line; John Christian's line. Teste: James Price.
Will of Jacob VanLear
- Augusta Co., VA Will Book 6:
- Page 380.--29th July, 1783. Jacob Van Lear's will--To wife, Margaret; to son, Jacob, all lands; to son, John, £15; to daughter, Gartry Robinson, 50 shillings; to daughter, Isabel Abney, 50 shillings. Executors, Jacob Van Lear and John Christian. Teste: Patrick and John Christian. Proved, 18th November, 1783, by the witnesses. Jacob qualifies.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 19, 1758. - (200) William Erwin, suit abates by death of. Alexr. Crawford and one other, David Stuart, Wm. Hodge, Jacob Van Leers, John Henderson, with three others, added to tithables. Alexr. McKenny added to tithables.
- Page 2.--21st October, 1772. Robert, John and William Christian to Gilbert Christian. Teste: William Anderson, Jacob Van Lear, John Abney. Delivered: Wm. Anderson, 9th April, 1774.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 16, 1773. - (222) Jacob Van Law agrees to remit time of his servant, Mary Lane, on condition she acquit him of freedom dues.
- Vol. 1 - 1781 or 1782. - To the Worshipful Court of Augusta County, the petition of the sundry inhabitants in the bounds of Captain Long's Company of Militia humbly showeth:
- That your petitioners, while headed by Captain Christian, and since headed by Captain Long, then enjoyed the greatest tranquility, but now likely to he clouded by the loss of so noble an officer by a mere delusion.
- The most of us can, and will (if called upon), undertake to declare on oath that Captain Long behaved himself at the Battles of Hot Water and Jamestown as a good soldier and a noble officer. As to his conduct at York we cannot pretend to say farther than from the most authentic accounts that we could collect he had not that fair play that a true citizen ought to have had. From which motives induces us to believe, and truly hope, your worships will, when you come to look at the affair, reinstate him in his post, that we may continue our old rank, as we have ever been faithful subjects, contributed every thing in our power for the benefit of the States, turned out cheerfully our quota of men on every occasion.
- Therefore, as your worships is the only door we are to go through to justice, humbly hope you will recommend him to his Excellency, the Governor, which will prevent us from falling from our old rank, to wit, the second in the Battalion to the youngest, and your petitioners shall, as in duty bound ever pray, &c &c.
- (Signed) Jas. Davis, John Christian, Jr., Rich'd Shires, Saml. Blackwood, John Brooks. Jr., Robert Scott, Samuel Brooks, John Black, William Black, Joseph Bell, Ensign; Thomas Rutledge, Gill. Christian, James Bert, Gilbert Christian, Giles Brooks, W. Christian, William Davis, Thomas Kear, Benjamin Carr, James Wright, John Bell, Edward Rutledge, Samuel Armstrong, Neal O'Dear, Joseph Kerr, Robert Christian, Francis Best, Charles Donely, Jonathan Brooks, Jacob Gabert, Anthony Black, Alexander Wright, William Shields, William Brown, Robert Christian, Lieutenant; Gabriel Alexander, James Bready, Jacob van Lear, John Christian, Mathew Alexander, John Bready, Joseph Colter, John Alexander, John Bready, George Marshall.
- Page 294.--7th January, 1754. John Christian's will--To wife, Margret, bearing a child; to eldest son, Robert; to son, William. Executors, brothers Robert and William. Teste: Jacob Van Lear, Israel Christian, Robt. Moffett. Dedimus, 4th May, 1783, to take deposition of Van Lear and Christian, executed 17th May, 1783, as to Van Lear, Sr., aged 78; he remembers nothing of the will, and is blind; can give no testimony. May 20, 1783, one witness being dead and another not appearing, the Court refuses to probate the will as it was made 25 years ago and testator has had five children since. Administration granted son, Gilbert Christian. Widow has refused to execute. (Note: record establishes Jacob Van Lear's age as 78 (b. abt. 1705)).
- Vol. 1 - APRIL 15, 1783. - (44) Admn. of estate of James Potter granted Wm. Steele. Dedimus ordered to take depositions of Jacob van Lear and Israel Christian, witnesses to will of John Christian, who are too aged and infirm to attend Court.