Facts and Events
James Kirk was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 196.-- 17th May, 1749. James Bell and Rachel to James Kirk, 400 acres Catheys River; Jennings Branch. Teste: Andrew Boyd, Alexander Crafford. Delivered Ro. Armstrong 5th March, 1753.
- Vol. 2 - 1751, April 17th--James Kirk, 100 (acres), joining his own land, the Dry Branch; one right.
- Page 241.--20th May, 1771. Alexander Kirk to his father James Kirk, £20, 200 acres, part of 400 acres which James formerly conveyed to Alexander Kirk. Delivered: Alexander Kirk, March Court, 1774. (See note below on this transaction).
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 231.--__ _____, 1767. James Kirk and Agness to Alexander Kirk, their son, £20, 200 acres, part of 400 acres patented to James Bell 12th January, 1746, on a small fork of Jennings' Branch. Delivered: Alexander Kirk, March, 1774. (Note: this record appears to indicate that James Kirk, Jr. and "Agnes" his wife were conveying land to their son Alexander, but this appears to be in error. In 1767, James Kirk, Jr. had probably just been married to Agnes Edmiston for a short while, so it would have been impossible for them to have a son old enough to convey land. It appears that perhaps because of a clerk's error (or transcription error) that "Agnes" was listed as James Kirk, Sr.'s wife, instead of "Jean". This land was conveyed back to James Kirk, Sr. on 20 May 1771 (see record above) and then on the following day it was re-conveyed back to his son Alexander Kirk, on 21 May 1771 (see record below), which has apparently caused confusion by some researchers thinking that James Kirk, Jr. that married Agnes Edmiston had adult children prior to this date, which was not the case).
- Page 245.--21st May, 1771. James Kirk and Jean ( ) to his son Alexander Kirk, £40, 185 acres, part of 400 acres where said Kirk now lives. Delivered: Alex. Kirk, March Court, 1774.
Will of James Kirk
- Page 292.--9th May, 1783. James Kirk's will--To son, Alexander, 10 shillings; to son, John, 10 shillings; to daughter, Martha, 10 shillings; to son, Robert, £5; to wife, Jean, and sons, James and George, all estate. Executors, wife Jan and son John. Teste: Benj. Talmann, Ambros (mark) Jones, James McCan. Proved, 20th May, 1783, by the witnesses. Executors qualify.
- Page 322.--23d June, 1783. James Kirk's appraisement bill.
Processioning List of 1755
- "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:
- Page 147.--1755: John Finley and Alex. Crawford processioned as follows, viz: For James Sayers, for Alex. Gibson, for Andrew Foster, for Wm. Bell, for Thos. Armstrong, for Mathew Edmison, for Rob. Gilkison, for Thos. Gardner; James Bell's widow cannot show her lines; for John Trimble, for John Finley, for David Trimble, for Daniel McAnare, for Thos. Beard, for Alex. Crawford, for Jno. Allit, for James Kirk, for Robert Armstrong, for Robert McCitrick.
Records of James Kirk in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
To All Head Boroughs and Constables Within His Majesty's Colony and Dominion to Whom These Presents Shall Come:
- Whereas, Robert Bratton and James Kirk, inhabitants of ye Calf Pasture, have this day, being the 7th of this instant, September, made oath before me, one of his Majesty's Justices of ye Peace for Augusta County, that they were last night robbed of two black horses and a sorrel mare having a star and snip and a yearling colt with her, one orange-colored sitting gown, a pale china gown, one striped blue and white cotton gown, one single petticoat, one light-colored broadcloth coat, two beaver hats, one black velvet cap, one old hunting saddle, one woman's saddle of buckskin, one blue jacket of home-made cloth, one hat of Bermuda platt with a red ribbon band, shifts, shirts, table linen, sheets, women's head cloths, four pairs of men's shoes, three pairs of women's shoes, two bridles and a halter, a curb and a snaffle, a rifle gun (double tricked), and a plaid gown. The servant man is well set, with black curled hair, pockfretted, having a scar on ye right side of his face, to a scar on his jaw blade. The woman is tall, has curled hair and is pockfretted. Both of them native Irish. Whoever secures said servants, so as that they shall be brought to their master, shall have six pistoles for a reward and reasonable charges besides, paid by Robert Bratton and James Kirk. Therefore, in his Majesty's name, I charge and command you and every (one) of you in your several precincts to search diligently for ye said persons, by whom the said robbery was committed, and to make hue and cry after them from town to town and from county to county, as well by horsemen as footmen, and if you find them, that then you apprehend and bring them before a Justice of ye Peace of ye County where they shall be taken, to be dealt with as ye law directs.
- Given under my hand and seal ye 7th of September, 1747.
- WILL JAMESON.
- Page 433.--18th June, 1752. James Bell's further appraisement. Due by James Kirk, Andrew Foster, James Callison, Thomas Armstrong, Daniel McNaire, Andrew Kinkade, Charles Clendennin.
- Page 72.--21st March, 1759. Alexander Gibson, farmer, and Mary ( ) to Thomas Gardner, blacksmith, £100, 199 acres, part of 400 acres patented to Robt. Rennock, 10th June, 1740, and conveyed by Robert to Silas Hart, 15th February, 1748, and by Hart to Gibson, 17th November, 1752, on Buffalo Lick Branch. Teste: James Kirk.
- Page 280.--20th March, 1770. George Brown's inventory (by Danl. McNare, Robert Armstrong, James Kirk), recorded.
- Page 448.--29th August, ____. (Recorded, 19th November, 1776.) Thomas Armstrong's estate appraised by James Kirk, William and James Bell.
- Page 250.--24th April, 1780. Robert Armstrong and Jane to Benjamin Tolman, 145 acres patented to Robert, 12th May, 1759, comer James Kerk; 240 acres patented to Robert 8th July, 1752. Teste: John and Alex. Kirk, Casper Ekert.
- Page 334.--Inventory of estate of George Kirk, son of James Kirk, deceased, put into my hands as guardian by John and Jean Kirk, executors. 14th February, 1791.--Wm. Moffett.
- Page 335.--Ditto of James Kirk, son to James Kirk, ditto.--John Kirk.