Facts and Events
James McCleary was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 508.--12th March, 1755. John McLeary, yeoman, to James McLeary his son, plantationer, love and affection and £10; 200 acres, part of 420 acres, conveyed by Beverley, 4th February, 1748, in Beverley Manor Thos. Kirkpatrick's line, a head branch of Middle River of Shanandoe, James Clerk's line. Livery, &c., John McLeary. Delivered: James McLeary, November 1758.
Records of James McCleary in Augusta County, VA
- Vol. 1 - 1751-1752 - Inhabitants near Capt. John Wilson's petition for a road from Capt. John Wilson's and John McClerey's fields, thence to James Wilson's fields, thence to Capt. John Christian's, and there to join with the road from Col. Patton's Mill to Tunkling Spring Meeting House: Robert Campbell, Mathew Wilson, John Wilson, Jr., James McCutchin, John McCutchin, Nathan Patterson, James Clark, John McClerey, Samuel McCutchan, William McCutchan, John Wilson, Thomas Kirkpatrick, James McClerey, John Clark, Samuel Downey.
- Vol. 1 - 1753-1754, Part 2 - May, 1753. Road established from Brown's bridge to the Glebe land, and Robert Campbell and John Trimble be surveyors, and with James Lusk, they clear and keep the same in order. We do appoint Robert Campbell and John Trimble overseers from John Brown's bridge to the Gleve House and the undernamed persons to clear the same: James Lusk, Robert Roberson, Samuel McCuchen, William Hunter, James Hunter, Robert Campbell's man, Mathew Wilson, William Wilson, John Wilson, Jr., John McCleery, James McCleery, Thomas Kirkpatrick and son, John Peevy, James Clarck, John Clarck, James Clark, Jr., Jacob Lockhart, James Lockhart, John Birtly, Josias Richards, William Marten, George Berry, William McFeeters, John McFeeters, William McFeeters, Jr., John Jameson, Patrick Marten, Joseph Marten, William Ward, Moses O'Freel and his man, Robert Philips, Robert Davis, Thomas Reed, Robert Scott, John Vance, Andrew Foster, William Bell, Alexander McKiney, John Speer, Abraham Mathan (Mashaw), Robert Young, John Young, Samuel Young, Hugh Young and his man, John Campbell, George Peevy, Robert McClenan, William Eackry, James Bell, Andrew Steel and his man, John McKiney, Patrick McCloskey, John McSlenan, John McCuchan, Samuel McCuchan, William McClintock, Thomas Peevy, James McCuchen, Duncken McFarlen.
- Page 11.--14th March, 1754. Valuation of improvements on 280 acres on Bull Pasture of William Wilson's by James McCleary, John Clark.
- Page 16.--15th March, 1755. John Wilson, Gent., to James McClery, James Mitchell, James McCutcheon, Robert Wilson, William Thompson, Alexander McPheeters, Saml. McCutchon, trustees chosen by the Presbyterian Congregation of the North Mountain Meeting House. £12, 10, 6; 306-1/2 acres in Beverley Manor being the tract of land whereon the house now stands commonly known by the name of North Mountain Meeting House; Cap. James Lockhart's line; for the use of the members of said congregation adhering and continuing to adhere to the Synod of Philadelphia as it stands now constituted provided that if any member or members of the said Congregation who have paid any of the purchase money of said land shall or do change or turn to any other denomination or Religion, then their part of said money be repaid them and they to have no further demands on the same. Provided that surviving trustees may elect trustees to fill vacancies, and sell the land except 20 acres to be kept for the church and graveyard.
- Vol. 2 - 1759: Processioner's Appointed - Page 268.--Thomas Huston, Wm. Reagh, in Capt. Alex. Buchanan's Company. James McCleerey, Thomas Kilpatrick, Samuel McCutcheon, Jr., James Gilmore, in Capt. Lockhart's Company. William Thompson, Edward Hall, in Capt. Wm. Christian's Company. John Poage, David Trimble, in Capt. Israel Christian's Company.
- Page 321.--30th May, 1759. James McCutchen's appraisement, by James McCleerey, James Lockhart, Wm. Ledgerwood.
- Page 198.--19th November, 1762. John Peery's appraisement, by James McCleery, Jno. Jamison, Mathew Wilson. Recorded.
- Page 348.--18th February, 1764. James Rusk's estate appraised by Robt. Campbell, Mathew Wilson, James McClearey.
- Page 650.--20th June, 1764. Mathew ( ) Edmiston and Margret to Samuel Patterson, £55, 238 acres in Borden's tract, and conveyed to Mathew, 28th May, 1751; corner tract surveyed for William Smith; corner Wm. Cowden's land. Teste: Pat. Martin, James McCleerey, Jno. Mophet.
- Page 388.--9th March, 1765. Alexander Crawford's estate appraised, by Jno. Trimble, Geo. Berry. Jas. McClearey.
