Jacob Woodley, of Smith's Creek
b.13 November 1721
Facts and Events
Jacob Woodley was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia’’’
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 149.--4th February, 1749. John Hodge, farmer, and Elizabeth, his wife, to Jacob Woodley. Smith's Creek; Daniel James' branch; Valentine Sevear's Mill; the mill tract, 1/2 acre, is to return to heirs of Jacob Woodley. Teste: Wm. Rambo.
- Page 532.--18th August, 1766. Same (From Valentine Sevier and Joanna) to Jacob Woodley, £41, 200 acres on Smith's Creek, crossing Daniel James' Branch. Teste: Nicholas Zeburn. George ( ) Shoemaker.
- Page 153 - Jacob Woodley, 35 acres on the east side of Smiths Creek. Adjoining his old corner. June 3, 1769. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 55].
- Page 174 - Jacob Woodley, 150 acres, Smiths Creek. Adjoining Looker. November 2, 1770. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 63].
- Page 42 - Jacob Woodley, 216 acres, Long Meadows. Adjoining Thomas Lackey, Butcher, Joseph Gore. March 13, 1784. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 112].
- Page 42 - Jacob Woodley, 11 acres, North Side of Peaked Mountain. Adjoining his own land. Peter Harman, Harrison. March 15, 1784. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 112].
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 424.--18th August, 1767. Jacob Woodley (Woodle) and Grace ( ) yeoman, to Thomas Moore, blacksmith, 200 acres conveyed to Jacob by Valentine Sevior, on Smith's Creek, crossing Daniel James' branch.
Processioning List of 1760
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Vol. 2 - Page 283.--1760: Processioned by Abraham Bird, David Robinson, viz: For Jacob Trumbow, for John Miller, for Joseph Dicktum, for Uriah Humble, for Jacob Bare, for Conrad Lamb, for Abraham Bird, for Adam Rieder, for Mathias Rieder, for Alex. Painter, for John Bare, for James Baggs, for John Phillips, for Alex. Buchanan, for Daniel Davison, for Jacob Woodley, for Thomas Logan, for Zebulon Harrison, for John Harrison, for John Harrison, Jr., for John Davison, for Michael Weron, for Thomas Moore, for Francis Hughes, for Jonathan Hodges, for Andrew Bird, for Thomas Milsaps, for William McGee, for John Blizard, for Jacob Rambow, for David Robinson, for Martin Shumaker, for Charles Dayley, for Francis McBride, for John McDaniel, for John Bryant, for Macoy _____, for Robert Cravens, for George Spence, for John Miller, for Wm. Pickins, for Isaac Robinson, for John Capter.
Records of Jacob Woodley in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 94.--15th February, 1748. Executors qualify as above (refers to will of Rudal Brock in preceding record), with sureties Samuel Newman, Jacob Woodley.
- Page 237.--6th January, 1749-50. John Woodley's will--Son, Jacob, 5 shillings; son-in-law, Nicholas Seahaven. Executor, Nicholas Seahaven. Teste: Daniel Holdman, John Rudle, Hans Heinrich Neff. Proved, 22d May, 1750, by all witnesses, and executor qualifies.
- Page 351.--29th May, 1751. Susannah Carson's bond as administratrix of Henry Carson, with sureties Jacob Woodley, Clement Dixon.
- Page 164.--5th December, 1752. William Miller and Christian, to John Miller. Delivered: Jno. Miller, Jr., 3d February, 1755, on Lost River, alias Caccapheton, from Fairfax; corner Edward Hogan, 380 acres. Teste: Samuel Newman, Jacob Woodley, William Caryl.
- Page 138.--17th March, 1756. Samuel Newman's bond as administrator of Caspar Utt, with sureties Michael Warren, Jacob Woodley.
- Page 139.--17th March, 1756. Jacob Woodley's bond as administrator of George Handy, with surety John Harrison.
- Vol. 2 - Processioner's Appointed, 1759: Michael Humble and Thos. Baggs, in Brock's Gap to the Mountain. Benj. Logan, John Fraizer, David Laird, Reuben Harrison, Jacob Woodley, Evain Phillips, from County Line to Fowler's, down North River to Mr. Jones's, thence along the Picket Mountain to County Line.
- Page 27 - Thomas Loocher, 141 acres, Smith Creek. Adjoining Jacob Woodley, Alexander Buchanan. Mentioned Great Road. February 3, 1763. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 11].
- Page 27 - Thomas Loocher, 68 acres, Long Meadow Branch of North River of the Shenandoah. Adjoining Valentine Sevears, Jacob Woodly. February 3, 1763. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 11].
- Page 529,__ October, 1765. Valentine Sevier and Joanna ( ) to George Shumaker, £30, 310 acres on which George now lives, on North River Shanando; corner Benj. Burden's lands. Teste: John Gratton, Martin Humble, Jacob Woodle (Woodley), Nicholas Zeburnn (Zeborn, Seehorn ?).
- Page 153 - Thomas Moore, 250 acres, Smiths Creek. Adjoining Bowyers, Jacob Woodley, John Phililps. June 3, 1769. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 55].
- Page 268.--17th October, 1769. Volintine Sevear to Thomas Reeves £160. Two tracts containing 679--A, containing 375 acres; B, containing 304 acres on northwest side of Long Meadow. Teste: Thomas Moore, Jacob Woodley, Brewer Reeves.