- Page 30.--11th February, 1767. James Huggart's will--Wife, Agness, negros; son, James, sole executor, 400 acres in Cowpasture; rest of the children; to sons, William and Thomas, and daughters, Jenny and Nancy, each 10 shillings. Teste: Chas. Knight, James McClearey. Proved, 19th Henry Gay.
- Page 55.--13th November, 1767. Martha Patterson's estate appraised (by James Ewing, John McPheeters, James McCleerey. John McCleere).
- Page 147.--19th August, 1768. Mary Wilson's bond (with John Christian, James McCleerey) as administratrix of James Wilson.
- Page 163 - Samuel McCleerey, 75 acres, Head Branches of Middle River of the Shenandoah. Adjoining Widow Patterson, James McCleery. May 3, 1770. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 59].
- Page 268.--17th May, 1773. James McCleerey, James Mitchell, Robert Wilson, William Thompson, Alexander McFeeters, Samuel McCutchen, trustees of the North Mountain Meeting House (James McCutchen, another trustee, being dead), to Joseph Blair, surrounding the North Mountain Meeting House, joining Peter Keyl.
- Page 159.--16th November, 1773. William McPheeters' appraisement recorded, by John Moffett, James McCleerey, John Young--Abraham Jenkin's account, Duval Bosanques account.
- Page 208.--8th October, 1781. Elizabeth (mark) Clark's will--To daughter, Jean Elliot's heirs; to well beloved Elizabeth Breath (Reath, Reoth?); to daughter, Sarah Elliot; to daughter, Anne Dounlap; to daughter, Margret Clenkaid; to son, John Gridle; to son, James; to son, Alexander and to Alexander's wife; to four daughters; to son, Samuel; to son, William's heirs; to son, Robert. Executors, son Robert Clark and William Reaoh. Teste: Charles Donally, James McCleerey, Robt. Patterson, Geo. Berry. Proved, 20th November, 1781, by McCleerey and Berry. Robert Clark qualifies.
- Vol. 1 - MAY, 1789.--JANUARY CAUSES. - William Ledgerwood and Rebecca, his wife; William Berry and Rebecca, his wife; Esther Carrothers, by John Moffet, her guardian, and next friend, vs. John Frazier.--Ejectment, 1787. James Frazier's deposition, 19th October, 1790.--brother of John. John Brownlee testifies 14th November, 1788. Was acquainted with James Elder and Robert Moody, his brother, upwards of sixty years ago, and they then passed for brothers and they then lived with their parents, Robert and Isabella Moody, and deponent was acquainted with them during the whole course of their lives. James Moody married Rebecca Wilson, by whom they had issue. Rebecca Moody who married William Ledgerwood, Jr. Isabella Moody, who married James McClery. James and Rebecca lived within four miles of deponent at time of their marriage and they always passed for husband and wife. Margaret Christian, step-daughter of James Moody, deposes, 14th November, 1788. She was acquainted with James, the elder, and Robert Moody, his brother, near sixty years ago, and they always passed for brothers; deponent at age of twelve years was present at marriage of James Moody to Rebecca Wilson; they had issue, Rebecca and Isabella, above, and Esther Moody, who married John Moffett. Sarah Brownlee deposes, 14th November, 1788. Was acquainted with James and Robert about fifty-eight years ago and ever since till their death.
- Vol. 2 - JUDGMENTS. - APRIL, 1799 (K to Z). - McPheeters vs. Moffett--James McCleery's deposition to be taken in Lexington, Ky., 1799.
- Vol. 2 - Page 165--Deposition of James McCleary, June, 1798, in Fayette County, Ky., that in spring of 1742 he settled in Augusta.
- Vol. 2 - (appears to be deposition referred to in above records) McPheeters vs. Moffett--Involves land conveyed to Beverley to Crockett, 26th February, 1740. Copy of deed. Deed, Robert Crockett and Margaret to William McPheeters, 23d November, 1743. Deed Robert Crockett and wife, same. William McPheeters, demandant, is son of above William McPheeters. Deposition James McClery, taken in Fayette County, Kentucky, third Monday June, 1798: In the Spring of 1742 he settled in Augusta County within 3 miles of lands in dispute. He lived in Augusta until October, 1785. Deposition before Samuel Blair, J. P., J. Bell, Elij Poage, George Trotter. John Brownlee deposes in Augusta, 3d July, 1798, that he has lived where he now lives since 1st November, 1740; he has always been a member of that society, and is nearly related to John Moffett, the defendant. John Tate also deposes that he has lived where he now lives for 53 years in October last, and had been acquainted with the lands for two years before he came to live in the neighborhood. Captain Samuel McPheeters deposes at same time that he has lived in and near where he now lives since 1741. Mathew Wilson deposes at same time that he has lived near where he now lives 60 years. John Young lived on the plantation 55 years ago and upwards.