- Page 285.--20th March, 1770. Elizabeth Rutherford's bond (with Jacob Woodle, John Phillips) as administratrix of Thomas Rutherford.
- Page 91.--21st September, 1773. George ( ) Gutlip and Susanna ( ), of Dunmore County, to John Breeden. Teste: John Schoon, Jacob Woodle.
- Page 18 - Brewer Reeves, 114 acres, Long Meadows. Adjoining Lookey, Woodley, Linkhorn's survey, John Kring. March 27, 1782. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 102].
- Vol. 2 - APRIL, 1805 (R to Z). - Woodley vs. March--Writ right. John Woodly and Thomas Lokey vs. Sebastian and Henry March. Deposition Jacob Woodley, 13th November, 1802, aged 81 years, father to John; he has lived near the land since he was 21. He was first shown the land by Andrew Bird, grandfather of the Andrew now living in Rockingham. This was 8 or 9 years after Jacob came to live here. Ditto of Philip Koontz, aged 50 years, has known the land 26 or 27 years. Ditto James Loker, aged 62, Quaker; first knew the line 24 years ago. Ditto Lewis Zirkle, aged 62 years or 63 years; has lived near the land 35 years. Patent by Gooch, 12th January, 1746, to Val. Sevear for importation of John and Mary Morgan. Jno. and Margaret Coleman, Richard Scales and Jno. Wheeler, 400 acres on Smith's Creek, Absolom Hayworth's line. Patent by Wood, 2d April, 1799, to John Woodley and Thos. Lokey, 36 acres on Smith's Creek in Rockingham. (Note: this record establishes Jacob Woodley's birthdate abt. 1721).
- Vol. 2 - Zechariah Hoy vs. Gordon McWilliams--O. S. 316; N. S. 113--Bill, 1815. Henry Martz deposes, in Rockingham, 25th February, 1820, he is 52 years old 1st of September next. Deed, 16th October, 1810, by Jacob Pickering and Hannah of Rockingham to Zackariah Hoy, 20 acres on Smith's Creek in Rockingham, part of tract patented to Jacob Woodle, 1st August, 1772. Recorded in Rockingham, October, 1810. Patent, 5th September, 1745, to Thomas Lockhar in consideration of importation of William Phillips, James Mills and Thos. Miller, 120 acres in Augusta on Smith's Creek. Deed, 20th October, 1801, by John Vance and Catherine of Rockingham to David Fisher, 27 acres, corner Thos. Lookey. Recorded in Rockingham, October, 1801. John Looker deposes, 6th August, 1819, went to a schoolhouse on the land many years since, kept by Joseph Simpson. Deed, 27th September, 1796, by Wm. Pickering and wife Barbara to Mathias Fry, all of Rockingham, 62 acres part of 89 acres patented to Wm., 22d May, 1789. Recorded Rockingham, September, 1796. Reuben Moore was son-in-law of plaintiff Gordon McWilliams (?). Walter Newman was brother-in-law of Hoy. Patent, 28th April, 1804, to David Fisher, 4-3/4 acres in Rockingham. Corner Pickeron's land. Patent, 22d May, 1789, to Wm. Pickering, assignee of George Keesle, 89 acres on Smith's Creek. Deed, 30th November, 1813, by Wm. Pickering of Kanawha County to Zackariah Hoy of Rockingham, 80 acres part of 89 acres patented to said William. Recorded in Rockingham, February, 1814. Deed, 9th December, 1805, by Jacob Hook and Catherine of Shenandoah to Zackariah Hoy of Rockingham, 62 acres conveyed to Jacob by Mathias Fry by deed recorded. Recorded in Rockingham, 18th March, 1806. Patent, 26th April, 1815, to John Loker, assignee of Abraham Reed, 8 acres in Rockingham. Patent, 20th June, 1817, to Zackariah Hoy, 4 acres in Rockingham.
Information on Jacob Woodley
The originator of "Belmont Hall" estate seems to have been Jacob Woodley, (sometimes spelled Woodlee) by surveys. The first surveys to him in our Rockingham Records are found in survey Book, 0-I for six hundred and thirty seven acres—June 3, 1769; October 31, 1770 and November 2, 1770, all of which at that time were in Augusta County. The surveys were made by Thomas Lewis and his assistant, and located on Smith’s Creek. He was a large landowner and had other lands besides the surveys here mentioned and before their dates. John Harrison, Jr. and Daniel Smith processioned for him in 1756. He was among the early settlers on smith’s Creek and had probably come in from Eastern Virginia. In 1776 he was processioner with Reuben Harrison and a road overseer in 1776, and the following year is mentioned as a constable. His land lay to the east of the "Great Road" in the region of Tenth Legion and is today identified by the old cemetery at the curve of the road leading from the village towards the Massanuttens'.
By purchase and otherwise, portions of this estate became the property of John Cowan in 1816, and in turn by his son, Jacob, by inheritance in 1863. Just when the present house was built is not definitely known. It is said to have been built by John Cowan in the 1830’s. It is a nice old home and is now occupied by Homer O. Long, and his sister, Mrs. …Lincoln. [Source: http://www.heritagecenter.com]
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